9/28/13

From Gary.... Are you in high definition?


































This picture reminds me of the Tom Cruz movie "The Last Samurai".  Near the end of the flick the dying rebel leader sees a PERFECT cherry blossom and feels that his life is complete.   This picture was touted as a "Rose in HD" and the definition is truly something wonderful.  Just this week, I added Ben Fronczek to my list of competitors to the blog.  He is the evangelist and also one of the elders for the Granville church of Christ in up-state New York.  Now, I haven't seen him since I graduated from Northeast School of Biblical Studies in 1979, but although his outward appearance has changed but little, still, he is now an ELDER in the church at Granville.  That says something of his growth in character and work as a CHRISTIAN.  Just take a look at the qualifications for the eldership (1 Timothy, Chapter 3 and Titus, Chapter 1) and you will see what I mean.  Now, I have to ask myself- How did Ben get this far?  For me, the answer is found in the following passage from the book of Philippians...


Philippians, Chapter 3

  1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not tiresome, but for you it is safe.  2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision.  3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh;  4 though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has confidence in the flesh, I yet more:  5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the assembly; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless. 

  7  However, what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ.  8 Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ  9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;  10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death;  11 if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 
  13  Brothers, I don’t regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,  14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, think this way. If in anything you think otherwise, God will also reveal that to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the extent that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule. Let us be of the same mind.  17 Brothers, be imitators together of me, and note those who walk this way, even as you have us for an example.  18 For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ,  19 whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who think about earthly things.  20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;  21 who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.

 
The apostle Paul had training and zeal, but not according to knowledge (at first).  Then, in Acts, Chapter 9, his contact with the risen Christ changed his life forever.  His religious duty changed from a system based on works to that of grace and he was a different man.  The thing is: Paul kept trying and trying and continued to try to please God.  His perfection was not just a goal, it was a PROCESS.  When we reach out for God and keep reaching we become perfect.  This does not mean that we never sin, but rather that at any given time we are the very best we can be- and are dissatisfied with that.  Yearning to become continually more in touch with God, we view both our sin and accomplishments differently- and we just never stop growing.  Recently, I was made painfully aware of my own shortcomings and as a result, this message of Paul to the Philippians means more to me than ever.  I know that I will probably NEVER be an elder like brother Ben, but I will strive to be the very best I can be and push the envelop to be even better- God enabling.  Today, try to follow Jesus more closely and never, ever give up.  Who knows what you may accomplish????  You might even reach high definition....


PS.  For more information about Ben Fronczek and the work at Granville, New York, why not go to their website-  http://granvillenychurchofchrist.org/

From Gary... Bible Reading and Study September 28




Bible Reading and Study    


September 28


The World English Bible



Sept. 28
Psalms 112-114

Psa 112:1 Praise Yah! Blessed is the man who fears Yahweh, who delights greatly in his commandments.
Psa 112:2 His seed will be mighty in the land. The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Psa 112:3 Wealth and riches are in his house. His righteousness endures forever.
Psa 112:4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright, gracious, merciful, and righteous.
Psa 112:5 It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends. He will maintain his cause in judgment.
Psa 112:6 For he will never be shaken. The righteous will be remembered forever.
Psa 112:7 He will not be afraid of evil news. His heart is steadfast, trusting in Yahweh.
Psa 112:8 His heart is established. He will not be afraid in the end when he sees his adversaries.
Psa 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor. His righteousness endures forever. His horn will be exalted with honor.
Psa 112:10 The wicked will see it, and be grieved. He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away. The desire of the wicked will perish.
Psa 113:1 Praise Yah! Praise, you servants of Yahweh, praise the name of Yahweh.
Psa 113:2 Blessed be the name of Yahweh, from this time forth and forevermore.
Psa 113:3 From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, Yahweh's name is to be praised.
Psa 113:4 Yahweh is high above all nations, his glory above the heavens.
Psa 113:5 Who is like Yahweh, our God, who has his seat on high,
Psa 113:6 Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the earth?
Psa 113:7 He raises up the poor out of the dust. Lifts up the needy from the ash heap;
Psa 113:8 that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
Psa 113:9 He settles the barren woman in her home, as a joyful mother of children. Praise Yah!
Psa 114:1 When Israel went forth out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign language;
Psa 114:2 Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
Psa 114:3 The sea saw it, and fled. The Jordan was driven back.
Psa 114:4 The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs.
Psa 114:5 What was it, you sea, that you fled? You Jordan, that you turned back?
Psa 114:6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams; you little hills, like lambs?
Psa 114:7 Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
Psa 114:8 who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of waters. 



