Monday, August 28, 2006

Today he's 6

I really can't believe that he is 6 already. He had a pretty good birthday yesterday. Pizza, brownies and mmmmmm chocolate chip cookie! yummmm yummmm Posted by Picasa

Sorry hunny!

yesterday was the hunny's birthday. But we celebrated Gomery's birthday yesterday. So..........happy birthday to you . you 56 year old cutey! Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 25, 2006


“The stars may fall, but God's promises will stand and be fulfilled.”
— J. I. Packer

Thursday, August 24, 2006

“For nourishment, comfort, exhilaration, and refreshment, no wine can rival the love of Jesus. Drink deeply.”
— Charles H. Spurgeon

Listening and hearing are not the same

Proverbs 28:9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, even his prayer is an abomination. I read this in another study that I am doing along with 2 Peter, and it broke my heart. I was compelled to put it on here.

day 5

Day 5
question 1
1. Be holy in conduct
2. Godly
3. Looking for and hastening the coming Day of the Lord
4. Looking for a new heaven and a new earth
5. Be diligent to be found blameless
6. Be on my guard
7. Grow in grace

quest 2
a. 1 Peter 2:2
2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,

b. Hebrews 5:12-14
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.
14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

c. Col. 2:6-8
6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

d. 2 Tim. 2:15
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

e. Eph. 5:26-27
26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

question 3
I feel that America has dropped the ball as far as supporting Israel. Making Israel be patient waiting for her enemy to just quit attacking instead of fighting back against her enemys for her land. I believe that America will be cursed and judged accordingly. The rapture is immenent. And the coming Day of the Lord is at hand. God forgive us.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

days 3 & 4

Lesson 8 Days 3 & 4
1. Isaiah 13:6-13

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.
7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
9 He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; keep on looking, but do not understand.’
10 “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim, otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and return and be healed.”

11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered, “Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, houses are without people and the land is utterly desolate,
12 “The Lord has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13 “Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, and it will again be subject to burning, like a terebinth or an oak whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump.

2. Ezekiel 7:19
19 ‘They will fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their appetite nor can they fill their stomachs, for their iniquity has become an occasion of stumbling.

Ezekial 30:1 The word of the Lord came again to me saying,
2 “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Wail, ‘Alas for the day!’
3 “For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near; it will be a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.

3. Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is near, and it will come as destruction from the Almighty.
2:1-11 1 Blow a trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; surely it is near,
2 A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, so there is a great and mighty people; there has never been anything like it, nor will there be again after it to the years of many generations.

3 A fire consumes before them and behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them but a desolate wilderness behind them, and nothing at all escapes them.
4 Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; and like war horses, so they run.
5 With a noise as of chariots they leap on the tops of the mountains, like the crackling of a flame of fire consuming the stubble, like a mighty people arranged for battle.
6 Before them the people are in anguish; all faces turn pale.

7 They run like mighty men, they climb the wall like soldiers; and they each march in line, nor do they deviate from their paths.
8 They do not crowd each other, they march everyone in his path; when they burst through the defenses, they do not break ranks.
9 They rush on the city, they run on the wall; they climb into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief.
10 Before them the earth quakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and the moon grow dark and the stars lose their brightness.
11 The Lord utters His voice before His army; surely His camp is very great, for
strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the Lord is indeed great and very awesome, and who can endure it?

3:9-21 9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; arouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”
11 Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there. bring down, O Lord, Your mighty ones.
12 Let the nations be aroused and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; the vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and moon grow dark and the stars lose their brightness.
16 The Lord roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth tremble. But the Lord is a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the sons of Israel.
17 Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy,
And strangers will pass through it no more.

18 And in that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk, and all the brooks of Judah will flow with water; and a spring will go out from the house of the Lord to water the valley of Shittim.
19 Egypt will become a waste, and Edom will become a desolate wilderness, because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, in whose land they have shed innocent blood.
20 But Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem for all generations.
21 And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged, for the Lord dwells in Zion.

