The Fellowship of the Unashamed

Here is the moving testimony of a martyr from Zimbabwe:

“I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I’m done and finished with low-living, sight-walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.

My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.

I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!”

– Author anonymous

Ex-Atheist Testimony

“the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” – 2 Cor. 4:4

There are many instances of staunch atheists going on a quest to definitively disprove Christianity only to discover its truth; Augustine, C.S. Lewis, Lee Strobel, and many more.

Here is a contemporary case:

David and Ahithophel

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I am reading this book right now (Undesigned Scriptural Coincidences, by J.J. Blunt) and it is totally blowing my mind! It is the most exciting extrabiblical text I have ever read. It really makes Scripture come alive and proves beyond a doubt, the veracity of the Bible.

Now, it was written in the late 1800’s, so it is… challenging, but totally worth it. (Personal tip if you do read it: start with the New Testament examples.)

I was just speaking about this particular example in our Wednesday night small group:

David and Ahithophel.

[Spoiler alert]: If you want to have this mystery unraveled slowly, watch the video at the bottom.

If not, read on…

Why did Ahithophel, who was once David’s trusted advisor and who’s advice was so revered it was “as an oracle from God” (2 Sam. 16:23) – turn on David during Absalom’s mutiny (2 Sam. 15:12)? It was because Ahithophel was Bathsheba’s grandfather! Of course he would want to avenge his granddaughter. Absalom would have known that and so he exploited Ahithophel.

Here’s how we know Ahithophel was Bathsheba’s grandfather: 2 Sam. 23:34 say that “Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite” and was one of David’s personal guard… along with Uriah (verse 39). Then in 2 Sam. 11:

Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” – 2 Sam. 11:2-3

So, Bathsheba is the daughter of Eliam and Eliam is the son of Ahithophel. Eliam and Uriah would have known each other and been friends (seeing as they served as David’s personal bodyguard of only 37 men). It would make sense (if Eliam were older and Uriah were younger) that Uriah would marry his friend’s daughter. Absalom would have known all this personal history.

Here’s the point: the writer never makes these connections for you, he is just reporting true historical facts. The truth lies in the details of those facts – because all the facts ARE TRUE!

THIS IS REAL FAITH-BUILDING MATERIAL!

Please watch this video in its entirety to see just how cool this book is and how ALL of the pieces of God’s puzzle fit together perfectly.


Ref:

J. J. Blunt’s Undesigned Scriptural Coincidences. Grand Rapids: Xulon Press, 2005.

Click to access 1869_blunt_undesigned-coincidences-in-the-bible.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahitophel

I Need A Savior

Lecrae

Folks who think the church is full of people who think they have it all together and are better than everyone else, couldn’t be FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH! Actually, it’s the opposite: We realize that we need help!

(the devil loves to flip everything upside down)


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