 
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Young's Literal Translation

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Psalms


 
Psalms 112 1
Praise Yah! Blessed is the man who fears Yahweh, Who delights greatly in his commandments.
Hallelujah! Blessed is the man that feareth Jehovah, that delighteth greatly in his
commandments.
Praise ye Jah! O the happiness of one fearing Jehovah, In His commands he hath
delighted greatly.
Psalms 112 2
His seed will be mighty on earth. The generation of the upright will be blessed.
His seed shall be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Mighty in the earth is his seed, The generation of the upright is blessed.
Psalms 112 3
Wealth and riches are in his house. His righteousness endures forever.
Wealth and riches [shall be] in his house; and his righteousness abideth for ever.
Wealth and riches [are] in his house, And his righteousness is standing for ever.
Psalms 112 4
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright, Gracious, merciful, and righteous.
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness; he is gracious, and merciful, and
righteous.
Light hath risen in darkness to the upright, Gracious, and merciful, and
Psalms 112 5
It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends. He will maintain his cause in judgment.
It is well with the man that is gracious and lendeth; he will sustain his cause in
Good [is] the man -- gracious and lending, He sustaineth his matters in judgment.
Psalms 112 6
For he will never be shaken. The righteous will be remembered forever.
For he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
For -- to the age he is not moved; For a memorial age-during is the righteous.
Psalms 112 7
He will not be afraid of evil news. His heart is steadfast, trusting in Yahweh.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed confiding in Jehovah;
Of an evil report he is not afraid, Prepared is His heart, confident in Jehovah.
Psalms 112 8
His heart is established. He will not be afraid in the end when he sees his adversaries.
His heart is maintained, he is not afraid, until he see [his desire] upon his oppressors.
Sustained is his heart -- he feareth not, Till that he look on his adversaries.
Psalms 112 9
He has dispersed, he has given to the poor. His righteousness endures forever. His horn will be exalted with honor.
He scattereth abroad, he giveth to the needy; his righteousness abideth for ever: his horn
shall be exalted with honour.
He hath scattered -- hath given to the needy, His righteousness is standing for
ever, His horn is exalted with honour.
Psalms 112 10
The wicked will see it, and be grieved. He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away. The
desire of the wicked will perish. 
 Psalm 113
The wicked [man] shall see [it] and be vexed; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt
away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
The wicked seeth, and hath been angry, His teeth he gnasheth, and hath melted,
The desire of the wicked doth perish!
Psalms 113 1
Praise Yah! Praise, you servants of Yahweh, Praise the name of Yahweh.
Hallelujah! Praise, ye servants of Jehovah, praise the name of Jehovah.
Praise ye Jah! Praise, ye servants of Jehovah. Praise the name of Jehovah.
Psalms 113 2
Blessed be the name of Yahweh, From this time forth and forevermore.
Blessed be the name of Jehovah, from this time forth and for evermore!
The name of Jehovah is blessed, From henceforth, and unto the age.
Psalms 113 3
From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, Yahweh`s name is to be praised.
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, let Jehovah`s name be
praised.
From the rising of the sun unto its going in, Praised [is] the name of Jehovah.
Psalms 113 4
Yahweh is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens.
Jehovah is high above all nations, his glory above the heavens.
High above all nations [is] Jehovah, Above the heavens [is] his honour.
Psalms 113 5
Who is like Yahweh, our God, Who has his seat on high,
Who is like unto Jehovah our God, who hath placed his dwelling on high;
Who [is] as Jehovah our God, He is exalting [Himself] to sit?
Psalms 113 6
Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the earth?
Who humbleth himself to look on the heavens and on the earth?
He is humbling [Himself] to look On the heavens and on the earth.
Psalms 113 7
He raises up the poor out of the dust. Lifts up the needy from the ash heap;
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust; from the dung-hill he lifteth up the needy,
He is raising up from the dust the poor, From a dunghill He exalteth the needy.
Psalms 113 8
That he may set him with princes, Even with the princes of his people.
To set [him] among nobles, among the nobles of his people.
To cause to sit with princes, With the princes of His people.
Psalms 113 9
He settles the barren woman in her home, As a joyful mother of children. Praise Yah! Psalm 114
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, [as] a joyful mother of sons. Hallelujah!
Causing the barren one of the house to sit, A joyful mother of sons; praise ye Jah!
Psalms 114 1
When Israel went forth out of Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of foreign language;
When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
In the going out of Israel from Egypt, The house of Jacob from a strange people,
Psalms 114 2
Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
Judah was his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
Judah became His sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
Psalms 114 3
The sea saw it, and fled. The Jordan was driven back.
The sea saw it and fled, the Jordan turned back;
The sea hath seen, and fleeth, The Jordan turneth backward.
Psalms 114 4
The mountains skipped like rams, The little hills like lambs.
The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
The mountains have skipped as rams, Heights as sons of a flock.
Psalms 114 5
What was it, you sea, that you fled? You Jordan, that you turned back?
What ailed thee, thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou turnedst back?
What -- to thee, O sea, that thou fleest? O Jordan, thou turnest back!
Psalms 114 6
You mountains, that you skipped like rams; You little hills, like lambs?
Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams? ye hills, like lambs?
O mountains, ye skip as rams! O heights, as sons of a flock!
Psalms 114 7
Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the God of Jacob,
Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the +God of Jacob,
From before the Lord be afraid, O earth, From before the God of Jacob,
Psalms 114 8
Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a spring of waters. Psalm 115
Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters.
He is turning the rock to a pool of waters, The flint to a fountain of waters!



