Ladies’ Bible Study 5.13.19

We had a very nice time reading through Matthew Chapter Eight last night. We began by reading from Leviticus 13 in order to understand the background of Matthew 8:1-4. We noted that God gave the priests the job of diagnosing communicable diseases in order to quarantine those who were contagious, and that God gave them detailed descriptions of what to look for. He directed those who had been quarantined to go back to the priest when they thought they were better, and the priest could declare them “clean” if they had healed according to the criteria God had given the priests. We were also impressed by the leper’s faith. The Bible says that he came and worshiped Jesus, making a declaration of faith. “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Next we read Matthew 8:5-13. A Roman centurion came to Jesus telling him that his servant was paralyzed and in dreadful pain. It was interesting to us that the centurion did not send one of his men or a servant to Jesus, but he came himself, especially in light of Matthew 8:9. This Roman told Jesus that he understood that Jesus was the Commander of everything, and that he knew that all Jesus had to do was “speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” (verse 8) Although Matthew tells us that “He marveled,” Jesus was not shocked by this man’s faith. Jesus pointed out his unique strength of faith. He let everyone there know that this Roman’s faith was greater than the faith of His own people, the Jews. He also told His listeners that faith like this centurions is necessary to enter the kingdom of heaven, regardless of nationality.

In Matthew 8:14-17, Jesus healed Peter’s mother in law, and then he healed many more people. He also cast out demons from possessed people. Matthew again brings to light the fact that Jesus was fulfilling a prophecy given by Isaiah by quoting Isaiah 53:4. Matthew is letting us know that Isaiah was speaking figuratively about Jesus healing our sin-sick souls, but that this was also a literal prophecy about Jesus healing actual sick people. He took their sickness, but He also forgave them for their sins, healing their souls.

We moved on to Matthew 8:18-22, noting that Jesus was filtering His followers by letting them know the way is hard. We brought up how this might have similarity to how God gave Gideon some filters to scale down his army. (Judges 7:1-7)

Next we watched as the disciples learned that Jesus could do more than heal people and cast out demons–He controls the weather! Matthew 8:23-27 is the exciting account of a storm at sea that Jesus “rebuked.” Immediately the sea was calm. WOW!

Matthew 8:28-34 gives the account of Jesus coming to the Gentile area of Decapolis, specifically “the country of the Gergasenes.” The two possessed men did not ask for Jesus’ help, but the demons were afraid when they saw Him coming. Jesus helped the men, and the demons possessed a herd of pigs who immediately ran themselves into the sea and drowned. When the town heard about this, they asked Jesus to leave. This may be the saddest verse in the Bible. However, the account in Mark 5:1-20 gives us another detail about this story, a sort of “happy ending.” 🙂

Mark 5:18-20 NKJV – 18 And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. 19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” 20 And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.

Praise the Lord for His love for us, and His desire to see everyone healed of their sin sickness. We ended our Bible study with a time of prayer. It is so nice to have fellowship together!

The Beacon May 2019

1 Timothy 1:15-17 NKJV – 15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Happy Easter! We met at the town beach for a 7 AM Resurrection celebration service followed by a breakfast in the community center. After cleaning up, the older kids had a great time playing with some cups they accidentally dropped. The younger kids found the playground, and some of them decided to make footprints with water on the concrete.

We went to see “Noah” by Sight & Sound in the theater on April 9. This was our April activity. We also had a very nice Good Friday service.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and continued support! If you would like to make a donation to our account, please mark your gift “Bill Reynolds, RI” and mail to North American Ministries, PO Box 5002, Antioch, TN, 37011-5002, or you can donate online. Thank you!

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Words can’t express how grateful we are for your continued support of this work and for your faithful prayers and words of encouragement!

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Easter Sunday 2019

We met with other churches on Friday night at Exeter Chapel this year for a Good Friday Service. Then Sunday morning at 7 AM, we met at North Kingstown Town Beach for a Resurrection Celebration Service (in the rain!) and breakfast following in the nearby Cold Spring Community Center. Then our kids had a great time playing with cups that got dropped, playing on the playground, and making “footprints” on the concrete using water for “ink.” We then headed over to the church for our Easter Worship and Communion. Praise the Lord, He is risen!

Monday Morning Meditation 4.15.19

Meditation on “When Jesus Goes Fishing” from 4.14.19. Hear the Sermon.

  1. Jesus creates situations for us to hear His message of hope.
    • Luke 5:1-3
    • Let’s pray that the Lord will help us create opportunities for people to hear Jesus’ message of hope.
  2. Jesus compels us to recognize His power and authority.
    • Luke 5:4-8
    • Let’s ask Jesus to show His power and authority in our lives by helping us live unselfish, loving, holy lives.
  3. Jesus gives us a purpose that puts worldly pursuits in perspective.
    • Luke 5:9-11
    • Matthew 28:19
    • Let’s ask the Lord to help us dedicate our possessions and pursuits for the great purpose of “catching” people for Him.

Daily Bible Reading:

  • Monday: John 20:1-5
  • Tuesday: John 20:6-7
  • Wednesday: John 20:8-10
  • Thursday: John 20:11-13
  • Friday: John 20:14-16
  • Saturday: John 20:17-18

Announcements:

April 19: Good Friday Service at Exeter Chapel at 7 PM.

April 21: Easter Sunrise Service 7 AM at North Kingstown Town Beach; Breakfast to follow at Cold Spring Community Center. No Sunday School; Easter Communion at Beacon Church at 10:30 AM.