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Monday, October 31, 2011

Luke 12:49-59 ~ Division




Luke 12:49-59

English Standard Version, David Cochran Audio Bible

49 "I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

54He also said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, 'A shower is coming.' And so it happens. 55And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, 'There will be scorching heat,' and it happens. 56You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

57"And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. 59I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny."

Bible notes author: Susan Johnson, The Methodist Church in Britain

These verses are part of the teachings of Jesus to the disciples and to the crowds who have followed him. In Luke 10:1-12, 70 were sent out into the towns and villages to let people know that the kingdom of God had come near in the person of Jesus who would show them the way to live. Some of the 70 experienced peace and were welcomed, while others were rejected and had to leave. This leads Jesus to reflect on how his mission, his life and death will bring judgement and division as people are faced with a choice and a challenge about Jesus.

Today, 2,000 years later the question is still before us when we come face to face with Jesus and the influence of his teachings. Am I willing to try and follow his ways or will I follow someone or something else? And then there's the second question; what sort of kingdom, or community, will my actions bring out?

When we look around at communities in England, as we have done so much this summer, we can clearly see the division between those who seek peace and justice by showing love and compassion and those who are intent on destruction and damage. Although it did not receive much media coverage after the recent riots in London and other cities, communities came together, united, to move beyond the destruction and rebuild. Perhaps those people had had a glimpse of the kingdom of God being present in a small way. Many would not call themselves Christian or people of any faith but some would.

The simple fact is that when knowledge of Jesus is there, decisions have to be made every minute of the day as to how we will live. We always have a choice: to do good or to do harm.

To Ponder

When you need to make a decision about the way to behave, what guides you?

'It puzzles me that I am surrounded by people, who in their very humanity, show signs of living the Jesus way but do not know anything about him.' How do you think that can be?

Is division always something to be avoided? Why?




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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Psalm 143 ~ Your steadfast love



Psalm 143

1 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
2 Enter not into judgment with your servant,
for no one living is righteous before you.

3 For the enemy has pursued my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4 Therefore my spirit faints within me;
my heart within me is appalled.

5 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all that you have done;
I ponder the work of your hands.
6 I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

7 Answer me quickly, O Lord!
My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

9 Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
I have fled to you for refuge!
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!

11 For your name's sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
for I am your servant.


This Psalm reminds me of one a father would pray. It would have been the type of prayer Joseph might have prayed.

Did Jesus look like Joseph? God did promise David Jesus would be his son.

What do we know about Joseph, the Foster Father of Jesus, who by the blessing of the Holy Spirit linked Jesus to the house of David? It would be difficult to know if Jesus and Joseph looked alike, but what type of Father was Joseph? Jesus' hometown was given a biblical say:

Matthew 13:55-56
"Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?"

Mark records this somewhat differently & implies Jesus learned Joseph's trade.

Mark 6:3
"Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.


Joseph has been given a tradition of being the old duffer who was passed over, but c'mon this Child was/is precious to God. There are a lot of blended families today, God's Child heads the list.

Was Joseph thrilled to find out about the blessed event.... we know he wasn't. Joseph was an innocent, good man who saw wickedness (initial voices told him) ruining his life plans forever. Joseph was being called to have his betrothed stoned to death. Joseph instead, because of his compassion to Mary, received Divine Guidance. Joseph's actions are of a man who left his own plans behind and moved for the sake of his child & his wife. He left his town of Nazareth, for the years they went into hiding in Egypt, returning only when it was safe. God gave Jesus a family in Matthew 1, but in Matthew 13, we can tell Joseph gave Jesus his family.

Did Jesus look like Joseph? It is important. Yes, we see in Matthew 13:55, Joseph looked like Jesus.



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Friday, October 28, 2011

Acts 5 ~ speak in the name of Jesus





Acts 5

English Standard Version, David Cochran Audio Bible
1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God." 5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. 6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.

7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter said to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much." And she said, "Yes, for so much." 9 But Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.


12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.




17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life." 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach.

Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council and all the senate of the people of Israel and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 23 "We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside." 24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to. 25 And someone came and told them, "Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people." 26 Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, "We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us." 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."



33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, "Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!" So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.


Why were the events of the early Church so much more astonishing than the everyday Church of today. To non-believers, this is just fairy tales - as believers we know the witnesses of Jesus and these days died for their Lord and belief in Him. Josephus was astonished and wrote his words of amazement that Jesus must be the Christ, His followers continue to follow Him and call themselves Christians "to this day." The Roman Historian Josephus goes on to record James as the physical brother of Christ. Perhaps Jewish Josephus, General in the Judean Army, heard the words of Gamaliel.

Going back to the question - Why were the events of the early Church so much more astonishing than the everyday Church of today? For most of my younger life I would have said the Holy Spirit was new. Yet this is profoundly wrong. Genesis records the Holy Spirit in the first chapter. The Spirit of God hovers over the waters. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Many, many actions and words attest to the Spirit of God's works in the Old Testament. Next I would have answered, the sacrifice of Jesus was so new, the Holy Spirit was renewed. Meh. No. God tells us...

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Jesus knew why and He told us.

Luke 10:23-24
Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

What are we to do, living so many physical years from the beginning of a New Covenant, a new Heaven and the brand new opportunity to have the Holy Spirit living inside of us when we believe in Jesus and call upon His name in faith?

1 Peter 1:10-11
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.


An important question to follow - did Jesus say the glories would end?

Far from it.

John 20:29
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Matthew 13:16
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.

Today!

1 Peter 1:8
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The years have rolled by... 2,000 of them !....

Romans 8:39
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And what about this passage as the reason for all the slow down in GLORY?

1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Jesus would have said - what did HE say First - LOVE NEVER FAILS

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

How. How will we reawaken these glories. Beloved, the truth is they have not ended. I have witnessed 5 absolute miracles of the God Almighty in my 48 years. Miracles of health, in others, the doctors could not accept without saying it is a miracle. And the complete truth is that many more miracles and answered prayers have occurred without being aware of them. Gratitude and awe lead to awareness.

Where is the Awakening? Within you. We must live it.

Luke 12:31
But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 17:20
Jesus replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

LOVE NEVER FAILS

Matthew 28:20
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age

The end of the age - we will see...

Matthew 24:31
And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.
Amen.





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Thursday, October 27, 2011

John 1:1-5, 9-13, 14-17 ~ grace and truth

Surely I Am with You, painted by Greg Olsen




  • Pray for a commitment to God, to family, to each class, to a job, to their college goal, to friends and to service.
  • Pray for the knowledge that accountability starts with God and that the commitment to Him demands faithfulness.
  • Pray for spiritual growth.


  • Today, our Baylor 1st Call to Prayer meets for parents of adult children. A prayer for a prayer group is a good thing...

    We all have choices. Sometimes the choices, made when we are young, begin to define our lives. Jesus, being a man had choices as well.


    John 7:35
    The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?

    Because Jesus was man, God gave Jesus choices in the beginning, the middle and even the end....

    Matthew 26:53
    Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?

    Jesus, being God, made His choice to offer us salvation, unearned. He provided a way forward for us in His Hope and His Promises.

    What did the life of Jesus offer us as a way for our own lives?

    John 1:1-5, 9-13, 14-17

    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

    9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

    14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'") 16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.



    Jeremiah 35 - Living in Jerusalem

    English Standard Version, David Cochran Audio Bible


    1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah: 2 "Go to the house of the Rechabites and speak with them and bring them to the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers; then offer them wine to drink."

