The Great Stepper

They each "stepped" into the breech, or hole in a child's life, and gave of their own selves the necessary nourishment and admonishment to bring up that child.

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The Issue:

The Basic Truths Of Life!

TRUTHS

The BibleEveryone that ever walked on this planet must come to terms in this life with some basic TRUTHS. These will be the basic truths that no one can argue with, if they are sane. Of course, if you believe what God says in His Own BOOK about you, then you will have no problem with accepting these basic truths.

1. The Brevity Of Life

"For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14b) Our life is brief! like a vapor, or like smoke. "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?" (Job 7:1) He is born, and then he will die! This is certain! (The exception being Enoch and Elijah, and also, those believers in Jesus Christ who are alive when He comes for His Church.)

2. The Brevity Of Your Remembrance

You will soon be forgotten. A man is remembered only a little while, and then he is forgotten. "He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore. Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness." (Job 7:10 & 10:20-22)

3. The Sureness Of Trouble

Life is bale full of troubles. I have also found this very true!!! "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not." (Job 14:1).

4. The Verity Of The White Throne Judgment

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). You will not miss this one unless YOU ARE HID in the CLEFT OF THE ROCK!

5. The Eternality And The Finality Of What You Do With Jesus Christ:

We will all be held accountable over this issue. It is a hard fact of life, my friend. Now will you take God's offer of eternal life ... purchased by His Son ... for all those who will put their trust in Him ... a thumbs down? You will everlastingly suffer the consequences!

6. That Men Never Learn From History

We learn from History That Men Never Learn From History! It is a heart problem! Men refuse to learn the "lessons" afforded by the light of HISTORY: the recorded historical events which occurred as fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Now, these are the basic truths with which we all must deal with one way or another!

7. What Should You Do?

"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"; [Romans 10:8-13]

THE BIBLE :

Believe The BOOK!

The King James Bible

BibleThis is God's Holy WORD to you and I! Do you believe it? The A.V.1611 (or The King James Bible) is God's word PRESERVED in the English language for you and me. It came from the English Reformation. This Bible declares that: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." [2 Timothy 3:16] God's inspired word is preserved in the A.V.1611. The word "preserved" means maintained inspiration. "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." [Psalm 12:6-7] “PRESERVE.” .

Home In The Hills:

[Or New Jerusalem]

LONG HOME

demo Everybody is going home someday. Everybody is going to their LONG HOME. When you die, you are going to go to your “long home” whether, it be in “Heaven” or in “Hell”. Do you realize that truth? “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:” [Ecclesiastes 12:5]. Read More?

The Great Stepper

Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2011 Richard St.JamesThe Great Stepper


Preface:

I want to make several things very clear.

First: The Bible is the perfect word of God. In the English language, it is preserved in the Authorized Version of the Bible of 1611 (commonly called the King James Bible).

It is tried! "The word of the Lord is tried" [Psalm18:30]. It is pure! "The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times" [Psalm 12:6].

Second: The Ideal Biblical Pattern For Marriage Is Set In Genesis Chapters 1 & 2.

One Man - One Woman For Life ... Both Parents ... One Family ... Bringing Up The Children Together!

Third: The Step Parent Relationship Is Less Than The Ideal!

Fourth: The Step Parent/Step Child Relationship Is Biblically Based.


The Two Questions!

QUESTION NUMBER 1:

What do Esther, Joash (the king of Judah), and Timothy in the Bible have in common?

I can come up with at least three things.

1. They believed The Book.

2. They obeyed The Book.

3. They each, in their childhood, grew up in a household where the presence of one or both of the natural parents was missing [implied with Timothy].


QUESTION NUMBER 2:

What do Mordecai, Jehoshabeath and Jehoiada the priest, and Joseph, have in common? I can find at least three things that they have in common.

1. They believed The Book.

2. They obeyed The Book.

3. They each "stepped" into the breech, or hole in a child's life, and gave of their own selves the necessary nourishment and admonishment to bring up that child.


And what is a Stepper?

The definition of STEP according to the Webster 1828 dictionary is: STEP, Sax. steop, from stepan, TO DEPRIVE

Esther became a STEPCHILD to Mordecai because he made a covenant to the LORD to "FOSTER" her. FOSTER: (according to Webster) means: "a nurse or food";

1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.

2. To cherish; to forward; to promote growth.

3. To cherish; to encourage; to sustain and promote

... Mordecai became a FOSTER-FATHER: "One who takes the place of a father in feeding and educating a child."

Do you see how the Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary shows how tightly inter-related step parent and foster-parent is?

The term STEPCHILD is a child DEPRIVED of its parent. Esther was DEPRIVED. Definition: STEP-CHILD: A child that is deprived of its natural parent.


The Stepper Relationships!

Stepfather is: "A father-in-law; a father by marriage only; {the father of an orphan.}"

Stepmother is: "A mother by marriage only; a mother-in-law; {the mother of an orphan.}"

Stepdaughter is: "A daughter by marriage; {an orphan daughter.}"

Stepson is: "A son-in-law, {an orphan son.}"

Noah Webster added this note:

"In the foregoing explication of step, I have followed Lye. The D. and G. write stief, and the Swedes styf, before the name; a word which does not appear to be connected with any verb signifying to bereave, and the word is not without some difficulties. I have given the explanation, which appears to be most probably correct. If the radical sense of step, a pace, is to part or open, the word coincides with Sax. stepan, to deprive, and in the compounds above, step may imply removal or distance."

If you are a Step Parent, which is not the biblical ideal ... but the very next best,

Then: Make a covenant to the LORD to "FOSTER" your Step Children!

For how ever many years you have with them ... be a GREAT STEPPER.

You: stepped in
... to foster
... to stand in the gap
... to feed
... to nourish
... to support
... to cherish
... to promote
... to encourage
... to sustain ... a child who was not your own natural child

... but to treat the child as if he (or she) was your own child ... no matter the personal cost to yourself ... and no matter the personal sacrifice!


For Step-Children!

Do YOU ... as a Step Daughter ... or as a Step Son ... have these three things in common with Esther, Joash (the king of Judah), and Timothy?

1. They believed The Book.

2. They obeyed The Book.

3. They each in their childhood grew up in a household where the presence of one, or both, the natural parents was missing.

1. Do you believe The Book?

2. Do you obey The Book.

3. Do you honor and appreciate the nurture and admonition of Someone Else who volunteered to step into the breech ... left by your absent natural parent, or parents?


For Step Parents!

Do you as a Step Father, or as a Step Mother have these three things in common with Mordecai, Jehoshabeath and Jehoiada the priest, and Joseph?

1. They believed The Book.

2. They obeyed The Book.

3. They each "stepped" into the breech, or hole in a child's life, and gave of their own selves the necessary nourishment and admonishment to bring up that child. They entered into the fray ... knowing up front ... the holy calling.

1. Do you believe The Book?

2. Do you obey The Book?

3. Are you ... A Great Stepper?

Are you "stepping" into the breech, or hole in a child's life, and giving of your own self ... the necessary nourishment and admonishment to bring up that child.

Have you entered into the fray ... knowing up front ... the holy calling.

Go to: Divorced and Called To Preach?

 

Psalm 12 ... is the promise to us!

Purified seven times ... God's word is kept in spite of men!

 

Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
[Verse 1]

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.  [Verse 2]

The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: [Verse 3]

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? [Verse 4]

 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. [Verse 5]

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. [Verse 6]

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.         [Verse 7]

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted. [Verse 8]