Test Your Bible Knowledge with these 10 Riddles

Test Your Bible Knowledge with these 10 Riddles

How well do you know the bible? Can you say that you know up to 80 percent of Bible characters? Here are 10 riddles to test your knowledge of Bible characters. Score yourself after the test and remember no cheating.

Test Your Bible Knowledge with these 10 Riddles

  1. I don’t consider myself as a great person or a worrier, but I made history by killing a very powerful and great captain with the nail from my tent and a hammer. I became popular simply because he asked for water, I gave him milk. I used my left hand to hold the nail and my right hand to hold the hammer and I smote him. WHO AM I?
  2. I was a good person, I love to fellowship with God’s children. On one faithful day as the sermon was going on, I fell asleep and I fell from a third story building. Miraculously I was brought back to life by the preacher. WHO AM I?
  3.  I was the finest among the men in my kingdom and I was the third son of a very popular king even though he hated me because I killed my brother. I tried to overthrow my father but i failed. WHO AM I?
  4.  I am a man who loved God with all my heart. My son was the oldest man that ever lived but he is dead and am not. WHO AM I?
  5.  My story is a sad one, I was a good man, a God fearing man. Something very bad happened to me when I tried to prevent the ark of God from falling. WHO AM I?
  6. I am a servant of a very popular man of God who refused to collect priceless gift from a man he healed. However, I had to run after the man and collected all the treasures, though my life was not the same after I collected the gifts. WHO AM I?
  7. I am daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, a “prophetess” who met the infant Jesus and his parents in the temple and recognized him as the Messiah. WHO AM I?
  8. I am a God fearing man who was selected by eleven great men of God to replace a man who betrayed his own master. WHO AM I?
  9. My son is a major prophet in the Bible, he wrote the book of Isaiah. WHO AM I?
  10. I am the third king to rule Israel and the tenth son of my father. WHO AM I?

 

ANSWERS TO THE 10 BIBLE RIDDLES

  • Jael Judges 4:17-22; 5:6, 24-27
  • Eutychus Acts 20:9
  • Absalom 2 Samuel 3
  • Enoch Genesis 5: 21, 22
  • Uzzah 6: 3-7
  • Gehazi 2 Kings 4, 5
  • Anna Luke 2:36
  • Matthias Act 1: 26
  • Amoz Isaiah 1:1
  • Solomon 1 Kings 1,2,3,4…

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The Valley Experience – Pastor A. Akhaine

We sometimes find ourselves in the valley of pain, delay, disappointments, failure, sickness, regrets, poverty, and frustrations but with God on our side it can also be a valley of blessings. Here are some valley that God want to turn to be blessings.

1. A Place of Decision: Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. We should now seek a deep and living experience in the things of God. We have not a moment to lose. (The Faith I Live By, 329). Many are convinced that we have the truth, and yet they are held as with iron bands; they dare not risk the consequences of taking their position on the side of truth. Many are in the valley of decision, (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, 646)

2. Valley of Hope: Hosea 2:15 And I will give her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Anchor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. Hosea assures the people that Israel’s affliction will open to them in the future the “door of hope,” the door of restoration from captivity. Likewise the troubles of life that come to us, if accepted and patiently endured in the right spirit of humility and abiding faith in God, are but the “doors of hope” opening to us larger possessions of soul power (SDA Bible Commentary). A symbolic language Hosea set before the ten tribes God’s plan of restoring to every penitent soul who would unite with His church on earth, the blessings granted Israel in the days of their loyalty to Him in the Promised Land. Referring to Israel as one to whom He longed to show mercy, the Lord declared (Prophets and Kings, 298).

3. Valley of Blessings: 2 Chronicles 20:26 and on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, the valley of Berachah, unto this day. The site in commemoration of the remarkable deliverance God granted His people from their enemies. What might have been a valley of death became a valley of life, and what might have been a place of cursing became a place of blessing. (SDA Commentary)

4. Valley of Confidence: Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Let us never forget, even when we walk in the valley, that Christ is as much with us when we walk trustingly there as when we are on the mountaintop. The voice said to us, “Will you not roll your burden upon the Burden Bearer, the Lord Jesus Christ? Will you not live on the sunny side of the cross? Saying, ‘I know [Him] whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.’(Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 2, 811). Let us live in the sunlight of the cross of Calvary. Let us no longer dwell in the shadow, complaining of our sorrows, for this only deepens our trouble.

