THE DISAPPEARING BIKE

Jack and Randy caught several crayfish, then Randy’s foot slipped down a moss-covered rock and slid into the water.  Green slime oozed between his fingers. “Oh yuck”! He slung his hand in disgust.

Jack bent forward laughing.

Randy grabbed a handful of slime and lunged toward his friend, but Jack ran for the bike. He stopped in surprise.

“Hey Man! Where’s your bike?”

“My bike!” Randy wailed. “Where’s my bike?”

The boys looked all around, but didn’t find Randy’s bike.

“Awe, come on Jack, where can it be?”

“Someone must have taken it.”

“Oh sure! Someone snatched it right from under our noses without leaving a clue. Now how am I going to explain this to my dad?”

“Hey! Maybe they did leave a clue.”  Jack bent down by the fence. “Here are some broken weeds, this could be a clue.”

 Randy looked at the weeds tangled in the fence with interest. “It looks as if these weeds were deliberately twisted around those wires.” He squatted down and looked more closely.

The fence was made of tightly stretched barbed wire. It completely enclosed the big house on the hill and the surrounding acreage.

Jack and Randy walked along the fence a few feet searching for further clues but found nothing more.

 “Let’s check the second-hand bike shop on Fourth Street,” Randy suggested.

“Good idea,” Jack nodded. Old John might be able to give us some help.

Old John was working on a bike when they arrived. He hadn’t heard anything, but he said he would keep an eye out for Randy’s bike.

“What are you going to tell your dad?” Jack asked.

“I’ll have to tell him the truth! He probably won’t believe me. Man I’ll be grounded for years. I’ll rot away in my room,” Randy moaned.

After lunch the boys went back to the creek to look around. They followed the fence farther and found some recently turned over stones. A few yards farther on there were foot prints and bike tracks leading away from the fence.

The tracks led toward the house on the hill. Folks lowered their voice when they spoke of the stranger who’d moved in there. No one knew much about him.

Randy said, as they walked along, “I don’t like the direction we’re going.”

“We’re going toward Spooky Manor.” Jack teased in a low shaky voice.”

“Cut it out Jack, that’s not funny! Look! There’s the house.”

The boys cautiously approached the house, their attention centered on the door. The door opened and a smiling young man came out to meet them.

“I’m sorry about the bike. It was a mean trick, but I wanted to get your attention,” he said. No one ever comes near the house. When I saw your bike I just couldn’t resist.”

He extended his hand. “I’m Bill Kindle, won’t you come inside and have a cold drink?”

The Truth about Sidney

          Telling the truth is very important thought Sidney, as he flicked his long furry tail nervously. I know Aunt Jenny would say so too.  I must tell the truth no matter what.

         “But remember Sidney,” said a tiny voice inside him, “you can always tell just part of the truth. There’s no point in unloading everything you know; besides, maybe no one will notice, and you won’t need to say anything at all.”

“Fat chance of that,” Sidney said to himself. No, he would have to tell the truth, the whole dumb truth. Telling only half of the truth was too much like telling a half-lie. Sidney knew it took two halves to make a whole. So, with only one half of it being a truth wouldn’t the other half of it be a lie?

         He could hear Aunt Jenny’s soft voice and see the seriousness in her black eyes looking straight into his as she said, ““telling the truth is very important Sidney, always remember that.”

         Sidney sat a while longer on the branch of the large sycamore tree. It was autumn and the gold; red and brown leaves now covered the ground like a big carpet.

         He flicked his bushy tail once more and scampered down the tree. “No point in putting it off any longer,” he said to himself, “it’s time to face up to my mistake and get it over with.”

         His thoughts went back to the day it all began. It really started out as a big joke. He and Kenny, his best friend, had worked hard for almost a week gathering nuts for the winter. They had joked and played, teasing each other, pretending to argue and fight over which one had gathered the most food.

         Kenny found a tree with extra-large, juicy nuts. He gathered and stored them in a special place where they would be safe. He was especially proud of them.

         On Thursday, Sidney took some of the large nuts when Kenny wasn’t around and hid them under the roots of an old tree growing on the bank of a small stream.

         Everything went wrong after that. Thursday night it rained and rained. When Sidney woke up Friday morning it was pouring down. It rained all day Friday, and no one could go out to work or play. It rained Friday night, then finally this morning the sun came out. Sidney rushed outside to see how everything looked. He could hear a loud roaring coming from the direction of the stream. He ran down to see, and sure enough that small stream was now a roaring river. So much rain had brought the water almost over the banks of the stream.

