9/12/13

From Gary.... Time: something we all should reflect upon


















This cute picture reminded me of the old "Chicago" song....

Does anybody really know what time it is?

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We all have the same amount of time each day. However, we do different things with it; some good and perhaps others... well, not so much.  The thing is- we don't really understand time, as we all live in the eternal "now".  Even that ends with our death and transforms into eternity (remember the Bible phrase - unto the age) which some translations use instead of eternity.  I wonder what time it is for us- really??? !!! To me, this passage answers that question...

Ephesians, Chapter 5
 1 Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.  2 Walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance.  3 But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned among you, as becomes saints;  4 nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks. 


  5  Know this for sure, that no sexually immoral person, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God. 



  6  Let no one deceive you with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.  7 Therefore don’t be partakers with them.  8 For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light,  9 for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,  10 proving what is well pleasing to the Lord.  11 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them.  12 For the things which are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.  13 But all things, when they are reproved, are revealed by the light, for everything that reveals is light.  14 Therefore he says, “Awake, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 



  15  Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise;  16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  17 Therefore don’t be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 

Answer, it is time to think about what we are doing with our life.  Are we, by our own actions, sowing the seeds of our eternal punishment, or are we "laying up treasures in heaven"???  If your answer was anything but a positive answer to verse 17 above, then its time to look at your watch and change your ways. Even a seahorse knows enough to do that!!!!  I wonder if he can read a divers watch....??????

From Gary... Bible Reading and Study September 12



Bible Reading and Study      


September 12


The World English Bible

Sept. 12
Psalms 61-63

Psa 61:1 Hear my cry, God. Listen to my prayer.
Psa 61:2 From the end of the earth, I will call to you, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psa 61:3 For you have been a refuge for me, a strong tower from the enemy.
Psa 61:4 I will dwell in your tent forever. I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah.
Psa 61:5 For you, God, have heard my vows. You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
Psa 61:6 You will prolong the king's life; his years shall be for generations.
Psa 61:7 He shall be enthroned in God's presence forever. Appoint your loving kindness and truth, that they may preserve him.
Psa 61:8 So I will sing praise to your name forever, that I may fulfill my vows daily.
Psa 62:1 My soul rests in God alone. My salvation is from him.
Psa 62:2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress-- I will never be greatly shaken.
Psa 62:3 How long will you assault a man, would all of you throw him down, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
Psa 62:4 They fully intend to throw him down from his lofty place. They delight in lies. They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
Psa 62:5 My soul, wait in silence for God alone, for my expectation is from him.
Psa 62:6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress. I will not be shaken.
Psa 62:7 With God is my salvation and my honor. The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Psa 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Psa 62:9 Surely men of low degree are just a breath, and men of high degree are a lie. In the balances they will go up. They are together lighter than a breath.
Psa 62:10 Don't trust in oppression. Don't become vain in robbery. If riches increase, don't set your heart on them.
Psa 62:11 God has spoken once; twice I have heard this, that power belongs to God.
Psa 62:12 Also to you, Lord, belongs loving kindness, for you reward every man according to his work.
Psa 63:1 God, you are my God. I will earnestly seek you. My soul thirsts for you. My flesh longs for you, in a dry and weary land, where there is no water.
Psa 63:2 So I have seen you in the sanctuary, watching your power and your glory.
Psa 63:3 Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.
Psa 63:4 So I will bless you while I live. I will lift up my hands in your name.
Psa 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest food. My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
Psa 63:6 when I remember you on my bed, and think about you in the night watches.
Psa 63:7 For you have been my help. I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.
Psa 63:8 My soul stays close to you. Your right hand holds me up.
Psa 63:9 But those who seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
Psa 63:10 They shall be given over to the power of the sword. They shall be jackal food.

Psa 63:11 But the king shall rejoice in God. Everyone who swears by him will praise him, for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be silenced.

