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/ Psalm 141 Prayers are like incense. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744660 <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:06:52 EST Psalm 140 Let burning coals fall on my enemies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743924 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:23:54 EST Psalm 139 Search me, O God, and know my heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743145 <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:30:39 EST Genesis 20 Could you share your wife? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742509 <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:47:06 EST Genesis 19 Living with evil will rub off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741905 <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:05:38 EST Psalm 138 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741214 Content off site. <BR> <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:11:31 EST Psalm 137 How do we sing when life sucks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740487 <BR> content off site <BR> <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:48:19 EST Psalm 136 His steadfast love endures forever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739800 <BR> _/"\_ <BR> <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:01:46 EST Psalm 135 The Lord chose you and me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739072 Content off site <BR> <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:12:41 EST Psalm 134 Come and bless The Lord! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738320 Content off site. <BR> <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:07:55 EST Genesis 18 Rest here while I get you something to eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737673 Content off site. <BR> <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 05:39:17 EST Genesis 17 The covenant of circumcision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737097 Content off site <BR> <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/<BR>2014/07/genesis-17-covenant-of-circumc<BR>ision.html </link> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:19:06 EST Psalm 133 Living in unity is not the same as being together. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736449 Content off site. <BR> <BR> <link>n-spect-rs200dollargym.blogspot.com/ </link> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:52:02 EST Psalm 132 A place for The Lord to abide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735775 Content off site. <BR> <BR> <link>gadgetdcp.wix.com/n-spect-rs-200-gym<BR>#!Psalm-132-A-place-for-The-Lord-to-ab<BR>ide/clfr/3E7CB0E4-407C-434C-8787-A9CF3246001B </link> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:24:17 EST Psalm 131 Peaceful contentment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735165 Content off site. <BR> <BR> <link>gadgetdcp.wix.com/n-spect-rs-200-gym<BR>#!-Psalm-131-Peaceful-contentment/clfr<BR>/723D87FC-7C75-4F57-959F-5037FC01C220 </link> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:55:37 EST Psalm 130 I will wait upon The Lord http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734445 Blog content off site. <BR> <BR> <link>gadgetdcp.wix.com/n-spect-rs-200-gym<BR>#!Psalm-130-I-will-wait-on-The-Lord/cl<BR>fr/96AED8E1-075E-4B51-8721-9A5E417AF0B4 </link> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:57:11 EST Psalm 129 Afflicted from youth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733510 Blog content off site <BR> <BR> <link>gadgetdcp.wix.com/n-spect-rs-200-gym<BR>#!Psalm-129-Afflicted-from-youth/clfr/<BR>23E8C344-A1B5-4D0C-BBCC-02AF6B30337F </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 04:24:35 EST Genesis 16 The dumbest animal in the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732889 Blog content off site. <BR> <BR> <link>gadgetdcp.wix.com/n-spect-rs-200-gym<BR>#!Genesis-16-The-dumbest-animal-in-the<BR>-world/clfr/80715460-0389-40D3-BD03-E2<BR>082E428AB6 </link> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 04:48:46 EST Genesis 15 God's covenant with Abram http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732301 Blog posts have moved off site. <BR> <BR> <link>gadgetdcp.wix.com/n-spect-rs-200-gym<BR>#!Genesis-15-Gods-covenant-with-Abram/<BR>clfr/2A31DAA1-6212-4F89-8202-357374C64FC2 </link> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 04:47:52 EST Goodbye Spark blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731728 It is a sad day today as this will probably be the final entry here at the Sparkpeople blog. I began this a year and a half ago, posting my daily thoughts and trying always to teach the truth as found in the Word of God. That word is offensive to some, it's supposed to be. The offense is the Holy Spirit telling you that you're wrong. If I were to remove all of the pages in the bible that are offensive, eventually I won't have anything left. That's what's happened to our society, we've tr... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 06:07:52 EST Psalm 128 Blessed is everyone who fears The Lord. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731718 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 128. <BR> <BR> I have often felt that the term fear should be called revere, blessed is everyone who revers The Lord. It's really a basic principle, if you revere God then you'll be more inclined to obey His law. And in doing that life is better. But today I wonder how many people actually fear God. Although we may not see things immediately, there are consequences and payment for sin. Even for God's children, when we consciously choose to break His law, we shoul... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 05:36:18 EST Blog censorship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731275 I had a blog post up last week, I know that some of you read it. It dealt with a question about gay animals. That post has now been censored by spark coach Jen. She said it could offend. I am offended, if you are too please let her know. <BR> <BR> Added this content, copy of mail sent to Jen. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty angry right now at this censorship. Attached is an excerpt from your terms of use; <BR> <BR> Respect everyone’s opinions. Even though you might not agree with someone, that doe... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:37:29 EST Psalm 127 Choose children or career http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731020 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 127 <BR> <BR> Here I see a comparison between someone who chooses to work and amass wealth as opposed to one whose focus is on children. This was written close to 3000 years ago and it shows the nature of humans throughout time. Some will choose a heritage in their offspring and some will choose work. I hear stories at least once a year from someone that focused early in their life on work and later regretted the lost family time. It's all a question of personal ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 03:09:19 EST Psalm 126 Restore our fortunes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730274 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 126 <BR> <BR> This psalm was most likely written when Israel was returning from Babylon. A prayer for restoration to where they were before. But the primary principle here is that as things turn around our hopes and expectations turn also. It usually doesn't take much, try to find something positive in each day to keep your hopes and expectations high. <BR> <BR> <BR> Leg workout today. Aerobic step, squat (alternate one leg and plyo), side lunge, jump rope, ha... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 04:07:50 EST Psalm 125 Trust in God, you will not be moved. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729543 <BR> Read psalm 125. <BR> <BR> I sometimes wonder what thoughts go through the minds of people as they are martyred. It happens around the world still today but we see very little in the news. Stephen would be the first recorded martyr, and as they stoned him he prayed for them. I have heard stories of people very peacefully declaring Jesus and being executed while smiling and praying. That's only possible with His spirit. <BR> Fortunately that level of persecution has not yet reached t... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 03:59:15 EST I lost the argument http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728865 For those who don't know me, I am a very private person, family and personal matters tend to stay behind closed doors. It probably stems from my past, which I will not explain here. But the issue at hand is that this morning as I was spending time with God I lost an argument. Never have won one with Him, don't know why I still try. The result of that discussion is here, I believe that God wants me to share this with my friends. <BR> <BR> My wife Vicki, like most of us here on Sparkpeop... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:18:16 EST Psalm 124 Had it not been for God. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728749 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 124 <BR> <BR> This is a powerful argument for the covenant between God and Israel. There is no other nation or people that have risen and fallen to and from power as Israel has, and today they exist as a nation. <BR> Had it not been for God they would have perished in Egypt. <BR> <BR> Today's workout is back intervals. Aerobic step, chin up, grapevines, hyper or good morning, jump rope, inclined row, burpees, T. Eight movements for 40 cycles. <BR> <BR> <link>gad... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:01:01 EST Genesis 14 Wars, captives and a high priest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728138 <BR> <BR> Read Genesis 14 <BR> <BR> There is quite a bit in this chapter, what to focus on is difficult. There is a war between alliances of five kings against four kings. The reason for the war is not given. Lot and his family are taken captive and somehow Abram finds out about it. <BR> So Abram teams up with his buddies and mount a rescue mission. They end up defeating the army that previously won. <BR> Too many unanswered questions here. Time frames, army size, armament, just milita... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:27:52 EST Genesis 13 The desire to be close to the power. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727526 <BR> <BR> Read Genesis 13 <BR> <BR> Have you ever wondered why so many people want to live in big cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Washington D.C.? I've visited all of these places, had to live near some of them while serving in the Air Force. There was a time when people involved in merchandise transport needed to be close to some of these but more and more today that's not the case. Especially Washington D.C. I don't know of a significant amount of trade that happens... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 05:51:29 EST Psalm 123 Have mercy on us. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726820 <BR> <BR> Read Psalm 123. <BR> <BR> Here is a prayer for God's mercy. The writer feels like a servant who looks to his (her) master for all provisions. What a picture, to realize that we are all simply servants subject to our master. But He is kind. When I read this I am reminded of the story Jesus told of the sinner who came before God, who couldn't even lift his head, he beat his breast and acknowledged his sin, asking forgiveness. We are indeed most times contemptible people, needi... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:07:48 EST Psalm 122 Pray for peace... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726074 <BR> Read psalm 122 <BR> <BR> We're told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, of course the psalm was originally written for the Hebrews so prayers for their capitol city should be expected. But it's more than that. This is the city of God's chosen people, through whom the savior would come. I am just over 50 and in my lifetime there has not been a time of peace. For as long as I can remember there has been some war going on somewhere. And as far as Jerusalem goes, that land has known w... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 04:15:20 EST Psalm 121 Yes I talk to myself too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725329 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 121. <BR> <BR> OK now be honest, do you talk to yourself? I usually say that I'm thinking out loud. This writer asks himself an important question; from where does my help come? It's a timeless question. We can look for help from any number of places but from all of them there will be disappointments. My family is in this situation right now, we either must wait seven months or God moves our mountain. We'd really like the mountain moved but either way God is still ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:04:36 EST Psalm 120 Deliver me, oh Lord. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724586 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 120 <BR> <BR> This psalm is considered to have been written while in Babylon captivity. It reads like a prayer, <BR> seeking deliverance from a deceitful and warlike people. Another advantage to having the law, it establishes order in society. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's workout is cardio and core. Body weight squat, Grapevine, suspended knee tuck, jump rope, crunch 30 cycles. <BR> <BR> <link>gadgetdcp.wix.com/n-spect-rs-200-gym </link> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 04:19:49 EST Psalm 119 Oh how I love your law! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723822 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 119 <BR> <BR> This is the longest chapter in the bible yet it conveys only a single idea, that the writer would have wisdom and teaching from God to walk in His law. This poses the question, what exactly is the law and it's purpose? We could say it is the ten commandments, or the sermon on the mount, or as Jesus told us we could condense it to two simple principles, Love God and Love people. While that is a very simple example, what exactly does the law do? It is t... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:11:24 EST Genesis 12 Abram goes to Egypt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723194 <BR> <BR> Read Genesis 12 <BR> <BR> Whenever I read about people going to Egypt for refuge I wonder why? I know there are places where God specifically says they are to go to Egypt but for the most part He says to stay away. There are simply too many details in this story left out. How long Abram was in Canaan before the famine and why Egypt had goods when Canaan didn't. But I suppose that is not relevant to the story. The story is how God provides for Abram even when Abram misbehaves... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 05:34:18 EST Genesis 11 How big was “the whole earth”? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722546 <BR> <BR> Read Genesis 11 <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the chapter it states that the whole earth had one language and at the same time from the context we can infer that the people only populated a small part of the earth. So that phrase could be better translated as the whole populated earth. This story should be familiar, man in his arrogance wants to build stuff and rival God. Or at least he thinks that he can. There are different aspects of disobedience here, first is that God tol... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 04:52:27 EST Psalm 118 It is better to take refuge in the Lord... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721822 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 118 <BR> <BR> This is repeated twice, the first time the comparison is general to man and the second time to political rulers. Here is a lesson for the times. Too many believers look to their government to solve all problems, placing trust in men and princes. That hasn't worked throughout the history of the world. <BR> I believe that if more of God's people would look to Him instead of to man we would have a real revival. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, chest and shou... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 03:23:20 EST Psalm 117 Praise the Lord http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721088 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 117 <BR> <BR> This is the shortest chapter in the bible but it speaks volumes. Praise the Lord. <BR> For one singular reason and for millions of reasons. He is God so praise Him simply for that. <BR> <BR> Today's workout is cardio intervals. Weight swing, box hop, crunch, windmill, jump rope, aerobic step. 6 movements 30 cycles=20:00 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>gadgetdcp.wix.com/n-spect-rs-200-gym </link> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:05:04 EST Psalm 116 Why do you Love God? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720339 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 116 <BR> <BR> The writer gives good reasons for loving the Lord because He heard the prayers and gave mercy. <BR> But that's not really love is it? Love can't be conditional. Why do you love your spouse, children, parents? Is it something they have done? No, love needs to be unconditional to be love. Love God simply because He is God, it's not a reciprocal response. Should he answer us or not He is still God, almighty and all knowing. He created us and everythin... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:20:34 EST Psalm 115 Those who make idols become like them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719562 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 115 <BR> <BR> Have you ever considered that idea? People that make and worship idols become what they worship. <BR> If it is societal elite they try to emulate that class, wearing clothes with designer labels or gaudy jewelry. If the idol is wealth they become cold and calculating, self centered and always focused on wealth. If pride is the idol then the focus is always seeking praise. The beginning of the psalm shows a certain level of humility. Not that any pe... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:38:21 EST Psalm 114 Be afraid, be very afraid. Or don't. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718843 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 114 <BR> <BR> This continues the idea of the almighty and sovereign God, able to make and destroy at will. <BR> Geena Davis coined that phrase in the movie The Fly back in the mid 80's. For an unbeliever it fits but for a child of God it really doesn't. We don't have to be afraid of God, we're His children. When I look at the places that God sent messengers to His people, the first things they say are to fear not. There is however a judgment for those who choose ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 04:54:11 EST Genesis 10 Lots and lots of names http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718218 <BR> <BR> Read Genesis 10 <BR> <BR> There are people all around the world that are into tracing family lines. My mother and her sister did for years as a business for people. Knowing ones heritage can be interesting I suppose, I know that I am distantly related to William the Conqueror, but it really has no particular bearing on my current status. <BR> Tracing ones lines back just a few generations may explain social positions, rises or falls. We do suffer from the sins of our fathers,... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 04:35:50 EST Genesis 9 Every moving thing is food, yuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717633 <BR> <BR> Read Genesis 9 <BR> <BR> After the flood God comes to Noah and commands him and his family to repopulate the earth. He says that every moving thing that lives is now food. As far as we can tell, prior to the flood we were vegetarian. There are today cultural aversions to certain foods. I ate worms, ants and grasshoppers in Air Force survival school, not a culinary choice but they are food. There are some creeping things that I would need to be very hungry to try though. I als... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 06:01:12 EST Psalm 113 Who is like The Lord, our God? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716934 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 113 <BR> <BR> What a loaded question. There is and can never be anyone like God. I can speak for myself but my mind simply cannot fully comprehend God. Extant before time, knowing all things. The construction of all things to sub atomic levels. Who God is and the authority in God is mind numbing, and yet He says to come to Him boldly. With a breath He could separate all of our atoms and put them back together. Think today about the power that is God and the fact... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:23:43 EST Psalm 112 Do you remember the scoundrels or the heroes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716217 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 112 <BR> <BR> This presents a basic societal fact. The upright and righteous are remembered longer and more fondly than the scoundrels. With some exceptions we can see heritages from upright people that extend through generations. But in the case of the wicked, that line fades away. And of course there is the promise to believers that the deeds of righteousness will be established in heaven for ever. <BR> <BR> Today's workout is cardio intervals. Weight swing, ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 04:14:13 EST Psalm 111 The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715428 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 111 <BR> <BR> This psalm tells us that if we simply look around we can see God's works everywhere. And still there are so many people that choose to ignore God. I heard a song on the radio, it could be the title or just the chorus but the line that stood out says; “I don't want to go to heaven if I can't get in”. Assuming that the 'fun' lifestyle they're currently living will keep them out. What a sad song and attitude. The idea somehow that heaven will not be f... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 04:02:09 EST Psalm 110 The rule of the future King http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714674 <BR> Read psalm 110 <BR> <BR> To me this psalm obviously to refers to Christ, He Himself even quoted it in the gospel of Matthew. <BR> There is forgiveness in Christ to those who seek it, and still there is justice for those who neglect it. <BR> The end of the psalm speaks of that judgment, filling nations with corpses. The concept of God being loving, gracious and forgiving are popular but that part of being just gets neglected. Never forget what the end is for those who choose to not ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 03:43:58 EST Psalm 109 Real feelings of vengeance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713865 <BR> <BR> Read psalm 109 <BR> <BR> Regardless of what Jesus taught us in the new testament about praying for our enemies, there are times when we may feel the same way David did here. He expresses his desire for their children to wander fatherless. For his enemies to become destitute. Here is another example of just how real and earthy the bible is. The feelings are entirely human and natural. David praises God at the beginning and end but I have doubts that this type prayer would be... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 04:06:27 EST Genesis 8 A year on a boat with smelly animals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713228 Read Genesis 8. <BR> <BR> Have you ever given thought to how long Noah and his family were on the boat? The text gives us ten months, forty days and three weeks. That's pretty much one year. So what do you do for a whole year on a boat full of animals? What did they all eat? We're not told how much food Noah stored or if he even stored any. It 's quite possible that God simply provided daily, we are not told. But as soon as Noah is off the boat he makes an altar to God and worships Hi... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 05:37:57 EST Genesis 7 The flood. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712505 <BR> <BR> Read Genesis 7. <BR> <BR> I had a pastor once that did not believe there was a flood, in fact he said that the stories in the old testament were simply stories to relate a message. I personally believe there was a great flood. How much of the earth it covered could be debated. At that time the entire earth was not inhabited so a flood over the continent of Africa could encompass all of the known populated world. There have been a lot of studies done as to the possibility of ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 05:27:05 EST