4. Zephaniah 1:7-18
7 Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near, for the Lord has prepared a sacrifice, He has consecrated His guests.
8 “Then it will come about on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice that I will punish the princes, the king’s sons and all who clothe themselves
with foreign garments.
9 “And I will punish on that day all who leap on the temple threshold, who fill the house of their lord with violence and deceit.
10 “On that day,” declares the Lord,
“There will be the sound of a cry from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, and a loud crash from the hills.
11 “Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar, for all the people of Canaan will be silenced; all who weigh out silver will be cut off.
12 “It will come about at that time that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are stagnant in spirit, who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good or evil!’
13 “Moreover, their wealth will become plunder and their houses desolate; yes, they will build houses but not inhabit them, and plant vineyards but not drink their wine.”
14 Near is the great day of the Lord, near and coming very quickly; listen, the day of the Lord! In it the warrior cries out bitterly.
15 A day of wrath is that day, a day of trouble and distress, a day of destruction and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 A day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and the high corner towers.
17 I will bring distress on men so that they will walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the Lord;
And their blood will be poured out like dust and their flesh like dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord’s wrath; and all the earth will be devoured in the fire of His jealousy, for He will make a complete end, indeed a terrifying one, of all the inhabitants of the earth.

5. 1. Matthew 24:32-51
32 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near;
33 so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.
34 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
37 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.
38 “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
40 “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.
41 “Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left

42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.
43 “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his 1master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?
46 “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
47 “Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
48 “But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’
49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards;
50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know,
51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

b.Luke 12:35-48

35 “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.
36 “Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.
37 “Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.
38 “Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
39 “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
40 “You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”
41 Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?”
42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
43 “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
44 “Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45 “But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;
46 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
47 “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
48 but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more

c. 1 Thess. 1:9-10
9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,
10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.
11 Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you;
12 and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;
13 so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.
1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.
2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;
5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;
6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.
7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.
8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.
11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

d. 1 John 3:1-3
1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

e. Luke 19:11-27
11 While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.
12 So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.
13 “And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back.’
14 “But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’
15 “When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done.
16 “The first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’
17 “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’
18 “The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’
19 “And he said to him also, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’
20 “Another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief;
21 for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.’
22 “He *said to him, ‘By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?
23 ‘Then why did you not put my money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?’
24 “Then he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’
25 “And they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas already.’
26 “I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
27 “But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.”

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

day 2

Today we look at Day Two
And answer the 5 W's and an How

who=Mockers, ungodly men, unprincipled

what= being carried away by error

when= at the coming day of God, the day of judgment

where= the pits of darkness, reserved for the devil and his angels

why=being reserved for fire

how= He spoke the world into existance and He can speak its destruction

question 2
Day of the Lord
will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up

day of God
the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat

question 3
context being king, Verses 10 and 12 use almost the same words and same phrases.

Monday, August 21, 2006

day 1

Lesson 8 Chapter 3 continued

Day one.
Peter explains why some would have doubts regarding the 2nd coming. He has promised to come again. He doesn't live on our time schedules. We live on His. And it may seem like He is delaying, but, the reason is He doesn't wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. That is the only way they won't perish. If you can't or won't realize that what you are doing is sin (apart from him) it won't matter how nice you are or how many good things you do, you will perish, and be eternally parted from the presence of God.