The Composite Bible
The World English Bible
Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation

The Composite Bible is a effort to understand the Bible by considering it from different perspectives and different levels of literalcy. First, read the World English Bible (the least literal-black text) for comprehension of the text. Next, read both the World English Bible with the Darby Translation (more literal-blue text)to make comparisons and lastly, read all three versions (Young's is the most literal translation- red text) at one time to obtain an overview of the text. Doing this will make you think about what the Scriptures are actually saying and avoid reading in a superficial manner.
Psalms

                                         Psalms 61 1
Hear my cry, God. Listen to my prayer.
{To the chief Musician. On a stringed instrument. [A Psalm] of David.} Hear, O God, my
cry; attend unto my prayer.
To the Overseer, on stringed instruments. -- By David. Hear, O God, my loud cry,
attend to my prayer.
Psalms 61 2
From the end of the earth, I will call to you, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the
rock that is higher than I.
From the end of the earth will I call unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: thou wilt
lead me on to a rock which is too high for me.
From the end of the land unto Thee I call, In the feebleness of my heart, Into a rock
higher than I Thou dost lead me.
Psalms 61 3
For you have been a refuge for me, A strong tower from the enemy.
For thou hast been a refuge for me, a strong tower from before the enemy.
For Thou hast been a refuge for me, A tower of strength because of the enemy.
Psalms 61 4
I will dwell in your tent forever. I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah.
I will sojourn in thy tent for ever; I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
I sojourn in Thy tent to the ages, I trust in the secret place of Thy wings. Selah.
Psalms 61 5
For you, God, have heard my vows. You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows; thou hast given [me] the inheritance of those that
fear thy name.
For Thou, O God, hast hearkened to my vows, Thou hast appointed the inheritance
Of those fearing Thy name.
Psalms 61 6
You will prolong the king`s life; His years shall be for generations.
Thou wilt add days to the days of the king: his years shall be as many generations.
Days to the days of the king Thou addest, His years as generation and generation.
Psalms 61 7
He shall be enthroned in God`s presence forever. Appoint your lovingkindness and truth, that
they may preserve him.
He shall abide before God for ever: bestow loving-kindness and truth, that they may
preserve him.
He dwelleth to the age before God, Kindness and truth appoint -- they keep him.
Psalms 61 8
So I will sing praise to your name forever, That I may fulfill my vows daily. Psalm 62 For
the Chief Musician. To Jeduthan. A Psalm by David.
So will I sing forth thy name for ever, performing my vows from day to day.
So do I praise Thy name for ever, When I pay my vows day by day!
Psalms 62 1
My soul rests in God alone. My salvation is from him.
{To the chief Musician. On Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.} Upon God alone doth my soul rest
peacefully; from him is my salvation.
To the Overseer, for Jeduthun. -- A Psalm of David. Only -- toward God [is] my soul
silent, From Him [is] my salvation.
Psalms 62 2
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress -- I will never be greatly shaken.
He only is my rock and my salvation; my high fortress: I shall not be greatly moved.
Only -- He [is] my rock, and my salvation, My tower, I am not much moved.
Psalms 62 3
How long will you assault a man, Would all of you throw him down, Like a leaning wall, like a
tottering fence?
How long will ye assail a man; will ye [seek], all of you, to break him down as a bowing
wall or a tottering fence?
Till when do ye devise mischief against a man? Ye are destroyed all of you, As a
wall inclined, a hedge that is cast down.
Psalms 62 4
They fully intend to throw him down from his lofty place. They delight in lies. They bless with
their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
They only consult to thrust [him] down from his excellency; they delight in lies; they
bless with their mouth, but in their inward part they curse. Selah.
Only -- from his excellency They have consulted to drive away, They enjoy a lie,
with their mouth they bless, And with their heart revile. Selah.
Psalms 62 5
My soul, wait in silence for God alone, For my expectation is from him.
Upon God alone, O my soul, rest peacefully; for my expectation is from him.
Only -- for God, be silent, O my soul, For from Him [is] my hope.
Psalms 62 6
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress. I will not be shaken.
He only is my rock and my salvation; my high fortress: I shall not be moved.
Only -- He [is] my rock and my salvation, My tower, I am not moved.
Psalms 62 7
With God is my salvation and my honor. The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
