Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Jesus the Christ, Immanuel "God with us"

Merry Christmas!

This is the day Christians celebrate when Jesus the Christ first dwelt "with us" in the flesh. Jesus' birth and conception IS written in the Bible.

The Old Testament foretold of this time that we celebrate.

Isaiah 7:14 (King James Version) Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

And the New Testament recalls this prophecy in Matthew 1

Matthew 1:23 (King James Version) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

The exact date of Jesus' conception and birth is determined with a bit of study in His Word.

Luke 1 (King James Version)1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, (translated this name means most beloved of God), 4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: (this course is a set week of duty in the Temple, 1 Chronicles 24:10, it was June 13-June 19) and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, 9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. 16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias(Elias in Greek, Elijah in Hebrew), to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years . 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, (Gabriel translated means, man of God), that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. (June 19th was the weekly sabbath and no traveling allowed, so he would have left for home at the earliest June 20th. He was an old man stricken in years, at least two-four days travel to get back to his home. That would put conception of John at June 24th) 24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying , 25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (John was now in the womb six months and this date is December 25th)27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold , thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David: 33 And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. (Hebrews 5:5 and Hebrews 5:6) 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (note that she did not doubt this was to happen, as Zacharias had. She wondered how) 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, (note that Gabriel is saying Elisabeth is Mary's cousin. Elisabeth was of the daughters of Aaron as in Luke 1:5. That means that Mary's mother, Elisabeth's sister was Levitical and in Luke 3, Mary's lineage shows her father was of Judah, through David's son, Nathan. The words 'as was supposed' mean 'by law' like we say 'in law' today to describe married into family), she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; (the baby John, six months in the womb, recognized Jesus in the womb of Mary) and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name. 50 And His mercy is on them that fear (revere or respect) Him from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy; 55 As He spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house. 57 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. 59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. 64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. 65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. 66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him. 67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people, 69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70 As He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant; 73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 74 That He would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve Him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life. 76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 77 To give knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins, 78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

Six months later, September 29th, JESUS was born at the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles and circumcised on the 8th day. The shepherds were with their flocks, working in the fields, when our Saviour was born.

Christmas is a very special time of year when our Lord and Saviour first dwelt with man, conceived this day in the womb of Mary.

A precious gift of great love offered in freedom for each soul to choose from God to the world.

Ezekiel 18:23 (King James Version) Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

2 Peter 3:9 (King James Version) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish , but that all should come to repentance.

John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 15:11 (King James Version) These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

What is Judeo-Christian? How does that align with John 14:6?

The following is an article written by CR Dickey sometime between 1938 and 1967 - Article from Biblical Treasures (Volume I) – C. R. Dickey. For more information on her from the editors of Biblical Treasures (Volume I), refer to the bottom of this post.

The question asked is "what is Judeo-Christian" as so many site America's founding as and how is that so in light of John 14:6?


One of the strangest and most inexplicable movements in approximately two thousand years of Christian history is developing rapidly and almost imperceptibly in our midst at this time. Scan the church notes and news items of lectures in any large daily newspaper for abundant evidence of the reality and growth of an amazing confederacy of Jews and Christians. Jewish Rabbis are frequent speakers in Christian pulpits. The National Conference of Christians and Jews has become a going concern which influences the policy for the major portion of American Protestantism.

Unthinking church laymen accept this situation without even feeling the need of a shock absorber. To them it seems a friendly gesture based upon brotherly love and mutual goodwill. Christian ministers and laymen sit at the feet of Rabbis today rejoicing that they are not as the narrow-minded publicans and sinners. They feel virtuous and proud because of what they term their liberality and tolerance. If an earnest Christian, who cares more for discovering Divine truth than for the tradition of men, ventures to point out the incongruities of such fellowship he is pounced upon with charges of religious bigotry and racial prejudice.

It is not necessary to beat a retreat in the face of such charges if one can be sure that his position is supported by the teachings of the Scriptures. Truth may be “crushed to earth” for a time, but it is sure to “rise again” as inevitably as the handwriting on the wall by the finger of God. In any discussion of this subject there is only one important thing to consider and that is the message of the Bible. What does the Christ of Christianity have to say about this problem? What counsel regarding this matter did the Lord’s chief ambassadors leave for our edification?

Before attempting to answer these questions, let it be understood throughout this discussion that the writer is voicing no personal prejudice nor dislike of the Jewish people. Neither is it stated or implied that all Jews approve of the motives and methods of certain leaders among Jewry whose activities, if not curbed, will bring both Judaism and Christianity into further disrepute among men and into a greater measure of Divine judgment. Let us keep in mind also that leaders of Protestantism who disregard the counsel and warnings of our Lord are equally guilty in making alliances detrimental to His church. As these Protestant officials do not truly represent the main body of Christian believers, so do we recognize that officials of Jewry may fail to represent the majority of their people. While our Lord denounced the crafty and designing officials, He had compassion on the multitude. His example inspires the intent of this discussion.

The Apostle Paul, master interpreter of the Gospel, writing to the Galatian Christians, sounded a warning that could not have been more timely for the day in which it was written than it is for our generation:

”Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1.)

Now what was this “yoke of bondage?” It was the saddling of Judaism to the Christian church. Everywhere Paul carried the Gospel of Christ he was followed by Jewish enemies who attempted to control and confuse the Christians. His entire Galatian letter is a powerful dissertation and warning against the entangling alliances of Jews and Christians.

That Jewish leaders are making friendly overtures to Christian churches is evident throughout the country. They are subtly identifying themselves with Christians from the pulpit, on the lecture platform and in the press. A prominent Jewish writer and lecturer is quoted by a reporter as saying in a lecture recently, “Between Christians who are Christians and Jews who are Jews, there can be no differences; we want the same things.”

A Rabbi, claiming to be a pastor of the first American Hebrew-Christian Synagogue, speaking in a church, made the following statements which are quoted at random from notes made at the time: “We have combined Judaism and Christianity….The Jews have their sects, Pharisees, Sadducees, Ashkenazim, Sephardim, etc., today the same as in Jesus’ day….The Rabbis have changed the Old Testament….I lived my whole life without the Bible….The Rabbis consider the Talmudic law more important than the Bible. They use the Torah and Talmud instead of the Bible. The background of the New Testament is Talmudic teaching.”

