For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.(Psalms 84:10) NKJV
In September 1999, thinking that we were called to full-time Christian service we took a job as custodian of a large Presbyterian church. It was very disappointing as we met more and more people who knew nothing about the Bible, just how to play church.
In our 2nd week the Pastoral staff decided to clean out the library. They filled up large trash can liners of books they didn’t want and asked us to get rid of them. We filled the bed of a full-size pickup truck with the books that they discarded. We took them away, but we didn’t get rid of them.
We spent 6 months combing through the collection. For the most part we were in shock to see the disappointment and betrayal that was represented in those volumes. Biblical criticism, psychology, unbelief. Pure vanity heaped upon vanity as human minds attempted to rationalize God out of the Bible and out of existence.
There were a couple of gems that we saved and kept until now. An interlinear Genesis and Exodus, and an Analytical Lexicon of Hebrew. These we’ve used to great effect in the work of Matty’s Paradigm.
Any time we need to examine the original Hebrew of the Bible we refer to this book:
The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon by Benjamin Davidson.
We’ve found that the Hebrew resources at BibleHub.com are sometimes degraded.
They omit things which the editors didn’t understand. We’re looking for all the stuff that no one understands, because we want to understand it.
Emptying trash cans first thing in the morning in this big modern church meant we got a great opportunity to study the book shelves in the pastoral offices – horrifying. As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word, but here we only found poison.
Our girlfriend split up with us, and we spent 6 months homeless, living in our pick up truck down by the lake. We loved life and the Lord and had a very blessed experience. We saved up to buy a 4 volume set of the International Standard Bible Encylopedia, even though we were homeless and were making 2 child support payments. We didn’t live together very long but we were brother and sister and we looked after her through some very difficult times in her life. She has a testimony of being born again.
In September of 2000 we then moved on to be Facilities Manager at a very large Episcopal Parrish (didn’t find anyone who believed the Bible there either). By now we had begun to think that Christianity had gone completely cold and that there was barely even a remnant of faith left on Earth.
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