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Thursday, March 31, 2011

2 Kings 2:1-15 ~ Elijah

Elijah's Ascension, pen and ink by Gustave Dore (January 6, 1832 – January 23, 1883) a French artist, who became a well-known artist and had his beginnings as a book illustrator.

2 Kings 2:1-15

English Standard Version, Max McLean Audio Bible

Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2 And Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here, for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. 3 And the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take away your master from over you?” And he said, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”

4 Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please stay here, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. 5 The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take away your master from over you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”

6 Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. 7 Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8 Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground.

9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” 10 And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” 11 And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it and he cried, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more.

Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. 13 And he took up the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

15 Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho saw him opposite them, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.


Elijah and Elisha were an amazing time recorded in the Scriptures. They had so many extraordinary things happening - there was even a group to be schooled called the Sons of the Prophets. It is referenced more during their lives, but referred to twice in the New Testament. I've heard biblical scholars say this time is the only fantasy in the Bible, when it departed from reality. Really? No. The Bible has had more archaeology uncovered in the last 100 years proving each time, the Scriptures record truth. Elijah returns to Jesus in the Transfiguration. Elijah ranks with Moses. What men of God had unusual circumstances in death in the Scriptures? Enoch, Moses, Elijah and Jesus Christ.

Elijah's last physical appearance in the Scriptures is recorded by Matthew 17;
John was so overcome with what we call the Transfiguration, and Jesus asking him not to reveal it - he didn't include it in the Gospel of John, but what John saw transformed his Gospel - he only alluded to it. John called this Glory! And referred to the Glory of God 16 times to signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. Peter later wrote of seeing Elijah, in 2 Peter 1:16-21.

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Scriptures repeat themselves to increase our awareness of God's Mighty Works.

Why do Elijah and Elisha have this interesting conversation if Elisha will continue with Elijah or not? Elisha was adamant not to accept Naaman's monetary gifts. Elisha spoke to his servant Gehazi about stealthy accepting money, not meant for Gehazi, and told Gehazi he had illness from the stolen goods. Elisha knew, knew, knew very well not to accept the Glory of God's works. In probability Elijah is being modest of the tremendous recognition God is giving him.
Also, Elijah demonstrates some illness in his conversational style. It's creditable, because Elijah wants to bless Elisha for walking the second mile with him when only one mile was required - Elijah genuinely wants to bless Elisha, otherwise he did not have to offer a blessing.

Unlike most of Jesus' own disciples, Elisha walks with Elijah to the end - as John did. It seems rather mercenary to suggest Elisha is clinging to Elisha's coat tails only for reward. They are men of God.

How will we let this Scripture live in us today?


Acts 3:18-26
18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

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Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

Father God, we are the Sons of the Prophets when we allow Your grace and hope to fill and refresh us. Help us each day to turn from our sins, large and small, that in faith we may serve You in refreshing our own lives and those around us. In Your Glory, let Your Light shine. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.




Chi Coltrane - Go like Elijah

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mark 11:12-25 ~ He was hungry




Mark 11:12-25


English Standard Version, Max McLean Audio Bible

12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.

15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. 19 And when evening came they went out of the city.

20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received [are receiving] it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Fig trees represent Spiritual fruit:

Galatians 5:22-23
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

These paragraphs are a living parable on The Temple being spiritually empty. The Essenes who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls correctly believed the world would end soon for them (they were killed in the 70 A.D. Roman invasion of Titus). The Essenes left Jerusalem and moved to Qumran, a plateau in the Judean Desert along the Dead Sea. Why did they think the Temple was spiritually void? Primarily because Herod placed all of the Priests in the Temple and Herod, living in adultery with his brother's wife, was a Roman educated, client-state king. The Essenes were correct about Herod, although it would be impossible to eradicate the Holy Spirit where God is praised and people look to Him in faith, hope and love.

Theology students study Ecclesiology - the theological study of the Christian Church. These three paragraphs are probably the cornerstone of Jesus' commentary.

