Monthly Archives: April 2008

Musings on.. the Names of Our Forefathers

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Noah: = xn, Noach, “rest”

  1. son of Lamech, father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth; builder of the ark which saved his family from the destruction of the world which God sent on the world by the flood; became the new seminal head of mankind because his family were the only survivors of the flood, also see

Sidenote; Noah = “motion”

  1. one of the 5 daughters of Zelophehad in the time of the exodus

Ham: = ex, Cham,  “hot” heat, brown

  1. 2nd son of Noah, father of Canaan and of various peoples which were inhabitants of southern lands
  2. in late usage, a collective name for Egyptians n pr loc
  3. the place where Chedorlaomer smote the Zuzim, probably in the territory of Ammonites (Gilead) east of the Jordan. also see 

Shem:  = e#, Shem, “name”

  1. the eldest son of Noah and progenitor of the Semitic tribes, also see

Japheth: =tpy, Tepheth, Japheth = “opened”

  1. the 3rd son of Noah whose descendants after the flood settled on the coastal lands of the Mediterranean spreading north into Europe and parts of Asia, also see

Quiz for ya; to whom did God say “be fruitful and multipy?”

Ge 1:22to the birds of the air and fish of the seaGod blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” Ge 1:28to man in His own imageGod blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Ge 8:17To Noah about the animals“Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” Ge 9:1Noah and sonsAnd God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. Ge 9:7 Noah“As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.” Ge 35:11Jacob is named IsraelGod also said to him, “I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, And kings shall come forth from you. Ex 23:30Israelists in their Exodus“I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land. Le 26:9Laws to IsraelistsSo I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you.

So where in the New Testament is the equivalent to “be fruitful and multipy?”

Is there any?

The Home Engineer

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Musings on…. 1 Peter 3:8-12

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1 Peter 3:8-12

8Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10For,
   “Whoever would love life
      and see good days
   must keep his tongue from evil
      and his lips from deceitful speech.
    11He must turn from evil and do good;
      he must seek peace and pursue it.
    12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
      and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
   but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

From these verses list what a believer will do if she/he does what is right(eous)….

  1. live in harmony w/ one another
  2. be sympathetic
  3. love as brothers
  4. be compassionate
  5. be humble
  6. do not repay with evil
  7. do not repay with insult
  8. bless those who do evil and insult you
  9. keep tongue from evil
  10. keep lips from deceitful speech (lying)
  11. turn from evil
  12. do good
  13. seek peace
  14. pursue peace

Lists; I like to make ’em, but they sometimes overwhelm me. So many things to remember, so many things I need to do, as a believer.

If we let it, it can become the only focus, the means to the end, a list of good deeds to win the love of God.

We need to remember, we already have the love of the Almighty God, even when we were still sinners, He loved us.

And

We are given the Holy Spirit to remind us and help us to do such things as the list above. Because God loves us.

Thank God Today!

 

Humbleness is Left Untasted

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from here

Lavishly our lives are wasted
Humbleness is left untasted
You can’t live your life to please yourself, yeah
That’s a tip from my mistake
Exactly what it doesn’t take
To win you’ve got to come in last place
To live your life you’ve got to lose it
And all the losers get a crown
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Strong’s Number:  5012 tapeinofrosu/nh
Original Word Word Origin
  tapeinofrosu/nh   from a compound of (5011) and the base of (5424)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
  Tapeinophrosune   tap-i-nof-ros-oo’-nay  
Parts of Speech TDNT
  Noun Feminine   8:1,1152
 Definition
 

  1. the having a humble opinion of one’s self
  2. a deep sense of one’s (moral) littleness
  3. modesty, humility, lowliness of mind 

 

 

 

 Translated Words
  KJV (7) – humbleness of mind, 1; humility, 3; humility of mind, 1; lowliness, 1; lowliness of mind, 1;NAS (7) – humility, 4; humility of mind, 1; self-abasement, 2;
From Naves topical bible here
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Torrey’s Topical Textbook here (a very good condensed verse index)
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Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Humility:.A prominent Christian grace (Romans 12:3; 15:17,18; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7; 2co 3:5; Phil 4:11-13). It is a state of mind well pleasing to God (1 Peter 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquillity (Psalms 69:32,33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22).

