4/12/11

Number one!!!

Oprah is the number one earner at $315 million a year!  I must confess that I am not a fan, but obviously a lot of people ARE!!!  What makes her so special?  She is a great talk-show host and gives away a seemingly endless array of gifts.  This naturally begs the question: "What makes someone valuable"?

2 Samuel 21:15-17 (WEB)


15) The Philistines had war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines. David grew faint;

16) and Ishbibenob, who was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear was three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being armed with a new sword, thought to have slain David.

17) But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, “You shall go no more out with us to battle, that you don’t quench the lamp of Israel.”

David was very special to the nation of Israel; without him, all would have been lost.  And Israel knew it!!!   If Oprah is worth so much, then how much was David worth?  Who knows?  Whatever it was, it probably was more than Oprah.  Then again, if David was worth so much, then how about Jesus.  And if Jesus is worth so much, then how much am I worth, because Jesus died for me.  As you might have guessed, real value goes beyond money and straight to the spiritual.  The next time you feel a little down, remember this!! (Gary) 

NT Bible Reading 4/12, 4/13

Apr. 12, 13


Luke 8



Luk 8:1 It happened soon afterwards, that he went about through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the Kingdom of God. With him were the twelve,

Luk 8:2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out;

Luk 8:3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuzas, Herod's steward; Susanna; and many others; who served them from their possessions.

Luk 8:4 When a great multitude came together, and people from every city were coming to him, he spoke by a parable.

Luk 8:5 "The farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell along the road, and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the sky devoured it.

Luk 8:6 Other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture.

Luk 8:7 Other fell amid the thorns, and the thorns grew with it, and choked it.

Luk 8:8 Other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit one hundred times." As he said these things, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

Luk 8:9 Then his disciples asked him, "What does this parable mean?"

Luk 8:10 He said, "To you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables; that 'seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.'

Luk 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Luk 8:12 Those along the road are those who hear, then the devil comes, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved.

Luk 8:13 Those on the rock are they who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; but these have no root, who believe for a while, then fall away in time of temptation.

Luk 8:14 That which fell among the thorns, these are those who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

Luk 8:15 That in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Luk 8:16 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a container, or puts it under a bed; but puts it on a stand, that those who enter in may see the light.

Luk 8:17 For nothing is hidden, that will not be revealed; nor anything secret, that will not be known and come to light.

Luk 8:18 Be careful therefore how you hear. For whoever has, to him will be given; and whoever doesn't have, from him will be taken away even that which he thinks he has."

Luk 8:19 His mother and brothers came to him, and they could not come near him for the crowd.

Luk 8:20 It was told him by some saying, "Your mother and your brothers stand outside, desiring to see you."

Luk 8:21 But he answered them, "My mother and my brothers are these who hear the word of God, and do it."

Luk 8:22 Now it happened on one of those days, that he entered into a boat, himself and his disciples, and he said to them, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they launched out.

Luk 8:23 But as they sailed, he fell asleep. A wind storm came down on the lake, and they were taking on dangerous amounts of water.

Luk 8:24 They came to him, and awoke him, saying, "Master, master, we are dying!" He awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased, and it was calm.

Luk 8:25 He said to them, "Where is your faith?" Being afraid they marveled, saying one to another, "Who is this, then, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?"

Luk 8:26 They arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.

Luk 8:27 When Jesus stepped ashore, a certain man out of the city who had demons for a long time met him. He wore no clothes, and didn't live in a house, but in the tombs.

Luk 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, "What do I have to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torment me!"

Luk 8:29 For Jesus was commanding the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For the unclean spirit had often seized the man. He was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters. Breaking the bands apart, he was driven by the demon into the desert.

Luk 8:30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He said, "Legion," for many demons had entered into him.

Luk 8:31 They begged him that he would not command them to go into the abyss.

Luk 8:32 Now there was there a herd of many pigs feeding on the mountain, and they begged him that he would allow them to enter into those. He allowed them.

Luk 8:33 The demons came out from the man, and entered into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned.

Luk 8:34 When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country.

Luk 8:35 People went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

Luk 8:36 Those who saw it told them how he who had been possessed by demons was healed.

Luk 8:37 All the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them, for they were very much afraid. He entered into the boat, and returned.

Luk 8:38 But the man from whom the demons had gone out begged him that he might go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,

Luk 8:39 "Return to your house, and declare what great things God has done for you." He went his way, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Luk 8:40 It happened, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.

Luk 8:41 Behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. He fell down at Jesus' feet, and begged him to come into his house,

Luk 8:42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as he went, the multitudes pressed against him.

Luk 8:43 A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living on physicians, and could not be healed by any,

Luk 8:44 came behind him, and touched the fringe of his cloak, and immediately the flow of her blood stopped.

