Was Adam a Wuss?

September 6th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 thoughts on “Was Adam a Wuss?”

In the fourth chapter of my book under the section “She Analyzed the Fruit,” I quoted Genesis 3:4-6.

“But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”

I inserted an endnote number after the phrase “who was with her” so I could continue discussing this important element of the biblical account:

“The phrase, ‘who was with her’ implies that Adam was at least in the vicinity. However, since he did not mention the serpent in his reply to the Lord in Genesis 3:12, his response also seems to imply he was not close enough to her to hear the serpent’s queries. My account at the end of chapter 1 says that Adam’s wife left him and traveled toward the north end of the garden. Since the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was in the middle of the garden, she may have walked only a short distance before encountering the serpent. This would also help explain why Adam was so surprised that his wife returned so quickly when her original intent was to harvest almonds.”

Several reviewers did not see the endnote in the Genesis 3 quote and thought I had overlooked a key point in the passage. I can appreciate the oversight since the number “2” was small and easily overlooked. On reflection, I also wish to expand on my original comments because if Adam was indeed standing right next to Eve during her conversation with the serpent, his actions or lack thereof point to a disturbing flaw in his character and commitment to his wife and the Lord even before he ate the fruit.

If Adam had been close to Eve, why didn’t he say or do something when she stepped forward to touch and eat the fruit? His lack of involvement would make him at least partially culpable for her actions. How could he blame her later when he had been standing there all the time and could have taken steps to intervene?

It also seems odd that when Adam accused both his wife and the Lord for his plight, the Lord did not remind him that he had been standing next to her during the entire episode with the serpent and had done nothing to stop her.

Even more disconcerting was Eve’s response to the Lord. Adam had just leveled a stinging accusation at her that it was her fault for giving him the fruit. Why was her only defense that she had been tricked by the serpent? Why didn’t she rebuff his claim by saying he had been standing next to her the entire time and said nothing. How could he profess his innocence when he neither said nor did anything to alter the outcome?”

In Genesis 3:1 we read: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord had made. He said to the woman . . .”  The author of Genesis begins by telling us the serpent was more crafty that any other creature. Then he goes on to say the serpent said to the WOMAN . . . This verse seems to indicate the serpent may have hoped that Adams’s wife might be more vulnerable to his suggestions, and waited until he could address her when she was alone so that Adam would not overhear their conversation or witness her subsequent actions. Had Adam been standing right next to Eve, why did the author bring up the serpent’s craftiness and also state that he only addressed the woman and not both of them?

Finally, if Adam had been next to his wife, you might argue that they were both tricked by the serpent because they both wanted to be more like their heavenly Father. However, if that were the case, then why wasn’t that part of Adam’s defense, that he too had been tricked?

Since neither the Lord nor Eve mentioned that Adam had been standing next to her, and since his defense did not mention the serpent or that he was also tricked, my conclusion was that he was “with her” in the garden but was busy with other things and was not near enough to overhear her conversation with the serpent.

To Die or Not to Die

June 9th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 thoughts on “To Die or Not to Die”

Several readers of Who Told You That You Were Naked? have sent me emails asking about the scenario in the opening chapter where a lioness killed Lively’s mother. They had been taught that death did not exist in the world before the fall. So, why would I weave such an event into my book?

I appreciate questions like these very much because it gives me an opportunity to share my struggles in presenting the events surrounding the fall.

Genesis 1:26 ESV states, “Let us make man in our image and likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

After creating them in His Image, He said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

Finally, in verses 29 and 30, God gives the couple and all the other creatures the plant kingdom as their food.

In chapter 2, God planted a garden east of Eden and put Adam in the garden to work and keep it. Then, He said that Adam could eat everything that grew in the garden except the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord warned Adam he would die in the same day that he ate the fruit of that tree.

Let’s examine the bolded words from these passages in light of their ancient Hebrew meaning. But before I do, it is important to understand that the Hebrew characters began as pictographs — symbols representing some concrete reality — and that their inclusion in a word helps define its meaning. I say this because English offers no such clues. For example, the letters in the word “father” provide little direct meaning to the reader. A person would have to consult the word’s etymology.

