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/ 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 July 11, Leviticus 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958896 This chapter is primarily about redeeming things or people that have been vowed to God. <BR> I never understood why people would make vows, like trying to make a bargain with God. <BR> If you will do this then I will do such. Really? This is God, He has no need for any of us. <BR> I have a similar look at the practice of fasting, it seems like a hunger strike, trying to manipulate God. Again He is God, totally sovereign, He does what He desires and we can't manipulate Him. And we end t... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 04:57:54 EST July 10, Romans 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958412 Many people have trouble with this chapter because it says that God hates Esau. If God is supposed to love everyone then how does this work? Again we see an example of how some ideas just don't quite translate correctly. The term, or expression translated as hate here could also mean loves less, or disapproves. Also in this chapter Paul is not referring to the individuals of Esau and Jacob but to the nations that they will become, Edom and Israel. <BR> We know very little of Edom, we know... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:02:00 EST July 9, Romans 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957880 This chapter has one of the most mis-used and often irritating scriptures and one of the absolute best verses in the whole bible. Let's look at the mis-used, "..all things work together for good..." While that may be true, quoting that to someone who is experiencing <BR> pain is insensitive and they should slap you for being dumb. The first line in this chapter though is great news, there is no condemnation for those in Christ. That means that no matter what you do, or what you did, as lon... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 04:18:35 EST July 8, Romans 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957306 Paul goes on about The Law and grace so many times in this chapter and my head gets pretty confused. Here is what I get from all of this. If we didn't have The Law we wouldn't know what was sin. Although I really believe there are certain things that are already in our spirit, at least most of us. Murder would be one of them. Paul speaks of coveting so it would seem that was an area where he had a problem. So the whole purpose of The Law is to show us what is wrong. We need three elemen... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 04:16:09 EST July 7, Romans 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956736 So shall we now sin more so that we can receive even more grace? NO! Paul states that we are no longer under the law but under grace, so what does that mean? Does it mean that we no longer need to obey the Law? Certainly not, it means that under the Law we were required to bring an offering for each sin. Think on that for a moment, we'd be standing in line at the temple forever bringing offerings. But we are no longer under that law, when we sin our sacrifice has already been made and w... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 04:10:32 EST July 6, Romans 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956169 Paul said that he rejoiced in his sufferings, but I don't think he just refers to any general suffering. He suffered specifically because he was preaching Jesus, not to compare to some physical or emotional issue that we may have. I crushed my left index finger a few weeks back and certainly did not rejoice in any of that. Although the morphine was a reason to rejoice. It was something that I did to myself, a work accident. The surgeon was great and able to put the pieces back together, ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 04:13:01 EST July 5, Leviticus 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955677 Here is a great if-then statement made by God, there aren't a lot of them but here He spells it out very plainly. Live by God's rules and you will prosper, disobey and you will suffer. I notice that god is very specific in their disobedience, erecting idols and neglecting the Sabbaths. I don't think this is a universal promise to all believers, at this particular time and place it is meant for Israel but the basic principles do apply. Although there are no guarantees, living according to ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 04:36:38 EST July 4, Leviticus 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955229 The Sabbath of the land and jubilee years. There is no evidence that Israel ever kept any of the land Sabbaths. The captivity to Babylon was for 70 years to provide 70 Sabbaths for the land. As far as a jubilee year goes, there has never been one of them either. Consider what that would do, every fifty years the economy re balances. Accounts are settled, land is restored and we start over. Would certainly solve the economic problems we have today. <BR> And although Israel eventually ret... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 05:20:20 EST July 3, Romans 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954776 It's all about faith, no matter what you believe it's still about faith. We're told that Abraham had faith in the promise of God for the messiah that was to come. All of the Old Testament saints had that same faith. Today we take it on faith that Jesus died for our sins and that God will raise us up in the end. Even for the non believer it's taken by faith that life simply spawned from goop in a pond. There is no certain proof of how life began, we'll never find it. Yet we can look at t... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:50:22 EST July 2, Romans 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954263 I've heard many Christians make the statement that we are no longer under The law but under grace. While part of that is true it's not all. We no longer have a sacrificial system as Christ is the perfect and final sacrifice but The Law still stands. It consists of the ten commandments and instructions in Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Those laws still stand today, God's grace saves us from some of the consequences but The Law still stands. Paul enforces this at the end of the chapte... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 04:09:45 EST July 1, Romans 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953688 This seems to be the topic of out time, judging others. I spent a lot of time researching the 'Judge not' scripture. The English language is perhaps the most imprecise language. Translations are not always clear and there is the fact that word meanings may change. I have copied an excerpt from a commentary; "Many people have ripped this passage out of context, however, Jesus warns us not to assume God's prerogative to condemn the guilty; he is not warning us not to discern truth from er... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 04:01:18 EST June 30, Romans 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953138 Paul is writing to the church in Rome, he begins with some encouragement and a desire to meet them in person. That they may be a blessing to each other. Then there are some specific sins and consequences. If I comment on these I'll be branded as a hater and accused of judging people so please read it for yourself. Remember that this is God speaking through Paul by the Holy Spirit. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. <BR> Beginner Full body workout; Squat, Bicep curl, row, alternate lunge, push u... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:10:47 EST June 29, Acts 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952532 Usually the focus of this chapter is the trip to Malta and the snake bite, but let's look at Rome. The first people that Paul wants to speak to are the Jews. Some listen and some don't. It's typical of the gospel message, some believe and some just don't. <BR> I find that quote from Isaiah relevant both then and now. It can be applied to anyone who refuses to accept the truth of God's word. I don't know what it was to motivate people then but by far most people that I know today are prim... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:07:45 EST June 28, Leviticus 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952070 <BR> Looking at oil for the lamps and the bread of presence. We looked at the oil once before, at least how it was made. Depending on the purity of the oil and the height of the flame it takes 2 to 3 hours to burn one ounce of oil. We have seven lamps for 12 hours, that's 84 light hours divided by 2.5 so we need 33 ounces of oil each night. <BR> <BR> The bread of presence was placed on the table every Sabbath, there were 12 loaves for the 12 tribes. The old loaves were removed and giv... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 04:24:34 EST June 27, Leviticus 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951632 God's feasts and the Sabbath. A few notes on the Sabbath. It was established as a day of rest because God on the seventh day rested. But does God ever really rest? He is God, all powerful, all everything. God created all things in six days yet He also set in motion that there would be seven days in a week, the Sabbath was made for man, Jesus Himself told us this. Just one day each week to remember from where we came, to whom we belong and to refresh both body and sprint. We've lost tha... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 05:39:15 EST June 26, Acts 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951139 Paul is shipwrecked on his way to Rome. I've often marveled at the roundabout way Paul finally got to where he was going, sometimes I wonder if maybe he tried to make things happen on his own and that caused some problems. I do know what it's like to be metaphorically shipwrecked though. We're told that the storm was so intense that the crew couldn't see land and didn't eat for 14 days. Been there too, when you can't see past the darkness which just continues. Situations always change, u... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:02:51 EST June 25, Acts 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950617 As Paul addresses king Agrippa I am fairly certain there was a full court of people present. So maybe this is why he was delayed for two years, so that Agrippa and his court could hear the gospel. It crosses social boundaries, from the very poor to the very wealthy. Festus thinks it's foolishness, Agrippa makes no commitment. Some translations read as if Agrippa were considering becoming a Christian. I wonder how many that heard the word that day accepted Christ. Another curiosity that ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:01:07 EST June 24, Acts 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950082 Paul is held for two years in Felix's custody, unfortunately we don't know what Paul did during that time. We are told that at the beginning of this custody Paul was given certain liberties, he could meet with friends and take care of his needs. Like a house arrest of sorts. I think it safe to say that Paul continued to preach to whoever he could during this time. We know from chapter 23 that Paul would eventually go to Rome, perhaps the time wasn't quite right, events and people needed t... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 03:51:04 EST June 23, Acts 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949546 Felix is nothing if not a politician. He makes no real decisions, makes no declaratory statements and he's looking for money. Very careful not to make the crowds mad. <BR> If that doesn't look like today's breed of politician I don't know what does. Yet Felix has heard the word and is accountable. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, cardio. Step, grapevine, high knees, windmills, jump rope, burpee. 36 intervals Tue, 23 Jun 2015 03:56:02 EST June 22, Acts 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948963 Paul is pretty smart to be able to use the different sects of Pharisees against the Sadducees. There are several places where we're told the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection. So what did they believe? According to Adam Clark they began about 264 years BC. They were followers of a man named Socho. Their main theology was that man should serve and obey God simply from love and not to expect anything. There are no rewards or punishments after this life. I agree with the first ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 03:57:06 EST June 21, Leviticus 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948495 God sets some standards for acceptable offerings. Essentially don't offer your garbage or cast offs to God. He wants the best that we have, it's all His anyway. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 04:52:55 EST June 20, Leviticus 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948053 It's sometimes difficult to understand exactly what God was trying to say in the old Law. Some things are pretty harsh, a priest's daughter that prostitutes herself is to be stoned. <BR> And no priest with any blemish may approach God. It is a picture of sin in a way, no-one with the blemish of sin can approach God. God does make a distinction however that a priest with a blemish can eat the holy bread. That's me, blemished by my sins but able to eat that holy bread of life. In myself I... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:22:20 EST June 19, Acts 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947556 Paul is addressing the crowd in Hebrew and they listen mainly for that reason. They're willing to listen right up until he says that he'll take the message to the gentiles. We have some deep seated prejudices here. It seems that's where the objection comes from, this is our God and we'll not share Him. Or perhaps they blame all of society's woes on the pagans. What better way to fix things than to tell people about God? <BR> <BR> Today's workout, pull. Step, pull-up, hop, hamstring cur... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 03:41:35 EST June 18, Acts 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946996 There is so much happening in this chapter it is difficult to find what to focus on. I think the heart is being obedient. Paul knew he needed to go to Jerusalem, people around him were telling him how dangerous it was and that if he went he would become a prisoner. Knowing all these things he did not shy away but wet anyway. Certainly what happens after was not pleasant yet it did not cost him his life. We will see that in spite of Paul being arrested, he was able to preach Jesus in plac... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:01:37 EST June 17, Acts 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946443 I wonder what ever happened to Eutychus. I picture a gathering of friends listening to Paul tell stories of his travels. And I picture Eutychus a boy perhaps early or pre teen. He's listening and daydreaming of the exciting things that Paul has seen. The night wears on and it's just too much for him so he falls out the window. Certainly falling from 3 stories should be enough to kill someone but there was another purpose in store. I wonder if he ever had the opportunity to have his own ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 03:55:48 EST June 16, Acts 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945875 The sons of Sceva usually get a lot of attention in this chapter but I am looking at two other items. Paul finds a group of Jews who are believers in John's baptism, which essentially was a baptism of repentance with an expectation of the coming messiah. So one can wonder how they learned of John's baptism or the coming messiah? Either the idea of John's baptism traveled a significant distance from Jerusalem, or these men had been there perhaps 25 -30 years earlier. It is possible that th... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 03:01:45 EST June 15, Acts 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945300 There is a lot happening in Corinth and we'll need to look ahead to Paul's future letter to better understand. To start off we have a time frame given by citing Claudius and that he expelled the Jews from Rome. This event is also recorded in secular history, the exact year is unclear but around 47 AD. Corinth is a major city with shipping and trade, virtually anything that one could want can be found in Corinth. Paul preaches there for a year and a half, in that time some Jews and some ge... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 03:57:09 EST June 14, Leviticus 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944757 <BR> <BR> Two items here, in reverse order. We look again at sexual conduct, or misconduct. It's spelled out pretty clearly what behaviors are wrong. I can't understand why it's become a topic for debate in so many churches. Secondly is offering children to Molech. This was a pagan idol, there are conflicting reports. Some say that people sacrificed their children either on or in an idol that was heated. Others that they walked through a fire with them. <BR> Either way there was a ri... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 04:25:23 EST June 13, Leviticus 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944311 There are two items I am looking at today. The first is how we deal with our neighbor, it's summed up in a single sentence. Love your neighbor. The second comes from verse 28, cuts and tattoos. The culture at that time would mark their bodies with slashes and tattoos as a remembrance for the dead and a form of pagan worship. When I was growing up I remember very few people having tattoos, mostly military with unit designs or names of loved ones. In the past 15-20 years that has changed d... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 05:31:27 EST June 12, Acts 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943824 <BR> <BR> The city of Athens was filled with so-called scholars. People who spent their time studying and thinking. Strange how places like these can miss the whole point of existence. In the case of the Athenians, they accepted that there could be a god, in fact they accepted that there could be many and some that they did not want to offend. Today our enlightened scholars, for the most part, consider the concept of a creator god to be a myth. I actually had this discussion last week... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 04:30:51 EST June 11, Acts 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943257 <BR> <BR> Circumcision was not an exclusive thing just among the Jews but it was an outward sign of the covenant between them and God. I have often wondered how and who would be tasked with checking, a strange job at the least. Paul recognizes that in order to reach the Jews he and Timothy need to observe the custom, the adage of when in Rome. There is no requirement to circumcise but there is also no loss in it. Sometimes following the local customs will allow an open door to reach peo... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 04:20:15 EST