9/7/11

Between the lines

My wife grew up having ice cream every night; I didn't.  So, marriage has been an adjustment for both of us.  Over the years we have "met in the middle" so to speak and now we have ice cream in the evenings a couple of times a week.  Compromise is the stuff that working marriages have are made of.  Like most things with human beings, life is complicated, with a lot of things that are said without being said or actions not being performed witch say a lot.  A good example of this is a statement by our current president who last January encouraged those engaged in political rhetoric to be "civil" and tone the language down a bit.  Now, Labor day rolls around and members of his own party get nasty towards the "tea party" and when his speech follows this bit of not so veiled aggression, he say NOTHING.  Humm, that says a lot doesn't it?  Sometimes, you can say a lot by omission; here is a prime example.

WEB: Mark Chapter 16
[11] When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they disbelieved. [12] After these things he was revealed in another form to two of them, as they walked, on their way into the country. [13] They went away and told it to the rest. They didn’t believe them, either.

[14] Afterward he was revealed to the eleven themselves as they sat at the table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they didn’t believe those who had seen him after he had risen. [15] He said to them, "“Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation. [16] He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned.

What does it mean to believe in Jesus?  Is it just an acknowledgement of his existence or perhaps realizing he was a wonderful man or a great teacher?  How about mentally accepting the fact that HE is God's son, or that HE is the only way to establish true fellowship with God?  Good, you already believe this...great!!!  However, take a close look at verse 16.  Belief and disbelieve are contrasted, with results for both actions.  One way results in salvation, the other leads to condemnation.  Most rational persons would naturally want salvation and not condemnation.  Yet, there many who refuse to accept the fact that true belief is linked to baptism.  Why, because someone has told them it is unnecessary.  Wrong, notice the "and" which links belief and baptism together.  This makes it part of the definition and to accept otherwise is simply a willful misinterpretation of the text.  Its kind of like the Baskin-Robbins sign above.  It tells you who there are by what they offer - 31 flavors.  Don't be deceived, if you truly believe in Jesus... do something about it... be baptized.  You will be glad you did!!!

OT Bible Reading 9/7


Sept. 7
Psalms 46-48

Psa 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psa 46:2 Therefore we won't be afraid, though the earth changes, though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas;
Psa 46:3 though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. Selah.
Psa 46:4 There is a river, the streams of which make the city of God glad, the holy place of the tents of the Most High.
Psa 46:5 God is in her midst. She shall not be moved. God will help her at dawn.
Psa 46:6 The nations raged. The kingdoms were moved. He lifted his voice, and the earth melted.
Psa 46:7 Yahweh of Armies is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Psa 46:8 Come, see Yahweh's works, what desolations he has made in the earth.
Psa 46:9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth. He breaks the bow, and shatters the spear. He burns the chariots in the fire.
Psa 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth."
Psa 46:11 Yahweh of Armies is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Psa 47:1 Oh clap your hands, all you nations. Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
Psa 47:2 For Yahweh Most High is awesome. He is a great King over all the earth.
Psa 47:3 He subdues nations under us, and peoples under our feet.
Psa 47:4 He chooses our inheritance for us, the glory of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
Psa 47:5 God has gone up with a shout, Yahweh with the sound of a trumpet.
Psa 47:6 Sing praise to God, sing praises. Sing praises to our King, sing praises.
Psa 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth. Sing praises with understanding.
Psa 47:8 God reigns over the nations. God sits on his holy throne.
Psa 47:9 The princes of the peoples are gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God. He is greatly exalted!
Psa 48:1 Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in his holy mountain.
Psa 48:2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the north sides, the city of the great King.
Psa 48:3 God has shown himself in her citadels as a refuge.
Psa 48:4 For, behold, the kings assembled themselves, they passed by together.
Psa 48:5 They saw it, then they were amazed. They were dismayed. They hurried away.
Psa 48:6 Trembling took hold of them there, pain, as of a woman in travail.
Psa 48:7 With the east wind, you break the ships of Tarshish.
Psa 48:8 As we have heard, so we have seen, in the city of Yahweh of Armies, in the city of our God. God will establish it forever. Selah.
Psa 48:9 We have thought about your loving kindness, God, in the midst of your temple.
Psa 48:10 As is your name, God, so is your praise to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is full of righteousness.
Psa 48:11 Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice, Because of your judgments.
Psa 48:12 Walk about Zion, and go around her. Number its towers.
Psa 48:13 Mark well her bulwarks. Consider her palaces, that you may tell it to the next generation.
Psa 48:14 For this God is our God forever and ever. He will be our guide even to death.

NT Bible Reading 9/7


Sept. 7
1 Corinthians 3

1Co 3:1 Brothers, I couldn't speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly, as to babies in Christ.
1Co 3:2 I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you weren't yet ready. Indeed, not even now are you ready,
1Co 3:3 for you are still fleshly. For insofar as there is jealousy, strife, and factions among you, aren't you fleshly, and don't you walk in the ways of men?
1Co 3:4 For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," aren't you fleshly?
1Co 3:5 Who then is Apollos, and who is Paul, but servants through whom you believed; and each as the Lord gave to him?
1Co 3:6 I planted. Apollos watered. But God gave the increase.
1Co 3:7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
1Co 3:8 Now he who plants and he who waters are the same, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
1Co 3:9 For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's farming, God's building.
1Co 3:10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each man be careful how he builds on it.
1Co 3:11 For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12 But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble;
1Co 3:13 each man's work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test what sort of work each man's work is.
1Co 3:14 If any man's work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man's work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but as through fire.
1Co 3:16 Don't you know that you are a temple of God, and that God's Spirit lives in you?
1Co 3:17 If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, which you are.
1Co 3:18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks that he is wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise.
1Co 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He has taken the wise in their craftiness."
1Co 3:20 And again, "The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise, that it is worthless."
1Co 3:21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours,
1Co 3:22 whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come. All are yours,
1Co 3:23 and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.