Remember in Luke's Gospel, the Angel Gabriel chose to speak to Zechariah in the Temple. The infant Jesus' time came for purification presentation and sacrifice, Simeon was in the Temple to see with expectation the Consolation of Israel. The prophetess Anna never left the Temple.

Jesus went to the Temple, Himself, to teach, but primarily Jesus came to Display to the Temple - - they were not Feeding the people with their adherence to rigorous rules. Building a bureaucracy of another marketplace driven by position power, political power and rules to keep it all in line. Jesus was concerned: not only with someone like Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, Scribes seeking the Kingdom of Heaven, elderly widows with their two copper pennies, rich young men with too many possessions, the lame, beggars, the blind, wealthy tax collectors, sinners, even a Roman centurion, and a woman who just decided to be well by touching Him - just not rules to build religious pride and control. Jesus the Christ!!

As Christians we are called to be Shepherds for each other - not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
1 Peter 5:2-4.


Peter knew His Shepherd. After Peter betrayed the Lord during His trial, many would have slunk away permanently. Or gathered with the other disciples to further condemn Jesus for having placed them in danger.

Peter knew something important about His Shepherd. Peter knew he was loved. When there was a possibility Jesus had risen, Peter ran to him. When Jesus began to appear to the disciples, after His resurrection, Peter was willing to jump out the boat for Jesus again. This time, he swam. Peter wasn't convinced of his own goodness, but he was sure of his Savior.

As lay people, it's our Church theological cornerstone policy to realize Peter knew he was a flawed human and still wanted, turned towards, embraced, jumped in the water, hurried to Jesus Christ. Believing Jesus Christ is the reason, we want to be fed at His Meal.

John 21:15-19
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love (Greek word - agape - complete love) me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love (philo -brothery love) you.”

He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love (agape) me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love (philo) you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love (agape) me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love (agape) you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Jesus called Peter twice. Not because Peter was so worthy, but because of the Steadfast Love and Mercy of God our Father.

Thank You, Father God, for Your many deeds of compassion and mercy. Lord, You provide for us physically and spiritually. Thank You for Your willingness to bless us and answer prayer. We look to you expectantly and with gladness, just as your servants Paul and Peter did. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Daniel 2:20-23 ~ Blessed be the name of the Lord



































Daniel 2:20-23


English Standard Version, Max McLean Audio Bible

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.

He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.

To you, 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 of you, for you have made known to us the king's matter.




Blessed be Your Name by Matt Redman

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Monday, March 28, 2011

2 Kings 5:1-15 ~ a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper

Elisha refuses Naaman's gift, painted by Pieter Fransz. de Grebber - Elisha knew not trade God's works for financial reward.


2 Kings 5:1-15

Max McLean Audio Bible, English Standard Version

1 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper [Leviticus 13 describes the skin diseases] 2 Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman's wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 4 So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.” 5 And the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”

So he went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels [A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms; a shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams] of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” 7 And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me.”

8 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha's house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. 12 Are not Abana [
Amana] and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.


15 Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant.”

Joram's last few years as King of Israel were filled with illnesses, war, siege, famine. Joram has forgotten he serves the Living God.

How mighty was Naaman? Jesus knows Naaman.

Luke 4:27
"And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

How did the people of Capernaum react to Jesus when reminded of God's favor outside of Israel? Remember Jesus had chosen Capernaum as his adult hometown....

28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

What did Jesus and Elisha see - that Jesus' generation, King Joram, Elisha's generation and Israel today are missing? A lesson we can learn today because the Scriptures are living and active?

A neighbor of mine vacationed and visited the Middle East. She visited Egypt, Jordan and Israel. She said much of the Arabic countries look very poor. Dust in the streets, poverty. When you see Israel - it is a white, glowing jewel. There is no doubt you are seeing Israel. Beautiful buildings, green grass, trees. You readily see God's blessings on His chosen people. Israel holds more patents today per person than any other nation on earth. Israel owns more books per person, more computers. The cell phone was an Israeli invention.

Where are we going with this:

The wedding band is a symbol of a circle of unending love. Like a wheel. We love God because He Loved us first. Jesus calls the Church His Bride. What God is asking of us is this.... when we receive a blessing, we are to give back. Just like a wheel.... we receive a blessing... the wheel turns.... we give a blessing.... when God reaches into our heart, we receive a Word from Him.... we act upon that Word.... Love in motion.

