Thursday, January 30, 2014

One of many things I love about the Bible is the language. It penetrates our culture to this day. I think our culture needs some Bible penetration! Oh, and we all need God to deliver us from the wicked, there are plenty of them, proud and fat-hearted.

Psalm 17:8-13
Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
From the wicked who oppress me,
From my deadly enemies who surround me.
They have closed up their fat hearts;
With their mouths they speak proudly.
They have now surrounded us in our steps;
They have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,
As a lion is eager to tear his prey,
And like a young lion lurking in secret places.
Arise, O Lord,
Confront him, cast him down;
Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

You are not going to be perfect, so listen to the man in the red letters.

Matthew 19:16-19
And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”
And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good?There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,
Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Monday, January 27, 2014

Does this sound like anyone you know? Maybe it sounds like you, I know it sounds like me. Who do we think made us and for what purpose? I say we get with the program, Moses finally did.

Exodus 4:10-13
But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”
Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"But the midwives feared God". Thank God.

Exodus 1:15-17
Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah,
“When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.”
But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This is what it must have been like before God sacrificed Jesus to wash away our sins. After all this time Joseph's brothers were still tormented over their sin against him, selling him into slavery. When I think of all the unforgivable things I've done, I know there is a God because I have been forgiven even these.

Genesis 50:15-21
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.”
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died:
‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.”
Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”
But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sometimes bad things in life lead to a good outcome. It is probably wise not to question who is in charge; you or God. You are not that creative.

Genesis 45:3-7
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence.
And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.
But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Where is your treasure? Is it money, or fame, or talent or your reputation? God puts your treasure in your sack for you. Find it and use it well.

Genesis 43:23
He replied, “Peace to you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has put treasure in your sacks for you. I received your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

This is it in a nutshell. God is moved with compassion for us.

Matthew 14:14

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Evil is insidious: lurking, lying in wait, murdering the innocent. But have faith, God has not forgotten. He does not hide his face.

Psalm 10:8-11
He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the secret places he murders the innocent;
His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.
He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den;
He lies in wait to catch the poor;
He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.
So he crouches, he lies low,
That the helpless may fall by his strength.
He has said in his heart,
“God has forgotten;
He hides His face;
He will never see.”

Sunday, January 19, 2014

This is what happens when the people who make up nations forget who is boss.

Psalm 9:15-16
The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
The Lord is known by the judgment He executes;
The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

Meditation. Selah

Friday, January 17, 2014

"I have enough." When was the last time you heard that? For many of us there is never enough. Jacob and Esau were Rebekah's twins. Jacob had deceitfully taken Esau's birthright AND Isaac's fatherly blessing then ran. When they finally met again after many years, Esau forgave him and Jacob saw the face of God in his forgiveness. Both of them had enough.

Genesis 33:9-11
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But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.”
Jacob said, “No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me.
Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” Thus he urged him, and he took it.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

There are so many things I need help understanding in the Bible. This is not one of them. Notice he says "take my yoke upon you, and learn from me." He's not taking your yoke, you need to take his. It's easy.

Matthew 11:28-30 (quoting Jesus)

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In those dark corners of your mind, do you sometimes think, I am not worthy? The bible tells us over and over again that we are worthy and that we do not need to earn our way into heaven. Do you really believe that? You should.

Psalm 8:3-4
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
Matthew 10:29-31 (quoting Jesus)
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ever feel helpless and harassed? Jesus has compassion. Here he asked his disciples to pray for laborers, servants to work among his harvest of believers. You can be a pray-er or an answer to a prayer. Just find a way to serve God's harvest, whatever that is.

Matthew 9:35-38
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Sunday, January 12, 2014

It is one of the most powerful acts ever, simple kindness and consideration. Rebekah's kindness began the long genealogy to Christ. It is not surprising that one of his teachings, as I learned it was: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. His distant grandmother lived that teaching.

Genesis 24:16-19
The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up.

Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.”
She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink.
When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Our human nature causes us to hope all our enemies will be ashamed and troubled. This Psalm is for my dear friends Ken and Rebecca. The Lord has heard the sound of your weeping. May your prayer be accepted and mine.

Psalm 6:6-10
I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Guidance for the young. That's the heading in the New King James Version. Seems to me it is guidance for us all. Do you want esteem in the sight of God? Do estimable things. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:1-4
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My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.

Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem 
in the sight of God and man.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

This verse changed my life. I married late and never wanted children, but at a critical moment I prayed to God to give me guidance before I was too old. I never had a child. That was God's guidance.

Genesis 18:11-15

Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
And the Lord said to Abraham “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’
Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.
And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hmmm. Been to a Cancer Ball lately? This reminds me of what I used to tell the people with whom I worked: Do the right thing for the right reason.

Matthew 6:1-4 (quoting Jesus)
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Test post, and pretty pictures.

I hate criticism and I hate to be rebuked. I'm trying to learn to love it, and see it as an opportunity. Oh how I want his spirit poured out on me. I want his words made known to me.

Proverbs 1:23-27

Turn at my rebuke;

Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.

Because I have called and you refused,

I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,

Because you disdained all my counsel,

And would have none of my rebuke,

I also will laugh at your calamity;

I will mock when your terror comes,

When your terror comes like a storm,

And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The breath of life is in that dove. "..he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him." I think Noah loved that dove the same way God loves us.

Genesis 8:8-9
Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground.
But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Please let us not grieve him to his heart. I pray for all you reading this and for myself that through God' s grace it can be said of us he "walked with God."

 Genesis 6:5-10
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Believe it or not, this is an example of God's kindness. If he allowed Adam the possibility of eating from the tree of life as well as the tree of wisdom, Adam would live in the misery of the world for eternity. I can't think of a worse fate.

Genesis 3:22-23
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”
therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

"indeed it was very good." When I am down on myself and calling myself all kinds of names. I have to remember this. He created me, exactly the way I am. What right do I have to be disrespectful of His perfect work? Oh, by the way, He provides for all my needs.

Genesis 1:26-31
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.