Val's Blog

Digging For Golden Nuggets In The Word Of God

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
- - Psalm 28:7

Welcome! - Let's start digging for gold!

The Jewish Wedding Ceremony at the time of Jesus

oday when a boy and a girl like each other they will go on a date, maybe to a movie or go out for a pizza. Later they become engaged and marry. When Jesus was on earth it was a whole different affair.

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It Was Me -  (How I Stopped Smoking)

Smoking. Is it a sin? How do I stop? This is how I managed to stop after 27 years of heavy smoking. Maybe it will help you too!

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FEAR -  Just A Shadow

Shadows have no substance. They are here one minute and gone the next. The same is true with fear but if you dwell on it, you give it more strength.

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The Rapture

The word, "Rapture" is not in the Bible. Nor is it taught and believed by many churches. What does the Bible say about it?

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One thing that could hinder the completion of a new Temple in Jerusalem is the absence of a cow, a very special cow, in fact, a "holy" cow!

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The Caleb Spirit

Age is not a deterrent in carrying out God's will in our life. It's a matter of faith. Caleb had that kind of faith. The kind of faith that makes mole hills out of mountains.

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Let Your Light Shine

Sometimes changing one simple word in a verse of scripture can help us understand a deeper meaning. Learn how important the word, "let" is in scripture.

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Abortion and the Consequences

Lost in the controversy of abortion is a concern for the many women who have had an abortion and for some, in later years the act comes back to haunt them with feelings of guilt and shame. But God is love, full of compassion, mercy, and forgiveness.

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Death of a loved one is never easy. What comfort can we find and what answer is there to the question, "Why did God take . . . ?"

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Do you have trouble witnessing to to others about Jesus Christ and salvation? There is one way to do it that no one can disprove, argue, or deny.

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“When He sees the blood . . . . .”  Exodus 12:22

There are prophecies in the Old Testament that are hidden or concealed, but with careful study, they are fulfilled, or revealed, in the New Testament. Such is the case with Passover.

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The Three Gifts of The Wise Men

Were there really three Wise Men who came from the East to worship Jesus? How old was Jesus when they came to Him? What were the three gifts and what did they mean?

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About Me

Thanks for looking in.  I'm Val Black, a retired printer and now in my "golden years".   Speaking of gold, I've yet to find any of value except in the Word of God.  I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1981.  During that time our pastor asked for volunteers to teach the Bible to various age groups within our church.   When I was a teenager I had done some hand-puppet work to entertain a younger friend and so, with that experience I thought with certainty the pastor would have me entertaining kids in the youth group.  But I was very surprised and shocked when he picked me to teach the senior citizen Bible class!  

Now, the pastor was also part of the senior citizen class. I didn't know that much about the Bible so I started cramming as much as I could before teaching my first lesson. Again to my surprise, the first lesson went very well. In fact, the pastor made a comment that he thought the church had discovered someone with a gift of teaching, or something to that effect.

But more importantly, I discovered something and that was how exciting the Bible really could be if a person will put their mind to studying scripture as opposed to just reading it. That has been about 38 years ago and since then I've put together a lot of lessons. That is the purpose of this blog, to share the Bible with you.

I challenge anyone that if they really want to know the Bible, start a Bible study to teach others.  The class could consist of just one or two people at home or you could volunteer to teach a larger class in church.  But that is how you will learn and I guarantee, you will learn what the Holy Spirit is saying through the Word of God.
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