Posted by: Brad Beaman | November 11, 2015

King David’s Theme Song


Do you have a theme song? King David had one. In fact he wrote his own life theme song. We will look at King David’s Theme song. You can sometimes identify a television show or a movie just by hearing its theme song. You can identify David by his theme song. When you come across the spiritual depth, love for God, richness of praise and the great expressions of his faith in this song you know, it’s King David’s theme song.

King David led a diverse life. He experienced the life of a humble shepherd boy to the life of a powerful king. He fell a giant and he that made him a national hero. He fell in sin and created lifelong problems for himself. He experienced being pure of heart and on the other extreme he committed adultery and murder.

He experienced a spiritual high when Almighty God made a covenant with him and told him, “You house and your kingdom will endure forever. Your throne will be established forever.”

David experience family troubles to unbelievable lows. One of his sons murdered another and then turned on him in a political coup and David had to flee his kingdom. It was the tragic fulfillment of a prophecy, “the sword will not depart from your house.”

King David experienced the highs and the lows. He was described as a man after God’s own heart. 2 Samuel 22 could be considered David’s theme song. This song was sung when God delivered David from his enemies. The song is a song of reflection on the life of King David. It is the same song found in Psalm 18 only a little different here.

This song has extremely high praise of God and is filled with metaphors. Some of the metaphors describe God as; A Rock, a Fortress, deliverer, refuge, shield, salvation, strength and lamp. There are mentioned many of the qualities of God: exalted, perfect, flawless and the power of earthquake, volcano and storm. And with all this verse 50, “Therefore I will praise you, O Lord.”

This inspired song can teach us about God, help us express our love for Him, bring us comfort in difficulty, and help our spirit soar in times of rejoicing. Verse one speaks of the song itself and the occasions that David sung this song. The difference in Psalm 18 is that it starts out, “I love you.” It is a love song to God.

I knew a song writer who wrote lots of songs and commercial jingles. One of his love songs became a big hit record. He wrote these songs before he put his faith in Jesus Christ. After his faith in Christ he continued to write songs. On one occasion he started writing a love song for his wife. He was overcome with emotion and tears began to flow. The song which began as a love song for his wife became a love song for God and thanksgiving for his spiritual salvation.

This theme song of King David is also a love song he wrote for God. In verse 4 David says that God is worthy of praise. He pours out praise for God. David describes the characteristics of God. The Lord is my rock. The bible gives a contrast of a wise man who builds his house on a rock and a foolish man who builds his house on the sand.

David asked for deliverance in verses 5-7. This song must have been the standard for deliverance. When the prophet Jonah was in the belly of the great fish he was singing this song or at least h quotes this, “in my distress I called to the Lord, the waves of death swirled around me.”  If Jonah is singing this song in his distress then we should remember this song too in times of our distress too.

David often went with his men into battle and he had many close calls with death in these battles. Look at the previous chapter (2 Samuel 21:17) to see how intense David’s battle distress was. He not only faced Goliath, but Goliath’s big brother too (2 Samuel 21:19).

What did David do in times of distress? He called to the Lord. The cry of David reached the ears of God (2 Samuel 22:7). When we are in the battle or figuratively in the belly of the great fish of difficult circumstances we need to sing this song. We need to cry out to the Lord.

In David’s theme song we see the fearful side of an awesome God. During the middle ages or “dark ages” they may have overemphasized the angry fearful side of God concentrating on judgement, rebuke and wrath of God. We should not go to the other extreme underemphasize the judgement of God.

David speaks of the rebuke of God like an earthquake. The earth trembles and shakes because God is angry. The imagery is that fire and smoke of a burning volcano. The thunder and lightning or of God’s control.

In the movie Sergeant York, a rebellious Alvin York who was prone to drinking and fighting is struck by lightning during a rain storm and has his Christian faith experience. The movie is based on a true story. I don’t think the lightning strike in the movie was part of York’s real life, but it sure could have been. Lightning is in the control of God who could use that to bring a prodigal to Himself.

Picture a man drowning and God reaching down to save him (2 Samuel 22:17). The same awesome and powerful God reaches down in love to save us. God is patient. He is longsuffering, gracious, merciful and full of compassion. God does not desire anyone to perish. We have an advantage over Jonah and others who sung this song.

We stand on this side of the cross and we have the full revelation of the New Testament. We now see how God’s saving David in the battle corresponds to God’s saving grace on the cross at Calvary. That glorious provision of Jesus shed blood when He died the just for the unjust to bring us to God.

God not only saves but sustains. He makes your feet like the feet of a deer enabled to stand on the heights. David gave God the credit for his miraculous victories. David remembers the covenant. The covenant fulfilled. David’s theme song honored the Lord. If you know and walk with the Lord your life theme song will honor Him.

Posted by: Brad Beaman | October 13, 2015

Keep Your Head in all situations


At a time when I was in turmoil and much was coming apart at the seams around me I had a dream. In the dream one of my friends asked me what I was going to do in my situation. My friend had been steady and faithful for many years. In the dream I told my friend, I will do what you always did when things were falling apart around you, I will press on and remain faithful.

In the dream my friend laughed at my response. In real life when I told my friend about the dream they cried. There is a lot of emotion behind staying faithful when much is falling apart around you.

One of Paul’s last words recorded in the Bible was telling Timothy to keep his head in all situations.When I was going through this period of turmoil and the time I had this dream and it seemed like the situations were dire this verse really stood out to me.

But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship…. 2 Timothy 4:5 NIV

Just before this verse spoke to me I read Rudyard Kipling’s poem considered by many his best poem titled “If-.” It is Rudyard Kipling’s advice as a father to his son John. That first line reminds me of Paul’s words to Timothy.

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,” With this advice and thirty more lines of wisdom Kipling ends his poem with “you’ll be a Man my son!”

If I did not know the chronology of Paul and Rudyard Kipling I would have thought that Paul had been influenced by Kipling’s writings.

For Paul these words of advice came in the last chapter of the last book he wrote. The very next verse is where Paul refers to his departure. He does not expect to be alive very much longer. At the very end of his prolific writings he says, “Keep your head in all situations.”

The situation that Timothy faced was that men did not put up with sound doctrine and people were turning away from truth to follow myths. The situation that caused my stress when I had the dream I referred to above was very different. However Paul said here keep your head in all situations.

When I see the focus of others who teach on 2 Timothy 4 the focus is on evangelism, preaching the Word and rebuking. I can understand why the messages of 2 Timothy 4 focus on evangelism, preaching and rebuking, but I want to focus on what I see as important and under-emphasized part of the chapter. To keep your head in all situations and endure hardship.

I don’t know what you are going through right now. I do not know your situation. But I know this. You are to keep your head in that situation. You are to endure hardship. That is the often overlooked message of 2 Timothy 4.

Paul compares his journey walking with Jesus and making Him known to a fight and a race, 2 Timothy 4:7. If you want to see people lose their head in the situation then watch some fights or some races. Those two activities are very common places for someone to lose their cool (lose their head). But don’t lose your head. Not in any situation. Especially don’t lose control while you are fighting the good fight (living the Christian life).

