God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.


Luke 14:25-35

25 One day when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, 26 “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters – yes, even one’s own self! – can’t be my disciple. 27 Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple. 28 “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? 29 If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: 30 ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’ 31 “Or can you imagine a king going into battle against another king without first deciding whether it is possible with his ten thousand troops to face the twenty thousand troops of the other? 32 And if he decides he can’t, won’t he send an emissary and work out a truce? 33 “Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple. 34 “Salt is excellent. But if the salt goes flat, it’s useless, good for nothing. “Are you listening to this? Really listening?

Genesis 26

1 There was a famine in the land, as bad as the famine during the time of Abraham. And Isaac went down to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, in Gerar. 2 God appeared to him and said, “Don’t go down to Egypt; stay where I tell you. 3 Stay here in this land and I’ll be with you and bless you. I’m giving you and your children all these lands, fulfilling the oath that I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I’ll make your descendants as many as the stars in the sky and give them all these lands. All the nations of the Earth will get a blessing for themselves through your descendants. 5 And why? Because Abraham obeyed my summons and kept my charge – my commands, my guidelines, my teachings.”

6 So Isaac stayed put in Gerar. 7 The men of the place questioned him about his wife. He said, “She’s my sister.” He was afraid to say “She’s my wife.” He was thinking, “These men might kill me to get Rebekah, she’s so beautiful.” 8 One day, after they had been there quite a long time, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out his window and saw Isaac fondling his wife Rebekah. 9 Abimelech sent for Isaac and said, “So, she’s your wife. Why did you tell us ‘She’s my sister’?” Isaac said, “Because I thought I might get killed by someone who wanted her.” 10 Abimelech said, “But think of what you might have done to us! Given a little more time, one of the men might have slept with your wife; you would have been responsible for bringing guilt down on us.” 11 Then Abimelech gave orders to his people: “Anyone who so much as lays a hand on this man or his wife dies.”

12 Isaac planted crops in that land and took in a huge harvest. God blessed him. 13 The man got richer and richer by the day until he was very wealthy. 14 He accumulated flocks and herds and many, many servants, so much so that the Philistines began to envy him. 15 They got back at him by throwing dirt and debris into all the wells that his father’s servants had dug back in the days of his father Abraham, clogging up all the wells. 16 Finally, Abimelech told Isaac: “Leave. You’ve become far too big for us.” 17 So Isaac left. He camped in the valley of Gerar and settled down there. 18 Isaac dug again the wells which were dug in the days of his father Abraham but had been clogged up by the Philistines after Abraham’s death. And he renamed them, using the original names his father had given them. 19 One day, as Isaac’s servants were digging in the valley, they came on a well of spring water. 20 The shepherds of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s shepherds, claiming, “This water is ours.” So Isaac named the well Esek (Quarrel) because they quarreled over it. 21 They dug another well and there was a difference over that one also, so he named it Sitnah (Accusation). 22 He went on from there and dug yet another well. But there was no fighting over this one so he named it Rehoboth (Wide-Open Spaces), saying, “Now God has given us plenty of space to spread out in the land.” 23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 That very night God appeared to him and said, I am the God of Abraham your father; don’t fear a thing because I’m with you. I’ll bless you and make your children flourish because of Abraham my servant. 25 Isaac built an altar there and prayed, calling on God by name. He pitched his tent and his servants started digging another well.

26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his advisor and Phicol the head of his troops. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why did you come to me? You hate me; you threw me out of your country.” 28 They said, “We’ve realized that God is on your side. We’d like to make a deal between us – a covenant 29 that we maintain friendly relations. We haven’t bothered you in the past; we treated you kindly and let you leave us in peace. So – God’s blessing be with you!” 30 Isaac laid out a feast and they ate and drank together. 31 Early in the morning they exchanged oaths. Then Isaac said good-bye and they parted as friends. 32 Later that same day, Isaac’s servants came to him with news about the well they had been digging, “We’ve struck water!” 33 Isaac named the well Sheba (Oath), and that’s the name of the city, Beersheba (Oath-Well), to this day.

34 When Esau was forty years old he married Judith, daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath, daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They turned out to be thorns in the sides of Isaac and Rebekah.

Psalms 19

1 God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. 2 Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening. 3 Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded, 4 But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. God makes a huge dome for the sun – a superdome! 5 The morning sun’s a new husband leaping from his honeymoon bed, The daybreaking sun an athlete racing to the tape. 6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, Melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith.

7 The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. 8 The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. 9 God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree. 10 God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries. 11 There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. 12 Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? 13 Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. 14 These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.

Standing in the Gap.


Dear Lord,

You have called me to stand in the gap. I lay myself here is a living sacrifice that Lord others would come to know you. I trust you and believe in you and stand here that Lord you would be revealed and real to others who need you, but don’t know it yet.

I stand in the gap for Ben. I pray that You will continue to make divine appointments with him, I pray Lord that I can be a light on a hill that can’t be hidden. I pray that You will make him into an incredible man of God who will outreach and teach the world of your love and your glory.

I stand in the gap for the new church property praying that you will make a way for the permits, for the finances, for the incredible miracle that will touch peoples lives from the I-90 corridor to the ends of the earth.

I stand in the gap for my family and extended family that they would all grow in knowing you, trusting you, and following you.

I stand in the gap for my friends that you would be revealed to them, that the joy of the Lord would be made real to them, that your purpose would be revealed to them.

Lord, I am standing in the Gap. I Trust You. I Love You. I have been called by You.

Lord, I love you because you first loved me.

Lord, I will worship you in everything I do, as that is the one thing that I can do for you.

I lift this up to you today in Jesus’ Holy name.

Amen.

Comments

– 1/18/2005 12:14:56 PM

Phil, I don’t really feel in the mood today to talk much about the whole existance of “God” But I will say this. I can walk into a class room and say “ALL HAIL GOD” and bow to a Trash Can and the school can’t do jack about it. God isn’t with us. Praying doesn’t help. You have to take what comes your way if it’s investing into a program that fails or makes a million dollars.. to.. buying the love of your life a necklace.. that has three fakish diamonds that are tear shaped. You have to feed your curiousity. It’s human nature. Someone asked me today.. “If you had a chance to live your life over again.. would you do it?” I said “In a heartbeat” If I hadn’t, I might never have met Chalayne. And Chalayne is the greatest thing a man could ask for. She’s absolutely… perfect.

If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face.


Luke 14:1-24

1 One time when Jesus went for a Sabbath meal with one of the top leaders of the Pharisees, all the guests had their eyes on him, watching his every move. 2 Right before him there was a man hugely swollen in his joints. 3 So Jesus asked the religion scholars and Pharisees present, “Is it permitted to heal on the Sabbath? Yes or no?” 4 They were silent. So he took the man, healed him, and sent him on his way. 5 Then he said, “Is there anyone here who, if a child or animal fell down a well, wouldn’t rush to pull him out immediately, not asking whether or not it was the Sabbath?” 6 They were stumped. There was nothing they could say to that.

7 He went on to tell a story to the guests around the table. Noticing how each had tried to elbow into the place of honor, he said, 8 “When someone invites you to dinner, don’t take the place of honor. Somebody more important than you might have been invited by the host. 9 Then he’ll come and call out in front of everybody, ‘You’re in the wrong place. The place of honor belongs to this man.’ Red-faced, you’ll have to make your way to the very last table, the only place left. 10 “When you’re invited to dinner, go and sit at the last place. Then when the host comes he may very well say, ‘Friend, come up to the front.’ That will give the dinner guests something to talk about! 11 What I’m saying is, If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face. But if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.” 12 Then he turned to the host. “The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. 13 Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. 14 You’ll be – and experience – a blessing. They won’t be able to return the favor, but the favor will be returned – oh, how it will be returned! – at the resurrection of God’s people.”

15 That triggered a response from one of the guests: “How fortunate the one who gets to eat dinner in God’s kingdom!” 16 Jesus followed up. “Yes. For there was once a man who threw a great dinner party and invited many. 17 When it was time for dinner, he sent out his servant to the invited guests, saying, ‘Come on in; the food’s on the table.’ 18 “Then they all began to beg off, one after another making excuses. The first said, ‘I bought a piece of property and need to look it over. Send my regrets.’ 19 “Another said, ‘I just bought five teams of oxen, and I really need to check them out. Send my regrets.’ 20 “And yet another said, ‘I just got married and need to get home to my wife.’ 21 “The servant went back and told the master what had happened. He was outraged and told the servant, ‘Quickly, get out into the city streets and alleys. Collect all who look like they need a square meal, all the misfits and homeless and wretched you can lay your hands on, and bring them here.’ 22 “The servant reported back, ‘Master, I did what you commanded – and there’s still room.’ 23 “The master said, ‘Then go to the country roads. Whoever you find, drag them in. I want my house full! 24 Let me tell you, not one of those originally invited is going to get so much as a bite at my dinner party.'”

Genesis 25

1 Abraham married a second time; his new wife was named Keturah. 2 She gave birth to Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 Jokshan had Sheba and Dedan. Dedan’s descendants were the Asshurim, the Letushim, and the Leummim. 4 Midian had Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah – all from the line of Keturah. 5 But Abraham gave everything he possessed to Isaac. 6 While he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons he had by his concubines, but then sent them away to the country of the east, putting a good distance between them and his son Isaac. 7 Abraham lived 175 years. 8 Then he took his final breath. He died happy at a ripe old age, full of years, and was buried with his family. 9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, next to Mamre. 10 It was the field that Abraham had bought from the Hittites. Abraham was buried next to his wife Sarah.

