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Book Release

[The following is the epilogue to the new book, Following Jesus Through Troubled Waters. In order to understand the message of this unique book, you might want to read through the following epilogue. It will give you a good idea about the content of the book. The theme of the book is directed to Christians who are struggling through the Covid-19 pandemic. This book may help in better understanding how Christians should rejoice in these times of great apprehension. We would encourage you to forward the book on to all your friends. You can download the book free through the following link.]

http://www.africainternational.org/files/Book%20102.pdf

It is difficult to write an epilogue for a book as this. In many ways, we did not cover a great deal of expository Bible study in the book. On the contrary, we leaned more toward advice in reference to the present pandemic that is upon us throughout the world. If we lived in the early 1900’s during the Spanish influenza pandemic, we would have written in the same manner because of the impact the pandemic was having on the world at the time. The difference between then and now is that in those days there was little scientific research on the subject of pandemics. And besides this, there was not the news media throughout the world as there is today to inform us of the worldwide impact of the Covid-19 virus.

There is at least one good thing about the international news media of today. Combined with all the scientific research in reference to pandemics, the news media has educated all of us on the matter of the Covid-19 virus. Everyone who has kept up will all the news on the subject has become an “expert” in the field to the point that the experts are no longer functioning alone in the isolation of some obscure laboratory. What has been discovered in the laboratories today has been broadcast immediately to the entire world. The advantage of this is that we have all been informed concerning the Covid-19 virus. Though we have all been somewhat brought into a state of fear concerning the matter because of the world’s obsession with how Covid supposedly affects how we should be governed, as individuals we will learn how to deal with the pandemic. Humanity has a way of dealing with pandemics, and then, moves on.

Nevertheless, we have been informed concerning the insidious nature of this particular virus. The world survived the Spanish flu pandemic over one hundred years ago, and the world will do the same with this virus. We will survive. Thousands have already died, and thousands more will perish. But we are confident that civilization will survive, and carry on. This is especially true in reference to the church of our Lord.

Millions died from the Spanish flu pandemic, but at the time of this writing only hundreds of thousands have perished from the Covid-19 virus. This may change in the future, but not likely. Since many vaccines are being developed and will be administered to the general public worldwide, it seems unlikely that the world population will suffer anything close to what it suffered during the Spanish flu pandemic when over sixty million people perished worldwide.

One good thing that has come out of this pandemic is that we have all been informed concerning the system of inflection by which the Covid-19 virus moves among populations. Science has published enough information about the spread of this virus that all of us have been taught what health precautions we must take in order to guard ourselves, and the general public, from being infected with the virus. Since much of the world is as the population of Africa—over half the population of Africa lives in urban centers—there are some very important health measures that we are encouraged to take in order to protect ourselves and society as a whole. These are often common sense measures that should have been taught long before the arrival of Covid-19. The implementation of these health precautions will not only spare many from the Covid virus, but also from many other viruses that continually circulation among the populations of the world.

In reference to the Bible, we have all learned a very important truth. The general cleanliness principles of the Sinai law are as valid today as they were over four thousand years ago when they were given to Israel at Mount Sinai. If even these laws had been practiced as health measures today, we would have been spared the tragedy of many diseases that people suffer today. Though not a specific point of any Sinai precept, we too can wash our hands regularly in respect to those Sinai laws that deal with cleanliness. We can minimize body contact, especially contact with dead bodies. We can eat clean food, and food that is meant for human consumption. The Israelites needed no social distancing rules since they were all socially distanced from one another on farms that were scattered throughout Palestine. It is only when people started massing in urban centers did the problems surrounding worldwide epidemics begin to occur.

The scribes and Pharisees actually had a point when they came and complained to Jesus about the disciples of Jesus going to “McDonalds” in downtown Jerusalem and then not washing their hands before they ate their hamburgers and fries (chips). Unfortunately, they complained on the occasion in order to set a trap for Jesus by enforcing an application of the law that was foreign to the Sinai law. “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread” (Mt 15:2).

Of course the Sinai law said nothing about washing hands before eating bread. What the religious leaders had done was make a law in reference to the application of the laws that dealt with cleanliness. Where they went wrong was that they bound their applications (interpretations) of the law on the people. There was no specific precept in the Sinai law that commanded that one should wash his or her hands before eating. General cleanliness precepts were given, but the people had to be allowed to make a decision as to how they would apply the laws concerning cleanliness. The scribes and Pharisees implemented a good application in reference to not going to “McDonalds” and eating a hamburger without first sanitizing one’s hands. But their application was not a specific law. They only made their application (interpretation) of the law binding, and by doing such, they set aside the law itself.