Recently our family was on vacation. When we went out of the hotel in the morning of the first day the car was gone. We knew it had either been towed away or stolen. About five minutes later we realized we did not recognize our own car because it was one we borrowed from our friend. It had been there all along.

That night our daughter wrote a journal entry about the events of the day. She wrote we thought our car was towed or stolen, but thankfully we remained calm. Then she added, just kidding we freaked out. Each night of the vacation we recounted something that happened where we “freaked out”. Of all people I need to take Paul’s message to Timothy to heart. A modern translation could read, in all situations remain calm, don’t freak out.”

Avoid being reactive when things become heated. We are not to lose our head in this way. If in the very emotional situations you can be a steady calm presence then you are in a position to make the best of whatever the situation is. Not losing your head is a virtue of patience. Keeping your head in the heat of emotions is a spiritual discipline linked to the fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, peace and patience.

There are the very intense outburst situations that push our hot buttons where we need to be reminded to keep our head. Other times they could be crazy situations at work like lay-offs and early retirement and the emotional buzz of water cooler talk and rumor mill stories. Whatever your situation the response is the same, keep your head in that situation.

You can work on your own strategy to help keep your head. Some strategies are spiritual such as prayer times, walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit and spending time in the Bible. Other strategies are practical, like walking or time in the outdoors where you can get away from the hardship that might cause you to lose your head. If you can keep your head in all situations you will excel.

Keep your head in all situations!

Posted by: Brad Beaman | September 25, 2015

Eretria Greece Photo Essay

Visit to Eretria Greece. This is the Eretria Village Hotel.


 Mediterranean Sea


Paul  sailed through here see Acts 17 and 18


Eretria Greek Orthodox Church


St. Nicholas AKA Santa Clause





Posted by: Brad Beaman | September 8, 2015

The Day the Sun Stood Still Joshua 10:6-15


Have you acted impulsively in a way that led you to make a huge blunder? Have you had some ups and downs recently? Do you need a miracle to get out of an impossible situation? For Joshua all of the above was true. That is part of why Joshua asked God that the sun would stand still. Joshua believed God for the impossible and prayed by faith. We find Joshua with an incredible blend of faith and action in this chapter.

In Joshua chapter 10 we learn of the time Joshua had the faith to ask God that the sun would stand still. Joshua is asking God to do the impossible. It is a challenge for us to believe God for something so big that it will not happen without a miracle.

Joshua had that kind of faith for believing God for the impossible. He asked for the sun to stand still. What is impossible with man is possible with God. God has put the natural laws in place regarding the sun and the physical universe. But there was a day when God worked outside the laws pf physics. That day when the sun stood still came at the request of Joshua.

When the sun stood still it was a day when Joshua desperately needed more time. If he had more hours in the day his army could finish their battle. I am sure at some point you wished for more time in the day. You probably never thought to ask God for the sun to stand still. Joshua did.

It was for the sake of God’s people and the honor of God’s name. The sun was going down and Joshua needed more time to finish the battle. And God gave Joshua his request. The sun stood still!

The days of Israel wandering in the wilderness are behind them now. They crossed into the Promised Land on dry ground when the Jordan miraculously divided even though it was at flood stage. The most fortified city of Jericho fell in a way that could only be the miracle of God.

After all these recent miracles there was sin in the camp and the Israelites suffered defeat and setback at Ai. They confronted the sin of Akin and afterword defeated Ai. Following the defeat they again battled Ai and defeated them.

In Joshua chapter 9 we have the story of the Gibeonite deception. The Gibeonites lived near them but wore old clothes covered themselves in dust and came with deception and some flattery and tricked Joshua and the Israelites into entering into a peace accord. Joshua decided this without consulting the Lord. This agreement went against the Lords instructions to conquer the land and only make agreements with outsiders. They did not ask the Lord about this they just plunged ahead.

Now with the defeat of Ai and Gibeonites joining Israel there were five kings that band together to attack Gibeon for making this agreement with Israel. The troops of the five kings surrounded the Gibeonites. The Gibeonits were under Israel’s protection and sent word to Joshua to come and save them.

Joshua was in a big mess. The miracle of the sun standing still is in the context of Joshua making a hasty blunder. Yet Joshua received word from the Lord not to be afraid because the Lord would give victory. This is a story of faith, but it is not only a story of faith. Joshua and his armies were men of action. They received word and sprang into action marching all night into battle. This might have been a twenty-mile march at night.

They marched all night and launched a surprise attack on the five armies. The Israelites surprised the armies and put their entre effort into this battle, but it was the Lord’s battle. God threw the five enemy armies into confusion and many of the enemy were killed by huge hailstones. But darkness was coming and Joshua needed more time. So Joshua prayed for the sun to stand still.

In Joshua 10:12-13 we have Joshua’s poetic faith filled prayer.

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,

The same statement in the poem is repeated in historic narrative in verses 13-14. This is the text that was used to oppose Galileo for theorizing that the earth revolves around the sun. The earth revolves around the sun and the moon revolves around the earth. The earth must have stopped spinning for this time. The spinning earth must have come to a sudden halt. There was an occasion 2 Kings 20:8-11 when the earth actually ran backwards temporarily and a shadow moved back by ten steps. (that is my proposal of the way our all-powerful God performed His miracle)

The Lord fought for His people. Joshua’s name means “he saves” and with the help of the Lord he saved the Gibeonites on this day. It was total destruction for the five kings and their armies. God did this, but He works through His faithful people.

Not only did Joshua keep his word to the Gibeonites who tricked him into an agreement, but this was a critical battle for the Israelites. This battle is against five kings of five kingdoms in the heart of the Promised Land. A complete victory here is huge for Joshua and the Israelites.

Our application is faith in the spiritual warfare. We must let the Lord fight our battles. Joshua 10:14, “surely the Lord was fighting.” By faith you can trust the Lord to fight your battles. Joshua had been through some tremendous highs and very deep lows but he had the faith to ask God for the impossible.

We are challenged to have faith. But we also see Joshua was leading his army to action. Intense actin with an all-night march into a battle with five armies.

There is a saying, “pray as if everything depends on God, work as if everything depends on you.” I don’t see how Joshua could have done either pray or action with more intensity. To believe God for the sun to stand still is famous faith a few millennia later. To march all night and fight five armies is just about as outstanding on the action side too.

We are called to live by faith. Can you imagine asking God for a “Sun stand still” miracle like this in your life? “God Is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20.

The prayer of Joshua is a Mark 11:23-24 move mountains kind of prayer; Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.

Jesus died for us to redeem us and give us victorious lives. When Jesus died on the cross there was a solar disturbance that day too. It was daytime and for three hours darkness came over the land. Joshua’s battles were all in preparation for that day Jesus died on the cross. God called out a people to a land that a messiah would come for all who believe.

We find in 2 Peter Chapter 3 that the Lord has been slowing the days so to speak that the maximum number of people would believe in the Lord and not perish. At the same time we are to be longing for the days to be shortened, or for the speed of the day of Jesus coming again.

