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RE:singing to God....
Last weekend I went for a retreat at mt Sinaia(mountains named after mt Sinai in Romania)and was so awed by the scenary that I began to sing out "How great thou art"...it was pretty cold there so I came back with a sore throat but it was really one of the best worship experiences in my life..singing with all of my heart cos no one except God was around to hear...
A thought came to me this morning even before I got to read today's scriptures...I kept pondering on the Reubenites,the Gadites and that half tribe of Manassah..God had promised the land AFTER the crossing of the Jordan,Moses tried to talk God into letting him cross the Jordan to get to the land...but these other people preffered to not go to the promised land...Well,I don't mean to offend anyone...just thinking aloud...There are Christians who love God,believe in Jesus even the Holy Spirit but draw the line at the gifts of the Holy Spirit...well,if Jesus baptised us with the Holy Spirit...he lives in us yet we refuse to receive his gifts.My pastor was excommunicated from his church because he spoke in other tongues and the church didn't believe in that...there are "believers" who don't believe in casting out demons(even though scriptures approve)...We have the Holy Spirit...yet refuse to use the gifts He gives....kinda like those tribes belonging to God,fighting with the rest of Israel yet having no portion of the land promised because they thought they got a better deal on the east of Jordan...
Just a thought,I may be wrong and I sure am open to corrections.
God bless you all

Mike,
I did something impulsively and I hope I didn't offend anyone.On the 22nd there was a lady who's not a christian but is doing a reseach on the bible....she keeps saying that she doesn't want to annoy anyone with her questions,I told her to join us and that I was sure nobody would mind....I spoke in the name of everyone on the blog impulsively without thinking...sorry..:((esp Mike cos it's his blog....:((

1.) I think the ''gifts'' like speaking in tongues and casting out demons can still be very subjective. Church cannot make it the policy of whole congregation. In Deutronomy God is asking people to fight for the material gift of Land... And later he commands Joshua to take over land and promises to be with his army. And Joshua did make the most of it!!!

But ''gifts' of casting out demons etc. are vague. We cannot pinpoint them. So, they got to remain personal lest we are overwhelmed with individuals who claim to have gifts like speaking in tongues etc.

2.) About inviting that lady. Well, she will be wise enough not to blast everything in the Bible.. Anyways, we all are students of the word over here. So, I see no difference if a non- believer wants to study Bible and find out more..

Hi Emberglow,

On 22 March I commented on an incident in Luke 4:

33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 "Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"

35 "Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

What is vague about this? It seems pretty straightforward and clear cut to me?

Grace and peace,
Andrew B

It is also interesting that Jesus gave the authority to his disciples to cast out demons. I know that stuff.Yes, but we can't risk in this modern day to recognize demon casters or exorcists in churches all over the world. It would be too much if all over the world there arise demon bashers and Benny Hinns. YAWN~~~~

I think Christians can do more to relieve this suffering world of drug addictions, poverty,hunger, crime, domestic abuse, child sexual abuses. They are the real demons.

“But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Truly, we can only find God if we fully believe in Him, if we look deeply into our hearts and give Him our unconditional acceptance and love just as Jesus has---no if's and but's.

Sorry---the last one is from me.

Contradictions in Bible?

Not long ago, someone posted a comment ( I think it was John) that there are no contradictions in Bible. I am posting a couple from a website. It would be nice if someone takes the time to study them..

God be seen?
Exod. 24:9,10; Amos 9:1; Gen. 26:2; and John 14:9
God CAN be seen:
"And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my backparts." (Ex. 33:23)
"And the Lord spake to Moses face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend." (Ex. 33:11)
"For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." (Gen. 32:30)

God CANNOT be seen:
"No man hath seen God at any time." (John 1:18)
"And he said, Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me and live." (Ex. 33:20)
"Whom no man hath seen nor can see." (1 Tim. 6:16)


Jesus' last words
Matt.27:46,50: "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" ...Jesus, when he cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost."

Luke23:46: "And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, "Father, unto thy hands I commend my spirit:" and having said thus, he gave up the ghost."

John19:30: "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished:" and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."


Tempts?
"And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham." (Gen 22:1)

"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man." (James 1:13)

Emberglow,

You know what would be better than "someone" researching the supposed contradictions, you researching them. Just be sure that you look up the Greek and Hebrew words behind the English Translation, than begin a WEB site that addresses your concerns.