         Sidney stood looking down at the swirling muddy water, then he turned away sick. The place where he had hid Kenny’s nuts was now a tumbling mass of water. No one needed to tell him the nuts would be gone by now.

         Sidney started running. He ran and ran until he stopped from exhaustion. Then he just sat and thought about the bad thing he’d done. Would Aunt Jenny ever forgive him?

         He remembered all the times she had cautioned him about playing jokes. Sidney could almost hear her voice as she said, “Someday your jokes may backfire on you and then you’ll be sorry.”

         Sidney never knew exactly what that meant, but he thought that whatever it was it must have happened this time, for he was sure sorry.

         His tiny feet moved with such speed that soon he came near the big oak tree where he lived with Aunt Jenny and his brother and sister.

         He slowed his pace and paused for a moment. Standing on his back legs he stood tall and straight. His nose twitched as he sniffed the crisp fall air. He stayed there, very still, until he felt sure no danger lurked near the big oak. Then suddenly he sprang forward, dashed into the tree and disappeared from sight.

         Aunt Jenny was reading. She glanced up at him over the rim of her glasses.

         “You’re pretty late getting in aren’t you,” she asked. “The other children have been home for quite a while.” She nodded toward the corner of the room where Nibbles and Scamper lay fast asleep tired out from a busy day playing in the forest.

         Sidney dropped his head in shame as his eyes met Aunt Jenny’s and he stepped a little closer to her as he mumbled “Yes ma’am, I’m sorry, I had some thinking to do.”

         “Some thinking, huh!” Aunt Jenny’s dark eyes flashed. “Might I ask about what?”

         Sidney walked around her and sat on the footstool at her feet. He swallowed hard but the knot still stuck in his throat. When he looked up at her, his eyes brimmed with tears.

         “Aunt Jen,” he said, using his special name for her, “There’s something I have to talk to you about.”

         She leaned forward and kissed him on the forehead. As she straightened up, she folded her paper and put it to one side. Turning her full attention to Sidney, she said, Yes Sidney.”

         Suddenly it all came pouring out. He told her about how he had meant to play a joke on his friend, Kenny, but he didn’t mean to cause any harm. It was only a joke.

         Aunt Jenny sat listening quietly and now she reached over and brushed the tears from his eyes.

         “You see, Aunt Jen, what a terrible thing I have done. I have brought shame to our home. Can you ever forgive me?”

         Her eyes softened, “What you’ve done is very bad, that’s true.  I expect you’ll have to work hard to repay the food you’ve wasted of our neighbors. You’ll need to tell them what you did and ask their forgiveness.

I am certain they’ll forgive you for your thoughtless deed. However, you didn’t mean to do any harm. I know you’re truly sorry, so let’s be thankful that you’ve learned a good lesson.”

         Sidney kissed his Aunt. “Thank you, Aunt Jen, I love you. I never meant to make you sad. I don’t want to ever hurt you,” he said.

         It felt like a giant boulder had been lifted from his heart. He knew he had to face Kenny and his family and tell them. But now that he had told Aunt Jen, he knew he could get through everything else okay.

         He turned to go outside again. “Might as well do it now,” he said. “The sooner I tell them the better I’ll feel.”

“Sidney!” Aunt Jenny spoke. He stopped and turned to face her. “I’m quite proud of you dear,” she said. “You made a mistake, but you told the truth about it, and for that I am proud of you. Telling the truth is very important, always remember that.”

         “Yes, Aunt Jen.” Sidney smiled and went out the door.

Titus Questions and Answers

Titus Chapter One

  1. What two things did Paul say he was to Yahweh (GOD)? A servant and an apostle

  2. What was Yahweh’s promise before the world began? Eternal life to be obtained

  3. In what way is Yahweh’s word made manifest? Through his saints

  4. Since Paul had never married, what did he mean when he said, “Titus mine own son”? He nurtured him in spiritual matters and loved him as his own son in the spirit.