It was a strange sight to behold in a staid old church, but the Rabbi made a brotherly love plea, then took up a collection and guileless Presbyterians, Methodists and Baptists gave contributions to carry on the spurious work of combining Judaism and Christianity.

Let us now compare a few statements from the Lord Jesus on this subject: “Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Saducees. Beware of the scribes.” Luke, in Chapter 20, tells of the chief priests, scribes and elders coming to Jesus questioning His authority. Jesus told the parable of the wicked husbandman and concluded with these words:

"He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others.” (Luke 20:16a.)

Now study the result which followed:

"And when they heard it, they said, God forbid. And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected. The same is become the head of the corner? Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on Him; and they feared the people for they perceived that He had spoken this parable against them. And they watched Him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of His words, that so they might deliver Him unto the power and authority of the governor.” (Luke 20:16b-20.)

Matthew 15 records another controversy between Jesus and the leaders of Jewry:

"Ye hypocrites, well did Esais [Isaiah] prophesy unto you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men….Then came His disciples, and said unto Him, Knowest Thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But He answered and said, Every plant which My heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matt. 15:7-9; 12-14.)

From a most casual reading of the Gospels, it is evident that Jesus never identified His work with the program of organized Jewry. If in doubt about this, read carefully John 8. Among many significant statements on that occasion ponder these two statements:

"Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me….He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” (John 8:42 & 47.)

Paul did not identify himself and his work with Judaism after his conversion. He makes this clear in the first chapter of his letter to the Galatians:

“Ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: and profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who…called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: neither went I up to Jerusalem.” (Gal. 1:13-17.)

In 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16, Paul adds further evidence on this point:

”For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own country men, even as they have of the Jews: who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.”

Peter almost became entangled at one time but was set on the straight and narrow path by Paul who tells us:

”I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.” (Gal. 2:11.)

Some readers may resent the placing of twentieth century Jews in the same category with first century Jews. Have they not changed in 2,000 years? And does not this classification pronounce harsh judgment upon our fellowmen? There have been changes, to be sure --- but not in unregenerate human nature. And it ought to be possible to face facts without passing judgment, harsh or otherwise. Perhaps we can get a clearer perspective by asking some other questions. Have the radiance, power and fruitfulness of those first century Christians been improved during 2,000 years of experience? On the contrary, we find ourselves struggling in the midst of our modern civilization to duplicate the courage and spiritual power of those first Christians. Then again, has sin changed or disappeared in the course of twenty centuries? Is unbelief any different now from what it was when Jesus walked among men? Have the results of rejecting Christ undergone any perceptible changes?

If Christ only has power on earth to forgive sins and regenerate human lives, will someone explain by what process the Jews of today, who still reject Him as Redeemer, have become essentially different from what they were in 30 A. D.?

One need not hesitate to affirm that the leaders of Jewry are not carrying on God’s work, regardless of how pious they may seem, because Jesus says if they were doing God’s work they would recognize Him as the promised Son of God. Do not be deceived by the complimentary things which certain Rabbis and writers are saying about Christianity. Notice that, while they are getting quite “chummy” with Jesus, the man, they are as far away as ever from the Christ who is to take the throne of David and reign over the house of Jacob forever. Matthew tells us:

"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What think ye of Christ?” (Matt. 22:41-42.)

The Jews are still silent on that question.

In the record of events leading up to Peter’s denial of Christ, we read:

”Peter followed Him afar off, even into the palace of the high priests: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.” (Mark 14:54.)

This suggests to one’s mind that the palace of the high priest was the farthest point of departure from the Lord. Evidently Peter went in at the back door to sit with the servants. The times do change men’s methods. Today the chief Rabbis are invited to take the seats of honor in the Lord’s sanctuary; though still unbelievers, they sit among the counselors and take part in directing the program of His blood-bought church.

In former days the controversies between Jews and Christians centered in circumcision and in the Talmudic interpretation of laws and ordinances. Modern Jews are not concerned so much about these ancient problems. The emphasis has changed. Now their interest is centered in persuading the Christians to set aside the authority of the Scriptures, substituting therefore “liberalism” --- meaning what? --- atheism and paganism camouflaged.

This is the snare which has most intrigued the leaders of Protestantism. Several volumes could be written about the results that have been accomplished already along this line; for example, the sowing of false doctrines through universities and seminaries into every American hamlet; the control of publicity channels; the propagation of such movements as the Fellowship of Faiths where the Son of God is reduced to the position of understudy of Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, Indian fakirs, and Persian Bahaists.

A chief Rabbi, speaking recently at a Business and Professional Women’s Club dinner, stated as one of her objectives the “elimination of unfair and untrue statements about Jews in Sunday school literature” --- obviously meaning by this that certain teachings of Jesus must be barred from publication in Christian literature. The work of deleting the Scriptures is under way on a big scale; one such abbreviated Bible, published by a Jewish firm, is being widely advertised by Christian publications and its circulation further enhanced by the Book-of-The-Month-Club offering it as a gift. Attend a meeting in a Christian church which is to be addressed by a Rabbi and observe how the ministers select the hymns, the Scripture readings and the prayers to fit the tender sensitivities of the Jewish brother. All mention of Christ is painstakingly avoided in deference to the visitor. Does God laugh or weep at such strange reversion on the part of men who claim to be redeemed by the sacrifice of His Son on Calvary?

Strange to say the present objectives of Jewry are not new. They bear a striking resemblance to those met by Paul. Writing to Titus, Paul advised:

”For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” (Titus 1:10-11.)

Then he cautioned Titus to warn the Cretians:

”Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:13-16.)

The Scriptures abound in warnings against Christians forming entangling alliances with unbelievers of all kinds --- Jews and non-Jews:

”Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Col. 2:8.)

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?...Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” (II Cor. 6:14-17.)

Christian leaders must either separate themselves from the evil influences of the enemies of Christ or be overcome by them. The promotion of Jewish-Christian relations on the basis of present-day trends is unfair to the Jews themselves, who will never be brought to a saving knowledge of Christ by such unscriptural methods.

The answer to a vital question is hanging in the balance --- Will Protestantism continue to stand fast in the liberty of Christ, or, will it become increasingly entangled in the bondage of modern Judaism?

