One unique creation

Here is one good idea!!!  Take an apple, scoop out the insides, add some seasoning and add it again to the apple. Cover it with pie crust and once its baked, you have apple pie.  Although, it more like twice baked potatoes, isn't it?  Whatever you call it, its a nice idea; very creative!!! I wouldn't mind having this little creation for dessert tonight!!!!  Which makes me think of the work that God does; HE just doesn't make things, HE makes a CREATION, A WORK OF ART!!!

2 Corinthians 5
 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. 

Ephesians Chapter 2
  1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins,  2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience;  3 among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.  4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,  5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus;  8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  9 not of works, that no one would boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

The world is full of billions of people of all shapes and sizes, having different cultures and ethnic background.  It is a marvelous place, with a variety in our species that is astonishing.  People all want the same things, need the same things and hope for the same things.  But not EVERYONE!  Christians are different; they want the ultimate GOOD and in a word, GOD!!!  They try to please him by leading a different life; a pure life in every aspect!!!!  Their life is not just their own, they live it with God through the means of HIS word, according to HIS WAY.  They become something new, something wonderful; a creation of his workmanship.  Its interesting to me what the word workmanship means, because in the original it is the word we get the word "poem" from.  This elicits visions of beauty and style, something very special that someone spent a great deal of time making.  Personally, I like the idea of being a "poem" of God; his rhythmic creation of my life will be part of my testimony in heaven.  To me, that is better than any apple pie concoction you could ever think of.  Now, don't get me wrong, I still like the twice baked apple pie and will try it soon!!!  I wonder if they have a low fat version????

May 2 Deuteronomy 19, 20

May 2
Deuteronomy 19, 20

Deu 19:1 When Yahweh your God shall cut off the nations, whose land Yahweh your God gives you, and you succeed them, and dwell in their cities, and in their houses;
Deu 19:2 you shall set apart three cities for you in the midst of your land, which Yahweh your God gives you to possess it.
Deu 19:3 You shall prepare you the way, and divide the borders of your land, which Yahweh your God causes you to inherit, into three parts, that every manslayer may flee there.
Deu 19:4 This is the case of the manslayer, that shall flee there and live: whoever kills his neighbor unawares, and didn't hate him in time past;
Deu 19:5 as when a man goes into the forest with his neighbor to chop wood, and his hand fetches a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slips from the handle, and lights on his neighbor, so that he dies; he shall flee to one of these cities and live:
Deu 19:6 lest the avenger of blood pursue the manslayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and strike him mortally; whereas he was not worthy of death, inasmuch as he didn't hate him in time past.
Deu 19:7 Therefore I command you, saying, You shall set apart three cities for yourselves.
Deu 19:8 If Yahweh your God enlarges your border, as he has sworn to your fathers, and gives you all the land which he promised to give to your fathers;
Deu 19:9 if you keep all this commandment to do it, which I command you this day, to love Yahweh your God, and to walk ever in his ways; then you shall add three cities more for yourselves, besides these three:
Deu 19:10 that innocent blood not be shed in the midst of your land, which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance, and so blood be on you.
Deu 19:11 But if any man hates his neighbor, and lies in wait for him, and rises up against him, and strikes him mortally so that he dies, and he flees into one of these cities;
Deu 19:12 then the elders of his city shall send and bring him there, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.
Deu 19:13 Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall put away the innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with you.
Deu 19:14 You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which they of old time have set, in your inheritance which you shall inherit, in the land that Yahweh your God gives you to possess it.
Deu 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sins: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall a matter be established.
Deu 19:16 If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing,
Deu 19:17 then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before Yahweh, before the priests and the judges who shall be in those days;
Deu 19:18 and the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness is a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother;
Deu 19:19 then you shall do to him as he had thought to do to his brother: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.
Deu 19:20 Those who remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil in the midst of you.
Deu 19:21 Your eyes shall not pity; life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Deu 20:1 When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and see horses, and chariots, and a people more than you, you shall not be afraid of them; for Yahweh your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Deu 20:2 It shall be, when you draw near to the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people,
Deu 20:3 and shall tell them, Hear, Israel, you draw near this day to battle against your enemies: don't let your heart faint; don't be afraid, nor tremble, neither be scared of them;
Deu 20:4 for Yahweh your God is he who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
Deu 20:5 The officers shall speak to the people, saying, What man is there who has built a new house, and has not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it.
Deu 20:6 What man is there who has planted a vineyard, and has not used its fruit? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man use its fruit.
Deu 20:7 What man is there who has pledged to be married a wife, and has not taken her? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.
Deu 20:8 The officers shall speak further to the people, and they shall say, What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return to his house, lest his brother's heart melt as his heart.
Deu 20:9 It shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking to the people, that they shall appoint captains of armies at the head of the people.
Deu 20:10 When you draw near to a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace to it.
Deu 20:11 It shall be, if it makes you answer of peace, and opens to you, then it shall be, that all the people who are found therein shall become tributary to you, and shall serve you.
Deu 20:12 If it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it:
Deu 20:13 and when Yahweh your God delivers it into your hand, you shall strike every male of it with the edge of the sword:
Deu 20:14 but the women, and the little ones, and the livestock, and all that is in the city, even all its spoil, you shall take for a prey to yourself; and you shall eat the spoil of your enemies, which Yahweh your God has given you.
Deu 20:15 Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far off from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.
Deu 20:16 But of the cities of these peoples, that Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes;
Deu 20:17 but you shall utterly destroy them: the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; as Yahweh your God has commanded you;
Deu 20:18 that they not teach you to do after all their abominations, which they have done to their gods; so would you sin against Yahweh your God.
Deu 20:19 When you shall besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them; for you may eat of them, and you shall not cut them down; for is the tree of the field man, that it should be besieged of you?
Deu 20:20 Only the trees of which you know that they are not trees for food, you shall destroy and cut them down; and you shall build bulwarks against the city that makes war with you, until it fall.

