10/2/13

From Gary.... Not MY KIND OF LUNCH!!!


This very special sandwich, reminded me of something I tried yesterday- SPAM!!!  But, not just any SPAM- it was SPAM LIGHT!!!  I was surprised to learn that in Weight-Watcher points it wasn't too bad (56grams or 2 oz. was only three points).  I made it go a long way by cutting it up into small pieces and cooking it with my usual Cajun home fries.  But, I am using this picture today because of what it is called - "A politician burger"!!!  It is fried Bologna, with gooey soft scrambled egg and cheese with a toasted buttermilk biscuit.  Now the picture reminded me of all the Political turmoil that has occurred lately and that made me think of freedom. I have very strong feelings about being free and have enormous doubts about whether America can even be classified as a free nation any more; let alone a truly democratic one.  The leading scriptures that came to mind are listed below and they are worth both your time and reflection....

Galatians, Chapter 3
13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,”  14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brothers, speaking of human terms, though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been confirmed, no one makes it void, or adds to it.  16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He doesn’t say, “To seeds”, as of many, but as of one, “To your seed”, which is Christ. 17 Now I say this. A covenant confirmed beforehand by God in Christ, the law, which came four hundred thirty years after, does not annul, so as to make the promise of no effect.  18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by promise. 

19  What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not between one, but God is one.  21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could make alive, most certainly righteousness would have been of the law.  22 But the Scriptures imprisoned all things under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.  23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, confined for the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.  26 For you are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus.  27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  29 If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to promise. 

James, Chapter 1
19  So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man doesn’t produce the righteousness of God.  21 Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.  22 But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror;  24 for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of freedom, and continues, not being a hearer who forgets, but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does. 


1 Corinthians, Chapter 7
  18  Was anyone called having been circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised.  19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.  20 Let each man stay in that calling in which he was called.  21 Were you called being a bondservant? Don’t let that bother you, but if you get an opportunity to become free, use it.  22 For he who was called in the Lord being a bondservant is the Lord’s free man. Likewise he who was called being free is Christ’s bondservant. 23 You were bought with a price. Don’t become bondservants of men.  24 Brothers, let each man, in whatever condition he was called, stay in that condition with God.


Rules, regulations, ordinances, and the like have become commonplace in America today, but they fail to compare with all the requirements of the LAW.  I am told that there were 613 of them, which equalled the sum of the days of the year and the number of bones in the human body.  Even if the actual number was even somewhat close to this (remember, the Jews began to think of oral traditions and traditions of the elders as being equal to Scripture) then the intrusion into daily life was truly significant!!!!   Christianity is radically different from Judaism, in that it is founded on grace and Christians are basically free from being treated as children through the LAW.  So, for me, an ever increasing bureaucracy that has become "The American Way" is like me being forced to eat a "Politician Burger" on a daily basis.  Our government has partially shut down; this is both a fact and an opportunity.  The fact is inescapable, but the opportunity is wonderful. If enough of us really decided to change things, we still have the power to do so. Reflect a moment on the passages I selected and especially the last highlighted one.  If you are given freedom, whether Spiritual or temporal, use that freedom to glorify God!!!  As for me, as long as I can still share my thoughts in this venue; I will proclaim that God should not be taken as lightly as this country has recently done.  He has blessed us over and over and far too many of us choose to exist on "Politician Burgers".  I don't know about you, but I am getting sick of all the Baloney!!!!!

































From Gary... Bible Reading and Study October 2



Bible Reading and Study   



October 2



The World English Bible



Oct. 2
Psalms 125-127

Psa 125:1 Those who trust in Yahweh are as Mount Zion, which can't be moved, but remains forever.
Psa 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so Yahweh surrounds his people from this time forth and forevermore.
Psa 125:3 For the scepter of wickedness won't remain over the allotment of the righteous; so that the righteous won't use their hands to do evil.
Psa 125:4 Do good, Yahweh, to those who are good, to those who are upright in their hearts.
Psa 125:5 But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, Yahweh will lead them away with the workers of iniquity. Peace be on Israel.
Psa 126:1 When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, we were like those who dream.
Psa 126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, "Yahweh has done great things for them."
Psa 126:3 Yahweh has done great things for us, and we are glad.
Psa 126:4 Restore our fortunes again, Yahweh, like the streams in the Negev.
Psa 126:5 Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.
Psa 126:6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.
Psa 127:1 Unless Yahweh builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless Yahweh watches over the city, the watchman guards it in vain.
Psa 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to stay up late, eating the bread of toil; for he gives sleep to his loved ones.
Psa 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage of Yahweh. The fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psa 127:4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth.
Psa 127:5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. They won't be disappointed when they speak with their enemies in the gate. 


