N_SPECT_R's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=N%5FSPECT%5FR N_SPECT_R's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ November 25, 1 Peter 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037515 I know that I've written this before, it begins at verse 9 I like the KJV translation where it says a peculiar people. I am certainly a peculiar person but that's not exactly what it means. It's a chosen people, chosen by God. He chose me to be one of His people. And just as we saw yesterday His people are to be different from the rest of the world. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, week 4 day 2 leg blitz. Squat, glute bridge, side lunge, monster walk, step up, ham bridge. Five sets 10 reps 3... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:51:28 EST November 24, 1 Peter 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037010 Christians are called to be holy but what exactly does that mean? Many in the world have this idea that Christians, or any religious person is supposed to be good. Which is why the media has a frenzy when someone falls. We however know the truth that we're far from good and that's why we need Christ. But to be holy to God is simply to be set apart and different, we know that everyone is broken so our lives should be based on that fact. We should act differently than the people of the wor... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:12:38 EST November 23, James 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036471 Wrapping up the book of James he leaves us with three points of advice. Wealth cannot save anyone. Be patient and wait upon God, living at peace with our brothers. And pray for everything. <BR> I can't think of much that's more important than that. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Week 4 day 1 leg blitz. Squat, glute bridge, side lunge, monster walk, step up, ham bridge. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 04:20:45 EST November 22, Deuteronomy 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036008 In this first chapter it's been 40 years that Israel has wandered and getting close to the time they will enter into Canaan. Moses gives a recap of what happened the first time they were supposed to enter. Most of us are familiar with the story but lets look at the last section beginning at verse 41. <BR> The people repented but too late and perhaps not entirely. They decide to do it them selves, putting on armor and going to battle after God said that He would not go. I don't know if it ... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 06:52:05 EST November 21, Numbers 36 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035543 Here's the final chapter of Numbers and we leave of with two ideas. The first is that when God distributed the land to Israel He intended for the tribes to hold their portion for ever. In the event that a family only had daughters provisions were made to ensure that one tribe couldn't take more property. The second idea is the jubilee as mentioned. This concept had to come from God, every fifty years property and business accounts were reset and started over. Throughout history no econom... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:40:17 EST November 20, James 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035050 This is a chapter that I think should be read at least every month, it's basic principles for every day. <BR> Are you fighting with someone? Why? Almost always it's caused by some selfishness, maybe not you but perhaps the person who started it. We all have power to initiate peace, someone just needs to make a move. But there are times when peace just can't be had and then there is prayer. Don't gossip, it does no-one any good, remember what your mom told you as a child, if you can't say... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:15:02 EST November 19, James 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034555 Taming the tongue, what an impossible task to do. No matter who you are or how far you may come the tongue will eventually cause you trouble. Even when we may think we've gotten it under control something happens and it's again loosed. The problem with the tongue is it speaks what's deep within us and that's usually not good. Our only hope to maintain some control is to fill ourselves with the Word of God. There is a great expression that I don't know from whom it is quoted, it's better ... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:04:48 EST November 18, James 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034016 This is how the world works, the well dressed, the apparent wealthy, the beautiful get preferred treatment, and it's wrong. Living in the world makes it easy to fall into these habits. It takes a conscious effort to not judge people by appearances. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Week 3 day 2 leg blitz. Step up, calf raise, split squat r, monster walk, split squat l. Finish with 10-15 min cardio. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:08:19 EST November 17, James 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033469 It's the very first sentence of this chapter that has so much meaning yet most of us probably don't even notice it. James writes to the 12 tribes, obviously Israel in the dispersion. Consider what this means and what it accomplished. Several times in their history the Jewish people were scattered into various lands, some returned and some did not. Of those who did not return some kept the faith in God and the same forms of worship that He described. We see in Paul's journeys through Eur... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:05:08 EST November 16, Hebrews 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032858 How does anyone who claims to be a Christian ignore verse 4, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” <BR> Seems pretty straightforward to me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Week 3 day 1 leg blitz. Five sets of 10 reps, 30 seconds between sets. <BR> Step up, calf raises, split squat L, monster walk, split squat R. Finish with 10-15 min any cardio. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 05:12:49 EST November 15, Numbers 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032343 God established cities of refuge as a place for someone to go while waiting for a trial. Notice that they are only for a single crime, accidental death or involuntary manslaughter. Think about it, every other crime is premeditated, no-one accidentally steals a cow or commits adultery. And it was a form of imprisonment, unlike a modern prison in this city one was simple restricted from leaving but they still needed to be productive within the community. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 05:21:58 EST November 14, Numbers 34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031842 <BR> <BR> God in this chapter describes how the land should be divided to Israel. He sets the political and physical boundaries of what they are to inherit. There is a lot of land involved, one needs to find a good map to lay it all out. There is no indication that Israel actually held all of it but the closest they came was under David and Solomon. Today that land is still fought over by the descendants from 3000 years ago. I am having a difficult writing today as I look at the level o... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 05:19:54 EST November 13, Hebrews 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031329 The first item I am looking at here is that God disciplines His own. I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that God is disciplining them. I want to say 'no He's not, you were just a twit and now you're paying for it'. Of course there are times of actual discipline. There are two common phrases currently that are both just stupid, the first is what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Really? Think about all of the crap that could happen that makes this ridiculous. And the ... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 04:54:06 EST November 12, Hebrews 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030776 Looking at faith today. The old King James translation of; 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen', has always left me more confused than clear. Faith is one of those intangible things but it's really not that hard to understand. We live with faith in a lot of different things daily. Faith is that inner knowledge that this is right or that this will work. It's the assurance that when I switch the light on it will burn, when I turn the key my car will sta... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:17:29 EST November 11, Hebrews 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030227 We have God's assurance through faith in an eternal life, but how do we keep that faith alive and vibrant? We're told in verse 25, don't neglect meeting together. I don't think this just means the Sunday morning worship (or whatever day you may recognize). I think this more to a small group of believers sharing their lives. Faith comes and grows by hearing and seeing the word of God manifest in our lives and the lives of our friends. The Cursillo movement teaches the need for a three leg... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 05:16:12 EST November 10, Hebrews 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029636 It's hard for me to really grasp the separation that existed between God and man. As Paul continues to address the Hebrews they have this understanding, that no-one could have direct access to God but must bring a sacrifice to a priest, and even he did not have unlimited free access to God. So much has changed yet still there are similarities. Still we do not have free direct access to God until we first come through The High Priest, but we need not bring a sacrifice, only to acknowledge t... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:07:54 EST November 9, Hebrews 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029059 Moses built the tabernacle based on a model that God showed him of what was already in heaven. <BR> In the man-made tent there needed to be a man to act as priest, and that man needed to constantly offer sacrifices for his and the people's sins. There is now no need for an earthly tent, The High Priest, Jesus, fills that place in the original tent. And He has no need to offer sacrifices as the blood He shed was sufficient for all. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, week 2 day 1 leg blitz. Five set... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 05:09:03 EST November 8, Numbers 33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028532 We have an historical record of the journey of Israel from Egypt to Canaan, there are 42 different stops. Some comment that these stops represent the 42 years they spent in the wilderness (it was two years from the Exodus to the sending of the spies). Others look at 42 generations from Abraham to Christ. The problem with what's called numerology is that people tend to manipulate ideas to fit the numbers. While these are both possible, it's also possible that they just traveled to 42 diffe... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 05:09:41 EST November 7, Numbers 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028072 . <BR> <BR> This story tells of how the people of Gad and Reuben decided they wanted to camp in the lands where they were instead of crossing into Canaan. One could look at this from different objectives, one would be they were humble enough to accept that where they were was sufficient and were satisfied with what they had. Another could be they were afraid of the unknown and were not trusting that God would provide better. Arguments can be made for both sides, sort of a glass half empty... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 05:23:08 EST November 6, Hebrews 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027801 <BR> Paul makes arguments to the Hebrews that Christ is their Messiah. The story of Abraham paying tribute to God through His priest Melchizedek would certainly be known. So then he compares the two. Many believe that Melchisedek was a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus, his title being king of Salem or translated as king of peace certainly points that way. It's almost like the writer is trying to make an argument to accept Christ because of what Abraham did. I don't think it important to... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:19:59 EST November 5, Hebrews 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026990 Still as Paul is addressing Hebrews, he makes reference to washings and laying on of hands. Both practices under The Law. This is a caution to them not to return to the old ways that could not bring salvation but in Christ there is only one washing from His blood. He continues on with the covenant between Abraham and God, do you remember what Abraham did to establish this covenant? He went to sleep, God did everything because Abraham, like you and I can do nothing to save ourselves. It i... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 05:13:07 EST November 4, Hebrews 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026405 Paul accuses these people of being 'dull of hearing', I'd equate that to hearing but not listening. <BR> It happens to all of us at times, we become immersed in some activity or thought and tune out what's happening or being said right around us. He also tells them they still need milk because they've not matured yet. It's important to study and receive teaching but just as important to act on that teaching to grow. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Leg blitz week 1 day 2. Five sets of 10 reps ea... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 05:23:06 EST November 3, Hebrews 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025792 There's a sentence in verse 4 that could really have some meaning. We've all heard it many times before, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” Now think about this, Jesus is called the lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world. Have you ever thought that the works which God rested from included the salvation that Christ purchased? Kind of mind numbing but I think it's accurate. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Back. High knees, row, windmills, pull-up, climbers, T. ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 05:01:16 EST November 2, Hebrews 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025118 This epistle written to the Hebrews cites Moses, who to a Hebrew would've been the ultimate authority. It was through Moses that the nation of Israel received the Law. But now Jesus is above even Moses. That could be pretty hard for a people that tried to follow the law for over 2000 years to accept. Still today there are Hebrews that won't accept Jesus over Moses. God tells us in so many places, pray for the peace of Israel, pray for that and for the people to come to Messiah. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 05:03:32 EST November 1, Hebrews 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024537 <BR> This should have been up last Friday but Thursday evening, all of Friday and Saturday were very bad days. Today is only slightly better. The message here is that God created the world and didn't give it to angles but to mankind. He placed all things under our authority. Of course we rebelled and lost that. The only way to reclaim our authority is through the message of salvation through Christ. <BR> When we think of the world we tend to just think of this planet but what if the wo... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 07:34:17 EST October 29, Hebrews 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022978 <BR> <BR> It really is difficult for us in our limited minds to understand the timelessness of God. My son and I had a discussion on what time is just a few days ago. It's a measure of space, distance traveled. But when we read the scriptures we see how God is outside of time, that He actually created it. He knows what will happen because it already has happened which can really bring up some thoughtful discussions. Since God already knows what will happen why do we go about doing thing... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:06:03 EST October 28, Philemon 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022384 <BR> <BR> Interesting that a personal letter would be included in the canon of scripture. That's what this is, a personal letter from Paul to his friend Philemon. But it's significant because of what Paul asks, he asks his friend to forgive someone. That's a great example for all ages, forgiveness just as we can receive from God. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, cardio. Step, windmill, burpee, squat, climbers jump rope. 36 intervals. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 05:00:07 EST October 27, Titus 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021838 Paul finishes his letter to Titus with several points in the doctrine of Christ. That God is infinitely good, that His goodness is portrayed in Christ, that men are justified not by their works but by His work, that The Holy Spirit works in us to change us, that we have a hope for an eternal existence with God. That's the whole gospel and the most important part. We may not agree on methods of worship but we must agree on these points. Bickering over other things is pointless and foolish.... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:04:09 EST October 26, Titus 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021268 It's truly amazing how The Word of God can be relevant across millennium. Paul writes basic instructions to Titus on how men and women should live. Reverent, not gossips or drunks, honest modeling good works and having integrity. If we had more leaders that could model those simple traits we could change our world. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Cardio intervals. Step, grapevine, windmill, box hop, climbers. squat. 36 intervals. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 05:11:45 EST October 25, Numbers 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020723 Several things I note in this chapter. It begins with God telling Moses that it's time to settle accounts with the Midianites and then Moses is going to die. He's 120 years old and he's seen a lot of crap, it's possible that he welcomed going home. Now let's look at the vengence of God on the Midianites. We need to look at more than just this chapter and even this book of numbers to get a clearer picture. In verse 8 we're told that all of the leaders were killed and Balaam the son of Beo... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 07:20:02 EST October 24, Numbers 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020202 October 24, Numbers 30 <BR> <BR> All about making vows. I am fairly certain that most of us at one time have tried to make a deal with God. If God would do something then we promise to do something in return. That's wrong on several levels. First God doesn't need us to do anything, He's God and He's in control of everything. <BR> That said there are times when God wants us to do stuff. But making vows usually come back to haunt us. Jesus told His disciples not to make vows or promises b... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 05:03:26 EST October 23, Titus 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019686 <BR> From verses 5 through 9 Paul lists qualities needed to be a leader in the church, I say these qualities are needed to be a real leader anywhere. A good effective leader must be willing to do anything that he/she asks of someone else to do. Must above all else be honest, no-one who lies can be an effective leader. We need people of integrity, it's been a long time since I've seen a public leader with real integrity, that would be a refreshing change. Let's make that our objective, to ... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 05:05:52 EST October 22, 2 Timothy 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019141 This chapter much like the last can easily be applied today. People are looking for someone to tell them they're OK just the way they are. That the things the religious fanatics call sins aren't that bad and that it's not our fault. No-one wants to be told that they're messed up but that's what the gospel is all about, we're all messed up and although we're not OK in that aspect, once we come to Christ we are OK with God. Anyone that does not teach that Jesus Christ is God and that the onl... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 05:03:40 EST October 21, 2 Timothy 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018550 October 21, 2 Timothy 3 <BR> <BR> It's easy to read the first part of this chapter and say we are here today, the state of lawlessness and disrespect is rampant. But this is not the first time by far, in the early 1700's things were actually worse. In London England it's estimated that 30 percent of the populace made a living from alcohol. The theater (live performers, no films then) bordered on X rated at least what we would consider that today. Many had a brothel attached to satisfy the... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 05:01:47 EST October 20, 2 Timothy 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017971 Paul is telling Timothy not to argue over meaningless words. That's still good advice today but I'd take it even farther. Don't debate or argue with non-believers, it's not productive. We tend to want to defend our position or defend God. God can defend Himself. If a person can't see the truth no amount of debate will help. Remember that a main objective of our enemy is discontent. If someone can get under your skin, get you riled or irritated then they've succeeded. People who throw ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 04:52:25 EST October 19, 2 Timothy 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017329 (7) for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. <BR> <BR> Yesterday evening my wife and I met with some other couples in a new connect group, designed to get people together, strengthen relationships and marriages, and our walk with God. I mentioned the blog and at some point this scripture came up, dealing with fear. I find it an interesting coincidence that it's today's reading. Fear is a base emotion, triggered by many different things. Sometimes it's ... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:02:07 EST October 18, Numbers 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016845 This chapter has quite a bit in it, three different feasts; Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. We begin with the New Year, blowing the trumpet to celebrate, and of course sacrifices. Then we have the Day of Atonement, for details read Leviticus 16. And the feast of Tabernacles. For a week the people of Israel would live in tents to remember how they lived in tents while wandering the wilderness. There are still Jews who practice this today, without the sacrifices. Adding up... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 06:25:28 EST October 17, Numbers 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016412 There are a lot of animals being sacrificed daily, this is to show us that sin causes death. Additional animals on special days, to stress the importance of those days. Israel was to continuously offer sacrifices, today Christ continues to intercede between God and man through His sacrifice. I wondered about why thing were burned with fire, perhaps it's so that after they're offered to God they are destroyed and can never be taken back. Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:40:10 EST October 16, 1 Timothy 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015839 I had to add this text quoted from today's reading; “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, “. Does this not de... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:57:09 EST October 15, 1 Timothy 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015272 By all accounts Timothy is a young man who is pastoring a large church. Paul is trying to pass on some wisdom, older people have difficulty taking instruction and correction from younger. One must use tact. Also some instructions for older widows. They would have no standing in society, with no family, unless their husband left a sizable fortune they would be in need of basics which Paul indicates the church should provide. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Legs: Step, squat or wall sit, wind... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 04:54:39 EST October 14, 1 Timothy 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014718 Physical exercise profits little. I can't tell you how many people have quoted that to me. We know that exercise has benefits on several levels but what about then? The most common type of exercise today is walking, if someone simply walks a continuous mile every day they'll reap multiple benefits. Back in the first century I am certain that people walked at least that far daily. We still need balance though, not necessarily in this order, time for work, rest, play and God's word. <BR> ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 04:50:06 EST October 13, 1 Timothy 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014139 Some translations read overseer, some as bishop and some as priest. A position of clergy in the early church was not an easy job and one most certainly needed to be called by God. It was hard labor, not a single job but one which would be carried out after their regular work. And a constant job, not just on Sunday mornings. Then there was a certain element of danger and persecution. All other religions look at the gospel as a threat, which of course it is with the exception of the Jews, ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:06:07 EST October 12, 1 Timothy 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013522 Paul's command to pray for all peoples at all times still rings true today. Especially for our leaders, and for the same reason, that we may live a peaceful quiet life. I agree that both men and women should dress modestly, what that means could be open to a bit of interpretation, some things should be obvious. I disagree with Paul on women teaching men, I think that was more a cultural thing. Paul notes in other letters how Priscilla was a teacher and we'll also see in II Timothy how he ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 04:55:32 EST October 11, Numbers 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012995 The first section of this chapter has something very interesting. At first we see a group of ladies determined to inherit what their father should have. Their pleas to Moses established for others in similar situations to receive what they should be entitled to. But let's go a bit further, biblical names have certain meanings, these daughters names in order have these meanings; Zelophehad-fear or dread, Machlah-infirmity, Noah-wandering, Choglah-dancing for joy, Milcah-a queen, Tirtsah-acc... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 05:31:50 EST October 10, Numbers 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012513 We're getting close to the time when Israel will enter into the promised land, God is making instructions how the land should be divided. It's been about 38 years since Moses first sent the spies into Canaan, and God made the promise that none of that generation would enter the land. Now Moses again makes a count and we find that all of them have indeed died except Joshua and Caleb. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:19:48 EST October 9, 1 Timothy 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011973 <BR> <BR> Paul's letter to his adopted son the pastor, giving some instruction and encouragement. Two items, the first I won't dwell on. Paul names specific sins from verses 8 – 11, I don't know why there is confusion on this issue today. Secondly is about following myths and genealogies. In this case there were people who believed that only sons of Aaron could be preachers, going back to the old law. But today I see other aspects of this, people that try to piece together things that s... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 05:00:56 EST October 8, II Thessalonians 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011397 Do not grow weary in doing good. That's sometimes hard, especially when we may try to help and it seems that no-one wants it. I've been on both sides of this, sometimes right and sometimes wrong. <BR> I remember someone who thought they were doing something nice for me and brought a lobster and cheesecake, problem is I can't eat lobster and I really don't like cheesecake so that wasn't any blessing. Some things that we do, intending to be for good, done with the proper attitude just may no... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:06:20 EST October 7, II Thessalonians 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010788 Can you imagine what it would be like in the first century, you've accepted Christ and waiting for His return. Then you receive a letter saying that He's already come back and you missed it. That's what appears to have happened. What a blow to someones faith. Of course in today's world of instant communication we can spread rumors or quash them quickly. We also have the luxury of the entire canon of scriptures and know that when Christ does return the knowledge will be known by all belie... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 05:09:37 EST October 6, II Thessalonians 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010183 OK so there's still a lot of flesh in me because at first the thought of the pagans being punished by God is appealing. But then there is this part in my soul that weeps for them. God certainly will balance the books so to speak when the time comes, but when that time does come, for some people it will be too late to turn to Him. That truly is sad. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, back and biceps. Step, pull-up, weight swing, row, windmill, Biceps curl, hops, T 40 intervals. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 04:58:24 EST October 5, I Thessalonians 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009494 Be ready for the Day of The Lord! Every generation of believers since Christ came has believed that they were living in the last days, waiting expectantly for His return. Most of us live with the belief that He will return but not today, maybe tomorrow or next week. There may be an expectation but it's not an urgent expectation. I know that in the past twenty five years or so there have been at least six different preachers that thought they figured out when He was coming. One had a time... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 04:52:39 EST