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Anthony Storr, in his excellent book Music and the Mind, stresses that in all societies, a primary function of music is collective and communal, to bring and bind people together. People sing together, dance together, in every culture, and one can imagine them doing so, around the first fires, a hundred thousand years ago. This primal role of music is to some extent lost today, when we have a special class of composers and performers, and the rest of us are often reduced to passive listening. One has to go to a concert, or a church or a musical festival, to recapture the collective excitement and bonding of music. In such a situation, there seems to be an actual binding of nervous systems, the unification of an audience by a veritable ‘neurogamy’ (to use a word favoured by early Mesmerists).Brain Journal 2006 excerpt.

The Song of Deborah opens with stirring praise to Yahweh (see Jdg 5:2–5). This song, sung initially by Deborah and Barak to celebrate their victory over their enemies, is a type of prayer set to music. We don’t often think of singing as a form of prayer, but it’s an idea with a rich history. John Calvin, for instance, believed that most songs sung in congregational worship were sung prayers. As Matthew Westerholm explains,

Think of that song of adoration that you love to sing. That is a sung prayer of adoration. Think of a classic hymn that reminds you of God’s faithfulness. That is a sung prayer of thanksgiving. Think of that wonderful new chorus where you declare your intention to live for God. That is a sung prayer of dedication. Think of that upbeat song loved by the student ministry in your church. That is a sung prayer of celebratory delight.

Not all hymns or praise songs are sung prayers. But many can be if offered to God in worship and, as Calvin says, if they “proceed from the deep feeling in the heart.” Calvin goes on to explain three ways singing helps our prayers:

  1. Singing helps us focus our thoughts—Have you ever found your mind wandering during prayers spoken in your church? Calvin notes that we are often “distracted by various objects, unless various means are used to support them.” Singing is one way that “the thought of God is kept alive on our minds.”

  2. Singing unites believers as one voice—When we sing together to God we “serve in one spirit and one faith, we glorify together as it were with one voice and one mouth.”

  3. Singing engages our whole body—As Calvin writes, “Since the glory of God ought in a manner to be displayed in each part of our body, the special service to which the tongue should be devoted is that of singing and speaking, inasmuch as it has been expressly created to declare and proclaim the praise of God.”

This is why we must train our children to filter out ungodly music. I notice a marked increase in a better way of personal thinking when I listen to only classical or religious music (and this is good religious music not the generic 7 words sang 11 times by today’s fake church/cult). Music can bring us together in worship of God, erasing skin color, economic/societal differences.

Music has the power to heal, to soothe, foster feelings of love or hate. This is why so many theology teachers believe Satan was the choir master of heaven and why he was able to lead a rebellion in heaven against the very throne of God. The power of music.

Choose carefully what you listen to because you can be listening passively but influenced never the less by the lyrics or by your emotions. So choose wisely.

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            THIS IS DEVOTIONAL POST #3000, ALMOST IN CONSECUTIVE DAYS. I think in the 8 years, 2 months we missed maybe 5 days tops.

THANK YOU TO YOU ALL WHO HAVE EMAILED, ENCOURAGED, CRITIQUED (Mrs. Irwin) shared and blessed me. And a special blessings to all that have prayed for all our prayer requests.

Hard to believe we have friends in 23 different countries. We’ve given away over 30 bibles and 3 laptops and numerous bible study software.

A very special thank you to Steve H, the longest follower and supporter and prayer partner.

It is very humbling to think so many people read these devotionals. God bless you one and all and here to hoping we make it to 10 years of devotionals, God willing.

PRECIOUS MEMORIES

April 29, 2021

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Trips down memory lane, sometimes it is a good thing other time it is reliving a nightmare. By not choosing to be a victim you can choose which memories to keep and which ones to discard. The bible says to capture every thought and give it to Christ, meaning we do not let thoughts idly slip through our mind unattended. When bad thoughts come, capture them and present them to Christ in prayer.

