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/ 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 June 10, Acts 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942702 There is something in men that make us want to earn everything. We put certain conditions on things so that when we accomplish them we can boast on these achievements. But salvation is a gift from God, it has nothing at all to do with what we do. We simply make a choice to accept the gift, some could even argue that we don't even do that, John 15:16 You did not choose me but I chose you. We should certainly strive to live according to God's commandments but that has nothing to do with sal... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 04:15:24 EST June 9, Acts 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942124 There is a pretty powerful image here. Paul irritated the people of Iconium so much that they followed him to another city in order to stone him. After he's stoned, he gets up out of the pile then goes back into the city. Imagine what he looked like, bruised, beaten, bloody, garments torn, covered in dirt, yet he still comes in preaching Jesus. I don't know if I could go right back to where a bunch of people tried to kill me, but what a powerful witness that was. <BR> <BR> Today's worko... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 04:11:48 EST June 8, Acts 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941528 This chapter takes place about 17 years after the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost. We see in that time The Church is expanding rapidly and at the same time the enemy is trying to destroy it. The gospel was still being mainly preached to the Jews and still being resisted. Interesting that even today the gospel is preached to Jews who resist. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Push. Step, push up, grapevine, squat, jump rope, triceps press, lunge, shoulder press. 8 movements 40 intervals. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 04:24:35 EST June 7 Leviticus 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941027 <BR> I expect that this blog will offend a few people but I read The Word and it's pretty clear to me. There was a time when I lived in a very rural part of the country where it wasn't uncommon for cousins to marry. There was a common joke that you can get a divorce but she's still your sister, cousin, mother etc. Sad yet at the same time humorous because it had some truth. There were cases of Noah's son and Jacob's son sleeping with their father's wife, it was a challenge to the father... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 06:09:04 EST June 6, Leviticus 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940549 <BR> <BR> There are two issues I want to look at here. The place of sacrifices. It seems that the people were still divided on what god they would serve. They would sacrifice an animal in the field to a pagan idol then bring the same carcass to the temple to offer to God. As if God didn't know what was happening. The second issue is blood. Life is in the blood. This is a prime reason that I know abortion is wrong. People may debate when blood is present in a fetus, some claim only wh... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 05:57:00 EST June 5, Acts 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939998 Another example of how the bible is an earthy book is what this girl does when she recognizes Peter's voice. We all do foolish things like this, caught up in the excitement of the moment. It's sort of comical, she knows for certain that it's Peter but doesn't open the gate, then telling the people that are praying they essentially tell her to be quiet they are praying for Peter to be released. When things happen in ways that we don't expect we tend to behave in strange manners. <BR> <BR... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 04:13:34 EST June 4, Acts 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939416 <BR> <BR> When one considers all of the charitable organizations that have come and gone in the world, and the amount given. Nothing can compare with The Church. In in the earliest stages we see the charity begin, having received information form The Holy Spirit of an impending famine, they are moved to take action. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, cardio. step, grapevine, hop, windmill, jump rope, burpee. 36 intervals. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 04:30:29 EST June 3, Acts 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938853 <BR> <BR> Because of Peter's vision he will take the gospel to the gentiles, but this really wasn't a new thing. In the old Law God never told Israel not to associate with the gentiles but simply not to enter into marriages and partnerships with them. God set Israel apart to be an example to all other peoples, traditions of man caused the separations. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, push Step, push up, grapevine, squat, jump rope, triceps press, lunge, shoulder press. 8 movements 40 interv... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 05:00:49 EST June 2, Acts 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938255 <BR> <BR> This chapter is about the conversion of Saul but I like the conversation between God and Ananias. Really God? You want me to go to Saul of Tarsus? Do you know what he does to Christians? Imagine that you live in an area today and know of someone in ISIS, and God tells you to go and witness to them. Pretty scary stuff. To Ananias credit he is obedient. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, cardio. High knees, grapevines, windmills, jump rope, side lunge, burpee <BR> 36 intervals. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 04:14:45 EST June 1, Acts 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937652 As the early church is expanding, the disciples are filled with the spirit and miracles are happening. This will unfortunately attract some unsavory people. Simon the magician was doing his own wonders, we are not told exactly what they were, some believe he was a fortune teller, some a very good magician using slight of hand and some believe he was receiving power form demons. Which of these really doesn't matter, when he saw real power he also saw the opportunity to make a profit. That ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 06:08:47 EST May 31, Leviticus 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937094 The ceremonies surrounding the 'Day of Atonement' are pretty involved. There were a total of 15 animals offered on this day, the regular daily morning and evening sacrifices, plus a bullock, a ram and seven lambs all burnt offerings. Then another bullock for the priest's sin offering and a ram for his burnt offering. And finally the two goats for the people, one of which is slain and the other is released. What a busy and bloody day, sin is a dirty thing. <BR> <BR> The two goats give us ... Sun, 31 May 2015 04:40:26 EST May 30, Leviticus 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936603 <BR> <BR> A lot of discussion about bodily discharges. The human body is a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty stuff. We have learned so many things over the years and more recently the term 'biohazard' has emerged. At a training event recently a very basic rule was laid out, if it's wet and it's not your's, don't touch it with bare skin. Seems like God said this a long time ago. Sat, 30 May 2015 05:33:06 EST May 29, Acts 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936064 Stephen gives this whole history lesson beginning with Abraham. I think he had their attention all the way to verse 50, then he gives them a major insult. You stiff necked people, uncircumcised in heart. That's a powerful statement, of course God Himself says it many times but here is Stephen, a Jew but not a teacher of the Law, telling them. No-one likes to be told that they are wrong and certainly not a bunch of self righteous leaders. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Step, push-up (floor), h... Fri, 29 May 2015 04:06:39 EST May 28, Acts 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935510 Stephen is doing mighty works for the Lord, and the religious leaders are threatened. I always found this a curious thing, not happy that God is moving but upset because it will effect their pockets. It says that false witnesses were set up, although not specifically stated I get the impression that someone was paid to lie. That seems to be the motive behind so many troubles, money. In all of the ages that man has existed it is still money and greed that motivates so many of us. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 28 May 2015 04:06:41 EST May 27, Acts 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934935 Ananias and Sapphira usually get the most attention in this chapter but I want to look at Gamaliel. This man shows profound wisdom, showing that in so many cases cult followings have risen up focusing on a single man but when that man is gone so is the following. The bottom line though is that if something is from God, you can't stop it and if something is from man, it won't last. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, Arms. Side lunge, bicep curl, hop, bench dip, windmill, reverse grip bicep curl,... Wed, 27 May 2015 04:09:40 EST May 26, Acts 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934331 This healing from the last chapter has caused a stir, the religious people are a bit disturbed. Peter makes a profound statement, "we can only speak on what we have seen and heard". In other words one can only testify on what they have witnessed. The same goes for teaching, to be an effective teacher, one must have first hand knowledge of the subject matter, not hearsay or theory. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, cardio intervals. Step, grapevine, windmills, jacks, high knees, burpees. Tue, 26 May 2015 03:48:49 EST May 25, Acts 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933803 <BR> One of the problems with reading a story is getting all of the emotions to come through. This man was lame from birth, now he is leaping and praising. Think about this for a minute, lame from birth means he never walked, now he's leaping and praising God. Use some imagination, this man is LOUD, he's making a scene, he wants everyone to know what's happened. Our excitement level will depend upon how much we want or need something, this man wanted this more than anything else. His exci... Mon, 25 May 2015 06:45:00 EST May 24, Leviticus 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933328 <BR> <BR> A house with leprosy. I have to believe this means a case of mold or fungal growth in the walls. We know how difficult it can be to get rid of certain molds, and the health hazards associated with them. It's nothing new, they had mold problems even 4000 years ago. Sun, 24 May 2015 05:27:33 EST May 23, Leviticus 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932857 The main topic of this chapter is Leprosy, but that term includes nearly any skin disease. <BR> Secluding the person infected seems harsh but there is a basic principle of protecting the masses. Chicken pox and measles would fall in this category, as would a variety of skin fungi such as ringworm. All of these are highly contagious. In some cases they have simply caught a disease but in other cases it may be from hygiene. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, any cardio minimum 20:00. Sat, 23 May 2015 04:52:35 EST May 22, Acts 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932331 <BR> <BR> The focus of this chapter it typically that the Holy Spirit comes and people speak in tongues, but I am looking farther down. It's the last verse, day by day the Lord added to the number those who were being saved. Most churches will see a few each year. A church that sees 100 feels blessed. I remember a church where I attended, every year we would set goals, how many confessions of faith. My goal was always 1000, the pastor and staff were typically looking for 30-50. I bel... Fri, 22 May 2015 03:58:07 EST May 21, Acts 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931768 With the loss of Judas the remaining disciples decided that they needed another to make 12. I've wondered at times if this was really necessary or just men doing stuff for the sake of doing stuff. Some believe that Matthias was also Zacchaeus although there is no scripture to confirm this. We know nothing else about him except this mention, but there are other disciples that we know nothing about except that they followed Jesus. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Cardio, High knees, grapevine, w... Thu, 21 May 2015 04:24:27 EST May 20, John 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931170 Peter said he's going fishing. He made a career change that wasn't quite working out. For the last three years he lived with Jesus and was supported by ministry. That job is gone so it's back to the old standby. The rest followed him. We're not told if they continue to fish for a living while preaching, we do know that Paul works in some cities as a tent-maker. The question of should a preacher have a second job is asked frequently. I think yes, unless the duties of being a pastor are ... Wed, 20 May 2015 04:24:11 EST May 19, John 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930565 He is risen! What more can one say? For 2000 years the world has tried to deny that He rose, that He is a myth and that His followers took the body. But where is it? All but one of Jesus closest disciples were executed for their beliefs, would people actually be willing to die for a lie? Other founders of world religions have a grave but not Him, because He's not dead. Luke's gospel says, Why seek ye the living among the dead? Muhammad and Buddha and Confucius are all dead but Christ i... Tue, 19 May 2015 04:18:51 EST May 18, John 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929939 Jesus' final day, everything that was done to Him on this day was brutal. We see the true base nature of humanity here, enjoying the sport of torture and torment. Knowing that people can and will do these things, how can anyone think that humanity is basically good? <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Step, chin-up, weight swing, row, windmill or hops, T. 36 intervals. Mon, 18 May 2015 04:03:00 EST May 17, Leviticus 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929440 <BR> <BR> This chapter deals with purification periods after childbirth. I tried to find a reason for the difference in time between a boy or girl but the opinions vary so greatly. One study indicated a hormonal thing, that a woman's body took longer to re-balance hormones after a female birth. It sounds plausible but with so many opinions it seems like no-one really knows. The uncleanness however is not the same as say for a leper, where that would require separation from the camp, th... Sun, 17 May 2015 05:55:46 EST May 16 Leviticus 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928972 <BR> <BR> God defines clean and unclean animals. There has been and will continue to be different theories about why some are clean and others are not. I think some are obvious such as carrion and water scavengers eating decaying flesh, essentially garbage eaters. But there are others that aren't so clear. Some could say because of potential diseases associated with certain meats, pork for example. And there are theories that some animals were associated with pagan totems and rituals. ... Sat, 16 May 2015 06:55:31 EST May 15, John 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928415 Pilot asks Jesus, 'What is truth?'. It's a philosophical question that egg heads have been asking for centuries. It poses a question that can man really know truth and is truth for one person the same for another. It is prevalent in our academic society today. Everything that Jesus taught was true but even more He embodied truth as an example by which to compare. His life is the model which shines the light and shows the flaws in all others. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. Step, push-up(fl... Fri, 15 May 2015 04:08:35 EST May 14, John 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927853 <BR> We call the example of prayer that Jesus taught us, our father, "the lord's prayer' but this is really the lord's prayer. Jesus prays, and He prays for His disciples not only present at that time but He prays for future disciples. He prays for me and you, that's pretty cool, God prays for me. <BR> <BR> Legs: Step, squat or wall sit, windmills, hamstring curls, jump rope, lunge. Thu, 14 May 2015 04:09:07 EST May 13, John 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927293 <BR> <BR> I read this chapter and I think of a parent sending a child off to be on their own. Still so many things to teach but not enough time. One must trust that the years of instruction will be enough. But Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to remind and convict us in the things we know or should know. Imagine what the world would be like without Him, pretty frightening. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, Arms. Side lunge, bicep curl, hops, bench dip, windmill, reverse grip bicep curl. 36 i... Wed, 13 May 2015 04:22:35 EST May 12, John 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926710 <BR> The world hates Christians, there is no other way to look at it. Curious because the people who really are filled with hate are the ones making the accusations of hate. Our philosophies and core beliefs are in complete opposition. A Christian view is that all men are inherently evil, the world thinks we're all basically good. When you point out to someone that they're really bad they get mad. Jesus told us that the world would hate us, why should we be surprised? <BR> <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 12 May 2015 04:15:33 EST May 11, John 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926138 <BR> <BR> What is it that makes people do the things they do? For a lot of people it is self and greed but for believers it's something else. It's love, it's a force that can not be captured or conquered. It creates obedience without threats of punishment. We all communicate love in different ways. Jesus said that if we love Him we will keep His commandments, He also said the world would see a difference in us by our love for each other. It is the power that allows us to continue on, ... Mon, 11 May 2015 04:14:46 EST