Yes, we can point to acts of heroism and valor Israel points to for philanthropy. What did we learn from the Word, not just for Israel, for our own lives?

Matthew 6:3-4
When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.


Who is to receive your good deeds?
Luke 10:25-37 The people you see in need. Your neighbors. Not just going on a trip to another country. Your community, your neighborhood. The people you do not rush to love.

Proverbs 25:21
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

Matthew 5:41
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

.. a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman's wife the girl who wanted to help God's love be the wheel in motion, who walked the two miles when only one mile was required.

Be the Word of God in motion.

Father God, help us to see clearly beyond our own cares to the needs of others. With Your Grace open our eyes and ears, that we are not merely listeners to the Word, help us not to deceive ourselves, but to be Doers of the Word. Doing what You say.

Jesus says come to Him, hear His words, and put them into practice. Luke 6:47. Father, those who hear Your words are not righteous in Your sight, but it is those who obey You who will be declared righteous.

Jesus' brother said: "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?"

Father God, in Jesus' sacrifice, You accept us into Your family. Give us the opportunity to give. We ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mark 1:14-28 ~ Quiet




Mark 1:14-28



English Standard Version, Max McLean Audio Bible

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.


When people try to tell each other about a conversation, they frequently say - "It was the way it was said."

We - this generation reading Scripture - are the generation Jesus said, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Yet we have rely upon other senses, to understand this passage in depth. Jesus had a presence of Grace and Truth.

So, what lesson did Jesus teach..... to make these men want to follow Him - no persuasive sermon was given. No persuasion was used when Jesus called to the apostles to get up & change their lives... “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Why was Jesus allowed to teach in the synagogue in Capernaum? He got up and taught.

The scribes were culturally (no invalids, no non-Jews, no women near to God's presence), ethically (blind guide to Scripture not acknowledging non-Jews, their heart was far from God while giving man-made rules), religiously (allow Herod to dictate priest position), politically correct (not mention Herod's adultery) challenged. The Essenes believed the status quo had smothered the Spirit of the entire Temple. This was the unique time the LORD chose to send His Son, to visit the Temple, proclaiming we are God's Holy Temple.

What we learn from this passage. Jesus had authority. God's authority. Not just any authority, or unusual authority, yet His fame spread because of His authority. Jesus acted as God.

Father God, we bow down in worship, You are the LORD our Maker, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

To You who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!

Help us to give you our lives for Your care and mercy, Father God. Once we have repented of our sins and believe in the Gospel; Let words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our rock and redeemer. In Jesus' name. Amen.



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(Reprint from Scripture for Today Blogspot - July 10, 2010)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Psalm 31 ~ O Lord, let me not be put to shame for I call upon You



Psalm 31

English Standard Version, Max McLean Audio Bible

1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me!

3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

6 I hate [You hate] those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the Lord.
7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.

9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.

11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
17 O Lord, let me not be put to shame,
for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go silently to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be mute,
which speak insolently against the righteous
in pride and contempt.

19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!
20 In the cover of your presence you hide them
from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
from the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was in a besieged city.
22 I had said in my alarm [
in my haste]
“I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you his saints!
The Lord preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!


Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday. She had a quote I rather liked.
"I don't entirely approve of some of the things I have done, or am, or have been. But I'm me. God knows, I'm me."

Very few people will get out of this life without experiencing some kind of trouble. In my life I've had an alcoholic grandparent and parent. A Dad who was a great parent - who sang, played and read stories. A Dad who was an alcoholic and turned our safe, perfect life into heart-break and poverty in an alcoholic decline & probably to avoid feeling a mid-life crisis. My Dad made choices I wouldn't have made for him for about 15 years, he ended his own life.

Life can be difficult - it can be easy and rewarding - it's better and worse to see both ends of it. I've been blessed in my marriage to have soul deep love. Blessed in my marriage to know a late in life pregnancy, ending in the birth of our 2 pound beautiful daughter Isabelle - stillborn -, wouldn't end our love, marriage or friendship. Our eldest son was a preemie and we spent a year with Cal on an apnea monitor wondering if one day he would just pass on; Talk about stress.

