12/27/13

From Ben Fronczek... Things That Sabotage Our Success – Part 3 – No Help and Naysayers

Things That Sabotage Our Success – Part 3  –  No Help and Naysayers         


By Ben Fronczek


As we began the New Year, I started a series of lessons I have titled Things that Sabotage our Success. As I thought about how we forget and cast our New Year resolutions, I could not help but think about so many others dreams and goals we have sidetracked or cast aside over the years. I have to admit, members of my family have great imaginations and we have had some great ideas, and have thought about doing some awesome things only to shelf many of those ideas and never act on them.
And so I asked myself why… why do we do this? And after thinking about it for some time, I am convinced that we allow certain things to sabotage or short circuit those ideas, plans, and goals. I therefore wanted to share with you some thoughts on this topic because I think that we all can be guilty of robbing ourselves of the benefits of our great ideas; ideas that God Himself may have planted in our heads.
In part one, the first thing I mentioned,that I believe sabotages our success is our own‘Stinkin Thinkin;’  When we start to doubt ourselves, when we start to doubt our ability, and even worst yet, when we start thinking that we unworthy of success and feel like we don’t deserve anything better than we have right now. That’s what I consider, ‘Stinkin Thinkin.’
In that lesson I made mention of the fact that the Bible tells us that we are created in God’s image… He made us with the awesome ability to reason and be creative, and make and do wonderful things. As His children, why wouldn’t our heavenly Father want us to be creative and blessed by the fruit of our ideas and work of our hands. So we need to get rid of that ‘Stinkin Thinkin,’ and start believing in our self, and realize we are worthy because we are God’s children created in His image to do some amazing things with His help.
Last week in part two, I mentioned something else that can hinder us from reaching goals or keep us from doing things that we would like to do; and that is when we get too comfortable in our own ruts. The point is sometimes we can get so comfortable or even dependent on our particular routines we don’t want to change for any reason; even if that change is for the better or will help us get or achieve what we only dream of.
I talked about not clinging too tightly to our routines, and the importance of  getting out of our rut and occasionally changing our routine, trying and learning something new so we can keep our self fresh, alive and creative.
Today I would like to consider two more things that I believe can hinder us or even short circuit us from achieving what we only dream about doing. These two items are closely related and can be observed in the same Old Testament story I read to you last week, the story of David and Goliath.
Even though a lot of people never read the Bible, this is a classic story known by people all around the world. I wish more would take the time to read and study this epoch story because there are some good lessons to learn from it.
The story begins in 1 Samuel 17. (Click on site if you would like to read). Here we read about two armies that are gathered to fight one another. The army of God, the Jewish army led by King Saul, made camp on one hill in Judah, and the army of the Philistines has made camp on a opposing hill, and there is a valley between them. Both had a goal. The Jews want to get rid of these evil, pagan Philistines from the land God had promise them through Abraham, and the Philistines wanted to rid the land of these invading Jews.
Rather than both armies charging one another they set up camp on their hill and Goliath, a giant 9 foot tall Philistine warrior would stroll down into the valley everyday and challenges the Jews to send one man down to fight him.   That went on for 40 days, and Goliath belittles and insults the army of the Living God the whole time. This is where I mentioned the fact that both armies seem to fall into a rut allowing this daily routine to go on and on. Both armies stayed in camp and didn’t do anything other than watch ol’ Goliath do his thing day after day; that is until a teenage boy by the name of David came on the scene.
David was a young man who tended sheep for his father. He loved his nation and he dearly love God and was appalled when he heard Goliath speak one day while delivering supplies to his brothers who were in the Saul’s army.
I don’t think he could believe what he was hearing as this giant of man spoke insult after insult. David was probably also disappointed that there wasn’t one man in the Israeli army who was willing to go down there and kick that Philistine’s butt.So in verse 26, David starts asking around,‘What do you think will be done for the guy who gets rid of this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel?’
And the next thing we read in verse 28 is that David’s brother got really angry with his little brother for even implying that he could kill Goliath.
But David’s strong words are reported to the King, and David is ushered to King Saul.  In verse 32, David tells the King
“Let no one loose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

In other words, “Let me at him, I’ll take care of this big oaf!”                       
And do you remember how the king responded?
Let me read what King Saul had to say to David. He said, 