With God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
On God [is] my salvation, and my honour, The rock of my strength, my refuge [is]
in God.
Psalms 62 8
Trust in him at all times, you people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us.
Selah.
Confide in him at all times, ye people; pour out your heart before him: God is our refuge.
Selah.
Trust in Him at all times, O people, Pour forth before Him your heart, God [is] a
refuge for us. Selah.
Psalms 62 9
Surely men of low degree are just a breath, And men of high degree are a lie. In the balances
they will go up. They are together lighter than a breath.
Men of low degree are only vanity; men of high degree, a lie: laid in the balance, they go
up together [lighter] than vanity.
Only -- vanity [are] the low, a lie the high. In balances to go up they than vanity
[are] lighter.
Psalms 62 10
Don`t trust in oppression. Don`t become vain in robbery. If riches increase, Don`t set your
heart on them.
Put not confidence in oppression, and become not vain in robbery; if wealth increase, set
not your heart upon it.
Trust not in oppression, And in robbery become not vain, Wealth -- when it
increaseth -- set not the heart.
Psalms 62 11
God has spoken once, Twice have I heard this, That power belongs to God.
Once hath God spoken, twice have I heard this, that strength [belongeth] unto God.
Once hath God spoken, twice I heard this, That `strength [is] with God.`
Psalms 62 12
Also to you, Lord, belongs lovingkindness, For you reward every man according to his work.
Psalm 63 A Psalm by David, when he was in the desert of Judah.
And unto thee, O Lord, [belongeth] loving-kindness; for *thou* renderest to every man
according to his work.
And with Thee, O Lord, [is] kindness, For Thou dost recompense to each,
According to his work!
Psalms 63 1
God, you are my God. I will earnestly seek you. My soul thirsts for you, My flesh longs for you,
In a dry and weary land, where there is no water.
{A Psalm of David; when he was in the wilderness of Judah.} O God, thou art my ·God; early
will I seek thee. My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh languisheth for thee, in a dry and
weary land without water:
A Psalm of David, in his being in the wilderness of Judah. O God, Thou [art] my
God, earnestly do I seek Thee, Thirsted for Thee hath my soul, Longed for Thee hath
my flesh, In a land dry and weary, without waters.
Psalms 63 2
So I have seen you in the sanctuary, Watching your power and your glory.
To see thy power and thy glory, as I have beheld thee in the sanctuary;
So in the sanctuary I have seen Thee, To behold Thy strength and Thine honour.
Psalms 63 3
Because your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise you.
For thy loving-kindness is better than life: my lips shall praise thee.
Because better [is] Thy kindness than life, My lips do praise Thee.
Psalms 63 4
So I will bless you while I live. I will lift up my hands in your name.
So will I bless thee while I live; I will lift up my hands in thy name.
So I bless Thee in my life, in Thy name I lift up my hands.
Psalms 63 5
My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest food. My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise [thee] with
joyful lips.
As [with] milk and fatness is my soul satisfied, And [with] singing lips doth my
mouth praise.
Psalms 63 6
When I remember you on my bed, And think about you in the night watches.
When I remember thee upon my bed, I meditate on thee in the night-watches:
If I have remembered Thee on my couch, In the watches -- I meditate on Thee.
Psalms 63 7
For you have been my help. I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.
For thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of thy wings will I sing for joy.
For Thou hast been a help to me, And in the shadow of Thy wings I sing.
Psalms 63 8
My soul stays close to you. Your right hand holds me up.
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Cleaved hath my soul after Thee, On me hath Thy right hand taken hold.
Psalms 63 9
But those who seek my soul, to destroy it, Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
But those that seek my soul, to destroy [it], shall go into the lower parts of the earth;
And they who for desolation seek my soul, Go in to the lower parts of the earth.
Psalms 63 10
They shall be given over to the power of the sword. They shall be jackal food.
They shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be the portion of foxes.
They cause him to run on the edge of the sword, A portion for foxes they are.
Psalms 63 11
But the king shall rejoice in God. Everyone who swears by him will praise him, For the mouth
of those who speak lies shall be silenced. Psalm 64 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by
David.
But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: for the
mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
And the king doth rejoice in God, Boast himself doth every one swearing by Him,
But stopped is the mouth of those speaking lies!


