Archive for October 1st, 2019

Timeline of Truth: Naomi Enters Bethlehem (with Ruth) Greeted but Grieving (Ruth 1:19-22)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Naomi arrives home, to Bethlehem, with Ruth. She is recognized, and her arrival causes quite a commotion. Being called by her name (which means “pleasant” or “lovely”), Naomi bursts out in grief, instructing people to call her Mara (“bitter”) instead, because of the terrible things that have happened to her. Key in Naomi’s response is that she recognizes that God is in control of all circumstances – bad and good. By acknowledging God’s hand in tragedy, she also acknowledges her belief and hope in God to bring her good.

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Jesus Gives His Final Words to His Apostles: BE WITNESSES (Acts 1:8)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

In contrast to what Jesus told His apostles they were NOT to focus on (times or seasons), He does tell them what they ARE to be focusing on. Once they receive the Promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit, they will be enabled or empowered to be witnesses of Jesus. This witnessing is to take place in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Jesus’ direction gives five indications concerning our witnessing. We have the Power to witness, the places to witness, and the prescription for witnessing.

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