9/14/11

MMMEEEOOOWWW...?


Cats are funny creatures; they seem to have a mind of their own and are unusual to say the least!!!  This little picture caught my attention because of the intensity of it.  You can almost feel the cat in the room!!!  And if you stare at it long enough, you begin to wonder what its thinking.  Because of the contrast of the stare against the black background, it may be thinking about hunting, but that is just a guess; I really don't know.  Sometimes, something gets your attention and you begin to think....huh?

Acts 2:1-42 (WEB)
1) Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2) Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3) Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them.
4) They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.

5) Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under the sky.
6) When this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own language.
7) They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Behold, aren’t all these who speak Galileans?
8) How do we hear, everyone in our own native language?
9) Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia,
10) Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11) Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!”
12) They were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, “What does this mean?”
13) Others, mocking, said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14) But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke out to them, “You men of Judea, and all you who dwell at Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
15) For these aren’t drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is only the third hour of the day.
16) But this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel:
17) ‘It will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams.
18) Yes, and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days, I will pour out my Spirit, and they will prophesy.
19) I will show wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and billows of smoke.
20) The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
21) It will be, that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
22) “Men of Israel, hear these words! Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, even as you yourselves know,
23) him, being delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by the hand of lawless men, crucified and killed;
24) whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it.
25) For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before my face, For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved.
26) Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope;
27) because you will not leave my soul in Hades, neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.
28) You made known to me the ways of life. You will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29) “Brothers, I may tell you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30) Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
31) he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay.
32) This Jesus God raised up, to which we all are witnesses.
33) Being therefore exalted by the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this, which you now see and hear.
34) For David didn’t ascend into the heavens, but he says himself, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit by my right hand,
35) until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’
36) “Let all the house of Israel therefore know certainly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38) Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39) For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.”
40) With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”
41) Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls.
42) They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer.

Jews from all over came to Jerusalem to celebrate the festival of Pentecost and they saw something that attracted their attention; a miracle sent straight from God!  Then Peter stood up and explained the miracle and proclaimed Jesus as the long awaited Messiah it and they understood it (verse 41).  In the context of THIS PICTURE... THEY UNDERSTOOD CAT!!!  How many of us go through life not understanding, pursuing whatever Earthly goal suits us, only to eventually realize that we are going to die and our goals are meaningless in light of what faces us next.  But God, who loves us, made a way for us to advance from the concerns of this life into the next by a man, by the one who Peter talks about in Acts 2.  Yet, we might hear it, but not hear it, because it is spoken in the language of faith.  Now, for many of us, this is as strange as the language of "CAT", but, if we really concentrate we just might get it.  Only our minds need to be clear and our hearts open to what God has to say.  Wait a second, I think I understand a new sentence, but I am a little stuck on the first word... can anyone help me with "Meeeoooww"?

for Marge...