5. Valley of Fruitfulness: Numbers 32:9 for when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel that they should not go into the land which the LORD had given them. You can be fruitful in your valley of nothing. In you valley of Eshcol you can behold and experience your promise land.

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The Expected Result of Afflictions by Pastor A. Akhaine

6. Valley of Refreshment: Psalms 84:6 who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. God’s blessing rests upon everything that the pilgrims behold because their hearts are full of joy as they make their pilgrimage. (SDA Bible Commentary). While the followers of God are passing through the wilderness of this world, God opens for them fountains in the wilderness, and springs in the dry places. They drink of the well-spring of salvation;

7. Valley of victory: 1 Samuel 17:2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. Every philistines battling against you and your family, God will give you victory.

List of Bible Topics Every Christain Must Study

List of Bible Topics Every Christain Must Study

The Devil is doing everything possible to prevent us from studying the bible. He is making sure our time are well spent on internet, TV programs, work etc. the bible says in 2 Timothy 5:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

To be able to stand before the trials of this world, we need to study the word of God. When Jesus was tempted by the Devil, he told him “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone.” Jesus was able to defeat the Devil because he knows the word of God. According to Ephesians 6:11 ” Put on the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. To be able to fight against the Devil, we need to study our Bible very often.

If I may ask, how many of us still hold morning devotions- If we are to do a survey, do you think we can get up to 50 percent of Christians holding daily devotions with their families. The Devil knows that very soon Christ will come, so he is working very hard to distract Christian with the things of this world. We need to rise up and study the bible to be able to stand before the Devil.

Below are the list of subject for Bible Study

1. How Did the Bible Originate?

2. How to Understand the Bible

3. Jesus – Our Special friend

4. The Deity of Christ

5. Satan – Our Enemy

6. Prayer – How Should We Pray?

7. Daniel 2

8. The Second Coming of Christ

9. Signs of Christ’s Second Coming

10. Death

11. Judgment

12. Law and Grace

13. Sabbath and Change of Sabbath

14. The Mark of the Beast

15. Millennium

16. Hell Fire

17. The Battle of Armageddon

18. Marriage – Family

19. Stewardship

20. Why So Many Denominations?

21. The Unpardonable Sin

22. Speaking In Tongues

23. Health

24. Lifestyle – Jewellery

25. Modern Prophets and Kings

26. Spirit of Prophecy

27. The Sanctuary

28. America In Bible Prophecy

29. Baptism

30. 2300 Days

Our Bible study lessons will be coming soon on PDF and PowerPoint

Injuries During Long Prayers in Public – Necessary?

Prayers in pubic should be short and characterized by a natural tone of voice—The long prayers made by some ministers have been a great failure. Praying to great length, as some do, is all out of place. They injure the throat and vocal organs, and then they talk of breaking down by their hard labor. They injure themselves when it is not called for. Many feels that praying injures their vocal organs more than talking. This is in consequence of the unnatural position of the body, and the manner of holding the head. They can stand and talk, and not feel injured. The position in prayer should be perfectly natural. Long praying wearies, and is not in accordance with the gospel of Christ. Half or even quarter of an hour is altogether too long. A few minutes’ time is long enough to bring your case before God and tell Him what you want; and you can take the people with you and not weary them out and lessen their interest in devotions and prayers. They may be refreshed and strengthened, instead of exhausted.

Prayer need not be long or loud—Prayer is not understood as it should be. Our prayers are not to inform God of something He does not know. The Lord is acquainted with the secrets of every soul. Our prayers need not be long and loud. God reads the hidden thoughts. We may pray in secret, and He who sees in secret will hear, and will reward us openly.—(Messages to Young People, 247.) Pr 216.

A mistake has been made by many in their religious exercises in long praying and long preaching, upon a high key, with a forced voice, in an unnatural strain and an unnatural tone.—(Testimonies for the Church 2:617.) Food for thought.

Victory Over Sex in the Dream – Pastor A. Akhaine

Is It real? The reality of sexual activities in dreams is common in our contemporary society. Stories of individuals having sex in dreams has been termed as being engaged to a “spiritual husbands and wives.” Such sexual activities in dreams are evident at dawn with symptoms and ecstasies associated with it. These by implication has resulted to spiritual effects in form of bareness, delay in marriage and other physical manifestations.
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Some years ago there was a woman who had a man with a face of her secondary school teacher coming to her in a dream to have sex with her at early part of her any pregnancy, whenever this happen it result to miscarriage the following day and when this happens, she confessed that her love for her husband disappears. This kept on for years until I was posted to be her Church Pastor. She narrated all that she has been passing through, we organized a three days of fasting and prayer with the family with anointing service with the woman after which she was delivered from this affliction for years after which she has gotten three children.

