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HOLY STUFF OR HOLEY STUFF, WHOLLY?


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HOLY STUFF OR HOLEY STUFF, WHOLLY?

BY: William Andrew Dillard

Words with the same, or very similar, phonetic sounds are called homophones. Since they are often indistinguishable in sound, understanding them depends on proper context in spoken language, and proper spelling in written form.
“Holy” means sacred, worthy of reverence, etc. “Holey” means full of holes. “Wholly” means all, or complete. The homophonic quality of these words with meanings so different lends itself to a lesson application.
In an acute, spiritually anemic world of religion, many variant voices are heard purporting to be the will of the Lord. Such voices may have a well chosen “springboard” verse of scripture twisted out of biblical context to support the peculiar nuance of the speaker. Pity the poor listener who believes whatever may be set before him simply because a pet scripture has been used as a prop.
A sane and sensible question one should ask is, “Is this message holy stuff or simply holey stuff, wholly?”
Once a scripture has been twisted out of context, it no longer conveys the holy truth it is meant to convey within its context. It is full of holes, and will not hold spiritual water. The practice creates a common commentary of the last days.
Let it be underscored that the Bible is not a disjointed collage of opposing ideas, neither is it a code known only to a select few. It is not the gift of the church to the world, rather it is God’s gift to the church to share with the world that they may be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
The honest Bible student will not read into the scriptures pre-supposed ideas, but will read out of the scriptures the contextual ideas that are harmoniously conveyed.
Since the Bible is the plenary word of God, one may be sure that harmony, symmetry, and unity prevail in its presentation to the exclusion of any contradiction whatsoever.
The depth of the inspired instruction is such that the serious Bible student will continue to learn from it as long as he lives, but such learning will always harmonize with the elementary, indisputable lessons first learned.
But, the charlatan purveyors of that which is holey continue in increasing numbers as biblically predicted for the last days. By these things the necessity of a life anchor in the Holy Word is underscored. All who are blessed to know the Lord in these last days do well to “try the spirits” to determine from which source they come. This may take the initial form of simply questioning with a determination to know the answer: “Is this holy stuff, or is it simply holey stuff, wholly?” Every message must stand of fall by the unerring measure of Heaven’s unified Word!

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NOT THE AGE OF AQUARIUS,


NOT THE AGE OF AQUARIUS, 

BUT OF PHARMACY

William Andrew Dillard
Parson to Person

Pharmacy” is transliterated from the ancient Greek language (taken bodily from one language to another). There it appears as “pharmakeia.” It means the dispensing and use of drugs, but mainly in a bad sense. In both Old and New Testaments, this term, and its Hebrew equivalent “kashaph” are translated in English as “witchcraft(s) and sorcery.” It is a practice that plays a major role in the lives of men as the age comes to a close. This idea is not to be taken as an accusation of evil toward legitimate pharmacies whose purpose is to aid in treatment of the ills and pains of men in their physical infirmities. But it denotes the ages-long abuse and misuse of drugs in what is called recreational, and mind altering abuse. Moreover, the Biblical terms “witchcraft” and “sorcery” have definite metaphorical denotations in their usage throughout human history. Sometimes a drug is a physical substance. Sometimes it is a strong line of falsehoods meant to alter the thinking from that which is ultimately true, as in the Word of God. In ancient times idolaters used both. They used physical drugs as they knew them, but the aim and purpose was to captivate and alter the minds of men with forms of doctrine and ceremonies that were originated in hell itself. Why did this happen, and why does it continue to happen? It is as old as good and evil, God and Satan. It is Satan’s design and purpose to destroy the very images of Almighty God as much as possible. He is the destroyer, and that must not be forgotten.
The apostle, Paul names Pharmakeia” translated “witchcraft” as a work of the sinful flesh in Galatians 5:20. Additionally, as the false religious systems of the world, termed metaphorically as Babylon, are destroyed, their just and righteous charge among several other things is the practice and dissemination of (pharmakeia). sorceries, Revelation 18:23. It is by these things that false religion has been drunken with the blood of God’s people from the death of righteous Abel, to the prophets, and onward to New Testament times. Presently, the explosion of pharmakeia” in literal and metaphorical senses is bringing about the destruction of myriad lives, this nation, and the world at large. It is imperative then to the wellbeing of every person to have the firsthand, knowledgeable standing place. If it is deemed wise to avoid the literal “pharmakeia,” it is many times more wise to avoid the metaphorical “pharmakeia.” The only acceptable alternative is not the word of religious men or the alignment of stars, rather it is the inerrant, infallible Word of God. How dare anyone to let his copy of it collect dust in his home or his life.
Let those with ears enough to hear, hear the admonition to abandon the drunken course of this world and its influence on eternal verities. God offers to all sobriety, but those in “pharmakeia” will meet the sure judgment already set forth in the clear terms of Holy Writ!