But Hebrew is different. The word for “father” is made up of two characters, Aleph and Bet, the first two letters of their alphabet. The original pictograph for Aleph was the head of an oxen and signifies strength, a leader, the person who is first. Bet was represented by a symbol for a tent or house and signifies home, family. The word is pronounced Ab — where we get Abba from — and means father is the strength and head of the family. Unlike the word for father, most Hebrew words are made up of three characters. With that preface, let’s look at the words I bolded above:

Dominion:

     Reysh — The pictograph was the head of a man and meant head, chief, top, first.

     Dalet — The pictograph was a door. Think of Jesus as the door to the sheepfold.

                    This character means a door, path or way of life

     Hey — The pictograph was originally a man with his arms upraised in wonder or

                  admiration of something spectacular. It means behold or reveal.

Taken together, “Dominion” means to rule, have dominion, prevail, reign, dominate — literally, function as the chief/head person revealed/chosen to be the door.

Subdue:

     Kaf — The pictograph was originally an open hand and focused on the palm or

                 hollow of the hand, meaning to tame or to bend to one’s will — to the shape of one’s palm.

     Bet — As with the second character for father, bet means house or family.

     Sheen — The original pictograph was shaped like a person’s two front teeth and stood for what

                      teeth are or do: sharp, consume, devour, destroy.

Taken together, “Subdue” means to subdue, force, tame, dominate — literally to force, tame or bend to one’s will the house that consumes, devours or destroys.

Knowledge:

     Dalet — We defined this character above.

     Ayin — The pictograph was originally a person’s eye. — visual perception

     Tav — The last character in the Hebrew alphabet was originally symbolized by two crossed sticks —

                  a final sign or signature. Think of signing with an X or the meaning of Alpha and Omega — Aleph and Tav.

Taken together, “Knowledge” means that which is gained through visual observation/achieved through experience — literally, your mental image/sign of the door — the way you have learned through visual observation/experience. Because of the concrete nature or Hebrew words, the image gained through this door is enabled by an intimate relationship with another person, idea or experience. (Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived and bore Cain.)

Die:

     Mem — The pictograph was originally a wavy line indicating water waves, the ocean or sea, and stood for chaos, the

                    unknown.

     Vav — The pictograph was originally a tent peg and stood for secure, unmovable.

     Tav — We defined this character above.

Taken together, “Die” means mortal death — literally a final sign of a state of existence that is unknown/chaotic.

Now that we have a better understanding of the Hebrew words, lets look at the texts again. God told Adam and his wife to have dominion over the creatures and to subdue the earth. Given the Hebrew definition of these two words, there must have been something about the state of their world and the creatures that lived there that needed to be conformed to their will.

The Lord’s directive states that they were to subdue the earth. But it is hard to imagine the earth or its vegetation as a house (the family of plants) that consumed, devoured or destroyed. A more plausible explanation for me is that the creatures living on the earth were eating, not just the plants, but each other as well. The lion was not laying down with the lamb. So, Adam and Eve were commissioned to extend the peace of their relationship with God and each other to all the creatures of the earth, conforming them to the hollow of their hands by reigning over them and taming/domesticating them like pets or cattle.

Next, let’s look at the other two Hebrew words: knowledge and die. The tree was named the knowledge of good and evil, and the warning attached to eating its fruit was that the person would surely die in the day it was eaten. The meaning of knowledge indicates Adam must have had some intimate visual association with death, or the Lord’s injunction would have had little impact. To get a better grasp of what I mean, substitute a nonsense word for die. “In the day you eat of it, you will most certainly qryst.” If you didn’t recognize qryst, you would likely ask for a clarification. But Adam didn’t ask for a clarification. He must have had some intimate visual association with this verb.