“  33  “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”
In other words, Saul was saying, “David, you can’t do it! It’s impossible! The man, this giant is a highly skilled fighting machine and you are just a boy. He’ll eat you alive and spit out your bones boy.”
Now all this leads me to the two points I would like to make today regarding things that can sabotage or short circuit getting things doneSomehow these two problems did not affect David and so we see he went on to become very successful and achieve his goal despite these negative traits.
The first point is sometime when you want to get something done or achieve a goal,sometimes you just can’t wait on (or for) someone else to do something to help you achieve that goal.  For example, did you ever hear or do this? Well I’m going to lose some weight. But first I need to get my wife to stop cooking all that good food and those yummy deserts.
David knew that even though he had a whole army behind him, he knew he couldn’t count on their help, and so he did what he had to do without them. Sometime if you wait on others you’ll never get anything done. Sometime you have to be the one to make the first move like David before others will join in.
And the second point is; there is always going to be those who say you can’t do something you want to do. The problem is when you let them get the best of you.There may be times when you when you want to do or acquire something that may not be in your best interest but that’s different     If you know that you can do what you want to do, that you can achieve your goal like David, be careful not to let someone talk you out of it.
How many times have you had a good idea, or wanted to do something good and a family member or friend knocked the wind out of your sail by telling you, ‘That’s dumb’ or ‘You’re not capable of doing that. Who do you think you are?’
Even though Saul didn’t think David had a chance in this world against Goliath, David had no doubt in his mind that he could take this big man down. Look at what David says next, 
Read 17:34-37  
“But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
David had two things going for him, #1) Some experience dealing with some big and terrifying savage beasts; a lion and a bear, and #2), He had faith that his Lord and God would deliver him as He had in the past.
After taking on a lion and a bear, Goliath may not have even seem like much of a challenge for him, especially with the Lord’s help. The guy was big, he was weighted down with 125 pounds of armor on his chest alone, not including all the other armor he was weighed down with. He probably moved slow compared to David. Right from the beginning David had no intentions of fighting him hand to hand. His plan was a simple one, to drop him in his tracks with a stone to the forehead. A little unconventional, but he knew that he had a good chance of taking Goliath down, and he did it.
David did not wait around for others to achieve his goal, nor did he let the negative comments of others discourage him. These are valuable lesson for us to learn because everybody isn’t going to think like you, nor have the same ambitions and goals and experiences that you have.
The other day I was reading some interesting advice, written by of all people, a boxing coach by the name of Bud Bilanich, who is also called the The Common Sense Guy,  He wrote “Negative people are a drag on your goals, your ambitions and your life andcareer success. They are quick to tell you what you can’t do, offer little encouragement, and hate to see you prove them wrong by succeeding. Hold these kinds of people at arm’s length. Don’t spend time with them. Instead, invest in friendships with positive, upbeat people; the kind of people who not only don’t belittle your ambitions, but do what they can to help you make them a reality.”                                                                                       
Mark Twain said, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great.”
I think this is good advice. When you want to do something special or great, something worthwhile, even something good and godly, it is inevitable that you are going to encounter people who can discourage you…. Those people set us on a path to ‘Stinkin Thinkin’.
David did not let everyone else’s lack of ambition or negative comments discourage him. You shouldn’t either. That’s what leadership and leading is all about!
If I know David, he completely trusted in his God, that He would protect him as He had done before. I can’t help but believe he prayed about it which gave him even more strength. He knew what he needed to do was right and good and for the benefit of others. It wasn’t a selfish goal. And I don’t think all our goals should be selfish ones either.
When you know that you are doing things for the right reason, and you believe what you want to do will also benefit others like David did that day, it helps give you the extra strength to press on.
I believe that’s what gave Jesus the extra strength when He needed it, when he allowed Himself to be tortured and then went to that cross where He willingly stretched out His arms to be nailed to it.
His goal was to save us from our sins and make a way so that we can live on after this life and go to God’s spiritual kingdom in Heaven.
It was a great goal, the greatest goal ever, but His friend tried to talk Him out of it, but He knew He had to do it for them… and for us. He willing took to the rap for us, the penalty for everyone of our sins. He was innocent, the most innocent man who ever lived, but He chose to suffer the penalty for our sin. He cared for us that much and it empowered Him to do what He had to do.
Doing what you know is right can become a powerful force in your life.
I pray that when you have a good idea, a dream, and idea that is worthy of accomplishing you won’t feel the need to wait on other, and I pray that you will not let the naysayers discourage you. Remember David and remember Jesus’ example.
 If anything, seek out those who will build you up and encourage you, and ask God to bless what you want to do and then do it!