This is where scripture memorization is a God send. You can replace the memory or control it by having a scripture verse to come to the rescue. By not dwelling on the bad memory and instead use it like a mouse trap, bang, enters the bad memory, snap goes the trap (capture it) present it to Christ and replace with a memorized scripture verse.

Also keep at hand trigger words or images oh hand. When painful memories enter your mind instantly have a trigger word to cause good memories or trigger a song. My two are “pot roast” and the song is zippity do da. Why pot roast? Every Sunday when I was living with my grandparents, grandma would put a pot roast in the oven in a big roasting pan with onions and carrots and potatoes, and off we would go to church. After church you walk into the house and all you can smell is the aromas of that roast permeating the house.

Precious memories, unseen angels,

Sent from somewhere to my soul.

How they linger ever near me,

And the sacred past unfolds.

Precious memories how they linger,

How they ever flood my soul.

In the stillness of the midnight.

Precious sacred scenes unfold.

In the stillness of the midnight,

Echoes from the past I hear.

Old time singing, gladness ringing,

From that lovely land somewhere.

Precious memories how they linger,

How they ever flood my soul.

In the stillness of the midnight.

Precious sacred scenes unfold.

As I travel on life’s pathway,

I know not what the years may hold.

As I ponder hope grows fonder,

Precious memories flood my soul.

Precious memories how they linger,

How they ever flood my soul.

In the stillness of the midnight.

Precious sacred scenes unfold.

Written by good ol’ Texas boy John Fillmore, 1925. My favorite version was song by Tennessee Ernie Ford or by Jim Nabors.

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Devotion #2999.

Hey, give us a shout, send a picture or tell us about the day you were saved or where you live. We appreciate all the stories you share and a special thanks to all the people that pray for all our requests.

Keep my wife in prayer please, MRI is done, report sent to the doctor and we are waiting for him to give us a call.

Keep Caliste Burt in prayer 14 hour brain surgery coming up in September.

Keep praying for Steve H, strength and guidance and bring the right man to pastor their church. And for his wife Pam, chronic knee pain.

Pray for Bill and Lois W, chronic pain and the beginnings of dementia.

EMPTY WALLETS???

April 28, 2021

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Exodus 23:10-12

New International Version

Sabbath Laws

10 “For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, 11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left.

How do I balance concern for the poor with the needs of my family? (Exodus
23:10–11)
The poor mentioned in these verses are those who are in need of basic necessities (e.g., food, clothing, shelter). But elsewhere the Bible mentions other types of people who are poor. Whereas Matthew recorded Jesus saying that the poor in spirit are blessed (Mt 5:3), Luke’s account states that the poor are blessed by God
(Lk 6:20). The poor in spirit referred to in Matthew 5 are those who are spiritually bankrupt and desperate for God. The poor of Luke 6 are those who are desperate because they have no one to care for them. And the apostle Paul admonished Timothy to care for the widows in his congregation, saying, Give proper
recognition to those widows who are really in need
(1Ti 5:3).
The fundamental principle here is that God provides for the needs of the poor (Mt 6:25–34). But the question is, How does God do this? The answer is that he
does this in a variety of ways. He often meets tangible needs through thegenerosity of his people, who want to give out of the abundance they have been
given. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2Co 9:8).
But God also assigns responsibilities to certain individuals who are close to people with material needs. In 1 Timothy 5 Paul said that local needs ought to be met by institutions and individuals who are in closest proximity to those in need. So in the case of widows, Paul said that children or grandchildren bear the first line of responsibility to care for a widow’s material needs (1Ti 5:4). But if the widow is all alone and remains upright in her loneliness, then she is to be cared for by the deacons (1Ti 5:5, 16). Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1Ti 5:7–8).

So how do we balance concern for the poor with the needs of our own family?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer. We should begin by examining the stance of
our own heart in relation to the apostle’s admonition to the Corinthians: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also
reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give
, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2Co 9:6–
7). God has given his people ample resources to supply every imaginable need.

