Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
Last week we talked about the veracity of the Word of God – Jesus’ great statement, Thy Word is Truth. Well, it in not only truth but it is living and powerful and, sharper than any two edged sword as well.
I was recently in the country of Ethiopia. There is a large and vibrate evangelical movement there and I have wondered how it had come about. I learned they also had a Reformation. They told me:
“Twenty five years ago God began to move among the young people in the Orthodox Churches. He said, there was a hunger for God among us that we could neither deny nor explain. We tried everything the Church offered us – the rituals, and prayers, but could not find peace.
Then we decided to study the Scriptures for ourselves. Almost at once, some of our group learned the precious truth of knowing your sins are forgiven because of Jesus death for us. Those who found it shared it and more came to faith in Christ. Finally, as we began to preach the Scriptures openly wherever we could,
The Church Hierarchy called a meeting and examined us. They told us we would have to give up this idea of being born again – of being saved. We told them we could not deny the Lord or His Word so they excommunicated us.
So hundreds of us joined together and called ourselves the Emmanuel Evangelical Churches of Ethiopia. We named it Emmanuel, because God is with us.” What a testimony to the power of the Word of God.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.