Luk 8:45 Jesus said, "Who touched me?" When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes press and jostle you, and you say, 'Who touched me?' "

Luk 8:46 But Jesus said, "Someone did touch me, for I perceived that power has gone out of me."

Luk 8:47 When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared to him in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

Luk 8:48 He said to her, "Daughter, cheer up. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace."

Luk 8:49 While he still spoke, one from the ruler of the synagogue's house came, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Don't trouble the Teacher."

Luk 8:50 But Jesus hearing it, answered him, "Don't be afraid. Only believe, and she will be healed."

Luk 8:51 When he came to the house, he didn't allow anyone to enter in, except Peter, John, James, the father of the child, and her mother.

Luk 8:52 All were weeping and mourning her, but he said, "Don't weep. She isn't dead, but sleeping."

Luk 8:53 They were ridiculing him, knowing that she was dead.

Luk 8:54 But he put them all outside, and taking her by the hand, he called, saying, "Child, arise!"

Luk 8:55 Her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately. He commanded that something be given to her to eat.

Luk 8:56 Her parents were amazed, but he commanded them to tell no one what had been done.

OT Bible Reading 4/12

Apr. 12


Numbers 15, 16



Num 15:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Num 15:2 Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, When you have come into the land of your habitations, which I give to you,

Num 15:3 and will make an offering by fire to Yahweh, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice, to accomplish a vow, or as a freewill offering, or in your set feasts, to make a pleasant aroma to Yahweh, of the herd, or of the flock;

Num 15:4 then he who offers his offering shall offer to Yahweh a meal offering of a tenth part of an ephah of fine flour mixed with the fourth part of a hin of oil:

Num 15:5 and wine for the drink offering, the fourth part of a hin, you shall prepare with the burnt offering, or for the sacrifice, for each lamb.

Num 15:6 Or for a ram, you shall prepare for a meal offering two tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour mixed with the third part of a hin of oil:

Num 15:7 and for the drink offering you shall offer the third part of a hin of wine, of a pleasant aroma to Yahweh.

Num 15:8 When you prepare a bull for a burnt offering, or for a sacrifice, to accomplish a vow, or for peace offerings to Yahweh;

Num 15:9 then shall he offer with the bull a meal offering of three tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour mixed with half a hin of oil:

Num 15:10 and you shall offer for the drink offering half a hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to Yahweh.

Num 15:11 Thus shall it be done for each bull, or for each ram, or for each of the male lambs, or of the young goats.

Num 15:12 According to the number that you shall prepare, so you shall do to everyone according to their number.

Num 15:13 All who are native-born shall do these things after this manner, in offering an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to Yahweh.

Num 15:14 If a stranger lives as a foreigner with you, or whoever may be among you throughout your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to Yahweh; as you do, so he shall do.

Num 15:15 For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you, and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner with you, a statute forever throughout your generations: as you are, so shall the foreigner be before Yahweh.

Num 15:16 One law and one ordinance shall be for you, and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner with you.

Num 15:17 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Num 15:18 Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, When you come into the land where I bring you,

Num 15:19 then it shall be that when you eat of the bread of the land, you shall offer up a wave offering to Yahweh.

Num 15:20 Of the first of your dough you shall offer up a cake for a wave offering: as the wave offering of the threshing floor, so you shall heave it.

Num 15:21 Of the first of your dough you shall give to Yahweh a wave offering throughout your generations.

Num 15:22 When you shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which Yahweh has spoken to Moses,

Num 15:23 even all that Yahweh has commanded you by Moses, from the day that Yahweh gave commandment, and onward throughout your generations;

Num 15:24 then it shall be, if it be done unwittingly, without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bull for a burnt offering, for a pleasant aroma to Yahweh, with the meal offering of it, and the drink offering of it, according to the ordinance, and one male goat for a sin offering.

Num 15:25 The priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and they shall be forgiven; for it was an error, and they have brought their offering, an offering made by fire to Yahweh, and their sin offering before Yahweh, for their error:

Num 15:26 and all the congregation of the children of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger who lives as a foreigner among them; for in respect of all the people it was done unwittingly.

Num 15:27 If one person sins unwittingly, then he shall offer a female goat a year old for a sin offering.

Num 15:28 The priest shall make atonement for the soul who errs, when he sins unwittingly, before Yahweh, to make atonement for him; and he shall be forgiven.

Num 15:29 You shall have one law for him who does anything unwittingly, for him who is native-born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner among them.

Num 15:30 But the soul who does anything with a high hand, whether he is native-born or a foreigner, the same blasphemes Yahweh; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

Num 15:31 Because he has despised the word of Yahweh, and has broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be on him.

Num 15:32 While the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.

Num 15:33 Those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation.

Num 15:34 They put him in custody, because it had not been declared what should be done to him.

