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I Kings 22:1-53

Mike you put a hard question out to all your readers.
>>Do we sometimes maybe even decide to attend a particular church because it tells us basically what we want to hear? It keeps us in our comfortable place... we get yes-messages...>>

When we surround ourselves with things and people who will give us yeses, we are truly insecure people afraid to be challenged. I believe we desire “Yes” folks because deep down in our hearts we know we are wrong, wrong, wrong. Although we haven’t gotten to the book yet, Job, there is a statement made by Job that always rehearses in my memory. He states in Ramona’s paraphrase, “We all know truth when we hear it.”

11 Does not the ear test words
as the tongue tastes food? (Job 12:11)

Ahab knew the truth because when the true prophet, Micaiah, repeated the “good” news all the other four-hundred prophets voiced, Ahab told him to tell the truth! I wonder if we believe that “calling those things that be not as thou they were” (Romans 4:17) is man’s domain when the text says that it is God that calls things that are not as thou they were. We are a people given to self-deception and that deception has nothing to do with the devil but has everything to do with us trying to be our own gods. If we call something over and over again to be truth it will come to pass …NOT!

Acts 13:16-41
Speaking of Truth, Paul preaches a message of Truth in Antioch of Pisidia. The problem with truth is that no matter how you put it, sugar coat it, spoon feed it, it is always confrontational. When we are confronted with truth, we may block it out without giving honest thought to what is being said. In his message to those in the Synagogue, Paul holds a mirror up to the congregation and shows them what they look like.

Now there is something tricky about mirrors, they really don’t show what we look like to others they show what we look like to ourselves thus it is not a true reflection. A co-worker in my school has a small company called “True Mirror.” The mirrors made by this establishment have two pieces of glass or mirrors set at 90° angels to each other. When you see yourself in the mirror for the first time most don’t recognize themselves. Instead of having a opposite reflection looking back at you, you see what everyone else sees. If you raise your right hand, the left hand in the mirror doesn’t go up, the right hand goes up it is startling and there are a none to few people who walk away in disgust and never look at the mirror again.

I think that is how we are when truth is presented to us, especially the truth about ourselves. Like the “True Mirror” most walk away in disgust shaken up by what they see never to look in the mirror again.

Psalm 138:1-8
1 I give you thanks, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will sing your praises before the gods.

The Psalmist has decided to sing the True praises of God before all pretenders. Now if you want some conflict talk of God before all those things and people vying for the Throne of God.

Proverbs 17:17-18

I saw something in the seventh verse that I’ve never seen before. A friend, a true friend is never known until adversity comes into your life and that person remains a friend. I’ve heard it said that we should only be able to count friends, true friends on one hand. Now if one of those fingers represents Jesus, then we that leaves four if you count the thumb as being a finger. If not, well …

A friend is someone who knows everything about you and still likes you… and that friend is Jesus.

Jesus is a friend that loves you just the way you are; but He loves you too much to let you stay the way you are.

Grace and peace,

I like how you paraphrased yourself for what was in the Word, Ramona! love hearing your thoughts and will miss that when I start back to school.. (usually pressed for time by then)

11:10am EST June 20, 22
Can't believe 1 Kings is done and 2 Kings begins tomorrow!! woohoo!
3 years -no war between Aram & Israel. I pointed that out, because in the Bible, it is unusual to have peace if but for one year, let alone 3 years when talking kingdoms.

The story begins with 2 characters: King(s) Jehosophat, Israel which was: Ahab
Ahab is discouraged that the land of Ramoth-Gilead has not been surrendered and besieged. After all, Ahab says it belonged to him and his territory. Ahab wanted Jehosophat to team up and conquer it. Jehosophat in his wisdom said let's beseech the Lord first and get his counsel. I like that! So Ahab got his 400 "yes" men to come and tell him what he wanted to hear! Yes, go conquer you will receive victory. Jehosophat though felt that there had to be a definite man of "God" left a wise counsel to tell them the truth. Of course Ahab said, yes there is one: Macaiah son of Imlah, but I hate him, he always gives bad news! (that sounds familiar..Ahab never liked Gods prophets words of wisdom) these didn't line up with King Ahab. What I wonder though is where is Elijah and Elishah?? Oh well. Jehosophat rather rebuked Ahabs words and was like..oh no! we should never refuse counsel good or bad from a Godly prophet of the Lord. Anyway.. the ruling was the demise of Ahab's reign.. (again.. where is Jezebel?) Anyway..even with Ahab disguising himself, he got hit by an arrow and bled out propped up by evening.. dogs did what was prophesied by Elijah..sad.

Acts: 13:16-41
Paul-Speaking at Antioch..to Jews and Gentiles. Paul showed that God had a place for all who believed-shared the promises from Genesis on up through Saul (1/2nd Sam) and how God was raising one up who would never die or rot, and that was Jesus.

Psalm 138:1-8
Psalm of David
Everything in all the earth will thank u Lord-all will hear your words, They will sing the Lords ways.

Proverbs 17:17-18
A friend is always loyal..I do have a few good friends like that: Mel, Cookie, Ms Linda..(so thankful) A brother is born to help in time of need. Feel that way with my friend James..bless him.

Its poor judgment to guarantee another person's debt or put up security for a friend.. (haven't done that and thankful.. even told son no..he was too young at time to secure such debt)

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