The Staff at Destiny Publishers, having read all the articles written by the late C. R. Dickey (Christina R. Dickey) found in DESTINY Magazines from July 1938 to October 1967, received such a blessing from her writings that we wanted to share the information with all who are seeking God’s wonderful truths. We are hereby publishing all her articles in two volumes, which we believe you will find most inspiring and of genuine interest and value.

Her knowledge of the Scriptures was unbelievable so she must have had a very close association with her Lord, as she certainly became a champion for His cause.

Our late beloved editor, Howard B. Rand, realized her talent as he published many of articles in booklet form.

The reader should take into account the time element when each article was written, which was from the late thirties to the middle sixties. We found her articles to be up to the minute as though she had written them yesterday. Her writings on various subjects are backed up with Scripture verses, as well as with quotes from reliable sources, when making a point. From her writings, the Lord surely made use of her God-given talents.

Although we do not have any knowledge of her background, we do know that she was a Congregational minister. Her sermons given must have been of interest and value to her congregation. We are sure her articles contained in this book will do the same.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Passover

Today at sundown, we celebrate Passover. This is why we celebrate.

I Corinthians 5:7-8 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Leaven is yeast which when it is mixed in the dough affects the whole lump of dough and it represents sin that Jesus came to forgive us for not being perfect so we can be a new lump.

Matthew 27:50-53 Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the Holy City and appeared unto many.

John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Immanuel=God with us, Strong's Concordance Hebrew and Chaldee dictionary, page 89 #6005'Immanuw'el, im-maw-noo-ale'; with us (is) God)

Because of Jesus being the perfect sacrifice that covers our sins (that we repent for), He gave us power in His Name over all evil.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

And evil/the destroyer must pass over us like it did in Egypt for those who had the blood of the lamb on their door posts (Exodus 11 and 12), like we now have the blood of the Lamb of Christ on the door posts of our mind through studying and understanding His Word now.

Exodus 12:23-25 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel and the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you according as He hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

Jesus Christ IS the Living Word.

Psalms 40:7-8 Then said I, Lo, I come : in the volume of the book it is written of me,I delight to do Thy will, O my God.

Hebrews 10:7 Then said I , Lo , I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Another thing to check out . . .

bef. 900; ME ester, OE Ä“astre; c. G Ostern; orig. name of a goddess and her festival; akin to east

OR go to your Strong's Exhaustive Concordance and look up the original word that the translators translated to 'easter'. You will find 'easter' on page 293 in the right hand column. Only one time is it found in the English translation/version of the Bible. The word it was translated from is #3957 in the Greek Dictionary portion, (you will find it on page 56 in the Greek portion of the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance)pascha; [comp. #6453 in Hebrew] the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival, or the special sacrifices connected with it).

Now look up the word "Passover" on pages 774-775. There are 48 times in the Hebrew that #6453 pecach in the Hebrew Dictionary was translated "Passover" and there are 28 times in the Greek that #3957 pascha was translated "Passover". Only one time in Acts 12:4 was that exact same word #3957 suddenly translated to 'easter'. Why? If an error in translating was made, which word is most likely the error? Which is the truth?

God bless you and all you love. Happy Passover.

God bless you and all you love. Happy Passover.

Love in Jesus Christ,

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Waters of Shiloah - CR Dickey

I am always amazed at how timely Christina's articles from 1937-1968 are. The ages old war from Genesis 3:15 continues today and the Truth still pertains. Do you think God cares about elections among free people?


Sometimes one’s imagination is captivated by the beauty of a phrase in the Scriptures which, for the moment, appears to be out of harmony with its context. Such an appealing phrase is found in Isaiah’s eighth chapter where the prophet mentions “the waters of Shiloah that go softly.”

The words “Shiloah” and “Siloam” mean “a sending of waters,” as through an aqueduct. Concerning these words, Dr. John D. Davis writes in his Bible Dictionary:

“Siloam --- a pool at Jerusalem (John 9:7), probably identical with Shiloah, the waters of which go softly (Isa. 8:6), and the pool of Shelah, which was by the King’s garden (Neh. 3:15). Josephus says that it was situated…near a bend of the old wall beneath Ophel….The fountain is a small upper basin excavated in the rock. From the lower reservoir, the water flows in a small rill across the road and irrigates gardens in the Kidron valley.”

Now that we have located Shiloah, where the waters go softly, let us read the strange setting of these words in Isaiah’s prophecy, verses 5-8, Smith and Goodspeed Translation:

“Once more the Lord spoke to me, saying,
‘Because this people have spurned
The waters of Shiloah, that flow gently,
And melt in fear before Rezin and the son
Of Remaliah,
Behold, the Lord is bringing up against
The waters of the River, mighty and many,
Even the king of Assyria and all his glory;
And it shall rise over all its channels,
And shall pass over all its banks,
And shall sweep on through Judah, in an
Overwhelming flood,
And shall reach as high as the neck.’”

When Isaiah’s prophecy was spoken, the forces of Syria and Israel were being swept into captivity by the triumphant Assyrian host. As one writer aptly comments on the situation:

“No doubt Ahaz and his court felt they could afford to laugh at Isaiah, who had steadily opposed the alliance which appeared to have been so advantageous. But the triumph of the wicked is short. The unholy success in which bad men rejoice contains within itself the seeds of peril and pain, of retribution and ruin. The ally in whom Ahaz had trusted presently became his oppressor; it was a verification in actual life of the fable of the horse that took a man for its ally. So it is today with all who prosper without God and against God. Their prosperity is, strictly speaking, unnatural, and everything that is unnatural speedily brings on disorder.”

The fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy is recorded in II Chronicles 28: 6, as follows:

“For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers.”

When prophecy and facts are brought together the meaning of Isaiah’s symbolism becomes clear. “The waters of Shiloah that go softly” symbolize the tender solicitude of God for His people, and the help of His strong arm which is available at all times when they seek Him in faith. The waters of the overflowing River symbolize the might of Assyria’s king and the devastation which would sweep over Judah. In comparison with the mighty Euprates, the little stream of Shiloah seemed wholly inadequate and unworthy of consideration; so the people spurned the one course that could have saved them. Both Israel and Judah were swept by overwhelming floods again and again because they refused the gentle stream of heavenly love and protection. In the Song of Solomon, the potent waters of Shiloah are described as:

“A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.” (Song of Solomon 4:15.)

