The Land of Philistine- By: Carrie LeBlanc

The two principal subjects in the New Testament are; the life of Jesus on earth, and, after the Ascension, the growth of the Christian Church.

Jesus’ life was in Philistine, so that is why we will start here.

Palestine is an oriental land. It’s origins are all located near the South-Eastern border of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the land of Canaan, and the land of Israel. Syria and Phoenicia are on the north. The Syrian Desert is on the east, and the Sinaitic wilderness is on the south. The Mediterranean is on the west, just outside of the tropics. It is close to being between Asia and Africa.

It was a very small country. The Mediterranean is about 12,500 miles, from Tyre to Gaza is about 140 miles. In Jordan, from Mount Hermon to the beginning of the Dead Sea is 156 miles.

It has many natural resources. There is a lot of natural conformation that many notice in Palestine. This Country has five parallel sections. Heading towards the Mediterranean you meet the sea coast plain, which is 2 to 3 miles north. It is about 20 miles wide heading south towards Gaza.

Going across we start heading towards Shephela, better known as the foot hills. They are low heels about 300 to 500 feet high.

After these we head to the mountain region. These mountains have broken ravines everywhere. They are about 2,500 to 5,000 feet high. This area was where the Israelites have always lived. They have always been known to be mountain people. They never wanted to occupy the lower plains. In the Bible times, plains and Valleys were left for the heathen.

After going through the mountains, we get to the Jordan Valley. This Valley is lower than the sea level between 5 to 20 miles. The river Jordan runs through here, passing through two lakes. The lakes are called Lake Meron and the Sea of Galilee. They empty into the Dead Sea.

After the Valley is the “eastern-table land, with higher mountains. It also has more level summits, along with less valleys. The mountains start to decline to the Syrian Desert in the east.

The land had five provinces. In the time of Christ, there were 3 political divisions on the west side of the Jordan, and 2 on the east.

The Province of Galilee was inhabited by kindhearted, brave people, mostly Jewish people, but there were also many Gentiles among them. It was the home of Jesus for most of His life and ministry.

Samaria was the central region. It was a district around the cities of Schechem and Samaria. It was not considered a province. These cities did not extend to the sea or the river. It was mostly inhabited by composite people. They were partly Israelite and partly heathen. They were regarded by the Jewish people as dogs. Jesus paid no regard by the Jewish people’s prejudice.

Judea was the southernmost Provence of Palestine. It often gives it’s name to the whole land, being the largest, and most loved area to the Jewish people. Jesus made several visits here, but only for short periods because the people were often more hypocritical than the Galileans and the majority of the time hated Him.

The Province of Perea, (meaning “beyond”), was on the east side of the Jordan or the Dead Sea. This land is not mentioned by that name in the New Testament. Jesus visited this region near the end of His ministry.

Hieromax is north of the river, and east of the Sea of Galilee. It was the fifth Province. It was in the ancient land of Bashan, but in the gospels it is known as ” Philip’s Tetrarchy. The people who lived here were mostly Gentiles or heathen. Jesus visited this Country twice, both times creating a miracle.

It was a land full of people. The early home of Jesus was Galilee in Nazareth. (Matthew 2:23, Luke 2:51). Jesus wrought a miracle in Main, south of Nazareth. (Luke 7:11). North of Nazareth, in Cana, is where the first miracle happened. (John 2:1). On the Sea of Galilee, in Capernaum, was the home of Jesus for most of His ministry, and where He did most of His miracles. (Luke 4:31, Mark 2:1).

Two places mentioned in Samaria, Schechem, is now called Iskar, might be the place mentioned in John 4:5. Samaria, several miles north-west of Schechem. It was the beginning Capital of the Province. It was also where the Gospel was preached to the Jewish people for the first time. (Acts 8:5).

In the Judean Province we know that Jerusalem is “the holy city.” (Matthew 4:5). It is also the place where Jesus was crucified. (Matthew 16:21). Two miles east of Jerusalem in Bethany, (John 11:18), was where Mary and Martha entertained Jesus. (John 11:1). There were two awesome events that happened near here. (John 11:43, Luke 24:50, 51). Six miles south of Jerusalem in Bethlehem, the greatest event in history happened. (Matthew 2:1). It is an ancient honor because Jesus was born there. (Luke 2:4). The ancient capital of Judah, is Hebron. It was known as a Priestly city. It was also where John the Baptist was born. (Luke 1:39, 40). Eighteen miles from Jerusalem is in Jericho. It is in the Jordan Valley. Jesus visited this area near the end of His ministry. (Luke 19:1). A village fourteen miles north of Jerusalem, in Ephraim, where Jesus visited for a brief period of His ministry. (Luke 19:1)

Fourteen miles north of Jerusalem, is a town called Ephraim, where Jesus his for a brief period. (John 11:54)

The Provence of Peraea is one place known as being connected with the life of Jesus. Bethabara, also known as “Bethany,” was beyond the Jordan. It was the thirteen miles south of the Sea of Galilee, being known as the first place to baptize and where the first disciples were found.