    3 So I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, son of Habazziniah and his brothers and all his sons and the whole house of the Rechabites. 4 I brought them to the house of the LORD into the chamber of the sons of Hanan the son of Igdaliah, the man of God, which was near the chamber of the officials, above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, keeper of the threshold. 5 Then I set before the Rechabites pitchers full of wine, and cups, and I said to them, "Drink wine." 6 But they answered, "We will drink no wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, 'You shall not drink wine, neither you nor your sons forever. 7 You shall not build a house; you shall not sow seed; you shall not plant or have a vineyard; but you shall live in tents all your days, that you may live many days in the land where you sojourn.' 8 We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, to drink no wine all our days, ourselves, our wives, our sons, or our daughters, 9 and not to build houses to dwell in. We have no vineyard or field or seed, 10 but we have lived in tents and have obeyed and done all that Jonadab our father commanded us. 11 But when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against the land, we said, 'Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans and the army of the Syrians.' So we are living in Jerusalem."


    12 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 13 "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Go and say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will you not receive instruction and listen to my words? declares the LORD. 14 The command that Jonadab the son of Rechab gave to his sons, to drink no wine, has been kept, and they drink none to this day, for they have obeyed their father’s command. I have spoken to you persistently, but you have not listened to me. 15 I have sent to you all my servants the prophets, sending them persistently, saying, 'Turn now every one of you from his evil way, and amend your deeds, and do not go after other gods to serve them, and then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to you and your fathers.' But you did not incline your ear or listen to me. 16 The sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have kept the command that their father gave them, but this people has not obeyed me. 17 Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing upon Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the disaster that I have pronounced against them, because I have spoken to them and they have not listened, I have called to them and they have not answered."

    18 But to the house of the Rechabites Jeremiah said, "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father and kept all his precepts and done all that he commanded you, 19 therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Jonadab the son of Rechab shall never lack a man to stand before me."


    How would the house of Rechabites know whether to listen to Jeremiah in the house of God telling them to drink wine or to remember their oath. It would be confusing living during those moments. Coming war had driven them from a nomadic state to the city. The oath to the father, to be pure, is more important than the invitation to live for the moment or to sympathize with a prophet of God in the Lord's house.

    Adversity is as defining as blessing. Solomon wrote the day of adversity is as from the Lord as well.

    The way wasn't clearly cut, but the Rechabites listened not to the moment or the political environment or an unpopular prophet or to merely dismissed his offer for political gain. They didn't curry favor with a man of God and they did not work against him by declining his offer to appeal more to the king - who disfavored Jeremiah. God weighted the hearts and minds of the Rechabites and found their motives to be to His liking.

    I like this passage. It is not always easy to determine what is the best path in given circumstance swiftly moving. But prayer for guidance and relying upon the Lord directs one to the next step.

    Matthew 25:23
    "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'


    2 Timothy 4:7
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

    Luke 13:18-19
    He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches."

    Father God, be with us in the choices and commitments we make, even when no decision is made consciously. Help us as we walk the path You've given us to be grace and truth. To do justice, give truth with mercy and walk humbly with You. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.




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    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Psalm 126 ~ shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves

    Sheaves of Wheat, 1890, painted by Vincent Van Gogh



    Psalm 126

    English Standard Version, David Cochran Audio Bible


    1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dream.
    2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with shouts of joy;
    then they said among the nations,
    "The LORD has done great things for them."
    3 The LORD has done great things for us;
    we are glad.

    4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
    like streams in the Negeb!
    5 Those who sow in tears
    shall reap with shouts of joy!
    6 He who goes out weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
    shall come home with shouts of joy,
    bringing his sheaves with him.

    Planting. All work involving hope.

    Growth. Effort to move, cultivate, nourish.

    Prayer. Sunshine, rain, warmth, cold. Elements beyond our control. Co-workers, pests, efficiency, accidents, reliability.

    Time. Each day - routine or stressful.

    Expectation. God hears, cares, acts.

    Harvest. Shouts of joy. Gratitude. Rest.


    Luke 13:18-19
    He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches."

    Galatians 6:9
    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.


    Psalm 138:8
    The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.



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    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Psalm 44 ~ we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered




    Psalm 44

    English Standard Version, David Cochran Audio Bible

    To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.
    O God, we have heard with our ears,
    our fathers have told us,
    what deeds you performed in their days,
    in the days of old:
    2 you with your own hand drove out the nations,
    but them you planted;
    you afflicted the peoples,
    but them you set free;
    3 for not by their own sword did they win the land,
    nor did their own arm save them,
    but your right hand and your arm,
    and the light of your face,
    for you delighted in them.

    4 You are my King, O God;
    ordain salvation for Jacob!
    5 Through you we push down our foes;
    through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
    6 For not in my bow do I trust,
    nor can my sword save me.
    7 But you have saved us from our foes
    and have put to shame those who hate us.
    8 In God we have boasted continually,
    and we will give thanks to your name forever.
    Selah

    9 But you have rejected us and disgraced us
    and have not gone out with our armies.
    10 You have made us turn back from the foe,
    and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
    11 You have made us like sheep for slaughter
    and have scattered us among the nations.
    12 You have sold your people for a trifle,
    demanding no high price for them.
    13 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
    the derision and scorn of those around us.
    14 You have made us a byword among the nations,
    a laughingstock among the peoples.
    15 All day long my disgrace is before me,
    and shame has covered my face
    16 at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
    at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.

    17 All this has come upon us,
    though we have not forgotten you,
    and we have not been false to your covenant.
    18 Our heart has not turned back,
    nor have our steps departed from your way;
    19 yet you have broken us in the place of jackals
    and covered us with the shadow of death.
    20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
    21 would not God discover this?
    For he knows the secrets of the heart.
    22 Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.

    23 Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
    Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
    24 Why do you hide your face?
    Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
    25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
    our belly clings to the ground.
    26 Rise up; come to our help!
    Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!


    We don't live in a world where we dress for our worship, arrive early, to pick out the animal who will have their throat slit for our sins. Evidently ~ our Psalmist felt some concern for the animals doomed to die. Interesting since the Sons of Korah were Priests at the Temple.

    This Psalm echoes Job (the Psalms written in 1,000 B.C., Job in 600 B.C.). People wonder if God hears them. Is God sleeping?

    Psalm 44 begins with the acknowledgement all we have is God's. And continues that thought as we, with the Psalmist, wonder about the fairness of life.

    We are not so different from David who cried out to the Lord and this Psalmist - who lived 3,000 years ago. (Or Job living 2,400 years ago.)

    According to Mark 12:27
    He is not God of the dead, but of the living.

    Even the people who give justice with mercy, walking humbly with the Lord ~ Wonder. This isn't new to the LORD. David faced days he had justice issues and his own ideas of victory.

    What would set David, & these writers - the Sons of Korah, David saw had the Spirit of God, apart? Even in frustration, David would look to Father God. People of faith look for God to care when they ask Him.

    Proverbs 24:14
    Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

    Jeremiah 29:11
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    Isaiah 55:12
    For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

    Psalm 96:12
    let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

    Isaiah 40:9
    You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"


    We know of Job's misery. David's worries. We know our own doubts. God triumphs.




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    Monday, October 24, 2011

    2 Chronicles 30 ~ Feast of Unleavened Bread


    Passover in Israel - 50,000 people attend at the Western Wall




    2 Chronicles 30


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    1 Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel. 2 For the king and his princes and all the assembly in Jerusalem had taken counsel to keep the Passover in the second month— 3 for they could not keep it at that time because the priests had not consecrated themselves in sufficient number, nor had the people assembled in Jerusalem— 4 and the plan seemed right to the king and all the assembly. 5 So they decreed to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that the people should come and keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel, at Jerusalem, for they had not kept it as often as prescribed. 6 So couriers went throughout all Israel and Judah with letters from the king and his princes, as the king had commanded, saying, “O people of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, that he may turn again to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7 Do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were faithless to the Lord God of their fathers, so that he made them a desolation, as you see. 8 Do not now be stiff-necked as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord and come to his sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever, and serve the Lord your God, that his fierce anger may turn away from you. 9 For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.”

