4/26/11

Three's a charm


I didn't grow up in a household with guns, so it seemed a little strange to me when my father-in-law showed me his extensive collection.  Still, I didn't have anything to do with them until my youngest daughter's husband got me interested.  When I saw this shotgun, I immediately thought how much he would love to have something like this.  Three barrels; WOW!!!  You can't have too much of a good thing; RIGHT?  That may be fine with guns, but NOT with the word of GOD.  Consider just two verses from the Bible...

Galatians 1:6-9 (WEB)


6) I marvel that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different “good news”;

7) and there isn’t another “good news.” Only there are some who trouble you, and want to pervert the Good News of Christ.

8) But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you any “good news” other than that which we preached to you, let him be cursed.

9) As we have said before, so I now say again: if any man preaches to you any “good news” other than that which you received, let him be cursed.

Its human nature to always want something better; to keep on impoving the current state of things.  The exact opposite should be true with religion; keep it in its purest form, its original one.  How can anyone top the sacrifice of Jesus?  More importantly, why would you want to?  Frankly, I can't think of one good reason.  Anything less than the "Good News" is BAD NEWS!!!  A three barreled shot gun may be a great idea, but an adulterated Gospel, NEVER!!!

OT Bible Reading 4/26

Apr. 26


Deuteronomy 7, 8



Deu 7:1 When Yahweh your God shall bring you into the land where you go to possess it, and shall cast out many nations before you, the Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations greater and mightier than you;

Deu 7:2 and when Yahweh your God shall deliver them up before you, and you shall strike them; then you shall utterly destroy them: you shall make no covenant with them, nor show mercy to them;

Deu 7:3 neither shall you make marriages with them; your daughter you shall not give to his son, nor shall you take his daughter for your son.

Deu 7:4 For he will turn away your son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so the anger of Yahweh would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly.

Deu 7:5 But you shall deal with them like this: you shall break down their altars, and dash their pillars in pieces, and cut down their Asherim, and burn their engraved images with fire.

Deu 7:6 For you are a holy people to Yahweh your God: Yahweh your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Deu 7:7 Yahweh didn't set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples:

Deu 7:8 but because Yahweh loves you, and because he would keep the oath which he swore to your fathers, has Yahweh brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Deu 7:9 Know therefore that Yahweh your God, he is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with them who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations,

Deu 7:10 and repays those who hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him who hates him, he will repay him to his face.

Deu 7:11 You shall therefore keep the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which I command you this day, to do them.

Deu 7:12 It shall happen, because you listen to these ordinances, and keep and do them, that Yahweh your God will keep with you the covenant and the loving kindness which he swore to your fathers:

Deu 7:13 and he will love you, and bless you, and multiply you; he will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your livestock and the young of your flock, in the land which he swore to your fathers to give you.

Deu 7:14 You shall be blessed above all peoples: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your livestock.

Deu 7:15 Yahweh will take away from you all sickness; and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you know, he will put on you, but will lay them on all those who hate you.

Deu 7:16 You shall consume all the peoples whom Yahweh your God shall deliver to you; your eye shall not pity them: neither shall you serve their gods; for that will be a snare to you.

Deu 7:17 If you shall say in your heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?

Deu 7:18 you shall not be afraid of them: you shall well remember what Yahweh your God did to Pharaoh, and to all Egypt;

Deu 7:19 the great trials which your eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which Yahweh your God brought you out: so shall Yahweh your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.

Deu 7:20 Moreover Yahweh your God will send the hornet among them, until those who are left, and hide themselves, perish from before you.

Deu 7:21 You shall not be scared of them; for Yahweh your God is in the midst of you, a great and awesome God.

Deu 7:22 Yahweh your God will cast out those nations before you by little and little: you may not consume them at once, lest the animals of the field increase on you.

Deu 7:23 But Yahweh your God will deliver them up before you, and will confuse them with a great confusion, until they be destroyed.

Deu 7:24 He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name to perish from under the sky: there shall no man be able to stand before you, until you have destroyed them.

Deu 7:25 You shall burn the engraved images of their gods with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourself, lest you be snared in it; for it is an abomination to Yahweh your God.

Deu 7:26 You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and become a devoted thing like it. You shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it; for it is a devoted thing.

Deu 8:1 You shall observe to do all the commandment which I command you this day, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers.

Deu 8:2 You shall remember all the way which Yahweh your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not.

Deu 8:3 He humbled you, and allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you didn't know, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh does man live.

Deu 8:4 Your clothing didn't grow old on you, neither did your foot swell, these forty years.

Deu 8:5 You shall consider in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so Yahweh your God chastens you.

Deu 8:6 You shall keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

Deu 8:7 For Yahweh your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of springs, and underground water flowing into valleys and hills;

Deu 8:8 a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive trees and honey;

Deu 8:9 a land in which you shall eat bread without scarceness, you shall not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig copper.

Deu 8:10 You shall eat and be full, and you shall bless Yahweh your God for the good land which he has given you.

Deu 8:11 Beware lest you forget Yahweh your God, in not keeping his commandments, and his ordinances, and his statutes, which I command you this day:

Deu 8:12 lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses, and lived therein;

Deu 8:13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;

Deu 8:14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget Yahweh your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage;

Deu 8:15 who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions, and thirsty ground where there was no water; who brought you forth water out of the rock of flint;

Deu 8:16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers didn't know; that he might humble you, and that he might prove you, to do you good at your latter end:

Deu 8:17 and lest you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth.

Deu 8:18 But you shall remember Yahweh your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth; that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as at this day.

Deu 8:19 It shall be, if you shall forget Yahweh your God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.

Deu 8:20 As the nations that Yahweh makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you wouldn't listen to the voice of Yahweh your God.

NT Bible Reading 4/26, 4/27

Apr. 26, 27


Luke 15

Luk 15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him.

Luk 15:2 The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them."

Luk 15:3 He told them this parable.

Luk 15:4 "Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it?

Luk 15:5 When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

Luk 15:6 When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

Luk 15:7 I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

Luk 15:8 Or what woman, if she had ten drachma coins, if she lost one drachma coin, wouldn't light a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she found it?

Luk 15:9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the drachma which I had lost.'

Luk 15:10 Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting."

Luk 15:11 He said, "A certain man had two sons.

Luk 15:12 The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of your property.' He divided his livelihood between them.

Luk 15:13 Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and traveled into a far country. There he wasted his property with riotous living.

Luk 15:14 When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need.

Luk 15:15 He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.

Luk 15:16 He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any.

Luk 15:17 But when he came to himself he said, 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and I'm dying with hunger!

Luk 15:18 I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight.

Luk 15:19 I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants." '

Luk 15:20 "He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Luk 15:21 The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

Luk 15:22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.

Luk 15:23 Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate;

Luk 15:24 for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' They began to celebrate.

Luk 15:25 "Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

Luk 15:26 He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was going on.

Luk 15:27 He said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and healthy.'

Luk 15:28 But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him.

Luk 15:29 But he answered his father, 'Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.

Luk 15:30 But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'

Luk 15:31 "He said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.

Luk 15:32 But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' "