The Tetrarchy of Philip, was east of the Sea of Galilee. The most important three places were: Caeaserea Philippi, was at the foot of Mount Hermon. (Mark 8:27, 9:2).
The second place was at the head of the Sea of Galilee in Bethsaida, being east of the Jordan, (Luke 9:10-13). The third place was Gergesa, also known as Gerasa, a tiny town on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, (Matthew 8:28)

This was a subject land. About half of a Century before Jesus was born, the Jewish people went subject under Roman rule, then a lot of places changed within the Government.

One of them being the whole land and some of the Provinces, became a Kingdom under Herod the great, (Matthew 2:1). It was tributary to the Emperor of Rome from 37 B.C to 4 A.C. the year Jesus was born.

When Herod died, the land was divided into three Tetrarchies. The fourth-part was the one that ruled.

The next Tetrarch of Judea and Samaria was Archaleus, (Matthew 2:22). The Tetrarch of Galilee and Pereae was Herod Antipas, (Matthew 14:1,; Luke 23:6,7). The Tetrarch of the Bashan district was Herod Philip, (Luke 3:1). Outside of Palestine, in the fourth Tetrarchy, on the north was governed by Lysanias, (Luke 3:1).

In the year of 7 A.D. when Jesus was about eleven years old, the Roman Emperor deposed Archaleus and made his dominion a Province under a Roman Procurator, leaving the other two tetrarchies to be undisturbed. This is how the government was during the ministry of Jesus.

Judea and Samaria was considered one Roman Province under Pontius Pilate; Herod’s Tetrarchy was Galilee and Peraea, and Bashan was Philip’s Tetrarchy.

In the 37th year Herod Agrippa 1 was made king of Judea at first, and then over all 41 dominions of his grandfather. It was the Roman Emperor that made him king. This way Palestine officially became a kingdom again. This is mentioned in Acts 12:1.

When Agrippa died, in AD 44, a new division began. The son of Agrippa 1, named Agrippa 2, became ruler over Chalcis and Bashan. In Acts 25:13, 26:1,2; he is called King Agrippa only by courtesy. Everywhere else in Palestine; including Judea, Paraea, and Samaria, once again became a Procuratorship under Roman rulers. (Acts 23:24, 24:27)

When the Jewish people rebelled in AD 66, the government changed again. Vespasian made Palestine part of Syria. Vespasian was a legate. This ended Jewish history as being a separate nation.

We will be working on part 2 next.
Researched on: Outline Studies in the New Testament for Bible Teachers

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Scripture For Thought

“Oh, Give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deed’s among the people’s!”
(Psalm 105:1)

“And in that day you will say: ‘Praise the LORD, call upon His name; declare His deed’s among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for He has done excellent things… (Isaiah 12:4-5)

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Ways To Find A Great Job Fast Part One-By: Carrie LeBlanc

Researched on; “FIND A JOB FAST
Five Steps To Find A Job In Today’s Job Market ”

In the 1980’s, it used to be pretty easy to find a job fast. People didn’t have to have a lot of qualifications to find a job.

It was really easy to apply for job’s also. All you had to do was look in the newspaper and write a letter to the employer of the Company.

People used to be able to keep their jobs for life, or until they decided they no longer wanted it. People were able to easily move jobs without having to spend a lot of money. At that time a person could choose which job they wanted.

Things are very different now. The job market has changed so much that it is very difficult to find a job. This is because the recession is pressuring the global economy.

It’s probably easy to say that the majority of people do not like change. They struggle with it; and it becomes hard for them to move on. We need to remember that change brings new opportunities and challenges that can be enjoyable and good for us. Many people have lost their jobs and have found other alternatives they are very happy with.

“You do not have to be strong or intelligent to change. You just need to be able to accept change.”- Charles Darwin- changed words to my version.

As well as the changes in the job market; there have also been drastic changes in the way we communicate. There’s now the internet and cell phones. This has changed the way we communicate into interactive dialogue. With all of this change that has gone on, it’s no wonder the way we look for a job has also changed.

Although things have changed, people are still looking for a job the way they used to in the past. Many people still feel they can find a job by applying to advertisements. They look to see what’s in the job section of the newspaper or internet and send off applications and then wait.

The problem is, is that Companies become overwhelmed with applications and it gets hard to stand out from the crowd. This can be hard because employers have different techniques and expectations to limit the number of applicants. Be careful not to rely just on handing out job applications.