Joshua was a man of faith. He asked God for the sun to stand still. The most important act of faith you can have is to put your faith in Jesus Christ who came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)

Posted by: Brad Beaman | August 27, 2015

Take that step of Faith Joshua 3:1-17

Looking toward Jericho

Looking toward Jericho

I was eight years old and very surprised that my parents were telling me I would be staying up past my bedtime, but even more surprising is why miss bedtime. The reason was to watch TV. I remember what I saw on TV that night. It was July 20, 1969 and I was watching live Neil Armstrong to become the first man to walk on the moon.

The first step on the moon! My mom said that she thought Neil Armstrong might disappear into deep dust on moon’s surface. The astronauts commented on the dust on the surface, but it was not deep like some suspected. Who knew what would happen. No one had ever been this way before. It was famously put, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” It must have been scary to take that step

In Joshua Chapter 3 we read about another time a man took a small step and did something great for mankind. It was when the priest put his foot in the Jordan at flood stage and the children if Israel crossed into the promise land on dry ground.

We find The Children of Israel on the edge of the promise land. They had been wandering in the wilderness the past forty years. But to possess the Promised Land they must cross the Jordon River at flood stage. Everything was about to change with this step of faith.

They were about to march across the River at flood stage. Without a miracle of God this could never happen. Yet, God said cross. Just think of the priest who took the first step into the flooded Jordan River. When he went to the edge of the river and took that step the river stopped and the ground was dry.

Stepping into the Jordan River was a small step for a man giant step for mankind. It was giant because it was part of God’s plan for salvation. God’s people entered the Promised Land and possess the land where messiah would be born, live a sinless life and die on a cross to purchase men with his blood.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself figuratively standing at the river at flood stage. Over and over again God calls his people to a step of faith. A step that would be impossible without a miracle of God.

Taking that step keeps us from wandering in a spiritual wilderness to a experiencing the abundant life. Once the children of Israel cross this river they can never again be satisfied with what they left behind wondering in the wilderness.

I recall an elderly lady crying. She was experiencing a very close relationship with God that she had not experienced through a life of regular church attendance and consistent service. She wept because as she looked back she could see what she missed if she would have had this kind of close relationship with the Lord for all those years.

Israel had been here before and didn’t cross. They had never been this way crossing over the river. Even at this time Ruben Gad and the half tribe on Manasseh wanted the old way in wilderness see numbers 32. How spiritually myopic that we would rather stay in a more steady spiritual desert rather than step out in faith and dwell in the promises of God.

This time the Israelites came to the edge of the Jordan River in faith. In our lives we are going to come up against the impossible. It is going to require us to take a step of faith to cross the river at flood stage. What is impossible with man is possible with God. It requires faith and we must depend on the Lord.

We need to be ready for the Lord to do amazing things. Joshua called Israel to a spiritual preparation for what this kind of step of faith requires. Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5

If you are going to take the step of faith you must be spiritually prepared. We must walk with the Lord to pass ways that we have not passed before. When there is a river at flood stage in our life we can proceed with boldness if we trust the Lord.

We get spiritually prepared but there is also a time we just step in the water. We put everything on the line and trust God. Read Hebrews Chapter 11. It is by faith. This is what the ancients were commended for.

The priest stepped in the water carrying the Ark of the Covenant a symbol of God’s presence. If you are standing at the Jordan River at flood stage and you have the impossible before you, trust God. Will you take that step? The Promised Land for you is on the other side of that step of faith.

armstrong on moon



Posted by: Brad Beaman | July 30, 2015

Choose this Day

20130617_081821Many things have been computerized in our day. The game of chess is completely computerized. If you play the computer in a game of chess you can even find out the rating for every move you make. The computer can tell you if you made a good decision or a bad decision in your chess move and give you a weighted score for that decision.

So far now our spiritual lives have not become this systematized. There is no computer program or phone application that will tell you if you are making a good spiritual decision or a bad one. Our moral decision making is just one of those areas of life where we have to seek God. That must be disappointing for some technology nerds.

Read Joshua 24:14-15

If you are going to put a framed scripture verse over your fireplace mantle, then it doesn’t get much better than Joshua 24:15. “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Hanging this verse on the fireplace mantle is symbolic for a house that has made the choice to follow God.

In this passage we find Israel at the crossroads. They had been through many victories and seen God work dramatic miracles, but they now stood at a fork in the road. Will they follow God with their whole heart? It is a significant choice to make that has huge life consequences.

“Choose for yourselves this day who you will serve.” Joshua 24:15

To set the stage for this event we find Joshua near the end of his life. God has been faithful in the victories as Joshua led God’s people. For the most part the promise of God’s covenant was realized. God’s people had entered the Promised Land and conquered the enemy that possessed this land that was promised to them. However there were still pockets of enemy people and their influence in the land.

Unless the people were obedient to take all of the land the people were at risk to take on the worship of false gods the local people. In fact they already had done so to some extent. They had their feet in two boats. They were worshipping idols and worshipping Jehovah God that strictly forbid any worship besides to Him.

In calling them to this great commitment Joshua gives the people a history lesson about their forefathers and their faithfulness. Joshua begins his teaching with the call of Abraham. The call of Abraham came in the context of his family worshiping other gods. By God’s grace and mercy He calls Abraham to be a blessing to all the families of the earth. It is a promise of the coming Christ.

What really added weight to Joshua appealing to them was that Abraham made his covenant with God at Shechem, the very place they were they were standing and Joshua was calling them to renew their covenant with God. He moves the story to Abraham’s son Isaac and then to Abraham’s grandson Jacob. At Shechem where they were standing Jacob built an altar and dedicated himself fully to God. At the end of his life Jacob and his sons ended up in Egypt.

Joshua gives the account of how God used Mosses and Aaron. Joshua reminds them of the Exodus and the parting of the Red Sea. Then Joshua reminds them of the great victories they won as they possessed the land. Now serve the Lord! Joshua just delivered one of the greatest speeches in history.

But what about us now? Have you seen God do gracious and mighty works in your midst? What about your Spiritual heritage? The price Jesus paid on the cross for your sins. The early apostles that carried the Gospel despite persecution and sometimes martyrdom. The reformers and the radical reformers who paid a price for grace and faith and the Bible. How many times has God proven Himself faithful in your life? How many victories have you seen? We have reason to choose this day to serve God ourselves.

It is an imperative, choose this day! Joshua demonstrated their forefathers had chosen to serve God. But that is not enough. Each generation, each individual must himself choose to serve God.

When you stand before God the issue is not were your parents and grandparents faithful. What did you do with your life? What was your response in the most important matter of all? To follow and serve God.

Joshua lays it on the line. Will you serve God? The call is to stand in stark contrast to the people around them. The call was vitally important and the call was urgent. Making your choice to follow God is the most important of all.

One summer as a new believer I worked at Kings Dominion Amusement Park between Richmond and Washington DC. I shared with a girl who worked with me named Suzan about our condition of sin and Jesus work on the cross and about trusting in Jesus Christ by faith. She did not accept this. She laughed. You are saying the same things Jimmy the fiddler (Jimmy was hired to play the fiddle in the park entertainment shows) said about Jesus.