    10 So the couriers went from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, and as far as Zebulun, but they laughed them to scorn and mocked them. 11 However, some men of Asher, of Manasseh, and of Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. 12 The hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the Lord.

    13 And many people came together in Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month, a very great assembly. 14 They set to work and removed the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for burning incense they took away and threw into the Kidron Valley. 15 And they slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. And the priests and the Levites were ashamed, so that they consecrated themselves and brought burnt offerings into the house of the Lord. 16 They took their accustomed posts according to the Law of Moses the man of God. The priests threw the blood that they received from the hand of the Levites. 17 For there were many in the assembly who had not consecrated themselves. Therefore the Levites had to slaughter the Passover lamb for everyone who was not clean, to consecrate it to the Lord. 18 For a majority of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than as prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon everyone 19 who sets his heart to seek God, the Lord, the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary's rules of cleanness.” [not according to the cleanness of holiness] 20 And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people. 21 And the people of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness, and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing with all their might [with instruments of might] to the Lord. 22 And Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites who showed good skill in the service of the Lord. So they ate the food of the festival for seven days, sacrificing peace offerings and giving thanks to the Lord, the God of their fathers.

    23 Then the whole assembly agreed together to keep the feast for another seven days. So they kept it for another seven days with gladness. 24 For Hezekiah king of Judah gave the assembly 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep for offerings, and the princes gave the assembly 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep. And the priests consecrated themselves in great numbers. 25 The whole assembly of Judah, and the priests and the Levites, and the whole assembly that came out of Israel, and the sojourners who came out of the land of Israel, and the sojourners who lived in Judah, rejoiced. 26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. 27 Then the priests and the Levites arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard, and their prayer came to his holy habitation in heaven.


    Passover in the country of Israel, in Jerusalem, at the Wailing Wall.


    Deuteronomy 6:4-6
    “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

    Imagine your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents being told the country of Israel was to be reformed after World War II. They would be incredulous. We live in an amazing time.

    Ecclesiastes 1:9
    What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

    Even Israel has been reformed from exiles flung all around the world before.

    We are told in Jesus Christ we are grafted into God's family by adoption. Israel fought the countries surrounding them for generations:


    Moab – child of Lot's daughter

    Edom - Essau - Jacob's brother who gave up his blessing for red stew.

    Philistia Philistines - Canaan - Noah's son

    Cush - Babylon - Noah's son

    Perhaps if we were to honor and love the Lord more, we would have more of the peace Hezekiah miraculously found even as the Assyrian Empire chose not to enter into Judea. Peace in the face of danger.



    I had no idea so much Christian art was in the Capital Building. Nor did I know that the building was used for Church services for over 100 years.



    Philippians 4:7
    And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.




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    Sunday, October 23, 2011

    Matthew 16:1-19 ~ no sign




    Matthew 16:1-19



    And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.”

    So he left them and departed. 5 When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.” 8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11 How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

    12 Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

    14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

    17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock [the Greek words for Peter and rock sound similar ] I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

    You have to love Jesus. In our Tuesday Women's Bible Study, our Deacon pointed out Mark 1 has everything Jesus does happening very quickly. The words immediately, directly, all at once - all words of Jesus' power.

    Jesus IS the Son of God. The men writing the Scripture - Are - directed by the Holy Spirit. Many times the way the paragraphs and the sentences, the Scriptures are written, convey a greater meaning. I've been advised - don't put in a whole Chapter - it's too long - it won't hold the reader's attention. Yes and No. One, we are here to worship and love the Lord. Two, every single word of the Lord has meaning. Even when we look at different versions, and different languages - God's meaning is powerful.

    So..... today. Jesus is laughing at the Pharisees. A sign. A sign. A sign. One? No. Not one sign. Multitudes. Pharisees, behold the deaf hear, the blind see .... and..... the Pharisees remain unconvinced... enough to pry their fingers off of their positions of influence and power.

    Notice how these paragraphs of God's Word are put together. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Yes, God's word is amazing. Jesus skirmishes with the religious (not relationship) and takes His followers to Caesarea. Caesarea - why - this is the power the Temple of God's Pharisees are resting on. 'King' Herod is not from David's line and Judea is a Roman/client/puppet state. Caesarea is Caesar's city and Herod is appointing the Priests of the Temple.

    Jesus takes His followers to "Rome" to tell them: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    No other organization, Empire, has 2,000 years.... except God.

    Here is the Royal Stoa - Herod built this public building - was used for the purchase, sale of animals for sacrifices, and exchanging coins for Tyrian half-sheckels which were regularly paid by pilgrims as tax for the Temple upkeep. Not the building Jesus used for teaching - but where Jesus would have gone to throw over the tables. Jesus said den of thieves as He threw the tables over.

    Okay, pulling up the picture of the Royal Stoa and an archaeological fragment of it...



    Fragment left by the 70 AD destruction by later Emperor Titus. 70 AD would have been Jesus' natural lifespan.



    So, today's passage has Jesus telling His followers in Caesarea about the coming Church. Jesus' Church. The Rock. In Caesarea.

    Here is a picture of the first St. Peter's Basilica built by Emperor Constantine from 326 -333 AD. It was of typical basilica architecture. Romans were famous for the architecture. Domes, Arches, Concrete, Columns - there were many forms this building could have taken. Typical basilica (basilica - Roman public building) architecture was the Royal Stoa beside the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem. Herod had built a Roman basilica on the 36 acres of the Temple. 103.6 metres (340 ft) Emperor Constantine (who naively believed Christian citizens would be more controllable) built a very similar basilica upon Peter's tomb:


    Our Minister, Clark Lowenfield, says each Sunday, "There are no coincidences, just works of God."

    Jesus saw His Church would overcome the gates of hell, He saw it would be overcome Roman Empire authority. Think of all the criticisms of the Church. How many times men have used God's Church for their own power. God's Christian Church is sometimes the Pharisees Jesus spoke against. And before we are all worked up over the inadequacies of the Church, let's remember this is Scripture for us... today.

    Who were the Pharisees? They were the people who valued their image more than they valued a relationship with God's Son. They are... me.... and you.

    John 2:24-25
    But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.

    Jesus, ultimately, did entrust His life to God and gave that life for you. He knows what is in the heart of mankind. He knows about the Popes who didn't give grace and mercy. He knows about the crusades to burn people into loving the Lord. He know the priests who gave such pain to people trying to follow Jesus. He knows you and your heart. Your gifts and your sins.

    Luke 13:34
    O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!

    Father God, open our hearts to You. Let us be willing to be gathered to You as Your Child. Let us rest in Your Grace. In the name of Jesus Christ. We pray for Your world-wide Church for Your love to fill and direct the people You send. Let us be Your Temple and not Herod's Royal Stoa. In Jesus' name. Amen.







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    Saturday, October 22, 2011

    Psalm 18 ~ He heard my voice





    Psalm 18

    English Standard Version, David Cochran Audio Bible


    For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

    1 I love you, LORD, my strength.

    2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

    3 I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
    and I have been saved from my enemies.
    4 The cords of death entangled me;
    the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
    5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

    6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
    I cried to my God for help.
    From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came before him, into his ears.
    7 The earth trembled and quaked,
    and the foundations of the mountains shook;
    they trembled because he was angry.
    8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
    consuming fire came from his mouth,
    burning coals blazed out of it.
    9 He parted the heavens and came down;
    dark clouds were under his feet.
    10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
    he soared on the wings of the wind.
    11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
    the dark rain clouds of the sky.
    12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
    with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
    13 The LORD thundered from heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.
    14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
    15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations of the earth laid bare
    at your rebuke, LORD,
    at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

    16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
    17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.
    18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
    but the LORD was my support.
    19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

    20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
    21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
    I am not guilty of turning from my God.
    22 All his laws are before me;
    I have not turned away from his decrees.
    23 I have been blameless before him
    and have kept myself from sin.
    24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

    25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
    to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
    26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
    but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
    27 You save the humble
    but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
    28 You, LORD, keep my lamp burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light.
    29 With your help I can advance against a troop;
    with my God I can scale a wall.