This kind of job search is considered passive, because even though there might be some work done, after they’ve sent everything off, they usually just sit and wait. This is not a realistic job option in today’s job market.

So, what should you do to get the job? You need to become more proactive and think smarter to gain the employer’s attention. You will need to start up a lot of job seeking strategies. You will also need good techniques to help get you the job. Before we get started it is really important to keep in mind while job hunting to look for the hidden market.

FIND THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET

There are a lot of Companies that don’t advertise for the jobs they have available. The reason these jobs are filled so quickly without advertising are because:

1. Someone known to the Company recommended the person.

2. The person was in the right place at the right time. We will go over how to access the hidden job market in steps 3 and 4. We will go over self promotion techniques, informative interviews, and networking.

SECTION ONE: THE FIVE STEPS

STEP ONE: POSITIVE THINKING AND PLANNING

“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.” Author Unknown

It doesn’t matter what the economy is like, there will always be jobs available. Something will always happen where people will have to leave their job or get promoted, which opens doors for new employees. Sometimes if an employer meets and likes you, it’ll be just enough to get you in the door. If they don’t have something for you at the time, they will either create something for you to do, or call you when something becomes available.

First, before you start job hunting, take a look at two important factors. These are crucially important to your success: Positive thinking and planning.

POSITIVE THINKING

People respond to losing their jobs in different ways. It can be a very stressful time. If you have just recently lost your job and are feeling upset don’t be hard on yourself because this is normal. Talk to people you trust, whether it be a family member, friend, or Pastor. Surround yourself with people who are going to encourage you and stick by you. Always remember that there are a lot of people in the same position. It is important to take time to work through your feelings, but don’t take too long because you might begin to feel less motivated and can even become depressed. Try to keep yourself energized, enthusiastic, and motivated to what God has planned. It won’t be easy but it is important.

Some people feel grateful when they lose their job. Especially when they were unhappy with their work. If you are in a situation where you have extra money saved up, you will be able to explore your options longer.

The main reason job hunting can be so stressful is because it is difficult to pace yourself, or know how long you’re going to be without a job. You can either end up getting a job right away, or it can take awhile longer. It can be like being on a rollercoaster. There will be both good and bad days. Make sure you have a good support system to lean on when you start to feel upset and depressed. If you get excited about a job and then get a rejection letter, don’t worry, there is a better job out there for you. While you’re job hunting take care of your body. You will need to eat right, exercise, stay positive, and get plenty of sleep. If you get depressed it will show in your body language and tone of voice. It can ruin your chances of a successful job interview.

WAYS TO GET RID OF NEGATIVITY

Stop listening to any negative comments. If you focus on the positive, you will end up getting a positive job. Stay around positive people, and stay away from the people who are negative. Read books, articles, and watch movies that will motivate and inspire you.

A good book to read is, “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change.”- By: Stephen R. Covey.

There is also another great article on, “How To Eliminate Self Limiting Beliefs.” http://www.careerslifestylejournal.com/how-to-eliminate-self-defeating-beliefs.” Positive action gets rid of anxiety and other negative feelings. In order to not be defeated by job hunting, you will need to keep up your confidence, motivation, and self esteem. To find a job you will need to make a lot of small goals.

Here are some reasons to ask yourself why you want a better job.

1. I will make more money.

2. A new challenge in my life; giving me something positive to look forward to.

3. It will give me confidence and a new perspective on life.

4. I’ll be able to work around people who are more like; and also think more like me.

5. My family and I will be able to travel more. We will also be able to travel to nicer places without having to worry about money.

6. I won’t have to worry about struggling to pay my bills.

7. I’ll be able to start up a savings account.

Envision Your Success By Creating A Vision Board

A vision board, usually called a creative collage, is basically a poster board that you paste pictures and inspirational quotes from magazine cut outs. You can paste things that show your future goals, what you want to be like in the future, or even your future dream house or car. Whatever your dreams are they should be pasted.

Visualization Techniques

To get you prepared for your future dreams, try visualizing yourself as already being there. Visualize yourself in that perfect Career, house, car, or whatever your dream goal is. Read, research, and associate with people who are already living that lifestyle. After you have visualized yourself in your new life, try visualizing yourself in the one you’re in now and had done nothing to make your dreams come true. We will discuss visualization techniques further in step two.
Now it’s time to plan your job search strategy.

Planning

“If you decide not to plan, you have decided to fail.”- Author Unknown.