Study Questions

How will vows be paid? 61:8

What is God to David? 62:2, 7

When did David meditate about God? 63:6


The World English Bible


Sept. 12
1 Corinthians 8

1Co 8:1 Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
1Co 8:2 But if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he doesn't yet know as he ought to know.
1Co 8:3 But if anyone loves God, the same is known by him.
1Co 8:4 Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no other God but one.
1Co 8:5 For though there are things that are called "gods," whether in the heavens or on earth; as there are many "gods" and many "lords;"
1Co 8:6 yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we live through him.
1Co 8:7 However, that knowledge isn't in all men. But some, with consciousness of the idol until now, eat as of a thing sacrificed to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
1Co 8:8 But food will not commend us to God. For neither, if we don't eat, are we the worse; nor, if we eat, are we the better.
1Co 8:9 But be careful that by no means does this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to the weak.
1Co 8:10 For if a man sees you who have knowledge sitting in an idol's temple, won't his conscience, if he is weak, be emboldened to eat things sacrificed to idols?
1Co 8:11 And through your knowledge, he who is weak perishes, the brother for whose sake Christ died.
1Co 8:12 Thus, sinning against the brothers, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.

1Co 8:13 Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will eat no meat forevermore, that I don't cause my brother to stumble. 


The Composite Bible
The World English Bible
Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation

The Composite Bible is a effort to understand the Bible by considering it from different perspectives and different levels of literalcy. First, read the World English Bible (the least literal-black text) for comprehension of the text. Next, read both the World English Bible with the Darby Translation (more literal-blue text)to make comparisons and lastly, read all three versions (Young's is the most literal translation- red text) at one time to obtain an overview of the text. Doing this will make you think about what the Scriptures are actually saying and avoid reading in a superficial manner.

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 8 1
Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge
puffs up, but love builds up.
But concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know, (for we all have knowledge:
knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
And concerning the things sacrificed to idols, we have known that we all have
knowledge: knowledge puffeth up, but love buildeth up;
1 Corinthians 8 2
But if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he doesn`t yet know as he ought to know.
If any one think he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know [it].
and if any one doth think to know anything, he hath not yet known anything
according as it behoveth [him] to know;
1 Corinthians 8 3
But if anyone loves God, the same is known by him.
But if any one love God, *he* is known of him):
and if any one doth love God, this one hath been known by Him.
1 Corinthians 8 4
Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything
in the world, and that there is no other God but one.
-- concerning then the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol [is]
nothing in [the] world, and that there [is] no other God save one.
Concerning the eating then of the things sacrificed to idols, we have known that
an idol [is] nothing in the world, and that there is no other God except one;
1 Corinthians 8 5
For though there are things that are called "gods," whether in the heavens or on earth; as there
are many "gods" and many "lords;"
For and if indeed there are [those] called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, (as there
are gods many, and lords many,)
for even if there are those called gods, whether in heaven, whether upon earth --
as there are gods many and lords many --
1 Corinthians 8 6
yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we to him; and one Lord, Jesus
Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him.
yet to us [there is] one God, the Father, of whom all things, and *we* for him; and one
Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and *we* by him.
yet to us [is] one God, the Father, of whom [are] the all things, and we to Him; and
one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom [are] the all things, and we through Him;
1 Corinthians 8 7
However, that knowledge isn`t in all men. But some, being used until now to the idol, eat as of a
thing sacrificed to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
But knowledge [is] not in all: but some, with conscience of the idol, until now eat as of a
thing sacrificed to idols; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
but not in all men [is] the knowledge, and certain with conscience of the idol, till
now, as a thing sacrificed to an idol do eat [it], and their conscience, being weak,
is defiled.
1 Corinthians 8 8
But food will not commend us to God. For neither, if we don`t eat, are we the worse; nor, if we
eat, are we the better.
But meat does not commend us to God; neither if we should not eat do we come short; nor
if we should eat have we an advantage.
But victuals do not commend us to God, for neither if we may eat are we in
advance; nor if we may not eat, are we behind;
1 Corinthians 8 9
But be careful that by any means this liberty of yours doesn`t become a stumbling block to the
weak.
But see lest anywise this your right [to eat] itself be a stumbling-block to the weak.
but see, lest this privilege of yours may become a stumbling-block to the infirm,
1 Corinthians 8 10
For if a man sees you who have knowledge sitting in an idol`s temple, won`t his conscience, if he
is weak, be emboldened to eat things sacrificed to idols?
For if any one see thee, who hast knowledge, sitting at table in an idol-house, shall not
his conscience, he being weak, be emboldened to eat the things sacrificed to the idol?
for if any one may see thee that hast knowledge in an idol`s temple reclining at
meat -- shall not his conscience -- he being infirm -- be emboldened to eat the
things sacrificed to idols,
1 Corinthians 8 11
And through your knowledge, he who is weak perishes, the brother for whose sake Christ died.
and the weak [one], the brother for whose sake Christ died, will perish through thy
knowledge.
and the brother who is infirm shall perish by thy knowledge, because of whom
Christ died?
1 Corinthians 8 12
Thus, sinning against the brothers, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin
against Christ.
Now, thus sinning against the brethren, and wounding their weak conscience, ye sin
against Christ.
and thus sinning in regard to the brethren, and smiting their weak conscience --
in regard to Christ ye sin;
1 Corinthians 8 13
Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will eat no meat forevermore, that I don`t
cause my brother to stumble.
Wherefore if meat be a fall-trap to my brother, I will eat no flesh for ever, that I may not
be a fall-trap to my brother.
wherefore, if victuals cause my brother to stumble, I may eat no flesh -- to the age

-- that my brother I may not cause to stumble.

Study Questions

If food causes my brother to stumble, I will _________________________? 8:13