I have been in this "walk" too long to not recognize when someone throws in something to be a distraction and not something that edifies the group. This is a site that encourages people to read through the Bible in one year. If you think, and fully believe the Bible is full of contradictions, why are you here?

Are you implying that only you have the wisdom and insight to lead us on this journey? Maybe someone will take you up on your suggestion; however, maybe you need to do it off-line e-mail to e-mail.

You know we all find what we are looking for what ever that may be. What we see with our eyes and hear with our ears is colored or filtered by the content of our hearts

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Deuteronomy 4:1-49

2 Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you from the LORD your God. Just obey them. (NLT)

“Just obey them,” a simple sentence but a powerful Word from God. I believe we like to add or take away from God’s commands to better understand in our minds, why God is asking us to adhere to a specific code of conduct and it is in our explanations of “why” where we get messed up. Funny thing about understanding, at least with God, I find that understanding comes as I just do what God tells me to do. It may not come right away, but understanding, by way of revelation and or study, does come as we mature.

That concept is not hard to understand when we think about why we send our children to school. They do not go into the first grade with a full understanding of E=MC2, a mathematical formula of energy, a formula language founded on 1 + 1 = 2. However, if one decides to go into physics, the simple arithmetic basic will come into play. My son, a stress analyst for Boeing’s new 787 plane, works with numbers and formulas all the time, which I don’t understand; however, he has taken the time to study the math and physics behind the “why,” and I haven’t. That doesn’t’ mean the laws of aerodynamics will work for him but not for me because I don’t understand the laws. Yes, “Just obey them,” is a powerful sentence.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I heard the first American constitutions were built on Godly principles...anyone who wondered why the american economy was booming...the american dollar has on it "in God we trust"!!American missionaries are everywhere...I pray that God doesn't forget the labour of love of the americans and that He restores their trust in God...and God alone....

Sorry if it was upsetting. Yes, I would wish to have a dialogue through emails. But it is important to bring stuff up sometimes (by someone who does believe in God) or at a later stage someone could strike you down at a critical juncture in life and you may not be ready for it.

''Just Obey them'' is definitly a very powerful sentence that is also the motivation as well as justification behind Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Islam, Communism, Nazism and the list goes on.....

So, yeah, I would try not to repeat material like that in future. But I would sure feel very very dishonest towards you all. But maybe I can make up for that in email discussions...

Sorry to interrupt again. As for the ''In God we Trust'' on the American Dollar. Many Christians also mention that Dollar bill also contains a Prominent Freemason symbol of a Triangle and an all seeing eye within it. Thus claiming that it is Satanic. Sometimes, it becomes hard to conclude when so many conclusions exist.

Emberglow,

Perhaps a nice compromise, would be if someone sees a problem with consistency in that day's reading - than it would be appropriate to ask for clarification. If one is behind in readings, then certainly something within a reasonable time frome can be brought up.

I believe Cory, Dwayne, Anka, and Andrew B. among others have done this in the past, and it seems to work out O.K.

To me - it is a blog. If the comment is pertinent to the day's reading then I say - fire away. I don't see how blog comments should keep people from doing the daily readings - if that is why they signed up.

If a reader gets irritated by a poster, then first I would say - examine why you are irritated. If it continues as a source of irritation, then it is pretty easy to scan the list of posts and choose not to read those comments from the "irritant".

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I would be remiss if I did not point out, that 'Just obey them' is vastly different when it comes from God versus the list you made in post. The same God that had proven himself over and over to the Israelite nation.

You are right that the populace has fallen for "man-made" dictates way too often throughout History. They have also fallen for "religious dictates" that seem to fill a void or need.

But these man-made/religious dictates should never be confused with the Authority and the "Word" of God.

Emberglow,

I don't see why you can't raise or share your researched contradictions regarding the bible. As far as I'm concerned, it's part of reading and studying the bible together. The seeming contradictions do not the least lessen my faith...
Part of the reason why people get so turned off by "experts of the bible"
is their inability to tolerate others that contradict them.

Just a Thank You Mike. Thanks for the inspiration to continue with the daily readings. I have kept up for the first time in my life. God knows I've tried to do this many times before. I know there is a long way to go, but I've never made it this far before. I'm sure the layout, Old, New Testament and Psalms, Proverbs has really helped to continue the move forward.
Thanks, Again

Gary

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