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God's Miraculous Provision - Part 3

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(Part 3 of a sermon based on 2 Kings 4:1-7)


SIGN OF DRAMATIC REDEMPTION (v. 7)
As a sign, this miracle of the widow's oil points to something. It bespeaks of something more dramatic than this miracle that sets the widow free from her debt and sustains her life. For this miracle anticipates the complete redemption of God's people from all kinds of bondage and slavery unto life.

At this point in the story Elisha is back in the scene. He is called the man of God (v.7). The widow came to him and told him about the abundant provision of oil. We are not told, young boys and girls, how happy she was as she reports back to Elisha that his word came true. But we can just imagine how glad and joyful she and her sons would have been. Tears of joy could have flowed from her eyes knowing that she's not going to lose her two young boys anymore.

Elisha further instructed her to go and sell the oil and pay her debts. He assures her that the remaining amount from the sales will take car…

God's Miraculous Provision - Part 2

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(Part 2 of a sermon based on 2 Kings 4:1-7)

ACT OF DIVINE COMPASSION (vv. 3-6)

In the second place, I say that this provision of oil is an act of divine compassion. This widow has a Savior. Thank God! Believe me God was there in Israel, just as He is with us today and He looks after not only the affairs of the nations but also the needs of His own people. For some of you who are widows or widowers, I want to remind you that God sees your sufferings and He knows your every need. His gracious protection and provision will come as a response to your faithful cry for help. The psalmist says, “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling” (Ps.68:5).

Yes, this widow may have felt the whole weight of the world on her shoulder, but we need not ignore her boldness to approach Elisha for help. In doing so, she showed her faith in God. To those who walk by faith God shows Himself to them that with Him there are treasures of freedom and life, and in His mercy He g…

God's Miraculous Provision - Part 1

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(First part of a sermon based on 2 Kings 4:1-7)

1 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay y…

My Journey in the Christian Faith

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My goal in sharing with you this story is to thank God and His providence in leading me in my journey as a follower of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to thank as well those whom God has used in helping me grow in the faith. In my other article, “The Testimony of God’s Grace in My Life,” I shared with you how I came to a saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Here I would like to relate my growth in the Christian faith highlighting some people who helped me and those ones that I want to help me along the way.


People Who Helped Me Grow in the Faith

God has sovereignly and uniquely strengthened me in the faith using people who are devoted first to Him. My brother, Melchor, first modeled to me the Christian life. His example of faithfulness to God challenged me to stay strong in the faith. He was one of the few people who was concerned for my spiritual growth early in my Christian life back in 1987.

When I was still new in the Christian faith, he would always bring me to a Pen…

Some Suggested Procedures for a Biblical Exegesis of an OT Passage

(This was based on a lecture notes written by Rev. Mark Vander Hart of Mid-America Reformed Seminary)

1. Pray, honestly determining before God to present the message of that text fully and faithfully.

2. Carefully define the limits of the text paragraph/pericope.

3. Read and re-read the text paragraph/pericope in the larger context, both literally (paragraph, chapter, book, testament) and historically (especially the various covenants – Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic – and events – Creation, Fall, Flood, Exodus, Kingdom, Divided Kingdom, Exile). How does the context color the message of the text paragraph/pericope? View the text from the perspective of the whole of the Scripture. View the whole Scripture from the perspective of that text.

4. Interpret the text in its original setting:

a. If you know Hebrew or Aramaic, translate the passage from the original language. Use lexicons, if needed, such as Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius, Koehler-Baumgartner, Holladay, etc. If you don’t…

A Testimony of God's Grace in My Life

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Grace is one of my favorite biblical words because of the depth it reveals. It was just an ordinary word for me from way back then. But the word became of utmost importance to me when God enabled me to understand what He did in the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ for sinners like me.

Search for Peace and Acceptance

I grew up in a "dysfunctional" and nominal Roman Catholic family from the province of Capiz in the Philippines. My father was an alcoholic and a habitual gambler. My mother, though religious and outwardly good, was a notorious nagger. She drove my father crazy most of the time. I was both a victim of and a witness to their frequent quarrels. This made us siblings feel ashamed of ourselves and our family as well. Two of my older brothers married as early as eighteen just to get out early of my parents' authority.

Early in my life I longed for peace and love which obviously I have not experienced from my family. As a result I have tried to …

A Study on Roman Catholic Doctrine of Penance

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Introduction

This paper is a brief study on the Roman Catholic doctrine of Penance. It aims to fairly present the Roman Catholic understanding on the problem of sin and her dogmatic solution to this problem, partly the sacrament of Baptism and mainly the sacrament of Penance. A brief evaluation of key points of Roman Catholic doctrine on sin and Penance will be offered towards the end from a Reformed-Biblical perspective.

The Problem of Sin in Roman Catholic Understanding

One of the most basic issues which confront all of us relate to sin.[1] The Roman Catholic Church does not take sin lightly. In fact, recent news mentioned of Pope Benedict XVI citing the “loss of a sense of sin” in modern society and urging his fellow bishops that the recovery of a sense of sin must be a “pastoral priority.”[2] When it comes to the Roman Catholic Church's view of sin, one Evangelical Protestant author has rightly observed some forty years ago, “There is no doubt that the Church of Rome takes sin…