You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols. Let's talk about a particular idol - taking our own pain, hurt and becoming our own best idol. If I have a regret, it is not having the wisdom to know trouble mostly goes away. (And sometimes it doesn't. Some people will always have financial troubles, some people will always have a child who died, some people will deal with an illness or a child with a handicap.) I would have spent less time being so worried about my own problems that I was my own challenge. I sometimes see myself in young people, average people who have had sad circumstances overcoming adversity with a lot of self love, who want to think and talk about themselves until it is boring. There is some shame there.

When we look at this Psalm, the word 'I" is written 15 times in 24 verses. Not to mention "me" and "my" is in there at least a multitude of times. Why didn't God lift His celestial robe up to His strong knees and run for His Heavenly Temple? Angels would have helped Him run faster..... We have all known people who have permanently changed from trouble and from success to becoming this amazingly self-centered.

There are some excellent reasons this Psalm was pleasing to Father God. So pleasing, He let it be recorded for 3,000 years of generations to read this. 1. It is a cry from the heart, and Father God is our Father. Parents listen with love to unhappiness. 2. David trusts His Father. He doesn't believe God has brought Him this far to drop him on his head. 3. David may be crying from his heart to God, but God knows David is going to live in caves for His sake. Live as an outlaw for His sake. David is going to live life and its hardships while loving God and believing in His goodness. 4. David has an honest relationship with God. David is going to tell the Lord when he is wrong and face up to sin. And remorse. David believes the biggest disaster in his life would be to be cut off from his Father God. 5. David is not looking for alcohol, drugs, friends, job and or comfort to take the place of his current situation in life. David does not make other things more important that knowing God - where he puts his hope. 6. David walks the walk of the Lord.


Ecclesiastes 3:11-13
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 7:14
When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.

Jeremiah 17:7-8
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Father God in You and in Your Grace, we are not asked to suffer shame. In Your steadfast love, we don't have disgrace or humiliation. You put our sins away from us. Forgiveness covers a multitude of wrong-doings. You forget the shame of our youth, the reproach of poverty, grief, sadness and need.

You are the Sovereign Lord who swallows up death forever. You want to wipe tears from all faces, remove the disgrace from Your people from all the earth. You have spoken.

Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. In righteousness we will be established: Tyranny will be far from us; we will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near us.

Be not afraid, O land; be glad and rejoice. Surely the LORD has done great things!!! Amen, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Luke 10 ~ Rejoice that your names are written in Heaven!

Artistic representation of the Book of Life - the Holy Spirit is represented by fire and doves.



Luke 10

Max McLean Audio Bible, English Standard Version

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.


16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” 17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”


23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 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.”

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”


29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii [
A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”


If we look at: the 72 disciples, unrepentant groups (cities here), the good Samaritan, Mary & Martha and the gracious will of God - we are looking at Jesus' work every day. Before we had time and far into eternity - this is what Jesus does. Salvation is the essential key of Jesus' life and sacrifice. Salvation - the summation of all 5 subjects in Luke 10.

We learn there are blessings for trying to bring blessings to others. We learn about consequences for unbelief (even in groups supporting each other's beliefs/unbelief) from Jesus Christ's own words. We learn there is a spiritual battle of good and evil - even though we know of it - we are not to focus on it. We learn the crafty, religious lawyer with his neighbor (and not "brother") question and the good (but hated) Samaritan, Mary and Martha - All have access to God merely by asking Him, regardless of sulk or goodness.

A vital message is this - even 72 disciples don't bring salvation by their own efforts - not even our prayers saves souls. Salvation is a gift of God.... we love God because He Loved us first. Prophets and Kings have longed for salvation. Salvation is a work of God.


Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--

Romans 9:16
It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.

.... and all the questions we have for God, the doubts of Thomas - met with such Grace. And if we sincerely seek Him and honor Him for asking us to act with holiness....