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Extremism: A Hallmark of Christianity


A tremendous article by  Randall A. Terry

Extremist!”

This label is nearly as bad as the Scarlet Letter in many American Christian minds. Hostile unbelievers cast this insult like the first “without sin” stone on anyone who dares to take an uncompromising stand on issues. The fear of being condemned as an “extremist” has been so effective that many tepid Christian leaders in pastorates, seminaries and ministry leadership positions have joined Christianity’s enemies and launched their own quiet, thoughtful, reasoned attack on “extremism.”

 

The practical result of this is that battalions of young “Davids” sit fidgeting on the sidelines, while the King Sauls of the Church explain to the Davids why it is not God’s will to slay the Goliaths.

However, the charge of extremism – rather than an accusation to be ashamed of – is actually an accolade to relish and revel in; because without doubt Christianity is the ultimate extremist religion. No other religion, no other faith, no other deity even comes close. I submit that the war on extremism from inside or outside Christianity is ultimately a war on Christianity itself.

 

Consider the extremes of Christ’s attributes and offices.

 

He is the Lamb of God; he is the lion of the tribe of Judah.

He is the Prince of Peace;

He is the Man of War. A bruised reed He will not break;

He shatters the nations with a rod of iron.

Jesus weeps; He has eyes of fire.

He does not lift up His voice; out of His mouth goes a two edged sword.

Christ is the Savior; Christ is the Judge.

He made Himself a servant; He is the Master and Lord of all.

His kingdom is not of this world; He is King of Kings and all kings will bow at His feet.

He wore a crown of thorns; He offers a crown of life.

He is fully God; and He is fully man.

 

Those extremes nearly tore the “Christian” religion apart.

 

Reflect on God the Father.

God is love; God is a consuming fire.

God is light; God dwells in the thick darkness.

Jacob He loves; Esau He hates.

 

The extreme the mandates and the fruit of Christianity in our lives:

The Bible demands that we love our enemies; the Psalmist boasts of his perfect hatred for God’s enemies.

Christ promised to leave his peace with us; yet he declared he did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Christ brings unity to Gentile and Jew; he divides a mother-in-law from her daughter-in-law.

He commands us to rejoice evermore; he adjures us to let our joy be turned to sorrow and our laughter to weeping.

 

God’s dealings with men and nations are equally extreme.

He will save the city for the sake of 10 righteous men; he destroys tens of thousands for the sin of one man.

One errant son loses Paradise by one act; one obedient son redeems the world by one act.

God forgives the woman taken in adultery; he kills the man for steadying the Arc of the Covenant with his hand.

He sends blistering drought in Elijah’s day; he drowns the world in Noah’s.

He brought the first son of David and Bathsheba to the grave; he brought their next son to the throne.

The Lord and the angels rejoice when sinners are converted; converted sinners will judge the angels.

 

Biblical heroes are a study in extremes.

David is the sweet Psalmist of Israel wedding poetry; David is the fierce

warrior who presents Goliath’s head to the king.

Elijah stands and conquers 400 prophets of Baal; he flees in terror at the word of one woman.

