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/ 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 October 4, Numbers 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008928 Throughout the Old Testament worship of most any false god is called baal. There has been a struggle throughout recorded time of evil vs God, the tactics haven't changed much, probably because there isn't a need to change. My translation says the people of Israel began to whore with the daughters of Moab. Pretty straight forward, as I've said before, and it's not my original quote but quite accurate, there's nothing dumber than a man with an erection. Enticing people away from God through ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 05:58:52 EST October 3, Numbers 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008409 Balak asks Balaam to curse Israel several times, in the end though God has a different idea. <BR> Starting at verse 15 there are two different and valid interpretations, both can be correct. Balak's descendants and his people will eventually be conquered by David so that could be a fulfillment, and it can also be a prophecy of Christ. In the end Jesus will be The King of all. <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 07:38:50 EST October 2, I Thessalonians 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007794 Again Paul addresses sexual immorality but I won't focus on that. It's the last section, the promise that just as Christ died and was risen, when He returns He will bring all of those who died in Him and gather together the remainder of His bride. Our hope for eternal life is in Him alone. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, cardio. Step, windmill, climber, sandbag, jacks 30 intervals. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 04:54:25 EST October 1, I Thessalonians 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007162 Another word of encouragement, Paul was concerned that as he had been imprisoned that the church at Thessalonica might have fallen away. Timothy brings word that they are faithful. That should be the report of all the churches but sadly isn't. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, legs. Step, squat or wall sit, windmills, hamstring curls, jump rope, split squat R, plank, split squat L. 32 or 40 intervals. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 04:52:59 EST September 30, I Thessalonians 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006559 Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned at Phillipi, preaching the gospel was dangerous. Paul didn't shy away from it. It's getting dangerous today to preach the gospel, no so much here in the US but the trend isn't good. So many preachers are compromising the word, trying to satisfy the masses. Paul says that he didn't come to flatter or deceive or in greed. In today's social climate standing up for what God says will label us hateful bigots. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Cardio High kn... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 04:55:40 EST September 29. I Thessalonians 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005974 <BR> <BR> Paul commends the church at Thessalonica for their faith. They were actually a living example of Christianity. Something we should strive to become. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Back; Squat reach, biceps curl, high knees, pull-up, grapevine, high row, jump rope, good-morning. 40 intervals. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:22:36 EST September 28, Colossians 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005308 In this chapter Paul closes his letter, verse 7 makes me believe that Tychicus hand carried the letter and had other information that Paul did not want to write. A good lesson for all times, some things should not be written down , or shared on the Internet. Paul had reasons to keep some things secret from Rome. We all have reasons to keep parts of our lives secret from unsavory people. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Cardio. Step, windmills, box hop, grapevine, high knees, climbers. 36 inter... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 05:07:46 EST September 27, Numbers 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004756 September 27, Numbers 23 <BR> <BR> We continue the story of Balak and Balaam, the evil forces trying to curse the people of God. Balak tries from different angles, different approaches to curse God's people. That tactic hasn't changed. The enemies of Israel continue to try from so man angles to get countries, political leaders to curse Israel. In Balaam's defense He listens to God, unfortunately today our leaders are not listening to God and taking the bribes of evil. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 05:34:43 EST September 26, Numbers 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004248 The main focus of this chapter is usually how God can use a dumb ass to speak to someone, focusing on Balaam's donkey. But there is so much more, the Moabites were distant cousins of Israel, being descendants of Lot. We see that God does speak to prophets that may not necessarily be recorded in scripture. We also see how Balaam originally was obedient but that his greed lead him to stray. <BR> There are lessons on a lot of different levels but what I am looking at today is that God can spe... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 05:53:20 EST September 25, Colossians 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003678 <BR> <BR> There are a lot of places where God speaks on sexual immorality, seems like it might be important to Him. The truth is that as humans indulge in lusts they will continue to decline farther and farther to a base life. Here Paul even speaks out against foul language. I've argued with people that they're just words but not really, there is a meaning behind the word and that meaning is clearly understood. Instead put on Christ and treat each other with compassion. Kindness, and pa... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 05:56:41 EST September 24, Colossians 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003092 <BR> <BR> See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. <BR> <BR> This is what's happened to the modern world, we've removed God from as many places in our societies as possible and replaced sound teaching with empty philosophies and traditions. It is for just these reasons that we need to be in The Word daily. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, Legs: Step, squat ... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 04:56:36 EST September 23, Colossians 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002474 “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him,” I don't know what anyone else has done but I know me. I certainly was hostile in mind, totally self centered. I also know that there's nothing that I've done myself to be considered blameless. But that's exactly how God sees me, blameless and above reproach, all because of Christ. <B... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 04:58:32 EST September 22, Philippians 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001855 September 22, Philippians 4 <BR> <BR> Looking specifically at verse 6, I've blogged on this before, that our church as a body prays for the church, the community, the state and nation daily at 4:06. The part about not being anxious I still have a hard part with. I ask any readers to join us in our daily prayer, set your alarm for a silent vibrate at 4:06 and just for a moment pray for our nation. Pray for The Holy Spirit to come in a sweeping revival. There is no hope for anyone in politi... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 04:49:01 EST September 21, Philippians 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001187 Forget what lies behind and forge on to what is ahead. That's hard to do. It seems that I am regularly reminded of some stupidity I did in my past, trust me that there are a lot of them. It's triggered by some event, a sound, a song, a smell, something in my surroundings brings back memories and most times I have an initial feeling of guilt or shame. I know it's a lie, straight from the pit of hell, when I came to Christ He forgave me all of my past but still there are a lot of memories. ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 04:58:07 EST September 20, Numbers 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000589 There is a lot happening in this chapter, battles with three kings and a bunch of snakes. Obviously this took several months if not a couple of years. I also wonder if the sequence of events are a bit off, perhaps we simply have a group of historical recordings but not necessarily in order. The obvious item of significance here is the bronze serpent. The text says 'fiery serpents' and most scholars feel this describes the bite and subsequent reaction to the venom. The question about why ... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 05:07:13 EST September 19, Numbers 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000073 To really grasp what is happening here, you need to go back and look at Exodus 17. In both chapters the people are grumbling because they have no water. I also think of John 4 and the woman at the well. The rock and the water are both symbols of Christ and the salvation that can only come from Him. In Exodus Moses is told to smite the rock, only by the death of Jesus can we receive the salvation. The people of Israel may look forward with faith but unless Christ is smitten no salvation ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 06:10:58 EST September 18, Philippians 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999483 This chapter is all about humble selfless service to others, the example that Christ gave to us. <BR> This is in total opposition to the world as those who are not in Christ will tend to place self first. <BR> It certainly isn't natural to place others before self, it's this type of life that will show the difference between pagans and Christians. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, Push. Step, push-up, grapevine, squat, jump-rope, triceps, lunge, shoulder press. 40 intervals. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 04:17:07 EST September 17, Philippians 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998929 Paul begins with a greeting from both himself and Timothy. If we look back at Paul's journeys we can find where Paul and Timothy were in Philippi twice before so there are no doubt those who know him and are friends. This is an encouraging word on different fronts, Paul is pleased with what the church is doing and wants to convey that. He is also dispelling any anxiety they might have in his imprisonment. Paul sees it in a positive note, although a prisoner he is still able to preach Jesu... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 04:58:40 EST September 16, Ephesians 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998314 I think I hear at least one sermon or devotional each year about putting on the armor but not today. <BR> I am looking at verse 18, having all of the armor Paul is asking for prayer for all saints and specifically for him, to be bold in proclaiming the gospel. I like that prayer, that's something we should all do continuously. Pray for all saints and specifically for those called to teach and preach, that they may be bold and remain true to the word of God. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, Pull.... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 04:48:35 EST September 15, Ephesians 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997674 Looking at verse 15, Paul tells us to be careful in how we walk, paying attention to the times. That's certainly applicable today. As Paul said then is still now the days are evil. Every force in the world without God is in opposition to God. From governments to small businesses there is an agenda. We do need to pay attention, everyone does things for reasons, we all have agendas. There was a time when events on the opposite side of the world would not effect us but not today. <BR> <BR... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 05:16:40 EST September 14, Ephesians 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997001 Paul tells us as believers to behave differently than the pagans around us. Our work ethic, speech attitudes should reflect Christ in us. He mentions a thief no longer stealing but working for wages and then about corrupting talk from our mouths. We all know people who use profanity but what about gossip? Or slander? The only speech we should make about others is to edify them, if we have nothing to lift someone up than say nothing at all. Something that I find amazing is how some of the... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 04:47:06 EST September 13, Numbers 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996412 If we simply read the Old Testament without studying the times and cultures we miss so much.. <BR> God does many things in establishing His worship that counter what other pagans are doing. Egyptians at the time worshiped a false goddess called Isis (interesting name in today's current affairs). She was at times depicted as a heifer. The people of Israel wandering through the wilderness still had a lot of Egyptian influence in their lives and God is changing some attitudes. We also see tha... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 05:35:02 EST September 12, Numbers 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995816 God established within the sacrificial system a means for the Levites to prosper. Although the tribe of Levi had no land they ministered in the temple and received daily a portion of the offerings. Consider that everyday animals and oil and grains are brought to the temple/tabernacle as sacrifices and offerings, the potential for the Levites to be wealthy is high. <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 04:19:43 EST September 11, Ephesians 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995217 The last section of this chapter gets quoted a lot, usually when we ask for something that seems difficult. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” <BR> Yes certainly God is able to do more than we can think. Have you ever considered what it means to be omnipotent? I don't think we could really understand that. As to authority, we all have an understanding of authority, parental, supervisor, legal. And we've all seen the natural powers in the... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 04:51:28 EST September 10, Ephesians 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994545 There are lots of forms of segregation and separation in the world. It can be found in any number of differences. We most commonly think of race but what about sexual or physical or social? In some cases it's wrong and in some cases not so much. We are diverse people and there will be groups that have specific likes and dislikes, for that reason we may or may not associate in those groups. I don't like jazz, to me it sounds almost like blues but with no specific timing so I won't go to a... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 04:50:26 EST September 9, Ephesians 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993865 The word 'predestined' causes some people a problem. Paul uses it twice in the first half of this chapter. Does it mean that all believers and unbelievers are predestined to their fate? Some would say yes, there are denominations that teach that exact doctrine. But how then do we reconcile personal choice? The word could also mean predetermined, that God from the beginning of creation predetermined that salvation would be available for ALL people. Even though He chose Abraham and the Je... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 04:51:12 EST September 8, Galatians 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993166 The first sentence of this chapter tells us to restore any brother/sister who is caught up in transgression. The problem today is that we've as a society redefined what transgressions are. And although I hate to admit it but frequently the church does not do this in an attitude of love. Still Paul tells us to confront and offer a means of recovery to those who have fallen to temptation. I love the song by Carman called The River. It doesn't matter who you are, It doesn't matter where yo... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 05:03:05 EST September 7, Galatians 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992526 Paul compares grace in Christ with circumcision, we need to understand that the word circumcision actually means the law. Apparently this group in Galatia originally accepted grace and now someone has come in and added works of the law. This still happens today, we have this neurosis where we feel like we need to fix past wrongs. It's a foundation of nearly all recovery programs. The problem is we can never fix past wrongs with God and we don't need to. Jesus fixed everything, always rem... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 08:05:58 EST September 6, Numbers 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991847 I've often wondered about this test to show who was to be leader. The people of Israel had gathered around Mt Sinai and heard God speak the ten commandments. There were several times when they knew that God spoke directly with Moses, he even had to cover his face from them because of God's glory shining in him. What I do see from this though is life from a dead stick. And it's interesting that we see fruit bearing in all stages, from buds to ripe almonds. A branch cut from a tree would n... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 04:26:28 EST September 5, Numbers 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991293 This story of rebellion in the wilderness shows different human emotions. Jealousy and greed are paramount, and there is an authority problem. Most of us have authority problems, it's a genetic flaw. We want to be in charge. These leaders rebel against Moses for selfish reasons and they really rebel against God. The conversation between God and Moses is interesting, God wants to wipe them out and start over with Moses. I see a similarity with Noah but that didn't turn out so well. It'... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 04:36:04 EST September 4, Galatians 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990721 Are you a child of the slave or a free child of The King? Anyone who tries to do things according to laws and rituals is a slave to those things. That slavery can be in a variety of aspects, we can be slaves to our habits, our work or hobbies. Every world religion has some sort of requirement to salvation, that is a form of slavery. Christianity is unique, in Christ we are free from those rituals. It's the freedom that we enjoy which causes the world to hate us and what we have. I belon... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 06:11:17 EST September 3, Galatians 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990028 We look at the grace of God as a new covenant, instituted by Jesus but it's actually the first covenant. God made this promise to Abraham, well before the Law, that through him all nations would be blessed. Abraham could no better keep the Law than anyone else, and the Law wasn't even given yet. It was simply a promise made by God in which Abraham believed. The Law shows us why and where we fail and that we need a savior, it can do no more. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, 30 minutes any cardi... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 04:18:02 EST September 2, Galatians 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989666 We are justified only by faith. It's sometimes hard for people to grasp this idea, even Christians try to work their way to God. We can't do it, no-one can be justified by the Law as we are all sinners. The old line Jews of the day wanted believers to be circumcised, today some churches insist on baptism, and the different cults have some strange rituals. <BR> It's all just about faith in God, nothing else. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, Pull. Step, pull-up, hop, hamstring curl, weight swing,... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:16:16 EST September 1, Galatians 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988527 Another chapter warning about false teachings. The topic comes up so ofter that there must be something to it. Certainly today we can see false teachings. Also note that Paul spent three years studying before preaching. We're not told what he studied but the example he set is a good one. Preachers should spend as much time as possible studying before trying to teach others. Then of course continue to study. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, any cardio. Do something for at least 30 minutes. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 04:07:54 EST August 31, 2 Corinthians 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987810 In this final chapter of 2 Corinthians Paul gives a warning to get things together before he comes again. He says something powerful in verse 5, examine yourselves. In the Via De Cristo/Crucillo movement we have an expression called examination of conscience. Is God first in my life? Am I as faithful as I can be to keep His word? Do I put myself before others? <BR> Does my life on a daily basis reflect Christ to those around me? We who follow Christ should be different from the world. <... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:28:28 EST August 30, Numbers 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987201 God is establishing laws about offerings and sacrifices but the part that stands out to me is the unintentional sin. I don't think I've ever committed an intentional sin, they're all premeditated. It's not like just walking along and suddenly oops I sinned, there's always a thought process first and the choice is made. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:13:17 EST August 29, Numbers 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986674 We look again at this familiar story of the spies that went into Canaan. I could understand how a person that has never seen God do miracles would have trouble believing, but these people have seen so much and still don't believe. The more I study the scriptures the more I see the same basic question that's asked, 'has God said?' It's the question asked of Eve, and it's the question in their hearts here. Did God really say that He would defeat all of these mighty armies? The answer was y... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:26:47 EST August 28, 2 Corinthians 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986128 Paul saw heaven and if we count years backward it was fairly early in his ministry. Odd that we don't hear of it for so many years. As with so many other things it makes me wonder why. Perhaps he was constrained not to speak of it. Maybe he was shown just what heaven was like to set his resolve for what was to come in his life. Preaching from just a blind faith as compared to having actually seen and felt something would be different. We've probably all had teachers that just taught book k... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:50:33 EST August 27, 2 Corinthians 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985536 Paul speaks here about false apostles. It's unfortunate but true that whenever people see a way to make a profit there will be some to exploit others for personal gain. There are today many false teachers, the problem being, as Paul indicates, the enemy of God is subtle, disguising himself as an angel of light. Paul lists his own credentials, he apologizes for the appearance of boasting but he's establishing the difference between his ministry and others. The message of Christ is simple, ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:24:35 EST August 26, 2 Corinthians 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984902 When we read stories of different bible characters we'll make mental images of what they look like. The stories of Paul's exploits and the letters he writes might make him seem intimidating. His letters can be bold and sometimes abrupt. But in person he is meek and humble. I get the impression that Paul was actually a plain man. Probably of average or even below average size. The list of exploits could not be attributed to him but to God. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Push.Step, push-up, g... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:59:39 EST August 25, 2 Corinthians 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984257 Another chapter on giving, this is a commitment to a mission pledge. Paul is bragging on them for the pledge yet he's also hedging his bets by sending people before he arrives to ensure the pledge. The principle of sowing and reaping referenced in this chapter is frequently used to manipulate people by their greed. The idea really is basic, we reap in proportion to what we sow but not necessarily financial. The output of anything depends on the input. As this is a fitness page we can loo... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 04:13:31 EST August 24, 2 Corinthians 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983576 Paul speaks about giving, I won't argue if we are to tithe or not, the original reason of the tithe is lost today. But God does call us to give, and as Paul says here according to our means. To me that means some should give significantly more than a tithe. There is no upper or lower limit to giving but as we realize that what we have is not really ours it gets easier to give. And it's not always about money, the reality is that a person's time is more valuable than money. To make a comm... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 04:04:49 EST August 23, Numbers 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982988 This is a commonly repeated story of how the spies go into the land and only two believe that God will give it to them. It is amazing that after they've seen God do so many things, destroyed the Egyptians, provides shelter and food every day and still they look at the world and think that they only have their own strength. The text says a cluster of grapes carried between two men on a pole. The grape size isn't stated but I imagine bigger than golf balls. Maybe that caused some of the prob... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 05:46:27 EST August 22, Numbers 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982444 Here is a great example of God's sense of humor and a lesson on racism. Miriam and Aaron are speaking against Moses because of the race of his wife. Moses had such a great relationship with God that God spoke directly with Moses. There is certainly a humorous justice in what he does to Miriam. Her skin is as white as snow. Imagine that, she complains that moses wife wasn't white so God made here REAL white. It appears that Moses forgives the offense and pleads with God, there is no ment... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:03:28 EST August 21, 2 Corinthians 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981877 The purpose of this blog is to stimulate enough interest for people to go read the chapter of the day. I hope people do that before reading here. If you haven't, go read the chapter and come back. Now look at verse 5 again. Paul was afraid. Have you ever been afraid or know someone who was and either quoted or heard the scripture; God does not give us a spirit of fear? It doesn't help! You know what helps? Paul tells us, another believer to come and share the load. I live with a lot o... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 04:00:09 EST