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April 29, 2008

But Gideon replied, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son. The LORD will rule over you!”
Judges 8:23

The battle went on all day before Abimelech finally captured the city. He killed the people, leveled the city, and scattered salt all over the ground.”
Judges 9:45

Now…why would he scatter salt all over the ground? Does anyone know?

“He isn’t here! He has risen from the dead! Don’t you remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again the third day?”
Luke 24:6-7

But they didn’t know who he was, because God kept them from recognizing him.
Luke 24:16

And they sat down to eat, he took a small loaf of bread, asked God’s blessing on it, broke it, then gave it to them.
Luke 24:30

Then he opened their minds to understand these many Scriptures.
Luke 24:45

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April 25, 2008

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by Matthew West

album: Happy (2003)

Take a look at the mountains
Stretching a mile high
Take a look at the ocean
Far as your eye can see
And think of Me

Take a look at the desert
Do you feel like a grain of sand?
I am with you wherever
Where you go is where I am

And I'm always thinking of you
Take a look around you
I'm spelling it out one by one

(Chorus)
I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I'll say it again and again
I love you more

Just a face in the city
Just a tear on a crowded street
But you are one in a million
And you belong to Me

And I want you to know
That I'm not letting go
Even when you come undone

(Chorus)
I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I'll say it again and again
I love you more
I love you more

Shine for Me
Shine for Me
Shine on, shine on
Shine for Me

(Chorus)
I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I'll say it again and again
I love you more 

(Chorus)
Than the sun
and the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you, yesterday and today
Through the joy and the pain
I'll say it again and again
I love you more
I love you more

And I see you
And I made you
And I love you more than you can imagine
More than you can fathom
I love you more than the sun
And you shine for me

Being Sick

April 24, 2008

I’ve been sick over the past week. It just came over me suddenly. So…I’m a little behind in my reading.

Here is what I have written over the past couple of days:

Their inheritance came from part of what had been given to Judah because Judah’s territory was too large for them. So the tribe of Simeon received an inheritance within the territory of Judah.
Joshua 19:9

O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day.
Psalm 88:13

People who despise advise will find themselves in trouble; those who respect it will succeed.
Proverbs 13:13

Everyone of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it.
Joshua 21:42

But be very careful to obey all the commands and the law that Moses gave to you. Love the LORD your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, be faithful to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul.
Joshua 22:5

Wise people think before they act; fools don’t and even brag about it.
Proverbs 13:16

Hmm….fools don’t and even brag about it. I’ve been guilty of this before. I’ve acted without thinking…especially in my younger days. I think as we get older we do think before we act because of our experiences which remind us that we didn’t think. What a great gift God has given us — the ability to think.

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think// [thingk] Pronunciation Key verb, thought, think·ing, adjective, noun

–verb (used without object)

1. to have a conscious mind, to some extent of reasoning, remembering experiences, making rational decisions, etc.
2. to employ one’s mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation: Think carefully before you begin.
3. to have a certain thing as the subject of one’s thoughts: I was thinking about you. We could think of nothing else.
4. to call something to one’s conscious mind: I couldn’t think of his phone number.
5. to consider something as a possible action, choice, etc.: She thought about cutting her hair.
6. to invent or conceive of something: We thought of a new plan.
7. to have consideration or regard for someone: Think of others first.
8. to esteem a person or thing as indicated: to think badly of someone.
9. to have a belief or opinion as indicated: I think so.
10. (of a device or machine, esp. a computer) to use artificial intelligence to perform an activity analogous to human thought.

–verb (used with object)

11. to have or form in the mind as an idea, conception, etc.
12. to consider for evaluation or for possible action upon: Think the deal over.
13. to regard as specified: He thought me unkind.
14. to believe to be true of someone or something: to think evil of the neighbors.
15. to analyze or evolve rationally: to think the problem out.
16. to have as a plan or intention: I thought that I would go.
17. to anticipate or expect: I did not think to find you here.

–adjective

18. of or pertaining to thinking or thought.
19. Informal. stimulating or challenging to the intellect or mind: the think book of the year. Compare think piece.