For more lessons click on the following link:http://granvillenychurchofchrist.org/?page_id=566

From Jim McGuiggan... Back to Babel

Back to Babel

Genesis 3—11 is a single narrative describing “the fall”. Our insolence came to its stark peak on the occasion of our building of the Tower of Babel. Everything about the venture stresses our arrogant pride and our purpose to go it on our own without God. Wewould make a name for ourselves. We would provide a home for ourselves and put an end to our wandering. We would create a rallying point and centre that would remind us of our self-sufficiency. We would build a grand tower that would challenge the sky and obliterate the distinction between earth and heaven. All this we would do without God.

So goes the story of our colossal pride. A sinful stupidity and treachery that began in the Garden came to full blown conceit and daring self-worship on the flatlands of Shinar. The human family united against God and in a severe mercy God fragmented it and scattered it throughout the world, without a centre, without a common cause, without a name and without a home.

Later, out of one of the many limited centres of power, Ur of Chaldea, God called a man by the name of Abram. He was a man old in body though not especially old in years; a man whose beautiful wife (Sarai) was barren and he told this man that if he would leave his home and family that he (God) would give him a home and a great name and a vast family. All that he would not allow humanity to have in 11:1-9 he offers to this old man and his barren wife. The human experience from Adam through Cain and up to the would-be tower builders was loss of home and community through sinful and prideful independence. In Abraham, humanity begins its journey back to God and home and blessing though faith.

God created the Abrahamic community which stood then and stands now, in Jesus Christ, as a visible protest to the fragmented world’s self-worship and arrogance. The NT children of Abraham in Jesus Christ—the united families of the earth (Galatians 3:26-29)—made their entrance on Pentecost which is God’s undoing of Babel (see Acts 2).

But as soon as the Abrahamic Community begins to believe in itself, as soon as it begins to see itself as the shaper of the world and uses the coercive power of the fallen centres of power to do it, as soon as it sees itself as the creator of blessing and the righter of all wrongs it has allied itself with humanity in general and begun the journey back to Babel.
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From Mark Copeland... Suffering Shipwreck Of The Faith (1 Timothy 1:18-20)


                     "THE FIRST EPISTLE TO TIMOTHY"

               Suffering Shipwreck Of The Faith (1:18-20)

INTRODUCTION

1. The Christian is engaged in warfare...
   a. It is a good warfare - 1Ti 1:18; cf. 1Ti 6:12
   b. It is a spiritual warfare - Ep 6:10-12
   c. It is a battle for 'the' faith - cf. Jude 3
   d. One that requires faith and a good conscience on our part - 1 Ti 1:19

2. It is possible for Christians to do poorly in this 'war'...
   a. By rejecting their faith and conscience - 1Ti 1:19
   b. Suffering shipwreck concerning the faith - 1Ti 1:19
   c. Such was true of two men mentioned by Paul - 1Ti 1:20; cf. 1Co  5:1-13

[Could this be true of us today?  Might we become guilty of "Suffering
Shipwreck Of The Faith"?  Indeed, we can suffer shipwreck, first...]

I. BY REJECTING ONE'S FAITH

   A. FAITH DEFINED...
      1. By Easton's Bible Dictionary
         a. Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a
            certain statement is true
         b. Its primary idea is trust
      2. A strong conviction or trust in something; as the NIV
         translates He 11:1...
         a. "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for..."
         b. "...and certain of what we do not see."
      3. It is a strong conviction or trust in Jesus:
         a. Who Jesus is
            1) That is what He claimed
            2) That is truly the Son of the living God - Jn 8:24
         b. What Jesus did
            1) That He died on the cross for our sins
            2) That His death is truly a sufficient propitiation or
               sacrifice for our sins
         c. What Jesus said
            1) That He alone provides the way to eternal life
            2) That He alone is the way to God, the Father - cf. Jn 14:
               6-7