  5. Why did Paul leave Titus in the town of Crete? That he might help set up the churches

  6. What 15 things are required of a bishop? 1.  Be blameless  2. have only one wife   3. have faithful good children  4.  be a Steward of Yahweh 5.  not self-willed  6.  not high tempered  7.  not a drinker  8.  not a striker  9.  not given to foul language  10.  be hospitable  11.   a lover of people  12.  serious  13.  just (acts right) 14.  Have holy (clean thoughts)  15.  live up to what he teaches

  7. What does “bishop” mean?  Superintendent, manager

  8. What does Luke 12:48 and Matthew 7:26-27 say in connection to a bishop? If he fails in his requirements, great will be the fall because he knows better. He has been set as an example.

  9. Paul said there were many unruly, vain talkers and deceivers.  Give the meaning of each of the words below (from the Strong’s Concordance if possible).

    1. Unruly, unsubdued, not serious, unrestrained

    2. Vain talkers, an idle talker, wrangler, someone who likes to argue and bicker

    3. Deceivers, a mind misleader

  10. Whose mouths did Paul say needed to be stopped because they subverted (overturned) whole houses?  Unruly, vain talkers, and deceivers

  11. Paul told Titus to rebuke sharply the Cretians who were liars and evil. Give the meaning of “rebuke sharply.” Confute (admonish, rebuke) abruptly (immediately)

  12. What was to be the effect of rebuking them? So they may be sound in the faith

  13. What are some “fables” people connect to Christianity today that in reality do not have a true spiritual connection at all? Worship of the imaginary powers of Santa Clause, influence of Saint Valentine, the rabbit and the egg, the powers of the yale log, the worship of the evergreen tree, knock on wood, physical eternal fire for sinners, etc.

  14. What were some of the commandments of men that turned the people from the truth? 1 Tim. 4:3: Forbidding to marry, forbidding to eat meat. In our day, the promise of a reward with a special place in a physical heaven just for them causes some to be obedient to a religious concept. Another is that once you confess your sins, all is forgiven, and this is repeated over and over and the life of the person never changes, no real salvation.

  15. What is a reprobate mind? Unapproved, rejected, unfruitful

 

Titus Chapter Two

Questions and Answers

1.  What 6 characteristics are to be seen in aged Christian men and women?

   1.  Sober, circumspect, careful

2.  Grave, venerable, honorable

3.  Temperate,

4.  Sound in faith

5.  Sound in charity

6.  Sound in patience

 

2.  Who were the young Christian women encouraged to learn from? The older women

 

3.  What did the young Christian women need to learn?

1.  Be sober, circumspect, careful

2.  Love your husband (with agape love)

3.  Love your children (using wisdom)

4.  Be discreet, self-controlled

5.  Be chaste, clean, modest, innocent

6.  Keepers of the home

7.  Good (according to the fruit of the Holy Spirit and not according to carnal reasoning).

8.  Obedient (subject) to their own husbands and not other dominant men in their day.

 

Genesis 12:19-20, reveals male dominance as a custom of Abraham and Sarah’s day. This custom is being rejected by the time Titus was written because the Holy Spirit revealed that there was no difference between male and female in the sight of Yahweh (Gal. 3:28). If it is not understood why the wives were told to be obedient to their “own” husbands, one might come to the same conclusion as many do today, saying that women are mentally incapable of thinking as an adult and should not depend upon the Holy Spirit to lead them.

4.  What were the young Christain men to learn:

1.  Be sober minded

2.  Be an example of good works

3.  In doctrine show perfection

4.  Gravity, probity, honest, decent

5.  Sincerity, genuineness

6.  Sound speech, not foolish or foul

 

Titus Chapter Three

Questions and Answers

 

  1. What instructions were given to encourage the people to be good Christian examples?

    1. To be subject to principalities (chief, rank) and powers (privilege, force, freedom)

    2. To obey magistrates (submit to authority)

    3. Be ready to every good work

    4. Speak evil of no man

    5. Be not brawlers

    6. Be gentle

    7. Show meekness (mildness, humility) unto all men

  2. In what way did the SAVIOR appear unto the Christians?  In kindness and love

  3. Why does the SAVIOR save any person? See John 6:38-40. It is the Father’s desire, which is to be fulfilled by the SAVIOR, the Holy Spirit, because he is merciful.

  4. How does the SAVIOR save people? By the washing of regeneration (baptism agreement) and renewing of the Holy Spirit (the Holy Spirit making his abode in us – guide, comforter, teacher).