 
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 125 1
Those who trust in Yahweh are as Mount Zion, Which can`t be moved, but remains  forever.
{A Song of degrees.} They that confide in Jehovah are as mount Zion, which cannot be
moved; it abideth for ever.
A Song of the Ascents. Those trusting in Jehovah [are] as Mount Zion, It is not
moved -- to the age it abideth.
Psalms 125 2
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So Yahweh surrounds his people from this time forth and forevermore.
Jerusalem! -- mountains are round about her, and Jehovah is round about his people, from henceforth and for evermore.
Jerusalem! mountains [are] round about her, And Jehovah [is] round about His
people, From henceforth even unto the age.
Psalms 125 3
For the scepter of wickedness won`t remain over the allotment of the righteous; So that the righteous won`t put forth their hands to iniquity.
For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the
righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
For the rod of wickedness resteth not On the lot of the righteous, That the
righteous put not forth on iniquity their hands.
Psalms 125 4
Do good, Yahweh, to those who are good, To those who are upright in their hearts.
Do good, O Jehovah, unto the good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.
Do good, O Jehovah, to the good, And to the upright in their hearts.
Psalms 125 5
But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, Yahweh will lead them away with the workers of iniquity. Peace be on Israel. 
Psalm 126 A Song of Ascents.
But as for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, Jehovah will lead them forth with
the workers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel!
As to those turning [to] their crooked ways, Jehovah causeth them to go with
workers of iniquity. Peace on Israel!
Psalms 126 1
When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, We were like those who dream.
{A Song of degrees.} When Jehovah turned the captivity of Zion, we were like them that
dream.
A Song of the Ascents. In Jehovah`s turning back [to] the captivity of Zion, We have
been as dreamers.
Psalms 126 2
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then said they among the nations, "Yahweh has done great things for them."
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with rejoicing: then said they
among the nations, Jehovah hath done great things for them.
Then filled [with] laughter is our mouth, And our tongue [with] singing, Then do
they say among nations, `Jehovah did great things with these.`
Psalms 126 3
Yahweh has done great things for us, And we are glad.
Jehovah hath done great things for us; [and] we are joyful.
Jehovah did great things with us, We have been joyful.
Psalms 126 4
Restore our fortunes again, Yahweh, Like the streams in the Negev.
Turn our captivity, O Jehovah, as the streams in the south.
Turn again, O Jehovah, [to] our captivity, As streams in the south.
Psalms 126 5
Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.
They that sow in tears shall reap with rejoicing:
Those sowing in tears, with singing do reap,
Psalms 126 6
He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, Will assuredly come again with joy,
carrying his sheaves. 
 Psalm 127 A Song of Ascents. 
By Solomon.
He goeth forth and weepeth, bearing seed for scattering; he cometh again with
rejoicing, bearing his sheaves.
Whoso goeth on and weepeth, Bearing the basket of seed, Surely cometh in with
singing, bearing his sheaves!
Psalms 127 1
Unless Yahweh builds the house, They labor in vain who build it. Unless Yahweh watches over the city, The watchman guards it in vain.
{A Song of degrees. Of Solomon.} Unless Jehovah build the house, in vain do its builders
labour in it; unless Jehovah keep the city, the keeper watcheth in vain:
A Song of the Ascents, by Solomon. If Jehovah doth not build the house, In vain have
its builders laboured at it, If Jehovah doth not watch a city, In vain hath a
watchman waked.
Psalms 127 2
It is vain for you to rise up early, To stay up late, Eating the bread of toil; For he gives sleep to his loved ones.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to lie down late, to eat the bread of sorrows: so to his
beloved one he giveth sleep.
Vain for you who are rising early, Who delay sitting, eating the bread of griefs, So
He giveth to His beloved one sleep.
Psalms 127 3
Behold, children are a heritage of Yahweh. The fruit of the womb is his reward.
Lo, children are an inheritance from Jehovah, [and] the fruit of the womb a reward.
Lo, an inheritance of Jehovah [are] sons, A reward [is] the fruit of the womb.
Psalms 127 4
As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, So are the children of youth.
As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth.
As arrows in the hand of a mighty one, So [are] the sons of the young men.
Psalms 127 5
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. They won`t be put to shame when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
 Psalm 128
 A Song of Ascents.
Happy is the man that hath filled his quiver with them. They shall not be ashamed when
they speak with enemies in the gate.
O the happiness of the man Who hath filled his quiver with them, They are not
ashamed, For they speak with enemies in the gate!