It is also doubtful that the Lord would have couched this injunction in terminology that could be misinterpreted by Adam. While it is possible that Adam’s comprehension of death was gained by his observation of the death of plants, I again appeal to how hard it is for me to imagine vegetation as a domain that needed to be tamed because it was devouring or destroying the environment.

You might choose to believe that since there is no mention of death in Genesis chapter 1, there was no death until after the fall. You might also appeal to the fact that God declared His creation to be “very Good.” So, death could not have been part of that creative activity. But the only mention of death after the fall was toward Adam and Eve. God cursed the ground for their sake. But nowhere does it say He also cursed the animal kingdom. So, if they were subject to death after the fall, what brought it on?

After wrestling with this scenario, I chose to have a lioness kill Lively’s mother so that Adam would have a visceral experience of death to relate to when the Lord issued His warning. Am I hard over on this interpretation? NO. There are a host of gray areas in the Bible like who are the Sons of God and the daughters of men in Genesis 6:2? Should we worship God on the Sabbath or on Sunday? Do you have to speak in tongues in order to be baptized with the Holy Spirit? Is immersion the only true form of water baptism? All of these side issues tend to divide us rather than bring us into unity with the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ.

We must focus on the main thing — the Gospel: “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” “Love one another as I have loved you. By this shall all people know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.”

If after reading my explanation of when death entered the creature world you are still convinced that they did not start dying until after the fall, I am perfectly OK with your decision. Why? Because I trust the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth and that truth is broad enough to include the sincere and very different beliefs of the Jewish and Gentile church in the first century. So, why shouldn’t we have differences? I trust Him to lead you into His truth. We all see through a glass darkly meaning all these side issues will not be fully understood until we see Him face to face. They are nothing to divide us and keep us from loving one another.

If you would like to learn more about the meaning of ancient Hebrew words, you can purchase Ancient Lexicon of the Bible by Jeff A. Benner.

https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Hebrew-Lexicon-Bible/dp/1589397762/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1496962213&sr=1-2&keywords=lexicon+bible

I’ll Fly Away !!

June 2nd, 2017 Posted by blog 0 thoughts on “I’ll Fly Away !!”

Perhaps this is a hymn you have sung many times in church extolling the blessings that will be ours when we die and go to heaven. You might even have read “near death” accounts of persons who have experienced heaven and returned to tell about it. There is no question it will be a glorious existence, something we can look forward to as Paul relates in Philippians 1:23. But you may also notice that Christ’s message was more than an offer of entry to heaven when we have finished our lives here.

Nor does His Gospel focus on being born again — a word given to only one person. Being born again, important as it is because it enables our entry into His Kingdom, was not Christ’s central theme. His central message was, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

Let’s take a look at His good news more closely. He began by issuing a command: “Repent.” There was an urgency to His preaching. Jesus wanted His hearers to experience the Kingdom of Heaven NOW, not sometime in the future. I talked in the last blog about two worlds or realms of reality. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” God is Spirit and they that worship Him must enter into that realm in order to worship Him in spirit and in truth. To walk with Him in His world introduces us to a whole new way of living — living by faith and not by sight. If we read the Book of Acts like a daily newspaper, we might be tempted to book a flight to Israel to get in on the excitement and the wonder surrounding the events portrayed in its pages.

But our intellect quickly reminds us that these events occurred nearly 2000 years ago and they are old news because we haven’t experienced anything even remotely similar. Of course, we can declare by faith that they happened THEN just as we believe Jesus died for our sins and rose again from the dead on the third day nearly 2000 years ago. We might even think that these New Testament folks got in on all the excitement and we just have to muddle through waiting for a new life with Him in the sweet by-and-by.

I was chastised recently by a reviewer of my book, Who Told You That You Were Naked? for suggesting that God still talks to His people as He did in scripture. This person said such communication was only necessary until the Bible was complete. Now that we have His Word, God talks with us through its pages. Can you imagine a fulfilling relationship where one person does not show themselves in any way, and does not speak or write but instead, sends the other person a manual to read outlining their relationship. If the other person has any questions or needs, he or she is told in the manual they can send an email. Of course, they will not receive any reply because all of the content of their relationship can be found in the manual. But, if their email requests can be backed up by some association with a statement in the manual, there is a better likelihood that their needs might be met.