May 2, 3 Luke 18

May 2, 3
Luke 18

Luk 18:1 He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,
Luk 18:2 saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn't fear God, and didn't respect man.
Luk 18:3 A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, 'Defend me from my adversary!'
Luk 18:4 He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,
Luk 18:5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.' "
Luk 18:6 The Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.
Luk 18:7 Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?
Luk 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
Luk 18:9 He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.
Luk 18:10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.
Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
Luk 18:12 I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.'
Luk 18:13 But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Luk 18:15 They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
Luk 18:16 Jesus summoned them, saying, "Allow the little children to come to me, and don't hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Luk 18:17 Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."
Luk 18:18 A certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
Luk 18:19 Jesus asked him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one-God.
Luk 18:20 You know the commandments: 'Don't commit adultery,' 'Don't murder,' 'Don't steal,' 'Don't give false testimony,' 'Honor your father and your mother.' "
Luk 18:21 He said, "I have observed all these things from my youth up."
Luk 18:22 When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me."
Luk 18:23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.
Luk 18:24 Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!
Luk 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."
Luk 18:26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
Luk 18:27 But he said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
Luk 18:28 Peter said, "Look, we have left everything, and followed you."
Luk 18:29 He said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the Kingdom of God's sake,
Luk 18:30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life."
Luk 18:31 He took the twelve aside, and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed.
Luk 18:32 For he will be delivered up to the Gentiles, will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit on.
Luk 18:33 They will scourge and kill him. On the third day, he will rise again."
Luk 18:34 They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn't understand the things that were said.
Luk 18:35 It happened, as he came near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road, begging.
Luk 18:36 Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant.
Luk 18:37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
Luk 18:38 He cried out, "Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!"
Luk 18:39 Those who led the way rebuked him, that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "You son of David, have mercy on me!"
Luk 18:40 Standing still, Jesus commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him,
Luk 18:41 "What do you want me to do?" He said, "Lord, that I may see again."
Luk 18:42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you."
Luk 18:43 Immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God.

"THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW" Chapter Fourteen by Mark Copeland

                        "THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW"

                            Chapter Fourteen

Word of Jesus’ ministry came to Herod the tetrarch, and Matthew tells
how Herod killed John the Baptist (1-12).  Hearing of John’s death,
Jesus sought privacy but was followed by the multitudes and fed over
5000 with five loaves and two fish (13-21).  Sending His disciples away
by boat, Jesus dispersed the crowd and went to the mountain to pray.  He
later joined His disciples by walking on the sea (22-33).  In the land
of Gennesaret, Jesus healed all who came to Him by simply letting them
touch the hem of His garment (34-36).


   *  The unlawful marriage of Herod that led to John’s death

   *  Two miracles that demonstrate Jesus’ power over nature

   *  The inverse relationship between fear and faith


1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - The death of John the Baptist - Mt 14:1-12
   - Jesus feeds the five thousand - Mt 14:13-21
   - Jesus walks on the sea - Mt 14:22-33
   - Jesus heals many in Gennesaret - Mt 14:34-36

2) Who did Herod think Jesus was when he heard about Him? (1-2)
   - John the Baptist, risen from the dead

3) What led to Herod’s arrest of John the Baptist? (3-4)
   - John’s rebuke of Herod’s unlawful marriage to Herodias (cf. Mk

4) How was Herod tricked to have John beheaded? (6-10)
   - By Salome’s dance, Herod’s foolish oath, and Herodias’ prompting

5) When Jesus heard of John’s death, what did He try to do? What
   happened? (13)
   - Go to a deserted place; the multitudes followed Him

6) What prompted Jesus to heal the sick and feed the hungry? (14-15)
   - His compassion for them

7) How many were fed, and with what?  (16-21)
   - 5000 men, besides women and children; five loaves and two fish

8) As Jesus walked on the sea, what led to Peter sinking? (25-31)
   - Fear, which Jesus attributed to little faith

9) How were the sick in the land of Gennesaret healed? (34-36)
   - As many as touched the hem of Jesus’ garment