Jesus said that we will always have poor people in the world. Fixing global poverty will never happen. Converting a country to socialism will not make it happen. The main purpose of the church is twofold, evangelism and making disciples. Win them, educate them. And at this date and time we are really not doing either one. Biblical illiteracy is at an all time high in the church and all the new churches popping up all over town is filled with spiritual rejects, complainer, and retreads. Seldom if ever do you see new converts and almost nobody does street witnessing or personal evangelism. Or worse, we had a woman come to church this week so she could pass out her business cards because she is a realtor. (we tried casting demons out of her but nothing happened although she did tithe her latest commission check afterwards). (that is a joke).

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Please keep my wife Sharon in prayer, we got the results of the MRI today and it looks like she will have to have surgery on her back. We are praying for divine healing as well as what is practical medicine. She is in a lot of pain.

Praise report, saw Stephanie T, today. Her two brain tumors have not increased in size in a whole year and are causing no problems. She will have an MRI once a year or if symptoms start to occur.

Keep Steve H and his wife Pam in prayer, she needs prayer for her knees and Steve we are praying for strength, endurance, encouragement and guidance in finding a new pastor.

This is devotional post  

 #2998, only 2 away from 3000 almost consecutive devotional posts.

God bless everyone for praying and those that give encouragement and a big hello to all the new people start following everyday. Send us an email and let us know where your from and anything else you want to share. Blessings.

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As every psychiatrist knows, unresolved guilt and brooding regret are significant blocks to healthy living. The Bible emphasizes self-analysis and awareness (Ps
139:1–24), confession and repentance (Ps 32:1–11; 51:1–19; Jas 5:16), and forgiveness (Mt 6:14) as elements of a sound spiritual lifestyle.

But the past cannot be altered. Therefore it is also important to accept what has happened and learn how to live with the consequences of our choices and
decisions. Once the consequences are acknowledged and dealt with (Ps 51:1–19), and the lessons are learned (Ps 107:1–43), we must be able to forgive ourselves
because God forgives us. We need to forgive ourselves so that we can move ahead with hope into the future.
Forgiving ourselves is not always easy, nor is it a matter only of individual concern. The teachings of the Bible indicate that self-forgiveness is a spiritual journey that takes place best in community.

It is often within the faith community that we come to understand that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Ro 8:1). It is there that we find the grace, forgiveness and comfort of both God and others (2Co 1:3–7; 2:7). It is there that we can confess our sins to God and others and be healed (Jas 5:16; 1Jn 1:9). And “community” isn’t limited to church congregations.

There are many communities of faith working to help people heal from the consequences of their past choices. The “Twelve Steps” of Alcoholics Anonymous were formed on the basis of Biblical teachings and spiritual insights; as such, they often help people respond constructively to the tortures of an imperfect past.

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Remember our salvation prayer list.

Drew and Anne, Hunter and Tara, Nicole, Lauren, Oscar and Cristina. Norma P, and her husband Rick and adult son Rick Jr.

Keep 18 year old Mikala in prayer, depression and anger over her father divorcing and now marrying another woman 10 years younger with 3 kids. He promised he would stay close and she has not heard from him in months, almost a year.

BE BOLD

April 26, 2021

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The exclusivity of Christianity is not something Christians came up with. It doesn’t come from Christians, it comes from Jesus: “No one comes to the father except through me” (John 14:6).

Is it arrogant simply to believe what Jesus has said about himself? Not at all. It is his claim, not our claim. We are merely passing it along.

Do You Have Another Savior from Sins I Don’t Know About?

In most conversations about exclusivity, the non-Christian often remains entirely unaware of why Christianity must be exclusive. Is there any internal logic for why Christianity makes this claim?

At this point, we need to reassure our non-Christian friend that Jesus’s claim about himself is not arbitrary nor is it merely self-aggrandizing. Rather, Jesus is making that claim because he, and he alone, is the only solution to the problem of sin.

And here’s the point: Jesus is the only one who remotely qualifies as someone who can take away sins. Indeed, he is the only one who even claims to take away sins.

So, we can ask our non-Christian friends a simple question: “Do you have another savior from sins I don’t know about?”

