"I know what I know / Could not fill a thimble."

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ezek. 11

Ok, I have been bad this week and got off the 'reading train'....but I am back on.

 16 "Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.'
 17 "Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.'
 18 "They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD."

What struck me about this passage is how easy it is for God to take away the glory of a country.  In one second they are prospering and the next they are scattered across the wind.  They don't have control of it....it's all in God's control.  Sometimes I feel that way with our nation.  We have turned our back, from God in so many ways.  I just pray God spares His faithful- for those who truly repent- like he did Ninevah.  
God please forgive me for so many sins against you.  Forgive my country for so many sins against you.  Amen. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

1 John 5

16If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. 17All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. 19We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Commentary from Jamieson, Faussett & Brown:
17. "Every unrighteousness (even that of believers, compare 1Jo 1:9; 3:4. Every coming short of right) is sin"; (but) not every sin is the sin unto death.
and there is a sin not unto death--in the case of which, therefore, believers may intercede. Death and life stand in correlative opposition (1Jo 5:11-13). The sin unto death must be one tending "towards" (so the Greek), and so resulting in, death. ALFORD makes it to be an appreciable ACT of sin, namely, the denying Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of God (in contrast to confess this truth, 1Jo 5:1, 5), 1Jo 2:19, 22; 4:2, 3; 5:10. Such wilful deniers of Christ are not to be received into one's house, or wished "God speed." Still, I think with BENGEL, not merely the act, but also the state of apostasy accompanying the act, is included--a "state of soul in which faith, love, and hope, in short, the new life, is extinguished. The chief commandment is faith and love. Therefore, the chief sin is that by which faith and love are destroyed. In the former case is life; in the latter, death. As long as it is not evident (see on 1Jo 5:16, on 'see') that it is a sin unto death, it is lawful to pray. But when it is deliberate rejection of grace, and the man puts from him life thereby, how can others procure for him life?" Contrast Jas 5:14-18. Compare Mt 12:31, 32 as to the wilful rejection of Christ, and resistance to the Holy Ghost's plain testimony to Him as the divine Messiah. Jesus, on the cross, pleaded only for those who KNEW NOT what they were doing in crucifying Him, not for those wilfully resisting grace and knowledge. If we pray for the impenitent, it must be with humble reference of the matter to God's will, not with the intercessory request which we should offer for a brother when erring.

My Commentary:
Pretty crazy stuff. The writer doesn't even want you to pray for this person. We are to pray for our enemies, but those who adamantly deny Christ are not to even be prayed for.  This gives me some new perspective in how to pray and what to pray for.  May God give me wisdom in this and to not rush to conclusions about who this truly talks about.  But, by God's grace, may I not waste time (prayer or ministry) on those who already have apposed Him. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

1 John 2

1 John 2

1My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for[a] the sins of the whole world.

Someone asked on facebook the other day "What defines a Christian"? Tough question in today's world.
But man, does 1 John 2 give the answer! Powerful stuff...LIVE LIKE CHRIST DID! That's the definition of a Christian...wow- we all are striving then!

I love this verse about Christ being our advocate before God. After my short Jury duty event, I have a new found respect of our judicial system...and also a fear of it- because there are corrupt Lawyers who only desire to defend the one who is paying them...and I suppose that's their job, but when justice isn't served, that's frustrating.

But, Christ, is the perfect lawyer (ha...I hear a joke coming on.) No seriously, he waits for us to sin, and when God is ready to say "Ok, that's it...time to let this girl seriously face the consequence of her choices" Christ steps in and is our greatest defendant. I imagine him saying, "But Father, remember how I died for her? She is my child...look at me and view her though me." WOW! NOW THAT IS POWER! So thankful to have a full understanding of the cross!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

John 21

12Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

This must have been so crazy. For Jesus to have died; been raised and then for him to randomly appear to the disciples. I am sure they kept thinking "when is he doing to do it again"....and it's interesting to me that he appeared early in the morning. It seems like Jesus was a morning person- Maybe he was just trying to avoid a crowd, but Jesus does decide to do it then- and then he provides breakfast! How cool is that. They were probably hungry and fishing wasn't going great and all of sudden they have a ton of fish, bread and coals to cook them on. Christ knew the importance of meals- of relishing time with friends- around a meal. I think we often forget this and get really busy and forget about hospitality. Some of our greatest blessings have been when we invited people over for dinner. May God continue to give me the grace to do this.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Now THAT'S Macaroni and Cheese


Ah yes...the staple of childhood...Macaroni and Cheese. I grew up on the Kraft Variety and although I still crave that processed cheese goodness, by body has developed some sort of allergy to one of the ingredients in it. (perhaps the sodium thipolphosphate or yellow 5, yellow 6 additives? Who knows.)

