Posted by: Joan | September 24, 2007

Blog Address Change

In order to simplify my blogging life, I’m going to need to change this blog address slightly.  Change your links to www.levelpath.wordpress.com if you are currently linked.  (No “S”.)   There, you’ll find an identical-looking blog by author “Maggie”, short for my primary blog www.5purposedriven.wordpress.com  called Magnanimity .  You are welcome there also! 

See you THERE!

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Posted by: Joan | September 24, 2007

Pressure

It takes a lot of pressure for a volcano to bring forth it’s fire.

I pray that the pressure many undergo this week will result in the holy fire, changing the landscape around them.   Amen.

Posted by: Joan | September 22, 2007

90 Day Bible Reading Marathon (Day 2-4)

Interesting things to me:

Genesis 17-50

Ch17:  Covenant of Circumcision with Abraham and his people (Abram fell facedown as God spoke with him v3, v17)

Everlasting covenant for Abraham and his descendants; name changes for he and Sarai

God hears Abrams prayer and desire for Ishmael to be blessed, and He blesses him as well as a result, though the orignal plan was for Isaac. (v20 “as for Ishmael, I have heard you;  I will surely bless him;…great nation).

CH 18  The Three Visitors

The “visitors” gave presence to Sarah as well as to Abraham.  The assumed Jesus figure lets her know he hears her in private by calling her on “laughing” and lying to him about it.  Abraham asks them to stay for a meal…he proceeds to have Sarah cook bread (a 4-5 hour process), kill an animal, and cook it…not a quick thing either.  Their hospitality to strangers, and investment in them is amazing, both he and his nephew did this.

Then, Abraham goes walking with the men, he hears about Lot’s “lot”, and the plan for the evil cities, including S*dom and G*morrah.  He asks God to save it for Lot, basically.  Even though the angels are not with them during the conversation (for they had walking on ahead), they would not destroy the city until Lot had left.  Whether God had already decided this, or whether they “heard” the conversation between God and Abraham, it is not clear.

Note the extent of depravity of the city of S*dom.  The high level of s*xual l*st.  Where we get the word ‘S*domy” today.  (stars to through off search engines for key words).

Also, note that God came down to double check the outcry that had reached his ears against the city.  He wanted to see for himself if it was as bad as He had heard.  It was as if he said, “Let’s go down and check it out, and on our way, we’ll stop by and see my friend, Abraham. 

Lot protected his guests, offering up his daughters in exchange, which is odd to me.  Perhaps he already understood they were of God?

Lot cooked the food for them, using unleavened yeast to speed up the bread.  I wonder why his wives did not prepare the food?  Did he want to spend time with him, or busy himself inside him home, as he could not be outside it and be safe?  

Lot bargained with the angels to not make him go to the mountains, but to another small town nearby (again, choosing his own place).  Later, he realized he could not live there for the fear he took with him, so he went to the mountains anyway.  His daughters tricked him to conceive.

ch20  Abraham lies about Sarah being his sister for safety (she was his half sister).  

God protects Sarah, hears and watches over her (he likely wanted to be sure her child was through Abraham to uphold his promise).  God had struck the king, his wifes and slave girls that they could not be fruitful while Sarah was there, and when she left, he healed them.

ch21 birth of Isaac

v6  Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter”…when I tell all my friends, we will laugh, for I am old.”  She had been in misery from her barreness.

 v8 they threw a party the day the baby was weaned

v9 Hagar mocked at the party, and Sarah had her banished

v11 the matter distressed Abraham greatly, for it “concerned his son” (Ishmael).  It is precious that he had a heart not only for the called of God, but for his firstborn, by a slave girl.  God heard his heart and told him to listen to Sarah, that he would take care of his offspring.

v14, he sent them away with food and water, which ran out in the desert.

v16 Hagar sobbed, and left the boy, for she did not want to see him die

v17 “God heard THE BOY crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, ‘What is the matter, Hagar?  Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies tehre.  Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.'”