Mingled with rebukes and warnings to both the houses of Israel, Isaiah inserts this paragraph of finality and hope:

“I will bind up my testimony, and seal my teaching in the heart of my disciples. Then I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Israel; I will set my hope on him, while I and the children whom the Lord has given me remain as signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.” (Isa. 8:16-18, Smith & Goodspeed Trans.)

These words are of special significance and must have been in Isaiah’s mind when he wrote the next chapter, which contains his great prophecy concerning Christ’s birth and His future reign upon the throne of David. The familiar lines cannot be quoted too often as the day approaches for their complete fulfillment:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.” (Isa. 9:6-7.)

Looking forward to the coming of Israel’s Redeemer, Zechariah wrote:

“In that day there shall be a fountain opened in the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.” (Zech. 13:1.)

That fountain was opened freely for all the world when Jesus the Christ came and walked among His people to teach them, heal them, and give His own precious blood to save them from sin and death. In conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, Jesus said to her:

“Anyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but anyone who drinks the water that I will give him will never be thirsty, but the water that I will give him will become a spring of water within him, bubbling up for eternal life.” (John 4:13-14, Smith & Goodspeed Trans.)

The seventh chapter of John’s Gospel reports the controversy which raged over the identity of Jesus at the feast of the tabernacles. John says that on the last day of the festival, which was the greatest, Jesus stood up and cried out:

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. If anyone believes in me, streams of living water, as the Scripture says, shall flow forth from his heart.” (John 7:38, Smith & Goodspeed Trans.)

Waters that flow gently from this spiritual fountain are the source of cleansing and healing. Jesus said to the man who was born blind. “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” (John 9:7). We are told that the man went his way, washed as he was told to do, “and came seeing.”

In Isaiah 9:16, it is written, “For the leaders of this people cause them to err.” It has ever been so. The nations of Christendom are in their present woeful plight because our leaders, too, have refused “the waters that go softly.” Consequently, the Lord has brought upon them an overflowing tide of Communism and general subversion, as the evil fruits of rebellion against His expressed will for them. The Heavenly Father laments:

“O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.” (Isa. 48:18.)

Again He said:

“I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” (Isa. 48:17.)

But, as Israel nations in the world today, we are refusing to drink at the fountain of living waters. Like Judah and Israel of old, we are now floundering in an overwhelming flood tide of evil, “as high as the neck,” almost submerged, but not quite. God is sovereign over all the earth. “All governments are but instruments which He uses when and as He pleases” --- a thought of comfort for the obedient, of terror for the disobedient.

Leaders of nations predominantly Christian in belief should beware of trifling with the basic principles of Divine law and mercy. There is a tendency among political leaders to think that, because God has especially blessed our nation in the past, we may now sin with less risk than other peoples. Such is not the case, for those who attempt to use the grace of God for their own selfish ends will meet the sorer punishment than infidels. Jeremiah says of such leaders and their followers:

“Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit….For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jer. 2:11, 13.)

Many churchgoing people consider it a mark of sanctity to refrain from active participation in the affairs of local, state and national government. Yet it is a fact that the Bible bears witness against this foolish idea. The Preacher’s Homiletic Commentary, in Isaiah, Volume I, contains some statements which are timeless in their application, and certainly of vital importance to all Western nations today. We quote at some length from pages 173-174:

“God’s people are to be ‘a peculiar people.’ Their whole life is to be governed by Divine principles. By these principles they will be saved from the grievous practical heresy of abstention from public life. Civilized life, especially in a free community, is a partnership, and no man has a right to take all the advantages of a partnership and evade all its labors and obligations. We are bound to labor as well as pray, that God’s will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. The result of abstention on the part of Christian men from public life is the domination of bad men, and the employment of the resources of the community for evil purposes. ‘The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted’ (Psalm 12:8).

“If we need example in this matter, we have the example of the prophets, who were much more than preachers of a monastic piety: they were active politicians, and yet politicians of an utterly unworldly type. By these principles they will be guided and kept amid all the duties and difficulties of public life. They will be uplifted above party spirit in all its narrow and debasing forms. Theirs will be that true patriotism which consists in a steady loyalty to truth, and righteousness, and mercy. If we are to be Biblical politicians, and this is the duty of every man among us, we shall not necessarily be found on the side of the majority. How often God’s people have been called to stand in what is called a ‘miserable minority’!

“We shall not necessarily share in the prevalent feelings of our time, whether they be those of fear or hope. We shall know that no permanent hurt can be done to our nation while it is in pursuit of righteousness, and that no real advantage can be gained by methods that will not bear the Divine scrutiny. Our supreme desire will be, not to conciliate men, but to please God. We shall consider all public questions, and vote for, or withhold our vote from, all public men, as in His sight (Heb. 11:27). This may cause us often to cut ourselves off from our ‘party,’ but this will not trouble us. Hostility may thus be excited against us --- will be excited against us, for such ‘impracticable men’ are the abhorrence of mere politicians; but then God Himself will be to us ‘for a sanctuary.’ We shall never lose sight of the fact that the penalty of ungodliness in public life is ruin.”

Speaking to redeemed Israel, the covenant peoples who have confessed the lordship of Jesus Christ in the latter days, Isaiah said:

“They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.” (Isa. 49:10.)

The waters of Shiloah that go softly rise from mysterious depths, unknown to man. They issue from “that land which human eye has not seen, of which the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple.” The prophet Ezekiel saw the stream coming from under the right side of the temple (47:1); and John, in his apocalyptic vision, saw it proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb (Rev. 22:1). Hence he could say with absolute assurance:

“The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:17.)

Article from Biblical Treasures (Volume I) – C. R. Dickey


The Staff at Destiny Publishers, having read all the articles written by the late C. R. Dickey (Christina R. Dickey) found in DESTINY Magazines from July 1938 to October 1967, received such a blessing from her writings that we wanted to share the information with all who are seeking God’s wonderful truths. We are hereby publishing all her articles in two volumes, which we believe you will find most inspiring and of genuine interest and value.

Her knowledge of the Scriptures was unbelievable so she must have had a very close association with her Lord, as she certainly became a champion for His cause.

Our late beloved editor, Howard B. Rand, realized her talent as he published many of articles in booklet form.