If God loves us so much that He has redeemed us through the death and resurrection of His Son, does a silent, out-of-sight God, Who reveals Himself to us only through the pages of His manual the Bible make any sense?

The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. The reason for His word inscribed in the Bible is to let us know the extent of His covenant with us, and that He is well able to relate to us now just as He related to those who followed Him in the past. He wants to guide us today just as He guided all the persons in the scriptures. The path is the same for us as it was for them: we must walk by faith in the knowledge that the great I AM is just that — present right now as the Savior and Lord of our lives.

How can I know what God’s will is for me?

May 31st, 2017 Posted by blog 0 thoughts on “How can I know what God’s will is for me?”

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing, you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1, 2 (ESV)

Paul gives us a way to discern God’s will for us. He starts out by urging us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, an offering to God that is both holy and well-pleasing to Him. But how do we do that?

First, let’s look at what our body is. We were created in God’s Image and because He is Spirit, we are spirit beings. Genesis also says that the Lord formed us out of the dust of the earth. Since He didn’t form our spirits out of the dust of the earth, Genesis is talking about our bodies — that part of us that returns to dust when we die a physical death. Our bodies are formed in our mother’s womb as an earthly house or tabernacle (2 Corinthians 5:1) for us to live in as animate beings.

As such, we are able to relate to two realms: the material world that is temporal and is passing away, and the spiritual world which is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). The temporal world is perceived through our body’s senses while the spiritual realm is comprehended through the senses of our spirit. From conception, we are ushered into the physical world, and we rapidly grow accustomed to relating to it through our ability to touch, hear, taste, smell and see. Our mind quickly forms our concepts of reality based on our perception of the physical world.

Since God created us in His Image we also function like mirrors, reflecting in our character whatever we focus on. If we focus on the physical world, our physical senses will develop much more than our spiritual senses, and our rational mind will dominate our understanding of reality.

But if we focus on the Lord in prayer, worship and the study of His Word, God will begin to open the eyes of our heart to His reality and His character so that our spiritual senses will become more adept at perceiving His world. Jesus said, “My sheep HEAR my voice. They follow me and I give them eternal life” — not just over-in-the-glory life, but eternal life in His eternal dimension as He opens our spiritual ears to hear Him. He also says “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall SEE God.” Again, this is not only for the sweet by-and-by. It is for right now — an expectation that as we focus on Him, we will also develop our spiritual eyes.

Paul says that as Christians, we have a choice. On the one hand, we can be conformed to this world by relying on our body’s strengths, abilities, intellect and senses to determine what is real. If we choose this path, the things of the Spirit will seem foolish and irrational to us, and we will refuse to believe the promises the Lord gives us. Or we can immerse ourselves in His Word, recognizing that because He is the same yesterday, today and forever, His Kingdom, revealed in the the Bible, is available for us to live in as well.

Of course, these two ways of perceiving reality will often be in conflict with each other. But as we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and learn through that relationship that we can trust Him to accomplish what He says He will do. When the conflicts in perception come, Paul urges us to present our body’s senses, strengths, intellect and abilities to God as a sacrificial offering of worship. In this act, we are saying “Not my will — not my perception of reality — but Yours be done.”  His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Since our perception of the world, if pursued, would cause us to turn away through unbelief, Paul calls us to sacrifice our body’s discernment on His altar and trust by faith our spiritual comprehension of the reality that He reveals to us.

This posture is not a one-time event but a journey of growth into Christ. This continual, living sacrifice will allow the Lord to remake our minds over time as we walk with Him, and through this process, transform our whole nature into the person He wants us to become. As we learn to trust our spiritual senses, we will be able to discern the will of the Lord for us — what is good, acceptable and perfect.

