1 Samuel 5:1-12

23 01 2011

1 Samuel 5:1) Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

1 Samuel 5:2) When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.

1 Samuel 5:3) And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again.

1 Samuel 5:4) And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it.

1 Samuel 5:5) Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.

1 Samuel 5:6) But the hand of the LORD was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He ravaged them and struck them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory.

1 Samuel 5:7) And when the men of Ashdod saw how it was, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is harsh toward us and Dagon our god.”

1 Samuel 5:8) Therefore they sent and gathered to themselves all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” And they answered, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried away to Gath.” So they carried the ark of the God of Israel away.

1 Samuel 5:9) So it was, after they had carried it away, that the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction; and He struck the men of the city, both small and great, and tumors broke out on them.

1 Samuel 5:10) Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. So it was, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, “They have brought the ark of the God of Israel to us, to kill us and our people!”

1 Samuel 5:11) So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go back to its own place, so that it does not kill us and our people.” For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.

1 Samuel 5:12) And the men who did not die were stricken with the tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven.


Wow talk about stupid huh… putting the Ark of the one true God into the houses of false gods.  That was the worst spot to put it… not that He wouldn’t have been against them anyway since they were sinners and were against his chosen people.  I guess they thought since they defeated the Jews that their god was more powerful… didn’t turn out too well did it?

You know how people say, “If you don’t learn from the past then you’re doomed to repeat it…” many people in today’s world are doing just that… how many times did God punish Israel for it’s disobedience?  How many times did he turn them over to the peoples’ of Egypt, Babylon, Syria, and so many more?  And each time after they cried out for forgiveness just to sin again to a new god.

“You shall have no other gods before me. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.” Doesn’t sound like a suggestion does it?  Yet we do it today don’t we.  The god of tv, the god of money, the god of beer, etc.  Each and every one of the things we put before our Lord is a god that we serve.

“But I go to church on Sunday… That’s good enough right.” I don’t know do you only eat one day a week too?  Two hours of listening to someone else talk about God isn’t enough to know God on a personal level.  “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

See you need to talk to God yourself, and not just follow your pastor’s lead. You are in a household where people listen to you, so unless you live with a minister, you can’t just blindly follow whatever he says… you need to chew your own food.


Daniel 3:19-30

18 01 2011

 Daniel 3:19) Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.

Daniel 3:20) And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

Daniel 3:21) Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Daniel 3:22) Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.

Daniel 3:23) And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Daniel 3:24) Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

Daniel 3:25) “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

Daniel 3:26) Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire.

Daniel 3:27) And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.

Daniel 3:28) Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!

Daniel 3:29) “Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”

Daniel 3:30) Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.


 A lot of pressure huh… either deny God and save your life, but lose your soul or proclaim God lose your life, and gain eternal life… it’s a puzzle that many people outside of the U.S. face everyday… and sometimes in the U.S. as well.  It may not be as often as it is outside… but all it takes is one crazy religious zealot who believes that we aren’t living the way his beliefs tell us to and we could be looking at the very same choice.  The question isn’t what will happen… it’s are you ready.  Thousands of people lose their lives everyday through poverty, famine, and sickness… when our time comes we won’t always be ready for it to end, but will we be ready for what comes after it ends… will we be ready for the judgment of God, for our sins to be laid bare.  I’ve done many things I’m not proud of, things that I’m ashamed of.  But they WILL be read back to me… the good part is that Jesus wiped my slate clean with his blood.  But now I have another choice… the choice isn’t what can I do about my past, it’s how I choose to live for the future… God’s way or the way of the world.  What will you choose?

Mark 3:1-6

18 01 2011

Mark 3:1) And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.

Mark 3:2) So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.

Mark 3:3) And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.”

Mark3:4) Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.

Mark 3:5) And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

Mark 3:6) Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.


God said origanlly that we were to rest on the Sabbath… so doing what is right in the name of the Lord on ANY day is honoring him.  But how often do we just sit on our butts not just any day but every day and think, ‘Oh well if I tithe God will forgive me.’  Yeah that worked real well for the man who wanted to buy the Holy Spirit… God doesn’t want our money, what would the Lord of Creation need with it, he wants us to have where our lives are focused on him and not just on the Sunday… if we’re really focused on him even then, and not looking the part of the faithful Christian, while just waiting for it to end so we can go watch Football. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

Luke 5:27-32

7 01 2011

Luke 5:27) After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.”Luke 5:28) So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.

Luke 5:29) Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.

Luke 5:30) And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Luke 5:31) Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

Luke 5:32) “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”


Now tax collectors back then were one of the worst types of Jew back then… basically it went against Israeli law for a Jew to take taxes for a foreign government like Rome… So basically they were hated and as such were the perfect material for Jesus to work with.  He could have chosen to surround himself with all sort of physically right people… but he chose those that needed his help spiritually and were basically people who were low on the social ladder, such as Tax Collectors, and Fishermen.  So who do you surround yourself with… are they true friends or are they the type who are only physically appealing while having the moral center of a dead animal… or are they the type who’ll stick by you and support you… God does not judge by the outward appearance but by the spirit… isn’t it time we do the same.

Romans 5:1-5

7 01 2011

Romans 5:1) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 5:2) through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:3) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

Romans 5:4) and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 5:5) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.


Sounds easy doesn’t is… just having faith during the troubling times… but how many times have we lost our faith when things get hard… when we’re late on the bills, during illness, or a death in the family… ‘how could you do this to me Lord’ I’ve said that more times than I’d care to admit.  We’re quick to lay blame aren’t we… but how many times have you actually thanked God for your troubles… there are only a few people I can think of who actually did it… Job when Satan was testing him, and the others were the apostles after they were beaten by the Pharisees… so just remember the life that we have chosen in serving Jesus is not going to be rainbows and sunshine… it’s going to be hard where we will suffer for simply saying that we believe Jesus is our Lord and Savior.

John 18:39-40

1 01 2011

John 18:39) “But you heave a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover.  Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”

John 18:40) Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man,but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was robber (Murderer)


Just days before these people were crying ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ and now they would rather have a robber and a murderer.  So how many people in today’s world are like them… would profess to love the Lord with their lips and when things get hard say, ‘Why would a loving God do this to me…’ or ‘I knew this religion stuff was bogus…’ he was delivered into the hands of sinners and died for us and yet we are worse than ever… we are liars, hypocrites, gossips, lovers of money and ourselves.  Do not think that I mean the people outside the church, for those who have not heard are still ignorant and can be made aware, but the people who are inside the church who do these things are truly condemned… but through Him who was crucified we have been forgiven… but to those who say they are Christian and yet live no differently than an atheist, are they any better than Judas, or Ananias and Sapphira.  Would you betray Him for money or to stay your physical death and condemn your soul.