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I just wanted to send out a great big THANK YOU & PRAISE GOD.
The surgery went very well and they are looking to release my grandfather from the hospital today.
Thank you for your prayers.
Thank God for this incredible work as the great physician. In Jesus’ name.
1 Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. 2 There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. 3 He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way – he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by. 5 When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” 6 Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. 7 Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?” 8 Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor – and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.” 9 Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! 10 For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”
11 While he had their attention, and because they were getting close to Jerusalem by this time and expectation was building that God’s kingdom would appear any minute, he told this story: 12 “There was once a man descended from a royal house who needed to make a long trip back to headquarters to get authorization for his rule and then return. 13 But first he called ten servants together, gave them each a sum of money, and instructed them, ‘Operate with this until I return.’ 14 “But the citizens there hated him. So they sent a commission with a signed petition to oppose his rule: ‘We don’t want this man to rule us.’ 15 “When he came back bringing the authorization of his rule, he called those ten servants to whom he had given the money to find out how they had done. 16 “The first said, ‘Master, I doubled your money.’ 17 “He said, ‘Good servant! Great work! Because you’ve been trustworthy in this small job, I’m making you governor of ten towns.’ 18 “The second said, ‘Master, I made a fifty percent profit on your money.’ 19 “He said, ‘I’m putting you in charge of five towns.’ 20 “The next servant said, ‘Master, here’s your money safe and sound. I kept it hidden in the cellar. 21 To tell you the truth, I was a little afraid. I know you have high standards and hate sloppiness, and don’t suffer fools gladly.‘ 22 “He said, ‘You’re right that I don’t suffer fools gladly – and you’ve acted the fool! 23 Why didn’t you at least invest the money in securities so I would have gotten a little interest on it?‘ 24 “Then he said to those standing there, ‘Take the money from him and give it to the servant who doubled my stake.’ 25 “They said, ‘But Master, he already has double . . .’ 26 “He said, ‘That’s what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag. 27 “‘As for these enemies of mine who petitioned against my rule, clear them out of here. I don’t want to see their faces around here again.'”
3 Then Jacob sent messengers on ahead to his brother Esau in the land of Seir in Edom. 4 He instructed them: “Tell my master Esau this, ‘A message from your servant Jacob: I’ve been staying with Laban and couldn’t get away until now. 5 I’ve acquired cattle and donkeys and sheep; also men and women servants. I’m telling you all this, my master, hoping for your approval.'” 6 The messengers came back to Jacob and said, “We talked to your brother Esau and he’s on his way to meet you. But he has four hundred men with him.” 7 Jacob was scared. Very scared. Panicked, he divided his people, sheep, cattle, and camels into two camps. 8 He thought, “If Esau comes on the first camp and attacks it, the other camp has a chance to get away.”
9 And then Jacob prayed, “God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, God who told me, ‘Go back to your parents’ homeland and I’ll treat you well.’ 10 I don’t deserve all the love and loyalty you’ve shown me. When I left here and crossed the Jordan I only had the clothes on my back, and now look at me – two camps! 11 Save me, please, from the violence of my brother, my angry brother! I’m afraid he’ll come and attack us all, me, the mothers and the children. 12 You yourself said, ‘I will treat you well; I’ll make your descendants like the sands of the sea, far too many to count.'”
13 He slept the night there. Then he prepared a present for his brother Esau from his possessions: 14 two hundred female goats, twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty camels with their nursing young, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16 He put a servant in charge of each herd and said, “Go ahead of me and keep a healthy space between each herd.” 17 Then he instructed the first one out: “When my brother Esau comes close and asks, ‘Who is your master? Where are you going? Who owns these?’ 18 – answer him like this, ‘Your servant Jacob. They are a gift to my master Esau. He’s on his way.'” 19 He gave the same instructions to the second servant and to the third – to each in turn as they set out with their herds: 20 “Say ‘Your servant Jacob is on his way behind us.'” He thought, “I will soften him up with the succession of gifts. Then when he sees me face-to-face, maybe he’ll be glad to welcome me.” 21 So his gifts went before him while he settled down for the night in the camp. 22 But during the night he got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants, and his eleven children and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He got them safely across the brook along with all his possessions.
