9/30/11

Will you heed the sign?


There is an old saying: "Nothing is certain except death and taxes".  Taxes can (and hopefully will) be changed for the better, but what about death?  Even though medical science has progressed considerably over the past 100 years, still the conquest of death remains elusive.  Perhaps, someday, human beings may live two, three or maybe even 400 years (although, its hard for me to even imagine a lifespan that long).  No matter what, sooner or later, death is inevitable.  Some may say that eventually we will conquer death, but reality says that accidents still happen; no matter what we do, some people will always die.  Then what?  Some say, that's it; we experience nothingness.  But that doesn't make any sense to me, because unless you have been there, how would you know?  But, someone has and has already made a way to overcome death and life will go on for those who will really listen to the truth and do what he commands them to do.  Consider this chapter from the New Testament.

1 Corinthians 15:1-58 (WEB)
1) Now I declare to you, brothers, the Good News which I preached to you, which also you received, in which you also stand,
2) by which also you are saved, if you hold firmly the word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3) For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4) that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5) and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

6) Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain until now, but some have also fallen asleep.
7) Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
8) and last of all, as to the child born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also.
9) For I am the least of the apostles, who is not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the assembly of God.
10) But by the grace of God I am what I am. His grace which was bestowed on me was not futile, but I worked more than all of them; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
11) Whether then it is I or they, so we preach, and so you believed.
12) Now if Christ is preached, that he has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13) But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised.
14) If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain.
15) Yes, we are found false witnesses of God, because we testified about God that he raised up Christ, whom he didn’t raise up, if it is so that the dead are not raised.
16) For if the dead aren’t raised, neither has Christ been raised.
17) If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.
18) Then they also who are fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19) If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable.
20) But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep.
21) For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man.
22) For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
23) But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ’s, at his coming.
24) Then the end comes, when he will deliver up the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when he will have abolished all rule and all authority and power.
25) For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
26) The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
27) For, “He put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when he says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that he is excepted who subjected all things to him.
28) When all things have been subjected to him, then the Son will also himself be subjected to him who subjected all things to him, that God may be all in all.
29) Or else what will they do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead aren’t raised at all, why then are they baptized for the dead?
30) Why do we also stand in jeopardy every hour?
31) I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
32) If I fought with animals at Ephesus for human purposes, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, then “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
33) Don’t be deceived! “Evil companionships corrupt good morals.”
34) Wake up righteously, and don’t sin, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.
35) But someone will say, “How are the dead raised?” and, “With what kind of body do they come?”
36) You foolish one, that which you yourself sow is not made alive unless it dies.
37) That which you sow, you don’t sow the body that will be, but a bare grain, maybe of wheat, or of some other kind.
38) But God gives it a body even as it pleased him, and to each seed a body of its own.
39) All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
40) There are also celestial bodies, and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial differs from that of the terrestrial.
41) There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
42) So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption.
43) It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
44) It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body.
45) So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46) However that which is spiritual isn’t first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual.
47) The first man is of the earth, made of dust. The second man is the Lord from heaven.
48) As is the one made of dust, such are those who are also made of dust; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49) As we have borne the image of those made of dust, let’s also bear the image of the heavenly.
50) Now I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.
51) Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
52) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54) But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55) “Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?”
56) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57) But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58) Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Facts are facts; if only one person tells you something, it may or may not be true, if two or three people say the same thing, its probably is true.  I wonder, how many people have to testify that something is true before it is considered absolute fact; 50, 100, 200 or maybe even more?  Five hundred people or more were witness to the resurrected Jesus and that's a number that I can accept as absolute.  If life starts with a physical seed which grows, how far fetched is it to be to think that our body is but a seed for another life?  Reality is that people will believe exactly what they want to believe, regardless of truth, but I think its safe to depend on the huge testimony of the early church witnesses who saw the risen Christ.  Is there life after death?  Yes, but don't jump the fence and find out!  Death will come soon enough, so why rush things?