Anyways, I have been experimenting...As I cook Jackson's Kraft Macaroni, I have come up with a recipe for a killer cheese sauce- pretty natural and oh so good for grownups. So, mom's out there...give it a try-

Ingredients:
One pack of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (1/2 the noodles to the kids; 1/2 to you!)
2 cups of Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese (I really love Tillamuk...although pricier, it's yummy)
3/4 cup of whole milk (you could probably use 2% if that's all you have.)
1 Tbls. of Corn Starch
1 T. of Chopped Dried Onion
2 Tbls. of Parmesan Cheese (Yes the shaker type)
1 T. of Pepper
1 T. of Dry Mustard
Chopped Chives if you have them for a little bit of color.

Recipe:
While boiling noodles for your kids:
1. Warm milk in a pan- add all cheese- grated.- Cook at low/medium until melted. Watch this close and stir regularly. Add Parmesan Cheese & Dried Onion.
2. Add 1 Tbls of Corn Starch to some water and stir...Turn up heat on cheese and add Corn Starch+Water slowly as it thickens. Do not heat too much. And once thick, turn heat to low.
3. Add Pepper and Dry Mustard and Chives.

4. After you drain the noodles, add the amount of butter/margarine that you would to the whole batch (but not the milk). Let butter melt on noodles. Then divvy out 1/2 of the noodles for you and 1/2 for the kids.

5. For the kids- Add 1/2 milk and 1/2 cheese powder that you normally would and serve.

6. For you- stir your desired amount of cheese sauce over your noodles!

Everyone is so happy!
Let me know what you think!

John 20

He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.

K. I know it's funny to pick out this verse to journal on, but it struck me that the cloth was folded up. Regardless of who did the folding- Jesus, God or the angels...it's important to God to have the cloth folded up. God does care about order. Now, I know people can become obsessive about it and go super annal about cleaning and organizing, but I would like to think a view of godly organization and cleanliness is healthy. Although it's not biblical this phrase had to originate from something legit- "Cleanliness is next to godliness."
Those of us with the gift of Administration love it!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

John 19

12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar."

13When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.
"Here is your king," Pilate said to the Jews.

15But they shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!"
"Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked.
"We have no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered.

16Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

So interesting that on the DAY I GET CALLED FOR JURY DUTY, I read the trial of Jesus. What injustice was done to our Lord...and it was by Jury...it wasn't by a single man's hand. It was in the control of the peoople...we crucified Christ. That is very humbling and makes me weep in my heart for the sin-nature of man...how we crave violence and that people receive punishment, even if they are innocent. God give me grace, humility and strength; wisdom and your heart to know right and wrong.

Monday, August 16, 2010

John 18

I am switching to a new reading schedule, that my church is going to following, starting this fall.

So, No more Corinthians- onto John

8"I told you that I am he," Jesus answered. "If you are looking for me, then let these men go." 9This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those you gave me."[a]

10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.)

11Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?"

Man, to be reppromanded by Jesus for fighting for him must have been devistating. How often do I rush the gun and try to fulfill what I believe "God's will" is, when I should just stand back and watch His will accomplished, without my help. May I have patience and not try to fight the war for Christ, which He is already fighting.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

2 Cor. 12

12The (AC)signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.

I have always heard that those who don't believe the "outward" gifts (prophecy, wonders, miracles, tongues, etc.) are for today believe that God gave them to the apostles as a sign of their authority. This verse, I am sure they use to confirm that. Paul did come as a sign of a true apostle, performing signs and wonders. But, it does not say that these wonders are limited to the apostles. And why would we limit out great God to only perform miracles among one group of people, in one small span of time? I don't agree with this theology, not only because of the many stories I have heard, the experiences I have been through and Scripture itself.
May God make his wonders more evident to me in this time and age. May they show Him as mighty and may many come to Him because of it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

2 Cor. 11

5For I consider myself (K)not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles.

I have loved this verse since high school. May I learn from Paul's humble spirit. I don't feel well right now, so am not going to write much.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

2 Cor. 10

Back from a week in the Bahamas! Thank you Lord for the incredible blessing of that trip and the beauty that you have created in the ocean and the tropical land. It is so peaceful to bask in the beauty of God's creation.

17But (AG)HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.

18For it is not he who (AH)commends himself that is approved, but he (AI)whom the Lord commends.

Always a challenge for me. I want the credit when things go right. I want the credit when a problem is fixed. I want the credit when my work creates fruit. But, this challenging verse puts a stop to all that....it's a reminder that EVERYTHING I have (my talents, my money, my intellect, my bodily function) are all by the grace of God ....it is Him who allows anything to be accomplished though me. May God commend me for my work...and may I boast in Him, always.