Sunday School Series: A Crash Course in Biblical Greek

Teach your teens, kids or Sunday School Class to read Biblical Greek!

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For far too long, we have thought that the basics of reading the New Testament in greekthe original Greek language is something that takes years to learn.  As a result, most of us depend on our pastors, priests and clergy to explain the original meaning of the New Testament passages to us.

When Christians are too dependent on translations of the Scriptures into our own language, we can never be sure that what we are reading is an accurate portrayal of the source text.  In the last days, we need to know God’s Word well enough to avoid deception.

Greek is not Hebrew and Aramaic

hebrew languageThe authors of the Bible originally wrote it in three ancient languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.  However, for English speakers, Hebrew and Aramaic are a bit more difficult to grasp.  This is because they are written “backwards” – from right to left instead of left to right, as we are used to.

In addition, in Hebrew, you cannot pronounce the verb root forms.  They are a string of two or three consonants.  In order for you to conjugate the vowels, you plug them into these consonants in a specific, predictable way.

If you would like to learn Hebrew, we highly recommend the Hebrew4Christians website.

Greek does not have the same challenges as Hebrew and Aramaic do.  The letters are similar to what we are used to.  Yes, Greek verb conjugations are complicated, but you can easily distinguish verbs from one another by recognizing the root of the verb at the beginning.  And because the verb and noun markers mostly appear at the end of the word, it’s easy to look the words up in a Greek-English dictionary.

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Prayer Witnessing: God really DOES answer prayer!

How the LORD provided Mark with an amazing job

Photo by Leland Francisco: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lel4nd/3985490626

Photo by Leland Francisco: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lel4nd/3985490626It has amazed me to see God miraculously answer prayer for my Chadian friends who were struggling and needed help.  As I was recently thinking over my time there, I remembered so many testimonies of what He did because I prayed.  And so many others which I have forgotten.

However, as my paths crossed with friends in need, we helped in any way we could.  And when there was nothing we could do, we prayed.

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“Our Radio Interview with Tom Obey on WHCF FM 88.5”
by WHCF FM 88.5 Bangor Maine

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WHCF FM 88.5 Bangor, MaineIn the month of July, Tom Obey interviewed the founding president of Desert Springs Ministries.  He was on their weekly “Missions in your Backyard” Program on WHCF.

About the Radio Interview

David was just back from a trip to Chad and Sicily.  Through the use of locally available technology, he is a part of a team that is making God’s Word available to people in their language.  He does this by helping to provide MicroBibles.

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Keeping our Promise: A Bible Storybook for Francophone Africa

What's on YOUR desk?

101 Stories of the Bible

Here at Desert Springs Ministries, there are a lot of projects on the table requiring our attention.  Each of them represent a promise.

101 Stories of the BibleThose of you who signed up to receive our prayer letter know about the ministry projects we’re involved in.  In order to get some time in each week to continue language work, we focus on them at the beginning of the week.  On those days, we pretty much block out everything else and focus on it as we should.  After all, these projects are the reason for our ministry’s existence, and deserve our very best effort.

For the next few weeks, our top priority project is to finish translating “101 Favorite Stories from the Bible” from English into French.  Written by Ura Miller, this hardback booklet is now among the Top Ten Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Biblical Studies on Amazon.  It has the key Bible stories from Adam and Eve all the way to (spoiler alert! 😀) the Resurrection of Christ.  

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Safer Than A Roller Coaster!

God takes care of those who "risk" obeying Him

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I hate roller coasters. I can’t handle the feeling of losing control of where I am going.  It is difficult to rush forward without knowing what’s going to happen next.  However, they say that roller coasters are actually safer than children’s wagons or even folding lawn chairs. And I must admit: on the few times my girls ever talked me into riding a roller coaster with them, there came a point before the ride was over that I actually relaxed and gave up worrying about what was coming next.

Last month, because the brakes of my 1998 Toyota Corolla were squeaking, I left it at Quality Tire in Brewer, Maine to get them fixed.  Around noon, they called me back.  “Your car needs new struts and brakes, and it’s going to cost you $1,600.”

Inwardly, I gulped.  “That’s a lot!,” I thought.  Then I asked my mechanic it would be okay to think it over.  I thought about it, then called Sharon.  We both agreed that we needed to get a new vehicle so that I could preach in the churches each month.  But on our missionary salary, what could we get?

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