24 But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he couldn’t get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint. 26 The man said, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.” Jacob said, “I’m not letting you go ’til you bless me.” 27 The man said, “What’s your name?” He answered, “Jacob.” 28 The man said, “But no longer. Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it’s Israel (God-Wrestler); you’ve wrestled with God and you’ve come through.” 29 Jacob asked, “And what’s your name?” The man said, “Why do you want to know my name?” And then, right then and there, he blessed him. 30 Jacob named the place Peniel (God’s Face) because, he said, “I saw God face-to-face and lived to tell the story!” 31 The sun came up as he left Peniel, limping because of his hip. 32 (This is why Israelites to this day don’t eat the hip muscle; because Jacob’s hip was thrown out of joint.)
1 Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his four hundred men. He divided the children between Leah and Rachel and the two maidservants. 2 He put the maidservants out in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3 He led the way and, as he approached his brother, bowed seven times, honoring his brother. 4 But Esau ran up and embraced him, held him tight and kissed him. And they both wept.
5 Then Esau looked around and saw the women and children: “And who are these with you?” Jacob said, “The children that God saw fit to bless me with.” 6 Then the maidservants came up with their children and bowed; 7 then Leah and her children, also bowing; and finally, Joseph and Rachel came up and bowed to Esau. 8 Esau then asked, “And what was the meaning of all those herds that I met?” “I was hoping that they would pave the way for my master to welcome me.” 9 Esau said, “Oh, brother. I have plenty of everything – keep what is yours for yourself.” 10 Jacob said, “Please. If you can find it in your heart to welcome me, accept these gifts. When I saw your face, it was as the face of God smiling on me. 11 Accept the gifts I have brought for you. God has been good to me and I have more than enough.” Jacob urged the gifts on him and Esau accepted. 12 Then Esau said, “Let’s start out on our way; I’ll take the lead.” 13 But Jacob said, “My master can see that the children are frail. And the flocks and herds are nursing, making for slow going. If I push them too hard, even for a day, I’d lose them all. 14 So, master, you go on ahead of your servant, while I take it easy at the pace of my flocks and children. I’ll catch up with you in Seir.” 15 Esau said, “Let me at least lend you some of my men.” “There’s no need,” said Jacob. “Your generous welcome is all I need or want.”
16 So Esau set out that day and made his way back to Seir. 17 And Jacob left for Succoth. He built a shelter for himself and sheds for his livestock. That’s how the place came to be called Succoth (Sheds). 18 And that’s how it happened that Jacob arrived all in one piece in Shechem in the land of Canaan – all the way from Paddan Aram. He camped near the city. 19 He bought the land where he pitched his tent from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. He paid a hundred silver coins for it. 20 Then he built an altar there and named it El-Elohe-Israel (Mighty Is the God of Israel).
1 My head is high, God, held high; 2 I’m looking to you, God; No hangdog skulking for me. 3 I’ve thrown in my lot with you; You won’t embarrass me, will you? Or let my enemies get the best of me? Don’t embarrass any of us Who went out on a limb for you. It’s the traitors who should be humiliated. 4 Show me how you work, God; School me in your ways. 5 Take me by the hand; Lead me down the path of truth. You are my Savior, aren’t you? 6 Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God; Rebuild the ancient landmarks! 7 Forget that I sowed wild oats; Mark me with your sign of love. Plan only the best for me, God!
8 God is fair and just; He corrects the misdirected, Sends them in the right direction. 9 He gives the rejects his hand, And leads them step-by-step. 10 From now on every road you travel Will take you to God. Follow the Covenant signs; Read the charted directions. 11 Keep up your reputation, God; Forgive my bad life; It’s been a very bad life. 12 My question: What are God-worshipers like? Your answer: Arrows aimed at God’s bull’s-eye. 13 They settle down in a promising place; Their kids inherit a prosperous farm. 14 God-friendship is for God-worshipers; They are the ones he confides in.
15 If I keep my eyes on God, I won’t trip over my own feet. 16 Look at me and help me! I’m all alone and in big trouble. 17 My heart and kidneys are fighting each other; Call a truce to this civil war. 18 Take a hard look at my life of hard labor, Then lift this ton of sin. 19 Do you see how many people Have it in for me? How viciously they hate me? 20 Keep watch over me and keep me out of trouble; Don’t let me down when I run to you. 21 Use all your skill to put me together; I wait to see your finished product. 22 God, give your people a break From this run of bad luck.