The reader should take into account the time element when each article was written, which was from the late thirties to the middle sixties. We found her articles to be up to the minute as though she had written them yesterday. Her writings on various subjects are backed up with Scripture verses, as well as with quotes from reliable sources, when making a point. From her writings, the Lord surely made use of her God-given talents.

Although we do not have any knowledge of her background, we do know that she was a Congregational minister. Her sermons given must have been of interest and value to her congregation. We are sure her articles contained in this book will do the same.

Saturday, February 6, 2010



. . . Something To Think About. . .

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

The questions raised:

*In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*Do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.

How many other things are we missing?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010


lol I received this in an email this morning. God bless America and God bless all who serve in all the branches of the armed forces of this One Nation Under God.


If you don't know GOD, don't make stupid remarks!!!!!!
A United States Marine was taking some college courses between assignments.
He had completed 20 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan . One of the courses
had a professor who was an avowed atheist, and a member of the ACLU.

One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the
ceiling and flatly stated, GOD if you are real then I want you to knock me
off this platform. I'll give you exactly 15 min.'
The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went
by and the professor proclaimed, 'Here I am GOD, I'm still waiting.'

It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got out of his
chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the
platform. The professor was out cold..

The Marine went back to his se at and sat there, silently.

The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat there looking on in
silence. The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the
Marine and asked, 'What in the world is the matter with you? 'Why did you
do that?'
The Marine calmly replied, 'GOD was too busy today protecting America 's
soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an
idiot. So He sent me..'

The classroom erupted in cheers!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Prayer For Today - CR Dickey article from DESTINY Magazine 1937-1968


Two statements from the Psalms of David sound the keynote of prayer for today. The first is in Psalm 25:5, “Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me”; and the second is in Psalm 43:3, “O send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me.” Stated more succinctly, they read: “Lead me into Thy truth; let Thy truth lead me.”

The special need of this prayer for our time is due to the fact that we are living in an era of unprecedented lying and deception. Lying propaganda has always been the chief causal agent in the breakdown of orderly society. It was used prior to the expulsion from Eden, where the tempter said to the woman, “Ye shall not surely die.” It deluded the people of Noah’s time and buried a civilization in a watery grave. Lies played their part in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and in the downfall of every nation and civilization from that distant time to the present century.

Speaking to the drunkards of Ephraim and to all the “scornful men” of his own generation, the Prophet Isaiah said:

“Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning it shall pass over, by day and by night and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.” (Isa. 28:15-19.)

Such leaders as Isaiah portrays in this chapter are never concerned about truth. They feel secure in the refuge of lies concocted for them by false prophets, faithless priests and political hacks. Always bent on their own evil schemes, they never inquire, “What saith the Lord?” They do not want to know truth, nor do they want to be led by it. It was available to them, as it is to us. So much Divine truth is set forth in the writings of Moses that men who had access to them were without excuse if they failed to heed his teachings; however, access to both Old and New Testaments ignore the wealth of revelation at hand.

Later, as Isaiah looked down the centuries and saw the Israel peoples regathered under the covenant of their Redeemer, he was saddened by the vision that confronted him. In chapter 59, the prophet gives a remarkable description of conditions as they exist today in the United States, in Britain, and in all the other nominally Christian lands of the Western world. We quote in part as follows:

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity….The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

“Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us:…in transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment.”

What could better describe the tumult, the conflicting opinions, emotions, uncertainties and confusion of the present time? Truth is fallen in the street. Consequently, equity cannot enter and there is no righteous judgment. When this condition exists, those who depart from evil become a prey, the victims of liars themselves are responsible. Truth must be rescued and reinstated in Christian society if our nations and churches and freedom are to survive.

What is one to believe? How can he know what is true and what is false in the midst of bedlam? There is only one way to know --- and that is the way of prayer --- earnest, prevailing prayer. When Israel’s beloved King and Psalmist faced problems similar to our own, he prayed:

"Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day….O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.” (Ps. 25:4-5; 43:3.)

Now, in this crucial election year, Christians of the United States should keep this in prayer in their hearts and lips. Already the political campaigns are heading toward an all-time low in demagoguery. The former Democratic and Republican parties, in which each served as a balance wheel to the other, no longer exist; they are now merely two arms of the same international body, which General Douglas MacArthur referred to in one of his speeches as “the invisible government.” Unless a powerful new movement arises from the grass roots soon, voters will have no choice at the polls in November. Both parties have been captured by anti-Christian international conspirators. A vote for either party promises to be a vote for more Socialism to speed Zionism’s dream of World Government.

The editor of Christian Economics writes as follows under the headline, “Are We Disfranchised?”:

“In his new book, Affairs of State – The Eisenhower Years, Richard H. Rovere points out that the Eisenhower administration resembles the Truman administration. Harry and Dwight are more alike than either would suspect or admit….

“Both believe in increasing socialization not only in fiscal affairs, but in schools, ‘social security,’ conscription, universal military training, enormous payments to farmers in return for producing goods that are not needed or wanted at the prices demanded, and special privileges for unions that amount, in some cases, to subsidizing Socialist governments abroad, thus increasing their grip upon the people and so postponing, if not preventing, the achievement of more freedom which would result in greater production and increased well-being.

Both pay lip service to free enterprise, while following a program that leads more and more toward statism. We said before the last election that, if one wanted more Socialism, he could vote either ticket and be sure of winning. How true that prophecy has proved to be! The country is urgently in need of a new political alignment that will permit those who wish to vote against Socialism to register their convictions at the polls.” (May 15, 1956.)

Unless Christian patriots with influence and wealth launch immediately a new political ticket dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution and the sovereignty of the United States, the means with which to do this, both monetary and legal, may be wiped out overnight by judicial or executive order.

It is time to emphasize the fact that a Christian has not done his full duty when he supports a church program and maintains his respectability. As a citizen in the “Commonwealth of (Christian) Israel” (Eph. 2:12), he is responsible for righteous government under God’s direction and laws. If one doubts his responsibility toward the maintenance of good government, let him note what happens to churches when nations lose their freedom. We need to pray for an awakened sense of obligation, not only in national affairs, but in the separate affairs of our forty-eight state governments. Many of us have known the truth about the Divine source of good government, and our duty to uphold it, yet we have failed to let that truth lead us into active participation in the processes of free government.

