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Digging For Golden Nuggets In The Word Of God

"How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold." - - Proverbs 3:13-14

45 Fulfilled Prophecies of Jesus Christ

Peter Stoner figured out the probability of just eight of the over 400 prophecies of the First Coming of Jesus Christ being fulfilled to be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.21 Here are 45 of them with Old and New Testament references.

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Every Christian Is A Lithographer (Printer)

Lithography is the art of reproducing an image carved into a stone and applied to paper. Every Christian is reborn as a Lithographer.

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A Remarkable Prophecy About Tyre

That the "word of the Lord is proven" is evident in hundreds of scriptures but a most prominent one involves Tyre, one of the oldest cities on the Mediterranean coast directly north of Jerusalem.

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The Star of David

2500 years ago God spoke through the prophet, Isaiah, and predicted Israel would be gathered back to the land and represented by a special sign. In 1948 it happened.

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What's In A Name?

Names are important in any culture but names given in the Bible usually had an important significance as they not only identified the person but also reflected the nature and character of the person.

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The Good Samaritan

The Parable of the Good Samaritan Reveals the Plan of Salvation and the Return of Jesus Christ.

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I Am What I Am

There were two apostle Paul's. The old, sinful Paul and the new, born-again Paul. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, there are two "you's" also. There was the old and now the new, the sinful you and the righteous you.

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Bread - The One You Cannot Live Without

Life would be hard without bread but, did you know there is one Bread that is necessary for everyone? Just as bread is considered the "staff of life" there is a Living Bread which is the staff of "ETERNAL LIFE"!

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Free Lunch!

There are always claims of a "Free Lunch" but none of them prove to be true, with one exception. It's a real meal and it really is free.

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Living in the Presence of God

When Jesus used the phrase "under my wings" it was a reference to an ancient custom that is still practiced today in some parts of the world. It’s the idea of coming under the covering of someone or something for protection and provision

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Shake That Old Snake Off Into The Fire!

Spiritual vipers often appear out of the fires of life.

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The Fruit of the Spirit

Like a pilot needing a co-pilot, Believers need the Holy Spirit to lead them into "open skies".

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  • Shenandoah, Iowa, USA
Thanks for looking in.  I'm Val Black, a retired printer and now in my "golden years".   Speaking of gold, I've yet to find any of value except in the Word of God.  I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1981.  During that time our pastor asked for volunteers to teach the Bible to various age groups within our church.   When I was a teenager I did some hand-puppet work to entertain a younger friend and so, with that experience I thought with certainty the pastor would have me entertaining kids in the youth group.  But I was very surprised and shocked when he picked me to teach the senior citizen Bible class!  

Now, the pastor was also part of the senior citizen class. I didn't know that much about the Bible so I started cramming as much as I could before teaching my first lesson. Again to my surprise, the first lesson went very well. In fact, the pastor made a comment that he thought the church had discovered someone with a gift of teaching, or something to that effect.

But more importantly, I discovered something and that was how exciting the Bible really could be if a person will put their mind to studying scripture as opposed to just reading it. That has been about 38 years ago and since then I've put together a lot of lessons. That is the purpose of this blog, to share the Bible with you.

I challenge anyone that if they really want to know the Bible, start a Bible study to teach others.  The class could consist of just one or two people at home or you could volunteer to teach a larger class in church.  But that is how you will learn and I guarantee, you will learn what the Holy Spirit is saying through the Word of God.
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