    30 As for God, his way is perfect:
    The LORD’s word is flawless;
    he shields all who take refuge in him.
    31 For who is God besides the LORD?
    And who is the Rock except our God?
    32 It is God who arms me with strength
    and keeps my way secure.
    33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
    he causes me to stand on the heights.
    34 He trains my hands for battle;
    my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
    35 You make your saving help my shield,
    and your right hand sustains me;
    your help has made me great.
    36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
    so that my ankles do not give way.

    37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
    I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
    38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
    they fell beneath my feet.
    39 You armed me with strength for battle;
    you humbled my adversaries before me.
    40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
    and I destroyed my foes.
    41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
    to the LORD, but he did not answer.
    42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;
    I trampled them like mud in the streets.
    43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
    you have made me the head of nations.
    People I did not know now serve me,
    44 foreigners cower before me;
    as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
    45 They all lose heart;
    they come trembling from their strongholds.

    46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock!
    Exalted be God my Savior!
    47 He is the God who avenges me,
    who subdues nations under me,
    48 who saves me from my enemies.
    You exalted me above my foes;
    from a violent man you rescued me.
    49 Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations;
    I will sing the praises of your name.

    50 He gives his king great victories;
    he shows unfailing love to his anointed,
    to David and to his descendants forever.



    After
    He heard my voice
    , and beautiful promises, God promises His Unfailing Love.

    Jeremiah heard this in Jeremiah 31

    Jeremiah 31

    1 "At that time, declares the LORD, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people."
    2Thus says the LORD:"The people who survived the sword
    found grace in the wilderness;
    when Israel sought for rest,
    3the LORD appeared to him from far away.
    I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
    4 Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
    O virgin Israel!
    Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines
    and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
    5 Again you shall plant vineyards
    on the mountains of Samaria;
    the planters shall plant
    and shall enjoy the fruit.
    6For there shall be a day when watchmen will call
    in the hill country of Ephraim:
    'Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
    to the LORD our God.'"

    7For thus says the LORD: "Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
    and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
    proclaim, give praise, and say,
    'O LORD, save your people,
    the remnant of Israel.'
    8Behold, I will bring them from the north country
    and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
    among them the blind and the lame,
    the pregnant woman and she who is in labor, together;
    a great company, they shall return here.
    9 With weeping they shall come,
    and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back,
    I will make them walk by brooks of water,
    in a straight path in which they shall not stumble,
    for I am a father to Israel,
    and Ephraim is my firstborn.

    10"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
    and declare it in the coastlands far away;
    say, 'He who scattered Israel will gather him,
    and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.'
    11 For the LORD has ransomed Jacob
    and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
    12They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
    and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD,
    over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
    and over the young of the flock and the herd;
    their life shall be like a watered garden,
    and they shall languish no more.
    13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
    and the young men and the old shall be merry.
    I will turn their mourning into joy;
    I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
    14 I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance,
    and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness,

    declares the LORD."

    15Thus says the LORD: "A voice is heard in Ramah,
    lamentation and bitter weeping.
    Rachel is weeping for her children;
    she refuses to be comforted for her children,
    because they are no more."

    16Thus says the LORD:"Keep your voice from weeping,
    and your eyes from tears,
    for there is a reward for your work,
    declares the LORD,
    and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
    17 There is hope for your future,
    declares the LORD,
    and your children shall come back to their own country.
    18I have heard Ephraim grieving,'You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined,
    like an untrained calf;
    bring me back that I may be restored,
    for you are the LORD my God.
    19For after I had turned away, I relented,
    and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh;
    I was ashamed, and I was confounded,
    because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'
    20 Is Ephraim my dear son?
    Is he my darling child?
    For as often as I speak against him,
    I do remember him still.
    Therefore my heart yearns for him;
    I will surely have mercy on him,

    declares the LORD.

    21 "Set up road markers for yourself;
    make yourself guideposts;
    consider well the highway,
    the road by which you went.
    Return, O virgin Israel,
    return to these your cities.
    22 How long will you waver,
    O faithless daughter?
    For the LORD has created a new thing on the earth:
    a woman encircles a man."

    23Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Once more they shall use these words in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I restore their fortunes:

    "'The LORD bless you, O habitation of righteousness,
    O holy hill!'

    24 And Judah and all its cities shall dwell there together, and the farmers and those who wander with their flocks. 25For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish."

    26At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.

    27 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 28And it shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring harm, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, declares the LORD. 29In those days they shall no longer say:

    "'The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge.'

    30 But everyone shall die for his own sin. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.


    31 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
    35Thus says the LORD,who gives the sun for light by day
    and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
    who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
    the LORD of hosts is his name:
    36 "If this fixed order departs
    from before me, declares the LORD,
    then shall the offspring of Israel cease
    from being a nation before me forever."

    37Thus says the LORD:"If the heavens above can be measured,
    and the foundations of the earth below can be explored,
    then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel
    for all that they have done,

    declares the LORD."

    38 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when the city shall be rebuilt for the LORD from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39 And the measuring line shall go out farther, straight to the hill Gareb, and shall then turn to Goah. 40 The whole valley of the dead bodies and the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be sacred to the LORD. It shall not be uprooted or overthrown anymore forever."

    I am a gardener and remember flowers sometimes bloom their brightest after stress. God hears us when we call to Him.


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    Friday, October 21, 2011

    1 Corinthians 13 ~ love



    1 Corinthians 13

    1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship [or to flames] that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

    13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.



    This week our family is gathering to see a cousin of our's marry. Many years ago this 32 year old man was in a school carpool with our 3 year old son, when our cousin was a teenager. He is a terrific man - has worked for several years in a Christian camp as a counselor and helping to run the camp. Now he is in the green building industry. He is Christian, personable, handsome, muscular and has been without a significant love interest for most of his life. One day some one asked him to fill in one of the Christian dating sites. He did - a little listlessly - not even filling in a lot of the questions. His first date was love at first sight and she is like his female bookend, it almost every way. She didn't answer the questions completely either. She is beautiful as he is handsome.

    In the middle of all the things in life that are bothersome, troublesome, disturbing - here are two people pledging themselves together for life. For love. God is Good. And there are so many people rushing to give these good people a party, Christmas is going to look very slow in comparison.

    Father God, bless our cousin and his bride with many years of Your favor and grace as they walk through their years together. Thank You for Your many blessings for this family who have gathered together for generations and decades. In the name of Jesus, I ask. Amen.


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    Who Jesus Is.