11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac. Isaac lived at Beer Lahai Roi. The Family Tree of Ishmael 12 This is the family tree of Ishmael son of Abraham, the son that Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s maid, bore to Abraham. 13 These are the names of Ishmael’s sons in the order of their births: Nebaioth, Ishmael’s first-born, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa 15 , Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah – 16 all the sons of Ishmael. Their settlements and encampments were named after them. Twelve princes with their twelve tribes. 17 Ishmael lived 137 years. When he breathed his last and died he was buried with his family. 18 His children settled down all the way from Havilah near Egypt eastward to Shur in the direction of Assyria. The Ishmaelites didn’t get along with any of their kin. Jacob and Rachel

19 This is the family tree of Isaac son of Abraham: Abraham had Isaac. 20 Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan Aram. She was the sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed hard to God for his wife because she was barren. God answered his prayer and Rebekah became pregnant. 22 But the children tumbled and kicked inside her so much that she said, “If this is the way it’s going to be, why go on living?” She went to God to find out what was going on. 23 God told her, Two nations are in your womb, two peoples butting heads while still in your body. One people will overpower the other, and the older will serve the younger. 24 When her time to give birth came, sure enough, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out reddish, as if snugly wrapped in a hairy blanket; they named him Esau (Hairy). 26 His brother followed, his fist clutched tight to Esau’s heel; they named him Jacob (Heel). Isaac was sixty years old when they were born. 27 The boys grew up. Esau became an expert hunter, an outdoorsman. Jacob was a quiet man preferring life indoors among the tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he loved his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 One day Jacob was cooking a stew. Esau came in from the field, starved. 30 Esau said to Jacob, “Give me some of that red stew – I’m starved!” That’s how he came to be called Edom (Red). 31 Jacob said, “Make me a trade: my stew for your rights as the firstborn.” 32 Esau said, “I’m starving! What good is a birthright if I’m dead?” 33 Jacob said, “First, swear to me.” And he did it. On oath Esau traded away his rights as the firstborn. 34 Jacob gave him bread and the stew of lentils. He ate and drank, got up and left. That’s how Esau shrugged off his rights as the firstborn.

Psalms 18

1 I love you, God – you make me strong. 2 God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God – the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout. 3 I sing to God, the Praise-Lofty, and find myself safe and saved. 4 The hangman’s noose was tight at my throat; devil waters rushed over me. 5 Hell’s ropes cinched me tight; death traps barred every exit. 6 A hostile world! I call to God, I cry to God to help me. From his palace he hears my call; my cry brings me right into his presence – a private audience! 7 Earth wobbles and lurches; huge mountains shake like leaves, Quake like aspen leaves because of his rage. 8 His nostrils flare, bellowing smoke; his mouth spits fire. Tongues of fire dart in and out; 9 he lowers the sky. He steps down; under his feet an abyss opens up. 10 He’s riding a winged creature, swift on wind-wings. 11 Now he’s wrapped himself in a trenchcoat of black-cloud darkness. 12 But his cloud-brightness bursts through, spraying hailstones and fireballs. 13 Then God thundered out of heaven; the High God gave a great shout, spraying hailstones and fireballs. 14 God shoots his arrows – pandemonium! He hurls his lightnings – a rout! 15 The secret sources of ocean are exposed, the hidden depths of earth lie uncovered The moment you roar in protest, let loose your hurricane anger. 16 But me he caught – reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out 17 that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. 18 They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. 19 He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved – surprised to be loved!

20 God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. 21 Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted. 22 Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. 23 I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. 24 God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes. 25 The good people taste your goodness, The whole people taste your health, 26 The true people taste your truth, The bad ones can’t figure you out. 27 You take the side of the down-and-out, But the stuck-up you take down a peg. 28 Suddenly, God, you floodlight my life; I’m blazing with glory, God’s glory!

29 I smash the bands of marauders, I vault the highest fences. 30 What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. Every God-direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward him Makes it. 31 Is there any god like God? Are we not at bedrock? 32 Is not this the God who armed me, then aimed me in the right direction? 33 Now I run like a deer; I’m king of the mountain. 34 He shows me how to fight; I can bend a bronze bow! 35 You protect me with salvation-armor; you hold me up with a firm hand, caress me with your gentle ways. 36 You cleared the ground under me so my footing was firm. 37 When I chased my enemies I caught them; I didn’t let go till they were dead men. 38 I nailed them; they were down for good; then I walked all over them. 39 You armed me well for this fight, you smashed the upstarts. 40 You made my enemies turn tail, and I wiped out the haters. 41 They cried “uncle” but Uncle didn’t come; They yelled for God and got no for an answer. 42 I ground them to dust; they gusted in the wind. I threw them out, like garbage in the gutter. 43 You rescued me from a squabbling people; you made me a leader of nations. People I’d never heard of served me; 44 the moment they got wind of me they listened. 45 they came on their bellies, crawling from their hideouts. 46 Live, God! Blessings from my Rock, my free and freeing God, towering! 47 This God set things right for me and shut up the people who talked back. 48 He rescued me from enemy anger, he pulled me from the grip of upstarts, He saved me from the bullies. 49 That’s why I’m thanking you, God, all over the world. That’s why I’m singing songs that rhyme your name. 50 God’s king takes the trophy; God’s chosen is beloved. I mean David and all his children – always.

Have you ever read Mark?


If you don’t want someone to tell you about Jesus or tell you to believe. Take a chance and read the book of Mark.

Here are a few links with different translations to choose from for your enjoyment. (Image of page navigation attached – you can use the >> to move between chapters)

Mark – New King James

Mark – New Living Translation

Mark – The Message Translation

Mark – World English Bible Translation

If you read Mark, leave your thoughts and comments.

Phil

Talking about …Be like men who wait for their master…


Be prepared as the Lord returns. He desires to give you His kingdom. He warns us to be ready for we are His children.

Luke 12:32-40

Jesus explands on his first statement, giving further details about the coming time.

  • He explains the punishment for those who aren’t prepared. Luke 12:47-48
  • He explains the responsibilities and rewards… Luke 12:48
  • He forshadows the end times Luke 12:40-59
    • He asks how people can tell what is happening with the weather, but not realize what He is telling them about the end times. Do what is right. Resolve issues without and before going to court. Luke 12:54-59

Give Everything to God. God needs to be your first priority. Trust God as He does all things for Good. Trust God as all His promises will be accomplished.

Abraham trusted in the Lord. The Lord promised that the world and his descendants were to come from Isaac. The Lord ask Abraham to take Isaac and offer Him as a burnt offering. And He took his son to complete what God had asked. Abraham knew the promise and trusted in God. He must have believe that God would bring his son back to life afterwards since his son was to give him generations upon generations of family. But God intervened and stopped him just before it took place, knowing Abraham’s heart was to serve him and told him to use the ram that was caught in a thicket by its horns as the offering. – Genesis 22

Now that is what you call trust. That is what you call giving everything to God.

God wants all of you. Lean on Him. Trust in Him. And He will make your path straight.

Be strong in the Lord. Do what is right.

Comments

– 1/15/2005 8:37:04 PM

What do they want? Who are they? The people, sir. The people who surround you and I. Do you know the skills God has given you? God hasn’t given me skills. I’ve had to learn them all. What do like to do? I love to play and listen to music, hang out with my friends, and talk all night with Chel. What are you good at doing? I’m good at the guitar.. somewhat good at sketching. What classes do you like? Math, Biology, History, Music, and English. What types of sports or extra-curricular activities do you like? (football, basketball, hockey, music, art, dance) I used to be a basketball player. I’m in a band. I dance a lot.. Mainly to songs that have the steps to them – Copperhead Road, Atomic Dog, Cotton-eyed Joe, and so forth. Is that your wife in the picture in your profile, Phil?

…Be like men who wait for their master…


Luke 12:32-59 32 Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. 33 “Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bankrobbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. 34 It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. 35 “Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! 36 Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks. 37 Lucky the servants whom the master finds on watch! He’ll put on an apron, sit them at the table, and serve them a meal, sharing his wedding feast with them. 38 It doesn’t matter what time of the night he arrives; they’re awake – and so blessed! 39 “You know that if the house owner had known what night the burglar was coming, he wouldn’t have stayed out late and left the place unlocked. 40 So don’t you be slovenly and careless. Just when you don’t expect him, the Son of Man will show up.”

41 Peter said, “Master, are you telling this story just for us? Or is it for everybody?” 42 The Master said, “Let me ask you: Who is the dependable manager, full of common sense, that the master puts in charge of his staff to feed them well and on time? 43 He is a blessed man if when the master shows up he’s doing his job. 44  45 But if he says to himself, ‘The master is certainly taking his time,’ begins maltreating the servants and maids, throws parties for his friends, and gets drunk, 46 the master will walk in when he least expects it, give him the thrashing of his life, and put him back in the kitchen peeling potatoes. 47 “The servant who knows what his master wants and ignores it, or insolently does whatever he pleases, will be thoroughly thrashed. 48 But if he does a poor job through ignorance, he’ll get off with a slap on the hand. Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities! 49 “I’ve come to start a fire on this earth – how I wish it were blazing right now! 50 I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up – how I long for it to be finished! 51 Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt and confront! 52 From now on, when you find five in a house, it will be – Three against two, and two against three; 53 Father against son, and son against father; Mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; Mother-in-law against bride, and bride against mother-in-law.”

54 Then he turned to the crowd: “When you see clouds coming in from the west, you say, ‘Storm’s coming’ – and you’re right. 55 And when the wind comes out of the south, you say, ‘This’ll be a hot one’ – and you’re right. 56 Frauds! You know how to tell a change in the weather, so don’t tell me you can’t tell a change in the season, the God-season we’re in right now. 57 “You don’t have to be a genius to understand these things. Just use your common sense, 58 the kind you’d use if, while being taken to court, you decided to settle up with your accuser on the way, knowing that if the case went to the judge you’d probably go to jail 59 and pay every last penny of the fine. That’s the kind of decision I’m asking you to make.”

Genesis 22

1 After all this, God tested Abraham. God said, “Abraham!” “Yes?” answered Abraham. “I’m listening.” 2 He said, “Take your dear son Isaac whom you love and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I’ll point out to you.”