God spoke to not only the chosen.  He kept his word.  He strengthened the weak, and heard a child’s cries from heaven, even over her mother’s sobs.

v20 “And God was with the boy as he grew up”

ch22 God tests Abraham

After he passes the test, God restates, affirms his promise to him, “because you have obeyed me”.

ch 23 The death of Sarah

a tomb for many generations is bought for her in a strange land.  People honored Abraham by wanting to give it to them, but he insisted on buying the field for his family’s burial.

ch24  Isaac and Rebekah

a wife is sought from among Abraham’s people for Isaac and found with God’s help.  Abraham’s servant prayed to God, asking help, and God gave it specifically. 

v33.  Abraham’s servant would not eat their food until he told them why he had come.  This shows great political skill.  He did not want them to feel indebted to them when he had something to ask of them already.

v56.  He would not delay and allow time for complication, but asked to leave immediately to honor his master’s request.   This showed great faithfulness to his master and his task.

v66 So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

ch 25 Death of Abraham

v5 left everything he owned to Abraham…gave gifts to sons of his concubines before he died.

“After Abraham died, God blessed his son, Isaac.”

Ishmaels sons, lineage, and success is recorded.  Twelve tribal rules resulted.  But, according to God’s word to Hagar when she was pregnant, “they lived in hsotility toward all their brothers.” (v18)

v21  “Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren”…twins, struggled within her, she prayed of the Lord, he told her that the older would serve the younger.  (God did not mince words).  It’s okay (good news), but here are also the facts (not so good news).

v34.  “so Esau despised his birthright”.

Ch26 Abimelech est. a treaty with Isaac, because he saw God’s hand was on him (wealth), and he had sent him away

Ch27 Jacob gets’s Isaac’s blessing, with the help of his mother, Rebekah, for she favored him, and perhaps knew that Esau had given the birthright…inheritance to him already.  

v36 Esau says, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”  Esau sticks to his word, for his word was his word, even if he was tricked.  Jacob was lord over him, all relatives were his servants, sustainance with grain and new wine…what is left, son?

v38, “Do you have only one blessing, my father?  Belss me too, my father!”  Then Esau wept aloud.  (Now, he valued it).

He father told him he would live by the sword away from land and richness, and he would serve his brother, but he would through the yoke of his brother off his neck.

Jacob flees to Laban, afraid of Esau (the cost of deceit)

Jacob works for Laban for his second daughter, Rachel.  He is deceived, and has to work four more years for her.

He wants to return home and has trouble leaving Laban.  Eventually, he starts building his own herds and leaves, for Laban is getting jealous of his wealth.  Jacob was skilled at mating the animals, and did so to his own advantage, it would seem.

Rachel steals her father’s idols, but doesn’t tell Jacob.  Laban comes looking for the gods, but doesn’t find them, for Rachel lies, Jacob had spoken a curse of death onto the thief. (God spoke to Laban in a dream, telling him not to speak anything good or bad to Jacob).  Interesting command.  Rachel had become a deceiver, like her husband.

Laban and Jacob make peace and a boundary line they may not cross to protect one another.  Laban bits farewell to his daughtes and grandchildren.

Esau and Jacob meet, and bless one another after so many years, as Rebekah (their mother) had hoped would happen.

They could not live together because they were “too great”.  God had prospered both of them, in their own ways.

Ch32b
  Jacob wrestles with God

Jacob sent his family ahead of him, basically, in case he killed them all.   Very good of him.  So, God, I guess…tackles his wimpiness and decides that if he can’t be a man and go first, then he can just fight with the Alimighty and learn to toughen up a bit.  I’m just guessing here.  (And this has gone on for a while, so I’m getting tired).  No, seriously, he just met with God.

Anyway, God changes Joacobs name to Israel.  So, he was “deceiver” and is now “overcomer”.  God saw that he had wrestled with both man and God and had overcome.  So…the thing is, he is still passing on this deceptive trait to family members, even though he himself is overcoming, and this is quite disconcerting for all of us to realize.

