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/ Luke 14 To follow Jesus we have to hate everyone else http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899825 Read Luke 14 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hate is a pretty extreme word, it may be a poor translation here. Better to say we must put God before everyone else, to love Him more. We're still supposed to love our enemies and pray for those who we think are twits. That's a pretty hard thing to put God before family. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, cardio. Step, grapevine, side lunge, windmill, slam ball, jump rope. 36 intervals Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:00:10 EST Luke 13 Jesus laments for Jerusalem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899186 Read Luke 13 <BR> <BR> There is a principle that capitol cities will attract some of the most base people to exist. Something about living close to the perceived seat of power. It is so obvious today in our country, the nation's capitol is filled with ungodly corruption. Jesus felt compassion for them in Jerusalem because it would be their destruction. I imagine he has the same compassion today for so many other capitols. For far too long the church has had an attitude that religion and ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:00:35 EST Luke 12 Acknowledge Christ before men. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898562 Read Luke 12 <BR> <BR> So what exactly does that mean to acknowledge Christ? Does it mean to proclaim Him as savior? To run around trying to tell everyone about Him? A little bit of both maybe. It should be an open acknowledgement that He is sovereign. That He controls everything. Paul tells us to always be ready to give a reason for our belief. But I also think we should never deny His sovereignty. Of late I have been annoyed by public prayers. Preachers are compromising by not pr... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:07:36 EST Luke 11 Be a pest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897891 Read Luke 11 <BR> <BR> I've often heard the story beginning at verse five but recently learned a bit more about it. The friend that comes by on a journey isn't just stopping for a visit. A better translation is a friend has come out of his way with a need, which makes more sense as who would travel at midnight unless there was some trouble. <BR> Having that in mind sheds a little more light on what is happening. Why would someone so desperately need bread for a visiting guest, why not wait ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:57:44 EST Exodus 39 The priestly garments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897347 Read Exodus 39 <BR> <BR> The garments are made of the most precious things they had. To be worn only by the high priest on special occasions. The stones on the breast and shoulders reminded Aaron that he represented the entire tribe of Israel when he was before God. In a similar manner Jesus stands before God and represents all of His people. Of the items mentioned here I want to look at the bells. I've heard several preaches teach that the high priest wore the bells and had a rope tied... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 05:41:14 EST Exodus 38 Weaving linen hangings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896821 Read Exodus 38 <BR> <BR> The beginning of the chapter describes the altar and utensils on the outside of the tabernacle, the things close to man are made of bronze, those close to God on the inside of the tent are made of gold. <BR> But lets look at the hangings. From previous chapters, we can determine just how big the hangings were. The text here says 100 cubits, there were actually two hangings each 50 cubits by 5 cubits, so how big is that? Each hanging about 29 yards long and three yard... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:31:36 EST Luke 10 Jesus many disciples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896260 Read Luke 10 <BR> <BR> <BR> When we think of Jesus' disciples we typically only think of the twelve, but by definition anyone who follows a person's teaching is a disciple. Some texts read that He separated out of his disciples seventy others and sent them out. There is a discrepancy in the writings as to seventy or seventy two, but it;s not significant. He had a lot more than seventy two. What I think is significant though is how rabbi's traditionally took on students. They would certainly... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:28:07 EST Luke 9 Sent out by God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895657 Read Luke 9 <BR> <BR> Jesus sends out the disciples with no provisions, trusting only in God. That's a scary thought for most of us. There was one time when I was totally willing to trust God to meet every need. The pastor I had at the time didn't share the idea. Sometimes I do wonder what would have happened if we'd stepped out. I am amazed by the number of pastors that don't believe what they preach. <BR> <BR> I heard a very neat testimony by a man named J Edwin Orr, how with just a littl... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:08:59 EST Luke 8 The storm at sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895002 Read Luke 8 <BR> <BR> I've had some different discussions about this trip across the sea and the storm. Did Jesus know it was coming? Was the storm sent by the devil, or perhaps the multitude of demons that possessed the Gaderene? Those are certainly possible, God has the ability to know what is coming, I lean towards this idea, perhaps it was a test of faith, they've been with Jesus and witnessed miracles already, maybe this was to see how long they could hold on and maybe it was to show th... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:01:25 EST Luke 7 The city of Nain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894373 Read Luke 7 <BR> <BR> The city of Nain was an area in the Galilee, established by the tribe of Issachar. All of the travels of Jesus are not recorded, just as John writes in his gospel that all of Jesus' miracles are not, but I will wager that He visited every tribe and performed some miracle in each city. By healing, resurrecting this widow's son in front of witnesses, He has established Himself in this community for ever. He came into town and immediately got the peoples attention, and lef... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 04:11:09 EST Luke 6 Judge not, doesn't mean what people think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893713 Read Luke 6 <BR> <BR> I hear a lot lately about people not judging others, typically they will quote either this chapter or the complement in Matthew 7. It usually is associated with sexual and social preferences. The problem though is that the man who originally said to not judge also called the religious leaders vipers, and children of Satan, apparently he was a bit judgmental. The real meaning of what Jesus is saying is that we can not set standards by which to judge. God has set the stan... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:01:21 EST Exodus 37 Making the Ark, Candle, and Incense altar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893155 Read Exodus 37 <BR> <BR> We could spend a week or more on these items, how the Ark represented the unapproachable God, how the mercy seat is Christ making a way possible. The lamp-stand with seven candles, the number associated with God, the number of Jewish feasts, that God Himself is the light of the world. And the altar of Incense, this and the lamp-stand were placed in the holy place of the tabernacle, the incense a sweet fragrance representing the prayers and praises of God's people. ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:47:04 EST Exodus 36 Stop giving, we have too much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892626 Read Exodus 36 <BR> <BR> Can anyone imagine a preacher telling the congregation not to give because they had too much? Seems pretty out there but that's what happened here. So many people were moved to contribute that they brought more than was needed and Moses told them to stop. What would it take to move people to give like this again? <BR> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 05:27:59 EST Luke 5 Jesus teaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892055 Read Luke 5 <BR> <BR> It's the very beginning of the chapter that I am looking at today. I picture the lake front as a busy market type atmosphere. There are a lot of people who fish and they're now selling or doing maintenance. I picture a crowd of maybe 40-60 people and they all want to hear Him speak. So Jesus does something really neat, by getting into the boat he sets a bit of distance and at the same time uses the phenomenon of sound carrying over water. Maybe the area where they are h... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 04:11:12 EST Luke 4 Are demons common? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891505 Read Luke 4 <BR> <BR> Most scholars say that Jesus first miracle was turning the water to wine, why would demonic deliverance not be considered a miracle? There are several places in the gospels where demons are mentioned, it's like a passing thing, the way it comes up in the story makes it seem like a regular occurrence. I wonder if sometimes medical ailments are considered demonic or maybe because the Holy Spirit was not freely moving there were a lot of demons. Of course the opposite migh... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:02:01 EST Luke 3 ..the chaff He will burn with fire. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890870 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/luke-3-chaff-he-will-burn-with<BR>-fire.html </link> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:12:34 EST Luke 2 Jesus studied the scriptures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890248 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/luke-2-jesus-studied-scripture<BR>s.html </link> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 03:39:53 EST Luke 1 Can God do that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889606 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/luke-1-can-god-do-that.html </link> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 04:08:12 EST Exodus 35 Freewill offerings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889038 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/exodus-35-freewill-offerings.html </link> Sun, 8 Mar 2015 04:46:56 EST Exodus 34 Moses makes new tablets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888476 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/exodus-34-moses-makes-new-tabl<BR>ets.html </link> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 04:38:26 EST Mark 16 Serpent handlers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887888 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/mark-16-serpent-handlers.html </link> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:21:24 EST Mark 15 Men are inherently evil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887275 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/mark-15-men-are-inherently-evi<BR>l.html </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 04:09:19 EST Mark 14 Judas and communion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886641 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/mark-14-judas-and-communion.html </link> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 04:03:37 EST Mark 13 Everything we build will come down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885977 <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/mark-13-everything-we-build-wi<BR>ll-come.html </link> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 04:04:45 EST Mark 12 Beware false teachers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885247 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/mark-12-beware-false-teachers.<BR>html </link> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 03:49:37 EST Exodus 33 God, if you're not in this I don't want to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884588 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/03/exodus-33-god-if-youre-not-in-<BR>this-i.html </link> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 04:51:18 EST Exodus 32 Dumb excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884053 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/exodus-32-dumb-excuses.html </link> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:14:52 EST Mark 11 Is it a sin to get angry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883502 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-11-is-it-sin-to-get-angry<BR>.html </link> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:22:22 EST Mark 10 Divorce and children http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882868 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-10-divorce-and-children.html </link> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:00:14 EST Mark 9 Help my unbelief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882234 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-9-help-my-unbelief.html </link> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:13:13 EST Mark 9 Who is the greatest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881555 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-9-who-is-greatest.html </link> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:06:42 EST Mark 8 A revival that lasts for days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880901 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-8-revival-that-lasts-for-<BR>days.html </link> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:50:03 EST Exodus 31 Equipped for service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880294 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/exodus-31-equipped-for-service<BR>.html </link> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 04:22:20 EST Exodus 30 Providing for the priests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879725 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/exodus-30-providing-for-priest<BR>s.html </link> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 04:19:38 EST Mark 7 What defiles a person? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879161 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-7-what-defiles-person.html </link> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 04:09:10 EST Mark 6 Do stuff with a buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878508 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-6-do-stuff-with-buddy.html </link> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 04:08:22 EST Mark 5 Sending the gospel to the pagans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877834 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-5-sending-gospel-to-pagan<BR>s.html </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:58:03 EST Mark 4 Plant seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877171 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-4-plant-seeds.html </link> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 04:05:00 EST Mark 3 The unpardonable sin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876521 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-3-unpardonable-sin.html </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:04:06 EST Exodus 29 An offering every morning and every evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875991 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/exodus-29-offering-every-morni<BR>ng-and.html </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:36:14 EST Exodus 28 The office of the priest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875440 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/exodus-28-office-of-priest.html </link> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 04:31:31 EST Mark 2 Jesus says "Follow Me" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874865 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-2-jesus-says-follow-me.html </link> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 04:25:46 EST Mark 1 Everyone needs Jesus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874252 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/mark-1-everyone-needs-jesus.html </link> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 04:20:28 EST Matthew 28 emotional roller coasters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873593 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/matthew-28-emotional-roller-co<BR>asters.html </link> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:06:20 EST Matthew 27 IT IS FINISHED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872937 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/matthew-27-it-is-finished.html </link> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:05:36 EST Matthew 26 The Passover meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872229 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/matthew26-passover-readmatthew<BR>-26.html </link> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 04:09:20 EST Exodus 27 Making stuff for the tabernacle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871623 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/exodus-27-making-stuff-for-tab<BR>ernacle.html </link> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 04:49:57 EST Exodus 25 The gold God provided http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871046 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/exodus-25-gold-god-provided.html </link> Sat, 7 Feb 2015 05:17:23 EST Matthew 25 At least try http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870456 Matthew 25 At least try <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/matthew-25-at-least-try.html </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 04:18:21 EST Matthew 24 No-one knows what prophecies mean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869790 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2015/02/matthew-24-no-one-knows-what-p<BR>rophecies.html </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 04:03:55 EST