    1 Timothy 1:1-11 ~ God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope



    Good News for us to remember and Think Upon

    Anger, Jealousy = Trouble
    Ezekiel 38 ~ then they will know that I am the LORD
    Psalm 81 ~ I answered you
    Mark 1:1-20 ~ Prepare the way of the Lord, make His path's straight
    Ephesians 4 ~ speaking the truth in Love
    1 Peter 4:7-19 ~ Beloved, do not be surprised
    Psalm 31 ~ O Lord, let me not be put to shame for I call upon You
    Mark 12:28-34 ~ love Him with all your heart

    Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
    John 1:29-34 ~ I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God

    Beauty Instead of Ashes
    Isaiah 61 ~ Beauty instead of Ashes

    Being a New Creation in Jesus Christ

    Mark 2:18-22 ~ new wine into new wineskins
    Matthew 22:34-40 ~ The great and first commandment. And a second is like it

    Being Spiritual
    Matthew 14:1-12 ~ the fame of Jesus

    Believe

    Colossians 1:24-2:7 ~ rooted and built up in Him
    Genesis 25 ~ sell me your birthright now

    Bible - in your hand, today
    Matthew 16 ~ Jesus made it clear
    John 15:12-17 ~ Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends
    1 Thessalonians Chapter 4:1-8 ~ gave you through the Lord Jesus
    1 John 1 ~ God is light, in Him is no darkness at all


    Blessing

    Amos 9:5-15 ~ I have given them
    Psalm 67 ~ may God bless us still
    Genesis 12:1-4 ~ I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
    Psalm 136 ~ His steadfast love endures forever
    Ezekiel 39:7-8, 21-29 ~ I pour out my spirit upon the house of Israel
    Psalm 128 ~ May you see your children's children! Peace be upon Israel!
    A Blessing ~ Numbers 6:23-26
    Psalm 126 ~ shouts of joy
    Genesis 48:8-22 ~ he blessed
    Psalm 138 ~ Your right hand delivers me
    Matthew 22:34-40 ~ The great and first commandment. And a second is like it
    Psalm 147 ~ Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure
    Ezekiel 39:21-40:4 ~ I will set my glory among the nations
    Luke 1:57-66 ~ the Lord's hand was with him
    Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 ~ For Ever
    Joshua 3:14-4:7 ~ as soon as
    Psalm 31:3-8,17-21 ~ Thou hast redeemed me
    Psalm 84 ~ O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you
    Psalm 67 ~ God shall bless us
    Psalm 24:1-6 ~ who shall ascend
    Deuteronomy 33 ~ so shall your strength be

    Blessing our Father God

    Romans 11:33-36 ~ who has given a gift to Him
    Luke 14:15-24 ~ there is still room
    Psalm 135 ~ bless the Lord

    Blessing - unaware

    Genesis 46 ~ Israel took his journey with all that he had
    Isaiah 43:1-13 ~ I have redeemed you
    Exodus 11 ~ did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land
    Mark 6:45-51 ~ He meant to pass by them

    Boundaries

    Psalm 60 ~ is Mine

    Brothers
    Psalm 133 ~ there the LORD has Commanded the Blessing, Life Forevermore

    Can't we all just get along!
    Mark 11:11-26 ~ He entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple

    Carry Your Cross
    Matthew 16:24-28 ~ see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom

    Change

    Matthew 6:25-34 ~ your heavenly Father knows that you need
    Matthew 6:25-34 ~ do not be anxious
    Jeremiah 42 ~ I am with you
    Mark 16:8 leads to this question :What would a risen King have to say to the people who had seen Him die?

    Creation ~ Animals

    Ezekiel 24 ~ write down the name of this day, this very day

    Crusades as a Permanent Criticism to Christianity
    Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 ~ to the place where the streams flow

    Decision
    John 1:1-5, 9-13, 14-17 ~ grace and truth
    Matthew 16:13-20 ~ who do people say the Son of Man is?
    Matthew 16:1-19 ~ no sign
    Mark 1:1-20 ~ Prepare the way of the Lord, make His path's straight
    Matthew 13:1-9 ~ A sower went out to sow
    Matthew 25 ~ Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?
    Matthew 5:27-37 ~ you have heard
    Ecclesiastes 6 ~ whatever has come to be has already been named
    Psalm 132:6-10 ~ we found it in the fields of Jaar
    Psalm 97~ worshipers of images are put to shame
    1 Timothy 3:16 ~ believed on in the world
    Matthew 22:23-33 ~ after them
    Acts 24:10-21 ~ verify that
    John 1:29-34 ~ I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God
    1 Corinthians 6 ~ such cases
    Psalm 135 ~ who is in your midst
    John 1:1-14, 16, 29-51 ~ He was in the world

    Details - Putting it all together and discovering it is about God

    Psalm 108 ~ In truimph I will parcel out Shechem

    Determine your own path, just love Him

    Judges 16 ~ like any other man
    John 4:43-54 ~ Doing what Jesus says



    Divorce
    Matthew 19:1-15 ~ your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so
    1 Corinthians 5:1-8 ~ in the name of the Lord Jesus

    Dry, Dusty Old Tomes or the Word of God, Living and Active
    Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah - 2,000 years old
    Sennacheribs Prism Isaiah Bible Archaeology

    Ancient Giants of Israel
    Daniel 3 ~ an image of gold
    Ezra 7:27-28, 8:21-36 ~ blessed be the LORD
    Psalm 90 ~ For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past
    1 John 1 ~ God is light, in Him is no darkness at all
    Psalm 19:8-10, 14 ~ meditation
    Psalm 70 ~ May all who seek thee rejoice and be glad in Thee
    1 Chronicles 4 ~ The sons of Judah
    Isaiah 40:1-11 ~ His reward is with Him
    Matthew 8 ~ Jesus saw a crowd around Him
    Psalm 44 ~ ordain salvation
    Daniel 9 ~ He has confirmed his words, which he spoke
    Proverbs 24 ~ lest the Lord see it

    Archaeology (placed in area instead of alphabetically)
    Ipuwer Papyrus
    Hebrews 11:1-3, 32-40 ~ by faith we understand
    Matthew 16:18 ~ Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church
    Psalm 93 ~ The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
    Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 ~ Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father
    Psalm 105:23-45 ~ Egypt was glad when they departed, for dread of them had fallen upon it.
    2 Kings 21 ~ walk in the way of the Lord
    Numbers 9:15-23 ~ they remained
    2 Chronicles 29 ~ opened the doors of the House of the Lord
    Joshua 1:1-9 ~ I am giving
    Matthew 22:34-40 ~ The great and first commandment. And a second is like it
    John 1:35-42 ~ He said to them, “Come and you will see.”
    Jeremiah 48 ~ they acquired
    Genesis 49:29-50:14 ~ beyond the Jordan
    John 6:52-59 ~ truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you
    Zechariah 7:1-14 ~ by asking
    Jeremiah 2:1-13 ~ Servant's first fruit
    2 Chronicles 32 ~ And many brought gifts to the Lord to Jerusalem and precious things
    Matthew 13:1-23 ~ root in Himself
    John 1:35-42 ~ He said to them, “Come and you will see.”
    Psalm 116 ~ I believe
    1 Kings 9 ~ I have heard your prayer and your plea
    Psalm 78: 1- 39 ~ Things from of old
    2 Chronicles 26:1-22 ~ his pride led to his downfall
    Psalm 78:1-39 ~ forgot His works and the wonders that He had shown them
    Genesis 14 ~ they also carried off Abram's nephew Lot
    Ezekiel 26:1-14 ~ your walls will shake
    John 18: 28-40, John 19 ~ The King of the Jews
    Deuteronomy 9:4-12 ~ For Days will come upon you
    2 Samuel 13:23-39 ~ news came to David
    Luke 21:1-4 ~ contributed
    Ezra 1:1-11 ~ the Lord stirred
    Matthew 11:1-6 ~ what you hear and see

    Dust

    Romans 8:1-21 ~ the law of the Spirit of life has set you [me] free in Christ Jesus
    John 11:1-45 ~ had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in Him

    Exodus - History



    It's the End of the World as We Know it, And I Feel Fine. (One of our most read posts.)
    Mark 13: 14-27 ~ He will send his angels

    Evening Prayer
    Psalm 134 ~ may the Lord bless you from Zion, He who made Heaven and earth!