   B. FAITH DEVELOPED...
      1. Comes through the Word of God - Ro 10:17; e.g., Jn 20:30,31
      2. Strengthened through fellowship with other Christians - He 3:
         12-14; e.g., 10:24-25
      3. Confirmed through obedience - cf. Jn 7:17

   C. FAITH DESTROYED...
      1. Weakened by neglecting the Word of God! - cf. Hos 4:6
      2. More likely to turn to unbelief by forsaking fellowship with
         other Christians! - He 3:12-14
      3. Becomes a dead faith in the absence of works! - cf. Jm 2:20-23,
         26

[When you neglect the Word of God, forsake fellowship with brethren, and
cease to do the will of God, you reject your faith, and make shipwreck
of the faith.  One also suffers shipwreck of the faith...]

II. BY REJECTING ONE'S CONSCIENCE

   A. CONSCIENCE DEFINED...
      1. "that process of thought which distinguishes what it considers
         morally good or bad, commending the good, condemning the bad,
         and so prompting to do the former, and to avoid the latter."
         - Vine
      2. Our conscience cannot always be reliable
         a. Paul had served God with a good conscience throughout his
            life - Ac 23:1
         b. Even at a time when he was persecuting Christians! - cf. Ac 26:9-11
         c. Our conscience is like a clock, which works properly only if
            set correctly
      3. Even so, God desires that we have a good conscience - 1Ti 1:5;
         cf. 3:9

   B. CONSCIENCE DEVELOPED...
      1. A good conscience is made possible through Jesus' blood
         a. Old Testament sacrifices and ordinances were insufficient
            - He 9:9; cf. 10:1-4
         b. The blood of Jesus can cleanse one's conscience - He 9:14;
            cf. 1Pe 3:21
      2. A good conscience is maintained by obedience to God's will
         a. Failure to do what we know is right is sinful - Jm 4:17
         b. Conduct with godly sincerity makes for a good conscience
            - e.g., 2Co 1:12

   C. CONSCIENCE DESTROYED...
      1. Much harm can be done to our conscience
         a. We can violate our conscience, which is sinful - Ro 14:22-23
         b. We can defile our conscience, leading to unbelief - e.g., Ti
            1:15
         c. We can sear our conscience, leading to apostasy - e.g., 1 Ti 4:1-2
      2. Whenever we ignore or violate our conscience, we are in
         dangerous territory!
         a. A guilty conscience soon leads to a hardened conscience
            1) E.g., once our conscience is hardened regarding
               attendance
            2) ...it is more likely to become hardened against doing
               what is right in other areas
         b. Can we say what the writer of Hebrews did? - He 13:18
            1) "...for we are confident that we have a good conscience,
               in all things desiring to live honorably"
            2) If we make it a habit not to attend all the services of
               the church, can we really say "we have a good conscience,
               in all things desiring to live honorably"?

CONCLUSION

1. The Faith (the gospel) is designed to develop and nurture one's faith
   and conscience...
   a. The gospel makes known what to believe and provides evidence - Jn 20:21-21
   b. The gospel provides the means to purify our hearts and conscience
      - He 9:14; 1Pe 3:21
   -- If we reject faith and a good conscience, then the Faith suffers
      shipwreck in our lives!

2. Note how Paul felt as he came to the end of life - 2Ti 4:7
   a. That was because he strove to have a good conscience - Ac 24:16
   b. That was because he lived by faith - Ga 2:20

Are you fighting the good fight?  Are you keeping the faith? Or have you
suffered shipwreck by rejecting faith and a good conscience?  If so,
then come back to the Shepherd of our souls...!

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From Gary... Bible Reading December 27


