Friday, January 19, 2018

Colossians, part 2, What Should Husbands Do?

Let’s look specifically at the rules for holy living found in chapter 3 of Colossians. Read the chapter and then see if you can fill in the answers:

1.         Where should you set your heart?
2.         Where should you set your mind?
3.         Should you “put to death” sexual immorality?
4.         Should you “put to death” impurity? What is impurity?
5.         Besides lust, evil desires and greed, what else should you “put to death”?
6.         What are the 5 things you should rid your lips of?
7.         What are the 5 things you should clothe yourself with?
8.         What should wives do?
9.         What should husbands do?
10.       What should children do?
11.        What should fathers not do?

12.       How can you make verse 23 central to your life?

So, what should husbands do?
Answer: Love your wives; do not be harsh with them.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Colossians, part 1, Linking to a Hebrew Letter

Hebrew letter "zayin"
Zayin is the 7th Hebrew letter and means weapon or sword. In Modern Hebrew it means to be armed and that is the primary theme of the 7th book, Judges, but our third zayin book, Colossians, is void of weapons. However, being related to the 7th letter is apparent in its relationship to the number 7 itself. In Biblical symbolism 7 represents fullness, completeness. Throughout Colossians the theme of God's fullness is apparent in the 18 times it occurs. 

all wisdom, all things, all fullness, all treasure, all wisdom, Christ is all in all, etc.

Colossians was written by St. Paul to the Christians at Colosse. Paul had not visited Colosse, but he often prayed for the Christians there. In fact he says early on in his letter (1:9) that he had not stopped praying for them. This is a short book and you can easily read it straight through right now before reading on.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Philippians, part 2, Pure Stuff, Lovely Stuff

Look at Philippians 4: 4 – 9:

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Okay, let’s do the old list exercise for this passage.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Philippians, part 1, Linking to a Hebrew Letter

Hebrew letter "vav"
The book of Philippians links up with the Hebrew letter vav. Remember that the symbolic meaning of this little letter is nail or hook. It plays a very important part in Jehovah’s name. (I’ve written before about the symbolic meanings of the four letters in God’s Hebrew name. The name Jehovah or Yahweh is made up of the letters yod hey vav hey. These letters have symbolic meanings and they are Hand, Behold, Nail, Behold.)
Hebrew name for God (read right to left)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas Post

  MERRY CHRISTMAS
This is our first Christmas away from Big Pine Lodge (hence a picture from last year), but celebrating Christ's birth is just as exciting and wonderful as long as there is family around.

Thank you, Jesus, for being born to die for me. I could never pay for my owns sins, except through death and eternal damnation. You conquered death and washed my sins away, never to be remembered again. Thank you, thank you. I marvel at the cost to you to bear the sins of billions. I bow at the cross, but right now, in this season, I rejoice in your humble birth and sing the wonderful songs of Christmas.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ephesians, part 2, Linking to a Hebrew Letter


Ephesians links to Deuteronomy and Daniel, 2 Old Testament books that match up to the Hebrew letter hey like Ephesians. Compare Ephesians 6:1 – 3 with Deuteronomy 5: 16
 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
 16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
This commandment is found in Exodus, too, but does not include the blessing of long life there. Only in these hey books do things match up so nicely.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ephesians, part 1, Pure Grace

Hebrew letter "hey"

Ephesians, another beautiful letter by St. Paul, is written to the saints in Ephesus. He covers the believer’s status in Christ through pure grace. He also writes about the walk, service and warfare of the Spirit-filled believer.
Hebrews is linked to the Hebrew letter hey which means “Behold!” so let’s behold what the Lord says. Turn in your Bible to Ephesians and read the first 14 verses of the first chapter. (Or if you're not near your Bible scroll down for the verses at the end.)
Ask yourself some questions. I’ve put the verse in parentheses to help you.
          1)      How many spiritual blessings do we get? (vs. 3)   

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Time Pacer - Goodreads giveaway



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Friday, November 24, 2017

THE TIME PACER, an alien teen fantasy adventure

THE TIME BENDER series

An alien teen fantasy adventure


A girl who can bend time plus a musical genius, divided by two intergalactic warriors, equals multiple problems of love and struggles on two planets.

Books 1 and 2 now available. Books 3 and 4 coming soon.

Friday, November 10, 2017

THE TIME PACER, excerpt


CHAPTER 1
♫ … hold your ground … ♫

“SO … HOW ABOUT this extragalactic nebula?” I took my eyes off the screen to wiggle my brows at Selina. She gave me “the look,” one she’d been giving me since we were twelve. I’d say something goofy and she, in her infinitely cute way, would shoot Cupid’s darts into my heart with a quick smile.
“Alex,” she said, casting a stern look at me, “don’t make me laugh.” There it was: her quick involuntary lip curl. If I said chocolate fondue now with a Swedish accent she’d lose it. She glanced away from me and over at Coreg who had his eyes tightly squeezed shut, hands above his head holding the spaceship’s control levers, feet tucked into the pilot divots, and concentration at maybe Mach 5. I’d been pacing along with him as well as I could for most of this journey, helping us get to his planet, Klaqin, in a fraction of the time. But, dude, I needed a break. My claustrophobia was threatening to resurrect itself in this cockpit.
I discovered I was half-alien, or rather half-Klaqin, a mere day ago and then

Friday, November 3, 2017

THE TIME PACER, book 2 in the Time Bender series

RELEASING NOVEMBER 16, 2017

THE TIME PACER


Sometimes the weight of the universe matches the weight of love.

Alex’s feelings for Selina are too great to let her go across the universe without him. He accompanies her into a far distant society on a planet of eternal sunshine, where schooling is more than indoctrination and their interstellar enemies are closer than they realize. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Galatians, part 2, How it Links with Numbers and Ezekiel

Linking Hebrew Letters to the Books of the Bible

As a dalet book Galatians should link in some way with Numbers and Ezekiel. Here’s how. In Numbers 14: 33 – 35 God says:

33 Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. 34 For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.' 35 I, the LORD, have spoken, and I will surely do these things to this whole wicked community, which has banded together against me. They will meet their end in this desert; here they will die."

Then in Ezekiel 4: 4 – 6