    Expectations
    John 1:47-51 ~ you will see greater things than these
    Judges 16:1-22 ~ told me
    1 Kings 19:4-8 ~ a day's journey
    Psalm 118 ~ The Lord's right hand
    Matthew 22:34-40 ~ The great and first commandment. And a second is like it
    Philippians 2:19-24 ~ how it will go with me, and I trust in the Lord


    Fellowship
    Psalm 121 ~ help comes from the Lord
    Psalm 16 ~ Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
    1 John 3:11-21 ~ God is greater
    Mark 1:1-20 ~ Prepare the way of the Lord, make His path's straight
    Mark 6:1-13 ~ they went out and proclaimed that people should repent
    Mark 11:11-26 ~ He entered Jerusalem and went into the temple
    Romans 8:22-39 ~ it is God who justifies
    James 3:13-4:12 ~ who speaks against a brother

    More Forgiveness
    1 Samuel 12 ~ serve the Lord with all your heart
    Matthew 17:24-27 ~ give it to them for me and for yourself
    Psalm 7 ~ test the minds and hearts
    Matthew 5:27-37 ~ you have heard
    Luke 8:16-25 ~ Who is this?
    Psalm 130 ~ with You there is forgiveness
    Psalm 25 ~ For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
    Psalm 51 ~ Renew a right spirit within me
    Genesis 41:1-36 ~ I remember my offenses today
    Ezekiel 36:16-23 ~ For the Sake of My Holy Name

    Gates of Heaven

    Gossip
    John 10:7-16 ~ the Good Shepherd
    Deuteronomy 8 ~ who brought you out
    Mark 1:4-11 ~ You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased

    Gratitude
    Hebrews 12:28-29 ~ grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken

    Greatest
    Matthew 11:7-15 ~ what did you go out to see?
    Matthew 22:34-40 ~ The great and first commandment. And a second is like it
    John 1:29-34 ~ I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God
    John 1:35-42 ~ we have found the Messiah
    Matthew 16:13-20 ~ keys to the Kingdom of Heaven
    ~ they went on from there and passed through Galilee

    Grief, Forgiveness, Homecoming
    Genesis 45:1-15 ~ He wept
    Psalm 33 ~ He is our help and our shield
    Matthew 6:19-21 ~ treasure in heaven
    Luke 2:22-32 ~ blessed God
    Matthew 25:1-13 ~ the Kingdom of Heaven
    James 5 ~ pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power
    Psalm 84 ~ For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere
    Zechariah 10:6-10 ~ gather them in
    Psalm 113 ~ and lifts the needy
    Psalm 16 ~ I bless the Lord
    Matthew 12:15-21 ~ in His name the nations will put their hope.

    Hated Emotion - Fear
    Mattew 12:1-12 ~ hope
    Isaiah 43:1-13 ~ I have redeemed you
    Jeremiah 42 ~ I am with you
    Psalm 27 ~ I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
    Psalm 34 ~ He keeps all

    Healing
    Matthew 12:15-21 ~ to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah

    His Story. All Scripture is HIS. Jesus fulfills Scripture.

    John 17:1 ~ the Son may glorify You

    Holiness
    Leviticus 20 ~ You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own
    2 Samuel 12: 1-12 ~ before all Israel
    Jeremiah 31:31-34 ~ I will write it on their hearts
    Ezekiel 36:16-23 ~ For the Sake of My Holy Name
    Psalm 130 ~ my soul waits for the Lord
    Psalm 34 ~ Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but

    Holy Spirit ~ Manifestations
    Psalm 135 ~ all the kingdoms


    Homeward Bound, still a soujourner
    Exodus 35 ~ all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses
    Acts 25 ~ let them bring charges against him
    Philippians 2:19-24 ~ how it will go with me, and I trust in the Lord
    Psalm 42 ~ Hope in God

    Honey, Do this
    Matthew 3 ~ see verse 10

    Invitation
    John 3:31-36 ~ that God is true

    Israel - Destroyed Completely and Rebuilt. A sign of Jesus. Existing today.

    Luke 21:20-28 ~ redemption
    2 Chronicles 30 ~ Feast of Unleavened Bread

    Jesus said He is God
    Hebrews 1:1-4 ~ appointed heir of all things

    Jesus, Who is our Jesus
    Psalm 54 ~ O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might
    John 4:43-54~Doing what Jesus says

    Joy
    Luke 10:17-24 ~ to see what you see, and hear what you hear
    Matthew 6 ~ practicing your righteousness
    Psalm 13 ~ I have trusted
    Luke 2:22-32 ~ blessed God
    Psalm 34 ~ Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but
    Joel 2:18-29 ~ be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!
    Psalm 128 ~ May you see your children's children! Peace be upon Israel!
    Luke 10 ~ Rejoice that your names are written in Heaven!
    Psalm 24:1-6 ~ who shall ascend
    Psalm 81 ~ open your mouth wide
    Exodus 33:19 ~ The Lord
    Psalm 128:1-5
    Hebrews 13:17-21 ~ keep watch
    Romans 11: 11-12 Homecoming!
    Luke 1:39-55 ~ glorifies the Lord
    Psalm 31:3-8,17-21 ~ Thou hast redeemed me



    Live It
    Psalm 117 ~ Praise the Lord
    Psalm 82 ~ rescue the weak and the needy
    2 Samuel 4:1-12 ~ David answered
    Hebrews 12 ~ Thankful
    Psalm 31:3-8,17-21 ~ Thou hast redeemed me
    Isaiah 40:1-11 ~ His reward is with Him
    Matthew 13:31-32 ~ the birds of the air come and perch in its branches
    Matthew 6:25-34 ~ your heavenly Father knows that you need
    Luke 11:29-32 ~ Rise up
    Psalm 126 ~ shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves
    Luke 14:15-24 ~ there is still room
    Joshua 1:1-9 ~ I am giving
    Acts 5 ~ speak in the name of Jesus
    John 1 ~ the Light shines
    John 3:5-8 ~ born again
    ~ they went on from there and passed through Galilee
    Judges 20 ~ Israel

    Losing a Loved One - Passing ON

    Revelation 21:22-27 ~ those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life

    Not Being Tossed Back and Forth with Emotion
    Ephesians 4 ~ speaking the truth in Love

    Marriage
    Romans 7:1-12 ~ bear fruit for God
    1 Corinthians 7 ~ For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband
    Genesis 37:12-24 ~ when Reuben
    Psalm 143 ~ Your steadfast love
    Psalm 86 ~ For great is your steadfast love


    Media... taking it down the path
    1 Corinthians 10 ~ Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God

    Mercy, an Inseparable Component of Truth
    Matthew 23:23-26 ~ clean
    1 Samuel 12 ~ serve the Lord with all your heart
    Matthew 22:34-40 ~ The great and first commandment. And a second is like it

    Miscellaneous
    Job 38 ~ Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
    Psalm 19 ~ the heavens declare the glory of God
    2 Kings 5:1-15 ~ a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper
    1 Chronicles 13 ~ the Lord blessed the household of Obed-edom

    Moving Mountains
    Mark 11: 12-25 ~ have faith in God

    In Old Age and Frustration
    Ruth 1 ~ Naomi
    Psalm 126 ~ when the Lord restored
    Genesis 12:1-4 ~ I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
    Mark 13 ~ in those days!

    Oops
    Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 ~ Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son!

    Peace
    Joel 3:12-21 ~ And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the streambeds of Judah shall flow with water; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the Lord and water the Valley of Shittim.
    Luke 12:49-59 ~ Division
    John 14:27-31 ~ Peace
    Psalm 130 ~ O Lord
    Psalm 73 ~ until I went into the sanctuary of God

    Pharisee ~ Religion
    Mark 1:14-28 ~ Quiet

    Pictorial Images of the 12 Tribes of Israel
    Genesis 49 ~ Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.

