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I lost the greatest grandad that ever lived this past February 21st...

A HUGE THEME in his life is what Mike touched on concerning our Psalm today...

He used to say, "Johnny GOD takes care of HIS children"... and he lived like he meant it... And GOD did take care of him...

He lived till 89...and died in his sleep...

Folks GOD takes care of his own... In case you didn't have the Blessing like I did of a grandad that could tell you that... I'm telling you that today...




What an awesome opportunity to live in Jerusalem with the newly rebuilt Temple?

In our individualistic society in America, I wonder if the “community spirit of God’s people” is being lost.


I Corinthians 10 (NKJV)
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?
Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.
Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

It is so easy to get distracted and not have our hearts really fixed on worshipping God. We cannot worship things of the world in secret and worship God at the same time.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Jesus Christ, Matthew, chapter 5

Psalm 34 (NKJV)
Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

I really need to cultivate the fear of the Lord more in my life. I can only do this as I set aside time individually, and with the local fellowship of God’s people.


Mike, you & others seem to get hung up on "it's all about church" & it's not - it's all about Him & the people (His Church) & that may not be the institution of church. I am not in church now & I am not out of His will - He will bring me into the place/church/people when it is His time.

I would rather be at His feet & being intimate with Him rather than be in "church" as you call it. I have been in church at least half of my life & many of the prophets were not in "church" as you call it.

There are some of us that bloom in the desert & minister in the marketplace (that's our church). I have seen this throughout most of your posting on the Blog & it is okay, but don't try to put us all in the same box/church. God works in mysterious ways & His ways are not our ways & His thoughts not our thoughts - remember we have these finite minds (I pray daily to have the mind of Christ) & be able to discern with His heart.

The Bride is the Church of Jesus Christ & there will be many at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb that are/were not in "church" as you see it. Perhaps the Western world has too many "churches" for its own good - causes too much division in the Body of Christ/The Bride/The Church. Never forget that were two or more are gathered in His Name-there He is in the midst of them - CHURCH!


1Cor 10:1-13


Without getting into a point-by-point comparison, Paul is reminding Corinthians that the Exodus is a similitude, example, or "type" of their own lives.

Jewish people were freed from Egyptian bondage, Christian Corinthians were freed from the bondage of sin. God had provided blessings and provisions to His people in both cases.

I believe Bob Deffingbaugh is correct. The main issue here is SELF-INDULGENCE. After all God did for the Jewish people and the Christian Corinthians they ended up (quite often) doing what they wanted when they wanted, and at least in the case of Corinthians rationalized it with their own (human) wisdom.

What both did was desire to satisfy their human "cravings" - the parallels with Corinthian's cravings should have been scary to the Christians of Corinth.
1Cor10:11 "These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come." NIV

"examples: GK. "tupos" - in an ethical sense, a dissuasive (persuasive) example, a pattern of warning

"warnings" (or admonition): Gk. "nouthesia" Mild, kind, yet earnest reproof

I think it is important to note here that Paul's use of this example was given in Christian "love", not blasting people out of their seats. Paul was serious, and he was criticizing (reprimanding)the Corinthians behavior, but it was done out of "love".
In the end it is given to the Corinthians for reflection and discernment. At best, their present course of self-indulgence will end up being punished here on earth like the people of the Exodus. God will move to correct their behavior or extinguish it.

At worst, and they need to seriously consider this, are they really SAVED? Are they really "one with Christ"? The pattern of continual self-indulgence, continual sinning - not producing the fruit that a Christian should in our regenerated state, sends up all kinds of "red flags".
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." NIV

One of the first verses I ever memorized. With 48 years (pre-salvation) of "fleshly" baggage and rebellion against God, temptations often came to my mind.

Johnb is right in his post. When you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, and yield to God by presenting yourself as a "living sacrifice" - GOD PROVIDES.

I find now that all I have to do is lift my mind and heart to God, and "the way out is provided" and I can bear the temptation and not turn it into sin.

What does this look like? For me, it is simply the act of physically raising my eyes heavenward, asking for his help, and concentrating on a verse or the reading of the day on OYB. I find that when I "fall" or "sin" - the above was not done.


I can totally relate to what you are saying in your post.

After a year of being a Christian, I left the assembly of God's people (church where I declared Christ). It was a wonderful place to worship, but something was missing. It was in another town, so just made the excuse that I was going to find a church in my town.

For eight weeks I did not search for a church. Stayed at home nights and weekends just studying the Bible. Ministered to others when the opportunity presented itself. Felt great - did not feel I needed an assembly of people to worship God and carry out His will.

Then I ran across:
Heb 10:25 "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." NIV

This hit me kind of hard. So went out looking and after visiting seven different churches, was really disappointed. Finally found a place I was comfortable with that taught the Bible (expository preaching), but it was not perfect.

After officially joining, I remember telling each of the staff -" I am not here because I want to be, but because I felt God wants us to be in assembly with other Christians." Actually remember one pastor "rolling his eyes" at that comment.

What I found was that the Sunday worship was not so important - you can do that on your own or with a small group. It was the love, encouragement, and building up of each other that was (and is) soooo important.

[Note: not all members of my church are this way, but I was surprised at the number of people who did purpose to encourage and edify other Christians.]

I pray that in God's time and through His Will you will find an assembly of God's people (could be a home church) that will provide you with that atmosphere of love, encouragement, and edification. A place where you can do the same - as we are all One in Christ.
Was thinking about prophets and expanded it to John the Baptist and Jesus.

I think that all of them had an "assembly" (of some number) around them. We have read so far about Elijah and Elisha when at their home base often assemble with other prophets for teaching and (I assume) worship.

John the Baptist had his "assembly" (followers), as per Gospel of John.

Jesus faithfully attended the commanded feast days of Israel at the temple in Jerusalem, and when he was ministering had his "assembly" (followers)- the apostles and disciples.

Am not sure that there is an example of "someone" going it on their own. Of course this precludes extended times of prayer (in solitude), extended mission trips (Paul rarely went alone), and cases of traveling.

John, I am not alone, nor do I forsake the assembling of myself with other Christians - I just don't go to the institutional "church" as most people think of it.

I'm sure that all of God's prophets have someone but not a whole lot - followers are not always relational like the 12 & then there were a few of the 12 that were on the "tighter inner circle" with Christ.

I just found an old friend the other night as I was purusing aircraft in a county next to mine & contacted him. We attended a sister church here in OKC/Calvary Chapel back in the 70's & we both had never discussed flying - but here we are both pilots (he owns aircraft - I don't).

He & his family are involved in a very small fellowship that I'm going to visit before the month is up - so we shall see what God does. Home church would be great also - I actually used to have home church/fellowship in my apartment under the umbrella of the mega church I attended several years ago & it was wonderful.

I belelive that Christ wants us to put Him first & all other things will fall into place as He desires & directs our steps - it's all about Him & not us; He takes very very good care of His sheep & I am one.


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