Bible Reading  

December 27

The World English Bible

Dec. 27
Zechariah 1-4

Zec 1:1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying,
Zec 1:2 "Yahweh was very displeased with your fathers.
Zec 1:3 Therefore tell them: Thus says Yahweh of Armies: 'Return to me,' says Yahweh of Armies, 'and I will return to you,' says Yahweh of Armies.
Zec 1:4 Don't you be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying: Thus says Yahweh of Armies, 'Return now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings;' but they did not hear, nor listen to me, says Yahweh.
Zec 1:5 Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
Zec 1:6 But my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, didn't they overtake your fathers? "Then they repented and said, 'Just as Yahweh of Armies determined to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our practices, so he has dealt with us.' "
Zec 1:7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying,
Zec 1:8 "I had a vision in the night, and behold, a man riding on a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in a ravine; and behind him there were red, brown, and white horses.
Zec 1:9 Then I asked, 'My lord, what are these?' " The angel who talked with me said to me, "I will show you what these are."
Zec 1:10 The man who stood among the myrtle trees answered, "They are the ones Yahweh has sent to go back and forth through the earth."
Zec 1:11 They reported to the angel of Yahweh who stood among the myrtle trees, and said, "We have walked back and forth through the earth, and behold, all the earth is at rest and in peace."
Zec 1:12 Then the angel of Yahweh replied, "O Yahweh of Armies, how long will you not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which you have had indignation these seventy years?"
Zec 1:13 Yahweh answered the angel who talked with me with kind and comforting words.
Zec 1:14 So the angel who talked with me said to me, "Proclaim, saying, 'Thus says Yahweh of Armies: "I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
Zec 1:15 I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, but they added to the calamity."
Zec 1:16 Therefore thus says Yahweh: "I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy. My house shall be built in it," says Yahweh of Armies, "and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem." '
Zec 1:17 "Proclaim further, saying, 'Thus says Yahweh of Armies: "My cities will again overflow with prosperity, and Yahweh will again comfort Zion, and will again choose Jerusalem." ' "
Zec 1:18 I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, four horns.
Zec 1:19 I asked the angel who talked with me, "What are these?" He answered me, "These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem."
Zec 1:20 Yahweh showed me four craftsmen.
Zec 1:21 Then I asked, "What are these coming to do?" He said, "These are the horns which scattered Judah, so that no man lifted up his head; but these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations, which lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it."
Zec 2:1 I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand.
Zec 2:2 Then I asked, "Where are you going?" He said to me, "To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its breadth and what is its length."
Zec 2:3 Behold, the angel who talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him,
Zec 2:4 and said to him, "Run, speak to this young man, saying, 'Jerusalem will be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it.
Zec 2:5 For I,' says Yahweh, 'will be to her a wall of fire around it, and I will be the glory in the midst of her.
Zec 2:6 Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,' says Yahweh; 'for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the sky,' says Yahweh.
Zec 2:7 'Come, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.'
Zec 2:8 For thus says Yahweh of Armies: 'For honor he has sent me to the nations which plundered you; for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye.
Zec 2:9 For, behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they will be a spoil to those who served them; and you will know that Yahweh of Armies has sent me.
Zec 2:10 Sing and rejoice, daughter of Zion; for, behold, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of you,' says Yahweh.
Zec 2:11 Many nations shall join themselves to Yahweh in that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that Yahweh of Armies has sent me to you.
Zec 2:12 Yahweh will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.
Zec 2:13 Be silent, all flesh, before Yahweh; for he has roused himself from his holy habitation!"
Zec 3:1 He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Yahweh, and Satan standing at his right hand to be his adversary.
Zec 3:2 Yahweh said to Satan, "Yahweh rebuke you, Satan! Yes, Yahweh who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Isn't this a burning stick plucked out of the fire?"
Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the angel.
Zec 3:4 He answered and spoke to those who stood before him, saying, "Take the filthy garments off of him." To him he said, "Behold, I have caused your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with rich clothing."
Zec 3:5 I said, "Let them set a clean turban on his head." So they set a clean turban on his head, and clothed him; and the angel of Yahweh was standing by.
Zec 3:6 The angel of Yahweh protested to Joshua, saying,
Zec 3:7 "Thus says Yahweh of Armies: 'If you will walk in my ways, and if you will follow my instructions, then you also shall judge my house, and shall also keep my courts, and I will give you a place of access among these who stand by.
Zec 3:8 Hear now, Joshua the high priest, you and your fellows who sit before you; for they are men who are a sign: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant, the Branch.
Zec 3:9 For, behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes: behold, I will engrave its engraving,' says Yahweh of Armies, 'and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
Zec 3:10 In that day,' says Yahweh of Armies, 'you will invite every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree.' "
Zec 4:1 The angel who talked with me came again, and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep.
Zec 4:2 He said to me, "What do you see?" I said, "I have seen, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps thereon; there are seven pipes to each of the lamps, which are on the top of it;
Zec 4:3 and two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl, and the other on the left side of it."
Zec 4:4 I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, "What are these, my lord?"
Zec 4:5 Then the angel who talked with me answered me, "Don't you know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord."
Zec 4:6 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, "This is the word of Yahweh to Zerubbabel, saying, 'Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says Yahweh of Armies.
Zec 4:7 Who are you, great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you are a plain; and he will bring out the capstone with shouts of 'Grace, grace, to it!' "
Zec 4:8 Moreover the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
Zec 4:9 "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house. His hands shall also finish it; and you will know that Yahweh of Armies has sent me to you.
Zec 4:10 Indeed, who despises the day of small things? For these seven shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. These are the eyes of Yahweh, which run back and forth through the whole earth."
Zec 4:11 Then I asked him, "What are these two olive trees on the right side of the lampstand and on the left side of it?"
Zec 4:12 I asked him the second time, "What are these two olive branches, which are beside the two golden spouts, that pour the golden oil out of themselves?"
Zec 4:13 He answered me, "Don't you know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord."