That night Susan’s house was burned and she was killed. If she could only have seen how important and how urgent what Jimmy the fiddler and I had been trying to tell her. Choose this day to serve God.

Joshua said, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. The people responded, we will serve the Lord. That is an exciting response to me, but Joshua was cautious. He told them, “you are not able to serve the Lord. God is holy and jealous.” Don’t make a shallow commitment, That is too tragic.

If you decide this day to serve the Lord then it should be genuine and real. That was what Joshua was so concerned the people understood. There is no use in a commitment to God that is shallow with nothing but a lot of show.

OK says Joshua, then throw away everything and anything that stands as a hindrance to serving God and yield your heart to God (Joshua 24:23). This was a for real commitment to serve God. The people followed God as long as Joshua lived.

Chose for yourself this day who you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

read more at  Assurance of salvation

Posted by: Brad Beaman | July 1, 2015

Courageous Leadership


“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them” is a famous quote of Shakespeare.

There is a cartoon picture of a statue of a leader who the caption on the base of the statue said he had “greatness thrust upon them.” It is a humorous picture because the statue captures the moment the man had greatness thrust on him and he is afraid and trying to refuse the greatness. His hands are in refusal posture and he has a look of utter fear and panic on his face.

I wonder if Joshua felt a little like that. First of all he must have thought, how am I going to follow Moses and second, what is leading the people of Israel out of the wilderness and into the promise land going to look like. Joshua had a lot thrust upon him.

Read Joshua 1:1-18

Repeatedly God told Joshua “be not afraid.” Probably the reason God told Joshua repeatedly not to be afraid is because if you thought about this naturally there was a lot to be afraid of. There will be battles to fight if they are going to possess the land. If God is with him though Joshua does not need to be afraid to lead God’s people through the difficulties.

There must be a sense that Joshua, in following the footsteps of Moses, found it intimidating and would cause him to put his hands in a posture of refusal and bring a look of panic to his face. After all even with Moses’s shortcomings there was no prophet that had risen in Israel like Moses (Deuteronomy 34:10)

Joshua 1 picks up after the death of Moses where Deuteronomy 34 leaves off. Before Moses death Moses laid his hands on Joshua and passes on the mantle of leadership. Now in Joshua chapter 1 Moses is gone and Joshua must lead.

In every respect he was the right leader to serve as the successor of Moses. Joshua was filled with the spirit of wisdom. But when you read Deuteronomy 34:10 you see just how esteemed Moses was. But now we have a new generation and a new leader. Joshua was the oldest man in Israel, except for Caleb. All others of his generation that witnessed the miracle of the parting of Red Sea have died in the wilderness.

Joshua had the most experience as Moses assistant. Joshua had held up Moses’s arms in the great battle against the Amalekites. It was Joshua waiting for Moses when he was on the Mountain receiving the Ten Commandments. Joshua was one of the twelve who entered the promise land forty years previous and brought back the report.

But now that Moses is gone. What will become of God’s people? How will God’s people go on without the leader they have known the last forty years? There is something we must remember. Leaders come and go, but God lives. God’s work never hinges on any one leader. We may grieve but God’s work will move ahead.

Each new leader faces new challenges. Joshua was at a critical moment in history. For forty years the people were preparing to enter the promise land. Now Joshua has taken leadership and he commands the officers to prepare the people to enter the promise land in three days (Joshua 1:11).

Yes Moses was a great leader. But now it is time for Joshua to lead the people into the promise land. Now it is time for Joshua to prepare to do in three days of leadership what Moses did not do in forty years.

God’s hand in on Joshua. He proved to be a man of faith his entire life. His name, Joshua means God Saves. The Greek equivalent of his name is Jesus. Whenever we study the life of Joshua we have a challenge to faith in God and to be strong and courageous.

This is God’s appointed time for His people to enter the promise land and Joshua is God’s appointed leader. It requires courage and strength of character to take leadership in God’s work. God spoke to Joshua when he took the leadership. There is no need for fear and dismay (Josh 1:9)

When Moses was living he passed on the leadership mantle to Joshua he charged him to be strong and courageous and he told him he would lead the people into the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 31:23). But now Moses is gone. The weight of leadership rests on Joshua. With an overwhelming task there must have been a sense that Joshua felt weak and scared.  God repeated the charge Moses gave. Be strong and courageous. Strengthen yourself Joshua, be confident, resolute and steadfast.

God is not calling Joshua to be self-reliant. This confidence comes in depending on God. Joshua has a strength and courage rooted in his relationship with Almighty God. That is the reason for courage. This courage comes from the Lord’s presence in his life. Our strength and our courage is because of the Lord’s presence in our lives.

What Joshua accomplished in the days following taking up spiritual leadership was absolutely phenomenal. Spiritual leaders today have Jesus’s promise, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5 Hebrews 13:5). God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).

Center your life on God. Trust in Jesus with your whole heart. Let the Word of God be your guide and do not stray from the left or the right so that you will have success. Whatever leadership that has been thrust upon you do not take it lightly. God has entrusted you and people are depending on you.

God told Joshua to stay in the Word. Joshua is to meditate on God’s Word days and night and apply it to his life (Joshua 1:8). The principle is for every spiritual leader. Keep reading your Bible.

We need leaders today who are strong and courageous. Let God’s Word light your leadership path and continue living by the principles of His Word. If you do you will find success in God’s eyes.

Posted by: Brad Beaman | May 31, 2015

Shillong Photo Essay

Shillong is the Hill Station at the capital of Meghalaya in Northeast India.

Umiam Lake is a reservoir located  just before Shillong on the Guwahati-Shillong Road.


This house on the Tripura Castle road.


Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians is in Don Bosco Square visited as a pilgrimage site for Catholic Christians.


The tea lounge at Tripura Castle which is now a hotel now but was built in the early 1920s by Maharaja Bir Bikram.


Shillong is also sometimes called as “India’s Rock Capital” because of the passion for music.


Khasi Tribal woman in traditional rain cover. Meghalaya is the “wettest place on earth.”


Meghalaya known as “Abode of Clouds” Shillong is a mile high city about 5,000 feet elevation.


Shillong Peak at 1965 m above sea level is the highest point in the state.


Our kids in Khasi tribal dress at Shillong Peak.


Fern on the way to Shillong Peak.


Elephant Falls 12 km from Shillong.


Mawphlang Sacred Forest Eco tourist destination.


Wards Lake is lake park with garden.


Posted by: Brad Beaman | May 20, 2015

Bhubaneshwar Elephant Sanctuary Photo Essay

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Located just outside of Bhubaneshwar Orissa is the Chandaka Dhampara Elephant Sanctuary


There is elephant dung on the trail so maybe we will see wild elephants.


Our Jungle-mobile.


A dog is following us so our jungle-mobile driver shows off his million dollar arm.


We saw Peacocks, Lungar Monkey, Sambar deer with huge antlers, owls, song birds and migratory birds.


To the watchtower for the view.


We went to look in the thick jungle for the Sambar deer. I thought we would not find it but I was happy to go deeper into the jungle.


In 2007 there were 67 wild elephants and in 2013 there were 27. There will be another census of elephants at the end of May, 2015.