A Storm On Our Lake

May 27th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 thoughts on “A Storm On Our Lake”

In chapter five of my book Who Told You That You Were Naked? A Refreshing Reexamination of the Garden of Eden, I address the subject of faith by comparing little-faith with real faith. If you haven’t read my book yet, you can download a free copy at www.WhoToldYouThatYouWereNaked.biz. Or you can purchase a paperback edition from any book store or online outlet.

Jesus coined a single word “little-faiths” during the Sermon on the Mount. The word is not found in secular Greek literature and rarely outside of Matthew and Luke. Unfortunately, it has been translated as “you of little faith” implying that Jesus was chiding his listeners for not having enough faith which is an erroneous interpretation as I point out in the book.

The second time when Jesus used this word, He was in a boat crossing lake Galilee (Matt 8:18, 23-27). You know the account: Huge crowds continue to follow them. So, after healing a large number, He commanded His disciples to depart for the other side of the lake. He must have been exhausted from the day’s activities because shortly after entering the boat, He went to sleep on a pillow.

Once out on the lake, a violent storm came up and the waves were so high they were swamping the boat even with all the effort and expertise of seasoned fishermen. In desperation, they woke Jesus saying, “Lord, save us, we are perishing.”

Jesus replied, “Why are you fearful, little-faiths?” Then He got up, rebuked the wind and the waves, and there was a great calm where there has been a great storm only moments before. At this, His disciples marveled saying to one another, “What kind of a man is this! Even the wind and sea obey Him!”

From my last blog, we learned that Jesus could not do anything on His own volition. He only did what He saw His Father doing. So, when He commanded His disciples to go to the other side of the lake, He must have witnessed His Father’s actions and knew that the crossing was assured. With that understanding, He could rest in the boat even as it was being tossed and flooded by the storm because He knew they would arrive safely on the other shore.

His disciples, on the other hand, had never been in a storm quite this violent, and were unable to keep ahead of the surging waves that were flooding the boat using their own expertise.

Notice that they never asked themselves how Jesus could possibly remain asleep though the howling wind, the crashing waves and the gyrations of the boat as they were tossed around like a leaf by the storm. Instead, they woke Him up saying, “Don’t you care that we perish (Mk 4:38)?

They wanted all hands on deck. If only He could ask God to help them keep the boat afloat, they might escape with their lives. Their faith in Jesus was limited to believing that if He could add His efforts to their capabilities, they might be OK.

But there was a reason Jesus could remain asleep through all that turmoil. He had seen His Father deliver the boat safely to the other side. If His Father gave Him that assurance, He could remain asleep no matter how tempestuous the situation.

This was also a learning experience for the disciples. They had a way for handling the storm even though their solution had failed to save them. One more pair of hands and a favorable nod from God just might be enough. By questioning Christ’s motives for remaining asleep, they showed that they were not simply “casting their cares on Him.”

Jesus wanted them to realize His fate was bound up in their fate, and since He was asleep, He must know something about the outcome of their trip they hadn’t yet grasped.

He wanted to point them to His source of confidence and peace. His question to them, “Why are you so fearful, little-faiths?”, seems almost absurd given the ferocity of the storm. But there was an even greater reality — the kingdom of God — that Jesus wanted the disciples to experience. So, He got up and quelled the storm to their astonishment. Just as they had never seen such a storm, they had also never seen a storm abated in such a dramatic fashion.

As He stood up, Jesus must have seen His Father stilling the wind and the waves. He said to these same disciples later, “The things that I do you will do also and even greater things shall you do because I go to the Father.”  He also said, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

In 2 Timothy 2:13, Paul says that even if we are faithless, He remains faithful because He CANNOT DENY HIMSELF. Just as Jesus’s fate was bound up in the fate of the others in the boat, so is His fate bound up in us because He came to live in our “boat” when we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. Our “boat” may encounter huge storms that will appear to sink us even with all our efforts to keep it afloat.