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Christ has set us an example of humility (Phil 2:6-8). We should be led thereto by a remembrance of our sins (Lamentations 3:39), and by the thought that it is the way to honour (Proverbs 16:18), and that the greatest promises are made to the humble (Psalms 147:6; Isaiah 57:15; 66:2; 1 Peter 5:5).

 It is a “great paradox in Christianity that it makes humility the avenue to glory.”

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1Peter 3:8 – To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

 1Peter 5:5 – You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
Psalm 138:6 For though the LORD is exalted, Yet He regards the lowly, But the haughty He knows from afar.

 

 

Proverb 3 :34Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.

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 What struck me about humility is:
We are supposed to think more highly of others than we do ourselves.
But do we?
My answer would be: NO
What is our first thoughts when we see someone not dressed like us?
or not driving a nice car? or having a bit different temperament than us?
We see someone with a tattoo or a guy with long hair?
Or we know people who are foolish with their money, time or their jobs or don’t keep their house as clean as ours?
Our fleshly reaction; to look down on them, to high less of them than of ourselves, we think we would do much better in their circumstances, that we would not look or act different like ‘those people’.
Even if we claim to be christian, contrite of heart, sinner through and though, in need of a Savior,
 we still really do not have a deep sense of our own moral littleness.
Let us ask God to give us humility, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to sympathetic, brotherly and kindhearted.
Be blessed, Kristina

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Only Nature Knows for Sure

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The boy and I were watching this animal show on the PBS learning channel.

It was called ‘Nature. What women want and what men will do.’  Here is the run down:

Mating is a high stakes proposition and there’s no telling what females want and males will do.
Part One: What Females Want | Part Two: What Males Will Do

Female jumping spiders will attack and eat anything that moves. This often includes males who

may be courting them. So, if a male falls short in convincing a female that he will be a good mate,

he may become lunch. This is a compelling reason for males to work hard in perfecting their

courtship dances.

In the mating game, it is not always “do or die,” but the penalties can be severe, and there is no

single tried and true approach when it comes to the fascinating strategy of attracting a mate.

Charles Darwin called it “sexual selection.” NATURE is calling it “What Females Want and Males

Will Do” for love — a two-part miniseries about sexual selection.

“What Females Want and Males Will Do” explores the evolution of sexual strategies and what

makes certain species winners and losers in the mating game. Courtship drives evolution by

controlling whose genes are passed on to the next generation, and intense competition gives

rise to a wide array of dazzling displays and impressive ornamentation.

From spiders that dance and monkeys that drum in the name of love, to female geladas that

seek male partners with hot, red chest patches — this program about sexual selection explores

the unique behaviors and special adaptations that determine how animals pick their mates,

and how these selections affect future generations. In some species, the normal rules of mating

are turned on their head, such as the feisty female topi antelope champing at the bit to have sex

with an aloof male or bonobo males practicing free love.

Scientists around the world are making amazing new discoveries about the complex nature of

courtship and competition throughout the animal kingdom. It’s sexual education that takes us

way beyond the “birds and the bees.”

Part Two: What Males Will Do — Apparently, there is nothing a male will not do for the right to

mate with a female — dance, sing, fight, change body colors, illuminate, even agree to be eaten

alive. There is often a surplus of males, and they are instinctively driven to compete in order

to pass their genes to the next generation. But it takes two to tango. Now, scientists are learning

to what extremes males will go in order to find that dance partner.

Meet the experts in our exclusive podcast.

Part Two of “What Females Want and Males Will Do” premieres Sunday, April 13th at 8 p.m.

ET on PBS (check local listings).