OT Bible Reading 9/30

Sept. 30
Psalms 118-120

Psa 118:1 Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever.
Psa 118:2 Let Israel now say that his loving kindness endures forever.
Psa 118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say that his loving kindness endures forever.
Psa 118:4 Now let those who fear Yahweh say that his loving kindness endures forever.
Psa 118:5 Out of my distress, I called on Yah. Yah answered me with freedom.
Psa 118:6 Yahweh is on my side. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Psa 118:7 Yahweh is on my side among those who help me. Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
Psa 118:8 It is better to take refuge in Yahweh, than to put confidence in man.
Psa 118:9 It is better to take refuge in Yahweh, than to put confidence in princes.
Psa 118:10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of Yahweh, I cut them off.
Psa 118:11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me. In the name of Yahweh I indeed cut them off.
Psa 118:12 They surrounded me like bees. They are quenched like the burning thorns. In the name of Yahweh I cut them off.
Psa 118:13 You pushed me back hard, to make me fall, but Yahweh helped me.
Psa 118:14 Yah is my strength and song. He has become my salvation.
Psa 118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous. "The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly.
Psa 118:16 The right hand of Yahweh is exalted! The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly!"
Psa 118:17 I will not die, but live, and declare Yah's works.
Psa 118:18 Yah has punished me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
Psa 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness. I will enter into them. I will give thanks to Yah.
Psa 118:20 This is the gate of Yahweh; the righteous will enter into it.
Psa 118:21 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, and have become my salvation.
Psa 118:22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.
Psa 118:23 This is Yahweh's doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.
Psa 118:24 This is the day that Yahweh has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!
Psa 118:25 Save us now, we beg you, Yahweh! Yahweh, we beg you, send prosperity now.
Psa 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh! We have blessed you out of the house of Yahweh.
Psa 118:27 Yahweh is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.
Psa 118:28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you. You are my God, I will exalt you.
Psa 118:29 Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever.
Psa 119:1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to Yahweh's law.
Psa 119:2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes, who seek him with their whole heart.
Psa 119:3 Yes, they do nothing wrong. They walk in his ways.
Psa 119:4 You have commanded your precepts, that we should fully obey them.
Psa 119:5 Oh that my ways were steadfast to obey your statutes!
Psa 119:6 Then I wouldn't be disappointed, when I consider all of your commandments.
Psa 119:7 I will give thanks to you with uprightness of heart, when I learn your righteous judgments.
Psa 119:8 I will observe your statutes. Don't utterly forsake me.
Psa 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.
Psa 119:10 With my whole heart, I have sought you. Don't let me wander from your commandments.
Psa 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psa 119:12 Blessed are you, Yahweh. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:13 With my lips, I have declared all the ordinances of your mouth.
Psa 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies, as much as in all riches.
Psa 119:15 I will meditate on your precepts, and consider your ways.
Psa 119:16 I will delight myself in your statutes. I will not forget your word.
Psa 119:17 Do good to your servant. I will live and I will obey your word.
Psa 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things out of your law.
Psa 119:19 I am a stranger on the earth. Don't hide your commandments from me.
Psa 119:20 My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.
Psa 119:21 You have rebuked the proud who are cursed, who wander from your commandments.
Psa 119:22 Take reproach and contempt away from me, for I have kept your statutes.
Psa 119:23 Though princes sit and slander me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Psa 119:24 Indeed your statutes are my delight, and my counselors.
Psa 119:25 My soul is laid low in the dust. Revive me according to your word!
Psa 119:26 I declared my ways, and you answered me. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts! Then I will meditate on your wondrous works.
Psa 119:28 My soul is weary with sorrow: strengthen me according to your word.
Psa 119:29 Keep me from the way of deceit. Grant me your law graciously!
Psa 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth. I have set your ordinances before me.
Psa 119:31 I cling to your statutes, Yahweh. Don't let me be disappointed.
Psa 119:32 I run in the path of your commandments, for you have set my heart free.
Psa 119:33 Teach me, Yahweh, the way of your statutes. I will keep them to the end.
Psa 119:34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law. Yes, I will obey it with my whole heart.
Psa 119:35 Direct me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in them.
Psa 119:36 Turn my heart toward your statutes, not toward selfish gain.
Psa 119:37 Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things. Revive me in your ways.
Psa 119:38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, that you may be feared.
Psa 119:39 Take away my disgrace that I dread, for your ordinances are good.
Psa 119:40 Behold, I long for your precepts! Revive me in your righteousness.
Psa 119:41 Let your loving kindness also come to me, Yahweh, your salvation, according to your word.