We can look at the storm and become fearful, wondering whether the Lord really cares about us in our situation. Or, we can look to Jesus seated at His Father’s right hand — a place of rest and finished work — and ask Him to show us how His Father is working out His plan in our lives. His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. So, instead of asking Jesus to help us with our solutions, we can ask Him to perform His Father’s solutions in us knowing that He will do what He sees His Father doing, and thereby bring glory to His Father.

May the Lord richly bless you, :o)  Bill

I can Do Nothing On My Own Volition

May 27th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 thoughts on “I can Do Nothing On My Own Volition”

One of the scripture texts that has been a lifelong guide is John 5:19-20: “Truly, Truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing on his own authority, but only what he sees his Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he is doing; and greater than these will he show him, that you may marvel.”

As I wrote in the book, there is one thing that Jesus cannot do – He cannot do anything based on His own volition. This is much more than a mental attitude that constantly asks “What would God do in this situation?” That mindset is little more than a sanctified rationalization based on what we think God would do based on our own understanding of Him.

In order to better comprehend Christ’s posture toward His Father, consider Paul’s words in Philippians 2:5 – 8: “Let your bearing toward one another arise out of your life in Christ Jesus. For the divine nature was his from the first; yet he did not think to snatch at equality with God, but made himself nothing, assuming the nature of a slave. Bearing the human likeness, revealed in human shape, he humbled himself, and in obedience accepted even death – death on a cross.”

The divine nature was His nature and the mind of God was His mind. He could have done anything He wanted to do and said anything He wanted to say. But He chose otherwise. Why?

Let’s look again at John 5:20: “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that He is doing. What the Father does, the Son does.”  Jesus enjoyed an intimate, loving relationship with His Father and was obedient, not because He expected to receive a reward in return, but because He loved His Father.

Notice the underlined words. Those words are in the present tense – in the NOW. As He walked through each day, He could see and hear His Father speaking and ministering in the moment. When people encountered Jesus, they were actually encountering His Father speaking and ministering to them – “He who has seen me has seen the Father.”

Why focus on this point so strongly? Jesus, His Father and the Holy Spirit came to live in each one of us when we accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord.

In addition, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. So, Jesus is still not doing anything on His own volition but is only doing what He sees His Father doing. And since Pentecost, Jesus is sharing everything He sees and hears with the Holy Spirit Who leads us into all truth.

The Lord is doing a new thing in these last days that will eclipse everything He has done in the past. The Father seeks those He can reveal Himself to so that He can accomplish the greater work He has reserved for these last days. He only asks that we submit our will to Him so that He can carry out His will through us.

As we yield our selves to God in love, He will manifest His love to us and through us, and reveal what He is doing. Then, those who see His works will see Christ in us lifted up by the power of the Holy Spirit to draw all men and women to Him.

May the Lord richly bless you, :o)  Bill

A Gospel for the Refugees

May 27th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 thoughts on “A Gospel for the Refugees”

I recently had a chance to talk with an Iranian student who was going back to the middle east to share the Gospel with refugees who have been displaced by war. He said these people don’t respond to a Gospel message that focuses almost exclusively on redeeming them from the sinful acts they have committed. Their whole world has been torn apart and, in addition to being forgiven, they need to know God loves them unconditionally and is able to meet all their needs and to clothe them in His security and peace even in these trying circumstances.

Truth is, the Gospel has always addressed this deeper dimension. The suffering these people face is not just the domain of social services. The knowledge of good and evil we inherited from Adam is much more than our ability to choose between right and wrong. It is the wellspring, not only of our transgressions, but also of our feelings of inadequacy and insecurity — our inner feelings of nakedness. Today, the Lord is shaking the foundations of our security in many parts of the world, urging us to seek Him for our peace and wholeness through the cross of Jesus Christ.

This shaking and upheaval will only get more severe as we approach the coming of our Lord. If we cling to the safety of our jobs, bank accounts, neighborhood amenities, health plans and social status, we will likely feel naked and vulnerable if those trappings are stripped away as they have been for the refugees in the near east and parts of Africa.