I had a weekend of migrains. They don't last very long but then the headache is still here. <><

“Grace binds you with far stronger cords than the cords of duty or obligation can bind you. Grace is free, but when once you take it you are bound forever to the Giver, and bound to catch the spirit of the Giver. Like produces like, Grace makes you gracious, the Giver makes you give.”
— E. Stanley Jones

Sunday, August 20, 2006

H. W. Beecher

“Affliction comes to the believer not to make him sad, but sober; not to make him sorry, but wise. Even as the plow enriches the field so that the seed is multiplied a thousandfold, so affliction should magnify our joy and increase our spiritual harvest.”
— Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, August 19, 2006


O.K. went to see Lady in the Lake. Lots of twists and turns in this one. Fairly suspenseful. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 17, 2006

“Perhaps one reason God delays His answers to our prayers is because He knows we need to be with Him far more than we need the things we ask of Him.”
— Ben Patterson

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

This is what I keep reminding myself.... Posted by Picasa


I was supposed to get my treatment on the 9th. That is the I.V. infusion. But when I got there, the doctor had to leave the office earlier. Now they had tried to call me but since I was at the social security office (which is a whole new story, to say the least, I was already feeling very sorry for myself), they missed me because I went straight from Bloomington to Indy. So when you miss your appointment, doesn't matter who's fault it is, you go back to the back of the line. Sooooooooooooo, my appointment is on the 22nd. Now I have been wanting to go to the eight week plan, but now I am living in my 7th week and still need to wait a little longer. I am not doing so well. I am taking Lortabs to stay civil to anyone I have to talk to on the phone, let alone talk to in person. My hands hurt so bad. they feel like someone took one of those huge mallets and gave each hand at least one good whack. knees, feet and toes I'm not even going to talk about. 6 days and counting........ Today was commentary work on Lesson 7. so no post for bible study. I just keep praying to get thru the next few days. Definately not having fun here. <><

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

quest. 1 2 Peter 3:1-7

1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
2 that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,
4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His bcoming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”
5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.
7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

Q. 1.a. Verses 1 & 2 reminds them of not only their teachers & apostles they have now, but also of what the Scriptures and the prophets who wrote them taught: Through verses 3-7 the mockers were not a new phenomenon. There have always been mockers (even in the times in the desert from the days of Moses.

Q. 1. b. 4) And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the father fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation. 5) When they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water.

Q. 1. c.
Hebrews 2:9 9 But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

Hebrews 9: 27-28
27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,
28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

Acts 1:10-11
10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them.
11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

Matt. 25:31-46
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
32 “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;
43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’
45 “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Q. 1. d. 2. In 2:1-3 Peter talked about the destruction that they are bringing on themselves

Q. 2. It os true that the intent of men's hearts are evil from their youth, but these mockers have had the benefit of the scriptures just as we have. Now we do have a greater view of history from the times that have occured sincce the last word of the bible was written, but there are still men who say in their own hearts, that it is not true.

Q. 3. Becausse back then God punished men for the depravity of their hearts. And if men today, who are depraved in their thinking as well as in their hearts accept that God judged and punished back then, then they would have to admit they are sinning and change their ways soon or be in the line for judgment now or at least very soon.

Q. 4. Most of mankind doesn't want to admit there is anyone greater than themselves.

Q. 5. Yes, I just do.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Lesson 7 Day One thru Three

Day 1-3 Observation of 2 Peter 3
1-7 Mockers deny Christ's coming
1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
2 that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandments of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,
4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
6 through which the world at the time was destroyed, being flooded with water.
7 But the present heavens and earth by His words are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice beloved, that with the Lord one day is a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
10 But the day, of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!
13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
14-18 Beware and Be Diligent!
14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
15 and regard the patience of our Lord to be salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you
16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 You, therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness,
18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Ephesians 2:10

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I don't believe I let everyone know but hunny is fine. Blood tests came back normal. Whatever that means. Other than a big bunch of money. But that's o.k. too. Thanks to all who stood up for him in prayer. Well I better go and get him up for church. bye

Saturday, August 12, 2006

“Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.”
— Author Unknown

Friday, August 11, 2006

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you?'”
— William A. Ward

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Day 5

This was a very interesting chapter. Wow, a talking donkey. Now, understand she was not the first talking animal. There was that serpent in the garden in Genesis.