Nonparticipation on the part of good men and women has left the cultivation of political fields in the hands of the wrong kind of people. No wonder the tares “sprung up” and brought forth evil fruit “while men slept.”

In American Mercury, June 1956, Board Chairman Russell Maguire wrote:

“World Government is the Beast who will lead us to destruction….Never forget there are two strings on the Devil’s violin:

“1) You can get something for nothing.

“2) It’s too late; you can’t do anything about it.

“Both are phony promises. You definitely can do something about it! Will you?”

We would like to add a third string to the Devil’s violin:

“The Supreme Court has spoken. It is the law of the land. Nothing can be done about it.”

What fools people are to accept such palpable untruths! Any schoolboy with a smattering of civics ought to know better than that. The Supreme Court is not a legislative body; furthermore, its members, being liable to the elected representatives of the people, are subject to impeachment by Congress for improper acts and decisions.

Editorial writer and columnist for The Dallas Morning News, Lynn Landrum, who is versed also in legal matters, made some pertinent observations recently in his column: “Thinking Out Loud.” We quote a characteristic bit of wisdom which heads the column and follow with excerpts from the article:

“When judges write the laws
To make us bond or free,
The throne is then the bench
And bondsmen all are we.

“In the opinion of the column, our present Supreme Court of the United States is dangerously subversive in that it tends mightily to destroy and set at naught the system of restraints on power which the Constitution of the United States established. Indeed, we are drifting rapidly toward a situation where what the Constitution says will make no difference to the court and little to the country….

“The present court, packed by the New Deal --- Queer Deal --- Re-deal (Roosevelt, Truman & Eisenhower), has lost respect with the country and has just about lost with it the practicing bar. Numerically, gravest accountability is on Roosevelt and Truman. But Eisenhower’s Chief Justice Warren is a toothy sample of as an unqualified judge as ever sat in such company. Mr. Warren was a Governor and his teeth are good. And he is on the bench. Therefore, he is Chief Justice of the United States….Not being real judges when appointed --- with such exceptions as, by their nature, add no prestige to the court --- our nine gentlemen on the bench cannot agree with themselves. Indeed they cannot stay of one mind on one case for as long as 24 months in succession, with the inglorious result that a litigant who wins a judgment confirmed by the Supreme Court is not safe in taking the money, lest, after he has spent it, the Supreme Court turn upon him and demand it back again.

“Mr. James F. Byrnes, himself a former Chief Justice on the Supreme Court, thinks Congress can do something about all this. Article III, Section 1, of the Constitution is what he is talking about. And Mr. Byrnes is not a man to talk through his hat. The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is subject to exceptions and regulations ‘as Congress may by law direct.’ It is time to direct.

The chief aim of deceivers is to make us think that we are helpless, that there is nothing we can do to counteract their ruinous policies. Truth falls in the street when citizens believe their lies and submit to their outrageous depredations. The Lord sees it, Isaiah reminds us, and it displeases Him when His people exercise no judgment in dealing with traitors.

All Western nations are being shoved toward destruction by widespread deception in high places. We have touched briefly on deception in the realm of government. But its poisonous tentacles reach into every phase of our personal and corporate lives. It would require volumes to record the ramifications of lying propaganda in the vast areas of education, both secular and religious, and in the various channels of public information --- the press, radio, television, cinema, et cetera.

Among the people who regard themselves as exemplary Christians, there are many who do not realize what a serious thing it is to tamper with truth. It may surprise some to find that the Bible puts liars in the same bracket with the lowest of criminals. Consider the following thought-provoking statements:

“A sword is upon the liars.” (Jer. 50:36.)

“Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers [kidnappers], for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.” (I Tim. 1:9-10.)

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:7-8.)

Surely it is time to pray to be heard throughout all Christian lands. Someone has said that Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. James says in his Epistle, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (4:7).

The Scriptures contain many helpful prayers to guide our thinking. He who seeks them out and makes them his own will grow in grace and truth and wisdom. Suppose all who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ would pray in sincerity every day: “Lead me in Thy truth; let Thy truth lead me.” Who can measure the power for truth one such prayer could generate in the world today?
Articles from Biblical Treasures (Volume II) – C. R. Dickey


The Staff at Destiny Publishers, having read all the articles written by the late C. R. Dickey (Christina R. Dickey) found in DESTINY Magazines from July 1938 to October 1967, received such a blessing from her writings that we wanted to share the information with all who are seeking God’s wonderful truths. We are hereby publishing all her articles in two volumes, which we believe you will find most inspiring and of genuine interest and value.

Her knowledge of the Scriptures was unbelievable so she must have had a very close association with her Lord, as she certainly became a champion for His cause.

Our late beloved editor, Howard B. Rand, realized her talent as he published many of articles in booklet form.

The reader should take into account the time element when each article was written, which was from the late thirties to the middle sixties. We found her articles to be up to the minute as though she had written them yesterday. Her writings on various subjects are backed up with Scripture verses, as well as with quotes from reliable sources, when making a point. From her writings, the Lord surely made use of her God-given talents.

Although we do not have any knowledge of her background, we do know that she was a Congregational minister. Her sermons given must have been of interest and value to her congregation. We are sure her articles contained in this book will do the same.


One Man’s Destiny
An Emerging Civilization – out of print
The Basic Principles in Bible Study – out of print
The Bible and Modernism
The Bible and Segregation
Facing the Sunrise
Origin and Transmission of the Bible

Thursday, January 7, 2010


HEALTH AND COMMON SENSE This is an article from DESTINY Magazine 1937-1968 by CR Dickey

An American Bible Society pamphlet by Daniel A. Poling is titled “What is the Bible?”. Dr. Poling begins an answer to the question by saying:

“What is the Bible? It is inspired common sense. The humblest man reads it because it meets his various needs; it appeals to his sound judgment; it is reasonable.

“What is the Bible? It is common sense adapted to every walk of life….And in all particulars its effectiveness has not diminished since its first edition came from the press. Human publications have their days and become obsolete; but God’s Word is like Himself, ‘the same yesterday, today and forever.’”

Does the Bible – this potent, unchanging volume of “inspired common sense” – have anything to say on the subject of health, which sooner or later becomes a matter of deep concern to every family? Indeed it has much to say, in fact, and says it with finality.