There is always the temptation to pray God will restore the things that have been taken away from us so we can feel OK again. But God knows what we need and asks us to seek first His Kingdom and to be clothed in His righteousness and peace available through the cross of Jesus Christ.

The greed in this world is ever-increasing as people in positions of authority seek to clothe themselves in more wealth and power by taking it from everyone else. But the Bible says even if we gain the whole world, we will not satisfy our desire to be safe and secure, and in the process, we will risk losing touch with who we really are.

The source of this greed is an inward sense of inadequacy. If only we had just a little more we would be happier and more fulfilled. But instead of taking, God loved us so much that He GAVE His most precious possession — His Son — and will continue to give out of the abundance of His resources to meet all of our needs through Jesus Christ.

He alone can clothe us in His righteousness, His peace, and His security as we follow Him as the Lord of our lives.

May the Lord richly bless you, :o)  Bill

It Has Been Some Time Since My Last Blog

May 27th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 thoughts on “It Has Been Some Time Since My Last Blog”

You can likely tell that it has been some time since my first post before I left for the National Broadcasting Convention (NRB) in Orlando in late February. The period since then has been both hectic since my book was released on the first of April as well as a time of redirection where I have been waiting on the Lord.

While I was at NRB, I asked the Lord for someone who could translate my book into Spanish. I stopped by Stan and Rhoda Jeter’s booth who are missionaries to Cuba and they put me in contact with Javier Bolaños from Costa Rico who agreed to do the translation. I am also helping him set up an audio/video studio in his home to create podcasts for ministries in his area.

I have also been working with Isoa Kanaveilomani and his wife Eta, missionaries to Fiji. They are currently here in Seattle changing their passport status so they can get some more training before returning to Fiji.

My Christian writer’s group sponsored a conference earlier this month where I met David and Lisa Mitts, two Hebrew Christians who sponsor a Sabbath worship service. I have been attending this service since the conference and will be going with them to Israel for the Jubilee Feast of Tabernacles this fall.

As the marketing load has wound down, the Lord has been urging me to seek Him more and more through prayer, fasting and studying His word. I want to deepen my personal relationship with Him so I can know better when He is leading me so I can follow; better recognize His voice so I can hear in my spirit when He speaks to me; and better be able to see Him doing the things He sees His Father doing so I can respond in faith.

After neglecting the blog posts on my webpage for over two months, I am ready to start writing again.  May the Lord richly bless you, :o)  Bill

Exciting Times Are Ahead

February 28th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 thoughts on “Exciting Times Are Ahead”

Greetings and welcome to my first blog post. This has been an exciting time for everyone working and praying with me as we move closer to the first of April when my inaugural book is published. We constructed this really cool website in January. Please tell me what you think.

Kirkus Indie, one of the best review companies in the country, gave my book an excellent review and featured it in their 1/15 Kirkus Review Magazine. That’s my birthday and it was a wonderful and unexpected present!! I have also contracted with them to run a series of ads starting in April.

I want to give away a copy of the eBook, Kindle or PDF edition to as many people as possible. If you have not already received your free electronic copy or have friends you would like to share it with, please go to www.WilliamCombsAuthor.com/eBook. Pre-order paperback and audiobook editions can also be purchased here or through your favorite bookstore, and all book sale profits are donated to charity.

But it has been a heart-wrenching time for me as well because Miriam, my wonderful wife of 48 years, went home to be with the Lord after an extended illness on December first, 2016. I miss her terribly and have posted my journey since her graduation on this website under the Author section and More About Bill.

But in spite of all the tears, I am really stoked about next week because I will be flying to Orlando to attend the National Religious Broadcasting Convention. My publicist, Joni Sullivan Baker, will also be there and says I can accomplish more promotion in that week than I could in several months at home.

She is lining me up with a number of broadcasters for interviews. So, I will have a lot to share once the conference starts. May the Lord richly bless you. Your friend, :o)  Bill

All profits received from the sale of books published will be used by the William Combs Foundation for charitable purposes.