Day 5. #1
1 Then the sons of Israel journeyed, and camped in the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan opposite Jericho.
2 Now Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
3 So Moab was in great fear because of the people, for they were numerous; and Moab was in dread of the sons of Israel.
4 Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this horde will lick up all that is around us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.
5 So he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor, at Pethor, which is near the River, in the land of the sons of his people, to call him, saying, “Behold, a people came out of Egypt; behold, they cover the surface of the land, and they are living opposite me.
6 “Now, therefore, please come, curse this people for me since they are too mighty for me; perhaps I may be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”
7 So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the fees for divination in their hand; and they came to Balaam and repeated Balak’s words to him.
8 He said to them, “Spend the night here, and I will bring word back to you as the Lord may speak to me.” And the leaders of Moab stayed with Balaam.
9 Then God came to Balaam and said, “Who are these men with you?”
10 Balaam said to God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent word to me,
11 ‘Behold, there is a people who came out of Egypt and they cover the surface of the land; now come, curse them for me; perhaps I may be able to fight against them and drive them out.’ ”
12 God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”
13 So Balaam arose in the morning and said to Balak’s leaders, “Go back to your land, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you.”
14 The leaders of Moab arose and went to Balak and said, “Balaam refused to come with us.”
15 Then Balak again sent leaders, more numerous and more distinguished than the former.
16 They came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak the son of Zippor, ‘Let nothing, I beg you, hinder you from coming to me;
17 for I will indeed honor you richly, and I will do whatever you say to me. Please come then, curse this people for me.’ ”
18 Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything, either small or great, contrary to the command of the Lord my God.
19 “Now please, you also stay here tonight, and I will find out what else the Lord will speak to me.”
20 God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you shall you do.”
21 So Balaam arose in the morning, and saddled his donkey and went with the leaders of Moab.
22 But God was angry because he was going, and the angel of the Lord took his stand in the way as an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.
23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field; but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way.
24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path of the vineyards, with a wall on this side and a wall on that side.
25 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall, so he struck her again.
26 The angel of the Lord went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left.
27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick.
28 And the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”
29 Then Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand, I would have killed you by now.”
30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden all your life to this day? Have I ever been accustomed to do so to you?” And he said, “No.”
31 Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw athe angel of the Lord standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand; and he bowed all the way to the ground.
32 The angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out as an adversary, because your way was contrary to me.
33 “But the donkey saw me and turned aside from me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, I would surely have killed you just now, and let her live.”
34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned, for I did not know that you were standing in the way against me. Now then, if it is displeasing to you, I will turn back.”
35 But the angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but you shall speak only the word which I tell you.” So Balaam went along with the leaders of Balak.
36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the city of Moab, which is on the Arnon border, at the extreme end of the border.
37 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not urgently send to you to call you? Why did you not come to me? Am I really unable to honor you?”
38 So Balaam said to Balak, “Behold, I have come now to you! Am I able to speak anything at all? The word that God puts in my mouth, that I shall speak.”
39 And Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth.
40 Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent some to Balaam and the leaders who were with him.
41 Then it came about in the morning that Balak took Balaam and brought him up to the high places of Baal, and he saw from there a portion of the people.

Numbers 24:1-11

1 When Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times to seek omens but he set his face toward the wilderness.
2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe; and the Spirit of God came upon him.
3 He took up his discourse and said, “The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, and the oracle of the man whose eye is opened;
4 The oracle of him who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,
5 How fair are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel!
6 “Like valleys that stretch out, like gardens beside the river, like aloes planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters.
7 “Water will flow from his buckets, and his seed will be by many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
8 “God brings him out of Egypt, He is for him like the horns of the wild ox. He will devour the nations who are his adversaries, and will crush their bones in pieces, and shatter them with his arrows.
9 “He couches, he lies down as a lion, and as a lion, who dares rouse him? Blessed is everyone who blesses you,
And cursed is everyone who curses you.”
10 Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have persisted in blessing them these three times!
11 “Therefore, flee to your place now. I said I would honor you greatly, but behold, the Lord has held you back from honor.”