Now, it says, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”  So, I thought no one could see God’s face and win.  So.  What’s with that?

He tells Esau (Ch 33) that seeing him was like seeing the face of God.  He tried to appease Esau with gifts, and Esau replied that God had already blessed him…he didn’t need it.  He had all he needed.

Ch34…so here was have an interesting story.  We’ve got one sister in the clan, Dinah, and once again, she is beautiful (all these women were totally irresistable to the kings in the lands this visited…wow.)  So, anyway, she was “violated” by him, and then he falls in love with her and wants to marry her, brothers trick the whole land into getting themselves circumsized only to weaken them so that they can kill them all.  Heaven forbid their sister become “a prostitute”, because they thought only their sister was a way for the men to get to their goods.  So…now we have murdering brothers.  But, at least sis is not bought for their money.

As it turns out, later in the book, they lose their blessing upon his death because they were so hot headed and war-prone. 

Ch35 “Then God said to Jacob” (who was afraid he was about to be massacred by the Canaanites)…Get rid of your foreign gods, purify yourselves, and change your clothes, then go up to Bethel, build and altar to God…”so, the terror of God fell upon the towns all around them so that on one pursued them.”

v. 10 Again, God reminds him that he is no longer to be called Jacob, but Israel.

“Bethel”…house of God.

“El Shaddai”…God Almighty (v. 11)

v16, Rachel dies in childbirth, so she names the boy “Ben-Oni”, but his father named him Benjamin.

v21.  Reuben sleeps with his Dad’s concubine.  Overall, not a good move.  He loses his blessing over this.

v27 Isaac goes back home to Pop (Jacob)…then, he dies, and Esau and Jacob bury him.

Ch37–I love how this starts…

“This is the account of Jacob.  (and that’s pretty much all that is said about Jacob for say, 12 chapters or so)

Then, “Joseph, a young man of seventeen…”favor, coat, dream, jealousy, well, servant, jail, dreams, king, dream, famine, second in command of all of Egypt. (20 yrs. later).

Okay, so this is where it gets really amazing to me.  First, Joseph gets SO overwhelmed at the famine when he realized he is in the middle of God’s prophecy all this time, is saving the world from famine, and now…his own family.  Now, I’d never paid attention to this story before, but Joseph has a great bit of fun with his brothers before revealing himself.  First, he throws the brother in jail that he’s had a bone to pick with.  Then, he makes them bring Benjamin back with him and nearly gives ‘ole Dad a nervous breakdown…they are already about starving to death.  Joseph can’t decide whether to go on with them or cry.  He does a lot of both (silver cup in the sack! Ch 44), just until the time is “right” and he can’t do it any more (Ch 45).

So, then he secures a safe place for the fam in Egypt…the king is ready to give him anything he wants he has, after all, saved the whole world, and delivered it into the king’s lap…the people had to give their money, land, and themselves to buy their own food back.   Go figure.  Government for you.  It started right here.  After that time, Joseph helped make a rule where from then on 1/5 of the food went to the king.

Ch 48 an interesting thing happens.  Israel (Jacob) is dying and sends for Joseph.  Joseph brings his two sons with him, and because God had consoled Jacob saying he would be fruitful and his nations would increase, and Rachel, his love, dies, he decides to adopt Josephs sons to fulfill this prophecy.  So, on his deathbed, he meets this sons, and gives his entire inheritance, to both Joseph, his two sons, and the blessing passes down to Josephs other sons.  And this is the weird thing.  Joseph tries to correct this, BUT Jacob insists on giving Manessah the blessing of the firstborn.  He is still hung up on this “second place” thing.  It’s like, “I don’t want them to fight over it like we did, so I’ll just give it to the second to begin with”.  Surprise!  He just had a soft spot for the second born.  Crazy.  What a rebel.