Social distancing to contain the Covid-19 virus may be questionable since the contagion factor is still somewhat vague. Tuberculosis and influenza, as well as Covid-19, are all airborne viruses. However, tuberculosis and influenza are transmitted more by droplets, and not dispersed as an aerosol, that is, as a microscopic mist. And since the scientists are now concluding that the Covid-19 is an aerosol dispersed virus, then the social distancing formerly suggested by the scientific world must go far beyond the suggested two meters. In other words, the Covid-19 virus hangs in the air up to several meters away from the infected individual who coughs or sneezes. When the ambient temperature outside the human body is cooler than one’s body temperature, this means that the Covid-19 virus will hang in the air for a greater period of time in the winter than in the summer. If one is not in a ventilated area, the virus can just hang in the air, awaiting someone to pass through the mist and subsequently inhale from the unseen cloud of contamination.

When found on surfaces, it was first assumed that within 72 hours the Covid-19 virus died. But recent studies have revealed that in laboratory conditions, the virus has remained active for up to three weeks on surfaces. That is not encouraging when considering the contamination of indoor restaurants. But then the scientists have correctly suggested that all flat surfaces be sanitized. It is good to sanitize our hands, but it is an extra precaution to sanitize all the flat surfaces of public places, including buses and taxis.

Wearing a face mask in public places is good advice. It is good advice because millions of people have never been taught to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze. In fact, it is quite amazing to discover how many people from childhood were never taught by their parents to wash their hands or cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze. One advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the Ebola epidemic, is that people have been taught to be clean. The Sinai law taught the principle that “godliness is next to cleanliness”—this statement is not in the Bible—which principle of life should be taught from childhood. The principle was based on the fact that godliness entails obedience to God’s principles for cleanliness that were inherent in the cleanliness laws of the Sinai law.

Everyone should probably download and read the book, None of These Diseases that was written by Dr. S. I. McMillen and first published in 1962. Later editions were coauthored by Dr. David E. Stern. Over one million copies of this book have been sold. McMillen did a masterful job in going through the Sinai laws in order to point out how many of those laws were connected with diseases about which the world at that time had no knowledge. It was not until the arrival of modern science that the reason behind the Sinai cleanliness laws was revealed, and thus why God gave the laws in the first place. When those laws were taught to the Israelites, the people protected themselves from many diseases. We must do the same in our world today which is overpopulated in many urban centers around the world.

If God was concerned about the health of His people throughout the Old Testament, then He is still concerned today. Since the giving of the Sinai law to the Israelites, we have learned a great deal about diseases and infections, which things the Israelites never knew. By learning how diseases and infections are transmitted from one person to another, we have learned why God prescribed for His people certain instructions in the Sinai law to prevent the transmission of such, and subsequently, germs and viruses that cause diseases. We are without excuse today if we scientifically know what causes many diseases and infections, and yet ignore taking the advice of the scientific community as to how to avoid such diseases and infections.

If the Israelites did not maintain the “cleanliness laws” of the Sinai law, then they were without excuse for breaking the Sinai law as a whole, though God never explained the purpose why He gave the laws concerning cleanliness. The Israelites may not have understood the reasons why the cleanliness laws were given, nevertheless, they had to keep the laws regardless of the scientific reasons for the laws that we know today.

If we violate cleanliness laws today that are explained to us by the scientific community, we are not breaking the law of God, as was the case with Israel. However, we are revealing that we are somewhat foolish by knowingly violating those principles of cleanliness that will aid in our continued health. Violating cleanliness rules simply because we believe that God will take care of us, leans on the side of foolishness, if not tempting God. If we become ill because we willingly violated cleanliness rules, then we cannot blame God. The science of health is a blessing from God. Honoring rules of good health is common sense. One may not have been taught some of the common rules of good health when young, but it is time to educate ourselves on these matters. It is now as Paul wrote. “When I was a child I spoke as a child. I understood as a child. I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Co 13:11). It is now a time for one to educate himself or herself in reference to healthy living, and thus put away the ignorance of childhood in reference to one’s own health and the health of others. This is the implementation of love in which Paul wrote the preceding statement.

New Book Release

http://www.africainternational.org/files/Book%20101.pdf

We ask that everyone help us with the distribution of this particular book. I want to insert it here so that you can download and share it with others. This is one way that we can work together in order to reach out to the world, even though many are still in a lockdown situation in their particular countries.