When you’re job hunting it is very important to be very organized and have a structured lifestyle set up to be successful. In order to make the best use of your time you need to stay focused. Get a daily planner or a calendar and sit down and create a daily plan. Write down small goals you want to complete every day. If you have your days planned out it will help you stay on track and you won’t end up feeling so overwhelmed. You can cross off the items you have completed each day, then you will know that you have been accomplishing your goals and have been moving forward.

Weekly Plan

Now you will want to write down the goals you want to accomplish for the week.

A Progress Chart

You will need to write down the details of each of your job activities. Some good things to write in the chart would be; the date you applied for the job, what the job entails, the Company and position applied for, what you need to do next to get the job. This is also a good way to motivate you. It helps you visualize getting prepared to get the job. You will also be able to see how much work you have done and what you need to do next.

Figure out your daily goals when you first wake up. Don’t do anything until you get your goals written out because otherwise you’ll get distracted and will lose track. You need to decide on how many hours you’re going to spend each day looking for a job. Then work for about 2 hour periods and then stop and take a break for awhile. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself to the point you get burnt out. Make sure your goals are important, attainable, realistic, and not too time consuming. If your goals are too easy, it will be hard to get started, or know when you’ve accomplished them.

If you have a specific goal in mind, you will have a better chance of accomplishing it. Be clear in your goals about what plans need to be completed each day and by what time. Make a list of what websites and newspapers you’re looking at to find the job.

Establish important methods for measuring your progress. This will help you reach your goals easier. When you finish each goal make a check mark next to it to let you know you completed it.

You need to make sure you have the right kind of attitude, skills, and resources to accomplish your goals. Some things you will need to do is before you send out your CV and Cover Letter you will need to get some quality A4 paper. If you don’t have time to get your CV and Cover Letter ready to send off that day, put in your planner on another day when you will be able to get it done.

You need to be realistic about your goals. Make sure they won’t be too hard to carry out. You will need to push yourself, but be realistic in how far you push yourself, or you will end up giving up. Which will make you upset and frustrated because you weren’t able to accomplish it.

You need to set realistic goals of when you need each one to be accomplished. If you don’t have a time frame you will end up putting them off until it’s too late to get it accomplished.

During your job search you will need to make a file for all of the paperwork and applications you will acquire. This will also help if a Company calls you, because you will have the information available to look up to give to them.

Find Someone To Keep You Accountable

If you are the type of person that has a hard time staying motivated, or getting to appointments, you will need someone you trust who can help keep you accountable and make sure you follow through with your commitments. Make sure this person is sincerely interested in helping you succeed. It doesn’t have to be a friend or family member, but you need to make sure they’re trustworthy. You should get together to talk about your goals at least once a week. You will need to discuss what you have accomplished, and what your goals are for the next week. It will be harder to make excuses if you have someone you have to account to. Remember, if you don’t work on your goals, you will not only be hurting yourself. You will be disappointing them also because they have taken the time to help you. You should really keep yourself accountable because you deserve the best in life.

If you accomplish all of your goals for the week, give yourself a treat. Maybe go out to lunch or do something fun with the person helping you. It’ll keep you both motivated to keep working on your goals.

We are done with this part. We will be starting step two next. I hope you are enjoying this and that it is helping.

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Psalm 139: Part Bible, Part by: Carrie LeBlanc

My Love Letter To God. Please read through whole thing to understand.

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1. You have searched me, Lord, and You know me.

2. You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from a far.

3. You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.

4. Before a word is on my tongue, You, Lord, know it completely.

5. You hem me in behind and before,
And You lay Your hand upon me.

6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
Too lofty for me to attain.

7. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence?

8. If I go up to the heavens, You are there;
If I make my bed in the depths,
You are there.

9. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,

10. Even there Your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.

11. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
And the light becomes night around me,”

12. Even the darkness will not be dark to You;
The night will shine like the day,
For darkness is as light to You.

13. For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15. My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in the secret place,
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16. Your eyes saw my unformed body;
All the days ordained for me
Were written in Your book
Before one of them came to be.

17. How precious to me are Your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!

18. Were I to count them,
They would outnumber the grains of sand-
When I awake, I am still with You.

19. If only You, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!

20. They speak of You with evil intent;
Your adversaries misuse Your name.

21. Do I not hate those who hate You,
Lord,
And abhor those who are in rebellion against You?

22. I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

23. Search me, God, and know my heart;
Test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24. See if there is any offensive way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

This is my prayer to God. I do not hate the sinner. I hate sin. I love God with all of my heart!

Researched on: Biblegateway.com, New International Version

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2014 in review

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Scripture For Thought

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meakness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15)

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

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Scripture For Thought

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world.- our faith. (1 John 5:4)

“Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret it- it only causes harm.” (Psalm 37:8)

‘But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ (Mark 4:40)

Researched on: With Jesus in the quietness, By: Adam Houge