The blessings of Jacob for his sons are incredible.  Basically, if they were good boys, they got a good blessing, if not, well…you reap what you sow. 

The ones who were hard on Joseph didn’t get a thing.  Those who stayed out of the way and minded their own business were blesses.  Big life lesson there.  (Good stuff in there, check it out).

Ch50, We see Joseph’s great love for his father again, lots of mourning, crying, kissing, and care at his death.  The whole entire court of the King goes with Joseph to grieve.  It’s quite a sight.  Joseph grieves for a solid week in ceremonial grieving, and they all join him.  The whole land takes notice of this enormous bandwagon going to buy Jacob in his own burial plot back home.

Joseph’s brothers get nervous after Dad dies that Joseph might lay into them.  So, it seems they make something up to say to him to try to soften him up, but once again, Joseph gives God credit for where he landed.  “And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them”. 

Death of Joseph:  Same general blessing to sons.  Asks to be taken “home”, that his bones be moved at some point.  (Moses does so later…why he couldn’t be buried there then is beyond me).

The end.

Posted by: Joan | September 21, 2007

Read the Bible in 90 Days (day 1B Gen 6-16 )

Genesis

Ch. 6:  …amongst everyone else who…every inclination of their heart was only evil, all the time, there was

“Noah was a righteous man, blameless…he walked with God.”

 Noadic Covenant:  build and enter ark, be saved from flood.  Note, Noah took seven of every clean animal, two of every “unclean” animal (according to the law).  These “extra” were used for sacrifices while they were on board.

Ch 7 

*Everything on DRY LAND that had the breath of life in it’s nostrils died.  This was when it was of advantage to be a fish.

Ch. 8  “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animal and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” 

NOTE:  Noah still did not leave the ark aver the dove did not come back (for it had found a place of land to land upon), he waited for the voice and direction of God.  After God had destroyed all mankind, this was a good move on Noah’s part.  This is what we would call the FEAR OF GOD.  (vs. 15, “God said, ‘Come out of the ark…”)

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and sacrificed, and the Lord smelled the sweet aroma and said in his heart, “I’ll never again flood the WHOLE earth.”

Ch 9

God blessed Noah and his sons telling them to be fruitful and multiply, and gave them authority over living things.  He also authorized them to eat meat for food at this time–meat that had it’s blood cooked thoroughly.  (Do you think they were anemic after their long time at sea and needed the meat for iron?  Just a thought.   Hmmmm…)

Rainbow promise AS A SIGN OF REMEMBRANCE TO REMIND GOD HIMSELF of his promise never again to flood the whole earth.  

Ch 9  Noah drinks of the wine of his vineyard, gets drunk, one son makes fun of him, the other two cover him.  The later two are blessed, and the first cursed. 

Ch10 

Nimrod:  Mighty warrior on the earth.  Mighty hunter before the Lord.   

The centers of his kingdom were vast.  (later, some of these cities were enemies of Israel, i.e. Babylon)  Also, Canaan, Sodom, Gomorrah.  We hear of them soon.

Ch.11 Tower of Babel

“vs. 5 “But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were bulding.  The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  Come let US (Trinity still intact, aware of each element “us”) go down…” 

God seems to realize men were getting too “smart” for their own good.  He separated the “energetic boys in the classroom” to opposite sides of the room, figuratively speaking–for everyone’s good, to keep peace.

Next, we have men having babies “earlier” in life:  30s, on average.  Life spans are a bit shorter than before, as spoken of by God ch 6.  (God seems to be doing this gradually, taking the max of life down to 120 yrs., until the earth was more populated, he left life spans longer so that they could “multiply”).

11:27, Abraham’s lineage begins, and we see his relation to Lot.

