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May 3, 2016

Super Chapters of The Bible – NT

I am continuing my post on Super Chapters of The Bible New Testament here. My previous post was on the OT. I figured the Bible was big enough that it deserved to have both Old and New Testaments separated into two posts. I feel like the OT will be harder than the NT because I am more familiar with the NT, however that might not be a good thing since there are so many verses in different chapters that I really like in the NT that could make it harder. We shall see and I’m excited to dive into this. Hope you enjoy it!(Closing entry here, the NT was much harder for me to pick chapters and verses, just because I have studied it more than the OT. Loved loved doing this)

Matthew 6. So many good chapters in this book. Verse 33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  One of my favorite verses of all time. Makes me think about the poignant verses throughout the Bible that have this same theme. Seek GOD first!

Mark 12. Greatest Commandment, Widow’s Offering and much more. Verse 31 “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g]There is no commandment greater than these.”

Luke 16. Verse 13 “You cannot serve both God and money.” Among a ton (including the Lazarus account) of powerful verses, this one is one of the best in this chapter. Notable Chapter goes to Chapter 24 regarding the Walk to Emmaus.

John 15. Verse 5″He who abides in me will bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”  and Verse 17 “Love each other.”  Notable entry for this book of John is Chapter 1,8 & 14.

Acts 4. The beginning of the Church and the spreading of the Gospel(The Good News) to the world fills this Book of Acts. Also aka how to pray-AdorationConfessionThanksgivingSupplication-Acts delights with Peter and Paul’s missionary journey’s. With so many Chapters to pick from and so many Highlights, it’s hard to pick just one Chapter and verse. I’ll go with this one and highlight others for you. Chapter 4 Verse 12 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”  Notable Chapters 2,5,9,10,22.

Romans 8. The Book of Romans is considered the Mt.Everest of the Bible and Chapter 8 is the pinnacle. Verse 39 “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Just this Chapter alone has many great verses to choose from. Notable mentions to Chapter 1, 3, 5 & 6.

1 Corinthians 13. Known as the LOVE Chapter because so many couples incorporate this chapter in their weddings/vows. Verse 13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

2 Corinthians 5. Verse 17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!”

Galatians 5. Fruits of the Spirit-Verses 22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Ephesians 2. Verses  8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith(in Christ Jesus)—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Our entire Faith rests on these verses. Notable mention to the Full Armor of God in Chapter 6.

Philippians 4. Verse 19″And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”

Colossians 3. Verse 14″And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

1 Thessalonians 5. Verses 16″Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

2 Thessalonians 3. Short book and nothing too powerfully disruptive here, but Verse 5″May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”

1 Timothy 6. Verse 10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

2 Timothy 3. Verse 16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”

Titus 2. Verse 11″For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.”

Philemon 1. Only 1 Chapter here. Verse 4″ I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers”

Hebrews 11. The Hall of Faith as it is know as. By Faith over and over. What’s great to see here is the men that were fallible, all members of the body of believers. Verse 31 “By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.” Not only a prostitute, but also in the line of David unto the birth of Christ. Many more Chapters and Verses that are astounding in this Book.

James 1. Verse 22″Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” In Church we have been studying this book for over 2 years now. I feel very close to it. So many great verses throughout the entire book. Chapter 1 really sets the tone for the entire book and the rest of the chapters kind of follow along and elaborate what was stated in this 1st chapter.

1 Peter 3. Verse 15 “in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”  Notable entry to Chapter 5.

2 Peter 1. Verse 21 “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

1 John 4.  Verse . 18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

2 John 1. Only 1 Chapter. Verse  6 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”

3 John 1. Another single Chapter.  Verse 11″Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.”

Jude 1. Lonesome but great Chapter and I love this Doxology in Verses 24 “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”

Revelation 3. End times book, with much left to be revealed, Jesus says I am coming soon. Don’t be this guy, Verse  15″ I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Notable entry in Chapter 22, Come Jesus Come.

 

Blessings to you and yours. Sam.

 

 

 

 

April 22, 2016

Super Chapters of The Bible – Old Testament

To begin this blog post I wanted to preface it by sharing with you how I got the idea. My pastor David Dunn was speaking one Sunday recently and he honed in on a Luke Chapter 16 as a focus for the cross-reference of James Chapter 5. What stood out to me was so much insight and knowledge and gumption to this Chapter in Luke that I named it a “Super Chapter”. I also felt like other Books of the Bible had that same effect on all of us. I am not saying that other chapters aren’t as important as these are, I am just saying that I feel like these Chapters in the Bible are extra special…at least to me and maybe to you as well. This isn’t a perfect science either and this is mostly for fun and education as well. I will also highlight a verse or two that I think ‘coin’ the chapter in my opinion also. I would love for you to comment on your own “Super Chapters” you think are as good as the ones I will be focusing on below. Enjoy:

Genesis 50. Besides Chapter 1 being so important with the Words,”In the Beginning God created”, I felt so much goes into Chapter 50 along with forgiveness/redemption and Verse 20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Exodus 20. Great stories/depictions of the Israelite’s leaving Egypt, etc. but come on, The Ten Commandments….which are still valid today! Thou shalt not….
Leviticus 18. Big on rules, this Book with its regulations and laws of how to properly handle yourself in this life. God gives us the ‘what not to do’ summed up in Verse 22-23,‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.”
Numbers 14. Grumbling from the Israelite’s and Verse 2, Joshua and Caleb’s good report, The Glory of the Lord shows up and more. Verse 8 is the highlight of that Chapter as well,”If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.”
Deuteronomy 6. Jesus quotes this chapter in Verse 5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Also, do not put the Lord to the test, and Fear the Lord.” Pervading topics throughout the Bible.
Joshua 24. Now I know Chapter 1 is great but Chapter 24 summarizes the whole book well. Highlight Verse 15,”But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Judges 4 I love that a Woman named Deborah leads the army and people of Israel in battle and service. Verse 9 “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” Notable mention is Samson in Judges 15 & Gideon Judges 6.
Ruth 1. Only 4 Chapters, but a powerful account of her life I think we can relate to in some ways. Summed up in this verse, the Faith of Ruth is shown here, Verse 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
1 Samuel. Too many good chapters for sure and thus debatable. I have always liked this Verse 22 in Chapter 15: But Samuel replied:“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice,and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
2 Samuel 12. The culmination of accountability comes to a head with David’s initial response and then his penitent heart after Nathan rebukes him. Verse 13 “I have sinned against the Lord.”
1 Kings 3 The wisdom of Solomon is on display here as God had granted him. Verse 28 “When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.”
2 Kings 19 Many Kings of Israel that do good in the sight of the Lord on the throne and Many that do evil just the same during their reigns. I love this prayer and the Chapter is powerful in itself. Verse 15 “And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.”
1 Chronicles 4. The Prayer of Jabez. Famous book and a good read. Verse 10,”Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.”
2 Chronicles 7. Famous Verse 14 from the book and chapter “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Notable mention is Chapter 1 when Solomon asks for Wisdom rather than anything in the world and God gives him more than he expected because he asked with right motives a la Matthew 6:33.
Ezra 7. Some Chapters in books of the Bible are more ‘Super’ than others. Still others have more than one. In the case of Ezra it wasn’t so easy. I went with Chapter 7 Verse 28..”Because the hand of the Lord my God was on me,…” and this chapter had the most substance of God being addressed than the others as well.
Nehemiah 1. Boom, right off Nehemiah gets into the grit of what the whole book is about. Fasting, Mourning and Praying. The Rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls. Verse 5,”Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,” – This is how we should pray, like our forefathers.
Esther 4. Powerful story of bravery. Not any mention of God in this Book(The only Biblical book to do so) and the famous words of encouragement from Mordecai in Verse 14…”And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Job 38. The Hammer drops! After Job’s wife says to Job “curse God and die” in Chapter 1.The conversation between God & Satan and the litany of 3 of Job’s badgering friends ridicule him and on and on, God gives the last word…Are you done? Verse 4-5,“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?Tell me, if you understand.Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!Who stretched a measuring line across it?” I love these verses. Puts us all in CHECK! WHERE WERE YOU…
Psalm 91. With TOO many good Chapters to count, I’m going with this one. Verses 1-2 are beautiful in a maze of others “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust.”  I must share that I love Psalm 23 as well, which I do have memorized.
Proverbs 3. Again pick your favorite and go with it.They are all Super! Verses 5-6 always quickly come to my mind “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit(acknowledge) to him,and he will make your paths straight.”
Ecclesiastes 2. Amongst the ‘Wisdom’ of Solomon and so much meaningless…Verse 25 makes a point “for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”
Song of Songs 1. Starts off so beautifully and I must go with beauty, Verse 15 “How beautiful you are, my darling!Oh, how beautiful!Your eyes are doves.” Speak like this to your spouse and your marriage shall endure!
Isaiah 53. Without question, in my opinion, one of the most important Chapters in the entire OT. Verse 5 about Jesus(The coming Messiah) “But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was on him,and by his wounds we are healed.” *Honorable mention to Chapter 1:18 and 40:31. Again too many good Chapters in this Book.
Jeremiah(aka Weeping Prophet) Chapter 1. So many great verses in this first Chapter alone. Verse 5, 9 & 17. I really like the Verse 5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Notable mention to Chapter 29:11.
Lamentations 3. Not sure there is really a Super Chapter here, but if there was, 3 would be it. Verse 31-33 “For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.”
Ezekiel 37. Not a very famous book, but of the quoted and powerful chapters in a 48 Chapter book this is it. Verse 4-6,”Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
Daniel 3. One of my most favorite books of the OT and this Chapter in particular. Jesus comes alive as the 4th person in the blazing furnace. Verse 25- He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
Hosea 4. The adulteress/whore wife likened to Israel’s prostituting herself to other god’s. Verse 14b”a people without understanding will come to ruin!”
Joel 2. Quickly becoming one of my favorite Minor prophet books. This famous Verse 28,”“And afterward,I will pour out my Spirit on all people.Your sons and daughters will prophesy,your old men will dream dreams,your young men will see visions.”
Amos 4. A serious call-out of Israel throughout the book and in Verse 13 God makes a statement,”He who forms the mountains,who creates the wind,and who reveals his thoughts to mankind,who turns dawn to darkness,and treads on the heights of the earth—the Lord God Almighty is his name.”
Obadiah 1. Only 1 Chapter here and Verse 15 stands out ““The day of the Lord is near for all nations.As you have done, it will be done to you;your deeds will return upon your own head.”
Jonah 3. Oh how we love to tell this tale to our children in SS class 🙂 Chapter 3 really points to God’s willing nature to forgive as shown in Verse 10 “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.” However, Nineveh was destroyed some decades later for her same faults historically.
Micah 6. Another famous and quoted verse that I truly love. Verse 8,”He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.And what does the Lord require of you?To act justly and to love mercy & to walk humbly with your God.”
Nahum 1. Three short Chapters and mostly in regard to God’s wrath. Verse 3a,”The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.”
Habakkuk 2. Anther 3 Chapter book. Habakkuk brings 2 complaints to the Lord and He responds twice. Verse 20 “The Lord is in his holy temple;let all the earth be silent before him.”
Zephaniah 3. Three Chapters again. More judgement and wrath but ultimate restoration found in Chapter 3 Verse 17,”The Lord your God is with you,the Mighty Warrior who saves.He will take great delight in you;in his love he will no longer rebuke you,but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Haggai 2. Two Chapter book. That is why these are called the minor prophets. Shorter books many of them. Haggai ends leaving you wanting…but I like Verse 5 “‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’
Zechariah 4. Verse 6b ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
Malachi 3. This is the end of the OT. Famous verse from this book in this chapter Verse 10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it”