We saw the signs of wild elephants but we only saw elephants in captivity.


I hope to go back again.


Posted by: Brad Beaman | April 5, 2015

Wetlands Again

I went back through the Kolkata Wetlands this time by vehicle to show my wife and a friend my discoveries.


One man enjoying a swim in the wetlands at sunset.


Talking to some local wetlanders.

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And what I wanted to show off. The water lilies in bloom.


And another man out at sunset in a boat.


Posted by: Brad Beaman | March 2, 2014

Bhimbetka Photo Essay

Bhimbetka Rock Shelter 40 kilometers outside Bhopal.


Bhimbetka Rock Shelter has humans living since the Paleolithic period.

Bhimbekta Rock Shelter

Bhimbetka paintings date start from the Mesolithic Period.

Bhimbekta cave paintings

Tortoise Rock Bhimbetka Rock Shelter

Tortoise Rock Bhimbetka

Kids climbing at Bhimbetka Rock Shelter

Bhimbetka rock climb

There are so many painted animals (252) that this part of Bhimbetka is called the zoo.

Bhimbetka zoo

The mythical baor at Bhimbetka Rock Shelter. This is different because the animal is hunting man where other paintings have the man hunting the animals.

Bhimbetka Mythical Baor

Bhimbetka Rock Shelter

Bhimbetka family

Cavemen at Bhimbetka Rock Shelter

Bhimbetka cave men

There were amazing tree and rock formations at Bhimbetka.


Bhimbetka formation.


Posted by: Brad Beaman | February 16, 2014

Week in Rajasthan Photo Essay

Spent week in Rajasthan and on the train out to the Western Rajasthan area.


Sunrise on the train near Bikaner.


Weaver making rugs in Western Rajasthan.


This bridge was west of Ajmer.


Overview of Jaipur from Nahargarh Fort.

Nahargarh Fort

Water Palace in Jaipur


Brass band at Rambagh Palace.


Night at Rambagh Palace and yes, I hang out at thousand dollar a night hotels.


Posted by: Brad Beaman | February 7, 2014

Kathotiya Rock Paintings Photo Essay

I had a fun time exploring Kathotiya today morning.
This was my guide Vijay Kathotiya.
Kathotiya Guide
I would have missed a lot without Vijay’s guidance.

Kathotiya Vijay
He threw a rock down there to warn the snakes and Lungar monkeys etc. The rock went down and down before hitting bottom.

Kathotiya ridge
Then Vijay went down too so I just followed him.

Kathotiya cave
I was ready to see the rock paintings.

Kathotiya paintings
The rock paintings are from the Paleolithic age claimed to be 17,000 years old.

Kathotiya wall

There are different color painting, red is one of the colors.

Kathotiya red painting

White rock painting.

Kathotiya white

Kathotiya is mainly a Bhil Tribe area. Actually the Bhils live in the jungle area outside the village. Painting Kathotiya

Feel the breeze!

Kathotiya breeze

Cycle rental in a remote Bhil village. That is what I’m talking about!

Kathotiya cycle

I was served local Badari fruit with my chai.
Kathotiya chai

Back to Kathotiya for a overnight tent camping later?

Posted by: Brad Beaman | February 1, 2014

Gypsy Highway Photo Essay

Our family has felt like gypsies lately and then lo and behold we meet some real gypsies with their camels so we stopped to take some photos. Their sheep were behind them too.

gypsy highway

They were traveling outside Bhopal


Quenching a desert thirst.

drink in the desert

Good bye to our new Gypsy friends.


Posted by: Brad Beaman | January 25, 2014

Cloud by day, Fire by night

BCS camp fire

Our family has moved twice in the last sixty days. And now guess what! We are waiting to find out if we will stay where we are for the next few months or if we need to move to the next “encampment” in a few days. All this moving has made me refer to the Cloud by day, Fire by night of the Israelites in the wilderness.

Some years ago a software engineer from Israel who lived in a nearby apartment asked me if he could cut some branches from the trees in our yard. He needed them to make a booth on top of his apartment to remember the time Israel would follow the cloud by day, fire by night and live in temporary shelters. The Jewish people remember that history by celebrating the festival of booths each year.

By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. Exodus 13:21-22

Believers in Christ also should remember how Israel followed the cloud by day and the fire by night. We are told that it happened as an example for them for our instruction 1 Corinthians 10:11.

Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 1 Corinthians 10:11

This will not necessarily mean a physical move. Following the cloud by day, fire by night is about a step of faith not a physical move. As followers of Christ we need to follow the fire of the Holy Spirit. Be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). We Pilgrims on our journey in Christ need to be sure we do not miss the move of the Spirit. When the Spirit leads we need to move from the encampment of our comfort zone to the unfamiliar.

I wonder if we need to move a third time in sixty days? Our family lived in one place for fifteen years. But this is a different season for us. I hope we are ready to go or ready to stay. We need to be willing to follow the pillar of fire, the presence of God the leading of the Holy Spirit. All believers in Christ must be led by the Spirit.

Posted by: Brad Beaman | January 20, 2014

Lodi Garden Photo Essay

Lodi gardens in Delhi is known as “Best Urban Oasis in Asia” Here are a few pictures from my January morning walk through Lodi Gardens.

Muhammad Shah Sayyid’s Tomb from the dynasty 1414-1451.


There was lots of crazy stuff going on with the animals. They all seemed to involve a squirrel.

This was two parrots attacking a squirrel and then getting into the squirrel hole in the tree.

Lodi Garden

The squirrels had the parrot outnumbered and chased off the parrot.

Lodi Garden

The squirrel gets the honey from the Lodi garden honey comb.

Lodi Garden

Twisted tree.

Twisted tree in Lodi

That’s me I was really in Lodi Gardens.

Brad Beaman in Lodi

Not sure why this see hear say no evil statue is at Lodi


Posted by: Brad Beaman | January 13, 2014

Introduction to Colossians


There are two New Testament books written to Colossians from Paul. The two books are Colossians and also Philemon, a personal letter to Philemon but also a letter meant for the churches at Colossae and Laodicea. There is no record in the book of Acts of Paul ever preaching the gospel in Colossae. For this reason we have to look for clues about how the church started in the two letters Colossae and Philemon and make some assumptions from what happened during Paul’s two years at Ephesus.

Colossians is one of Paul’s prison epistles and most scholars believe Paul wrote this letter during his Roman imprisonment about 61AD. Paul mentions in Colossians 1:17 that it was his close associate Epaphras who preached the gospel in Colossae. The work in Colossae probably started during Paul’s third missionary journey when he set up a gospel training school at the Hall of Tyrannus outside of Ephesus.

Paul had covered a lot of ground during his journeys but he just could not be everywhere at once. It was common for him to mention in his letters his desire to visit a place, but he just could not at least for the time being. By his third missionary journey Paul had come up with a way to multiply himself and that was the school at the hall of Tyrannus.

At Tyrannus Paul could pour into disciples and they could go out and cover all the places Paul would never have the time or health to reach. With this strategy Paul could even be in prison and the work would carry on.

