Cities of the Decapolis

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I’m currently presenting a visualized survey of the Bible, with tonight’s lesson dealing with the Life of Christ. Following Jesus’ Galilean Ministry, He pursued a plan to invest more time alone with the Apostles, preparing them for the great work they were to do. This period is known as the Retirement Ministry, “retiring” from the crowds to be with the apostles. One region Jesus traveled during this time was the Decapolis. “Again He went out from the region of Tyre, and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, within the region of Decapolis” (Mark 7:31). This largely Gentile area was comprised of ten cities (hence the name) which were given autonomy by Rome.

One of the cities of the Decapolis was Jerash (Gerasa).

Hadrian Gate at entrance to Jerash, one of the cities of the Decapolis. Photo ©Leon Mauldin.

Here is a view down the Cardo of Jerash.

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Thankful Thoughts

A truly worthy thought! Thank you, Maureen!

Still They Speak

“Thankful thoughts are well deserving your high encouragement. Get a cage full of these birds of paradise, and let them fly about in the groves of your soul, and sing there at all times. There is no better companion than cheerful gratitude. If a man can but see the mercy of God in everything, instead of looking always at the black side of the picture, he will be happy indeed. The fruit of thankful thoughts will be summer in his soul, even when the winds of winter rage outside. Cultivate thankful thoughts as you cultivate sweet flowers in your garden.” –Charles Spurgeon “Sermons” Vol. 9 p. 170

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Omnipotence Doth Gird Us

The more of this short excerpt I read, the more convinced I was of my need to heed these words. Thank you, Lord! Thanks, Sherry!

He Hath Said

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. -Matthew 5:48

(W)hat is the indwelling Spirit within us? Is He not Omnipotence Himself? The Holy Ghost who has come upon us is no influence which might be limited in its efficacy; but He is a divine person, who dwelleth with us and shall be in us. Who shall set any limit to the power of that man in whom the Holy Ghost Himself dwells? All believers must never dare to say, “That habit we cannot give up.” We can and must overturn all the idols in our hearts. We may never say, “That height of devotion I can never reach.” Brethren, Omnipotence doth gird us; God giveth us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. We are never to sit down and say, “I must be a sinner up to such-and-such a point; I cannot…

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Ireland Regresses; Sunday, Bloody Sunday

“Pray that the anti-abortion campaign will continue and that the Church of Jesus Christ will continue to reach out and show compassion to those who are considering abortion and those who have had abortions. May Ireland flourish by the preaching of the Word. How long, O Lord, how long?. . .”

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There has been much rejoicing in Ireland over the result of a referendum. Large crowds gathered in Dublin city centre. A party was in full swing in Dublin Castle. Groups of cheering and clapping people were at the airport to cheer on those who had flown back especially to vote.

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“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was also greeted by cheers when he arrived as was Ailbhe Smyth from the Together for Yes campaign. Supporters ate After Eight chocolates and popped bottles of Champagne while waiting for the result to be announced. Some supporters dressed as angels, while hundreds wore jumpers and T-shirts with campaign slogan.”

“A ‘quiet revolution’   “I want to reassure you that Ireland today is the same as it was last week, but more tolerant, open and respectful.”  Irish Prime Minister – Leo Varadkar

Imagine you had been away for a few months and returned to this scene. You would…

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JEWISH EVANGELISM cont.

If only we would all do as Cathy and her husband do, and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the Jewish people!

PEACEMAKERS

I told the story of  evangelizing a Jewish man named Al here, but there were others. In the nursing home, where we did Sunday services, there were many Jewish people.

There was…

Joseph – Joseph was a relative of a resident at the nursing home. He was a survivor of the holocaust. He told us about the awful things he went through during WW2. Many times when we saw him he would smile and reach into his pocket to give us a hard candy. That was his trademark of sorts. After offering him a Bible tract, which he took, he handed us a Bible tract someone else had given him in his neighborhood. He would always smile and sometimes he would say… “keep up the good work”.

and…

Irwin – Irwin was also a relative of a resident at the nursing home. He knew that we did Christian services…

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