Archive for December, 2012

Healing on the Sabbath

Posted in Christianity, Journal on December 31, 2012 by Ken
Jesus healed a man with a paralyzed hand on the Sabbath  An act of good. But the law of the day decided it was OK to plot for Jesus demise on the Sabbath. Such hypocrisy.

Jesus asked them “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.

Why were they silent? Had they answered either way they knew they were trapped. I think they wanted to find any legalistic thing to pin on Jesus that they were willing to deny good acts on the Sabbath just so they could find a charge against him.

Sad, so very sad. To be so close to the living God and yet so very far away.
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Reading List as of December 29, 2012

Posted in Books on December 29, 2012 by Ken

What am I reading at present?  And yes, 4 books at once seems to be a bit much.  Why not just finish one at a time instead of multitasking?  I like the variety and helps me to not get bogged down with one or another book.

A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin:  This is book 3 in the A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series.  I am reading this on my Nook.

Waking the Dead by John Eldredge: reading this for men’s bible study group.

Who Do You Think You Are by Mark Discoll: New book by Pastor Mark that I ordered when announced on Twitter

Always True – God’s 5 promises when life is hard by James MacDonald: I enjoy Pastor James teaching and biblical understanding so was glad to receive this from a friend who is going through a rough time.

I will update when I add or delete any books from the list.

Trying Gotcha Journalism May Getyou

Posted in News on December 28, 2012 by Ken

I found this interesting.  Posting it for your review.

Thank You, David Gregory by David French at the Corner on http://www.nationalreview.com

New Patches on Old Clothes

Posted in Christianity, Journal on December 28, 2012 by Ken
In Mark 2:18-22 Jesus was asked why his disciples were not fasting when John’s disciples and the pharisees were.

Jesus said why would there be fasting at the wedding while the groom was still there?

That I understand.

But what comes next now has me thinking. I thought I used to know what it meant to sew on a new patch on old clothes or to put new wine in old wineskins. I get the practical application that putting on a new patch on old clothes will create a bigger tear or that new wine in old wineskins could burst but how does that fit to what Jesus just talked about with regards to fasting and I’m testing?

Are the old clothes the Old Covenant or the old law the Pharisees knew and the new patch are the new words that Jesus was talking about?

Is it difficult to give old people or people who are set in their ways a new idea and a new law that that will cause them problems and ripped them apart and therefore they will never accept the new idea?

In Mark 2:17, Jesus just told them that he came for the sinners since those who are well don’t need a doctor. Are those in the old clothes or wineskins the righteous?

What’s interesting is that Jesus criticized the Pharisees a lot but yet the Pharisees also were following the law in therefore righteous. The adage you can’t teach an old dog new tricks seems to be in contradiction here. Jesus came to give us a new covenant, a new command and a new way of thinking which is the new patch and the new wine so he had to pour have people with new clothes and new wine skins.

So new clothes and wine skins are those born again?

Son, your sins are forgiven

Posted in Christianity, Journal on December 27, 2012 by Ken

In Mark 2:5, Jesus told the paralytic “Son, your sins are forgiven”. This is the best and greatest thing Jesus could do for the man. Having your sins forgiven mean life in heaven for eternity. But those around them, as seen in the following versus, were the skeptics and said Jesus was blasphemous. They are right that only God can forgive sins. Too bad they didn’t recognize God was in their presence. So Jesus healed to prove to them that He had the power and authority to do both.

In Mark 2:9 asks “Which is easier: to say your sins are forgiven or get up, pick up your stretcher, and walk?”

To me as a human, it is easier to say your sins are forgiven than to tell someone to walk. I have no power to heal.  I can say you are forgiven of your sins but I have no proof that sins were forgiven.  To heal someone in the flesh is real and verifiable here on earth.

Jesus is God so He has the power. But Jesus is saying it is harder to forgive since it comes from us to want and ask and harder since Jesus must die for our sins.

More Coming for 2013

Posted in Uncategorized on December 27, 2012 by Ken

I was going to write about this blog being up for over a year, but then checked the original post date of May 2011 and realized this blog has been up for almost two years.  Where has the time gone?

So my plan is to try and post something daily.  Right now, I am going to use this mostly as a journal of my walk through the bible with my thoughts and comments.  I may branch out to other topics as things progress, but only time will tell how that works.

Happy New Year to all and lets make 2013 the best year yet!

Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted in Books, Christianity on December 25, 2012 by Ken

Reading Mark Driscoll’s new book Who Do You Think You Are? and hit this nugget early on (page 6): “Our worship never starts and stops.  It’s not limited to a building in which we attend sacred meetings and sing worship songs.  Rather, our entire life is devoted to pouring ourselves into someone or something.  Saying it another way, we’re “unceasing worshipers.”  We aren’t created to worship, but rather we’re created worshiping.” (bold text emphasis mine, italics from the book)

This got me to thinking about how we hear songs, read books, or watch movies of someone devoting themselves to another.  They give their whole life to a man or woman or friends or kids.  We tear up or cheer and wonder how we can do that or another to devote themselves to us.

Why is it so easy for us to accept devoting our lives to another human but we reject or castigate someone for devoting their lives to God?  Why is there such compassion for one to give themselves to another person but such hatred for those who give themselves to Jesus?

Something to think about.