18 One day one of the local officials asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to deserve eternal life?” 19 Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good – only God. 20 You know the commandments, don’t you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honor your father and mother.” 21 He said, “I’ve kept them all for as long as I can remember.” 22 When Jesus heard that, he said, “Then there’s only one thing left to do: Sell everything you own and give it away to the poor. You will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 23 This was the last thing the official expected to hear. He was very rich and became terribly sad. He was holding on tight to a lot of things and not about to let them go. 24 Seeing his reaction, Jesus said, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who have it all to enter God’s kingdom? 25 I’d say it’s easier to thread a camel through a needle’s eye than get a rich person into God’s kingdom.” 26 “Then who has any chance at all?” the others asked. 27 “No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” 28 Peter tried to regain some initiative: “We left everything we owned and followed you, didn’t we?” 29 “Yes,” said Jesus, “and you won’t regret it. No one who has sacrificed home, spouse, brothers and sisters, parents, children – whatever – 30 will lose out. It will all come back multiplied many times over in your lifetime. And then the bonus of eternal life!”
31 Then Jesus took the Twelve off to the side and said, “Listen carefully. We’re on our way up to Jerusalem. Everything written in the Prophets about the Son of Man will take place. 32 He will be handed over to the Romans, jeered at, made sport of, and spit on. Then, after giving him the third degree, they will kill him. 33 In three days he will rise, alive.” 34 But they didn’t get it, could make neither heads nor tails of what he was talking about.
35 He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts. 36 When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on. 37 They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is going by.” 38 He yelled, “Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” 39 Those ahead of Jesus told the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” 40 Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked, 41 “What do you want from me?” He said, “Master, I want to see again.” 42 Jesus said, “Go ahead – see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!” 43 The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing – and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.
1 Jacob learned that Laban’s sons were talking behind his back: “Jacob has used our father’s wealth to make himself rich at our father’s expense.” 2 At the same time, Jacob noticed that Laban had changed toward him. He wasn’t treating him the same. 3 That’s when God said to Jacob, “Go back home where you were born. I’ll go with you.” 4 So Jacob sent word for Rachel and Leah to meet him out in the field where his flocks were. 5 He said, “I notice that your father has changed toward me; he doesn’t treat me the same as before. But the God of my father hasn’t changed; he’s still with me. 6 You know how hard I’ve worked for your father. 7 Still, your father has cheated me over and over, changing my wages time and again. But God never let him really hurt me. 8 If he said, ‘Your wages will consist of speckled animals’ the whole flock would start having speckled lambs and kids. And if he said, ‘From now on your wages will be streaked animals’ the whole flock would have streaked ones. 9 Over and over God used your father’s livestock to reward me. 10 “Once, while the flocks were mating, I had a dream and saw the billy goats, all of them streaked, speckled, and mottled, mounting their mates. 11 In the dream an angel of God called out to me, ‘Jacob!’ “I said, ‘Yes?’ 12 “He said, ‘Watch closely. Notice that all the goats in the flock that are mating are streaked, speckled, and mottled. I know what Laban’s been doing to you. 13 I’m the God of Bethel where you consecrated a pillar and made a vow to me. Now be on your way, get out of this place, go home to your birthplace.'” 14 Rachel and Leah said, “Has he treated us any better? 15 Aren’t we treated worse than outsiders? All he wanted was the money he got from selling us, and he’s spent all that. 16 Any wealth that God has seen fit to return to us from our father is justly ours and our children’s. Go ahead. Do what God told you.”
17 Jacob did it. He put his children and his wives on camels 18 and gathered all his livestock and everything he had gotten, everything acquired in Paddan Aram, to go back home to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. 19 Laban was off shearing sheep. Rachel stole her father’s household gods. 20 And Jacob had concealed his plans so well that Laban the Aramean had no idea what was going on – he was totally in the dark. 21 Jacob got away with everything he had and was soon across the Euphrates headed for the hill country of Gilead. 22 Three days later, Laban got the news: “Jacob’s run off.” 23 Laban rounded up his relatives and chased after him. Seven days later they caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. 24 That night God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream and said, “Be careful what you do to Jacob, whether good or bad.”