Psa 119:42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in your word.
Psa 119:43 Don't snatch the word of truth out of my mouth, for I put my hope in your ordinances.
Psa 119:44 So I will obey your law continually, forever and ever.
Psa 119:45 I will walk in liberty, for I have sought your precepts.
Psa 119:46 I will also speak of your statutes before kings, and will not be disappointed.
Psa 119:47 I will delight myself in your commandments, because I love them.
Psa 119:48 I reach out my hands for your commandments, which I love. I will meditate on your statutes.
Psa 119:49 Remember your word to your servant, because you gave me hope.
Psa 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has revived me.
Psa 119:51 The arrogant mock me excessively, but I don't swerve from your law.
Psa 119:52 I remember your ordinances of old, Yahweh, and have comforted myself.
Psa 119:53 Indignation has taken hold on me, because of the wicked who forsake your law.
Psa 119:54 Your statutes have been my songs, in the house where I live.
Psa 119:55 I have remembered your name, Yahweh, in the night, and I obey your law.
Psa 119:56 This is my way, that I keep your precepts.
Psa 119:57 Yahweh is my portion. I promised to obey your words.
Psa 119:58 I sought your favor with my whole heart. Be merciful to me according to your word.
Psa 119:59 I considered my ways, and turned my steps to your statutes.
Psa 119:60 I will hurry, and not delay, to obey your commandments.
Psa 119:61 The ropes of the wicked bind me, but I won't forget your law.
Psa 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you, because of your righteous ordinances.
Psa 119:63 I am a friend of all those who fear you, of those who observe your precepts.
Psa 119:64 The earth is full of your loving kindness, Yahweh. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:65 Do good to your servant, according to your word, Yahweh.
Psa 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.
Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted, I went astray; but now I observe your word.
Psa 119:68 You are good, and do good. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:69 The proud have smeared a lie upon me. With my whole heart, I will keep your precepts.
Psa 119:70 Their heart is as callous as the fat, but I delight in your law.
Psa 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes.
Psa 119:72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.
Psa 119:73 Your hands have made me and formed me. Give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
Psa 119:74 Those who fear you will see me and be glad, because I have put my hope in your word.
Psa 119:75 Yahweh, I know that your judgments are righteous, that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Psa 119:76 Please let your loving kindness be for my comfort, according to your word to your servant.
Psa 119:77 Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight.
Psa 119:78 Let the proud be disappointed, for they have overthrown me wrongfully. I will meditate on your precepts.
Psa 119:79 Let those who fear you turn to me. They will know your statutes.
Psa 119:80 Let my heart be blameless toward your decrees, that I may not be disappointed.
Psa 119:81 My soul faints for your salvation. I hope in your word.
Psa 119:82 My eyes fail for your word. I say, "When will you comfort me?"
Psa 119:83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke. I don't forget your statutes.
Psa 119:84 How many are the days of your servant? When will you execute judgment on those who persecute me?
Psa 119:85 The proud have dug pits for me, contrary to your law.
Psa 119:86 All of your commandments are faithful. They persecute me wrongfully. Help me!
Psa 119:87 They had almost wiped me from the earth, but I didn't forsake your precepts.
Psa 119:88 Preserve my life according to your loving kindness, so I will obey the statutes of your mouth.
Psa 119:89 Yahweh, your word is settled in heaven forever.
Psa 119:90 Your faithfulness is to all generations. You have established the earth, and it remains.
Psa 119:91 Your laws remain to this day, for all things serve you.
Psa 119:92 Unless your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
Psa 119:93 I will never forget your precepts, for with them, you have revived me.
Psa 119:94 I am yours. Save me, for I have sought your precepts.
Psa 119:95 The wicked have waited for me, to destroy me. I will consider your statutes.
Psa 119:96 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commands are boundless.
Psa 119:97 How I love your law! It is my meditation all day.
Psa 119:98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for your commandments are always with me.
Psa 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.
Psa 119:100 I understand more than the aged, because I have kept your precepts.
Psa 119:101 I have kept my feet from every evil way, that I might observe your word.
Psa 119:102 I have not turned aside from your ordinances, for you have taught me.
Psa 119:103 How sweet are your promises to my taste, more than honey to my mouth!
Psa 119:104 Through your precepts, I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
Psa 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path.
Psa 119:106 I have sworn, and have confirmed it, that I will obey your righteous ordinances.
Psa 119:107 I am afflicted very much. Revive me, Yahweh, according to your word.
Psa 119:108 Accept, I beg you, the willing offerings of my mouth. Yahweh, teach me your ordinances.
Psa 119:109 My soul is continually in my hand, yet I won't forget your law.
Psa 119:110 The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I haven't gone astray from your precepts.
Psa 119:111 I have taken your testimonies as a heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
Psa 119:112 I have set my heart to perform your statutes forever, even to the end.
Psa 119:113 I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.