3 Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey. He took two of his young servants and his son Isaac. He had split wood for the burnt offering. He set out for the place God had directed him. 4 On the third day he looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 Abraham told his two young servants, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I are going over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and gave it to Isaac his son to carry. He carried the flint and the knife. The two of them went off together. 7 Isaac said to Abraham his father, “Father?” “Yes, my son.” “We have flint and wood, but where’s the sheep for the burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “Son, God will see to it that there’s a sheep for the burnt offering.” And they kept on walking together. 9 They arrived at the place to which God had directed him. Abraham built an altar. He laid out the wood. Then he tied up Isaac and laid him on the wood. 10 Abraham reached out and took the knife to kill his son.

11 Just then an angel of God called to him out of Heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes, I’m listening.” 12 “Don’t lay a hand on that boy! Don’t touch him! Now I know how fearlessly you fear God; you didn’t hesitate to place your son, your dear son, on the altar for me.” 13 Abraham looked up. He saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 Abraham named that place God-Yireh (God-Sees-to-It). That’s where we get the saying, “On the mountain of God, he sees to it.”

15 The angel of God spoke from Heaven a second time to Abraham: 16 “I swear – God’s sure word! – because you have gone through with this, and have not refused to give me your son, your dear, dear son, 17 I’ll bless you – oh, how I’ll bless you! And I’ll make sure that your children flourish – like stars in the sky! like sand on the beaches! And your descendants will defeat their enemies. 18 All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me.” 19 Then Abraham went back to his young servants. They got things together and returned to Beersheba. Abraham settled down in Beersheba.

20 After all this, Abraham got the news: “Your brother Nahor is a father! Milcah has given him children: 21 Uz, his firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel (he was the father of Aram), 22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 23 (Bethuel was the father of Rebekah.) Milcah gave these eight sons to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24 His concubine, Reumah, gave him four more children: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.

Psalms 15

1 God, who gets invited to dinner at your place? How do we get on your guest list? 2 “Walk straight, act right, tell the truth. 3 “Don’t hurt your friend, don’t blame your neighbor; 4 despise the despicable. “Keep your word even when it costs you, 5 make an honest living, never take a bribe. “You’ll never get blacklisted if you live like this.”

Jan 12, 2005


Luke 11:1-28

1 One day he was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” 2 So he said, “When you pray, say, Father, Reveal who you are. Set the world right. 3 Keep us alive with three square meals. 4 Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.” 5 Then he said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. 6 An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’ 7 “The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’ 8 “But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need. 9 “Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. 10 “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. 11 If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? 12 If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? 13 As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing – you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”

14 Jesus delivered a man from a demon that had kept him speechless. The demon gone, the man started talking a blue streak, taking the crowd by complete surprise. 15 But some from the crowd were cynical. “Black magic,” they said. “Some devil trick he’s pulled from his sleeve.” 16 Others were skeptical, waiting around for him to prove himself with a spectacular miracle. 17 Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, “Any country in civil war for very long is wasted. A constantly squabbling family falls to pieces. 18 If Satan cancels Satan, is there any Satan left? You accuse me of ganging up with the Devil, the prince of demons, to cast out demons, 19 but if you’re slinging devil mud at me, calling me a devil who kicks out devils, doesn’t the same mud stick to your own exorcists? 20 But if it’s God’s finger I’m pointing that sends the demons on their way, then God’s kingdom is here for sure. 21 “When a strong man, armed to the teeth, stands guard in his front yard, his property is safe and sound. 22 But what if a stronger man comes along with superior weapons? Then he’s beaten at his own game, the arsenal that gave him such confidence hauled off, and his precious possessions plundered. 23 “This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse. 24 “When a corrupting spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ 25 On return, it finds the person swept and dusted, but vacant. 26 It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits dirtier than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first place.”

27 While he was saying these things, some woman lifted her voice above the murmur of the crowd: “Blessed the womb that carried you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” 28 Jesus commented, “Even more blessed are those who hear God’s Word and guard it with their lives!”

Genesis 19

1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening. Lot was sitting at the city gate. He saw them and got up to welcome them, bowing before them 2 and said, “Please, my friends, come to my house and stay the night. Wash up. You can rise early and be on your way refreshed.” They said, “No, we’ll sleep in the street.” 3 But he insisted, wouldn’t take no for an answer; and they relented and went home with him. Lot fixed a hot meal for them and they ate.

4 Before they went to bed men from all over the city of Sodom, young and old, descended on the house from all sides and boxed them in. 5 They yelled to Lot, “Where are the men who are staying with you for the night? Bring them out so we can have our sport with them!” 6 Lot went out, barring the door behind him, 7 and said, “Brothers, please, don’t be vile! 8 Look, I have two daughters, virgins; let me bring them out; you can take your pleasure with them, but don’t touch these men – they’re my guests.” 9 They said, “Get lost! You drop in from nowhere and now you’re going to tell us how to run our lives. We’ll treat you worse than them!” And they charged past Lot to break down the door. 10 But the two men reached out and pulled Lot inside the house, locking the door. 11 Then they struck blind the men who were trying to break down the door, both leaders and followers, leaving them groping in the dark.

12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have any other family here? Sons, daughters – anybody in the city? Get them out of here, and now! 13 We’re going to destroy this place. The outcries of victims here to God are deafening; we’ve been sent to blast this place into oblivion.” 14 Lot went out and warned the fiancŽs of his daughters, “Evacuate this place; God is about to destroy this city!” But his daughters’ would-be husbands treated it as a joke.

15 At break of day, the angels pushed Lot to get going, “Hurry. Get your wife and two daughters out of here before it’s too late and you’re caught in the punishment of the city.” 16 Lot was dragging his feet. The men grabbed Lot’s arm, and the arms of his wife and daughters – God was so merciful to them! – and dragged them to safety outside the city. 17 When they had them outside, Lot was told, “Now run for your life! Don’t look back! Don’t stop anywhere on the plain – run for the hills or you’ll be swept away.” 18 But Lot protested, “No, masters, you can’t mean it! 19 I know that you’ve taken a liking to me and have done me an immense favor in saving my life, but I can’t run for the mountains – who knows what terrible thing might happen to me in the mountains and leave me for dead. 20 Look over there – that town is close enough to get to. It’s a small town, hardly anything to it. Let me escape there and save my life – it’s a mere wide place in the road.” 21 He said to him, “All right. If you insist. I’ll let you have your way. And I won’t stamp out the town you’ve spotted. 22 But hurry up. Run for it! I can’t do anything until you get there.” That’s why the town was called Zoar, that is, Smalltown. 23 The sun was high in the sky when Lot arrived at Zoar.

24 Then God rained brimstone and fire down on Sodom and Gomorrah – a river of lava from God out of the sky! – 25 and destroyed these cities and the entire plain and everyone who lived in the cities and everything that grew from the ground.

26 But Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.

27 Abraham got up early the next morning and went to the place he had so recently stood with God. 28 He looked out over Sodom and Gomorrah, surveying the whole plain. All he could see was smoke belching from the Earth, like smoke from a furnace. 29 And that’s the story: When God destroyed the Cities of the Plain, he was mindful of Abraham and first got Lot out of there before he blasted those cities off the face of the Earth.

30 Lot left Zoar and went into the mountains to live with his two daughters; he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He lived in a cave with his daughters. 31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is getting old and there’s not a man left in the country by whom we can get pregnant. 32 Let’s get our father drunk with wine and lie with him. We’ll get children through our father – it’s our only chance to keep our family alive.” 33 They got their father drunk with wine that very night. The older daughter went and lay with him. He was oblivious, knowing nothing of what she did. 34 The next morning the older said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Tonight, it’s your turn. We’ll get him drunk again and then you sleep with him. We’ll both get a child through our father and keep our family alive.” 35 So that night they got their father drunk again and the younger went in and slept with him. Again he was oblivious, knowing nothing of what she did. 36 Both daughters became pregnant by their father, Lot. 37 The older daughter had a son and named him Moab, the ancestor of the present-day Moabites. 38 The younger daughter had a son and named him Ben-Ammi, the ancestor of the present-day Ammonites.

Psalms 12

1 Quick, God, I need your helping hand! The last decent person just went down, All the friends I depended on gone. 2 Everyone talks in lie language; Lies slide off their oily lips. They doubletalk with forked tongues. 3 Slice their lips off their faces! Pull The braggart tongues from their mouths! 4 I’m tired of hearing, “We can talk anyone into anything! Our lips manage the world.” 5 Into the hovels of the poor, Into the dark streets where the homeless groan, God speaks: “I’ve had enough; I’m on my way To heal the ache in the heart of the wretched.” 6 God’s words are pure words, Pure silver words refined seven times In the fires of his word-kiln, Pure on earth as well as in heaven. 7 God, keep us safe from their lies, From the wicked who stalk us with lies, 8 From the wicked who collect honors For their wonderful lies.

Comments

– 1/12/2005 2:28:26 PM

Phil, Believe it.. or not. But I used to kind of believe until about when I was 8. I lost my right ear’s hearing. I was stuck with a guy named John as a father. That’s about the time I gave up on the idea that there was a god. People ask me all the time “Why don’t you believe in it?” I always answer “Because I was taught to believe in it. I’m a leader – not a follower.”

Talking about What do you think is the driving force of my life.


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What do you think is the driving force of my life.
I was working on catching up on my reading today and in Day 3 in the summary section, they asked a question and I am hoping you can help me find out.

It asked, “What would your family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do you want it to be?”

I hope as many of you as possible can leave me your comments. You can leave the name field blank if you wish as I don’t want anyone to feel negative about leaving comments. I may ask additional questions to get a better understanding though so if you leave a comment please check back so that we can make sure I understand.

Thanks and God Bless,

Phil

What do you think is the driving force of my life.