25 When Laban reached him, Jacob’s tents were pitched in the Gilead mountains; Laban pitched his tents there too. 26 “What do you mean,” said Laban, “by keeping me in the dark and sneaking off, hauling my daughters off like prisoners of war? 27 Why did you run off like a thief in the night? Why didn’t you tell me? Why, I would have sent you off with a great celebration – music, timbrels, flutes! 28 But you wouldn’t permit me so much as a kiss for my daughters and grandchildren. It was a stupid thing for you to do. 29 If I had a mind to, I could destroy you right now, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, ‘Be careful what you do to Jacob, whether good or bad.’ 30 I understand. You left because you were homesick. But why did you steal my household gods?” 31 Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid. I thought you would take your daughters away from me by brute force. 32 But as far as your gods are concerned, if you find that anybody here has them, that person dies. With all of us watching, look around. If you find anything here that belongs to you, take it.” Jacob didn’t know that Rachel had stolen the gods. 33 Laban went through Jacob’s tent, Leah’s tent, and the tents of the two maids but didn’t find them. He went from Leah’s tent to Rachel’s. 34 But Rachel had taken the household gods, put them inside a camel cushion, and was sitting on them. When Laban had gone through the tent, searching high and low without finding a thing, 35 Rachel said to her father, “Don’t think I’m being disrespectful, my master, that I can’t stand before you, but I’m having my period.” So even though he turned the place upside down in his search, he didn’t find the household gods.
36 Now it was Jacob’s turn to get angry. He lit into Laban: “So what’s my crime, what wrong have I done you that you badger me like this? 37 You’ve ransacked the place. Have you turned up a single thing that’s yours? Let’s see it – display the evidence. Our two families can be the jury and decide between us. 38 “In the twenty years I’ve worked for you, ewes and she-goats never miscarried. I never feasted on the rams from your flock. 39 I never brought you a torn carcass killed by wild animals but that I paid for it out of my own pocket – actually, you made me pay whether it was my fault or not. 40 I was out in all kinds of weather, from torrid heat to freezing cold, putting in many a sleepless night. 41 For twenty years I’ve done this: I slaved away fourteen years for your two daughters and another six years for your flock and you changed my wages ten times. 42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not stuck with me, you would have sent me off penniless. But God saw the fix I was in and how hard I had worked and last night rendered his verdict.”
43 Laban defended himself: “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flock is my flock – everything you see is mine. But what can I do about my daughters or for the children they’ve had? 44 So let’s settle things between us, make a covenant – God will be the witness between us.” 45 Jacob took a stone and set it upright as a pillar. 46 Jacob called his family around, “Get stones!” They gathered stones and heaped them up and then ate there beside the pile of stones. 47 Laban named it in Aramaic, Yegar-sahadutha (Witness Monument); Jacob echoed the naming in Hebrew, Galeed (Witness Monument). 48 Laban said, “This monument of stones will be a witness, beginning now, between you and me.” (That’s why it is called Galeed – Witness Monument.) 49 It is also called Mizpah (Watchtower) because Laban said, “God keep watch between you and me when we are out of each other’s sight. 50 If you mistreat my daughters or take other wives when there’s no one around to see you, God will see you and stand witness between us.” 51 Laban continued to Jacob, “This monument of stones and this stone pillar that I have set up is a witness, 52 a witness that I won’t cross this line to hurt you and you won’t cross this line to hurt me. 53 The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor (the God of their ancestor) will keep things straight between us.” 54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and worshiped, calling in all his family members to the meal. They ate and slept that night on the mountain. 55 Laban got up early the next morning, kissed his grandchildren and his daughters, blessed them, and then set off for home.
3 Who can climb Mount God? Who can scale the holy north-face? 4 Only the clean-handed, only the pure-hearted; Men who won’t cheat, women who won’t seduce. 5 God is at their side; with God’s help they make it. 6 This, Jacob, is what happens to God-seekers, God-questers.
7 Wake up, you sleepyhead city! Wake up, you sleepyhead people! King-Glory is ready to enter. 8 Who is this King-Glory? God, armed and battle-ready. 9 Wake up, you sleepyhead city! Wake up, you sleepyhead people! King-Glory is ready to enter. 10 Who is this King-Glory? God of the angel armies: he is King-Glory.
Thanks Phil. I think I’m a loser, no one can change that. BUT… I look forward to hearing from you everyday, too. I live far from Columbus. Sueños dulces.
Thanks everyone who has been praying. My grandfather is going into surgery today. Please pray for him that the surgery will go well and that the doctors will be able to open up the blockages. Please also pray that everyone will know that this is in God’s hand so that there will be a peace about it.
Thanks and God Bless,
My grandfather had a minor heart attack a little while back and they have moved him to another hospital and have planned to do surgery on Monday or Tuesday. He had bypass surgery many years ago and a few of the tubes are blocked.
Pray for a miraculous healing and that the doctors will have pin point accuracy. They are God’s hands extended. Pray he will have a successful surgery and a quick recovery in Jesus’ name I pray.