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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

January 8th, 2005


Luke 9:1-27 (Phil’s notes)

Sending out the 12

  • Jesus commissioned his 12 disciples to go out and preach the good news of God’s kingdom and heal the sick.
  • Jesus gave them them authority and power to deal with all the demons and cure diseases.
  • Jesis instructed them to take nothing for their journey but what they were wearing. He told them to stay in whatever house they enter till they depart the town. Also, if they are not received in a city, then to shake the very dust from their feed as a testimony against them.

Herod Seeks to See Jesus

  • Herod heard a lot about Jesus and wasn’t sure what to think based on the reports he was receiving.
  • Some said he was John, back from the dead, but Herod knew he had beheaded him. Other Elijah, and others still thought a prophet of long ago.

Feeding the 5,000

When they returned, Jesus tried to take them away to an isolated place near Bethsaida, but the people followed him and he received them, preached about the kingdom of God, and healed those in need of healing.

When the day was coming to an end, the 12 came to him and ask him to dismiss them so that they could go and find a place to stay and eat. But, Jesus said to them, “You give them something to eat.”

The only had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, unless we go and buy more food for all these people, for there were about 5000 men (doesn’t include women and children).

Jesus said to them, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.” and they did.

The He took the 5 loaves and the 2 fish , and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them and them them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled and twelve baskets of leftover fragments were taken up by them.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

As Jesus was alone praying, His disciples joined Him, and He asked them “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered: John the Baptist, Elijah, and others one fo the old prophets. He said to them, “But who do you say I am?”

Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

Jesus hearing thie strictly warned them not to tell anyone saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”

Take Up the Croos and Follow Him

The he said to them all,”Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat – I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God.”

Psalms 8

1 God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name. 2 Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you; toddlers shout the songs That drown out enemy talk, and silence atheist babble.

3 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings. 4 Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way? 5 Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden’s dawn light. 6 You put us in charge of your handcrafted world, repeated to us your Genesis-charge, 7 Made us lords of sheep and cattle, even animals out in the wild, 8 Birds flying and fish swimming, whales singing in the ocean deeps. 9 God, brilliant Lord, your name echoes around the world.

Genesis 15:

1 After all these things, this word of God came to Abram in a vision: “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I’m your shield. Your reward will be grand!”

2 Abram said, “God, Master, what use are your gifts as long as I’m childless and Eliezer of Damascus is going to inherit everything?” 3 Abram continued, “See, you’ve given me no children, and now a mere house servant is going to get it all.” 4 Then God’s Message came: “Don’t worry, he won’t be your heir; a son from your body will be your heir.” 5 Then he took him outside and said, “Look at the sky. Count the stars. Can you do it? Count your descendants! You’re going to have a big family, Abram!” 6 and he believed! Believed God! God declared him “Set-Right-with-God.”

7 God continued, “I’m the same God who brought you from Ur of the Chaldees and gave you this land to own.” 8 Abram said, “Master God, how am I to know this, that it will all be mine?” 9 God said, “Bring me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, and a dove and a young pigeon.” 10 He brought all these animals to him, split them down the middle, and laid the halves opposite each other. But he didn’t split the birds. 11 Vultures swooped down on the carcasses, but Abram scared them off.

12 As the sun went down a deep sleep overcame Abram and then a sense of dread, dark and heavy. 13 God said to Abram, “Know this: your descendants will live as outsiders in a land not theirs; they’ll be enslaved and beaten down for 400 years. 14 Then I’ll punish their slave masters; your offspring will march out of there loaded with plunder. 15 But not you; you’ll have a long and full life and die a good and peaceful death. 16 Not until the fourth generation will your descendants return here; sin is still a thriving business among the Amorites.”

17 When the sun was down and it was dark, a smoking firepot and a flaming torch moved between the split carcasses. 18 That’s when God made a covenant with Abram: “I’m giving this land to your children, from the Nile River in Egypt to the River Euphrates in Assyria – 19 the country of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaim, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”

Three Kinds of Love


Eros – Need Love – Physical attraction – Proverbs 5:15-19

Phileo – Friendship Love – speek truth in love – Friendship – Brotherly Love – Romans 12:9-13

Agape – Giving Love – Selfless – Spiritual – God Inspired – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

How to know if you’re in LOVE. How to IMPROVE your love life.

Is it “Love” or “Infatuation”

Test #1 – Time

Love grows and all growth requires time.
Infatuation may come suddenly.

Test #2 – Knowledge

Love grows out of an appraisal of all the known characteristics of the other person.
Infatuation may arise from an acquaintance with only a few or only one of these characteristics.

Test #3 – Focus

Love is other-person centered. It is outgoing. It results in sharing.
Infatuation is self-centered.

Test #4 – Singularity

Genuine love is centred on one person only.
An infatuated individual may be “in love” with two or more persons simultaneously.

Test #5 – Security

An indivisual in love tends to have a sense of security and a feeling of trust after considering everything involved in his relationship with the other person.
An infatuated individual tends to have a blind sense of security based upon wishful thinking rather than upon careful consideration, or he may have a sense of insecurity that is sometimes expressed as jealousy.

