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It is undeniable that we are spiritual human beings, it is part of who we are which includes the physical, intellectual/cognitive, social, emotional, moral, spiritual. To deny the spiritual side of us is to deny ourselves as true human beings. It is the spiritual aspect of ourselves that pushes us to connect with the Supreme
Being, with Someone greater than ourselves---spirit to Spirit...

"Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person's lips bring satisfaction." Prov. 18

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19

I Chronicles 5 (NKJV) – The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh

verse 20
...He [i.e., God] heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him.

I Chronicles 5 (NKJV) – The children of the half-tribe of Manasseh

verse 25
And they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers, and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.

Acts 26 (NKJV)
So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,
to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’

Psalm 6 (NKJV)
Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!

Proverbs 18 (NKJV)
A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been APPROVED, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

HEBREW: Dokimos dok'-ee-mos

“In the ancient world there was no banking system as we know it today, and no paper money. All money was made from metal, heated until liquid, poured into moulds and allowed to cool. When the coins were cooled, it was necessary to smooth off the uneven edges.”

“The coins were comparatively soft and of course many people shaved them closely. In one century, more than eighty laws were passed in Athens, to stop the practice of shaving down the coins then in circulation.”

“But some money changers were men of integrity, who would accept no counterfeit money. They were men of honour who put only genuine full weighted money into circulation. Such men were called ‘dokimos’ or ‘approved’.” Donald Barnhouse

SECOND NOTE: The substance within me depends on my response to God in the circumstances of my life [i.e., true substance of solid, real, and eternal faith OR… false substance of undependable, uncertain, and fleeting unbelief]

Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus

1. having a consistency that does not easily yield to pressure
2. not showing weakness or uncertainty
3. worthy of one's trust

In the spiritual allegory "The Great Divorce", C.S. Lewis uses the phrase the "grey town" as a depiction of hell which is depicted as a grim and joyless City and the people in hell are ghosts.

Heaven and righteousness as gift from heaven are always solid and trustworthy.
Hell and unrighteousness as sent from hell are always unstable and untrustworthy.

Heaven is very real, and so is hell.

What is in heaven and hell will last for eternity—true substance of life in heaven arising out of God’s love as root for our eternal love for Him,
“losing our soul” in hell which means eternal separation from God with our beings under eternal judgment.

We can become completely trustworthy (we can trust the Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit) or we can become untrustworthy by trusting in that which is not trustworthy.

It is my choice, my response to reality now in this present moment on earth, that determines who I will become and where I will spend eternity. God gives me freedom to choose. He does not determine our choices.

Yet, He will speak to each of us individually in many ways through every means possible the reality of the choice between life and death—and He is speaking to us now in this moment to choose life.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

James 2:11
Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.


1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81

The phrase, “The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari” is repeated twice in the 6th chapter. The first time in verse one and the second time in verse 16. I’m wondering if God is trying to tell us something in His repeating of who the sons of Levi are. As the tribe appointed to minister in the Tabernacle/Temple and to God, I’m wondering if He is emphasizing who is to lead the church. Maybe I’m focused on that because I am aware that almost every Tom, Dick and Harry, as well as Sally, Jane and Sue want to run the church. A lot of people want to be Large and In-Charge when it comes to the things of God. Hmmm.

Grace and peace,



Like many others no doubt, I found listening to the long-winded genealogies quite difficult to keep focus on, but one thing did stand out and that's that only one child (presumably the son) was ever mentioned to each father, and I just thought about the lineage of all the other members of each of those families, and where did their offspring end up? I also have to presume that these particular lineages are important not just for history's sake, but as much for the future presentation of the Messiah - but not at all sure of that. I wonder too if the people of that time kept records (as we do now) of ALL genealogies of that time. Just interesting. :)

On a slightly more personal note:

Mike said: "I do think we need to allow ourselves to get fully broken before God before we get fully healed."

You'll never know how much your note hit me Mike and what timing as I'm currently being walked by the Lord to my (hopeful) future healing of some longterm quite serious illnesses. When I recently went forward for healing prayers at my own church service for the purpose, I was shocked (literally & physically!) to find myself not once request physical healing - instead I ended up blurbing out tons of stuff totally unconnected and going back to hurts from my teens, crying so hard for so long, that they had to move me out of the church to close it and let me have time to recover. Took me HOURS to recover after I got home, and horrendous as that night felt, I knew it was the start of something new, as for the first time ever I fully and totally relinquished control of this one area I'd always known I was holding on to myself. Only now, do I have the confidence to trust Him alone for my future and know it will be so much better than the last 10 years have! So just know your words are also of tremendous impact and value Mike - God absolutely is using you not only in my life, but no doubt in everyone else who visits this site. :) God bless, Romayne

King Agrippa and Bernice

Agrippa never once disagreed or interrupted Paul's speech. Paul addressed him several times during his testimony. In the end, it seems Agrippa gives a deflection. A non-answer.

"Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?"

Focus on the Family did a survey a couple of years back and new Christians claimed on average to be approached with the gospel, in some form, by 25+ people before accepting Christ.

My guess is that it was at salvation that the people were searching - when their hearts were soft. So rather than a number of people, it is the attitude of the heart that is vital.

Perhaps Agrippa's heart was not soft - that this encounter was just part of the process to get Paul to Rome.

Perhaps in Agrippa's mind - the wealth, the associations with Rome, the power were too much to even consider giving up.

Luke 9:25
"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?" NIV

Certainly one of the things Agrippa would have to give up would be his wife. Not to mention the verbal scorn Agrippa would possibly receive from Bernice.

Bernice, from the Greek name meaning victorious, was the eldest daughter of Agrippa I, the Herod Agrippa who was killed by an angel in Acts 12:21-23 (see The Herods). After the early death of her first husband (according to the historian Flavius Josephus, his name was Marcus), she married her uncle, King Herod of Chalcis. After his death in approximately 40 AD, she began another incestuous relationship, this time with her brother, Agrippa II. It was before that brother/sister/husband/wife couple that the apostle Paul made his defense at Caesarea. Bernice was later briefly married to King Ptolemy of Sicily, before returning to her brother. She thereafter also became the mistress of the emperors Vespasian and Titus

she lived in incestuous connection with her brother Agrippa II. (Acts 25:13, 23; 26:30). They joined the Romans at the outbreak of the final war between them and the Jews, and lived afterwards at Rome

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