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August 30, 2013

Sermon Teasers

Esau on the Other Side

by Lanier Nail

Jacob had spent 20 years outside the land of promise.

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August 13, 2013

Hart to Heart

N0W THIS IS INTERESTING

by Robert Hart

 

For a long time,  opponents to the authority of Scripture have stated that neither King David (approx. 1,000 B.C.) or for that matter, Moses (approx. 1,600 B.C.) could have written the respective books of the Bible that are credited to them (i.e. David's writing of most of the Psalms, and Moses' authorship of the Pentatuch, the first five books of the Old Testament), because many who have questioned the legitimacy of these authors, postulate that the art of writing had not yet been invented.

Here are the facts:

In the first decade of the twentieth century, the Gezar Calendar was discovered. It dated from 925 B.C. and was written in Hebrew. Then, a huge collection of Ugaritic texts was found in 1929. These texts date from 1400 B.C. This written language is more closely related to Hebrew than any other ancient language. Earlier discoveries at Ras Shamra revealed Phoenician writing in the 1500 B.C. period. Pots with this writing on them were found in Palestine in 1958 and 1960. So the idea that writing was not possible for King David and Moses has been thoroughly discredited. In fact, recently, proto-Sinaitic inscriptions have been found dating back to 1900 B.C., long before the days of Moses. 

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August 8, 2013

Hart to Heart

ORIGIN OF THE DOXOLOGY

by Robert Hart

"Praise God from whom all blessings flow!"

This hymn sung in countless church gatherings each Sunday morning across the western world was at first to be used only in secret…

In 1674 Thomas Ken is a fellow of Winchester College, chaplain to the Bishop of Winchester, and a prebendary-a priest with administrative duties-at Winchester Cathedral. He also acts as a curate (parish priest) for one of the poorer areas of the town.

As if this workload is insufficient, he publishes a volume of prayers and humns titled, Manual of Prayers for the Use of the Scholars of Winchester College...

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