John 4:10
Jesus answered, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

Father God we thank You eternally (!), because You have given us Your Word to read, to receive. Your Words give life. The Word of God at work - living and active. Just as Jesus told us in John 5:17 ~ "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working." Your word Is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Father God, let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, be pleasing to You as I walk Your path and Your plan for my life. Send forth Your Word, on this I will rest. Send forth Your light and it will illuminate my dark corners, I ask in the Grace of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.


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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mark 12:28-34 ~ love Him with all your heart

Gethsemane By Adam Abram


Mark 12:28-34

Audio Bible Max McLean, English Standard Version


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And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

~ love Him with all your heart

My college years, in the early 1980s, were wonderful. "The early 80's," said Senator Trent Lott, Senate Majority Leader, "were a shining era of light." When asked to explain Sen. Lott said his kids were in college then, he visited them & saw college young men and women as well dressed, interested in the American system, behaving well, and believing in the American dream of hard work and playing by the rules. And ya know, I gotta agree. We graduated, jobs were hard to find there was a recession, stores I'd gone to all my life were closing and we still all believed it would be okay. Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, the news about him was almost always amusing & Margaret Thatcher. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. I still look back on the 80's as challenging and rewarding - plus, big bonus here- the people I knew graduating from college in the 90's all said the best music was from the 80's.

Who is going to look back at these 10 years of (what do we call them? the zeros?) 2000 and say wow. With great certainty the financial situation and the wars lead to this gloom. Where did this gloom come from... quitting. Why all this quitting... me, me, me, me, me, me, me. I saw it today on the Rick Warren Facebook, people commenting they love the gospels, but don't like the New Testament. Like the gospels, but don't like the Old Testament. Have you heard someone say, I liked my Church until.... reason (my feelings were neglected).... I liked my friend until... (their feelings mattered more than courtesy). I liked my actual neighbor until.... (they put themselves in some way before me).

How can we like this passage? It requires belief there is Something Greater than ourselves. In my opinion the news is angry, the politics are angry, the neighborhoods are too busy(angry), because we (including me) are all so taken up with pushing ourselves forward, for the brief span of our adult lives, life now has bigger problems than from 20 years ago.

Well this commentary was awful today, I don't feel better now. Wait! How can we see hope? How can we see a better tomorrow? Love Him with all your heart. Decide not to quit Church, decide not to quit your friend, decide not quit your neighbor. How? It is just justified, it is just rude.

Love Him with all your heart. The first step is to hang in there. Trust Him, He cares, He is there for you. The second step is to not return evil for evil. Love covers all. Keep trying, keep nurturing someone. Love Him with all your heart. Is your cup looking empty? Thank Him for the blessings in life you'd miss if they were gone tomorrow. Love Him with all your heart. Don't quit. Do you hear someone complain about how down the times are? Remind them God is faithful. Care for them. Pray, keep on praying. You are not far from the kingdom of God.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2 Kings 21 ~ walk in the way of the Lord

Two Assyrian kings leave records of political dealings with King Mannaseh. Esarhaddon and his son, Ashurbanipa. c 668 BC. The records leave evidence of the Chronicles account of King Mannaseh.



2 Kings 21

David Cochran Audio Bible, English Standard Version

1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem will I put my name.” 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 And he burned his son as an offering
and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 7 And the carved image of Asherah that he had made he set in the house of which the Lord said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever. 8 And I will not cause the feet of Israel to wander anymore out of the land that I gave to their fathers, if only they will be careful to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the Law that my servant Moses commanded them.” 9 But they did not listen, and Manasseh led them astray to do more evil than the nations had done whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel.


10 And the Lord said by his servants the prophets, 11 “Because Manasseh king of Judah has committed these abominations and has done things more evil than all that the Amorites did, who were before him, and has made Judah also to sin with his idols, 12 therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing upon Jerusalem and Judah such disaster [evil] that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. 13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samaria, and the plumb line of the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 And I will forsake the remnant of my heritage and give them into the hand of their enemies, and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies, 15 because they have done what is evil in my sight and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came out of Egypt, even to this day.”