Faith Is The Victory

THANKS FOR PARTNERING: The early morning hours are inspirational to me. In the crispness of a new morning, and during or after prayer, a thought will begin to generate. Albert Einstein said the best part of the day was the morning, and I would certainly concur with his conclusion. From the time an inspirational thought settles in my mind, I start thinking. It seems that one inspirational thought inspires sequential chapters that eventually expands into an e-book, one of which is being made available to you with this notice. After writing the initial thoughts that have now grown into a chapter, subsequent chapters seem to find their birth in that original thought. Over several weeks, “chaptorial” sequences are added before or after the original thought. When the original thoughts have grown near unto 75 or 100 pages, it is then that you have the results of the attached advertised e-book.
I must thank all those who have partnered with me throughout the years in sharing the e-books around the world that have often been inspired by an initial morning concept. I have printed thousands, if not shipping containers of hard copy books over the years. But in this modern age, printing of books in hard copies is very limiting in reference to distribution. Not only is doing such outrageously expensive both in printing and distribution, but in these days of computers and smartphones, it is somewhat senseless. For example, in my Biblical Research Library there are over one hundred books. Some person in a village of middle India or Africa can take a “memory stick” to a computer cafe in town, and download the entire library in less than an hour. After paying the hourly fee for online time, he or she can then walk out of the computer cafe with more Bible material than one could receive in a four-year Bible degree from a university. He can then, and many do, share with friends the books that are on the memory stick. If hard copies are desired, for a nominal fee one can print out the particular book he or she so desires. This is the world in which we live. Therefore, I and my supporters made a decision years ago to stop limiting the literature and research ministry by printing and distributing hard copies.
Once an e-book is completed, it is distributed throughout the world through three mediums: (1) Before the e-book is published as an e-book, most of the contents of the chapters have been shared online through my blog site. There are readers from about 100 countries around the world who are regular readers of these blogs. (2) Once the materials have been shared on the blog site, an e-book is eventually composed, and then sent to proof readers. PDF copies are then emailed around the world. Those who receive the PDF copies are encouraged to share the e-books they receive with their friends on their email list. (3) Facebook announcements are made through posting, sharing and messenging on my Facebook page or personal site. Through this medium I ask friends and recipients on Facebook to also share the e-books with their friends. Through all the mediums of distribution, several thousand e-books go forth into all the world in a matter of weeks.
I am very grateful to all those around the world who have been so generous and faithful in sharing all the e-books that I have written. Because of the Internet, this is the century of the writing ministry. Most teachers are not gifted writers—I give it a good try—but through live-streaming they are reaching thousands online. The advantage of writing Bible e-materials, however, is that millions have the opportunity throughout the years to download and research the morning thoughts of some author somewhere in the world. So if you want to begin your partnership with us in this ministry, you can download the book, FAITH IS THE VICTORY, by clicking below and sharing with your friends. (HINT: If you have sourced our website previously, be sure to “Refresh” the Library page so your computer will indicate the latest editions to all the e-books.)

http://www.africainternational.org/files/Book99.pdf

Passage To China

Never judge a country by what you either see or read in the news media. That was my problem before I bought a passage to China to see for myself. With all the bad news coming out of China these days, I ask you to step back and take a look at the real people of China. What I have tried to reveal in this book is that the people of China are hardworking and sincere, just as everyone throughout the world. This is the real China. This is the China that has been such a blessing for the ministry of printing and distributing the Teacher’s Bible, Biblical Research Library and Mission Bible throughout the world. I firmly believe that God led me to China in order that He might get these volumes distributed throughout the world. And who am I to argue with God?


PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND SHARE

http://www.africainternational.org/files/Book%20100.pdf

Incredible Mystery

You will probably not find another book that deals primarily with the theme of this short book. Sometimes we need to stand back from the Scriptures and immerse ourselves in the historical context of the times in which the early Jews lived when the Son of God was eventually incarnate in the flesh of man. We need to place ourselves in their world in order to understand their hopes and expectations as a culturally rich people who had been deprived of their freedom that the Israelites once enjoyed during the days of David and Solomon. The Jews who lived previous to A.D. 30 yearned for the past as they stood every synagogue while the rabbi read the Scriptures of their glorious days of yesteryear. They were able to endure their present indignity under the oppression of the Romans because they believed that God would eventually send them Someone who would deliver them. They hoped for the Messiah who would save them from their national oppression. But their hopes were askew and the Savior would not ride into town on a white hours. On the contrary, the Romans would nail Him to a cross. Hopes would be dashed! Despondency would set in! The immediate disciples just went on a fishing trip on the Sea of Galilee.

PLEASE READ THE STORY OF THESE DESPONDENT DISCIPLES.

This is the book to share with those who cannot get past the man Jesus, in order to comprehend the gospel of the incarnate Son of God and His mission into and out of this world.

http://www.africainternational.org/files/Book%2090.pdf