And so it is commonly accepted that one of the disciples at the hall of Tyrannus who was instrumental in all of Asia hearing the gospel and starting churches in cities Paul never reached was Epaphras. Paul said You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf (Colossae 1:7-8). Epaphras was the key man for the Asian tri-city area of Colossae, Laodicea and Hierapolis. Paul said “I vouch for Epaphras that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. Colossians 4:13. Epaphras probably started the Laodicea church that met at Nympha’s house (Colossians 4:15) and the Philemon church that met at either Philemon’s or Archippus’s house (Philemon 2).

Epaphras was the ideal disciple/church planter to carry the gospel and start the church in Colossae. He was a local son of the soil Colossian. Epaphras could have made the one hundred mile journey back and forth from Ephesus to Colossae with relative ease. His fellow Colossians were also making that same journey all the time. They would be going from the smaller city of Colossae to the big port city of Ephesus for trade and supplies.

Epaphras would learn from Paul how to proclaim the gospel and start churches and raise up leaders. Paul uses the 2 Timothy 2:2 strategy at the hall of Tyrannus. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others”. Paul rises up Epaphras at the Hall of Tyrannus.

After spending some time at the Tyrannus School Epaphras would head up river or along one of the Roman Roads to Colossae and put what he learned into practice. When he reached Colossae he would teach what he learned to Archippus. Epaphras learned from Paul and he in turn raised up Archippus to lead the Colossian church (probably it happened this way at Colossae). Paul is raising up multi generational leaders. Timothy is even on the scene when Epaphras is in Rome with Paul (Philemon 1, Colossians 1:1).

The hall of Tyrannus strategy worked brilliantly because both Paul and Epaphras are together in prison in Rome and the work is carrying on. Of course the churches at Colossae and Laodicea certainly do face threats from prevalent outside harmful philosophies. Paul is trying to steer the churches clear of their harmful influence in writing the Colossian letter. The church at Colossae has a powerful prayer warrior in Epaphras who regularly intercedes for them too.

The distance and trip from Ephesus and Colossae are very practical. On the other hand the meeting up in a Roman prison of Paul and two Colossians of Epaphras and Onesimus is striking. What were Epaphras and Onesimus these two Colossians doing with Paul in Rome? No one can answer for sure but it seems that Onesimus the escaped slave of Philemon was “free” to travel back to Colossae with Tychicus and Epaphras was not.

Whatever reason Epaphras came to Rome is uncertain but that he brought news to Paul of the growing spiritual fruit and love in the Spirit is certain (Colossians 1:6). Epaphras also brought news of the threats of heresy facing the church in Colossae. Paul is writing to protect the church from the threats of philosophies that diminish the supremacy of Jesus. The letter to Colossians very clearly articulates the supremacy of Jesus and his total sufficiency for salivation. Tychicus would carry the letter back to Colossians and take Onesimus back to Colossae. The Colossian letter was to be read in all the churches in the area.

Here are those mentioned by name in the book of Colossians and the references:

Paul:  Colossians 1:1, 23 4:18
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, Colossians 1:1
if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Colossians 1:23
I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Colossians 4:18

Timothy: Colossians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, Colossians 1:1

Tychicus: Colossians 4:7-9
Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
Tychicus is also mentioned 4 other times in the NT Acts 20:4; Ephesians 6:21; Titus 3:12; 2 Timothy 4:12.

Aristarchus: Colossians 4:10
My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) Colossians 4:10
Also we find Aristarchus in Acts 19:29, Acts 20:4, 27:2, Acts. Acts 27:2, Philemon 1:24.

Onesimus: Colossians 4:9
He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here. Colossians 4:9
Also more about him in Philemon 10-16

Mark: Colossians 4:10
My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) Col 4:10
Also verses mentioning Mark are: Acts 12:12, 25; 13:5, 13; 15: 2 Tim 4:11 Philemon 24

Jesus call Justus:  Colossians 4:11
Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews[a] among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. Colossians 4:11

Epaphras: Colossians 1:7-8, 4:12-13
You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant,[a] who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit. Colossians 1:7-8
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. Colossians 4:12-13
Also a reference in Philemon 23

Luke: Colossians 4:14
Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. Colossians 4:14

Demas: Colossians 4:14
Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. Colossians 4:14
Also Demas is mentioned in Philemon 24 and 2 Tim. 4:10
“Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.” This man of wavering impulse who surrendered the passion of sacrifice and sank in the swirling waters of the world, is a true reflection of the thought that where our love is, there we finally are. 2 Tim. 4:10

Nympha: Colossians 4:15
Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. Colossians 4:15

Archippus: Colossians 4:17
Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” Colossians 4:17
Philemon 2

The Supremacy of Jesus Christ Colossians 1:15-23

Posted by: Brad Beaman | October 28, 2013

Torna Photo Essay

Torna fort view from Velhe village the where the Trek begins.

Torna Fort

It is called the “eagle’s nest” as one of the highest forts of Pune district. I saw some amazing eagles on the way up and on top.

Flpwer bee Torna

I started at Velhe village 65 kilometers from Pune. Velhe is 2,399 feet and went to 4,570 feet a climb of 2,149. It was categorized HC by my MapMyRide program and said I burned 3,000 calories going up and down and both ways was 5 and one-half miles.

I climbed solo and never saw another person for the 5 hours when I left Velhe village and returned. I just left my information on the windshield and told the Velhe police I was going up.


I saw many crabs along the path and this was the largest I saw.


I saw Rajgad easily and also other forts could be seen Sinhagad and even Raigad.


Torna Fort famous as the first fort captured by Shivaji in 1643. He hit the jackpot with a load of gold captured to continue his campaigns.


I just followed the ridge up to the cloud.


The flowers were very similar to Kaas a world heritage biodiversity spot 100 kilometers away.

Flower beatle Torna

This is the ridge that is to be hiked to trek from Torna to Rajgad.

Torna Fort

Torna is also called PRACHANDAGAD meaning massive fort. This was the view toward Raigad.
Tora Fort

Posted by: Brad Beaman | February 27, 2013

Long live King Solomon!

My friend used to joke with me that I was one of God’s spoiled children. I agree with him that much has gone my way. But if anyone was ever born with a silver spoon in their mouth it was Solomon.

Solomon had all the advantages life could offer. He had a God-fearing home with his father being a man after God’s own heart. He inherited wealth and was given the best education. He had the equivalent of a PhD in many sciences, botany (study of plants), dendrology (study of trees), and zoology (study of animals). In addition he was lettered in literature.

Then there were the political advantages that Solomon inherited. He received the throne of Israel when the kingdom was at its zenith. The death of King David meant the assent of Solomon to the throne of Israel. Solomon took the throne during what could be called the “golden age of Israel”.  The entire world looked to Israel.

Solomon was David’s tenth son. He was the second son of Bathsheba. The first son died after King David’s sin, adultery and murder. But in God’s grace He gave David another son through Bathsheba.

In 2 Samuel 12:24-25 The Lord gave King David another son through Bathsheba. Nathan the prophet who seems to have had a special burden for Solomon brought word that the Lord had a special love for Solomon. He had two names.