Psa 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield. I hope in your word.
Psa 119:115 Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Psa 119:116 Uphold me according to your word, that I may live. Let me not be ashamed of my hope.
Psa 119:117 Hold me up, and I will be safe, and will have respect for your statutes continually.
Psa 119:118 You reject all those who stray from your statutes, for their deceit is in vain.
Psa 119:119 You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross. Therefore I love your testimonies.
Psa 119:120 My flesh trembles for fear of you. I am afraid of your judgments.
Psa 119:121 I have done what is just and righteous. Don't leave me to my oppressors.
Psa 119:122 Ensure your servant's well-being. Don't let the proud oppress me.
Psa 119:123 My eyes fail looking for your salvation, for your righteous word.
Psa 119:124 Deal with your servant according to your loving kindness. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:125 I am your servant. Give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies.
Psa 119:126 It is time to act, Yahweh, for they break your law.
Psa 119:127 Therefore I love your commandments more than gold, yes, more than pure gold.
Psa 119:128 Therefore I consider all of your precepts to be right. I hate every false way.
Psa 119:129 Your testimonies are wonderful, therefore my soul keeps them.
Psa 119:130 The entrance of your words gives light. It gives understanding to the simple.
Psa 119:131 I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for your commandments.
Psa 119:132 Turn to me, and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.
Psa 119:133 Establish my footsteps in your word. Don't let any iniquity have dominion over me.
Psa 119:134 Redeem me from the oppression of man, so I will observe your precepts.
Psa 119:135 Make your face shine on your servant. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:136 Streams of tears run down my eyes, because they don't observe your law.
Psa 119:137 You are righteous, Yahweh. Your judgments are upright.
Psa 119:138 You have commanded your statutes in righteousness. They are fully trustworthy.
Psa 119:139 My zeal wears me out, because my enemies ignore your words.
Psa 119:140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.
Psa 119:141 I am small and despised. I don't forget your precepts.
Psa 119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness. Your law is truth.
Psa 119:143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me. Your commandments are my delight.
Psa 119:144 Your testimonies are righteous forever. Give me understanding, that I may live.
Psa 119:145 I have called with my whole heart. Answer me, Yahweh! I will keep your statutes.
Psa 119:146 I have called to you. Save me! I will obey your statutes.
Psa 119:147 I rise before dawn and cry for help. I put my hope in your words.
Psa 119:148 My eyes stay open through the night watches, that I might meditate on your word.
Psa 119:149 Hear my voice according to your loving kindness. Revive me, Yahweh, according to your ordinances.
Psa 119:150 They draw near who follow after wickedness. They are far from your law.
Psa 119:151 You are near, Yahweh. All your commandments are truth.
Psa 119:152 Of old I have known from your testimonies, that you have founded them forever.
Psa 119:153 Consider my affliction, and deliver me, for I don't forget your law.
Psa 119:154 Plead my cause, and redeem me! Revive me according to your promise.
Psa 119:155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they don't seek your statutes.
Psa 119:156 Great are your tender mercies, Yahweh. Revive me according to your ordinances.
Psa 119:157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries. I haven't swerved from your testimonies.
Psa 119:158 I look at the faithless with loathing, because they don't observe your word.
Psa 119:159 Consider how I love your precepts. Revive me, Yahweh, according to your loving kindness.
Psa 119:160 All of your words are truth. Every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever.
Psa 119:161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.
Psa 119:162 I rejoice at your word, as one who finds great spoil.
Psa 119:163 I hate and abhor falsehood. I love your law.
Psa 119:164 Seven times a day, I praise you, because of your righteous ordinances.
Psa 119:165 Those who love your law have great peace. Nothing causes them to stumble.
Psa 119:166 I have hoped for your salvation, Yahweh. I have done your commandments.
Psa 119:167 My soul has observed your testimonies. I love them exceedingly.
Psa 119:168 I have obeyed your precepts and your testimonies, for all my ways are before you.
Psa 119:169 Let my cry come before you, Yahweh. Give me understanding according to your word.
Psa 119:170 Let my supplication come before you. Deliver me according to your word.
Psa 119:171 Let my lips utter praise, for you teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:172 Let my tongue sing of your word, for all your commandments are righteousness.
Psa 119:173 Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.
Psa 119:174 I have longed for your salvation, Yahweh. Your law is my delight.
Psa 119:175 Let my soul live, that I may praise you. Let your ordinances help me.
Psa 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I don't forget your commandments.
Psa 120:1 In my distress, I cried to Yahweh. He answered me.
Psa 120:2 Deliver my soul, Yahweh, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.
Psa 120:3 What will be given to you, and what will be done more to you, you deceitful tongue?
Psa 120:4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
Psa 120:5 Woe is me, that I live in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
Psa 120:6 My soul has had her dwelling too long with him who hates peace.
Psa 120:7 I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.