I was working on catching up on my reading today and in Day 3 in the summary section, they asked a question and I am hoping you can help me find out.

It asked, “What would your family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do you want it to be?”

I hope as many of you as possible can leave me your comments. You can leave the name field blank if you wish as I don’t want anyone to feel negative about leaving comments. I may ask additional questions to get a better understanding though so if you leave a comment please check back so that we can make sure I understand.

Thanks and God Bless,

Phil

Lasting Relationships – Love & Sex – Why knowing the difference makes all the difference


Notes to come soon, but Ephesians 5:1-7 will give a starting to my notes and includes links to other study tools.

Comments

– 1/10/2005 11:35:26 PM

Sir, you have asked some questions, I’ll answer them as honestly as I can.. 1) You are a guy? Yes. I’m very much a guy. 2) Chel is a girl? Chel’s real name is Chalayne.. and She is a girl. 3) You love her? I’m madly in love with her. 4) Where does your joy come from? Mainly my heart. My brain has a little to do with it. 6) When you say Abba, what are you referring to? Abba is one of my dogs. She’s a lovable little thing. 7) What do you mean by OMG? Oh my gosh. I wouldn’t use God’s name in vain even though I don’t believe in him. Some people take offense to that. You’re a good guy, Phil. I’ll talk to you later. Ben.

January 10th, 2005


Luke 10:1-20

1 Later the Master selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. 2 He gave them this charge: “What a huge harvest! And how few the harvest hands. So on your knees; ask the God of the Harvest to send harvest hands. 3 “On your way! But be careful – this is hazardous work. You’re like lambs in a wolf pack. 4 “Travel light. Comb and toothbrush and no extra luggage. “Don’t loiter and make small talk with everyone you meet along the way. 5 “When you enter a home, greet the family, ‘Peace.’ 6 If your greeting is received, then it’s a good place to stay. But if it’s not received, take it back and get out. Don’t impose yourself. 7 “Stay at one home, taking your meals there, for a worker deserves three square meals. Don’t move from house to house, looking for the best cook in town. 8 “When you enter a town and are received, eat what they set before you, 9 heal anyone who is sick, and tell them, ‘God’s kingdom is right on your doorstep!’ 10 “When you enter a town and are not received, go out in the street and say, 11 ‘The only thing we got from you is the dirt on our feet, and we’re giving it back. Did you have any idea that God’s kingdom was right on your doorstep?’ 12 Sodom will have it better on Judgment Day than the town that rejects you. 13 “Doom, Chorazin! Doom, Bethsaida! If Tyre and Sidon had been given half the chances given you, they’d have been on their knees long ago, repenting and crying for mercy. 14 Tyre and Sidon will have it easy on Judgment Day compared to you. 15 “And you, Capernaum! Do you think you’re about to be promoted to heaven? Think again. You’re on a mud slide to hell. 16 “The one who listens to you, listens to me. The one who rejects you, rejects me. And rejecting me is the same as rejecting God, who sent me.”

17 The seventy came back triumphant. “Master, even the demons danced to your tune!” 18 Jesus said, “I know. I saw Satan fall, a bolt of lightning out of the sky. 19 See what I’ve given you? Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions, and protection from every assault of the Enemy. No one can put a hand on you. 20 All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you – that’s the agenda for rejoicing.”

Genesis 17

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God showed up and said to him, “I am The Strong God, live entirely before me, live to the hilt! 2 I’ll make a covenant between us and I’ll give you a huge family.” 3 Overwhelmed, Abram fell flat on his face.

4 “This is my covenant with you: You’ll be the father of many nations. 5 Your name will no longer be Abram, but Abraham, meaning that ‘I’m making you the father of many nations.’ 6 I’ll make you a father of fathers – I’ll make nations from you, kings will issue from you.

7 I’m establishing my covenant between me and you, a covenant that includes your descendants, a covenant that goes on and on and on, a covenant that commits me to be your God and the God of your descendants. 8 And I’m giving you and your descendants this land where you’re now just camping, this whole country of Canaan, to own forever. And I’ll be their God.” 9 God continued to Abraham, “And you: You will honor my covenant, you and your descendants, generation after generation. 10 This is the covenant that you are to honor, the covenant that pulls in all your descendants: Circumcise every male. 11 Circumcise by cutting off the foreskin of the penis; it will be the sign of the covenant between us. 12 Every male baby will be circumcised when he is eight days old, generation after generation – this includes house-born slaves and slaves bought from outsiders who are not blood kin. 13 Make sure you circumcise both your own children and anyone brought in from the outside. That way my covenant will be cut into your body, a permanent mark of my permanent covenant. 14 An uncircumcised male, one who has not had the foreskin of his penis cut off, will be cut off from his people – he has broken my covenant.”