 Study Questions

 The glory of the LORD is? 113:4



 The World English Bible


Sept. 28
2 Corinthians 8

2Co 8:1 Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the assemblies of Macedonia;
2Co 8:2 how that in much proof of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality.
2Co 8:3 For according to their power, I testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord,
2Co 8:4 begging us with much entreaty to receive this grace and the fellowship in the service to the saints.
2Co 8:5 This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.
2Co 8:6 So we urged Titus, that as he made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace.
2Co 8:7 But as you abound in everything, in faith, utterance, knowledge, all earnestness, and in your love to us, see that you also abound in this grace.
2Co 8:8 I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.
2Co 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich.
2Co 8:10 I give a judgment in this: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to start a year ago, not only to do, but also to be willing.
2Co 8:11 But now complete the doing also, that as there was the readiness to be willing, so there may be the completion also out of your ability.
2Co 8:12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don't have.
2Co 8:13 For this is not that others may be eased and you distressed,
2Co 8:14 but for equality. Your abundance at this present time supplies their lack, that their abundance also may become a supply for your lack; that there may be equality.
2Co 8:15 As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack."
2Co 8:16 But thanks be to God, who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.
2Co 8:17 For he indeed accepted our exhortation, but being himself very earnest, he went out to you of his own accord.
2Co 8:18 We have sent together with him the brother whose praise in the Good News is known through all the assemblies.
2Co 8:19 Not only so, but who was also appointed by the assemblies to travel with us in this grace, which is served by us to the glory of the Lord himself, and to show our readiness.
2Co 8:20 We are avoiding this, that any man should blame us concerning this abundance which is administered by us.
2Co 8:21 Having regard for honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
2Co 8:22 We have sent with them our brother, whom we have many times proved earnest in many things, but now much more earnest, by reason of the great confidence which he has in you.
2Co 8:23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for you. As for our brothers, they are the apostles of the assemblies, the glory of Christ.
2Co 8:24 Therefore show the proof of your love to them in front of the assemblies, and of our boasting on your behalf. 