Ch 12  Abrahamic Covenant

Famine

“Sister”  Sarai WAS ACTUALLY his step sister (see 20:11), I don’t guess I’d read that until today.  She he wasn’t ACTUALLY lying outright.  (Later, I read today that his son Isaac follows suit, saying HIS wife is also HIS sister when he was afraid.  (see 27:7)

Interesting to me how Sarai came under God’s full protection as well.  He was very much interested in her well-being, though Abraham is more in the spotlight of God’s calling as a leader.  Every time she defers to Abraham’s wishes and it puts her in harms way…God protects her.  God even dealt with Abraham according to his promise, even when Abraham seemed wrong.  See 12:2  “you will be a blessing, I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you.  And all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you”.  So, God just kept his hand on them, even when they seemed slightly off base or prone to fear.   Interesting.

Ch. 13  Abraham and Lot separate; Lot takes the “greener pasture”, but actually, it turns out to be a temporary situation for him, for it is also where Sodom and Gomorrah were.

Abraham was gracious to let him choose, God blessed his land, and Abraham even rescued Lot (ch 14) several times for getting mixed in bad situations.  He was a great uncle to have!

vs 8, Abraham calls Lot “brother”, and puts a stop to quarreling over land resources between their servants.

Ch 14…rescue of Lot and family and goods from four kings, with God’s help (and some strategic tar pits!)

The King of Sodom wants to reward Abraham with booty from the rescue.  Abraham refuses his share, not wanting anyone to perceive his goods can from there. 

We see the appearance of “Melchizedek”, not found in any priestly lineage, See Heb. 7:1, 11, Ps. 110:4).  Christ was a “priest in the order of Melchizedek”, appearing out of nowhere, seemingly, also.  Melchizedek was both king and priest.  My NIV Bible says these duties, outside Israel, were often combined.  I was taught once, however, that the priest was perhaps a pre-from of Christ , mentioned nowhere else in any other lineage, as priests were supposed to be.  Interesting to follow up on.  Abraham offered up 1/10 of his spoils, even though he took none of the spoils.  Interesting also.

I think it is interesting that the next verse after Abr. refusing the spoils is

“Do not be afraid, Abram. 

I am your shield,

your very great reward.” 

Then, Abraham questioned God, for he had no children.  The Lord affirmed his plan for Abr. with stars. 

Then, a dream, and SOME BAD NEWS:  captivity of Israel prophecied (400 yrs.), but You will not have to go through that, Abr.   Altar, fire between the halves of offerings, supernatural.

Ch. 16  Hagar and Ishmael

This story unfolding is fascinating.  For again, when Abraham seems to be making some “flesh” decisions and choices from some questionable counsel, God seems to keep watching his heart and making a way.  He promises Ishmael will also be the father of nations, will prosper, and lead…though in another place, he tells Hagar that he will also always be at hostility with his brothers (16:12).  God never loses sight of the fact that Abraham had a soft place in his heart for Ishmael as well. 

A pattern emerges of God speaking both dreams to inspire, and hard prophecies together, even in hard time for people who felt like giving up.  God’s plan and vision for their lives still inspired them to go on,  even when he was honest that everything was not going to be a bed of roses.  God didn’t keep the truth from people who were discouraged, but he did encourage them FIRST.  (v. 11-12)

Hagar gave this name to God in the desert, after she had run from Sarai, “You Are the God Who Sees Me”  (v13)

Posted by: Joan | September 19, 2007

Read the Bible in 90 Days (day 1A Gen 1:1- Ge 6)

It’s hard to imagine the great physical processes which took place in one day, when God said, “Let there be”…earthquakes, land moving, water moving.  How amazing is the mental picture of all of that?  His organizing, looking at his work, restructuring, placing.  The word of an orchestrator, artist, architect.  And, he gave an allotted time for each event:  planner, organizer, “pace-r”. 

God gave sub-ordinating roles, even among the stars, not really called the Moon and Sun starts here, in scripture (NIV Bible Study notes say, calling them only “two great lights” that the people might avoid worshipping them, as they were already doing).

1:26 “Let US make man in OUR own image”.

Here the presence of the Trinity indicated, all working together, as we later seen on the gospel of John, chapter 1:  “In the beginning was the word, and the word was God, and the word was with God.”