16 Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides the sin that he made Judah to sin so that they did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.

17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh and all that he did, and the sin that he committed, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers and was buried in the garden of his house, in the garden of Uzza, and Amon his son reigned in his place.

19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 20 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as Manasseh his father had done. 21 He walked in all the way in which his father walked and served the idols that his father served and worshiped them. 22 He abandoned the Lord, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the Lord. 23 And the servants of Amon conspired against him and put the king to death in his house. 24 But the people of the land struck down all those who had conspired against King Amon, and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place. 25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 26 And he was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza, and Josiah his son reigned in his place.


It's amazing how one generation is different from the next. I read an article from a FB friend saying a daughter of a Christian family had been raised in the Church, her parents sent her to a Bible College - she said due to the culture Christian kids have the same problems as non-christian. She said it was merely good luck she discovered she was in love with Jesus Christ in college because she always believed God was good idea, but most of the time in their busy lives, she believed Church activities were a social obligation. Her father was always so busy with his career, they never sat down and told her of the amazing Love Father God is.

Hezekiah, Eli, Samuel - all have children who were looking at a different Path. My grandmother Anita taught a Methodist Sunday School adult class for 42 years. Her adopted son, who was damaged at birth, was so violently opposed to Christianity - he wouldn't hush if the subject came up and go into a high pitched, on going rant. I frequently left the building if he started. He fairly hummed with anger. My grandmother said she would not stop praying for him. When my uncle was 78 years old, he discovered he enjoyed Joel Osteen on television. One day he heard about the book by Rick Warren, "The Purpose Driven Life." It's very difficult to be handicapped and adopted from an era in history when adoption was considered shameful. My grandparents were actually my uncle's 2nd adoption in his 3rd year of life & they were always quite loving to him. The first adoption went horribly badly - my uncle was burned and beaten.

Reading "The Purpose Driven Life" gave my uncle the hope he was part of God's plan. He had finally arrived at a teachable moment in his life. He no longer rants, talking incessantly. He no longer hums with anger. Jesus Christ has saved his life. God called my uncle's name in the Book of Life. My mom and I cried. My mom said she knows there is a party in Heaven and my grandmother is dancing.

Always pray.

You'd think Hezekiah would have prayed for his son Manasseh.... Hezekiah knew well that Jehovah was a jealous God. We had an excellent discussion in my minister's Sunday School class on God's jealousy. There is a famous celebrity who said she wanted to be part of God until she heard He said He is a jealous God. It sounds rather like the husband who kills the lover, when he discovers sharing his wife's affections. We try so hard to make God like us. God wants to set us apart - to be holy. Like He is. When we do not seek to grow spiritually in Christ, we are likely to wander.

What is Baal worship? Mostly it is sacrificing a child to please Baal who in turn provides prosperity. God expects us to be new creatures in Jesus Christ, to be set apart from what the would accepts as acceptable behavior. He Really doesn't want us to participate in the the body of Christ, open up our 'horrorscope' and play Biblical numbers decoding wisdom. Nope. God never wanted His Church to be like a wisdom cult enabling one to participate more fully when further initiated. God never wanted us to rejoice we are just a little lower than the heavenly beings - to take that Grace and then abuse it with Voodoo or the occult because we might get the attention of a lower god or spirit. God says He is always available to hear us when we call on Him, humbly, and admit we are His people, His creation and we do not save ourselves from our sins.

So.... doesn't it seem like a King, a righteous man, like Hezekiah would have prayed diligently for his son Manasseh? Perhaps Hezekiah did. Although Kings does not record Manasseh's conversion - we are told to read Chronicles. Manassah did repent - he did cry out to God for help - Manassah was saved. Really. Chronicles says so. And I believe it - I believe God's Word is the Way, the Truth and the Life opening our souls to Love the LORD for giving us His Word. And I believe God hears us when we call to Him with open hearts. I love the Lord, my Father God, because He Loved me first.

Father God, in the book of Acts You tell us
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household" and in You will I hope and pray. You have given us baptism, to receive Your Holy Spirit only because Jesus Christ died to save sinners. You live in me, actively since I believed in You.