OT Bible Reading 9/14

Sept. 14
Psalms 68-70

Psa 68:1 Let God arise! Let his enemies be scattered! Let them who hate him also flee before him.
Psa 68:2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away. As wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
Psa 68:3 But let the righteous be glad. Let them rejoice before God. Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.
Psa 68:4 Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Extol him who rides on the clouds: to Yah, his name! Rejoice before him!
Psa 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
Psa 68:6 God sets the lonely in families. He brings out the prisoners with singing, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.
Psa 68:7 God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the wilderness... Selah.
Psa 68:8 The earth trembled. The sky also poured down rain at the presence of the God of Sinai-- at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
Psa 68:9 You, God, sent a plentiful rain. You confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary.
Psa 68:10 Your congregation lived therein. You, God, prepared your goodness for the poor.
Psa 68:11 The Lord announced the word. The ones who proclaim it are a great company.
Psa 68:12 "Kings of armies flee! They flee!" She who waits at home divides the spoil,
Psa 68:13 while you sleep among the campfires, the wings of a dove sheathed with silver, her feathers with shining gold.
Psa 68:14 When the Almighty scattered kings in her, it snowed on Zalmon.
Psa 68:15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains. The mountains of Bashan are rugged.
Psa 68:16 Why do you look in envy, you rugged mountains, at the mountain where God chooses to reign? Yes, Yahweh will dwell there forever.
Psa 68:17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands. The Lord is among them, from Sinai, into the sanctuary.
Psa 68:18 You have ascended on high. You have led away captives. You have received gifts among men, yes, among the rebellious also, that Yah God might dwell there.
Psa 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens, even the God who is our salvation. Selah.
Psa 68:20 God is to us a God of deliverance. To Yahweh, the Lord, belongs escape from death.
Psa 68:21 But God will strike through the head of his enemies, the hairy scalp of such a one as still continues in his guiltiness.
Psa 68:22 The Lord said, "I will bring you again from Bashan, I will bring you again from the depths of the sea;
Psa 68:23 That you may crush them, dipping your foot in blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies."
Psa 68:24 They have seen your processions, God, even the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
Psa 68:25 The singers went before, the minstrels followed after, in the midst of the ladies playing with tambourines,
Psa 68:26 "Bless God in the congregations, even the Lord in the assembly of Israel!"
Psa 68:27 There is little Benjamin, their ruler, the princes of Judah, their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.
Psa 68:28 Your God has commanded your strength. Strengthen, God, that which you have done for us.
Psa 68:29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem, kings shall bring presents to you.
Psa 68:30 Rebuke the wild animal of the reeds, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the peoples. Being humbled, may it bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations that delight in war.
Psa 68:31 Princes shall come out of Egypt. Ethiopia shall hurry to stretch out her hands to God.
Psa 68:32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth! Sing praises to the Lord! Selah.
Psa 68:33 To him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which are of old; behold, he utters his voice, a mighty voice.
Psa 68:34 Ascribe strength to God! His excellency is over Israel, his strength is in the skies.
Psa 68:35 You are awesome, God, in your sanctuaries. The God of Israel gives strength and power to his people. Praise be to God!
Psa 69:1 Save me, God, for the waters have come up to my neck!
Psa 69:2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold. I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
Psa 69:3 I am weary with my crying. My throat is dry. My eyes fail, looking for my God.
Psa 69:4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head. Those who want to cut me off, being my enemies wrongfully, are mighty. I have to restore what I didn't take away.
Psa 69:5 God, you know my foolishness. My sins aren't hidden from you.
Psa 69:6 Don't let those who wait for you be shamed through me, Lord Yahweh of Armies. Don't let those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, God of Israel.
Psa 69:7 Because for your sake, I have borne reproach. Shame has covered my face.
Psa 69:8 I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother's children.
Psa 69:9 For the zeal of your house consumes me. The reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
Psa 69:10 When I wept and I fasted, that was to my reproach.
Psa 69:11 When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them.
Psa 69:12 Those who sit in the gate talk about me. I am the song of the drunkards.
Psa 69:13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, Yahweh, in an acceptable time. God, in the abundance of your loving kindness, answer me in the truth of your salvation.
Psa 69:14 Deliver me out of the mire, and don't let me sink. Let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Psa 69:15 Don't let the flood waters overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up. Don't let the pit shut its mouth on me.
Psa 69:16 Answer me, Yahweh, for your loving kindness is good. According to the multitude of your tender mercies, turn to me.
Psa 69:17 Don't hide your face from your servant, for I am in distress. Answer me speedily!
Psa 69:18 Draw near to my soul, and redeem it. Ransom me because of my enemies.
Psa 69:19 You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor. My adversaries are all before you.
Psa 69:20 Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness. I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; for comforters, but I found none.
Psa 69:21 They also gave me gall for my food. In my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.
Psa 69:22 Let their table before them become a snare. May it become a retribution and a trap.
Psa 69:23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they can't see. Let their backs be continually bent.
Psa 69:24 Pour out your indignation on them. Let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.
Psa 69:25 Let their habitation be desolate. Let no one dwell in their tents.
Psa 69:26 For they persecute him whom you have wounded. They tell of the sorrow of those whom you have hurt.
Psa 69:27 Charge them with crime upon crime. Don't let them come into your righteousness.
Psa 69:28 Let them be blotted out of the book of life, and not be written with the righteous.
Psa 69:29 But I am in pain and distress. Let your salvation, God, protect me.
Psa 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Psa 69:31 It will please Yahweh better than an ox, or a bull that has horns and hoofs.
Psa 69:32 The humble have seen it, and are glad. You who seek after God, let your heart live.
Psa 69:33 For Yahweh hears the needy, and doesn't despise his captive people.
Psa 69:34 Let heaven and earth praise him; the seas, and everything that moves therein!
Psa 69:35 For God will save Zion, and build the cities of Judah. They shall settle there, and own it.
Psa 69:36 The children also of his servants shall inherit it. Those who love his name shall dwell therein.
Psa 70:1 Hurry, God, to deliver me. Come quickly to help me, Yahweh.
Psa 70:2 Let them be disappointed and confounded who seek my soul. Let those who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.
Psa 70:3 Let them be turned because of their shame Who say, "Aha! Aha!"
Psa 70:4 Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation continually say, "Let God be exalted!"
Psa 70:5 But I am poor and needy. Come to me quickly, God. You are my help and my deliverer. Yahweh, don't delay.

NT Bible Reading 9/14

Sept. 14
1 Corinthians 10

1Co 10:1 Now I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1Co 10:2 and were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1Co 10:3 and all ate the same spiritual food;
1Co 10:4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.
1Co 10:5 However with most of them, God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
1Co 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1Co 10:7 Neither be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."
1Co 10:8 Neither let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them committed, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell.
1Co 10:9 Neither let us test the Lord, as some of them tested, and perished by the serpents.
1Co 10:10 Neither grumble, as some of them also grumbled, and perished by the destroyer.
1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened to them by way of example, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.
1Co 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn't fall.
1Co 10:13 No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1Co 10:14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
1Co 10:15 I speak as to wise men. Judge what I say.
1Co 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, isn't it a sharing of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, isn't it a sharing of the body of Christ?
1Co 10:17 Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread.
1Co 10:18 Consider Israel according to the flesh. Don't those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?
1Co 10:19 What am I saying then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?
1Co 10:20 But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God, and I don't desire that you would have fellowship with demons.
1Co 10:21 You can't both drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You can't both partake of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons.
1Co 10:22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
1Co 10:23 "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are profitable. "All things are lawful for me," but not all things build up.
1Co 10:24 Let no one seek his own, but each one his neighbor's good.
1Co 10:25 Whatever is sold in the butcher shop, eat, asking no question for the sake of conscience,
1Co 10:26 for "the earth is the Lord's, and its fullness."
1Co 10:27 But if one of those who don't believe invites you to a meal, and you are inclined to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no questions for the sake of conscience.
1Co 10:28 But if anyone says to you, "This was offered to idols," don't eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for the sake of conscience. For "the earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness."
1Co 10:29 Conscience, I say, not your own, but the other's conscience. For why is my liberty judged by another conscience?
1Co 10:30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced for that for which I give thanks?
1Co 10:31 Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1Co 10:32 Give no occasions for stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the assembly of God;
1Co 10:33 even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved.