Luck or Providence? (B)

Written by Terry Dashner


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Letís continue on. What ifrepparttar superior numbers of Persian forces had overcomerepparttar 105446 Greek city states as they were favored to do? Western civilization would have beenrepparttar 105447 history of Iran. Who stoppedrepparttar 105448 mighty forces of Xerxes against all odds? Only something supernatural could have thwartedrepparttar 105449 Persian masses. In 519-465 BC Xerxes gathered together a very large army and navy to march on Greeceóestimated 2.5 million troops.

The first major victory ofrepparttar 105450 campaign occurred on September 23, 480 BC. The Greeks luredrepparttar 105451 Persian fleet intorepparttar 105452 narrow straits offrepparttar 105453 island of Salamis, outmaneuvered it and destroyed it. Xerxes regrouped overrepparttar 105454 winter and returnedrepparttar 105455 following year and metrepparttar 105456 Greeks in battle onrepparttar 105457 Plain of Plataea. Again, as had beenrepparttar 105458 case of Marathon and Salamis, an outnumbered Greek force succeeded in outmaneuvering and defeatingrepparttar 105459 larger and more powerful Persian army. This markedrepparttar 105460 beginning ofrepparttar 105461 end of Persian world rule. This pavedrepparttar 105462 way forrepparttar 105463 next conqueror, Alexanderrepparttar 105464 Great.

The Bible declares over and over again that God brings down one ruler and lifts up another for His purposes. Thatís a good thing. To know that God is in control even when things seem out of control is a great feeling. If you can trust Him, He will guide you safely along, even through rough and stormy seas. God does not fail His people. If men will live for Him, He will bless them and serve His purposes through them. They will walk blessed and honored before all men. God is Sovereign. God rules overrepparttar 105465 entire universe. Trust Him.

Iíll visit this topic again. Inrepparttar 105466 mean time, keeprepparttar 105467 faith. Stayrepparttar 105468 course. Jesus is coming soon.

Pastor T. dash



Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK


Luck or Providence? (C)

Written by Terry Dashner


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Next onrepparttar scene of superpowers, was Rome. Rome was alluded to inrepparttar 105444 Book of Daniel as beingrepparttar 105445 most terrible of all conquering powers that had come before her. Rome grows from a city onrepparttar 105446 Tiber River to becomerepparttar 105447 dominant political force in Italy. And then a world empire. This, too, happened by supernatural guidance. It didnít happen by luck.

The word ďPunicĒ is derived fromrepparttar 105448 Latin word Punicus, meaning Carthaginian, which itself is derived formrepparttar 105449 Greek word Phoenix, meaning Phoenician (proof of cultural borrowing and amalgamation of languages). Rome first comes to world dominance by defeatingrepparttar 105450 superpower ofrepparttar 105451 Mediterranean, Carthage. It will take three wars, but she does it and climbs to world-power status. Thatís amazing. It wasrepparttar 105452 Roman victory atrepparttar 105453 Battle of Zama in 202 BC which markedrepparttar 105454 beginning ofrepparttar 105455 power ofrepparttar 105456 Roman Empire that would continue to reign supreme for six centuries. Wow.

I will continue this study tomorrow. Remember, you could have been born at any time in history. But, God desired that you live today. What does that mean? You have been raised up byrepparttar 105457 Providence of God to serve Him today. This is a significant time in human history. Jesus is soon to return for His Bride, and you have been reserved for this end time event. Thatís an awesome responsibility if you stop and think about it. It says that you should be busy about your Fatherís business. You are to occupyrepparttar 105458 ground of faith until He comes. Donít let Him come and find you sleeping on watch. Arise and tellrepparttar 105459 Good NewsóJesus died for all that all men might live in God.

Keeprepparttar 105460 faith. Stayrepparttar 105461 course. Jesus is coming soon.

Pastor T. dash



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