    Picture It
    Romans 1 ~ First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world
    2 Samuel 13:23-39 ~ news came to David
    John 1:35-42 ~ He said to them, “Come and you will see.”
    Matthew 16:13-20 ~ keys to the Kingdom of Heaven
    Luke 1:67-79 ~ Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied
    Ezekiel 9 ~ He said
    Luke 8:16-25 ~ Who is this?
    Psalm 118 ~ This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it
    Ezekiel 26:1-14 ~ your walls will shake
    Philippians 2:19-24 ~ how it will go with me, and I trust in the Lord
    Exodus 7:8-24 ~ tell Aaron, "Take your staff and stretch out your hand
    2 Chronicles 32 ~ And many brought gifts to the Lord to Jerusalem and precious things
    2 Chronicles 29 ~ opened the doors of the House of the Lord
    Mark 7:24-30 ~ let the children be fed first
    John 10:19-42 ~ I and the Father are one
    1 Samuel 1:9-20 ~ all the days of his life
    Matthew 13:1-23 ~ root in Himself
    Matthew 27:51-66 ~ also were opened
    Acts 4 ~ let it be known to all and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
    Acts 5:12-16 ~ multitudes
    Genesis 49:29-50:14 ~ beyond the Jordan
    Numbers 21:4-9 ~ bronze serpent
    Leviticus 3 ~ he shall lay his hand on the head
    Leviticus 2 ~ a pleasing aroma to the Lord
    Deuteronomy 9:4-12 ~ For Days will come upon you
    Psalm 132:6-10 ~ we found it in the fields of Jaar
    2 Kings 19 ~ the zeal of the Lord will do this
    1 Thessalonians Chapter 4:1-8 ~ gave you through the Lord Jesus
    2 Kings 21 ~ walk in the way of the Lord
    Matthew 16:1-19 ~ no sign
    Acts 6 ~ obedient to the faith
    Psalm 19:8-10, 14 ~ meditation
    Acts 15:12-21 ~ a people for himself
    Psalm 77 ~ You strode right through the Ocean
    1 Kings 22 ~ the king died, and was brought to Samaria
    1 Chronicles 15: The Ark of God
    1 Kings 8:1-13 ~the LORD'S glory had filled the temple of the LORD
    Matthew 25:31-46 ~ when did we see You
    2 Kings 17 ~ yet not as the kings of Israel who were before him
    Exodus 37 ~ He also made
    Acts 24:10-21 ~ verify that
    Matthew 8:23-27 ~ the boat was being swamped by the waves
    Psalm 75 ~ Lifting Up
    Luke 4:38-44 ~ He arose and left the synagogue
    Exodus 14:21-15:6 ~ the Lord saved Israel that day
    2 Chronicles 30 ~ Feast of Unleavened Bread
    Jeremiah 20:10-13 ~ He rescues the life
    Psalm 126 ~ Restore our fortunes, O Lord
    2 Kings 25:1-12 ~ he was captured, he was taken
    Jeremiah 48 ~ they acquired
    Job 8:1-7, 11-19 ~ if you seek God
    Matthew 26 ~ the Son of Man will be delivered up
    2 Timothy 1 ~ rekindle the gift of God
    Romans 14:7-12 ~ For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself
    Ezekiel 39:21-40:4 ~ I will set my glory among the nations
    Genesis 19 ~ Have you anyone else here?
    Judges 8 ~ Their God, who had saved them from all their enemies
    Psalm 55 ~ Give ear to my prayer, O God, and do not hide Yourself from my plea for mercy!
    Mark 8:11-13 ~ Jesus had arrived
    Psalm 70 ~ Let God be exalted
    Matthew 8 ~ Jesus saw a crowd around Him
    Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 ~ the flood
    Isaiah 18 ~ At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord Almighty
    Judges 8 ~ Their God, who had saved them from all their enemies
    Joshua 3 ~ the waters rose in heap very far away

    Positive Attitude in Trouble
    Job 19:1-22 ~ You magnify
    Romans 8:14-17 ~ led by the Spirit of God
    Ezekiel 1 ~ The Voice of the Lord
    Psalm 34 ~ Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but
    Psalm 113 ~ and lifts the needy
    Job 6 ~ darkened by thawing ice
    Luke 21:1-19 ~ do not be terrified
    Hebrews 13:17-21 ~ keep watch
    Judges 20 ~ Israel
    Jeremiah 42 ~ act according to all the Word which the Lord your God sends

    Prophets - the Law and the, Old Men in Robes or People who Love the Lord. Flaws and Virtues. What They Sought in the Lord and What Drew Them to Him.
    2 Samuel 12:1-23 ~ may live
    Genesis 12:1-3 ~ I will bless you
    Exodus 4 ~ “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”
    Genesis 32:27-29 ~ he strives with God
    1 Samuel 1:9-14 ~ Put your wine away from you
    1 Chronicles 21 ~ And David said to God, “I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”
    Isaiah 6 ~ the Train of His Robe filled the Temple
    1 Kings 19 ~ he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree
    Ezekiel 1 ~ There the hand of the LORD was upon him.
    Nahum 1 ~ Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace!
    Malachi 1 ~ I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?”
    Mark 1:16- 20 ~ immediately


    Praise
    Psalm 51:12-17 ~ O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise
    Thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins
    Daniel 2:20-23 ~ Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Psalm 139 ~ If I take the wings of morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea
    Ezekiel 9 ~ He said
    Psalm 134 ~ may the Lord bless you from Zion, He who made Heaven and earth!
    Matthew 9:18-26 ~ your faith
    Isaiah 35 ~ Be strong, fear not. Your God will come. He will come & save you.
    Psalm 24:1-6 ~ who shall ascend
    Psalm 98 ~ break forth into joyous song and sing praises
    Job 19:21-27 ~ my Redeemer lives
    John 1:47-51 ~ you will see greater things than these
    Luke 9:43-45 ~ the Majesty of God
    Matthew 8:23-27 ~ the boat was being swamped by the waves
    Psalm 96 ~ declare His glory among the nations
    Daniel 2:20-23 ~ Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Revelation 21 ~ the dwelling place of God is with man
    John 17:9-19 ~ I kept them in your name
    Psalm 19 ~ reviving the soul
    Psalm 101 ~ when will
    Ephesians 1:3-4 ~ He chose us
    Zechariah 8:1-8 ~ I will save my people
    1 John 5:1-5 ~ Who is it that overcomes the world
    Psalm 5 ~ for You bless the righteous, O Lord
    Psalm 103:1-11 ~ forget not all His benefits
    Revelation 21:1-7 ~ the fountain of the water of life
    Psalm 100 ~ For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.
    Psalm 145 ~ my mouth will speak the praise of the Lord


    Prayer
    Luke 11:1-28 ~ answer from within (The Lord's Prayer)
    John 17:9-23 ~ Love them
    Matthew 8 ~ Jesus saw a crowd around Him
    Matthew 21:33-46 ~ His parables
    Psalm 91 ~ Prayer is always heard, God has an open door policy
    Matthew 8:23-27 ~ the boat was being swamped by the waves
    Luke 11:1-4 ~ Jesus was praying
    Psalm 141 ~ let my prayer be counted as incense before You
    Psalm 90 ~ satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love
    Luke 11:5-10 ~ because he is my friend

    Prayer Needs
    Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 ~ consider the work of God
    James 5 ~ pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power
    Blessed be the Lord! For He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
    Romans 10:1-15 ~ heart
    Luke 11:5-10 ~ because he is my friend
    Matthew 14:13-21 ~ He had compassion on them
    Psalm 75 ~ Lifting Up
    Luke 13:10-17 ~ And there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself
    Psalm 17 ~ keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

    Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words
    Titus 2:1-10 ~ in love and in endurance

    Promises
    Hebrews 10 ~ He who promised is faithful

    Prosperity Gospel
    Luke 1:57-66 ~ the Lord's hand was with him
    John 1:14 ~ the Word became flesh and lived among us