Solomon: Which means Peace.

Jedidiah: Which means loved of the Lord.

1 Chronicles 29 We read how David orchestrated so much for Solomon to follow as king and gave Solomon a great blessing prayer for him to prosper and to build the great temple of God in Israel sometimes called “Solomon’s Temple.” Not because this temple was for Solomon but built during Solomon’s reign for the glory of Almighty God.

In verse 29:25 It says the Lord exalted Solomon at this time while King David was about to die. Royal majesty was bestowed on Solomon like had never been seen in Israel.

There was a challenge to Solomon taking the throne, but it was more of a final challenge to King David who was still living and declared Solomon the air to the throne.  David’s oldest son Adonija made a self-proclaimed claim on the throne without David’s knowledge (1 Kings 1).

To get the wheels of justice turning Nathan the prophet begins to act. He tells Bathsheba that Adonijah is undermining her son Solomon’s claim to the throne (1 Kings 1:11). This caused Bathsheba to swing into action   (1 Kings 1:17) and Solomon is anointed as King (1 Kings 1:39). The priest anointed Solomon with oil, blew the trumpet and all the people shouted “Long Live King Solomon!”

David gives a death-bed challenge to King Solomon.

1 Kings 2:1-4

When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. 2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, 3 and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go 4 and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’

In 1 Kings 2:10-11 King David dies. The greatest King ever in the history of Israel except for the Messiah who came as the second King David. To whom much is given much is required (Luke 12:48). Succeeding David as King will be a challenge.

Solomon faced his first test as king from his oldest brother Adonijah.  This challenge came when their father David died and it came to Solomon at the risk of his life. Adonija’s foolish action results in his own death and now the kingdom is firmly in Solomon’s hands (1 Kings 2:46)

Solomon started with so much. He did not squander his opportunity. The Queen of Sheba later said the half had not been told regarding the greatness of Solomon.

You may not have been given as much as Solomon; inheritance of billions, the most influential kingdom of any era. All at a time of religious fervor of the people. But I would suppose if you are reading this you have been given much.

In 1 Chronicles 1:29 David Prayed,

And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion

to keep your commands, statutes and decrees

He was given wisdom. But tragically at the end of his life he became a foolish wise man and strayed from the ways of the Lord that David prayed he would follow.

You have been given much. You have the riches of the gospel of Jesus Christ placed in your hand. To whom much is given much is required. You have been given a heart to keep faithful to God.

Posted by: Brad Beaman | February 5, 2016

Outline of 1 Peter

Rejoice in Suffering for Christ


Chapter 1   Remember you salvation in Christ

Peter encourages his readers in their persecution to fear God and love others. There are several appeals to the reader to remember your salvation.

Vs. 1-2 Peter addresses his readers and states his purpose is to encourage obedience in Christ.

Vs. 3-5 Remember and bless God who caused us to be born again and gives future hope.

Vs. 6-9 Your persecution brings glory to Christ.

Vs. 10-12 The prophets predicted the suffering of Christ.

Vs. 13-16 Be holy for God is holy.

Vs. 17 -21 Conduct yourself in fear remembering your salvation.

Vs. 22-25 Love one another remembering your salvation.

Chapter 2   Grow in your salvation.

Grow in your salvation, submit to human institutions and keep your behavior upright before men. Remember the suffering of Christ on the Cross.

Vs. 1-10 Grow in aspect of salvation. Two illustrations are used, a new born baby and building a house. Each demonstrates how a believer should grow.

Vs. 11-17 Submit to human institutions and keep your behavior upright before men. Remember your freedom in Christ, do not abuse it.

Vs. 18-20 Servants be in submission to masters.

Vs. 21-25 Remember the suffering of Christ that He bore that we might die to sin and live in righteousness.

Chapter 3 Christ suffered and died the just for the unjust.

Wives let your gentile heart in submission be observed by your husband, husbands understand your wives. Be kindhearted to all returning good for evil.

Vs. 1-6 Wives let your beauty be inward submitting to your husbands. Let your gentile heart be observed be your husband.

Vs. 7 Husbands be understanding to your wives.

Vs. 8-12 Be kind hearted to those who treat you evil.

Vs. 13-17 It is good to suffer for doing right.

Vs. 18-22 Christ suffered and died for the sake of the unjust.

Chapter 4 Be ready to suffer

Be ready to suffer as Christ himself suffered. Be string in love and serving others. Rejoice in your suffering for in it you obey the gospel.

Vs. 1-6 As Christ has suffered you too be ready to suffer. You followed your fleshly desires previously. Now the Gentiles will be surprised when you do not join them.

Vs. 7-11 Be strong in love and employ your spiritual gift in serving others.

Vs. 12-14 Do not be surprised at your suffering rather rejoice in them.

Vs 15-19 Your reaction to suffering will be accounted for at the time if judgment.

Chapter 5 Stand firm in you suffering

Elders give leadership and young people will be willing to submit. All be humble and serve others. Be alert to the devil and stand firm in you suffering.

Vs. 1-4 Elders willingly give leadership in so doing you will receive a crown.

Vs. 5 Younger men be subject to your elders.

Vs. 6-8 Humble yourselves for God opposes the proud. Give your cares to the Lord.

Vs. 8-11 Be alert the devil is seeking to devour you.

Vs. 10-14 Stand in suffering and you will know the grace of God. Good bye.








Posted by: Brad Beaman | January 10, 2016

Introduction to Romans


The epistle asserts the apostle Paul (1:1) as the author. This assertion is not a disputed fact. For this reason the subject of authorship receives little attention in most commentaries. It is understood and well received that Paul was the author.

Date and Place of Writing

Most place the date of Romans in the mid 50’s A.D. “The cumulative evidence of those passages suggests that Romans was written sometime between A.D. 55 and 58, near the close of his third missionary journey while the apostle was in Corinth. 1 The date and place of writing are based upon chapter 16. There is difficulty in fixing a specific date because of the uncertainty of Acts 24:27, “when two years had passed,” which plays a factor in fixing a date. Corinth is the likely place a factor in fixing a date. Corinth is the likely place of writing because of the mention of Phoebe, a minister of the church at Cenchreae (the eastern port of Corinth). There are greetings from Erastus the city treasurer of Corinth.


Although Paul was a Roman citizen he had never seen the city. He wanted and intended to see the city, but had been prevented. There was a church flourishing in Rome and Paul’s desire was to visit the church. He desired to preach the gospel to them and impart to them some spiritual gift (Rom 1:11, 15).

“He has just completed his collection for the poverty-stricken believers at Jerusalem (Rom 15:25), after having preached the gospel throughout the district from Jerusalem to Illyricum.”2 He was about to depart for Jerusalem with the collection for the poor (Rom 15:25). His plans included delivering the collection and then heading to Spain and visit the church in Rome on his way to Spain.

There is a danger of heresy in the church that Paul is addressing. The latter was written partly in combat of Judaism which at least part of the church embraced. Another danger to the church in Rome was that of unbelieving Jews. Paul is writing in response to this attack placed on the church from these hostile Jews.