NT Bible Reading 9/30

Sept. 30
2 Corinthians 10

2Co 10:1 Now I Paul, myself, entreat you by the humility and gentleness of Christ; I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am of good courage toward you.
2Co 10:2 Yes, I beg you that I may not, when present, show courage with the confidence with which I intend to be bold against some, who consider us to be walking according to the flesh.
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we don't wage war according to the flesh;
2Co 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds,
2Co 10:5 throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6 and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience will be made full.
2Co 10:7 Do you look at things only as they appear in front of your face? If anyone trusts in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again with himself, that, even as he is Christ's, so also we are Christ's.
2Co 10:8 For though I should boast somewhat abundantly concerning our authority, (which the Lord gave for building you up, and not for casting you down) I will not be disappointed,
2Co 10:9 that I may not seem as if I desire to terrify you by my letters.
2Co 10:10 For, "His letters," they say, "are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech is despised."
2Co 10:11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such are we also in deed when we are present.
2Co 10:12 For we are not bold to number or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But they themselves, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are without understanding.
2Co 10:13 But we will not boast beyond proper limits, but within the boundaries with which God appointed to us, which reach even to you.
2Co 10:14 For we don't stretch ourselves too much, as though we didn't reach to you. For we came even as far as to you with the Good News of Christ,
2Co 10:15 not boasting beyond proper limits in other men's labors, but having hope that as your faith grows, we will be abundantly enlarged by you in our sphere of influence,
2Co 10:16 so as to preach the Good News even to the parts beyond you, not to boast in what someone else has already done.
2Co 10:17 But "he who boasts, let him boast in the Lord."
2Co 10:18 For it isn't he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

9/29/11

Some things should not change.


When I first saw this sign, I had no idea what it was about, then a quick internet search informed me that it was a type of rock music from the 1990's.  It also refers to a style of dress.  What bothered me about the above classification in the signs is what we see happening in the United States; that it is seemingly OK to reclassify human beings into additional categories.  Language like gay, straight, lesbian, bi-sexual, transsexual are becoming so common that we even see mutilated beings like Chasity Bono on mainstream television programs.  For those of us who want to maintain a proper sense of reality, here is the way it is supposed to be.