 Study Questions

Reaping shall be in ___________? 126:5

Who is our heritage? 127:3



The World English Bible

 
 
Oct. 2
2 Corinthians 12

2Co 12:1 It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. For I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2Co 12:2 I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I don't know, or whether out of the body, I don't know; God knows), such a one caught up into the third heaven.
2Co 12:3 I know such a man (whether in the body, or outside of the body, I don't know; God knows),
2Co 12:4 how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
2Co 12:5 On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in my weaknesses.
2Co 12:6 For if I would desire to boast, I will not be foolish; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, so that no man may think more of me than that which he sees in me, or hears from me.
2Co 12:7 By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, that I should not be exalted excessively.
2Co 12:8 Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
2Co 12:9 He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.
2Co 12:11 I have become foolish in boasting. You compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you, for in nothing was I inferior to the very best apostles, though I am nothing.
2Co 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were worked among you in all patience, in signs and wonders and mighty works.
2Co 12:13 For what is there in which you were made inferior to the rest of the assemblies, unless it is that I myself was not a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong.
2Co 12:14 Behold, this is the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I seek not your possessions, but you. For the children ought not to save up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
2Co 12:15 I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved the less?
2Co 12:16 But be it so, I did not myself burden you. But, being crafty, I caught you with deception.
2Co 12:17 Did I take advantage of you by anyone of them whom I have sent to you?
2Co 12:18 I exhorted Titus, and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take any advantage of you? Didn't we walk in the same spirit? Didn't we walk in the same steps?
2Co 12:19 Again, do you think that we are excusing ourselves to you? In the sight of God we speak in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying.
2Co 12:20 For I am afraid that by any means, when I come, I might find you not the way I want to, and that I might be found by you as you don't desire; that by any means there would be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, whisperings, proud thoughts, riots;
2Co 12:21 that again when I come my God would humble me before you, and I would mourn for many of those who have sinned before now, and not repented of the uncleanness and sexual immorality and lustfulness which they committed. 