The Church of Rome

The church in Rome was founded primarily of Jewish Christians. By the time of Paul’s writing he reminds the Gentile Christians that they ae but the branches and not to act arrogant to the Jewish Christians who are the root (Rom 11:18). The majority of Jews in Rome however viewed the Christian church as a distasteful sect. The church was unpopular in Rome and this became the setting for the later persecution by Nero.

It is commonly held that the church in Rome was not founded by any apostle. “It was not through Paul’s own missionary activity that the church at Rome had been established. And the only reasonable inference to be drawn from Paul’s own witness that he would not ‘build on another man’s foundation’ (Rom 15:20) is that the church had not been founded by the labours of another apostle.”3


The traditional view for the purpose of Romans is that Paul is writing a general epistle of theological treatise without major consideration to the circumstances in Rome. In this view Paul is putting forth a theological treatise in systematic fashion. Those who question the traditional view hold that Paul wrote Romans to gain support for his upcoming missionary journey to Spain. “Gilford believes that ‘As the main purpose of the whole Epistle we can acknowledge nothing less comprehensive than the desire of the Apostle, at a momentous crisis in his own life’s work and in the history of those fundamental principles of the Gospel, which render it the one true religion for all the nations of the earth, and meet especially those deepest wants of human nature, which Judaism could not satisfy, righteousness in the sight of God, and deliverance from the power of sin and death.’ “4


Of Paul’s epistle the theme of Romans is that most similar to Galatians. In Romans Paul puts an emphasis on faith. He nullifies the teaching that salvation is attained by works, but rather bestowed by grace and received by faith. Paul emphasizes his faith theme with the example of Abraham and his acceptance to God by his faith in God. There is a message of freedom and liberty throughout this Gospel. “The very contrast between his former activity as a persecutor and his new life as a bond-slave of Jesus Christ magnified the grace of God which had been bestowed so abundantly upon him, wiping his slate clean and making him what he now was.”5 Paul puts his theme of faith in sharp contrast to the doctrine of works. There is a clear message that salvation is independent of works.

Paul’s theme in Romans is also to contrast “flesh” and “spirit” as a type of ongoing battle. “The flesh,” the human nature which is ours ‘in Adam,’ us corrupted by sin; but the sins of the flesh have much wider range in Paul’s thought than thy have tended to have in Christian moral theology.”6 Paul’s idea of flesh would include sins of the mind.

The contrasting idea of the “Spirit” is what gives the believer life in the present. The idea of Spirit is carried further that the presence of the “spirit” guarantees the resurrection life on the day to come.


 End Notes

1 Curtis Vaughn and Bruce Corley, Romans, Lamplighter Books (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1976), page 14.

2 Donald Guthrie, The Pauline Epistles New Testament Introduction (Chicago: Intervarsity Press, 1961), page 24.

3 John Murray, The Epistle to the Romans: New International Commentary (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1959), XVII.

4 Curtis Vaughn and Bruce Corley, Romans, Lamplighter Books (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1976), page 15.

5 F.F. Bruce, The Epistle to the Romans (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1963), page 38.

6 Ibid., page 45.


Posted by: Brad Beaman | January 7, 2016

Outline of Ephesians

In Christ

I) Greeting (1:1-2)
Paul’s reference to himself is more general than in other letters. Paul is not seeking to establish his authority of his apostleship. Paul mentions both Jesus Christ and God the Father as a source of grace and peace.

II) Redemption in Christ (1:3-14)
1. Election (3-6)
Paul speaks of our election in Christ. Paul emphasizes that this choice was made “in love.” Paul also stresses the end result of our election is for us to be blameless before God.
2. Redemption (7-14)
Our redemption is through the blood of Christ according to the riches of God’s grace.

III) Paul’s First Prayer (1:15-23)
1. Thanksgiving (15-16)
Paul makes mention of his thankfulness because of his readers’ faith in the Lord.
2. Enlightenment (17-18)
Paul asks for enlightenment from God for his readers to know the hope of their calling.
3. The Power of God (19-23)
a. Power for those who believe
b. Power which raised Christ
c. Power to glorify Christ

IV) Remember your salvation (2:1-22)
1. You Were Dead (1-3)
You walked according to the world, the prince of the power of the air and your flesh. You were spiritually dead.
2. You Received new life in Christ (4-10)
You were dead, but were made alive in Christ.
3. You Were Reconciled
a. You were separate from Christ (11-12)
b. You were brought near to Christ (13)
c. Dividing walls broken down (14-17)
d. Access in one Spirit (18)
e. You are built together in one dwelling (19-22)

V) The Mystery of the Gospel (3:1-13)
1. The mystery was revealed to Paul (1-5)
2. What the mystery is (6-7)
The Gentiles are joint heirs in Christ with the Jews.
3. Do not lose heart (8-13)

VI) Paul’s Second Prayer (3:14-21)
1. Prayer for inner strength of readers (14-19)
2. To God be the glory (20-21)

VII) Christian Living (4:1-6:9)
1. Unity 4:1-16)
2. Gifts 4:7-16)
The gifts are given in order that the saints may be equipped for service.
3. Your Old and New Life (4:17-32)
a. Old life laid aside (17-22)
b. Put on the new self (23-5:2)
1. New self is the likeness of God (24)
2. New self gives the devil no opportunity (25-29)
3. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit (30-32)
4. Darkness and Light (5:1-20)
a. You were formerly darkness (1-8a)
b. You are now light (8b-20)
5. The Christian Home (5:21-6:9)
a. Husbands and Wives (5:21-6:9)
1. Wives respect your husbands for he is the head of the family as Christ is the head of the church.
2. Husbands love your wives as Christ loves the church.
b. Children and Parents (6:1-4)
1. Children must obey your parents which is the right thing to do.
2. Fathers you must not provoke your children to anger.
c. Slaves and Masters (6:5-9)
1. Slaves be obedient to your masters as if serving Christ.
2. Masters remember your slaves has same heavenly master as you

VIII) Spiritual Warfare (6:10-20)
1. Who is our enemy (10-11)
2. Know the schemes of the enemy (12)
3. Know your armor (13)
a. Belt of truth (14)
b. Breast plate of righteousness (14)
c. Shoes of the Gospel of peace (15)
d. Shield of faith
e. Helmet of salvation (17)
f. Sword of the Spirit
4. Prayer is the action of warfare (18-20)

IX) Closing Words (6:21-24)
1. Explanation of circumstances (21-22)
2. Blessing (23-24)

Posted by: Brad Beaman | December 5, 2015

Calcutta Rash Behari Avenue Photo Essay

My daughter and I took a walk down old Calcutta Rash Behari Avenue and this photo essay came out of walk.


The epic Calcutta tram. India’s only operating tram.


We loved character of all the gates and doors along Rash Behari Avenue.


The open air market was just getting set up for the day.


Even the shop locks look like antique classics.


Office on the Avenue.


It was an interesting walk and we even stopped at the Banana Leaf for idly Wada for breakfast.





Posted by: Brad Beaman | September 29, 2015

Kata in Greece

This was my early morning Karate practice in Greece under the Olive Trees.

The Kata is Heian Yondan

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