Author: Michael Bogart

May, 2003: Haiti

July 1, 2003. Dear friends, It is with fullness of heart that we write to report on our first short-term missions project under JARON Ministries. We believe that our trip as a couple to Haiti accomplished more than we dared hope for. We honestly don’t know how to be brief in summarizing what was accomplished, so please be patient as we try to boil it all down: Haiti: May 14-24, 2003. May 15-17: We were the featured speakers at a pastors and pastors’ wives retreat, in the Port au Prince suburb of Delmas. Mike’s subject was Purity in Ministry. These men had not looked at biblical teaching on the subject of sexual purity in this type of package before and responded very well. Melinda taught a women in ministry workshop, in which she led a Bible study centered around the challenges, joys and issues related to pastoral families and ministry within the local church. Approximately ten pastoral couples were involved. May 18-20. Mike was priviledged to be the guest preacher on Sunday at Amitie Christian Church of Delmas. The text was Acts 1:8 “The Local Church and World Missions.” The following Monday through Wednesday: he taught a Bible Survey mini-course for pastors and Christian leaders at the Center for Integrated Development in Delmas. The class averaged about 25 students over three nights. May 21-23. Mike presented the same  Bible...

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A Brief Beginners Guide to the Bible

Much could be said about the Bible as the Word of God and how it is to be read, studied and applied to daily life.  These issues will be dealt with in other articles.  For now, let me simply confine myself to some basic facts. The Bible contains a total of 66 books in two major sections: The Old Testament is made up of 39 books, which outline God’s redemptive work in the world before the time of Christ, and focus specifically on the nation of Israel. The New Testament has 27 books, which describe God’s more complete redemptive work since the time of Jesus’ birth, and focus on the new, multi-ethnic people of God, the Church. These books were written by around 40 different authors over a span of approximately 1500 years (1400 B.C. to 100 A.D.). The 66 books of the Bible were written in three original languages.  The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic; the New Testament in Koine Greek. There are several very good English Bible translations, which enable us to read and understand the sense of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts. The various books were written using various writing styles, including poetry, history, logical argument, stories, prophecy, wisdom literature, etc. Though each of the books of the Bible has its unique purpose and setting, a common theme joins each of the books into a whole, showing us God’s...

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