  5. Verse 7 tells us that we are made right by the “grace” of Jesus Christ.  What does the word “grace” mean? It is the divine influence of the Anointed Word upon our hearts and its reflection in our life (it is the Anointed Word revealed “in” us and “to” us).

  6. Is this grace shed on “all” people or only those who ask? See Acts 2:16-17. It came through the ANOINTING before we were born and given freely unto all mankind. We must recognize that all mankind does not desire righteousness or the power whereby it comes. They love evil more than good and lies more than righteousness (Psa. 52:3).

  7. In verse 9, what 4 things did Paul say to avoid?

    1. foolish (stupid) questions

    2. genealogies (tracing by generations)

    3. contentions (quarreling, arguments)

    4. strivings about the law

  8. Why did Paul say to avoid the thing in verse 9? They are unprofitable and vain (empty, idol)

  9. What should be done with a divisive, disruptive person?  Admonish him and if he continues to be disruptive reject (avoid) him.

  10.  What is to “admonish”? A mild rebuke or warning.

  11.  According to Paul, why would a man be a heretick (disruptive person)?  He is sinful and feeling condemned

  12.  What did Paul ask from the people in Zenas and Apollos’ behalf? Help them on their way and make sure they had what they needed?

  13.  What was Zenas’ profession? He was a lawyer

Titus Chapter Three

  1. What instructions were given to encourage the people to be good Christian examples?

  2. In what way did the SAVIOR appear unto the Christians?

  3. Why does the SAVIOR save any person?

  4. How does the SAVIOR save people?

  5. Verse 7 tells us that we are made right by the “grace” of Jesus Christ.  What does the word “grace” mean?

  6. Is this grace shed on “all” people or only those who ask?

  7. In verse 9, what 4 things did Paul say to avoid?

  8. Why did Paul say to avoid the things in verse 9?

  9. What should be done with a divisive, disruptive person?

  10.  What is to “admonish”?

  11.  According to Paul, why would a man be a heretic (disruptive person)?

  12.  What did Paul ask from the people in Zenas and Apollos’ behalf?

  13.  What was Zenas’ profession?

Titus Chapter Two

  1. What 6 characteristics are to be seen in aged Christian men and women?

 

  1. Who were the young Christian women encouraged to learn from?

 

  1. What did the young Christian women need to learn?

Genesis 12:19-20, reveals male dominance as a custom of Abraham and Sarah’s day. This custom is being rejected by the time Titus was written because the Holy Spirit revealed that there was no difference between male and female in the sight of Yahweh (Gal. 3:28). If it is not understood why the wives were told to be obedient to their “own” husbands, one might come to the same conclusion as many do today, saying that women are mentally incapable of thinking as an adult and should not depend upon the Holy Spirit to lead them.

 

  1. What were the young Christian men to learn:

Titus Chapter One

  1. What two things did Paul say he was to Yahweh (GOD)?

  2. What was Yahweh’s promise before the world began?

  3. In what way is Yahweh’s word made manifest?

  4. Since Paul had never married, what did he mean when he said, “Titus mine own son”?

  5. Why did Paul leave Titus in the town of Crete?

  6. What 15 things are required of a bishop?

  7. What does “bishop” mean?

  8. What does Luke 12:48 and Matthew 7:26-27 say in connection to a bishop?

  9. Paul said there were many unruly, vain talkers and deceivers.  Give the meaning of each of the words below (from the Strong’s Concordance if possible).

    1. Unruly,

    2. Vain talkers,

    3. Deceivers,

  10.  Whose mouths did Paul say needed to be stopped because they subverted (overturned) whole houses?

  11.  Paul told Titus to rebuke sharply the Cretians who were liars and evil. Give the meaning of “rebuke sharply.”

  12. What was to be the effect of rebuking them?

  13. What are some “fables” people connect to Christianity today that in reality do not have a true spiritual connection at all?

  14. What were some of the commandments of men that turned the people from the truth? 1 Tim. 4:3:

  15. What is a reprobate mind?

Changed-Transfigured-Transformed

 Yahweh is used in the place of our GOD for better understanding when other gods are part of the lesson.

Read 1 Cor. 15:51-53, Romans 12:2,  Matthew 16:27-17:2 and Mark 9:1-3 to find the answers to the questions below.

The word transformed, in Romans 2, is from metamorphosis, which is the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.