–noun

20. Informal. the act or a period of thinking: I want to sit down and give it a good think.

21. think of,

a. to conceive of; imagine.
b. to have an opinion or judgment of.
c. to consider; anticipate: When one thinks of what the future may bring, one is both worried and hopeful.
22. think out or through,

a. to think about until a conclusion is reached; understand or solve by thinking.
b. to devise by thinking; contrive: He thought out a plan for saving time.
23. think up, to devise or contrive by thinking: Can you think up an arrangement of furniture for this room?

24. think better of, to change one’s mind about; reconsider: She considered emigrating to Australia, but thought better of it.
25. think fit, to consider advisable or appropriate: By all means, take a vacation if you think fit.
26. think nothing of. nothing (def. 19).
27. think twice, to weigh carefully before acting; consider: I would think twice before taking on such a responsibility.

[Origin: bef. 900; ME thinken, var. of thenken, OE thencan; c. D, G denken, ON thekkja, Goth thagkjan; akin to thank]

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Kingdom of God

April 9, 2008

There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor.
Deuteronomy 33:26

Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed planted in a garden, it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds come and find shelter among its branches.”
Luke 13:18-19

He [David} cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.
Psalm 78:72

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My Thoughts:

The Kingdom of God. What is the definition of Kingdom in this context?

Jesus talks of the Kingdom of God all the time. What was Jesus doing? Was the Kingdom of God a place – a function – a Kingdom or a people? Where is the Kingdom of God? How is it portrayed? What is the definition according to Jesus?

To be like David: Do I care for people for those around me with a true heart? Am I leading with skillful hands? What causes me to work one way (skillful) versus another?

Secrets Known To No One

April 6, 2008

The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.
Deuteronomy 29:29

In the future, when you experience all these blessings and curses I have listed for you, and when you are living among the nations to which the Lord your God has exiled you, take to heart all these instructions. If at that time you and your children return to the Lord your God, and if you obey with all your heart and all your soul all the commands I have given you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes. He will have mercy on you and gather you back from all the nations where he has scattered you. Even though you are banished to the ends of the earth, the Lord your God will gather you from there and bring you back again. The Lord your God will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again. Then he will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors!
Deuteronomy 30:1-5

The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.
Deuteronomy 30:10

No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.
Deuteronomy 30:14

The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!
Luke 12:2-3

O my people, listen to my instructions.
Open your ears to what I am saying,
for I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
stories we have heard and known,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
For he issued his laws to Jacob;
he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to teach them to their children,
so the next generation might know them—
even the children not yet born—
and they in turn will teach their own children.
So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting his glorious miracles
and obeying his commands.
Then they will not be like their ancestors—
stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful,
refusing to give their hearts to God.
Psalm 78:1-8

“There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it — and I won’t take it away from her.”
Luke 10:42

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.”
Luke 11:9-10

Human opposition only enhances your glory, for you use it as a sword of judgment.
Psalm 76:10

A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
Proverbs 12:16

You may eat your fill of grapes from your neighbors vineyard, but do not take any away in a basket.
Deuteronomy 23:24

If your neighbor is poor and only has a cloak to give as security, do not keep the cloak overnight. Return the cloak to its owner by sunset so your neighbor can sleep in it and bless you. And the LORD your God will count it as a righteous act.
Deuteronomy 24:12-13

Those who cheat with dishonest weights and measures are detestable to the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 25:16

Then He said to the disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God who sent me.”
Luke 10:16

When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm.
Psalm 75:3

It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.
Psalm 75:7

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Notes from Marilyn Hickey Book, The Power of Praying and Fasting:

  1. Pray Frequently – without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17)
  2. Pray for all manner of need (James 4:2, Ps. 2:8, John 14:14)
  3. Pray with faith (James 1:6-8, Mark 11:22-24)
  4. Pray with focus – very specific needs
  5. Pray boldly (Hebrews 4:16)
  6. Pray with fervor (James 5:16)
  7.  Pray in accordance with the will of heaven. We are to pray that things will begin to take shape in our lives and in the lives of others around us just as things take shape in heaven! (Matt. 6:10, James 4:3)
  • How do we know what we are praying for is in line with God’s will for us?
    • Pray what the Bible says – note: a number of the promises of God have conditions attached to them.
    • Pray to know God’s will. James 1:5 Ask the LORD to do what he desires to do in you, through you and all around you.