    My Redeemer Lives!
    Job 19:21-27 ~ my Redeemer lives

    Repeat and Repeat
    365 Prophesies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ
    List of Eye-witnesses of the Resurrected Christ
    Hebrews 1:1-4 ~ appointed heir of all things
    John 1:1-18 ~ in Him was life
    Psalm 48:2-8 ~ ships of Tarshish
    Judges 13 ~ the angel of the Lord
    Joshua 1 ~ be strong and courageous
    Psalm 82 ~ rescue the weak and the needy
    1 Corinthians 10 ~ Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God
    Genesis 20 ~ And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.”
    Exodus 17:1-16 ~ Moses held up his hand
    Isaiah 64 ~ our iniquities, like the wind, take us away
    Matthew 22:34-40 ~ The great and first commandment. And a second is like it
    John 15:9-11 ~ abide in His love
    Matthew 13:1-9 ~ A sower went out to sow
    Luke 14:1-6 ~ Jesus responded
    Matthew 25:31-46 ~ will answer
    Zechariah 12 ~ a spirit of grace and supplication
    Proverbs 25 ~ if you have found honey, eat only enough
    2 Kings 2:1-15 ~ Elijah
    Joshua 1:1-9 ~ I am giving
    1 Samuel 12 ~ serve the Lord with all your heart
    Exodus 17:1-16 ~ Moses held up his hand
    Genesis 25 ~ sell me your birthright now
    Joel 3:12-21 ~ And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the streambeds of Judah shall flow with water; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the Lord and water the Valley of Shittim.
    Psalm 34 ~ Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but
    2 Samuel 12: 1-12 ~ before all Israel

    Rest
    Isaiah 51:1-16 ~ The Lord of Hosts is His Name

    Restore
    Psalm 126 ~ when the Lord restored
    Psalm 71 ~ You will restore my life again

    Revelation 8:2 Seven Angels who stand before God
    Psalm 8 ~ our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!


    Rock
    Luke 24: 35-48 ~ Peace be with you
    Hebrews 9 ~ He has put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself - once and for all

    SALVATION! What is needed?
    Psalm 51:12-17 ~ O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise
    Luke 1:57-80 ~ all who heard them laid up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the hand of the LORD was with him.
    1 Corinthians 15 ~ the image of the man of heaven
    Jeremiah 31:31-34 ~ I will write it on their hearts
    John 1:1-14, 16, 29-51 ~ He was in the world
    John 10:19-42 ~ I and the Father are one
    John 6:41-51 ~ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Jesus

    Second (3rd or 4th) Rate
    Psalm 99 ~ The King in His might loves justice. You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

    Shepherd
    John 10:7-16 ~ the Good Shepherd
    Psalm 143 ~ Your steadfast love
    Psalm 136 ~ His steadfast love endures forever
    Psalm 69 ~ the talk
    1 John 2:1-11 ~ Jesus our advocate
    John 2:23-3:15 ~ believe in His name
    Deuteronomy 5:22-33 ~ that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!

    Sibling speaks of their Brother Jesus in Scripture
    Exodus 11 ~ This is what the Lord says

    Still - be still
    Psalm 147 ~ those who hope in his steadfast love

    Subtopic Titles - not included
    Mark 12 ~ to God the things that are God's
    Matthew 25:31-46 ~ when did we see You
    Isaiah 40:1-11 ~ His reward is with Him

    The Temple of the LORD
    Psalm 90 ~ For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past
    Psalm 111 ~ The works of His hands are faithful and just; all His precepts are trustworthy
    Psalm 136 ~ to Him who by understanding made the heavens, for His steadfast love endures forever
    Luke 1:67-79 ~ Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied
    Leviticus 16:1-19 ~ shall be presented alive
    Luke 1:57-80 ~ all who heard them laid up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the hand of the LORD was with him.
    Nehemiah 3 ~ built, repaired and restored

    Psalm 118 ~ This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it
    Hebrews 9 ~ He has put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself - once and for all
    Matthew 16:1-19 ~ no sign
    Nehemiah 13:4-22 ~ Why is the house of God forsaken?

    Deuteronomy 9:4-12 ~ For Days will come upon you
    Psalm 132:6-10 ~ we found it in the fields of Jaar
    Matthew 6 ~ practicing your righteousness

    Time Management
    John 11 ~ Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place
    Mark 5 ~ a great crowd gathered about Him

    Life and Travels of Paul
    Philippians 2:19-24 ~ how it will go with me, and I trust in the Lord

    Shroud
    Every artifact will raise doubts and hopes

    Trust Him
    Psalm 40 ~ blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud
    Genesis 32 ~ This is God's camp
    Psalm 84 ~ even the sparrow finds a home

    Uncomfortable Scripture
    Proverbs 17:17-18:5 ~ sound judgment
    John 1:29-34 ~ I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God
    Mark 16 ~ they will recover

    Video Game Player
    Psalm 78:1-39 ~ the children yet unborn
    Esther 2 ~ suggested
    Matthew 25:31-46 ~ Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, will sit on His throne in heavenly glory

    Visual
    Sistine Chapel
    John 1:35-42 ~ He said to them, “Come and you will see.”
    Daniel 2:20-23 ~ Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Mark 4:30-34 ~ can make nests in its shade
    Revelation 21 ~ the dwelling place of God is with man
    Revelation 14:14-15:8 ~ behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud
    Luke 10 ~ Rejoice that your names are written in Heaven!
    Genesis 49 ~ Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.
    Psalm 24 ~ He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
    Mark 6:14-29 ~ Ask me
    Acts 4 ~ let it be known to all and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
    Deuteronomy 9:4-12 ~ For Days will come upon you
    Revelation 10:1-11 ~ 7 thunders
    Matthew 27:51-66 ~ also were opened
    Romans 14:7-12 ~ For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself
    2 Timothy 3:10-17 ~ all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness
    Matthew 16:13-20 ~ who do people say the Son of Man is?
    Daniel 2:1-23 ~ O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked
    Mark 7:24-30 ~ let the children be fed first
    Zechariah 1 and 2 ~ the Lord, for He has roused himself from His holy dwelling
    John 21:6-14 ~ it is the Lord
    Psalm 130 ~ my soul waits
    1 Kings 8:1-13 ~the LORD'S glory had filled the temple of the LORD
    Luke 1:67-79 ~ Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied

    Who is like our God?
    Galatians 6:1-10 ~ restore him in a spirit of gentleness

    Willingly
    1 Peter 5:1-4 ~ not under compulsion, but willingly
    Matthew 14:13-21 ~ He had compassion on them
    Psalm 101 ~ sing of steadfast love and justice
    Isaiah 49:1-13 ~ saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’
    Mark 2:18-22 ~ As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
    1 Chronicles 12 ~ for there was joy in Israel

    Works and Grace
    Luke 21:1-4 ~ contributed
    Luke 10:25-42 ~ sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said
    Matthew 10:5-15 ~ acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts
    Mark 1:4-11 ~ You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased
    Titus 2 ~ bringing salvation for all people
    Matthew 2:1-12 ~ Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?
    Psalm 121 ~ help comes from the Lord

    Worry
    Psalm 127 ~ He gives to His beloved

    Wrathful, Nasty Old God from the Old Testament
    Psalm 106:19-48 ~ He raised His hand to them and swore to them
    Psalm: 37:19-42 ~ those cursed by Him shall be cut off
    Joshua 1:1-9 ~ I am giving

    Yahweh
    Psalm 54 ~ O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might

    Years - Thousands of Them are Yesterday in His Sight
    Psalm 90 ~ For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past
    Mark 11: 12-25 ~ Have faith in God

    80 Books of the Bible
    Prayer of Azariah
    Luke 21:1-4 ~ contributed
    Matthew 9:9-13 ~ when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"

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