Abraham begs God for a son; then willingly offers him as a sacrifice until God intervenes.

Peter declares he will die for Jesus; within hours he denies he even knows him. Timid Gideon begs God for a sign; brave Gideon slays two kings on a stone. Saul of Tarsus kills Christians; he is finally killed for being one.

 

The extremes of Christianity may startle us; they may make some comfortable; but they are not contradictions.

The tightrope walker that balances his acts with a long pole holds but one pole. It is the extremes of that pole that keep them in balance. Should he favor one side of the pole and lop off the other, he could not maintain his balance–he would fall.

 

This is the plight of modern theologians and preachers. Having accepted the false notion of Christianity’s enemies that certain aspects of our God and faith are extreme (and therefore extremely embarrassing), they have lopped off the extremities that preserve them on precarious heights–and they have fallen; fallen into the safety net of fallen man’s opinions. But this safety net is actually a snare.

Having turned from the Harsh Master who reaps what he did not sow, they have enslaved themselves to harsher masters who sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. Our modern, sophisticated, would-be “heroes of the faith” slay no tyrants, conquer no kingdoms, risk no martyrdom. Instead, they get photos with tyrants, protect the status quo of the kingdom, and frequently martyr the reputations of their extremist brethren.

 

By trying to blend the heat of God’s mercy and the coldness of his judgment, the “balanced” have exchanged their glory for the similitude of a lukewarm, politically correct ox, fit only to be spewed out of Christianity’s mouth.

By the forced blending of God’s unapproachable light and the thick darkness in which he dwells, the moderates of Christianity have created the drab-grey-God who neither inspires wonder nor dread.

They have balance; the balance of a fixed, lifeless statue.

 

One achieves healthy balance by remembering both the goodness and severity of God; not by blending them into divine indifference. One maintains balance by accepting the extremes of black-and-white; not by creating a bland, grey divinity.

 

What Christianity’s detractors both inside and outside the church must accept is that Christianity is extreme – extreme to the wildest degree. Perhaps nothing reveals this extremism more than the final state of man. The righteous live in night-less light, the wicked are cast into outer darkness. The redeemed dwell in perpetual joy; the rebels weep and gnash their teeth forever. Those who die in friendship with Christ have eternal life; those who die rejecting His grace have eternal damnation. It does not get any more extreme than this.

 

Those who reject extremes must inevitably reject Christ and Christianity.

By rejecting the extremes of male and female, our seminaries have created religious eunuchs and barren heralds; neuters that cannot reproduce their kind. By castigating Christianity’s extremities, have castrated its vitality.

 

Please show to us the “balanced” moderate who has done anything great

in history. They have won no great battles, they have no tragic defeats. They

have no boast, they have no denials. They offer no heads of giants; their songs

are trite and predictable.

 

When moderates in the Church call for balance, they really want to lop off the embarrassing extremes of Christ, His Church, and His history. But by doing so, they make Christianity an embarrassment. It is no longer, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also…” but rather, “These men who want a place at the table have come to discuss compromises.”

 

Past enemies of the Gospel feared extremist Christians: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Our modern leaders are learned, but not bold. Now our enemies marvel that Christian leaders won’t fight for Christianity; they take note that they have been with Balaam.

These new champions – pitiful eunuchs – inspire neither dread nor ecstasy, neither joy nor weeping. They inspire nothing, because only extremes inspire people. Mediocrity, gray, blandness… inspires no one. They cannot advance and conquer for Christianity, for they cannot even defend her. They are safe, and they are irrelevant or worse yet; they are relevant only as religious hostages to be paraded before enemies like trophies from a conquered kingdom. By the waters of Babylon they have sung skillfully. Unlike the three Hebrew children, they bow deeply.

Conquered brothers, captured sisters, be loosed of the chains of your safe, grey, lukewarm, mediocrity. Cease giving succor to the enemy. Your war on extremism is a war on Christianity itself, and you cannot win. Come, battle demons with us. Relish the exhilaration of triumphs; curse the hapless defeats.