Genesis 2:4-25 (WEB)
4) This is the history of the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh God made the earth and the heavens.
5) No plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Yahweh God had not caused it to rain on the earth. There was not a man to till the ground,
6) but a mist went up from the earth, and watered the whole surface of the ground.
7) Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
8) Yahweh God planted a garden eastward, in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9) Out of the ground Yahweh God made every tree to grow that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the middle of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10) A river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it was parted, and became four heads.
11) The name of the first is Pishon: this is the one which flows through the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12) and the gold of that land is good. There is aromatic resin and the onyx stone.
13) The name of the second river is Gihon: the same river that flows through the whole land of Cush.
14) The name of the third river is Hiddekel: this is the one which flows in front of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15) Yahweh God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16) Yahweh God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
17) but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.”
18) Yahweh God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
19) Out of the ground Yahweh God formed every animal of the field, and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.
20) The man gave names to all livestock, and to the birds of the sky, and to every animal of the field; but for man there was not found a helper suitable for him.
21) Yahweh God caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
22) He made the rib, which Yahweh God had taken from the man, into a woman, and brought her to the man.
23) The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of Man.”
24) Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.
25) They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
 
God man human beings male and female, period.  The two marry and reproduce, period.  To attempt to create something other than this is an abomination and an exhibition of arrogance.  EMO is just music, leave it that way.  I believe in change, but some things should not change, no matter how "enlightened" our society becomes.

OT Bible Reading 9/29

Sept. 29
Psalms 115-117

Psa 115:1 Not to us, Yahweh, not to us, but to your name give glory, for your loving kindness, and for your truth's sake.
Psa 115:2 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God, now?"
Psa 115:3 But our God is in the heavens. He does whatever he pleases.
Psa 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
Psa 115:5 They have mouths, but they don't speak. They have eyes, but they don't see.
Psa 115:6 They have ears, but they don't hear. They have noses, but they don't smell.
Psa 115:7 They have hands, but they don't feel. They have feet, but they don't walk, neither do they speak through their throat.
Psa 115:8 Those who make them will be like them; yes, everyone who trusts in them.
Psa 115:9 Israel, trust in Yahweh! He is their help and their shield.
Psa 115:10 House of Aaron, trust in Yahweh! He is their help and their shield.
Psa 115:11 You who fear Yahweh, trust in Yahweh! He is their help and their shield.
Psa 115:12 Yahweh remembers us. He will bless us. He will bless the house of Israel. He will bless the house of Aaron.
Psa 115:13 He will bless those who fear Yahweh, both small and great.
Psa 115:14 May Yahweh increase you more and more, you and your children.
Psa 115:15 Blessed are you by Yahweh, who made heaven and earth.
Psa 115:16 The heavens are the heavens of Yahweh; but the earth has he given to the children of men.
Psa 115:17 The dead don't praise Yah, neither any who go down into silence;
Psa 115:18 But we will bless Yah, from this time forth and forevermore. Praise Yah!
Psa 116:1 I love Yahweh, because he listens to my voice, and my cries for mercy.
Psa 116:2 Because he has turned his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
Psa 116:3 The cords of death surrounded me, the pains of Sheol got a hold of me. I found trouble and sorrow.
Psa 116:4 Then I called on the name of Yahweh: "Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul."
Psa 116:5 Yahweh is Gracious and righteous. Yes, our God is merciful.
Psa 116:6 Yahweh preserves the simple. I was brought low, and he saved me.
Psa 116:7 Return to your rest, my soul, for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you.
Psa 116:8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Psa 116:9 I will walk before Yahweh in the land of the living.
Psa 116:10 I believed, therefore I said, "I was greatly afflicted."
Psa 116:11 I said in my haste, "All men are liars."
Psa 116:12 What will I give to Yahweh for all his benefits toward me?
Psa 116:13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of Yahweh.
Psa 116:14 I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people.
Psa 116:15 Precious in the sight of Yahweh is the death of his saints.
Psa 116:16 Yahweh, truly I am your servant. I am your servant, the son of your handmaid. You have freed me from my chains.
Psa 116:17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call on the name of Yahweh.
Psa 116:18 I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people,
Psa 116:19 in the courts of Yahweh's house, in the midst of you, Jerusalem. Praise Yah!

Psa 117:1 Praise Yahweh, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!
Psa 117:2 For his loving kindness is great toward us. Yahweh's faithfulness endures forever. Praise Yah!