The Book of Jasher

We hear a lot now days about the lost books of the Bible. There really are no such books. There are some ancient books we know about which were never made a part of the Bible. Some of these are even mentioned in the Bible itself, for example, the book of Jasher. (See Joshua 10:13; 2 Samuel 1:18)

The book of Jasher referred to in these two passages does not exist today. Of course, several forgeries have appeared over the years. But they were all written centuries after the authentic book of Jasher.

But how do we know that the book of Jasher does not belong in the Bible? We know that it does not belong in the Bible simply because it is not there. Had it really been a part of God’s word to man, it would not have passed away. Consider this passage from the apostle Peter: “All flesh is as grass, and the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25) Had God intended for the book of Jasher to be in the Bible, it would be there.

Claude

The Lack of Shame

Did your mother ever say to you, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself?” (Maybe mothers do not say that anymore.) The ability to feel shame is a virtue. Of course, it is better to not do anything of which you ought to be ashamed. But it is a moral low when a person reaches the point in which he can do wrong and feel no shame.

Jeremiah the prophet had this to say about his people, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush.” (Jeremiah 5:15) These words of Jeremiah could very well describe many in our world today who, to use the words of another prophet, “Declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.” (Isaiah 3:9)

People today are no longer embarrassed by their sins. In fact many flaunt their evil, for example, same sex marriages, co-habitation without marriage, vulgar speech, etc.

GODLY FATHERS

Faithful   A man of faith will honor his marriage vows, honor his wife, and provide for his family because God expects that of him (1 Peter 3:7; 1 Timothy 5:8).

Action   A man of action will work hard serving God. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). Some fathers want others to teach, offer prayers, serve on the Lord’s table, etc. A godly father will want to do his job and lead his children by example.

Teach   What children know about God is learned primarily in the home. “And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). A godly father will be more concerned about his children’s souls than their grades or athletic prowess.

Holy   Fathers should be holy in both conduct and attitude. “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (1 Timothy 2:8). If your children were asked ‘Who is the godliest man you know?’ do you live your life in such a way that you can be their answer.

Encourage   Godly fathers will encourage their children to serve God, always strive to do better, and keep their eyes heavenward. The brightest star in the universes can be out-shown by a flashlight. Why? Because the flashlight is closer! A godly father will be the closest and most encouraging man to his children.

Revere God   To revere God is to respect and honor His word. ” Happy is the man who is always reverent, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity” (Proverbs 28:14). “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28). If a father truly has reverence toward God, he will obey His word and remain faithful to that commitment all his life. And his children, who do not now see the Heavenly Father, will be blessed to see many of His attributes in their worldly father.

If you have a godly father, live your life as a Christian and you will bring honor to him not just today but every day.

FIFTEEN DOLLARS

What can you buy for fifteen dollars? It could buy two tickets to the movies for a couple to have a night out (at least for seniors). Of course, that would not include refreshments. Fifteen dollars could buy about four gallons of gasoline. I guess that would get you to Statesville and back depending on your gas mileage. You could even buy a steak dinner at a reasonably priced restaurant for fifteen dollars.

What in the world am I talking about? Just this: there is something else you can do with fifteen dollars. You can feed a family – not just one meal, not just one day – but on and on and on.

Healing Hands International has devised a wonderful plan whereby they can feed a family in third world countries perpetually for just a one-time expense of fifteen dollars. Hunger and starvation exist in those countries because of drought. You cannot even grow a garden to feed a family without rainfall; unless, of course, you irrigate. Healing Hands International is providing families with a simple irrigation system for just fifteen dollars. They teach each family how to raise enough food to feed the family; and since the climate in those countries is always warm, gardens can be grown year round. All a family needs is a fifteen dollar irrigation system.

Healing Hands International

455 McNally Drive

Nashville, Tennessee 37211-3311

Do you have fifteen dollars?