Zec 4:14 Then he said, "These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth."
Dec. 27
Revelation 15, 16

Rev 15:1 I saw another great and marvelous sign in the sky: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them God's wrath is finished.
Rev 15:2 I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who overcame the beast, his image, and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
Rev 15:3 They sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God, the Almighty! Righteous and true are your ways, you King of the nations.
Rev 15:4 Who wouldn't fear you, Lord, and glorify your name? For you only are holy. For all the nations will come and worship before you. For your righteous acts have been revealed."
Rev 15:5 After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.
Rev 15:6 The seven angels who had the seven plagues came out, clothed with pure, bright linen, and wearing golden sashes around their breasts.
Rev 15:7 One of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever.
Rev 15:8 The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power. No one was able to enter into the temple, until the seven plagues of the seven angels would be finished.

Rev 16:1 I heard a loud voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God on the earth!"
Rev 16:2 The first went, and poured out his bowl into the earth, and it became a harmful and evil sore on the people who had the mark of the beast, and who worshiped his image.
Rev 16:3 The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man. Every living thing in the sea died.
Rev 16:4 The third poured out his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.
Rev 16:5 I heard the angel of the waters saying, "You are righteous, who are and who were, you Holy One, because you have judged these things.
Rev 16:6 For they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. They deserve this."
Rev 16:7 I heard the altar saying, "Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments."
Rev 16:8 The fourth poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was given to him to scorch men with fire.
Rev 16:9 People were scorched with great heat, and people blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues. They didn't repent and give him glory.
Rev 16:10 The fifth poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was darkened. They gnawed their tongues because of the pain,
Rev 16:11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores. They didn't repent of their works.
Rev 16:12 The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates. Its water was dried up, that the way might be made ready for the kings that come from the sunrise.
Rev 16:13 I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, something like frogs;
Rev 16:14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs; which go forth to the kings of the whole inhabited earth, to gather them together for the war of that great day of God, the Almighty.
Rev 16:15 "Behold, I come like a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his clothes, so that he doesn't walk naked, and they see his shame."
Rev 16:16 He gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew, Megiddo.
Rev 16:17 The seventh poured out his bowl into the air. A loud voice came forth out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "It is done!"
Rev 16:18 There were lightnings, sounds, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men on the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty.
Rev 16:19 The great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, to give to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Rev 16:20 Every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Rev 16:21 Great hailstones, about the weight of a talent, came down out of the sky on people. People blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, for this plague is exceedingly severe. 
 

From Gary... Bumps ahead...


It is all to obvious that someone made a mistake in posting these two signs together.  However, in the realm of interpersonal relationships, nothing could be more accurate.  From a one year old stubbing their toe, to an adult child doing something you taught them NOT TO DO, children can be a pain at times!!!  But, wait, aren't we all children of God?  I wonder what God would think if HE saw this sign?  I think I already know one of HIS thoughts...

2 Peter, Chapter 3
9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 

Patience, God has patience with us.  Perhaps someday we all might "get it" and change our ways.  One can always hope.  In the meantime, remember to be patient with your own children (for they will pick out your retirement home someday)!!!