In another experience, a young woman in one of our churches in Lagos, suffered for about 6 years under the power of the devil. She narrated that her ordeal started when a friend invited her to a party when was in 300level in the university. At the party, a young man proposed and she agreed to terms on friendship alone, and after 3 days she began to experience night mares. In the dream, the young man will always appear to offer help and take her to safety. This was the beginning of closeness in the dream land and after 3 weeks they began to have sex which she said she will wake up in the morning weak and there will be stains of a man’s semen on her body. She has not been able to tell anyone and she has also could not relate well to other men, she has suffered some delay in having life partner.

How the case was handled.
To dispel darkness, bring in the light. “The entrance of your words gives light” (Ps. 119:130, NKJV; see also 2 Cor.4:1-7).

The means of demonic entry and the grounds upon which they stand need to be defined, but persistent and indulged hatred, bitterness, lying, unforgiving spirit, blasphemy, filthiness, just to name some, are equally effective in bringing bondage into a person’s life (note Mark 7:20-23). Other means of entry are involvement in heathen worship, hypnotism, occult practices, and similar mind control techniques.

It is important to have the afflicted person repeat prayers of confession and Renunciation. In doing this, they are clearly declaring their choice to forsake the powers of darkness but to have Christ rule their lives. On the basis of faith in Him, those powers have no alternative but to retreat.

The Bible and prayer are primary weapons which will discomfort the evil spirits. Eph.1:7; Ps. 35, 51, 107:20; 1 John 1:9; Matt.28:18, Luke10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” Eph.1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ministry Magazine 1998)

A vigil was organized after 6 months I got to the District and it was at the program she said, she had this burning desire to share her experience with me. When this lady reported to her pastor that she has been tormented by this strange occurrence. Her pastor encouraged to start a seven days fasting and prayer to be meeting in the church an hour day. She was also given seven different Bible texts based on victory over forces of darkness to be read and claimed the promise by night and by day. It was also agreed to be praying together at every 1am until she gain victorious.

To the glory of God, after such spiritual activity the appearances of the evil spirit where not frequent anymore and after a month. By the middle of the second month, she was set free from the power of darkness. She no longer experience this evil visitation and she began to weep that the devil made her keep quite over the years in other that she might be oppressed.

SDA Church Position (how will the church handle the situation)
In the Seventh-day Adventist Church, responding to such is filled with lots of mis-feelings. The church has philosophy or worldview that the power of darkness should be mentioned less. The church posits that the more attention given to them, the more grounds they gain to perpetrate their havoc. So little or no attention/mentioning of the physical manifestation of the works of the evil forces among members is being discussed.

Though the church acknowledges the great controversy between good and evil, hence, we also believe the work of evil angles. Rev 12:7-11 “And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:” Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”(NIV) this evil angles are at work in different kind of method to afflict man far from God.

Ephesians 5:11, 12. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret here.

How are other churches handling this issues?
For other churches, it is a major event in church programs/activities. In which designated day of the week is used for fasting and prayers with deliverance services for all that are being possessed or attacked by the forces of darkness.

Suggestion/recommendations for addressing the issues
Our thought should be focus on Christ “Those who turn from the plain teachings of Scripture and the convicting power of God’s Holy Spirit are inviting the control of demons.” What does that say for the religious leaders and scholars who are completely opposed to the idea of Christ being the Son of God? Think of the Sabbath, what about the law of God. “The hypnotic influence of Satan will rest upon those who turn from the plain word of God to pleasing fables.” {EGW, 8T 294.1}

As we see and hear our members confess that they are either possessed or attacked by evil forces, extra-ordinary care is required of the church and/or the Pastor in other not to leave the gospel of righteousness, obedience, truthfulness, love, charity, total surrender and submission to Christ unpreached at the expense of demon possession.

