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/ March 24, Isaiah 17, Prophecy can be discouraging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338144 The majority of bible prophecies speak of destruction and judgment. It can get depressing to read too many. Here we have judgments against Damascus, Syria, and Jacob. Note how in scripture when the people of God behave (at least somewhat) they're called Israel but other times Jacob? But there is at least one item that is encouraging here. In verse 7 it says that in that day they will no longer look to their idols but will turn to God. Too many times it takes a significant loss, the destructi... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:49:20 EST March 23, Isaiah 15-16, Prophecy against Moab http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337663 These two chapters deal with a single prophecy. Moab was a nation that at times allied with Israel and at times wared with them. The origin of the nation came from relations between Lot and his oldest daughter. Reading the account of the destruction we are given the reasons. They went up to the 'high places' which signified idol worship. A once great powerful nation is reduced to poverty because of idolatry. Heads are shaved to stop the spread of lice since they lived in squaller, it's also ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:49:12 EST March 22, Isaiah 14, Israel is and will always be God's chosen people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337134 This is obviously a prophecy that has not yet been fulfilled. Israel has never been a great power since David and Solomon. I don't think it speaks specifically about the kingdom of Christ on earth but a time before that. A time when Israel is again powerful and the world system, Babylon, is laid waste. There is a part of me that feels glad for the evil receiving their due and another part that feels sorrow for all of the people who rejected salvation. No matter what men may try to do, no matt... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:56:04 EST March 21, Isaiah 13, The wages of sin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336140 I read this chapter and I'm struck by a deep sadness. It speaks of utter destruction, armies gathering together to clean up the mess. Some believe ths refers to Babylon taking Israel and some that it speaks of the end when Christ will return. Either way the end is death and destruction. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, any cardio 30:00 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:54:39 EST March 20, Isaiah 12, God is my salvation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335594 A song of joy following a prophecy of sorrow. The one sentence I really like is; though you were angry with me, <BR> your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. The grace and mercies of God are limitless, all I need to do is go to Him and He will not turn me away. We should sing His praises not just in song, let our lives be different because we know what He has done for us. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Full body intervals, 4 times through <BR> high step R, push-up, high step L, windmi... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:05:49 EST March 19, Isaiah 11, The peace to come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335115 This chapter deals specifically with the future reign of Christ. The second portion speaking of revenge for Israel against all those who oppressed or persecuted them. While on one hand it's nice to see things balanced out I like the first portion better. Every aspect of the world living in peace. I think that's how things were before man screwed it up. I wonder that if we actually returned to that state if anyone would even care about balancing the books as it were. Would we even remember the... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 05:11:06 EST March 18, Isaiah 10, A warning, a judgment, and a promise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334664 This chapter has three distinct items, I'm actually going to look at them in reverse order. It ends with the promise of Israel's rerun and that God will again fight for them. Obviously that hasn't happened yet. The middle deals with Assyria being a powerful and prideful nation, arrogant in their own power and not acknowledging God. This prophecy was fulfilled and Assyria was broken in the sixth year of Hezekiah. But my main thoughts are on the first section. I wrote a blog earlier about so ma... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 06:05:38 EST March 17, Isaiah 9:8-21 The fall of the proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334167 Verse 10 expresses the attitude of the people, the bricks of that day were simple mud and straw. Baked in the sun but not fired, if they are wet for long periods they will fall apart. Also sycamore trees are poor to build with and certainly cedar was and still is today an exceptional wood. So the attitude is that we're so powerful and smart that if these poor things fail we can make better ourselves. I'm reminded of the old TV show the six million dollar man, we can rebuild him, we can make ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:09:25 EST March 16, Isaiah 9:1-7 The light of the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333711 The world walks in darkness, it always has. Men war with each other to possess things that will decay and fade away because they don't see the light. Obviously this is a prophecy of Christ coming, parts are quoted every year at Christmas. The Light has indeed come but the world still walks in darkness because they choose the darkness. Jesus told His disciples that not everyone who hears of Him will accept Him but it is for us to do all that we can to show His light. <BR> <BR> Today's workout... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:48:42 EST March 15, Isaiah 8:11-22 Revere God and follow His law http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333217 This basic principle seems so simple. Men create laws, so many of them are ridiculous, like walking an alligator on a leash is against the law. Sometimes we think we need new laws and sometimes we lobby against them. The reality is that every law that's needed already exists. The text says fear God, but it's not necessary to be afraid of God but to revere Him. Governments will pass dumb laws every day, don't be so concerned with what they pass just live the way God says to. We waste far too m... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:06:34 EST March 14, Isaiah 8:1-10 Make haste to the spoil; fall upon the prey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332708 I'm often fascinated by the names given to children in the Old Testament, so many times they speak precisely of the person's character. Jacob's name meant, in plain English, dirty cheat, the prophet Hosea's wife was a harlot and bore a son which was not his which he named, not mine. Here the prophet is told to write a message on a tablet which means, Make haste to the spoil; fall upon the prey. And then he is to name his son the same. Strange indeed. But the message was that Damascus and Sama... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:42:02 EST March 13, Isaiah 7:10-25 The Lord God, my God, or your God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332158 Isaiah has come to king Ahaz because Judah, and specifically Jerusalem is under siege by two superior armies, Syria and Israel. The army of Israel killed more than 140,000 men in Judah in one day so Ahaz has reason to be distressed. God has sent the prophet to bring a message of salvation. I take note of the conversation and the determiners for God. Ahaz was an idol worshiper, perhaps when Isaiah first tells him to ask of the lord YOUR god, he's actually mocking him. Ask the lifeless idol to ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:55:10 EST March 12, Isaiah 7:1-9 Men doing dumb things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331658 Much of the Old Testament is a recording of history, and most of history is men doing dumb things, both biblical and secular. Here we have a conspiracy against the nation of Judah and some direct violations of God's commandments. A little more history and an explanation of names is needed for us gentiles to understand who the players are. The nation of Israel was split in two right after Solomon died, a north and south kingdom. The north was still called Israel but also called Ephraim, the la... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 06:30:47 EST March 11, Isaiah 6:8-13 If you really love God, you'll go do things for Him http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331141 Ever heard that or some sermon similar to it? I wish I could say that I haven't but that's not true, I've heard something similar to that too many times from preachers and over pious laity. This scripture is used to manipulate people on a regular basis, we even sing a song, send me I'll go. When i hear the song, I want to ask everyone singing it, Really? Do you have any idea what you are promising to do? I think Isaiah knew, it was a life of constant sacrifice and difficulties. Most people I... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 05:18:10 EST March 10, Isaiah 6:1-7 I am an unclean man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330655 This first section of Isaiah is probably the one I'm most familiar with. There are at least 5 different items I could find but let's just keep things basic. Isaiah is in the temple and sees a vision of God, I won't debate if it was actually God or just a vision, that's not as important as the rest. Isaiah is convicted of his sins in the presence of God, I am a man of unclean lips. That will always happen, any man in the presence of God will immediately see his own sins, the conviction and co... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:12:58 EST March 9, Isaiah 5:8-30 The wicked will eventually be accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330099 My bible heads this section as, Woe to the wicked. A great example again of how the scripture is timeless. People conspiring to take land and build empires. Some calling evil good and good evil, rejoicing in the works of one's own hands, addicted to pleasures. There's an important verse here and one similar comes up in Hosea, here it says my people go into exile for lack of knowledge, Hosea says they perish. This too is a significant problem today. One can easily teach a number of foolish bel... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 04:19:52 EST March 8, Isaiah 5:1-7 A loving father, a disobedient child http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329575 When I read this I can almost hear the sorrow in God's voice. He gave Israel everything, set them up in their own nation, blessed them beyond any other people and asked them to simply obey Him. They didn't. That sounds all too familiar, none of us obey Him. A time came when discipline was needed, a time will come again. It's hard for a parent to watch a child suffer but there are consequences to every action. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, full body intervals. <BR> step, pull up, windmill, hug, ... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 05:03:51 EST March 7 Isaiah 4 The decimation of Israel and the promise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329059 The begining of this chapter might belong at the end of the last. The meaning of seven women wanting the same husband is due to the heavy losses. So many men would die that the ratio of women to men would be 7 to 1. This actually happened in 2 Chronicles 28, Pekah slew one hundred twenty thousand men in one day in Judah. And the chapter ends with the promse of Messiah, the Branch of The Lord who will restore Jerusalem and provide refuge for the faithful. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, any cardi... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 04:38:55 EST March 6, Isaiah 3:18-26 From riches to rags http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328509 There's really a very basic principle here, if you live in excess today, eventually it will run out and you'll be broke. I'm not sure where I heard it but someone said live today like you want to live tomorrow. It can be interpreted in different ways, keep enough so you can survive another day, or long term planning for what you have when you are no longer to make an income. That's a major problem today, we live in a society of excesses with little thought for next year or the net ten years. ... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 05:00:32 EST March 5, Isaiah 3:1-17 The most important person is me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328012 I still remember a foolish commercial in the 70's when I was growing up, it had a catchy song that said, the most important person in the whole wide world is you. It's all about building up self esteem, the key word there is self. That's what happens to nearly any society as it decays, it becomes more individual and self centered than group. In verse 5 Isaiah speaks of neighbor oppressing neighbor. We loose the concept that as a group we are much more than the sum of our parts. And going back... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 06:05:05 EST March 4, Isaiah 2:6-22 Fortune tellers and idols http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327556 Isaiah lived about 750 years before Christ, and still today men seek information from fortune tellers and worship idols. When I think about fortune tellers I think about the witch of Endor, but not on the moon of Endor. (Sorry but I just couldn't resist). I've met people who say that fortune tellers are real, that the things they've told them actually happened. I believe that because these witches are speaking with demons and if you ask a demon what he has planned for you he'll tell you. And... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 06:29:33 EST March 3, Isaiah 2:1-5 Out of Zion comes The Law http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324989 If you were to ask a practicing Jew what's the greatest gift God gave to Israel he would say The Law. Without it one could be ignorant of their sin, still responsible but ignorant. The Law shows us our sins, it reveals that we need salvation and only God can provide it. But The Law does even more than that, it establishes God's authority over everything and provides basic guidelines for life. Right now all over the world it's accepted that it's wrong to steal, and wrong to kill, where did the... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 04:51:28 EST March 2, Isaiah 1, God hates religion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323758 It's so easy to read what Isaiah says to Israel and compare it to nearly any nation today. The people do not know God, the head is sick in that we've lost wisdom for foolishness. Countries and cities lie desolate. But on top of all of that, even in Israel's apostasy and rebellion they went through the motions of worship, just as so many do today. But it wasn't and isn't worship it's religion. They lived the lives that they wanted and brought a sacrifice on Sabbath. With no thought of the mean... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 05:17:19 EST March 1, Jude 1, The path from right to wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323190 It's often said the path to destruction is paved with good intentions. I think it more paved with confusion and misdirection. <BR> When we stop studying The Word and begin to believe our own wisdom, we will become confused and lose track. It's where we are today, a very confused world, we look at things and call them something that we know they are not. In today's reading Jude mentions Cain and Baalam's error, I want to look at Baalam for a moment. He's an obscure person who appears momentari... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 05:10:20 EST February 28, II Peter 3, The Lord does not wish for any to perish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322649 Peter writes this letter to a group of saints who have become discouraged because The Lord has not yet returned. I can understand that, every generation expects to see His return, and people in every generation become discouraged. But I consider that God already knows when the end will come and when I think about it, it means that no more people will come to Him. So God waits for the very last person to come to Christ before He returns. While there are times when I want Jesus to return soon,... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:57:49 EST February 27, II Peter 2, The wicked will be bound in chains for eternity. Should I be glad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322106 When I read this chapter I know that we live in this exact time, the truth is blasphemed, falsehoods are the norm, the religion of the day is personal satisfaction and lusts. God has brought judgment in the past and Peter proclaims judgment is to come. But should that make us glad? That those who are evil, misleading the masses will face eternal torment? I must say for me I feel sorrow. No man is ignorant of God, the world itself proclaims His existence yet so many in their personal pride and... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:18:58 EST February 26, II Peter 1:16-21 Jesus, a cleverly devised myth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321628 The scholarly world will tell us that Jesus is a myth, in fact most scholars will tell us that God is a myth. Peter writes this letter because even at that time there were people claiming that Jesus was a myth. As time passes and man tries as hard as he might to deny God, it can become more difficult to find proof of anything. In Peter's case he was eyewitness, today historians agree that Jesus existed that He was baptized by John, that he called disciples and was crucified by Rome. That's th... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:08:24 EST February 25, II Peter 1:1-15 Piety, Study, Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321170 Peter lists several qualities that both should be evident in a believer's life and that will help them to remain strong in their beliefs. I sum them up in these three, Piety, Study and Action. They're the foundation legs taught in the different three day movements such as Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus, Via De Cristo and other names. It is in essence what Peter is saying here, we need piety, a time daily with God. We need to study His Word, I've been teaching the bible for nearly 30 years and I co... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:01:41 EST February 24, 1 Peter 5:1-11 Set an example and be humble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320683 Some fairly basic advise, if you've been around for a while, use your experience to be a guide but not a dictator. Behave in the same way that you expect others to behave. I think the best leadership is by example. Likewise if you're younger take advise from those that have been around. And no matter who you are or how much you might think you know there will be someone smarter and better, the wise man will accept that with humility. <BR> <BR> No workout today, running two 5k's tomorrow. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:02:21 EST February 23, 1 Peter 4:12-19 You're probably just a twit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320169 Did the title pique your interest? It was supposed to. This section speaks of Christians suffering for Christ. When Peter was writing this, persecution of Christians was fairly widespread, not so much in the western world today, though it still certainly exists in many places. I've known some people who say they suffer for Christ, knew a woman who went so far as to compare herself to Job. It's hard to look at someone who is healthy, well fed, driving a car less than 5 years old, has a full t... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:55:09 EST February 22, 1 Peter 4:1-11 The end of all things is at hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319657 That line comes from verse 7, and ever since Christ came there have been preachers saying this. The fact is that we don't know when the end is and it could be today, just be ready. A few thoughts on this, the first verse gives the impression that through suffering in the flesh one will no longer sin. The idea is that one would learn from errors and no do the same thing again. Wish that were true, yet there is some truth to this. Many of the foolish things I used to do I no longer do. Also not... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:06:38 EST February 21, 1 Peter 3:8-22 The reason for the hope in me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319170 The key today is in verse 15 which begins with regard Christ as holy. So what does that mean, certainly God is holy? But I set Christ apart from humanity, he was in fact the God Man, all God and all man at the same time but unlike any other man is not subject to the corruption that lives in all of us. Nearly all worldly religions have a man or prophet as their focus, Christianity has God as our focus. That must be a fundamental part, that Jesus is God in the flesh and holy, seperated from any... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:05:10 EST February 20, 1 Peter 3:1-7 Behavior of husbands and wives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318634 I'll not enter into any debate on the subject of submission, a marriage is a union of two people who become one flesh. If I would not do something to intentionally hurt my own hand, why would I do anything to hurt my wife? Vicki and I have been married for 32 years, when we tell people that we still haven't had our first fight they don't believe us. I won't say that we've never disagreed on anything, just that we talk it out and haven't fought. On valentines day she brought me a bouquet of b... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:06:18 EST February 19, 1 Peter 2:9-25 Be peculiar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318188 I've always liked the King James version of this text, ye are a peculiar people. There aren't too many people more peculiar than I am, but the meaning of words evolve. We're a special people, bought with a great price and the pagans around us should see something different in us. Closing the chapter, submit to authority and honor the emperor. I don't care who anyone voted for, the process is done and we live with our choices until the next cycle. But in all of the demonstrations and protests ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:50:29 EST February 18, 1 Peter 2:2-8 We're all just rocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317738 Have you ever thought of yourself as just a rock? Sometimes I've been called dumb as a rock but never thought of myself as one. Think about what a rock does, nothing by itself but it can be useful for a lot of things. A tool for some, a weapon for David, part of a strong building, a step across the river. But to be used it must be placed where needed. The difference though between us and rocks is that we resist being placed, or we get up and walk away. When I lived in Europe I saw buildings... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:11:27 EST February 17, 1 Peter 2:1 Act differently than the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317273 Just looking at verse 1 I could write a lot on this. These base emotions of slander, envy and deceit are core to every problem in the world. They are also the primary base for nearly every television program, especially the so-called reality shows. And what's even worse than the actors behaving in these ways are the masses of people who find it entertaining. How can you possibly love your neighbor and be deceitful? Christians here in the US are not the majority as so many believe, in fact wor... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:53:28 EST February 16, 1 Peter 1:10-25 Be holy for God is holy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316808 What does it mean to be holy? To live a pure and sinless life? I know that some believe a Christian can reach a place where they walk closely with God and no longer sin. I think that's true but I don't believe it happens while living in these bodies. There will be a time when I am sinless but at that time I will be with Him for eternity. So what it means is to be different, set apart from the rest of the world. Striving to do the right thing in all situations. What should set Christians ap... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:08:07 EST February 15, 1 Peter 1:1-9 Jesus The Christ, raised from the dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316303 <BR> Peter writes to persecuted Christians who have fled from Jerusalem, probably Jews who accepted Christ and suffered for this. In verse 3 Peter writes the one key element that separates Christianity from all worldly religions. Christ is raised from the dead and in this we may have hope. The life of Jesus is well documented through history, His death, burial and resurrection is also well documented. No-one else cam claim these things. The religions of the world rely on doing works in this ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:11:44 EST February 14, Philemon A letter to a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315789 Imagine a letter that you write to a friend asking for a favor being included into the canon of scripture. That's exactly what happened here. Paul sends a personal letter to a friend asking a favor for another friend. Onesimus was a runaway slave belonging to Philemon and by some course of events finds Paul. And in the process becomes a devoted believer. Paul is sending him back withthe letter asking for forgiveness for even more than the wrong but forgivness and freedom. Consider that's what... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:09:12 EST February 13, Nehemiah 13, Without acountability people will become corrupt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315232 Nehemiah was gone for an unknown time, when he returns he finds that the people are inter marrying the locaal pagans, the priest has rented out a room in the temple, and they're conducting business on the Sabbath. All of the things they said in the last two chapters that they wouldn't do. Accountability is so important, we all need at least two real friends that will tell us when we do stupid things. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, Back intervals, Step, pull-up, burpee, row, windmill, T Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:07:58 EST February 12, Nehemiah 12 Come and let's celebrate what God has done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314751 <BR> I am reminded of the verse that I was glad when they said come to the house of The Lord. The city of Jerusalem is finished and there is to be a grand celebration. Invitations are sent out through the area but especially to the Levites because it was their responsibility to conduct service. Jerusalem wasn't that big, as I've posted before about half the size of New York's Central Park. We have choirs in all quadrants singing praises, a huge party going on to celebrate the achievement. W... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:48:55 EST February 11, Nehemiah 11 Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314289 I read the chapter several times and I must say that nothing specific came to me. Some people lived in the city of Jerusalem and some lived in neighboring villages. There are a lot of names here that while they have meaning to God and to their families I just don't have a connection. In verse 17 Mattaniah is singled out as leader of praise, perhaps there was something special in how he did things that warranted notice. To be honest I'd like to be noted sometimes for doing something special, a... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 06:29:33 EST February 10, Nehemiah 10, Promises, promises. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313776 Have you ever made a promise which you know right from the start that you can't keep it? This year I'm going to exercise and loose weight. I hear that one a lot. We've all made promises, if we get wise when we're older we no longer do such foolishness. Israel has just come back to God with a renewed passion and they're making promises which have been made before and will not be kept. Why? Because of the fallen nature of man we can not on our own stop doing dumb things. We've probably all eit... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:56:37 EST February 9, Nehemiah 9, A prayer of confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313206 This whole chapter deals with Israel remembering their past, confessing their sins and a renewal of the covenant with God. A few key points to look at. They gathered together in prayer and study for half a day. The text doesn't indicate if it were a 12 hour half or a 6 hour half, I'm inclined to believe it's the 6 hour half, or half of the daylight time. I've heard stories of real revival where the Holy Spirit moves and the people remain in worship for days. I've never seen that, would really... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EST February 8, Nehemiah 8:9-18 Yes God told His people to go drink wine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312663 So here's something for all of you Pharisees to get uptight about, God told the people to rejoice and have a party and in the process drink wine and be merry. And no it was not a non-alcoholic grape juice but wine. For a further example go read Deuteronomy 14:22-26, this may also give more light on what the tithe was originally supposed to be. But I digress, this is a feast and a holy day because the people have returned to God and the Holy Spirit is moving in them. I think that as gentiles... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 04:57:06 EST February 7, Nehemiah 8:1-8 when people are ready to receive, revival comes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312112 Ezra the priest is reading The Law, this cannot be the same Ezra from the previous book as that was 100 years ago. I am curious what part of The Law was read but the people were receptive to hear it. I think that's key to revival, people are ready to receive. I knew a preacher years ago who constantly wanted to have revival meetings. We can't make a revival, God sends it when He wants to. But I also think there has to be a certain attitude in the people to receive. In our current affluent i... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 04:40:17 EST February 6, Nehemiah 7:5-73 Family pedigrees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311546 There are a lot of names here and that's usually pretty boring reading. But there is a part that bears noting. From verse 63-64, some claimed to be priests but could not prove their lineage and so were declined. There will come a time for all believers to verify their pedigrees although it will be a bit different. At the final judgment only those who can be confirmed to belong to Christ will find salvation and enter paradise. All through the Old Testament we see types of Christ and His redem... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 05:12:32 EST February 5, Nehemiah 7:1-4 Lock your doors at night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311029 Here's a very simple lesson, lock your doors until you can see who is trying to come in. It's really a basic idea and we can apply it to so many areas. There are a lot of people currently angry with the president for restricting access to the country. While I may not agree with the methods I do understand the principle. In this story of Nehemiah the people inside Jerusalem were still looking out for enemies, here most people don't think about it, in fact most people just get irritated at any... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 06:35:57 EST February 4, Nehemiah 6:15-19 With God we can do the imposible. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310523 <BR> <BR> The reconstruction of Jerusalem's wall took 52 days, I've seen modern projcts of smaller sie and heavy equipment take longer. For an idea of how large the city was, about 1/2 the sie of New York central park. Or about 100 standard size football fields. In less than two months, semi-skilled laborers with crude tools moved blocks, shaped them and constructed a wall at least five feet high long enough to surround 100 football fields. Thats an impossible act for man but possible with... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 06:20:09 EST February 3, Nehemiah 6:1-14 There are always enemies to changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309988 It really doesn't matter what you may want to change there will always be opposition. And a lot of times it's based on power and money. Jerusalem is being rebuilt and it poses a financial change for people in that region. They try in so many ways to stop the work. Sometimes simply being a distraction can stop progress. That's what I see so much of today, a lot of distractions taking people's attention away from the matters of most importance. And of course those with agendas will fuel the fir... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 05:00:01 EST