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  1. II Kings 3

    By: Jim Crews

     

    II Kings 3: 1 - 3

    Jehoram, son of Ahab, became king of Israel in Samaria. This was in the 18th year of Jehoshaphat’s reign in Judah. Jehoram reigned in Israel for 12 years. He did evil in God’s eyes because he worshipped idols, though he was not as bad as Ahab and Jezebel, because he got rid of the pillar of baal. He did continue in worshipping the calves set up by Jeroboam in Dan and Bethel. 

     

    II Kings 3: 4 - 8

    Mesha, king of Moab, was a sheep breeder. He was required to deliver 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams to Israel. When Ahab died, he rebelled. Jehoram asked for the help of Jehoshaphat in putting down the rebellion. Jehoshaphat agreed, and they marched through the wilderness of Edom. 

     

    II Kings 3: 9 - 12

    The king of Edom joined their forces. Their forces marched in a circle for a week and ran out of water. Jehoshaphat asked if there was a prophet of God around who could be asked what to do. He was told about Elisha. The three kings went to see Elisha. 

     

    II Kings 3: 13 - 20

    Elisha told Jehoram to seek his answers from his idols. Elisha said if he didn’t have regard for Jehoshaphat, that he wouldn’t even be talking to them. He asked for a musician to be brought. 

    He prophesied while the music played. God said He wouldn’t send rain, but He would make the dry streambed filled with plenty of water for them and their animals. He would also give the Moabites into their hand. They were told by God to totally desolate the land. The next morning, the streambed was filled with water. 

     

    II Kings 3: 21 - 27

    The Moabites mustered their army and went to meet the combined forces of Israel, Judah, and Edom. The water in the streambed looked like blood to the Moabites. They thought that the three forces had fought each other and this was a bloodbath that resulted from it. They attacked what they thought would be injured remnants of each army, looking to plunder them. Instead, they met the full force of all three armies, and were soundly defeated. The three armies then did as God told them, making the land desolate. The king of Moab took 700 men and tried to break through the lines, but couldn’t. He offered his oldest son, the heir to the throne, as a sacrifice. The people became angry with Israel, who withdrew after having put down the rebellion. 

  2. Vol.X No.VII Pg.2
    September 1973

    "Loosing From Texas"

    Robert F. Turner

    The Lord willing, by the time you read this, bro. Harry Pickup, Jr. and I will be in Australia for a series of gospel meetings. Plans are to begin our work in Sydney, Sept. 30, but before we head for home Dec. 18, we will have preached in 18 missions as the Australians call them, and conducted special training classes in two other places. Our work will take us to many parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, and Tasmania. We hasten to acknowledge our fear and trembling at such a formidable task, and ask your prayers in behalf of our efforts.

    Following my fifteen week tour of missions in Australia in 1971 many additional contacts have been made, and PLAIN TALK goes to a goodly number of homes there. Faithful American preachers in Australia encouraged the return trip, as did several faithful Australian preachers and brethren. We are deeply indebted to bro. Bill Hall (now in Birmingham, Ala.) and bro. Tommy Poarch (now in Rome, Ga.) for their assistance and encouragement in this undertaking; and to bro. Philip Morr (still in Sydney) who arranged details and made many personal contacts on our behalf. The Oaks-West church, Burnet, and the Spring Branch church, Houston, are my chief financial supporters, year-around; and they continue their support in this effort. Several other churches and individuals sent travel funds to me, as they did to bro. Pickup. Harry is bearing a large portion of his own personal support.

    Our years are slipping away and I feel compelled to use every opportunity afforded to preach the gospel of Christ. In addition to this necessity (1 Cor. 9:16-17), I feel drawn to the side of my faithful brethren in Australia who struggle to firmly fix the cause of Christ there. In later reports I will try to tell you Lore about them.

    Bro. Dan Shipley will edit Plain Talk in my absence, and continue his excellent writing. Bro. Jim Everett will assist in the writing, and the size of their load will be reduced by reprinting some of my earlier works. (In nearly ten years of publication we have had no reprints, but the press of this situation seems to justify it now. We are selecting reprint articles from early volumes of P.T.)

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    From CHRISTIAN JOURNAL, Ft. Worth, Aug.73, we quote (p.4) W. F. Cawyer, former elder of Highland, Abilene and former promoter of Herald of Truth. Take a sober look at what can happen to a sponsoring church— and weep.

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