 

You can only achieve great victories by risking great disasters.

Stop trying to give God a facelift; he doesn’t need your plastic surgery.

Stop trying to amputate the extremes of Christianity you find so embarrassing.

To the unbelieving rebels; behold the goodness and severity of God. If you repent and believe the gospel, you will receive forgiveness and mercy from the God who made you, and sent His Son to die for you. But if you continue to rebel, and die outside of God’s friendship, you will be judged. If you spurn His mercy, you will drink the terrifying cup of His wrath forever. And your accusations of Christianity’s extremes will taunt you for all eternity.

 

Finally, to young and old believers alike – who yearn for militancy in the

Church Militant – take this advice: flee the guidance of these barren doctors of divinity. Do not follow their lead into the ghetto of mediocrity. They will deliver you from extremes, but they will rob you of your strengths to deliver. They will inoculate you from the pain and anguish of childbirth, because they will sterilize you. Better to be in anguished labor for Christ than to be a quiet gelding for Jesus.

Rejoice in the boundaries of extremism. Rejoice in the God of extremes.

Find your balance in the extremes of Christianity.

 

Boldly declare:

 

 “I am an extremist!” and then live out that extremism to the extreme.

 

 

By Randall A. Terry

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Dominionist “king” Eddie Long dead at 63 – Berean Research


The man who was once hoisted high, wrapped in a Jewish scroll and anointed with the title and crown of “King” has died. Eddie long was 63. As part of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Long was given apostolic/leadership authority over nearly 300 churches, over which congregations were to submit to the almost absolute authority […]

Source: Dominionist “king” Eddie Long dead at 63 – Berean Research

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NEEDED: B’NAI HASSEPHER


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NEEDED: B’NAI HASSEPHER

B’NAI HASSEPHER: these are Hebrew words that translate “Sons of the Book.” The need of such is underscored as the world races pell-mell to a grand finale, and as pressure increases in churches, and among pastors to be politically correct, non-offensive, and heavily involved in religious social activities. Could it be described as a dumbing down of the churches in general? Little attention beyond a spiritual salvation emphasis is given to folks from the book. Think about it!
It is lamentable that such an obvious gap exists between modern ministers and those of a generation or two gone by. The former ones were B’NAI HASSEPHER, “Sons of the Book,” much more concerned with the unity, harmony, and symmetry of the Holy Book being set forth than a psychology lesson on how to win friends and influence people to enhance a religiously social group. While it is laudable that the basic tenants of the gospel are still oft presented in most of our churches, it may also be heard in any number of others churches that would be regarded heretical otherwise. One may attend any number of worship services nowadays and leave wondering what he may have heard that he would not have heard in several denominational churches. It is comparable to one excitedly hogging all the milk possible, but never having access to meat.
In a large number of preachers (about 500) I heard a young college graduate extol in psychological terms how pastors should benefit from increased membership in their churches. After so long a time, an older minister arose and loudly asked, “Is the Bible not still our rule of faith and practice?” Upon hearing that affirmed, he went on to reply, “Well, then, isn’t all of this just a bunch of foolishness?” It was! But there are too few who understand that today, and fewer who dare to stand up strongly to it.
A number of years ago, a fellow pastor of a fairly large church confided in me that he was going to leave the ministry. Somewhat shocked, I asked why. He replied that he had preached all the sermons he could find in the book, and was tired of repeating himself. Incredible! His inability, or unwillingness to study THE BOOK and believe what he found, then prepare it for a scrumptious meal for his congregation led him to the inevitable sickness produced by formal rituals and stale tables.
In times such as these, there is a crying need for true spiritual refreshment and nourishment that can come only from hearts submitted to God, and minds studied up on His Word! Let social religion be for modernists. I appeal to all who take the name of our Lord unto themselves to labor to actually become B’NAI HASSEPHER, SONS OF THE BOOK! Let it be underscored that when it is time to cross the bar from which no traveler returns, the only thing one can take with him is what he believes. One cannot believe what he does not know. Thus, the pursuit, and sharing, of spiritual knowledge should be the prime directive of us all.

