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/ 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 August 20, 2 Corinthians 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981273 Paul cautions against being yoked with unbelievers. This refers to a commitment and obligation, such as a business partner or a marriage. It does raise an issue in the case where both parties are pagans and one comes to Christ. Certainly a marriage should not be dissolved, Paul speaks more specifically on this elsewhere. But in the case of a business arrangement, it may be prudent to separate. Additionally there are certainly civic groups and programs that are worthy and one could be inv... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 04:14:21 EST August 19, 2 Corinthians 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980644 We who are in Christ are new creations, but right now this is more internal and spiritual than physical. I know there have been a lot of attitude changes in my life, still a lot of areas that could use work. Paul says that this tent we live in groans, I get that, I'm at an age where something almost always hurts, joints pop and creak. Looking forward to that day when not only my mind and spirit but my body too will be new. What do pagans look forward to? <BR> <BR> Today's workout. <BR> B... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:18:21 EST August 18, 2 Corinthians 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979985 Paul says that he refuses disgraceful ways and will not tamper with God's word. Sad that there are so many that will. Two of the most powerful emotions are guilt and greed, they're present in all of us. These are the areas that so many use to manipulate others. It's the foolish Facebook post that says something like, 'If you're really a friend you'll repost this picture', or something like if you love Jesus post amen. That's manipulation by guilt, Paul says he won't do it, I ignore them.... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 03:51:39 EST August 17, 2 Corinthians 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979322 Paul compares living under the law to the gospel. The law could not provide salvation, only condemnation. No-one could keep the law, it's rituals and forms showed a shadow of what was to come. The gospel shows us Jesus, the perfect man, the only one who could uphold the law. In Him we have freedom, it is to Him that the shadows of the law points. For those still trying to find salvation through the law there is a veil where they can't see Christ. The law still stands but no longer an imp... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 04:08:53 EST August 16, Numbers 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978737 The Israelites are complaining, we're not told what it's all about but let's look at some things. God keeps them cool by covering them with a cloud during the day, warm at night with His fire. Daily they are fed with manna. The only labor they do is travel and the setting up and taking down of the tabernacle. No significant labor so what do they have to complain about? It's the human nature of authority problems, and it's greed. They don't like not being in control, so who among us does... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 05:31:45 EST August 15, Numbers 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978191 God gives instructions of how to gather the people for worship, for information, or for battle. We today look forward to the trumpet to be sounded from the clouds. The remainder of the chapter describes the order in which the people traveled. I find it interesting how the parts to make the tabernacle set out before the holy things, so that the tabernacle would be set up before they arrived. Also note Moses' attitude towards the ark and God. He doesn't look at the ark containing God or that ... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 04:27:55 EST August 14, 2 Corinthians 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977631 Paul speaks about forgiveness, many commentaries feel this is the person from the first letter who was sleeping with his father's concubine. Apparently things have changed, he was punished in some manner and Paul is encouraging them to forgive and take him back. <BR> Regardless of who this was, there appears to have been a change and restoration is in order. <BR> There are different levels of forgiveness, when someone continues to sin against you it may be best to avoid them (wisdom) and wor... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 04:08:38 EST August 13, 2 Corinthians 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977010 This letter is written some time between six months and a year after the first. Paul receives word that they've done much of what he told them in the first letter. He gives a word of encouragement, referring to his affliction in Asia, which could have been any of a number of times, and God in His strength delivered him. His desire to visit them hasn't changed, the delay is simply waiting on The Lord. Sometimes that takes a while. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Cardio. Step, grapevine, burpee... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 04:05:45 EST August 12, 1 Corinthians 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976382 Paul ends this letter with some greetings and final instructions but let's look at the first section, he's asking for money, the church always wants money. That's a common argument for people that haven't come to grips that EVERYTHING belongs to God. Giving is voluntary, no-one twists arms, at least not where I attend. I do remember going to a church once, and I emphasize once, where they took up an offering, it wasn't enough to do what they wanted and took a second offering. Unlike so many... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 04:11:13 EST August 11, 1 Corinthians 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975730 Jesus has been raised from the dead and we too shall be through Him. That's a reason to shout, and a fundamental cornerstone of Christianity. I sometimes wonder about the pagans that don't believe in any resurrection. If that's true then why act in a civil manner? If this is the only life then Darwinism in it's ultimate concept should be the rule. The strong survive and take whatever they want, the weaker die off. But that's not the case, Jesus lives and it is in Him alone that we have h... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:08:57 EST August 10, 1 Corinthians 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975046 All about tongues, well not really all. There are a lot of believers who don't believe that people speak in tongues. It's usually the pentecostal or charismatic churches that teach and believe in tongues. Apparently people being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues happened a lot in the early church, I have a theory on that. They didn't have the written word and God was moving at a fast pace, teaching and growing the church. I think the reason that we don't see many people ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 03:58:04 EST August 9, Numbers 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974501 God made provisions for people that might not be able to observe the Passover, I wonder though what happens if you come upon a dead body on the 12th of the second month? <BR> <BR> The second part speaks of how God lead His people by a cloud that settled and moved. It says that at times the cloud would stay for a while and at times just for one day. Imagine all of the work, putting up the tabernacle and the next morning the cloud is moving again. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 04:25:45 EST August 8, Numbers 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974003 God gives specific instructions for the Levites to be cleansed. They are to wash with the water of purification (we'll see this more in chapter 19), wash their clothes and shave off all of their hair. For anyone that's ever done something like this, shaved their body, it's certainly a task with modern razors. Imagine what it would be like with a blade made from bronze, or a piece of broken flint. The reason isn't given, some rabbis say it was to totally remove any form of dirt, some say it... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 04:23:06 EST August 7, 1 Corinthians 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973490 This is the chapter on love, It's quoted a lot at weddings. While it is sometimes hard to define what love is, it's easy to see what it's not. Paul lists some of the attributes of love but we can condense this down a bit simpler. What are you doing and why? If it's for personal profit then it's probably not love. The things that we do for ourselves will not last but acts of love are eternal. Real love is not conditional, we don't love because someone did something for us. Love is a gift... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 04:12:40 EST August 6, 1 Corinthians 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972941 Looking at spiritual gifts today, there are several listed but there are actually more. I went to a church several years ago that had a (class) to help people recognize their gift(s). I thought it was a great idea, people could find areas where they would be most effective. <BR> It was determined that I had a gift for teaching, go figure. Paul lists the gifts here and at the end he says to earnestly desire the higher gifts, other translations read covet the best gifts. I know many people ... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 04:03:52 EST August 5, 1 Corinthians 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972385 There as yet was no established church as believers would gather in different homes. They engaged in a practice of having 'love feasts', sort of a modern pot luck dinner which would conclude in communion. The problem that Paul is addressing is the attitude and appetites. <BR> Many would go to these feasts with the sole desire to revel in food and drink with no real concern for others. The wealthy would eat first and the poor last but because of the gluttony there was none left for the poor... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 04:31:58 EST August 4, 1 Corinthians 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971791 It is interesting how so many of the pagan religions involve sex in their practice. I think it's the enemy enticing people to defile themselves in pleasures. The choice is still a person's, we can't say the devil made me do it, there is always free will. The text in vs 7 - 9, where it says they rose up to play. That phrase most likely means idol worship to include erotic dances, a sacrifice to a demon and sexual orgies. The story is in Exodus 32. People cannot partake of such practices w... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 04:21:40 EST August 3, 1 Corinthians 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971172 Paul makes a case that according to The Law, the priests and temple servants would receive a portion of offerings to support themselves and their families. The church should operate in similar fashion. We are a bit different though, we no longer bring grain and meat offerings. I like Paul's attitude, he has a means to earn a living and in doing so can reach out to a larger audience. The Jew was compelled to study Torah and attend temple worship, the Christian makes a choice, albeit we are ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 03:52:25 EST August 2, Numbers 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970602 When the tabernacle was finished a part of the dedication offering were six carts drawn by 12 bulls. Notice how the carts were to be used, two for the sons of Gershon and four for the sons of Merari. None for the sons of Kohath. We need to go back to Numbers 4 to understand why. The sons of Gershon were to carry the tent coverings, essentially any cloth item was their responsibility. The sons of Merari were responsible for all of the structure, the beams and blocks. The sons of Kohath we... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 05:32:44 EST August 1, Numbers 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970086 A Nazirite was a person that took vows to separate themselves to God for service. There is only one instance that I find it is a compulsive position from God, that is Samson. There are three specific named cases, Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist. Other cases are referenced but no names given. Samson was supposed to be a Nazirite from birth through his life and he failed in all aspects. There is noting to indicate that either Samuel or John did not keep the vow. There are no commands ... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 05:15:00 EST July 31, 1 Corinthians 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969549 There were several animals in the Old Testament that God set as unclean and not to be eaten. Some of those were because pagans worshiped the animal, some were because it carried diseases, and some were simply nasty animals. In the book of Acts chapter 10 God sends a vision to Peter and tells him to kill and eat unclean animals. I feel that at this point the old prohibition was removed, could be wrong. In any case there are still people that either can't or won't eat certain foods either fo... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:59:02 EST July 30, 1 Corinthians 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968997 The bible actually has a lot to say about sexual relations. Paul addresses several topics, if you are single and can remain celibate, then that is better, you can focus more on God. But if you feel those lusts then it's better to marry. Pretty logical stuff. Judging by the content of this letter, Paul expected Jesus to return shortly and for the 'present' age to end. Most generations through history feel the same way. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, cardio. Step, side lunge, high knee, squa... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:05:37 EST July 29, 1 Corinthians 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968385 Two hot topics in today's reading, first up is lawsuits. Should a believer file a lawsuit? <BR> That's a hard one to answer, Paul specifically addresses believers against believers here but what if the grievance is against a pagan? This is an area that I am currently struggling with. We have an issue with a non-believer, I've resisted any type of legal action, trusting that God is my advocate. So many Christians around me keep advising I get an attorney. Do we keep faith in God or faith ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:02:46 EST July 28, 1 Corinthians 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967766 This chapter deals with sexual immoralities, a problem today is that our society has redefined what sexual immorality is. It's a hot topic getting a lot of attention right now and I won't comment on it. Paul is a bit more specific, a young man has taken up relations with his father's wife. Probably not his mother. We're not told if dad is still alive. The practice is wrong on several levels. We saw the same thing in Genesis when Ham slept with his father's wife, again we see Reuben also... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:05:41 EST July 27, 1 Corinthians 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967208 Paul has found his calling and a certain contentment in that. He doesn't own anything, his clothes are threadbare, he labors each day with his hands simply for the day's provisions. He calls upon others to live like him. Not to live in a form of poverty but to find that place where the things of the world are not that important. It's been said that if someone does what they truly love then they'll never work in their life. Some level of truth to that, I've had a variety of jobs, some I t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 03:59:35 EST July 26, Numbers 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966706 While it may seem cruel to separate the sick from among the well Israelites, it was practical. We today quarantine people with severely infectious diseases. So much more necessary then. But it doesn't say they are removed from the family, still a part of God's people simply not to live in the camp. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:33:34 EST July 25, Numbers 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966274 More duties of for the tribe of Levi, more specifically the Kohathites. They are responsible for transporting the things from the most holy place. Of note is that all of those objects are to be covered before they are removed. The only people that are to see them are the priests. And it's covered in blue. The salvation of God is a mystery, to the Jews then it was the ark which was not seen, representing Christ who also was not seen. And the blue covering, how many things in the desert a... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:31:01 EST July 24, 1 Corinthians 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965888 Paul is addressing a problem that caused division, some are following Paul and some Apollos. Neither one is right, the church should be following Christ. The problem still exists, there are today a lot of attractive eloquent speakers with large followings. There's nothing wrong with having a huge church and nothing wrong with having nice things. I do wonder where faith is for someone sitting on a multi-million dollar bank account. Be cautious of who and what you believe. <BR> <BR> Today... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:31:21 EST July 23, 1 Corinthians 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965237 Corinth was a major city with institutions and scholars. Entertainment of the day were debates, and the intellectual would use various forms of the language to stress their points. Paul came not to debate as an intellectual, he preached the simple message of Christ crucified for the sins of all. In a simple language that anyone could understand. <BR> Until we get to verse 14, the natural person, the self centered carnal person, can not understand the things of the spirit. That hasn't chan... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 03:40:56 EST July 22, 1 Corinthians 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964678 Jesus a stumbling to the Jews, foolishness to the Greeks, but salvation to those who believe. The Jews had a preconceived idea of what Christ was supposed to be and do, Jesus did not fit that mold. The Greeks were the educated and sophisticated of the day. They understood that a virgin couldn't have a baby and no-one can rise from the dead. But for those willing to look past those ideas, to believe what is possible yet not logical, Christ is salvation. <BR> <BR> Today's workouts. <BR> Be... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:00:28 EST July 21, Romans 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964139 We can somewhat put a time frame to this letter. Paul refers to a church in Priscilla and Aquila's home. We know from Acts that they first met in Corinth after Claudius threw all of the Jews out of Rome in 49 AD, they were able to return in 54 AD, so this letter must have been written after that. I really like the idea beginning at verse 17. Avoid people that <BR> cause division contrary to the gospel. A good lesson for today with all of the social and political divisions. Debates and ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 04:08:36 EST July 20, Romans 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963553 <BR> <BR> There are several places where books or chapters in the bible come out of sequence, here is an example. We finished the book of Acts with Paul in Rome under a sort of house arrest. In this chapter he says that he wants to go to Rome and might go there after going to Jerusalem and en-route to Spain. Since we have the benefit of prior knowledge we see the way things played out, Paul did in fact go to Rome right after the trip to Jerusalem. <BR> <BR> Several times Paul states t... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:05:38 EST July 19, Numbers 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963058 <BR> <BR> The tribe of Levi and more specifically the sons of Aaron were set apart to serve God in the tabernacle. God outlines some of the specifics. While the Levites were exempt form fighting and they didn't have land to farm, they had to maintain the tabernacle. Each of the blocks weighed about 100 pounds, the beams were the size of a telephone pole about 8 feet long and covered in gold. Then there are the tent coverings and the pins and stakes. All of this was a lot of weight. We... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 05:46:10 EST July 18, Numbers 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962568 Reading all of the names and numbers can be tedious but there is something important in the arraignment. It's difficult to visualize what the camp looked like unless you draw it out. There are a lot of pictures on the web, there are two common thoughts on how this was. One places the tribes in a clock face type layout with the tabernacle in the center. Others have them forming a cross. I like the second image. The whole of the tabernacle, the furnishings and accessories, the ceremonies ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 04:16:10 EST July 17, Romans 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962073 The first part of this chapter deals with judgments and we've covered that topic a lot recently. Looking at the second half Paul address making others stumble. He uses food as an example but there are so many other areas too. No matter who you are someone watches what you do and follows that. Be it the clothes you wear, the language you speak, the music you listen too or the foods you eat. None of us can do it perfectly, we need to be aware though that people will look at our standard. ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:12:19 EST July 16, Romans 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961535 It's like this book was written for such a time as we live in now. Paul outlines that laws and authority are a two way street. For the general populace we are to be obedient to those in authority, but to the authority they are to be careful to act as servants of God. In that we certainly are to be obedient, traffic laws, taxes, basic civil laws, but there are times and places where rulers can become foolish and forget that they are to be servants of God. Remember that Peter and John were ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 04:00:08 EST July 15, Romans 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961027 We all have agendas for the things we do but there should be somethings to set Christians apart. In some manner, some part of our lives there should be places where we do things just because. It's good to reflect sometimes, why am I doing this? Is it for personal gain? For some sort of acclaim? If I do this and no-one notices will I still do it? Those are the signs of genuine love, they mark us as different. <BR> <BR> Today's workouts. <BR> Beginner, cardio. Step, side lunge, high k... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 04:12:20 EST July 14, Romans 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960474 There are a couple of items in this chapter that could be disturbing. Verse 8 says that God gave them a spirit of stupor so they would not understand. This same idea comes up in Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Isaiah. The second issue is the term "the elect". There are people who teach that only the elect of God will come to salvation, the inference is that some are elected for salvation and some for destruction. John 15 says "..it was not you who chose me but I choose you." And in ... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 04:04:42 EST July 13, Romans 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959883 So here is a conundrum for all of you liberal politically correct peoples. How can someone know God or His law unless someone goes to preach? And part of that preaching is telling others what both The Law says and what grace is. Paul tells us we would not know sin if it were not for The Law. No-one will come to Christ until first they are convicted of sin and know that they need a savior. So we are to preach, to tell people where they miss The Law, but Paul also says that many will hear ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 04:05:11 EST July 12, Numbers 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959402 <BR> <BR> God has told Moses to number the men who are able to fight. When you add it all up there are 603,550. Today in the US armed forces combined strength is 1.2 million, of that about 400,000 are Army soldiers. This is a formidable force. And we see how the Levites are set apart to be priests and not soldiers. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 05:39:54 EST