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I Chronicles 5:18-6:81
As I read through the names and particularly the genealogy of the Tribe of Levy and what family was assigned to what duty, I am reminded of what Paul wrote in his first letter to the Church at Corinth (I Corinthians 12),

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many

Acts 26:1-32
Some things I have learned from the life of Paul.

1) God has a way of stepping into your life and turning you completely around.

9 "I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the followers of Jesus of Nazareth.”(NLT)

6 Now I am on trial because I am looking forward to the fulfillment of God's promise made to our ancestors. 7 In fact, that is why the twelve tribes of Israel worship God night and day, and they share the same hope I have. Yet, O king, they say it is wrong for me to have this hope! 8 Why does it seem incredible to any of you that God can raise the dead? (NLT)

2) My beliefs will cause many to think I’m crazy.
24 Suddenly, Festus shouted, "Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!"
25 But Paul replied, "I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. I am speaking the sober truth.(NLT)

3) I will have a desire in my heart to have others become crazy just like me.
29 Paul replied, "Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains. (NLT)

[Mike I wrote the second and third things I’ve learned from Paul before I read your comments. Now ain’t that crazy!]

Psalm 6:1-10

Today is my day for parallels. David is modeling for us what godly sorrow looks like, as opposed to worldly sorrow. Godly sorrow leads to life, worldly sorrow leads to death. Godly sorrow says, “I’ve sinned and I am willing to pay the price for my deeds no matter the cost,” humbly submitting to the Mercy of God.

Worldly sorrow says, “I’m sorry I’ve sinned only ‘cause I got caught and you are suppose to forgive me ‘cause God said so and you’re a Christian.

II Corinthians 7:9-11

9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point, you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.(NIV)

Proverbs 18:20-21

I love these two verses King James Version style. Someone had a practicing scribe, aka—Calligrapher, write out this verse for me and had it framed. It’s in my office.

20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Daily it reminds me that either I have the choice to speak life to my life or death, the choice is mine.

Grace and peace,

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