February 10 – Scripture of the Day

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In today’s reading there were many more instructions that God gave Moses. They included:

  • Dedication of the Priests
  • Plans for the Incense Alter
  • Money for the Tabernacle
  • Plans for the Washbasin
  • The Anointing Oil
  • The Incense
  • The Craftsmen
  • Instructions for the Sabbath

But the verses that stood out to me today were Exodus 29:45-46. It is here that God tells Moses why he is giving him all these instructions we read of in the last 10 or so chapters. It reads: “Then I will live among the people of Israel and be their God, and they will know that I am the Lord their God. I am the one who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could live among them. I am the Lord their God.”

So much of what God did and does…from the Creation to his saving work in Jesus…is so he can have relationship with us.

God is willing to do all that to have this relationship.

What are we willing to do?

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Today’s reading: Exodus 29:1-31:18
Tomorrow’s reading: Exodus 32:1-34:35

January 13 – Scripture of the Day

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Honestly, not much jumped out at me today in the reading. I chose Genesis 36:1 which says: This is the account of the descendants of Esau (also known as Edom).

I chose it because its representative of most of the reading today. Pretty much all the reading was an account, or record of, family history. It was genealogy. Not the most exciting reading.

But what it did bring do, was give me an excellent reminder about family.

After our relationship with God, there is nothing in this world more important than the relationships we have with family.

No, those relationships aren’t always easy.

Sometimes they cause frustration, anger, hurt, grief and anxiety, among other emotions.

But they also should be the most important and fulfilling relationships we have on Earth.

In our family relationships we have the greatest opportunity to learn, love, forgive and sacrifice.

To model Jesus’ love to the world.

And that is a good reminder, even if the reading was a bit boring.

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Today’s reading: Genesis 36:1-43; 1 Chronicles 1:35-2:2
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 37:1-36; 38:1-30; 1 Chronicles 2:3-8; Genesis 39:1-23

Weekend Reads

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Ever hear that the brown truck UPS drivers only make right-hand turns?  Well, turns out it’s mostly true.  Read that and 18 other interesting UPS secrets.

My wife doesn’t have this problem (he, he) but for those of you married to an imperfect spouse, this article  is a pretty good read.

We probably don’t think about sleeping as much as we should.  Here’s an interesting take on sleep.

No, 50% or marriages DO NOT end in divorce.  Divorce rates are actually down over the last 2 decades.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still concerns.

Reuters news service showcases their top photos of 2014.  Warning:  a few of the images are graphic, showing some of the hate and violence in this world.

Sorry for some of the mildly inappropriate language, but I found this Santa Claus ecard to be really funny.

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Let’s Pimp Out our Teen and Pre-Teen Daughters

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Yesterday was one of those days I about lost my mind. I seriously do not understand what is wrong with our culture and society.

I did something yesterday I don’t often do; I went to do a little bit of shopping. You know, pre-Christmas sales, etc.

And what I saw flabbergasted me.

A section…….. an entire section………. of lingerie.

FOR TEENS. And PRE-TEENS.

I’ve got to hand it to the marketers and advertisers: even the name is well conceived (no pun intended). Flirtitude.

Look at some of this stuff in the photos below. Sexy, seductive, alluring….you choose the words. Bras, panties, THONGS.

FOR TEENS and PRE-TEENS. Did I mention that part?

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The Biblical concept of modesty is often associated with how people (mostly women) dress, and sex, and how those two things are related.  But Biblical modesty is actually about all matters of our behavior: our dress, our language, how we treat one another, our money and so forth.

In a really good article about this topic, Rachel Held Evans wrote, “Ours is indeed a culture that tends to assign value to a woman based on her sex appeal rather than her character, and that’s something we must work to change.” And she’s 100% right.

Now, even if you don’t buy into the Biblical concept of modesty; even if you aren’t a Christian; even if you don’t believe in God at all, we should all recognize the impact this has.

It’s about SEX.  And LUST.

Because when just about any male looks at the photo in the advertisement, or the bras, or the thongs, the response is as quick as it is predictable: SEX.

It encourages men to look at women, and in this case, young GIRLS, as SEX OBJECTS.

Not to value them.

Not to truly love them.

But to conquer them. To attain them, briefly, for a single, selfish purpose.

And if that isn’t bad enough, what do these messages say to our daughters?

  • Your worth is defined by SEX.
  • Your purpose is primarily SEX.
  • You should dress in ways that promotes thoughts of SEX.
  • You should act in ways that promote thoughts of SEX.
  • You are first and foremost about SEX.

I seriously do not understand parents…. FATHERS…. who buy these articles of “clothing” for their daughters. Who allow their daughters to wear such things?

What is the matter with you? Seriously, what is the matter with you?

Because if these are the things you’re are buying for your daughter, or allowing, encouraging or helping them wear, than I can really only come to one conclusion: You are — either consciously, or with your head buried in the sand — pimping out your TEEN or PRE-TEEN.

Is that the value we put on our girls?

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Scripture link:  1 Peter 5:5
Photo credit: Pixabay.com and NOTaTypicalPastor.com

 

Fight FOR Each Other

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Recently, I attended an event with singer and songwriter Warren Barfield, who wrote the song “Love is Not a Fight” that was in the movie Fireproof.

He told a very funny story about a fight that he and his wife had early in their marriage. It had to do with pretzels and a clean floor. Anyway, the point he made was that we need to fight FOR our spouse, not AGAINST our spouse. He and his wife were fighting against each other, not for each other. It almost ended their marriage.

How many of us do the same thing?

Most of us? All of us? Probably.

I know, its hard. Relationships of all kinds are difficult.

Marriage is really, really difficult.

REALLY difficult.

Pastor Tim Keller in the book “The Meaning of Marriage” says that marriage doesn’t create our character flaws, it exposes them. It’s like a magnifying glass; issues that were hard to see are now big as life and right in front of us. For ALL of us.

In the Gospel of Mark there is a passage where Jesus is teaching about marriage. In chapter 10:9, Jesus says regarding marriage, “… let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

Let NO ONE split apart what God has joined together.

Often in this context we think that OTHERS shouldn’t break apart our marriages. And that’s certainly true.

But WE are also a part of “no one”!!!!   WE cannot and should not do this to ourselves. We cannot and should not do this to our marriages!

Husbands and wives are supposed to be each other’s greatest champion, defender and confidant.

We should be best pals.

We should be an unbreakable team.

It’s us verses the world.

I’ve got her back and she’s got mine.

We should not only be helping each other with mundane, day-to-day parts of life, but also helping each other with becoming better people, more like Christ!   Encouraging and helping each other to live Holy lives.

This is what we are called to do in marriage.  But we cant do that if we’re fighting against each other.

WE must fight FOR our spouses, not AGAINST our spouses.
Scripture link:  Mark 10:9
Photo credit:  Pixabay.com