It is also clearly stated in the SOP that “there we never be a time for us to change our messages”

My soul is much burdened, for I know what is before us. Every conceivable deception will be brought to bear upon those who have not a daily, living connection with God. Satan’s angels are wise to do evil, and they will create that which some will claim to be advanced light and will proclaim it as new and wonderful; yet while in some respects the message may be truth, it will be mingled with human inventions and will teach for doctrine the commandments of men. . . . Many apparently good things will need to be carefully considered with much prayer, for they are specious devices of the enemy to lead souls in a path that lies so close to the path of truth that it will be scarcely distinguishable from it. . . . {CTr 362.2}

The pen of inspiration went further to counsel that:
We are to pray for divine enlightenment, and at the same time we should be careful about receiving everything termed new light. . . . I have been shown that it is the device of the enemy to divert minds to some obscure or unimportant point, something that is not fully revealed or is not essential to salvation. . . . {CTr 363.2}

Also that:
We must let the principles of the third angel’s message stand out clear and distinct. The great pillars of our faith will hold all the weight that can be placed upon them.—Manuscript 82, 1894 (Review and Herald, Nov. 4, 1965). {CTr 363.3}

Furthermore encourages:
Our ministers must cease to dwell upon their peculiar ideas, with the feeling, “You must see the point as I do, or you cannot be saved.” Away with this egotism! The great work to be done in every case is to win souls to Christ. . . . {CTr 363.4}

We are also adding our voice to her conclusion which states:
There is a time of trouble coming to the people of God, but we are not to keep that constantly before the people, and rein them up to have a time of trouble beforehand. There is to be a shaking among God’s people; but this is not the present truth to carry to the churches; it will be the result of refusing the truth presented.

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Sabbath School Biggest Threat

Sabbath School Biggest Threat

One of the biggest threat faced in Sabbath School is members not showing up on time. What percentage of your church members arrive at Sabbath School early, 100 percent? 80 percent? 50 percent? 20 percent? 10 percent? Recently I started visiting churches around the nation, I noticed that Sabbath School starts on time, but the percentage of Sabbath School members present at the beginning of the Service was less than 50 percent. Do you think it is a problem in the church? Do you think the Sabbath School officials are to blame? Do you think the fault is from the members? This article will be focusing on ways to draw people early to Sabbath School.
Let’s carefully consider the following suggestion:

1. Prayer

The first and the most efficient way to make members to come early to Sabbath School is prayer. The Sabbath School superintendent and his officials must see the need to organize prayers for themselves and Sabbath School members.
Prayer points includes:
Spiritual growth for all members- coming early to church is an indication that the spiritual health of your members is good.
Also pray for membership attendance and also for new convert to come into the church through Sabbath School. Other prayer points can be included.

2. Planning

Going through the creation story, you will realize that God is very organized. From creation of light down to creation of man and the rest on the seventh day. The master planner desires that we lay careful plans for every aspect of His work. This plans includes drawing people to Sabbath School on time.
As a Sabbath School superintendent, you need to plan on how to make your members be in church early. In doing this, you need to know your base and ask yourself the following questions: How many members do you have? How many arrive early last year? Last month? What is your specific goal for this year? How are you going to achieve it this year? Remember, you get what you work for.

3. Get a Good Plan

One of the best ways to get Sabbath School members to come early to church is for them to see that you have good plans for them.
Here are some suggestions:

Call one another tactics- The Sabbath School superintendent should encourage Sabbath School members to call at least one person on Friday evening. Sabbath School staff, teachers should try and call one person and invite him/her to come early to Sabbath School. These calls are just to show concern and love for one another.

Good Example Tactics- It will be a bad example if members of the Sabbath School crews arrives late to church. They should arrive early and welcome the members.

Get a Yearly Calendar- Nothing is as nice as when the Sabbath School members sees a plan for the year or for the month. Especially when the programs are nice and they are in our church bulletin.

Sweeter Beginning- Organize special musical presentation or special features early in your program, right after opening prayer. Make sure the members are aware of this programs, announce it the week before.

I Wish Tactics- Make them wish that they had come earlier. Recap the morning activities at the end of the Sabbath School program.

Appreciation Tactics- Always appreciate those that arrive early, if possible give them gift
And finally, always make them to look forward to next week Sabbath School.

4. Evaluation

There is every need for the Sabbath School council to periodically evaluate its program. They need to know if their tactics are working or not, if the Sabbath School is meeting the need of the Sabbath School members, if they are meeting the objective of the Sabbath School. Regular Evaluation will help the Sabbath School crew to discover ways to improve the Sabbath School programs. By God’s grace, with these few step coming late to Sabbath School will drastically reduce.