Father God, You raised Jesus to life, raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because in Your Word it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him. Jesus is Lord.

You've told us always to pray with hope. I will continue to pray for others that Your Love and Your Hope will fill lives with Your Light. Thank You for calling to my uncle, for writing his name in Your Book of Life. Thank You for telling us of Hezekiah's son.

Father, speak the Word, sanctify us through and through. May our whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Numbers 21:4-9 ~ bronze serpent


Cross on Mount Nebo - where Moses was buried by God. Incorporates bronze serpent, pillar of fire, and Jesus' cross. Created by Giovanni Fantoni. The Washington Post said this site was pinpointed for a terrorist activity in 2000 by Osama Bin Laden.
Israelites leaving Egypt, painted by David Roberts. The Dutch National Museum contains a Papyrus called the Ipuwer Papyrus, an Egyptian eyewitness papyrus confirming Biblical descriptions.

Area of Saudi Arabia believed to be route of the Exodus.
Mt. Sinai - even today would be difficult to survive in this area. Much less camp with the 603,550 Children of Israel.


Numbers 21:4-9

Max McLean Audio Bible, English Standard Version

4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” 6 Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7 And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.”

So Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

When you look up ancient medicine, you hear of remote remedies - mostly suffer through it and die. Sure, in archaeology we find terracotta idols placed with the dead and in fragments. Why would the Children of Israel have placed this statue (13th century BC) in safe keeping & held on to it all of those years, if it had been ineffectual? The end of the bronze serpent was c. 715 BC during the reign of the 14th King of Judah, Hezekiah. Hezekiah was the King who listened to Isaiah (Isaiah's 4th King he advised). Today, we can still see Hezekiah's tunnels he built for water - Hezekiah is also famous for relying upon God to keep the Assyrian nation from invading. During Hezekiah's time, the people named the statue Nehushtan while making offerings to it.

Hezekiah's Tunnels today still exist and people follow them in tours. Historically it is still astonishing the Assyrian Nation did not war against, or conquer, Judah during the reign of Hezekiah.

Archaeology would also say Hezekiah's destruction of the bronze serpent would show a turning point from man's images of idol worship - healing. So I read for today's Scripture passage. Scientists say the most unusual things - you are trying to tell me in 715 BC man gave up on idols healing them. I don't think so. 715 BC was still a heavily polytheistic time.

How did people raised in the Temple of Jerusalem think about this item of historical Scripture in about 50 AD? Paul was raised in the Temple around the very tools, created in the Exodus, by people Moses put together to build them, returned by the King of the Persian Empire. Paul tells us:


1 Corinthians 10
1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.

So how would we relate to a bronze serpent Scripture today? In the same way we relate to the Church in Corinth. We have evidence in all of our lives, God has brought us blessings. Paul relates his blessings - we can relate to - as the First Letter to the Corinthians begins; thanks to God for health, a safe journey, deliverance from danger, & good fortune. A safe journey can also mean God has brought us this far - not to drop us on our heads.

How often we feel when we are in distress - The Lord has forgotten - or it's not important to Him. So many of the things the apostles faced in our Churches exist today. So many problems we face in our beliefs, what the world teaches us, are the same questions facing the apostles - they left us a road map. We would say we are not hungry, in a desert, and being bitten by snakes. I would say we are ... a very hungry world - spiritually - with Google being kept busy looking to see if this is the end of the world. When not in distress, we see endless debates over big Christian publications. Questions, questions. We have a road map - letters written for you. About God. He wants to know You to know Him. He loves you.

Father God, we are grumblers, complainers. Thank You for Your compassion in listening to our prayers. The whole earth is Yours, yet You have placed man just a little lower than the heavenly beings and crown mankind with Your glory and honor, in Your steadfast love.

You are the LORD our God, who brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. We worship You and ask Your blessing on our food and water. You have said You will take away sickness from among us. We look to You in expectation and longing for the fulfillment of Your promise of forgiveness of sin and restoration in Your perfect healing. In the highest name of Love You have given us, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.


2 Corinthians 13
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.
14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

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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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