If not, then Jesus is, by definition, the only option available to them.

Sawing off the Branch You’re Sitting On

One of the most common reasons that people reject the exclusive truth claims of Christianity is because they believe truth is relative. In other words, they argue that there is no objective truth. There is just truth for you, and truth for me.

While relativism may sound reasonable on the surface, it ends up collapsing under its own weight. Relativism only works if the statement “There is no objective truth” is objectively true. Thus, relativism only works if it exempts itself from its own rules.

It is the equivalent of saying something like “All sentences are false.” But if all sentences are false, then that very sentence is also false.

Thus, relativism is essentially like sawing off the branch you’re sitting on.

Disagreement Is Not Disrespect

Unfortunately, our current cultural context does not allow for the free exchange of ideas like prior generations. Now, if you say another religion is wrong, it is taken as an act of hostility or aggression. Disagreement is the same as disrespect in most people’s eyes.

Thus, we need to work hard to make sure our non-Christian friends understand that we love and respect them, even if we disagree. We need to reassure them that Christians are not out to denigrate, demean, or despise adherents of other religions.

This will not be easy. It will require that we give more attention to our tone and attitude than we might normally do. But it’s worth it if we are to reach our non-Christian world.

In the end, my hope is that these four considerations will help us in our conversations with non-Christians over the exclusive claims of Christ. Of course, even if we follow them, that doesn’t guarantee smooth conversations. We should expect that we will endure some hostility and resistance as we speak about such things.

To do so will require courage. So, take heart from the words of 1 Peter 3:14–15: “Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (MIKE KRUGER)

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Please keep Mike Kruger in prayer .

Please keep my wife Sharon in prayer, she had her MRI today, we should hear from the surgeon soon with when the surgery will happen.

Remember Caliste Burt in prayer, September brain surgery, last 2 or four brain tumors being operated on. They have to put in a new vein where the old vein goes through the tumor. (over simplified answer).

As you know we have 4 former adult entertainers who received Jesus as Lord in our church. They have been very obedient and very teachable and accountable. I asked them not to date or have relations with anybody for 2 years and they agreed. In coming back from the mission trip to Africa we got together Sunday afternoon for dinner at the house, and they all feel they are ready to start out in the ‘dating game’ me and the Mrs, will double date with all of them just to let the men folk know we are serious about ‘our girls’ remaining chaste and behaving. One test will be seeing if any of the men recognize them then they are out of the running so to speak. Please keep these young women in prayer, their faith and their lives have been such a blessing to us.

COMING CLEAN

April 25, 2021

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Stephen Covey tells this story:

A professor had a wide-mouth jar. He put in some large rocks. Is the jar full? Then some gravel. Then some sand. Then some water. What is the meaning of this? A student said, “Your life can be so full that you can’t put anything else in.” “No, that is not the lesson. The lesson is that if I had not put the big rocks first, there would have been no room for them.”

When you die, you will leave behind all that you have and take with you all that you are.

And when you are gone, will it make any difference that you have been here? Will you really be missed?

So Bang, you are dead, you just dropped over from a major aneurism. You are a pastor, or a deacon, Sunday school teacher, you have a bumper sticker on your car that says; ‘car will be unmanned if rapture happens.’ You go to church; you witness at work about being a Christian.

But what will you leave behind?

As a pastor I have had many death bed confessions, death bed conversions, and the “oh, pastor, you have to destroy my ___________ collection it is hidden in my ___________ room, shed, tool box, storage facility.

So, what will you leave behind?

Bang, your dead, your wife, husband, children are going through all your stuff what will they find. Is your Christian witness upheld or destroyed?

Just like the TV shows, I have done funerals and two wives, or two girlfriends show up. Or the widow goes down to the bank and finds out there is zero money in the account and a stack off bills. Credit cards and Post Office boxes she never knew about.

Bang, you are dead, what will you leave behind.

I have had the relatives call me before the funeral and tell me (this is for real) we will pay you $500 dollars if you preach him into heaven. Heck, I knew this guy and I am not sure hell wanted him either.

That is one of the reasons I do not read the books of people living. I want to know if their actions met up with their deeds. Were they real, genuine, down to the bone saved, born again, washed in the blood Christians or were they phonies, wolves in sheep’s clothing. And we will only find out after they are dead and all of their closets will have been gone through.

I shed more tears in my study than in my pulpit. Because every Sunday I stand in the pulpit and preach a sermon I hope will change lives, because all week long people have come in for counseling and say the same thing; “oh, pastor, I’ve fallen, failed, sinned, stumbled…..”.

It is the nature of the job, no one comes in and says, “oh pastor, I’m having a revival.” I guess if that happened to often, I would be out of job.

So maybe this is a time for you to come clean or clean up. Let me tell you a sentence I hear that I hate to hear uttered; “oh I’ve tried this before and just failed, eventually I will give in what is the point?”

I guess Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth is on vacation, snoozing, took a walk, resigned, just gave up. Well, we know none of that is true. God is unchangeable. So what changed? It must be us, unbelief has crept in, sin has taken root in our hearts, we have become comfortably numb, spiritually lazy. That is right, no blame can be laid at God’s door, it is all our doing.

And that my friend is the goal of our devotions, to create a hungry heart, water parched souls, help you get reconnected. At devotional post #2295 we are just getting warmed up.

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LOSING GOD?

April 24, 2021

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If you tell me you are a Christian and have no hunger or thirst for God’s word then pardon me if I wonder if you are really saved. Now let me get this straight, you may have a hunger and a thirst, but you do not know how to mine the word of God like a workman or miner. Or you may not have a plan on how to get started. I mean pick up a bible, it is daunting, it is a big book. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That is it.

Proverbs, there is 31 chapters, read one a day and then after a month repeat.

How about starting with the Gospel of Mark, it is straight forward and the shortest of the four Gospels. It concentrates on the miracles of Jesus versus the words of Jesus. It is the action book, 40 times Mark uses the phrase ‘straightway’ of ‘immediately’.

The second ‘hunger’ or ‘thirst’ is knowing God.

The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word. We have almost forgotten that God is a Person and, as such, can be cultivated as any person can. It is inherent in personality to be able to know other personalities, but full knowledge of one personality by another cannot be achieved in one encounter. It is only after long and loving mental intercourse that the full possibilities of both can be explored.

All social intercourse between human beings is a response of personality to personality, grading upward from the most casual brush between man and man to the fullest, most intimate communion of which the human soul is capable. Religion, so far as it is genuine, is in essence the response of created personalities to the Creating Personality, God. “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

God is a Person, and in the deep of His mighty nature He thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, desires and suffers as any other person may. In making Himself known to us, He stays by the familiar pattern of personality. He communicates with us through the avenues of our minds, our wills and our emotions. The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion.

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Well the Wild Girls are back from Africa, and as anybody that has gone on a missions trip can tell you it changed their lives. So glad they are back and on fire.

Please remember my wife Sharon in prayer, she is in horrible pain with her back. She just had surgery 2 years ago and now it is worse than before. Pray we get her into a doctor soon. We are believing for her healing as well.

Steve h, in prayer, vim and vigor, guidance, strength and endurance. Praying that the right man is sent to their church to be their pastor. Pray for Pam, chronic knee pain.

Pray for Lisa M, salvation before she dies of a drug overdose.

Keep Jim A. in prayer, still suffering from that skull fracture.

DEEPLY ABIDING

April 23, 2021

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It is mainly through Christ-centered and Cross-centered Christians that the Spirit convicts of ”sin … righteousness… judgment”(John 16:9–11). Under true conviction of sin the stricken one will come to the Lord Jesus on His terms; all of his selfish demands and pet arguments will be instantly discarded. Now, nothing matters but that which God says in His Word. Nothing less is settled for by the convicted heart than God’s will, under God’s conditions!

  This is the disposition of the healthy convert and of the awakened believer who will make spiritual progress. As He did with Paul, the risen Lord has stopped them in their tracks, and their submissive response is, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6). It takes far more than an accommodating approach to produce this heart attitude.

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Please keep my wife Sharon in prayer, she is suffering a great deal with back pain, hopefully next week we can get an MRI and then scheduled for surgery.

Keep Steve H in prayer, health, strength, fortitude, guidance. Keep his wife Pam in prayer, healing of chronic knee pain.

Calista Burt, September surgery, 14 hour brain surgery, last two remaining tumors.

Bill and Lois, a very sweet elderly couple, facing all the stuff we all have to face as we get old. Chronic pain and early stages of dementia.

A special blessings to all the new folks that are now reading these devotions, humbling experience. And blessings on all the “old folk” that have been with us from the beginning.

THE BEST OF THE BEST

April 22, 2021

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I do not know why this is, but I am better with numbers than names. If we met on the street and you told me your name was Dave, I would probably forget it. If there were three people on the street and all three gave me their names I would still forget it. But if you told me your name was 87, I would remember, three people, 87, 23, and 52, I would remember.

Now you can improve your memory, when I was in bible college and seminary every semester I took classes in Greek. The professor told me that you were mastering Greek when you started dreaming in Greek. He was right. I could memorize verses of the bible better in Greek than in English. Weird.

Back to numbers. One fifth of the bible is prophecy. The second coming of Jesus is mentioned 318 times in the New Testament. 260 chapters in the N.T. 66 books in the bible, 66 books in the book of Isaiah. Shocker, 666 in the Greek it’s not there, scholars have 4 different numbers for the anti christ, including 666.

Odd facts, the word temple is mentioned in the bible 206 times, there are 206 bones in the human body, and we are called the temple of God. (please don’t read to much into this, I not a fan of ‘hidden’ numbers in the bible or numerology of the bible, this is just some fun stuff, it is not the Da Vinci Code).

There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Revelation ends the whole Bible on a 22nd chapter. If the patriarchs’ ages, as given in the Bible, are added up, then Abraham’s birth year was 2167 BC. From then to the death year of Jesus, 33 AD, is 2200 years precisely.

The first 5 books of the bible are called the Pentateuch, Penta means 5. The Jews considered these 5 books to be the most important part of the bible.

he Bible uses 40 to denote completion or fulfillment. It is used 146 times throughout both Testaments. It is the traditional Hebrew number for the duration of a trial of any kind, when times are hard and a person’s faith is tested. The Israelites slaved in hard bondage under the Egyptian pharaohs for 400 years, 10 times 40. God forced them to wander in the Wilderness of Sin, throughout the Sinai Peninsula, for 40 years as punishment for their “stiff-necked unbelief.” “Sin,” here, does not denote sinfulness, but the Hebrew word for the Sumerian moon god, from which “Sinai” is derived. Moses was 40 years times 3 when he died, at 120.Moses was 40 days on Mount Sinai receiving God’s Law, another 40 days on the mountain after the golden calf sin. Elijah, some 300 years later, spent 40 days on the same mountain worshiping God.There are tons of references to “40 days and 40 nights” throughout the Bible. The most notable are the 40 days and nights of rainfall that caused the Flood of Noah. During this time, the whole world flooded to a depth of some 15 feet above the tallest mountains. It took 375 days for the water to recede.Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness before being tempted by Satan. Jesus remained on Earth for 40 days after his Resurrection, appearing to the Apostles and teaching them, before ascending to Heaven. At the time of his Ascension, there were about 120 Christians on Earth, or 40 times 3.It was about 40 years from Jesus’ Ascension to the destruction of Jerusalem, in 70 AD, by the Romans.In the original Koine Greek, as recorded in the Codices Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, the oldest complete manuscripts of the New Testament (c. 200-250 AD), Jesus utters the word “fulfill” in some variation or other, precisely 40 times throughout the Gospels.

he most obvious example of 12 are the 12 tribes of Israel, mentioned many times throughout the Bible. Revelation incorporates multiple uses of 12. After the Tribulation begins, Christians will have already been Raptured to Heaven to spare them the horrors. 144,000 people, 12,000 from each tribe of Israel, will be converted to Christianity and die as martyrs under the reign of the Antichrist. The New Jerusalem, the city of Heaven, is described as having walls 144 cubits thick, symbolic of the 12 tribes and the 12 Apostles.The foundations of the walls are made of 12 precious stones. The city is foursquare, with walls 12,000 stadia, or furlongs, long, wide, and high. Stadia and furlongs are not the same length, but are close. The former equates to about 1,400 miles, the latter to about 1,500 miles. There are 3 gates in each side, for 12 total. These are made of single pearls, giving us the phrase “pearly gates.” Inside, the Tree of Life yields 12 different kinds of fruits.

Daniel is also concerned with the time of the end, and Daniel has 12 chapters. Daniel 12:12 states, “Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.” 1 plus 3 plus 3 plus 5 equals 12.

When Jesus feeds the 5,000, his Disciples pick up 12 basketfuls of leftovers afterward.

Ok, you can go on like this forever, the cool thing is a lifetime of reading the bible and you will never reach total understanding of everything. Each day it is new. You can read the whole bible through in 4 days. As many times as I have read the bible I am constantly saying ‘how did I miss this before”?

The greatest book in all the world. The bible is still the best selling book of all times. With over 10 billion printed in history. Most book lists leave off the bible because there is no way of really knowing. Up until 2020 the KJV was the best selling version of the bible, for the first time ever now the best selling version is the NIV. Although the ESV is fast catching up.

Just pick one you like and stick with it.

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DOG BONE

Christ is never called King of the Church. “The King” is indeed one of the divine titles, and the Church in her worship joins Israel in exalting “the king, eternal,
immortal, invisible.” (Psalms 10:16; 1 Timothy 1:17). But the church is to reign with Him. The Holy Spirit is now calling out, not the subjects, but the co-heirs and
co-rulers of the kingdom (2 Timothy 2:11,12; Revelation 1:6; 3:21; 5:10; Romans
8:15-18; 1 Corinthians 6:2,3)

2 Timothy 2:11-12
English Standard Version (ESV)
11 The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;

1 Corinthians 6:2
English Standard Version (ESV)
2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world?

Romans 8:15-18
English Standard Version (ESV)
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer
with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

What’s the point, accuracy in detail, language? Dr. Walter Martin of the book ‘Kingdom of the Cults’; made this great point in witnessing. You can never win a person to Jesus and salvation until you agree what words mean. Because cults use the same language as Evangelical Christians but they do not have the same
meaning. If we are engaged in dialogue in the Christian Community we have to also make sure we are defining our words. Precision, accuracy, on target, engaged
and in agreement about our words.

As we develop Christian online connections, we need to make sure of what is really being said or what our words mean. We can say we believe thus and so, but we might need to explain why or the frame of reference. This is especially important if we are going to critique someone over what they said.

That is why we so often define what salvation is and what it means and what it accomplishes and then how that defines who is a Christian and who is not.

The bible says in the last days there will be wolves, false shepherds, leading believers away from the true faith. This will be done with words. So yes, words matter, the matter a lot. Do not be afraid to ask someone what they mean when they say something.

This not only applies to god talk, religious speak, but also to everyday conversation. For example you are getting ready to go on a date with someone and you ask them how many people have they dated or slept with. The answer “a few” can mean two to three or maybe twenty three.

Words Matter

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Pray for Jordan, for four days they have trying to get this baby girl out and she is not having it. (this is their first child, so pray a little extra for them).

Pray for Bill and Lois, a godly husband and wife, getting old is getting tough. Health issues, quality of life issues, chronic pain and early dementia.

Keep pray for Caliste Burt, major brain surgery coming up in September. Last two remaining tumors.

Keep my wife Sharon in prayer, chronic back pain, will have to have an MRI and possible back surgery. She’s not real happy about it.

Keep praying for Steve H, strength, health, encouragement, the church still needs a pastor. Keep his wife Pam in prayer, chronic knee pain.