1.  How was the Kingdom of Yahweh to come?

2.  Where was the Kingdom of Yahweh to come?

3.  Where did Christ, Peter, James and John go after the six days?

4.  What happened to Christ?

5.  What happened to Christ’s clothing?

6.  What does “fuller” mean?

7.  What two Old Testament patriarchs appeared with Christ?

8.  What were the two patriarchs doing?

9.  Why did Peter think it was good for him and the other two apostles to be there?

10.  How did the apostles react to this situation?

11.  How long did the Lord ask the disciples to keep these things secret?

12.  What do you think prompted the disciples to ask Christ about the coming of Elijah? 13.  Who were the scribes?

15.  What was Elijah supposed to do when he came?

16.  When did the Savior say Elijah would come?

17.  What is the difference between Elijah and Elias?

18.  When Christ, Peter, James and John rejoined the other disciples, who was with them?

19.  Who was questioning the disciples?

20.  How did the people react when they saw Christ?

Satan Has No Inheritance

  1. According to Hebrews 1:2, who is the heir of all things?

  2. According to Revelations 4:11, Colossians 1:16-20, for who were all things created?

  3. According to Ephesians 1:9-11 and 2 Timothy 1:9, whose will is being worked out?

  4. Will any soul be lost and prevent the will of the Father from being fulfilled? See 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:4-6, Ezekiel 18:23-32

  5. According to 1 Corinthians, how many souls who died in Adam will be made alive in Christ?

  6. In Jude 14-15, how many people will be persuaded by the truth of Christ?

  7. Will everyone in the whole world from the beginning of time come to know Christ (the Anointed Word)? See Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:11, and Philippians 2:10-11

  8. According to Psalms 22:29 how will the dead respond to Yasha?

  9. According to Psalms 20:14, what is the second death?

  10. What will happen to death according to 1 Corinthians 15:54 and Revelations 21:4?

  11. According to 1 Cor. 15:25-26, who will be in power until the last enemy is destroyed?

  12. If we have borne the image of the earthy will we for sure bear the image of the heavenly? See 1 Cor. 15:47-49

  13. According to Ephesians 1:11-12, whose will is being carried out?

  14. According to John 12:2​9-31, what will the death of Yasha [Jesus] do?

  15. Why did Yasha [Jesus] die?

  16. According to Revelation 5:13, who will be those who worship the Father?

  17. In 2 Corinthians 5:19, what is Yahweh doing?

  18. What happens to the “works” of the flesh according to 1 Cor. 3:13-15?

  19. Are those who are turned over to satan destroyed by fire? See 1 Cor. 5:5.

  20. According to John 10:15-16, are there people who Christ will not bring in to his fold?

Lucifer

Isaiah 13 and 14LU

1.  What is the “Gap Theory”? (See on Google, Gap Theory / answers in Genesis)

2.  Lucifer is from #1966 in your Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. What does it mean?

3.  Referring to Isaiah 14:4, who commanded the message to be given?

4.  Who was the one to give the message?

5.  Who was the message to be given to?

6.  What year was it when the message was to be given?

7.  How many years had gone by from the beginning of creation and the first mention of Lucifer?

8.  Name 6 things that were going on with these people at this time?

9.  Why was Ahaz rebuked?

 

Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit:

  1. Where does the Holy Spirit dwell? (John 14:17-20)

  2. What are the signs given by the Holy Spirit unto the unbeliever that makes him know that the Holy Spirit has made His abode in him? (Acts 2:1-21, 1 Cor. 12:7-11, Gal. 3:27 and 5:22-25)

  3. What does speaking in tongues do for the person that has the Holy Spirit? (1 Cor. 14:4)

  4. What must you do in order to receive the Holy Spirit? (Acts 2:38)

  5. Is the gift of speaking in tongues given to every person?  (1 Cor. 12:10)

Operative Gifts:

  1. Name the nine operative gifts. (1 Cor. 12:7-11)

  2. How many administrative gifts are there? (1 Cor. 12:27-31)

  3. Name the administrative gifts. (1 Cor. 12:27-31

  4. What does revelation mean?

  5. What do you need to do in order to put knowledge into your mind? (Matt. 7:7-8)

  6. What does a prophet do?

The Anointing:

  1. How does our heavenly Father guide his children? (Acts 2:17)

  2. Share an extraordinary or supernatural happening in your life.

  3. What should you do if you have a dream that bears strong upon your mind?

  4. Name the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22-25)