Also, “Let them [men] rule”.  God, from the beginning, before the creation of man, wanted to give mankind work, shared ownership, a role, jobs, property.

Ch 2:  The 7th Day, God rested.   Blessed it, and made it holy (set apart), because he had rested from creating work.  Our resting times should also, then, be set apart, when we finish large tasks.  Celebrated, made special, noted in time.  We rest from work. 

2:15 God gave the command, “Do not eat”, immediately afterward, giving a gift.  Much like we reign our kids in tight, then bless them to let them remember they are loved.  Only this “gift” proved to be a distraction to him, much as it is often with our children, leading them into trouble.  Parenting…gotta love it.

2:24  “For this reason will a man leave his father and mother”…obviously added in later.  It’s hard to imagine God saying this to Adam and Eve at the time, for they knew neither! 

3:  Q:  Why did God put trees in the garden which would threaten his role as God?  1.  Tree of knowledge of good and evil 2.  tree of life.  I had never really read this clearly, but IF they had eaten both, they would have truly been like God.  The reason they were banished from the garden was NOT just because they disobeyed, but also because they could NOT be permitted to eat from the tree of life AFTER they had eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  see v22.”He must not be allowed”.  As parents, we much know how far our children can go without ultimate harm being done to them by their mistakes, in the same way.  He banished them, therefore. 

Ch. 4.  Eve gives birth, crediting God “for helping her”.  Even after his punishment, he is found to be “helping her”.  Remember as a parent the tender balance that needs to exist between parenthood and friendship.

Ch 4:  First jealousy leads to murder.  Brotherly, wise, advice is given, “sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it”;  but, it is rejected.  Murder results.  Sometimes when we try to help siblings, we suffer.  It has been this way from the beginning.  Say the right things does not mean we will not suffer.  God took care of the punishment, confronting Cain as Judge.

Even in punishment, again God cares for Cain in his punishement.  Cain fears being killed, if found.  And, God said, “Not so, if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over. ” and the Lord put a mark on his head, so that no one who found him would kill him. (I wonder what this mark could have looked like, or been?)  Cain went to live “east of Eden”, in the land of Nod.

Ch. 5 Cain then gave birth to Enoch, who “walked with God”.  When he was 365 years old, “he was no more, because the God took him away.”  Enoch had Methuselah, the oldest person recorded in the Bible (969 years), and Methuselah had Lamech, who had NOAH.  So…a very righteous lineage still came through Cain.  God is merciful.

Ch.6  “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.  The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.”

Posted by: Joan | September 19, 2007

Bible Reading–D.L. Moody Quote

“When I study the Bible,

I prepare myself to talk to others.

When I read the Bible,

God talks to me.”

—D. L. Moody

Posted by: Joan | September 18, 2007

Bible Reading 90 Day Marathon

Someone has been asking me for some time to find a study we could do to help them get a better overview of the Bible.  We’ve looked at several studies and ideas…none of them hit home.  Today, I was praying again about a direction, and we examined several Bible reading plans.  This one coincides best with our “10 weeks of commitment”.   We will do a Bible reading marathon and attempt to complete the Bible in 88 days, with two grace days to spare.  The time will take about 45 minutes of reading a day.  Apparently, for the average TV watcher…this is just the commercial time we waste anyway.  For the newspaper reader, it is 3-4 pages of the Wall Street Journal or USA Today. 

The average American is said to read only seven minutes of the Bible a day on average, while watching 5 hours of TV. 

There are special Bibles and a special “promotion” for 90 day reading, developed by a former agnostic, who, half-way through his 90 day reading thrust to get an overview of the Bible, accepted Christ as Lord.  I imagine that put him somewhere in I Samuel, which is an interesting place to accept Christ!  In any case, we are going to give it a go.  I want to use my own Bibles…I have plenty without buying another every time I decide to read the Bible a different way.  I like the familiarity with my own notes and pages.