Test #6 – Work

An individual in love works for the other person or for their mutual benefit. He may study to make the other person proud of him. His ambition is spurred and he plans and saves for the future. He may daydream, but his dreams are reasonably attainable.
An infatuated person may lose his ambition, his appetite, his interest in everyday affairs. He thinks of his own misery. He often daydreams, but his dreams are sometimes not limited to the attainable and are given free rein. At times the dreams become substitutes for reality and the individual lives in his world of dreams.

Test #7 – Problem Solving

A couple in love faces problems frankly and attemps to sovle them. If there are barriers to their getting married, these barriers are approached intelligently and removed. Such as cannot be removed may be circumvennted, but with knowledge that what is done is done deliberately circomvention.
In infatuation, problems tend to be disregarded or glossed over.

Test #8 – Distance

Love tends to be constant.
Infatuation often varies with distance between the couple.

Test #9 – Physical Attraction and Involvement

Physical attraction is a relatively smaller part of their total relationship when a couple is in love, a relatively greater part when they are infatuated. When a couple is in love, any physical contact they have tends to have meaning as well as be a pleasurable experience in and of itself. It tens to express what they feel towards each other. In infatuation, physical contact tends to be an end in itself. It represents only pleasurable experience devoid of meaning.

Test #10 – Affection

In love an expression of affection tends to come relatively late in the couple’s relationship.
In infatuation, it may come earlier, sometimes from the very beginning.

Test #11 – Stability

Love tends to endure.
Infatuation may change suddenly, unpredictably.

Test #12 – Delayed Gratification

A couple in love is not indifferent to the effects of postponedment of their wedding and do not prolong the period of postponement unless they find it wiser to wait a reasonable time; they do not feel an almost irresistable drive toward haste.
Infatuated couples tend to feel an urge towards getting married. Postponement is intolerable to them and they interpret it as deprivation rather than preperation.

This was part of a relationship bible study.

The above list was adapted form Marriage for Moderns by Dr. Henry Bowman.

Notes from Luke 8:4-15


This section goes over the parable of the sower. It also explained why Jesus told parables in order to fulfill Isaiah 6:9 “Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand”.

Jesus explains to the desciples that they are to be given understanding and knowledge about the kingdom of God, but everyone else will receive parables.

In this parable:

A sower goes out to sow his seed, but some falls by the wayside and it gets trampled down and the birds come and devour it. Some falls on rock and as soon as it springs up, it withers away because it lacks moisture. Some falls among thorns and the thorns spring up with it and chock it. Other seed falls on good ground and spings up and yields a crop 100 fold.

Jesus goes on to explain to his disciples the meaning of the parable to be:

The seed is the WORD of God.

The seeds by the wayside = The people who hear the WORD but then the devil comes and takes the WORD out of their hearts preventing them from being saved.

The seeds on the rock = The people who hear the WORD and receive it with joy and believe for a while, but in a time of temptation fall away.

The seeds in the thorns = The people who when they heard the WORD go out and are chocked with the cares, riches, and pleasures of life and bring no fruit to maturity.

The seeds on the good ground = The people who having heard the WORD with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Praise be to God.

Relationships…


In my life, and unfortynately it took me a large portion of it for me to learn this, the number one realationship is with God. All other relationships come after that.

If you take 2 people and make God the center, then you have a rope of 3 strands which is hard to break.

In a recent bible study, we talked about Hollywoods way vs. God’s way for lasting relationships.

Hollywood/Word Prescription:

  1. FIND the right person
  2. FALL in love
  3. FIX your hopes and dreams on this person for your future fulfillment.
  4. If FAILURE occurs, repeat 1,2, and 3.

God’s Prescription:

  1. BECOME the right person
  2. WALK in love.
  3. FIX your hope on God and seek to please Him through this relationship
  4. If FAILURE occurs, repeat steps 1,2 and 3.

God’s presecription has a much higher success

Reference to Chip Ingrams book and ministry link is in the books list.

Comments

– 1/6/2005 11:03:43 AM

However, I cannot hold God in my arms. I cannot hold his hand and promise him I’ll never let go because I don’t wanna see anyone else but that person.. I need unconditional love. God’s love is conditional. He says “I’ll love you if you’re straight.”

Phil – personal acct Davidson – 1/6/2005 3:19:58 PM

God’s love is unconditional love. He always loves you, but he is hurt when we walk outside of his will. It breaks his heart. That is why his word says: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” That is why he sent his son, Jesus, to be crucified as the perfect sacrifice so that we could be saved. God Loves You. It isn’t you that he hates. God hates sin. When I accepted the Jesus as my Lord and Savior, he created a new heart and a new mind in me. He is working daily to help me seek his will and purpose for my life. Sin just means you missed the mark. We aren’t perfect. There are things that bind us on this planet that we believe are good, but sin is usually good for a while, otherwise, we wouldn’t fall into it. What we need to do is ask for forgiveness, then we need to turn from the sinful nature and pursue God’s will in our life. When you ask for forgiveness, he puts it as far as the east is from the west and will not hold it against you.