Num 15:35 Yahweh said to Moses, The man shall surely be put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside of the camp.

Num 15:36 All the congregation brought him outside of the camp, and stoned him to death with stones; as Yahweh commanded Moses.

Num 15:37 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Num 15:38 Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the fringe of each border a cord of blue:

Num 15:39 and it shall be to you for a fringe, that you may look on it, and remember all the commandments of Yahweh, and do them; and that you not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to play the prostitute;

Num 15:40 that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God.

Num 15:41 I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Yahweh your God.



Num 16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:

Num 16:2 and they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred fifty princes of the congregation, called to the assembly, men of renown;

Num 16:3 and they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, You take too much on you, seeing all the congregation are holy, everyone of them, and Yahweh is among them: why then lift yourselves up above the assembly of Yahweh?

Num 16:4 When Moses heard it, he fell on his face:

Num 16:5 and he spoke to Korah and to all his company, saying, In the morning Yahweh will show who are his, and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to him: even him whom he shall choose he will cause to come near to him.

Num 16:6 Do this: take censers, Korah, and all his company;

Num 16:7 and put fire in them, and put incense on them before Yahweh tomorrow: and it shall be that the man whom Yahweh does choose, he shall be holy: you take too much on yourselves, you sons of Levi.

Num 16:8 Moses said to Korah, Hear now, you sons of Levi:

Num 16:9 seems it but a small thing to you, that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of Yahweh, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them;

Num 16:10 and that he has brought you near, and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you? and do you seek the priesthood also?

Num 16:11 Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against Yahweh: and Aaron, what is he that you murmur against him?

Num 16:12 Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; and they said, We won't come up:

Num 16:13 is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, but you must also make yourself a prince over us?

Num 16:14 Moreover you haven't brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: will you put out the eyes of these men? we won't come up.

Num 16:15 Moses was very angry, and said to Yahweh, "Don't respect their offering: I have not taken one donkey from them, neither have I hurt one of them."

Num 16:16 Moses said to Korah, You and all your company go before Yahweh, you, and they, and Aaron, tomorrow:

Num 16:17 and each man take his censer, and put incense on them, and each man bring before Yahweh his censer, two hundred fifty censers; you also, and Aaron, each his censer.

Num 16:18 They each took his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood at the door of the Tent of Meeting with Moses and Aaron.

Num 16:19 Korah assembled all the congregation against them to the door of the Tent of Meeting: and the glory of Yahweh appeared to all the congregation.

Num 16:20 Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,

Num 16:21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

Num 16:22 They fell on their faces, and said, God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?

Num 16:23 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Num 16:24 Speak to the congregation, saying, Get away from around the tent of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

Num 16:25 Moses rose up and went to Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.

Num 16:26 He spoke to the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins.

Num 16:27 So they got them up from the tent of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood at the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little ones.

Num 16:28 Moses said, Hereby you shall know that Yahweh has sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of my own mind.

Num 16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then Yahweh hasn't sent me.

Num 16:30 But if Yahweh make a new thing, and the ground open its mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain to them, and they go down alive into Sheol; then you shall understand that these men have despised Yahweh.

Num 16:31 It happened, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split apart that was under them;

Num 16:32 and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who appertained to Korah, and all their goods.

Num 16:33 So they, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into Sheol: and the earth closed on them, and they perished from among the assembly.

Num 16:34 All Israel that were around them fled at the cry of them; for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up.

Num 16:35 Fire came forth from Yahweh, and devoured the two hundred fifty men who offered the incense.

Num 16:36 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Num 16:37 Speak to Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter the fire yonder; for they are holy,

Num 16:38 even the censers of these sinners against their own lives; and let them be made beaten plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before Yahweh; therefore they are holy; and they shall be a sign to the children of Israel.

Num 16:39 Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burnt had offered; and they beat them out for a covering of the altar,

Num 16:40 to be a memorial to the children of Israel, to the end that no stranger, who isn't of the seed of Aaron, comes near to burn incense before Yahweh; that he not be as Korah, and as his company: as Yahweh spoke to him by Moses.

Num 16:41 But on the next day all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, You have killed the people of Yahweh.

Num 16:42 It happened, when the congregation was assembled against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the Tent of Meeting: and behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of Yahweh appeared.

Num 16:43 Moses and Aaron came to the front of the Tent of Meeting.

Num 16:44 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Num 16:45 Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. They fell on their faces.

Num 16:46 Moses said to Aaron, Take your censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and lay incense thereon, and carry it quickly to the congregation, and make atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from Yahweh; the plague is begun.

Num 16:47 Aaron took as Moses spoke, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on the incense, and made atonement for the people.

Num 16:48 He stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

Num 16:49 Now those who died by the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides those who died about the matter of Korah.

Num 16:50 Aaron returned to Moses to the door of the Tent of Meeting: and the plague was stayed.