From the Bible we learn the incontrovertible source of health. It is announced clearly and emphatically in Exodus 15:26:

“If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

David, Israel’s beloved psalmist and king, states the source of healing and vitality in Psalm 103: 2-5:

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

There are scores of such informative statements on the subject of health from the writings of Moses and the prophets and the apostles. God’s concern for the physical welfare of His people may well be measured by the amount of time His Son, Christ Jesus, spent in healing diseases during the short span of His ministry. His healing activities, as recorded in the Four Gospels, absorbed Him so completely at times as to overshadow temporarily other phases of His great work. By His never-failing compassion for the infirmities and sufferings of humanity, Jesus demonstrated the divine source of man’s health and general well-being.

While most Christians agree that God is the ultimate source of health, there is much honest disagreement as to His methods of healing. Some devout believers hold that all healing must come through the direct intervention of God in the manner which was used by Jesus and His disciples, and they feel that it dishonors God to seek help from any other source, even when it is used as a supplement to one’s faith. Others, equally sincere, feel justified in using the professional services of men and women who have developed their natural gifts of healing.

How can we know who is right? How may we determine the method, or methods, God uses to restore health?

From the way different Christian sects have wrangled, often bitterly, over this question it may seem that authoritative information on the subject has never been available. On the contrary, such information is not only at hand now, but it has been silently awaiting recognition since long before the Christian era began. The answer is found in the Old Testament Apocrypha, literature which was familiar reading to Jesus, His disciples and the early Christians. It was formerly included in all our English Bibles. Since its removal from our Old Testament, numerous cults have arisen to plague Christians throughout the world with strife, schisms and an abundance of false teaching regarding the matter of health. The book is Ecclesiasticus, from which we quote the first 14 verses of chapter 38:

“Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him. For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration. The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them. Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known? And He hath given men skill, that He might be honoured in His marvelous works. With such doth He heal [men], and taketh away their pains. Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of His works there is no end; and from Him is peace over all the earth.

“My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and He will make thee whole. Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness. Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being. Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him. There is a time when in their hands there is good success. For they [the physicians] shall also pray unto the Lord, that He would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life.”

How can the question of God’s method of healing be answered more completely? Where else can one find “inspired common sense” expressed with more clarity and simplicity? All the necessary elements are there – not implied but explicitly declared. There is no room for misunderstanding and argument. Wayfaring men, though fools, can read and comprehend the simple instructions which promise freedom from pain and the prolongation of life.

Only the Lord Himself knows how much suffering and how many untimely deaths might have been averted if these fourteen sentences had remained in our Bibles and had been frequently called to the attention of the people by consecrated ministers. Most clergymen and a few laymen now have copies of the Apocrypha. Some Protestant councils have advised ministers in their fellowship to use the Apocryphal books in their preaching. But this has been done rarely, if at all; thus only a comparatively few Christians ever hear of Ecclesiasticus 38:1-14.

Study the foregoing formula and note these eight factors involved in the process of healing: 1) the power of God from Whom all healing comes; 2) the skill of the physician; 3) medicines out of the earth; 4) the skill of the apothecary; 5) prayer on the part of the patient; 6) prayer on the part of the physician; 7) leave off sin and practice clean living; and 8) express gratitude in a memorial offering.

While recognizing the Most High as the Great Physician, we must also consider the fact that He utilizes physicians and medicines as cooperative agents in the process of healing. Many adherents of faith healing sects will not agree with this statement. They remind us that Jesus and His disciples went about curing all manner of diseases without physicians and medicines. In all sincerity they feel that we dishonor God by our lack of faith when we use any material means or human agencies. They ask, are we not promised that the prayer of faith shall save the sick?

On the other hand, it is well to remember that the work Jesus did in curing diseases and raising the dead formed a major part of the signs and wonders which necessarily accompanied His ministry in order to prove His Messiahship and to inaugurate the great Christian movement. In so doing Jesus used invisible forces still unknown to men. When some emergency arises prayer can bring these same forces into operation again, as it has done on many occasions in the past and is still doing today. Missionaries in our generations have reported thrilling instances of healing and protection when they were overtaken by disease in some lonely spot far from medical aid. Our servicemen in the present war have already sent back many stories of divine intervention when they were injured and stranded at sea or on barren islands – and the half of such remarkable testimonies have not yet been reported.

It is acknowledged by all reasonable thinkers that God can heal diseases fully and instantaneously with no visible means; it is further acknowledged that He has done so in the past and continues to do so now when necessity demands it, or when such demonstration serves His holy purpose. The question is, should Christian believers dispense with all the natural means of health at their disposal and expect the Lord to perform some special miracle of healing on their behalf? There is a principle expressed in the temptation of Jesus which seems to answer this question:

“Then the devil taketh Him up into the Holy City, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” (Matt. 4:5-7.)

Note in this example how Satan misapplied a Scriptural promise of protection in his effort to goad Jesus into committing a rash act. According to Jesus’ answer, one should not challenge God to uphold his willful disregard and violation of natural laws. Therefore, it seems that the man who demands instant and miraculous healing may be guilty of tempting God. Jesus knew that if He cast Himself down from the pinnacle of the Temple in defiance of the law of gravity, merely to please the devil, He would suffer the consequences. And so it is with a sick man who spurns all divinely appointed aids for his recovery, meanwhile dictating to God the manner of his healing. God seldom works by the spectacular method of signs and wonders; more often He uses the slower processes of revealed laws and their operations in familiar, normal channels.

The one great hindrance to good health on a national scale is the personal equation, consisting of the indeterminate foibles, idiosyncrasies and pet aversions of each and every one of us, doctors of all kinds included. First, we ignore the fundamental principles of health for the nation as a whole; second, we pay no attention to the dietary regulations prescribed in the Bible; and third, we neglect contacting God, through Christ, in daily devotion and prayer.

Read Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 to learn the basic principles of health. Speaking to the newly formed Israel nation – not Jews, mind you, but the whole House of Jacob-Israel – the Lord God said:

“Ye shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence My Sanctuary: I am the Lord. If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them; then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.

“I will set My tabernacle among you: and My soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be My people.

“But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; and if ye shall despise My statutes, or if your soul abhor My judgments, so that ye will not do all My commandments, but that ye break My covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.”