 
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 12 1
It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
Well, it is not of profit to me to boast, for I will come to visions and revelations of [the]
Lord.
To boast, really, is not profitable for me, for I will come to visions and revelations
of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 12 2
I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I don`t know, or whether out of the body, I don`t know; God knows), such a one caught up into the third heaven.
I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago, (whether in [the] body I know not, or out of
the body I know not, God knows;) such [a one] caught up to [the] third heaven.
I have known a man in Christ, fourteen years ago -- whether in the body I have not
known, whether out of the body I have not known, God hath known -- such an one
being caught away unto the third heaven;
2 Corinthians 12 3
I know such a man (whether in the body, or apart from the body, I don`t know; God knows),
And I know such a man, (whether in [the] body or out of the body I know not, God knows;)
and I have known such a man -- whether in the body, whether out of the body, I
have not known, God hath known, --
2 Corinthians 12 4
how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable things said which it is not
allowed to man to utter.
that he was caught away to the paradise, and heard unutterable sayings, that it is
not possible for man to speak.
2 Corinthians 12 5
On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in my
weaknesses.
Of such [a one] I will boast, but of myself I will not boast, unless in my weaknesses.
Of such an one I will boast, and of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities,
2 Corinthians 12 6
For if I would desire to boast, I will not be foolish; for I will speak the truth. But I forbear, so that no man may account of me above that which he sees in me, or hears from me.
For if I shall desire to boast, I shall not be a fool; for I will say [the] truth; but I forbear,
lest any one should think as to me above what he sees me [to be], or whatever he may hear of me.
for if I may wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for truth I will say; but I forebear,
lest any one in regard to me may think anything above what he doth see me, or
doth hear anything of me;
2 Corinthians 12 7
By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted excessively.
And that I might not be exalted by the exceeding greatness of the revelations, there was
given to me a thorn for the flesh, a messenger of Satan that he might buffet me, that I
might not be exalted.
and that by the exceeding greatness of the revelations I might not be exalted
overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of the
Adversary, that he might buffet me, that I might not be exalted overmuch.
2 Corinthians 12 8
Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
For this I thrice besought the Lord that it might depart from me.
Concerning this thing thrice the Lord did I call upon, that it might depart from
2 Corinthians 12 9
He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.
And he said to me, My grace suffices thee; for [my] power is perfected in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the power of the Christ may
dwell upon me.
and He said to me, `Sufficient for thee is My grace, for My power in infirmity is
perfected;` most gladly, therefore, will I rather boast in my infirmities, that the
power of the Christ may rest on me:
2 Corinthians 12 10
Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in
distresses, for Christ`s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.
Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in necessities, in persecutions, in
straits, for Christ: for when I am weak, then I am powerful.
wherefore I am well pleased in infirmities, in damages, in necessities, in
persecutions, in distresses -- for Christ; for whenever I am infirm, then I am
powerful;
2 Corinthians 12 11
I have become foolish. You compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you, for in nothing was I behind the very best apostles, though I am nothing.
I have become a fool; *ye* have compelled me; for *I* ought to have been commended by
you; for I have been nothing behind those who were in surpassing degree apostles, if also
I am nothing.
I have become a fool -- boasting; ye -- ye did compel me; for I ought by you to have
been commended, for in nothing was I behind the very chiefest apostles -- even if I
am nothing.
2 Corinthians 12 12
Truly the signs of an apostle were worked among you in all patience, by signs and wonders and mighty works.
The signs indeed of the apostle were wrought among you in all endurance, signs, and
wonders, and works of power.
The signs, indeed, of the apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in
signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds,
2 Corinthians 12 13
For what is there in which you were made inferior to the rest of the assemblies, unless it is that I myself was not a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong.
For in what is it that ye have been inferior to the other assemblies, unless that I myself
have not been in laziness a charge upon you? Forgive me this injury.
for what is there in which ye were inferior to the rest of the assemblies, except
that I myself was not a burden to you? forgive me this injustice!
2 Corinthians 12 14
Behold, this is the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I seek not your possessions, but you. For the children ought not to save up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
Behold, this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be in laziness a charge;
for I do not seek yours, but you; for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but
the parents for the children.
Lo, a third time I am ready to come unto you, and I will not be a burden to you, for
I seek not yours, but you, for the children ought not for the parents to lay up, but
the parents for the children,
2 Corinthians 12 15
I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved the less?
Now *I* shall most gladly spend and be utterly spent for your souls, if even in abundantly
loving you I should be less loved.
and I most gladly will spend and be entirely spent for your souls, even if, more
abundantly loving you, less I am loved.
2 Corinthians 12 16
But be it so, I did not myself burden you. But, being crafty, I caught you with deception.
But be it so. *I* did not burden you, but being crafty I took you by guile.
And be it [so], I -- I did not burden you, but being crafty, with guile I did take you;
2 Corinthians 12 17
Did I take advantage of you by anyone of them whom I have sent to you?
Did I make gain of you by any of those whom I have sent to you?
any one of those whom I have sent unto you -- by him did I take advantage of you?
2 Corinthians 12 18
I exhorted Titus, and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take any advantage of you? Didn`t we walk in the same spirit? Didn`t we walk in the same steps?
I begged Titus, and sent the brother with [him]: did Titus at all make gain of you? have
we not walked in the same spirit? [have we] not in the same steps?
I entreated Titus, and did send with [him] the brother; did Titus take advantage
of you? in the same spirit did we not walk? -- did we not in the same steps?
2 Corinthians 12 19
Again, do you think that we are excusing ourselves to you? In the sight of God we speak in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying.
Ye have long been supposing that we excuse ourselves to you: we speak before God in
Christ; and all things, beloved, for your building up.
Again, think ye that to you we are making defence? before God in Christ do we
speak; and the all things, beloved, [are] for your up-building,
2 Corinthians 12 20
For I am afraid that by any means, when I come, I might find you not the way I want to, and that I might be found by you as you don`t desire; that by any means there would be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, whisperings, proud thoughts, riots;
For I fear lest perhaps coming I find you not such as I wish, and that *I* be found by you
such as ye do not wish: lest [there might be] strifes, jealousies, angers, contentions, evil
speakings, whisperings, puffings up, disturbances;
for I fear lest, having come, not such as I wish I may find you, and I -- I may be
found by you such as ye do not wish, lest there be strifes, envyings, wraths,
revelries, evil-speakings, whisperings, puffings up, insurrections,
2 Corinthians 12 21
that again when I come my God would humble me before you, and I would mourn for many of those who have sinned before now, and not repented of the uncleanness and sexual immorality and lustfulness which they committed.
lest my God should humble me as to you when I come again, and that I shall grieve over
many of those who have sinned before, and have not repented as to the uncleanness and
fornication and licentiousness which they have practised.
lest again having come, my God may humble me in regard to you, and I may bewail
many of those having sinned before, and not having reformed concerning the
uncleanness, and whoredom, and lasciviousness, that they did practise.
 

 Study Questions

Where was Paul caught up to? 12:2