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So as we are watching the female praying mantis eat the male’s head off

My son says “You’re either sexy or you’re tasty.”
Ahahahahaha…
Ok, I guess you had to be there.
Leave nice comments, please. You know who you are *Kevin*
Kristina

Musings on… Luke 10:17-20

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 *When I read this over, it seems to me I was unable to achieve clarity in my musings…..

please bear with me and pretend you understand, that’s right, just nod, and say hmmmmmmm.

XOXO

 

 17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”  

  18He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

This has been sitting in drafts for a while waiting for me to get back to it and finish it up.

What struck me about this verse is ~

We look at this and are amazed that we and (the seventy-two) could have that much power and be awe-struck that they were able to get demons to submit to them

Sidenote: notice the submit to us ‘IN YOUR (Jesus’) NAME’ ~ We even overlook that little detail.

We notice the outward signs of our set-apartness. The spiritual gifts that can be seen, that are flashy.

The tongues, miracles, prophecy, the speaking, leading and exhorting gifts. (who is the focus on when we use these gifts?)

We don’t notice the other gifts, the serving, teaching, mercy, wisdom, knowledge, faith (did you know that even your faith is a gift from God?)

1 Corinthians 12:1-14

1 Corinthians 12:27-30

Romans 12:6-8

Ephesians 4:11

The quiet or less noticeable of gifts seems to be put on the back burner, because really they are not sparkly, suited in expensive clothes and brilliant gold.

The more importantly, we tend to not focus on the most important aspect of our consecration.

We do not rejoice in our names being counted among the many written in heaven by our Heavenly Father.

We do not rejoice that we are His and He has equipped us for good works, given each of us a unique gift.

We need to rejoice in the hope that is He returning to us.

We need to then take up our skirts (gird up our loins) and use that gift. In appreciation for He has done for us.

What’s the familiar, of not somewhat cheesy, saying? Be blessed to be a blessing.

Rejoice Always, Kristina

6 of Satan’s Favorite Conflict Phrases

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“Submit yourselves, then, to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

Satan promotes conflict in many ways. Among other things, he tempts us so we give in to greed and dishonesty (Acts 5:3), he deceives us and misleads us (2 Tim. 2:25-26), and he takes advantage of unresolved anger (Eph. 4:26-27). Worst of all, he uses false teachers to propagate values and philosophies that encourage selfishness and stimulate controversy (1 Tim. 4:1-3). Here are some of the expressions that often reflect the devil’s lies and influence:

“Look out for Number One.”
“God helps those who help themselves.”
“Surely God doesn’t expect me to stay in an unhappy situation.”
“I’ll forgive you, but I won’t forget.”
“Don’t get mad, get even.”
“I deserve better than this.”

Satan prefers that we do not recognize his role in our conflicts. As long as we see other people as our only adversaries and focus our attacks on them, we will give no thought to guarding against our most dangerous enemy.

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 50-51

Food for Thought

Read Jesus’ responses to Satan’s temptations in Matthew 4:1-11. Note that in contrast to Satan’s favorite expressions noted above, none of Jesus’ responses contain the word, “I”. What’s more, none of Jesus’ responses to Satan even contain the word, “you”–usually our second favorite word in conflict! How do we prevent Satan from getting a foothold in our conflicts?

We keep our conflict responses (and our words) God-centered, remembering that if God is not at the center of our thoughts during a conflict, Satan will be altogether too happy to quietly take God’s place.

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Here is the text of Matthew 4:1-11

The Temptation of Jesus

    1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

    4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”

    5Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
   ” ‘He will command his angels concerning you,
      and they will lift you up in their hands,
   so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”

    7Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”

    8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

    10Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”

    11Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

So what should we use when confronted with temptation?

Look at the  ‘It is written’ statements:

1. fight back with every word that comes from the mouth of God

2. do not test the Lord (by going for those temptations)

3. worship the Lord your God and serve Him ONLY!

God is the only way, truth, light, help in troubles, comforter, Savior, King, shepherd, helper.

He is all we need to fight Satan, temptation, even our sinful selves.

Blessings, Kristina