August 11, 2014

The Bible summed up by a child

“Judas Asparagus”:

(This is amazing and should bring tears of laughter to your eyes. I wonder how often we take for granted that children understand what we are teaching?)

A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible. Here is what was written: The Children’s Bible in a Nutshell

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, ‘The Lord thy God is one,’ but I think He must be a lot older than that.

Anyway, God said, ‘Give me a light!’ and someone did.
> Then God made the world.

He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren’t embarrassed because mirrors hadn’t been invented yet.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden…..Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn’t have cars.

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.

Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.
> One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh’s people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.
> God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don’t lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor’s stuff.
> Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother.

One of Moses’ best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

After Joshua came David.. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn’t sound very wise to me.

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore.

There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don’t have to worry about them.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New Testament.. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had bIeen born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, ‘Close the door! Were you born in a barn?’ It would be nice to say, ‘As a matter of fact, I was.’)

During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Republicans.

Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.

Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. But the Republicans and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn’t stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

Blessings!

January 7, 2014

Word of God

Awesome tweet that I felt needed to be posted here too:

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August 10, 2009

Your Word

“Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart”  Jeremiah 15:16

God’s Word(The Bible) is always a blessing to the believer that reads it.  Through the Holy Spirit that educates and discerns.  Through the Son who speaks.  Through the Father that gives.  Thank you Lord for your Holy Roadmap that guides us.  Your Word is a lamp unto feet and a light unto my path.

Blessings!

July 6, 2009

oldest bible published online

Real cool news out of the historical world – the wold’s oldest bible has been put on display here.   History comes alive – DIGITALLY- in our new era of the 21st Century.  Great to see good come from technology, especially when all can have access to the greatest book EVER written – that has sold more copies than any other book in the history of the world!

April 20, 2009

the big question?