Deut. 23:5 “Nevertheless, the Lord your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God aturned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you.

Revelation 2:14 ‘But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.

Numbers 25:1-5
1 While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab.
2 For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
3 So Israel joined themselves to Baal of Peor, and the Lord was angry against Israel.
4 The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people and execute them in broad daylight before the Lord, aso that the fierce anger of the Lord may turn away from Israel.”
5 So Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Each of you slay his men who have joined themselves to Baal of Peor.”

Numbers 31:16 “Behold, these caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, so the plague was among the congregation of the Lord.

day 5 question 2 their sensuality

Day 5 Quest. 3

2 Peter 2:20-23
20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

Day 5 Quest. 4.a. I think that sometimes it becomes a popularity "contest" between authors. And once a book is out there, if there is more than a little interest in it, they come out with workbooks, videos, pen, cups, etc.

Day 5 Quest 4.b. Yes. Not everyone, but quite a few say that God told them to write on a certain subject. And if the sales are good, they say, 'See, it is what God wanted you to know'.

Day 5 Quest 4.c. I like when a message uses both old and new testament to teach. We have so much to learn regarding God and His heart.

Day 5 Quest. 4 d. There should be a change in the hearers walk and behavior. And they should be anxious for those around them to hear and understand also.

Day 5 Quest. 4 e. That there isn't judgment coming and coming quickly.

Day 5 Quest 4.f. If my discernment "bell" go off, something that was said wasn't completely correct.

Day 5 Quest 4 g. Occasionally, because I have heard them on radio or has been recommended.

Day 5 Quest. 4 h.I intend to continue attending classes given by others and also to start a class and be as prepared as possible for both classes.

Day 5 Quest. 4.i. I have had dreams that were very disturbing. I am not a prophet. God has not told me to share my dreams. But I feel very urgent to be obedient in whatever I say or do.

Be careful little eyes, ears, mouth, hands and feet in what you see, listen to, speak, do, and go.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

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Days 3 & 4

Question 1.a. Jerem. 1:4-10, 17-19

4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then I said, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, because I am a youth.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ because everywhere I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak.
8 “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.
9 Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.

17 “Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you. Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them.
18 “Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land.
19 “They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.

1.b. Jeremiah 2:13
For My people have committed two evils. They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

quest 1.c. Jeremiah 5:1-3.30-31, 6:13-15
1 “Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and look now and take note. And seek in her open squares, if you can find a man, if there is one who does justice, who seeks truth, then I will pardon her.
2 “And although they say, ‘As the Lord lives,’ surely they swear falsely.
3 O Lord, do not Your eyes look for truth? You have smitten them, but they did not weaken; You have consumed them,but they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; They have refused to repent.

30 “An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?

13 “For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for gain, and from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely.
14 They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace.
15 “Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done? They were not even ashamed at all; They did not even know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time that I punish them, they shall be cast down,” says the Lord.

question 1.d. Jeremiah 14:13-16

13 But, "Ah, Lord God! I said, "Look, the prophets are telling them, "You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place.'"
14 Then the Lord said to me, "The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futillity, and the deception of their own minds.
15 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them--yet by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end!
16 The people also to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to bury them--neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters--for I shall pour out their own wickedness on them.

question 1.e. Jeremiah 20:1-13
1 When Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer, who was chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things,
2 Pashhur had Jeremiah the prophet beaten, and put him in the stocks that were up at the Upper Benjamin Gate, which was by the house of the Lord.
3 Then it came about on the next day, when Passhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, that Jeremiah said to him, "Pashhur is not the name the Lord has called you, but rather "Magor-missabib.
4 "For thus says the Lord, 'Behold, I am going to make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends: and while your eyes look on,they will fall by the sword of their enemies. So I shall give over all Judah to the hand of the king of Babylon and he will carry them away as exiles to Babylon and will slay them with the sword.
5 I shall also give over all the wealth of this city, all its produce and all its costly things; even all the treasures of the kings of Judah. I
shall give over to the hand of their enemies, and they will plunder them, take them away, and bring them into Babylon.
6 And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into captivity; and there you will die, and there you will be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have falsely prophesied."
7 O Lord, Thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived; Thou hast overcome me and prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; Everyone mocks me.
8 For each time I speak, I cry aloud; I proclaim violence and destruction, because for me the word of the Lord has resulted in reproach and derision all day long.
9 But if I say, I will not remember Him, or speak anymore in His name, then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in.
10 For I have heard the whispering of many, "Terror on every side! Denounce him, yes let us denounce him" All my trusted friends, watching for my fall, say, "Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may prevail against him, and take our revenge on him.
11 But the Lord is with me like a dread champion; Therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed, with an everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.
12 Yet, O Lord of hosts Thou who dost test the righteous, who sees the mind and the heart; Let me see Thy vengance on them; for to Thee I have set forth my cause.
13 Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord! For He has delivered the soul of the needy one from the hand of evildoers.

1 Cor. 4:1-5

1 Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

2 In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy,

3 But to me it is a very small thing that I should be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself.

4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted, but the one who examines me is the Lord.

5 Therefore, do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each men's praise will come to him from God.

Quest. 1.f. Jeremiah 16-40

16 Thus says the Lord of hosts, "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, not from the mouth of the Lord.

17 They keep saying to those who despise Me, "The Lord has said,"You will have peace; And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart. They say, 'Calamity will not come upon you'

18 "But who has stood in the council of the Lord, that he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and listened?

19 Behold, the storm of the Lord has gone forth in wrath, even a whirling tempest; it will swirl down on the head of the wicked.

20 "The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart: In the last days you will clearly understand it.

21 "I did not send these prophets, but they ran. I did not speak to them , but they prophesied.

22 But if they had stood in My counsel, then they would have announced My words to My people, and would have turned them back from their evil way and from the evil of their deeds.

23 Am I a God who is near," declares the Lord, and not a God far off?

24 Can a man hide himself in hiding places , so I do not see him?" declares the Lord.Do I not fill the heavens and the earth? declares the Lord.

25 I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying "I had a dream, I had a dream!

26 How long? Is there anything in the heart of the prophets who prophesy falsehood even these prophets of the deception of their own heart.

27 who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?

28"The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does the straw have in common with grain?" declares the Lord.

29 "Is not My word like fire?" declared the Lord, " and like a hammer which shatters a rock?

30 Therefore behold, I am against the prophets," declares the Lord." who steal My words from each other.

31 Behold, I am against the prophets", declares the Lord, who use their tongues and declare, 'The Lord declares.'

32 Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams, " declares the Lord, and related them, and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit," declares the Lord.

33 "Now when this people or the prophet or priest asks you saying, "What is the oracle of the Lord?" then you shall say to them, "What oracle?" The Lord declares, I shall abandon you.'

34 "Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say,'The oracle of the Lord,' I shall bring punishment upon that man and his household.

35 "Thus shall each of you say to his neightbor and to his brother, 'What has the Lord answered?' or, 'What has the Lord spoken?'

36 " For you will no longer remember the oracle of the Lord, because every man's own word will become the oracle, and you have perverted the words of the living God, the Lord of hosts, our God.

37 Thus you will say to that prophet, "What has the Lord answered you?" and, 'What has the Lord spoken?"

38 "For if you say, 'The oracle of the Lord!" surely thus say the Lord, because you said this word, "The oracle of the Lord!" I have also sent to you, saying, "You shall not say,'The oracle of the Lord!'"

39 "Therefore behold, I shall surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I have you and your fathers.

40 "and I will put an everlasting reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten.