Job’s righteousness

Job held onto Jesus.  He, Christ, was Job’s righteousness as Job put on the “new self”.  Footnotes in Job 29:14 point to Ephesians 4:24.  Footnotes in Job 27:5 point to Ephesians 6:14 and the breastplate of righteousness believers own as part of their armor.  This is the righteousness Job refused to deny.

Isaiah 51:9 dreaming of reality

Isaiah 51:9

Awake, awake, arm of the Lord, clothe yourself with strength! Awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old. Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces, who pierced that monster through? from the NIV at Biblegateway dot com.
I just found this verse – I was not conscious of its existence until Friday or Saturday (yesterday or the day before).  I am wondering what monster or monsters God is cutting to pieces before our eyes.  Are you watching?  I am.

Millennial church

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English: the page of the codex with text of Matthew 9:23b-10:17 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Barna’s report on Millennial (Link included at end):

First, I behave like a Millennial in many ways but I am a Baby Boomer meaning it’s not just Millennials.

Next, Millennial dependence upon the net places them in an incredibly vulnerable position.  What happens if the net is turned off?  What happens if we lose electricity long enough that our devices do not work when power is restored?  What if some of the information they seek is barricaded behind pay walls or walls built to deceive or for “peace”?

The church is not the building.  The church is the people.  Too many churches are building buildings while the people suffer.  I know people who have no electricity and/or water, can not pay their rent, and struggle to feed their children.  What is the building doing to help that part of the church?  Jesus talked about cups of cold water for the thirsty, coats for the cold, food for the hungry, justice and breaking yokes of oppression.

I, like the Millennials, want you to show me don’t tell me.

Related article:

https://www.barna.org/barna-update/millennials 

Trust (11/22/13)

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Best explanation of free will and why it is a good thing that I have run across:

Originally posted on The River Walk:

Read: Ezekiel 44:1-45:12. 1 Peter 1:1-12, Psalm 119:17-32, Proverbs 28:8-10

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9)

Aladdin

Relate: “You’re right. You aren’t just some prize to be one. You should be free to make your own choice.” That is Aladdin’s response when Jasmine tells, “Just go jump off a balcony.” After responding with that he does, literally, jump off a balcony. That is when Jasmine first sees the potential for something miraculous. He doesn’t just jump off, the magic carpet catches him. After reappearing just above the balcony Aladdin offers her a ride. When she shows a bit of hesitation he holds out his hand and asks, “Do you trust me?”

At that moment…

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baby miracles

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KJV of 1611 (Psalms 23:1,2): Occurrence of “L ORD ” (and “God” in the heading) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1982, after our first son was born I had an IUD implanted.  Less than 18 months later, I realized I might be having miscarriages.  On the way to a woman’s retreat, I confessed my feelings to some friends.  One lady spoke up and asked, “What are you going to do about it?!”  I realized I could do something and when we got back home I called the doctor as soon as I could, I knew I was pregnant.

When I saw Dr. C, the OB/GYN, he and I argued over whether or not I could be pregnant.  His thinking was that the CU-7 would prevent any pregnancy so it was impossible.  I finally told him that I wasn’t leaving until he did a pregnancy test.  He relented and after a long wait for the lab, came back and said I was right.  Then he said, “We have to get that thing out of there!”  He did not know whether the baby would survive the IUD removal and was honest with me.  I asked him when I should come back if the baby lived.

Two weeks later, I called the doctor back and made an  appointment.  The baby lived.

Fast forward to 7 or 8 months, I am big with child.  A man knocked me to the dairy barn floor and began beating and kicking me with his steel toed milk boots.  I began praying as I curled around my belly as best I could to protect the baby.  Some time later,  I walked to the house.  I could not stand up straight for the cramps.  When I went to the bathroom there was spotting.  I laid in the bed and stayed there all the next day praying.  Someone came to the door and when I didn’t answer, they came to the bedroom window to see if I was still alive.  They asked me if I could get up and I said, “I think I better not.”  The baby lived.

Fast forward.  My husband woke me up, told me that I had been moaning in my sleep for some time, and that we should probably get to the hospital 30 miles or so away.  As soon as we got there, they put a fetal heart monitor on the baby.  I had learned how to read one when one of the older two came so I asked the nurse to show me how this one worked and she did, then she left.  That training came from the Lord, I know because the very next contraction came and as I watched the monitor I saw my baby’s heart rate fall to 5.  That’s 5 beats a minute.  When it recovered, it only went back up to about 15.  I punched the nurse call button and told her what I saw.  She returned and watched through one more contraction.  Then it was code blue.  The doctor flew in with some orderlies and they tried moving the cord by flipping me back and forth.  It didn’t work.  They tried a couple of other things and then we all flew down the hall to surgery.  I had an emergency caesarean.

I remember getting to see the baby as he was wheeled one way and I another.  His APGAR was a 2.  Later, the pediatrician – Dr. E C, came to see me.  He gently explained that lack of oxygen causes brain death and that while the baby was alive, we would not know how brain damaged he was until he was older.  I told the doctor all that had happened and said, “I’m going to keep praying.”  Dr. C (Ped) said he would, too, and that he would come back in the morning and try the test again.

I remembered from television shows that when people face bleak circumstances they get a Bible and read the 24th Psalm (at least that’s what I thought!).  I also remembered that hospitals also have Gideon Bibles, so I asked the nurse to look in the drawers I could not reach until she found the Bible.  I opened it and quickly learned I had the address wrong but no matter.  I began reading and praying: ” yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for Your rod and Your staff they comfort me” and so much more.  I did not understand how they were supposed to be a comfort, but I did believe God does not bring us a little of the way to let go.

The next day, Dr. C (Ped) returned and almost jumped into my room!  “The baby’s APGAR is an 8!”

That baby is now a young man, alive and well as we speak.  His last IQ test measured at 138.

I was actually looking for the 23rd Psalm.

This discovery is so versatile

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archaeology dig

Originally posted on Walbrook Discovery Programme:

Get your popcorn and pull up a comfy chair – it’s video time! This montage (if it’s good enough for Rocky, it is good enough for us) shows the process of uncovering a Roman drain. But not just any roman drain, this was a particularly fine example made of tile.

The drain was truncated (partially removed) by a later stone wall, and when it was initially uncovered clean water was still flowing through it! Ok, it’s highly unlikely it was water that flowed during the Roman period, and more likely to be ground water seeping in today further along the drain, but it was still pretty exciting. The part we uncovered was completely water tight. The tiles were surrounded by a clean clay packing. Inside the drain, stuck to the underside of the tiles, was a bright orange deposit. This was formed from the minerals inside the fabric of the…

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law or grace?

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The Three Crosses, etching by Rembrandt, 1653, State III of IV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul writes about this issue.  Galatians 2 and 3.  You foolish Galatians!  Who has bewitched you? [I am letting the Word speak to me.]  The law was our custodian guardian or trustee until Christ.  Christ set us free.  The law showed me I could not obtain Heaven by following its commands.  I need and needed Christ’s sacrifice.

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It doesn’t matter (11/15/13)

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From Two Rivers

Originally posted on The River Walk:

Read: Ezekiel 31:1-32:32, Hebrews 12:14-29, Psalm 113:1-114:8, Proverbs 27:18-20

For our God is a devouring fire. (Hebrews 12:29)

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Relate: What did you do yesterday? When you got up in the morning, how long did it take you to get ready? What did you have for breakfast? Did you even have one? How long does it take you to get to work? What do you drive? What did you listen to on the radio? Where do you work? What do you do? Who did you chat with on facebook when you were supposed to be working? Over lunch break, did you hang out with others? What did you talk about? Where did you go after work? Did you watch any TV? What shows? Did you play any games? Watch any movies? Did you have a snack? Around what time did you head to bed?

Obviously, not all these questions apply to every one, but…

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