Specific rules regarding diet are recorded in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. Other suggestions will be found in various passages from the Pentateuch. For instance, Aaron was instructed to burn animal fats. We soak fried foods in lard and suet, leave fats in the gravy and actually eat the fat portions along with the lean meat. Surely we have no right to expect God to perform miracles of healing for us when we violate His rules of health, either willfully or ignorantly. Yet people as a whole are stubborn beyond all reason when it comes to changing life-long eating habits.

Modern physicians also have much to learn about these fundamental principles of health. They too are required to seek counsel of God in prayer. Because of their failure to do this, many secrets of healing have not yet been revealed to them. Furthermore, they are not giving due consideration to the Bible as a source of health knowledge; consequently, they often prescribe for their patients food that is forbidden in the Bible regimen. Doctors, like preachers, are slow to investigate anything that is not endorsed by the school in which they received their training. The heavenly Father does not confine all wisdom within the narrow limits of any particular school. Men should ever be on the alert for new revelation wherever it may be found.

Nutritionists have pioneered ahead of the medical profession in the science of foods in relation to health. They have rendered notable service in the matter of better balanced menus. Some among them, however, are obsessed with the idea that their method is the infallible cure-all for every known disease. Without discrimination and knowledge of conditions, each one unhesitatingly recommends his theory as the answer to Ponce de Leon’s desire for eternal youth and vigor. Sometimes it is an exclusive diet of fruit juices for days at a time – between fasts; or it may be raw vegetables that will turn the tide in the battle for health. While all these things are good in moderation when balanced with other essential foods, they may be positively harmful if used alone or to excess. Many people are allergic to raw foods and to certain fruits. But these extremists have one formula for all, without reckoning with the old adage, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

There is another important question the sick man must consider if he wants the Lord’s help; namely, what use does he intend to make of his strength? Will he use the gift of health for selfish ends only, or will he dedicate his renewed strength to whatever work will best serve the Lord and his fellowmen? Any honest man’s labor becomes hallowed when his purpose is to honor God and do His will. But he will miss if his motives are self centered:

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts [pleasures].” (James 4:3.)

An essential question faces the physician also. He must ask himself, why do I want power over disease? Do I want it in order that I may cooperate with God in alleviating human suffering and prolonging life? Or do I want it primarily to accumulate great fortune for myself, as many of my colleagues have done? A physician’s calling is too sacred to be guided by mercenary motives.

Medical science was practically undeveloped in Jesus’ day and what little was known at that time was inaccessible to the poor. So Jesus and His disciples graciously healed all who sought their help. Masses of people then were afflicted with diseases which modern surgery and medicines now eliminate readily. Yet unfortunately, at the present time, there is an increasing tendency to set a prohibitive price on all branches of medical service. It is felt most keenly by average middle-class people, who are not eligible for the free service in county hospitals and would not accept charity in any case. Physicians must see that proper care is within reach of all classes of citizens. It is a responsibility they cannot escape.

There remains one last fact to be taken into account: “It is appointed unto man once to die.” That verdict must be considered at some time in every life. Again, there are times when one may serve God’s purpose better in affliction than in health. We do not know to this day why Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was not removed. But we do know why he had to be imprisoned. It was for the purpose of writing his imperishable Epistles to the churches. His freedom to travel and preach had to be removed before he would take time to record his teachings for posterity. So in praying for restored health, remember always that even our Lord Jesus added these submissive words to His prayer in Gethsemane:

“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42.)

In Ecclesiasticus are many statements worth remembering. The following are little commentaries on life, health and death, expressed in the philosophy of common sense:

“Let the counsel of thine own heart stand: for there is no man more faithful unto thee than it. For a man’s mind is sometime wont to tell him more than seven watchmen, that sit above in an high tower. And above all this pray to the most High, that He will direct thy way in truth. Let reason go before every enterprise, and counsel before every action.

“My son, prove thy soul in thy life, and see what is evil for it, and give not that unto it. For all things are not profitable for all men, neither hath every soul pleasure in every thing. Be not unsatiable in any dainty thing, nor too greedy upon meats: for excess of meats bringeth sickness, and surfeiting will turn into choler. By surfeiting [immoderate indulgence] have many perished; but he that taketh heed prolongeth his life.

“O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions, unto the man that hath nothing to vex him, and that hath prosperity in all things: yes, unto him that is yet able to receive meat! O death, acceptable is thy sentence unto the needy, and unto him whose strength faileth, that is now in the last age, and is vexed with all things, and to him that despaireth, and hath lost patience! Fear not the sentence of death, remember them that have been before thee, and that come after; for this is the sentence of the Lord over all flesh.” (Ecclesiasticus 37:13-16, 27-31, 41:13.)

Thus death was the sentence over all flesh when man renounced his allegiance to his Creator. Even so, there is a reason why the inspired writer could say, “Fear not the sentence of death.” Long after His work was done, a Man came from God and gave Himself a ransom to break the bond of death. The prophet Hosea foretold His coming in these dramatic words:

“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction.” (Hosea 13:14.)

Paul, in his first letter to Timothy, registered the fulfillment of Hosea’s prophecy:

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (I Tim. 2:5-6.)

The Christian hope will not acquiesce in a sentence of death, because Christ brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. We look for the day He promised, when “there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain” (Rev. 21:4).

In that day we shall see “the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Rev. 22:2).
Articles from Biblical Treasures (Volume II) – C. R. Dickey


The Staff at Destiny Publishers, having read all the articles written by the late C. R. Dickey (Christina R. Dickey) found in DESTINY Magazines from July 1938 to October 1967, received such a blessing from her writings that we wanted to share the information with all who are seeking God’s wonderful truths. We are hereby publishing all her articles in two volumes, which we believe you will find most inspiring and of genuine interest and value.

Her knowledge of the Scriptures was unbelievable so she must have had a very close association with her Lord, as she certainly became a champion for His cause.

Our late beloved editor, Howard B. Rand, realized her talent as he published many of articles in booklet form.

The reader should take into account the time element when each article was written, which was from the late thirties to the middle sixties. We found her articles to be up to the minute as though she had written them yesterday. Her writings on various subjects are backed up with Scripture verses, as well as with quotes from reliable sources, when making a point. From her writings, the Lord surely made use of her God-given talents.

Although we do not have any knowledge of her background, we do know that she was a Congregational minister. Her sermons given must have been of interest and value to her congregation. We are sure her articles contained in this book will do the same.