 
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.
2 Corinthians

 
2 Corinthians 8 1
Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the
assemblies of Macedonia;
But we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God bestowed in the assemblies of
Macedonia;
And we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God, that hath been given in
the assemblies of Macedonia,
2 Corinthians 8 2
how that in much proof of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality.
that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty has
abounded to the riches of their [free-hearted] liberality.
because in much trial of tribulation the abundance of their joy, and their deep
poverty, did abound to the riches of their liberality;
2 Corinthians 8 3
For according to their power, I testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord,
For according to [their] power, I bear witness, and beyond [their] power, [they were]
willing of their own accord,
because, according to [their] power, I testify, and above [their] power, they were
willing of themselves,
2 Corinthians 8 4
begging us with much entreaty in regard to this grace and the fellowship in the service to the saints.
begging of us with much entreaty [to give effect to] the grace and fellowship of the
service which [was to be rendered] to the saints.
with much entreaty calling on us to receive the favour and the fellowship of the
ministration to the saints,
2 Corinthians 8 5
This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.
And not according as we hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord, and to us by
God`s will.
and not according as we expected, but themselves they did give first to the Lord,
and to us, through the will of God,
2 Corinthians 8 6
Insomuch that we exhorted Titus, that as he made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace.
So that we begged Titus that, according as he had before begun, so he would also
complete as to you this grace also;
so that we exhorted Titus, that, according as he did begin before, so also he may
finish to you also this favour,
2 Corinthians 8 7
But as you abound in everything, in faith, utterance, knowledge, all earnestness, and in your love to us, see that you also abound in this grace.
but even as ye abound in every way, in faith, and word, and knowledge, and all diligence,
and in love from you to us, that ye may abound in this grace also.
but even as in every thing ye do abound, in faith, and word, and knowledge, and
all diligence, and in your love to us, that also in this grace ye may abound;
2 Corinthians 8 8
I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.
I do not speak as commanding [it], but through the zeal of others, and proving the
genuineness of your love.
not according to command do I speak, but because of the diligence of others, and
of your love proving the genuineness,
2 Corinthians 8 9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich.
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sakes he, being rich, became
poor, in order that *ye* by *his* poverty might be enriched.
for ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that because of you he became poor
-- being rich, that ye by that poverty may become rich.
2 Corinthians 8 10
I give a judgment in this: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to start a year ago, not only to do, but also to be willing.
And I give [my] opinion in this, for this is profitable for you who began before, not only
to do, but also to be willing, a year ago.
and an opinion in this do I give: for this to you [is] expedient, who not only to do,
but also to will, did begin before -- a year ago,
2 Corinthians 8 11
But now complete the doing also, that as there was the readiness to be willing, so there may be the completion also out of your ability.
But now also complete the doing of it; so that as [there was] the readiness to be willing,
so also to complete out of what ye have.
and now also finish doing [it], that even as [there is] the readiness of the will, so
also the finishing, out of that which ye have,
2 Corinthians 8 12
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don`t have.
For if the readiness be there, [a man is] accepted according to what he may have, not
according to what he has not.
for if the willing mind is present, according to that which any one may have it is
well-accepted, not according to that which he hath not;
2 Corinthians 8 13
For this is not that others may be eased and you distressed,
For [it is] not in order that there may be ease for others, and for you distress,
for not that for others release, and ye pressured, [do I speak,]
2 Corinthians 8 14
but for equality. Your abundance at this present time supplies their lack, that their abundance also may become a supply for your lack; that there may be equality.
but [on the principle] of equality; in the present time your abundance for their lack,
that their abundance may be for your lack, so that there should be equality.
but by equality, at the present time your abundance -- for their want, that also
their abundance may be for your want, that there may be equality,
2 Corinthians 8 15
As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack."
According as it is written, He who [gathered] much had no excess, and he who [gathered]
little was nothing short.
according as it hath been written, `He who [did gather] much, had nothing over;
and he who [did gather] little, had no lack.`
2 Corinthians 8 16
But thanks be to God, who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.
But thanks [be] to God, who gives the same diligent zeal for you in the heart of Titus.
And thanks to God, who is putting the same diligence for you in the heart of Titus,
2 Corinthians 8 17
For he indeed accepted our exhortation, but being himself very earnest, he went forth to you of his own accord.
For he received indeed the entreaty, but, being full of zeal, he went of his own accord to
you;
because indeed the exhortation he accepted, and being more diligent, of his own
accord he went forth unto you,
2 Corinthians 8 18
We have sent together with him the brother whose praise in the gospel is known through all the assemblies.
but we have sent with him the brother whose praise [is] in the glad tidings through all
the assemblies;
and we sent with him the brother, whose praise in the good news [is] through all
the assemblies,
2 Corinthians 8 19
Not only so, but who was also appointed by the assemblies to travel with us in this grace, which is served by us to the glory of the Lord himself, and to show our readiness.
and not only [so], but [is] also chosen by the assemblies as our fellow-traveller with this
grace, ministered by us to the glory of the Lord himself, and [a witness of] our readiness;
and not only so, but who was also appointed by vote by the assemblies, our fellow-
traveller, with this favour that is ministered by us, unto the glory of the same
Lord, and your willing mind;
2 Corinthians 8 20
We are avoiding this, that any man should blame us in concerning this bounty which is served by us.
avoiding this, that any one should blame us in this abundance [which is] administered
by us;
avoiding this, lest any one may blame us in this abundance that is ministered by us,
2 Corinthians 8 21
Having regard for honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
for we provide for things honest, not only before [the] Lord, but also before men.
providing right things, not only before the Lord, but also before men;
2 Corinthians 8 22
We have sent with them our brother, whom we have many times proved earnest in many things,
but now much more earnest, by reason of the great confidence which he has in you.
And we have sent with them our brother whom we have often proved to be of diligent
zeal in many things, and now more diligently zealous through the great confidence [he
has] as to you.
and we sent with them our brother, whom we proved in many things many times
being diligent, and now much more diligent, by the great confidence that is
toward you,
2 Corinthians 8 23
As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker toward you. As for our brothers, they are the messengers of the assemblies, the glory of Christ.
Whether as regards Titus, [he is] my companion and fellow-labourer in your behalf; or
our brethren, [they are] deputed messengers of assemblies, Christ`s glory.
whether -- about Titus -- my partner and towards you fellow-worker, whether --
our brethren, apostles of assemblies -- glory of Christ;
2 Corinthians 8 24
Therefore show the proof of your love to them in front of the assemblies, and of our boasting on your behalf.
Shew therefore to them, before the assemblies, the proof of your love, and of our boasting about you.
the shewing therefore of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf, to them
shew ye, even in the face of the assemblies.



 Study Questions

Jesus became..? 8:9