One train of thought is that it keeps you moving and gives you a “forest” view of the Bible, rather than getting stopped by individual “trees”.  It gives you the benefit of the “story”, reading straight through, and a foundation of OT by the time you enjoy NT, unlike some plans that are divided into some OT and some NT and some wisdom books each day.  I will miss my wisdom books (Psalms/Proverbs), and will have to see how that works out.  I liked the idea of a Psalm and one Proverb chapter a day…but, didn’t follow through with that plan the last time I tried it!

I have laid down disciplines for some time since the intensity of MasterLife and the Daniel study, just to get back into the flow of rhythms of natural prayer and grace again in my personal prayer life.  Now, I’m ready for a challenge again.

Stacy at Sweet Solace will be joining me for sure.  If you want to jump on board, feel free to take up the challenge.

I want to post links to the days in BibleGateway here, because I’ve only found them in NIV and sometimes I like a quick computer switch for ease of cut and paste.  I have made a tab to link to BibleGateway above.  I may post my notes there after each, I don’t yet know. 

The reading plan is based on 12 pages of Bible reading per day.   Did you know that the Bible can be read for audio tape and recorded in 70-77 hours, depending on the version read?  If that is the case, surely, SURELY, we can do this! 

Posted by: Joan | September 18, 2007

You’ll Want to See the Father Hold Me…

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Oh, Kim…this did my heart good tonight!

But I know you’ll want to see my Father hold me through these trials”

were the words you were looking for at the moment this frame was inserted.  Oh, yes, we do!!!

Fast forward exactly one week past this heart felt moment (me, just below these outstretched arms, double over in stomach pain with a virus–she was having a MUCH better time than I was at that moment!) and…a cancer diagnosis.

And fast forward just three days still more, and what do you find?  A worshipper.  Same posture, leading hundreds herself as a vocalist in worship, with a newfound cancer diagnosis.  Glory to Jesus!

Oh, how good He is!!!

View video in it’s entirety at this link. (Yes, it’s worth it!)  This frame comes up 1:19-1:26 minutes into the slideshow on The Deeper Still blog.

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Yup, Kim…certainly worth autographing! (A white, or pink gel pen? Hmmm…), and I want one!

Hang in there, sister!   We love you!

Photos: Deeper Still blog

Posted by: Joan | September 17, 2007

Joseph–Strengthened by Irons

Of Joseph, it was said–

Moreovere [God] called for a famine in the lan;

He destroyed all the provision of bread.

He sent a man before them–

Joseph–who was sold as a salve.

They hurt his feet with fetters,

He was laid in irons 

Until the time that his word came to pass,

The word of the LORD tested him.  (Psalm 105: 16-19)

Joseph’s father, on his death-bed, said of Joseph:

Joseph is a fruitful bough,

A fruitful bough by a well;

His branches run over the wall.

The archers have bitterly grieved him,

Shot at him and hated him.

But his bow remained in strength,

And the arms of his hands were made strong

By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob.  (Gen. 29:22-24)

Posted by: Joan | September 17, 2007

A Victorious Warrior Is In The House

Zechariah 2

A Man With a Measuring Line

 1 Then I looked up—and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand!

2 I asked, “Where are you going?”
      He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.”

 3 Then the angel who was speaking to me left, and another angel came to meet him

(4) and said to him: “Run, tell that young man,

‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it. 

(5) And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’
Zephaniah 3:16-20

16) On that day they will say to Jerusalem,
       “Do not fear, O Zion;
       do not let your hands hang limp.

 17) The LORD your God is with you,
       he is mighty to save.
       He will take great delight in you,
       he will quiet you with his love,
       he will rejoice over you with singing.”

 18) “The sorrows for the appointed feasts
       I will remove from you;
       they are a burden and a reproach to you. [a]

Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior!

He will exult over you with joy,

He will be quiet in His love,

He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

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Finally, a bit of humor in this ecard for today. 

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