Issue #624 ~August 10, 2020

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your encouragement and support. We pray you will be blessed daily through the Word. Please freely share this email with others.  

Christ is All and in All,
Bible Teaching Resources

Enjoy the following 50% discount on products from BTR:
The Study of 1 Peter (exp. 8/31/20) coupon code 1Peter2020
Visit the BTR Website and select CD or Mp3 CD

The Discipline of Death
"'Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping. For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were."
Psalm 39:12

"Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more.'"
Psalm 39:13

Verse 12: "'Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping. For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were."

In these remaining 2 verses we see a repeated cry for relief on the part of the Psalmist.

These 2 verses contain his final plea.

There are 3 things David says at the beginning of verse 12: (1) "hear my prayer"; (2) listen to my cry"; and (3) "be not deaf to my weeping."

The reason: "For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were."

Daniel 9:19: "O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name" (NIV).
Wyrtzen prays: "Heavenly Father, I may be a stranger in this world, but I don't want to be a stranger to You. Don't let me blend with the voices of the world, but help me to sound a clear note of faith in the midst of doubt and disillusionment."

Verse 13: "Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more.'"

In verse 10 it was "remove your scourge." Now here in verse 13 it is "Look away from me." The reason he asks the Lord to do this is: "I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more."

The word "rejoice" is to become cheerful.

Job 7:19: "Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant?" (NIV)

Job 10:20, 21: "Are not my few days almost over? Turn away from me so I can have a moment's joy before I go to the place of no return, to the land of gloom and deep shadow" (NIV).

J. L. Stanley said: "He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who has always looked for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction."
(George Humphresy, Rainbows, 107)

It is the Spirit's desire that we cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He molds and makes us more like Christ.

Ephesians 2:10: "for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (NASB).

One day Billy and Ruth graham were driving through a long stretch of road construction. They had numerous slowdowns, detours, and stops along the way. Finally they reached the end of all that difficulty, and smooth pavement stretched out before them. This sign caught Ruth's attention: "End of construction. Thanks for your patience." She commented that those words would be a fitting inscription on her tombstone someday.

As a matter of fact, those words fit all of us as believers, because in this life we are "under construction." When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we begin the lifelong process of spiritual growth. (Our Daily Bread, 04/24/2002)

Supporting Bible Teaching Resources

We are grateful beyond words to everyone who lovingly supports this ministry. If you are considering supporting our ministry, please go to https://bibleteachingresources.org/support/ to find out how!


Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! Thou hast relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:1 (NASB)
____________________________________________

2.  Pray: I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: "Do not close your ears to my cry for relief."
Lamentations 3:55, 56 (NIV)
____________________________________________

3.  Praise: But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.
Psalm 13:5, 6 (NIV)
____________________________________________

4.  Praise: ...and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 1 Peter 1:8 (NASB)

____________________________________________

5.  Pray: That in these difficult times, we will trust God and stay close to Him in prayer.
____________________________________________
Since our ground-time is going to be brief and it won't be long before we take flight, the number one priority in our lives on a daily basis should be to learn more about Jesus. Let's sing that wonderful hymn "More about Jesus":

More about Jesus would I know, More of His grace to others show;
More of His saving fulness see, More of His love who died for me.

More about Jesus let me learn, More of His holy will discern;
Spirit of God, my Teacher be, Showing the things of Christ to me.

More about Jesus, in His Word, Holding communion with my Lord;
Hearing His voice in ev'ry line, Making each faithful saying mine.
Refrain
More, more about Jesus, More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fulness see, More of His love who died for me.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

Bible Teaching Resources
by Donald Anderson Ministries
PO Box 6611
Tyler, TX 75711-6611
903-939-1201 (office)
1.877.326.7729 (toll free)
903.939.1204 (fax)