15 God continued speaking to Abraham, “And Sarai your wife: Don’t call her Sarai any longer; call her Sarah. 16 I’ll bless her – yes! I’ll give you a son by her! Oh, how I’ll bless her! Nations will come from her; kings of nations will come from her.” 17 Abraham fell flat on his face. And then he laughed, thinking, “Can a hundred-year-old man father a son? And can Sarah, at ninety years, have a baby?” 18 Recovering, Abraham said to God, “Oh, keep Ishmael alive and well before you!” 19 But God said, “That’s not what I mean. Your wife, Sarah, will have a baby, a son. Name him Isaac (Laughter). I’ll establish my covenant with him and his descendants, a covenant that lasts forever. 20 “And Ishmael? Yes, I heard your prayer for him. I’ll also bless him; I’ll make sure he has plenty of children – a huge family. He’ll father twelve princes; I’ll make him a great nation. 21 But I’ll establish my covenant with Isaac whom Sarah will give you about this time next year.” 22 God finished speaking with Abraham and left.

23 Then Abraham took his son Ishmael and all his servants, whether houseborn or purchased – every male in his household – and circumcised them, cutting off their foreskins that very day, just as God had told him. 24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised. 25 His son Ishmael was thirteen years old when he was circumcised. 26 Abraham and Ishmael were circumcised the same day 27 together with all the servants of his household, those born there and those purchased from outsiders – all were circumcised with him.

Psalms 10

1 God, are you avoiding me? Where are you when I need you? 2 Full of hot air, the wicked are hot on the trail of the poor. Trip them up, tangle them up in their fine-tuned plots. 3 The wicked are windbags, the swindlers have foul breath. 4 The wicked snub God, their noses stuck high in the air. Their graffiti are scrawled on the walls: “Catch us if you can!” “God is dead.” 5 They care nothing for what you think; if you get in their way, they blow you off. 6 They live (they think) a charmed life: “We can’t go wrong. This is our lucky year!” 7 They carry a mouthful of hexes, their tongues spit venom like adders. 8 They hide behind ordinary people, then pounce on their victims. 9 They mark the luckless, then wait like a hunter in a blind; When the poor wretch wanders too close, they stab him in the back. 10 The hapless fool is kicked to the ground, the unlucky victim is brutally axed. 11 He thinks God has dumped him, he’s sure that God is indifferent to his plight.

12 Time to get up, God – get moving. The luckless think they’re Godforsaken. 13 They wonder why the wicked scorn God and get away with it, Why the wicked are so cocksure they’ll never come up for audit. 14 But you know all about it – the contempt, the abuse. I dare to believe that the luckless will get lucky someday in you. You won’t let them down: orphans won’t be orphans forever. 15 Break the wicked right arms, break all the evil left arms. Search and destroy every sign of crime. 16 God’s grace and order wins; godlessness loses. 17 The victim’s faint pulse picks up; the hearts of the hopeless pump red blood as you put your ear to their lips. 18 Orphans get parents, the homeless get homes. The reign of terror is over, the rule of the gang lords is ended.

Sorry I missed a few days of logging.


Lord give me strength to prepare myself each day.

Lord give me time to fully dive into your word for me each day and to log your revelations.

I thank you Lord for the opportunity to use this service to bring glory to your kingdom.

For Lord is it all about you. It isn’t about me.

Help me to outreach to friends, family, and co-workers.

Help me to embrace them, to be an encouragement.

Lord give me wisdom for each day, for each divine meeting you put before me.

For Your word says in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Lord give me the right words to speak. Lord give me ears to listen. For your word says in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Your word also says in James 1:19, “to be swift to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. ”

And that if you open the door nobody will be able to close it, but if you close the door nobody will be able to open it. Lord, please give me the wisdom and understanding to know the difference.

Help me to be compassionate like you are to me.

Help me to be patient as you are with me. Help me to be humble I pray.

And Lord, help me to be able to disciple those you put in my path.

That Lord if they have questions about life, about purpose, or about you Lord, that you will give me the right words to speak.

If they don’t have a relationship with you Lord, give me opportunities to help others start.

God, you have been so faithful to me.

I pray you will give me the strength, the courage, and the wisdom to be faithful in every circumstance you give me. For Lord, you are my strength, my rock, my shield, my strong tower, my help.

Lord I thank you and I will give You all the praise and all the glory (which deserve more than I could ever say) in the Glorious name of your son and my savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Comments

– 1/9/2005 2:27:27 PM

Sir.. I’m happy with just the two of us. God will make us separate more, I think.

Phil – personal acct Davidson – 1/10/2005 7:05:33 AM

God won’t separate you. God will lead you. He is the way, the truth and the light. God can make sure the path you go down is right. He can make your relationship even better. Stronger. God knows your hearts. You need to be first true to Him, and then he will help you two to be stronger. In Genesis, He shows how he wants the two to become one flesh. In His plan, you don’t separate more, but you need to follow His plan and purpose. Going on your own, is like a lamb going it alone with a pack a wolves out their waiting. You fear, you worry, you feel weak. With God, you would have confidence, trust, strength, and power. I pray you will let Him be the one who joins you two, links you two, marries you two, as I know you have mentioned that you wanted to marry her. Phil