Thoughts from Zechariah Part 2 – 1:1-6

anchorHistorical Setting Recap:

- Israel, over their history, had a short time where Jerusalem was the city of God’s blessing, but during the end of the reign of Solomon, things changed radically.

- From the beginning of the divided kingdom, Israel (the northern 10 tribes under Jeroboam) and Judah (the southern 2 tribes of Judah and Benjamin under Rehoboam) were overtaken with idolatry.

- The Northern tribes:

- 1 Kings 12:25-33 tells how Jeroboam, the first king of the northern 10 tribes of Israel, instigated the worship of 2 golden calves in Bethel and Ai to keep the people from going back to Jerusalem to worship and thereby remembering their rebellion against the rightful king and their rebellion against the Lord.

- This continued on through the reigns of 12 kings, over 150+ years of time.

- God sent prophet after prophet to warn both the northern kingdom and the southern kingdom, but nobody listened.

- In 722 BC, 2 Kings 16:6-8 records how the 10 northern tribes were conquered and carried off into exile because of their constant and unrepentant idolatry, and they’re lost in history to this day. Continue reading

Thoughts from Zechariah Part 1 – The setting

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As I’ve been facing these last 2 years and dealing with my Hepatitis C, I’ve had a passage of Scripture that has become a rather strong anchor for my soul through all the uncertainty, months upon months of tests and waiting for tests, never-ending abdominal pain, sleepless nights, etc.  You might be surprised to know that the passage is Zechariah 1:7-17.  I preached on it over a year ago, and little did I know how much it would become burned into my heart.  I’m going to set up and unpack that passage for you over the next 3 posts, though I won’t deal directly with the passage until the third post.  I trust that, like me, once I get through unpacking and explaining Zechariah’s first vision to you, you too will be astonished at just what a feast for the troubled heart that initially strange sounding passage is.

Today, I’m just going to set up the book of Zechariah through a bird’s eye view of the entire Old Testament.  It’s not too long, but this may stitch together the entire Old Testament for you in a whole new way and set up what’s happening in Zechariah chapter 1.

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The Modern Seminarian

The Pirates of Penzance - On The Run

One of my favorite songs of all time is the delightfully syllabificatious and vocabularic “Modern Major General” from the Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan.  When I was in Bible College I worked in the cafeteria and memorized the whole thing, singing it as I manned the grill as a short order cook.  People expect you to sing at work, but they expect whatever is popular on the radio.

Nobody expects the Modern Major General.

If you’ve never heard the song, check this out:

 

That’s right.  It’s possibly one of the craziest tongue-twister songs in history (the lyrics are here), and it’s probably one of the funnest songs to sing that I know (though I’ve since forgotten much of it…something I’ll have to remedy one day)!

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Three Highly Important Resources Regarding the “Gay Christians” Movement

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I’m currently spending several hours in the hospital every day, lying on a bed, getting IV treatment that is strengthening my body in order to prep me for the upcoming treatment that I’ve been fighting for (and my health insurance provider recently agreed to pay for – Praise the Lord!).  I’ve been using this time to catch up on various things I’ve wanted to listen to, and today I listened to some very helpful resources I wanted to make known to my readers.  The first is this: Continue reading

Wonderful Update News! We Are Good to Go!

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This just in!  Important News!

For everyone who has been following the ongoing trials with the Unger family and my Hepatitis C struggles, the big battle has been with my health insurance provider to pay the exorbitant fees for the medicine that I require.  It was looking like I was going to have to come up with the money for the treatment (which I was recently informed that the actual cost would range from $90,000+ to $180,000+, depending on the length of treatment).

As I was trying to nap today, my phone was ringing off the hook.  BUT, I got one call that made it all worthwhile.  The drug company, Gilead Sciences, has intervened on my behalf (with their near limitless resources) and has come through for me.  Great West Life has verbally agreed to cover the cost of my Sovaldi treatment!

The Lord has extended his mighty hand today and moved hearts and changed minds and done whatever it is he has done to make this happen, and the Lord gets all the glory!

This means that, once my bilirubin count levels out and my jaundice disappears, I will be likely monitored for a few weeks to make sure I’m stable and then I’ll go on Sovaldi.  That likely means I’ll start sometime around August/September (realistically).  We’re not out of the woods yet, as I’m still retaining water and going for diuretic administration at the hospital tomorrow (and likely regularly for months to come) and the Sovaldi still has to work.  It’s not a guaranteed cure, but the success rates are high and very encouraging.

I’ll produce a new and updated prayer request list probably on the weekend, but for now, join with me in giving thanks to the Lord for his mighty works.

Truly he has done great things.

He has heard the cries of the many people who have joined with us and has come to my aid.

for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
    and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
    and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
    and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
    or say to him, “What have you done?” – Daniel 4:34-35

To all who prayed for us, we wish we could tell you each how much you mean to us.  We are so thankful for your faithfulness, and we hope this may encourage you all.

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “Dancing in my heart” Unger

 

P.S. – With regards to our fundraising, while the ultimate goal was to possibly pay for my treatment if needed, the amount raised (about $10,000) will still be used towards various medical expenses that add up (for example: a trip to Vancouver General Hospital costs us around $75-$100, depending on how long we’re there – gas here is $5+/gallon, Vancouver is 50 miles away, and parking is $3/15 minutes thus a three hour appointment costs that much more, etc.) as well as covering extended medical benefits that were discontinued since I’m on Long-Term Disability.  We are humbled and amazed at the generosity of the body of Christ.  To all who gave to us in need, we wish we could tell you how thankful we are for you.  Through your kindness, God provided for us exactly what He knew we needed.