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THE COVENANT PRINCIPLE


    1. Adamic Covenant. – Unconditional

      1. The constitution of the covenant.

        1. Made with Adam in Eden, before the expulsion.

        2. It is unconditional and consists of a curse and a promise

        3. Genesis 3:14-19 To order the life of man outside Eden

          1. Cherubim – Holiness of God.

          2. Seraphim – Uncleanness of people of God.

      2. The Contents of the covenant.

        1. The curse of Satan – Genesis 3:14.

        2. The judgment on the woman – Genesis 3:16.

          1. Multiplied conception.

          2. Maternal sorrow.

          3. Subordination to man, the headship being invested in man.

        3. The judgment on the man – Genesis 3:17

          1. The ground is cursed for his sake.

          2. He must labor for his living.

        4. The curse on creation – Genesis 3:18.

          1. Caused to bring forth thorns, thistles, etc., and all things which tend to make cultivation difficult.

          2. Genesis 3:17, Sorrow – toil.

        5. The promise – Genesis 3:15.

      3. The Conclusion of the covenant. – Runs on to the renovation of the earth by fire.

      4. The Seal –

        1. Genesis 3:21

        2. Clothing

        3. Genesis 3:23,24

        4. Driven out of the garden.

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GOLD TO GIVE AWAY


HEBREW HONEYCOMB

William Andrew Dillard
GOLD TO GIVE AWAY
There are few verbal equals at arresting attention than the word “Gold.” Gold is considered the ultimate in precious metals, and highly desired for jewelry, dental work, reliable mechanical function, artwork, and a number of other uses where durability, dependability, and functionality are important, but most of all it represents wealth. When standards are referenced, it is the “gold standard” that is prized most. Some people refer to retirement years as the “golden” years. Certainly, the most desirable metal of the Olympics is the gold one, designating the, ultimate winner. But, there are other things of great value referred to as “gold.” Think about it!
The substance of the New Jerusalem, the permanent home of the saints for all eternity, is referred to as made of gold. Moreover, the faithful work of God’s people that will survive the fire at the Judgment Seat of Christ Jesus is referred to as gold, silver and precious stones. I Cor. 3:9-16. Their reward will be great!
Perhaps all of this is meant to underscores the extreme value of what is ours in the here and now to give away. It is what Solomon said in Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Without doubt, this is the gold most presently and acutely needed in a world of failures, dross, and discouragement. An encouraging word, not useless flattery, is so golden. It reaches the heart, and gives heart in a time when it is needed most.
To someone drowning in discouragement; to someone looking for a way up; to someone who is worn down with health, financial, even spiritual problems, a word fitly spoken is as pure gold in a picture of silver. The most wonderful thing about this is we all have a virtual bottomless vault of such apples of gold to share, and having shared them no shortage is realized, rather, wealth is increased in the sharing.
So, what is holding you back from being helped by helping others with these apples of gold in pictures of silver? Whatever it is, it is an impoverishing agent both to self and to others. Since we cannot bankrupt our supply of “golden apples,” ought we not to give as many away as opportunity presents? So, “God bless you, my friends” you are made in the very image of Almighty God. You are so important, and the very Creator has plans for great good for you, all who trust Him, and follow Him. He has made it possible for you to do this, and to be an ambassador of His, giving away God’s great bounty to us all: words fitly spoken: apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Solomon said, “As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.”