You know, I just read an article about how in the Miss USA pageant, a woman answers a question about her thoughts on gay marriage.  First of all, why is that question even being asked?  Why is the gay right and movement have to be center stage in a pageant?  Why is it that religion has no room in a pageant, but the far left insist on making gay rights a non-religious movement but a political one.  This puzzles me.  If you don’t want an answer to your question that is different than your views, beliefs or thoughts, DON’T ASK THE QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, this young lady answers, I believe marriage is between a man and a woman.  The MC happens to be an openly gay man that has a blog as well.  Why is he asking this question?  Does he think everyone believes like him only?  Why is it wrong to say what you believe in anymore if it’s different than your view?  There is seriously something wrong when my thoughts and views are different than yours and it’s ‘wrong’! 

We all have rights to say and believe what we want, even if it’s different than yours and you know what, I agree with the woman’s answer.  Biblically speaking, it is wrong and I believe what the Bible says.  If you have a problem with that, take it up with God himself, because He said it NOT ME! 

We can all agree to disagree.  Even in the Church, we have differences in what we all believe, but the one thing that is NOT up for debate is that God is part of the Trinity-Three in one.  Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.  That is black and white and there is no gray area there, period.  Outside of that, we can see things differently, but believing in Jesus as God’s only son and that He is the way to Heaven is not optional or up for debate.

I have friends in the church that have turned from homosexuality and are married now to a woman and believe in Jesus.  No one is perfect and we all fall short of the glory of God, including myself.  I am not casting the first stone, and we all will be held accountable for what we do, say and live when we leave this earth.

February 9, 2009

where’s the ark of the covenant?

I know there are many questions that surround different artifacts from the Old Testament like Noah’s Ark and the Ark of The Covenant in regards to their locations and whereabouts today.  I bring this up because I read an article about a man from North Carolina(I think) deciding to head out and look for Noah’s Ark somewhere in Turkey or Eastern Europe.  I then also thought about where the Ark of The Covenant is today as well, since I was thinking about things that haven’t been found from the OT.

Here are my thoughts on this.  I don’t think Noah’s Ark will be found for this reason.  Noah and his family needed shelter and needed to build a new home, etc.  I think he used the wood from the Ark for materials.  Plain and simple.  Thus, the Ark won’t be found because it doesn’t exist anymore today.

Next, the Ark of The Covenant, it isn’t here on earth anymore…period!  Revelation 11:19a states this “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant.”   So, the Ark of The Covenant is no longer here on earth but in Heaven, where it should be!

There are matters of Faith that we need to trust what scripture says rather than try to prove for factual evidence all the time, things that are written in scripture.  I know it’s a fun endeavor to search for these things, but I don’t think it’s something that is needed or required to build a strong, healthy faith.  Faith is being sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do NOT see.

Are there other items in scripture that you think should still be around today that need/should be found, share them with me and see if we can’t come up with an answer?

August 25, 2008

God’s will for my life?

The eternal human question of  “What’s God’s will for my life?” and “What’s my purpose?” is not an easy question nor is there an easy/quick answer.  Scripture states “Who formed you in the womb” Isaiah 44:24  Now if God formed you in the womb, before you even took a breath, don’t you think He wants so much more to do with you after you have been born?  I believe so.  Building a strong foundation for what’s His will for my life is part of the beginning here.  Scripture states that He knows the number of hairs on our head and that He loves us and cares for us, repeatedly.

So, what are we to do with a God that created the Solar System, wanting to have a close and personal relationship with us is a question that as stated before is proven by a loving God.

Our response to this love has a large part to do with what His will is for our lives is.  The answer really can be as complicated or as easy as you want it to be.  I don’t expect to completely answer this question in a single post.  I will attempt to give a answer, but I don’t think that I could answer this question ultimately until I reach Heaven and see that He had so much more for me to do, if my selfishness just hadn’t got in the way.

Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” 

I ask myself the question, “is it really that simple?”  or is it more complicated and introspective than just that verse above?  I believe there are many scriptures that you could find to support what His will for your life is.  Ultimately, though, I believe that it’s up to you to find in His word(The Bible) what He wants from you and what He wants you to do.  I think I would say that God wants all of us to read His word more and in that way, we draw closer to Him and in turn, this draws us closer to understanding of what He truly does want from us individually. 

That would be my best answer, read The Bible.  Learn His word and His true nature will be revealed to you.  This will change your life in a positive way and guide you in steps that you might never had made unless you did read scripture.

I pray that this post finds you ready to receive answers to your questions as He is waiting for you to listen.

July 29, 2008

do good

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins”  James 4:17

Have you not done something that you knew you should have, that was right, but just didn’t?  I have too.  Did you know this scriptue exists?  Yeah, it does.  For me, I believe that what this word is saying is to do good all the time and especially when it counts.  The time of conviction will come upon you when you know something is write that you ought to do…the question is up to you…will you do it?

Let’s pray today that we do DO the good we ought to today and everyday, that we may bring Glory to our Father in Heaven.