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HEBREW HONEYCOMB


 HEBREW HONEYCOMB

William Andrew Dillard
LIVING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ALMIGHTY
The world has seen more than its share of philosophers, particularly of a religious nature. The stoics strive for indifference in pain or joy. The Gnostics know it all and cannot be taught. The Agnostics cannot know anything for sure and discount anyone who thinks he does. Pantheists see every form of life highest to lowest as being God manifest in those forms. Hindus and others believe in reincarnation: that living well advances the form of one’s next appearance, and living poorly the opposite. The Epicurean believes the pleasure of food and drink is God, and that one should gorge those things often. If the various strains of these and others similar to them appear to be endless, it is perhaps because they are.
The ancient Greeks saw God in the form of idols of stone and wood. Paul hit their philosophy head on in his great sermon on Mars Hill recorded in Acts 17. His presentation is God-given, and brilliant. It should be given meditation time by every modern Christian. Think about it!
As Paul made his profound presentation of the one, true, living God to the philosophers on Mars Hill, he capitalized on their acknowledgment that there was an “unknown God.” He further argued in the words of their own poets that we are the offspring of God, therefore, God could not be likened to gold, silver, stone graven by art and man’s device.
Perhaps the most astounding thing those philosophers heard, and a considerable number of folks today, too, is that He is not far from everyone of us. People put much stock in privacy. They just want to be secluded from everyone and everything at times. The idea is so pervasive that some actually feel they are truly alone in ultimate privacy. They would do well to review the 138th Psalm. The Psalmist’s basic question, verse 7, is “ Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” The ultimate answer is there is no such place in the universe. The eyes of the Lord run to and fro in the universe of men. There is no refuge from His presence. He is only a prayer away from cries of our heart, and His arms are outstretched to receive all who cry out to Him in repentance and faith. Paul nailed it. God is not remote, rather He is not far from everyone of us! How comforting always, and especially in this wonderful Christmas season.

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CORVETTES & CAPITALISM


CORVETTES & CAPITALISM

William Andrew Dillard
Heeza Nutt said that a guy with a “man bun” looked at Uncle Locke’s Corvette the other day and said, “I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost ?”
Uncle Locke replied: “I am not sure, but it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur IL. at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore… It fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. BUT… I guess I’ll have to admit, I guess I really don’t know how many people it fed.”
Ha! He just made that bun-headed feller want to crawl back in his hole!
That is the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality. When you buy something, you put money in people’s pockets, and give them dignity for their skills.
When you give someone something for nothing, you rob them of their dignity and self-worth.
Capitalism is freely giving your money in exchange for something of value.
Socialism is taking your money against your will and shoving something down your throat that you never asked for.

Uncle Locke decided he won’t be Politically Correct anymore, which he isn’t!

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DRINKING FROM MY BEER


HEBREW HONEYCOMB

William Andrew Dillard
DRINKING FROM MY BEER


Wait! Please read the story before calling for the tar and feathers! It is indeed interesting to note the aurora of meanings surrounding words whose basic definition is unknown to us. A typical example are the words “beer” and “Beersheba.” “Beersheba” has a sort of romantic ring to it, and one may imagine some great and noble thing is alluded to by the compound word.
However, the word “beer” is actually a Hebrew word, hijacked by breweries, and inserted into the English language bodily (transliteration)> The Hebrew Word actually translates as “well” as in a well of water. Places which sell brewed drinks may be referenced as “watering holes.” Of course, such perverted usage of terms is clearly understood in that context as having nothing to do with plain and simple water.
The word “Sheba” is the Hebrew word for the cardinal number “seven.” So, one may wonder just how the cardinal number seven came to be joined to the word for “well” to create “Beersheba” (well of seven). Here is an interesting story. There was controversy over the ownership of a well of water that Abraham laid claim to as having actually dug. In a covenant of peace with the inhabitants of that country Abraham gave their prince seven ewe lambs as the token of a covenant made between them that the well belonged to Abraham. Hence it is the well that was redeemed by a “gift of seven” lambs., Out of that context, Abraham called the place “Beersheba.”
Now read the story in Genesis 21, and you will never forget the history of Beersheba. That place still exists to this day, It is controlled by descendants of Ishmael, and is a town called Hebron. Here is Beersheba, and also the cave of Machpelah which was the burying place of Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.,
Far from being boring, aloof, and uninteresting, the Bible abounds with mountains of fascinating information to bless the lives of all who invest a little time and energy into it. The Old Testament truly is a treasure house of “Hebrew Honey.”

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