Monthly Archives: April 2017

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April 30 reading: 1 Samuel 4-6; 1 Corinthians 5-6

1 Samuel 4-6 1 Samuel 4 Philistines capture the Ark, Death of Eli 1 Samuel 5 The Ark of Ashdod and Ekron 1 Samuel 6 The Ark returned to Israel, magis 1 Corinthians 5-6 1 Corinthians 5: Paul condemns spiritual pride 1 Corinthians 6: Avoiding lawsuits with Christians, to have such lawsuits is a defeat, why not accept the injustice, avoinding sexual sin, God bought you with a high price. Please prayerfully consider a donation to New Church planting using this link: New Church Network Giving Page  

April 29 reading: 1 Samuel 2-3; 1 Corinthians 3-4

1 Samuel 2-3 1 Samuel 2 Hannah’s prayer, Eli’s wicked sons, prophecy against the house of Eli 1 Samuel 3 The Lord speaks to Samuel, Samuel speaks for the Lord, “Yes, your servant is listening.” 1 Corinthians 3-4 1 Corinthians 3: On divisions in the church, Personality cults, Let no one boast in men, Ego? Self-worth? My relationship with Christ is sufficient, 1 Corinthians 4: Paul and the Corinthians Please prayerfully consider a donation to New Church planting using this link: New Church Network Giving Page

April 28 reading: Ruth 4-1 Samuel 1; 1 Corinthians 1-2

Ruth 4-1 Samuel 1 Ruth 4 Boaz marries Ruth, genealogy of David 1 Samuel 1 The birth of Samuel, Hannah dedicates Samuel 1 Corinthians 1-2 1 Corinthians 1: Greetings from Paul, he made you holy, Paul gives thanks to God, invited into wonderful friendship w/Jesus, divisions in the church, the wisdom of God, God made Christ to be wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2: paul preaches wisdom, to the worldly at first, to those who know Christ, “We have the mind of Christ.” Please prayerfully consider a donation to New Church planting using this link: New Church Network Giving Page

April 27 reading: Ruth 1-3; Romans 16

Ruth 1-3 Ruth 1 Naomi and Ruth, a rare bond of love, tough love Ruth 2 Ruth meets Boaz, caring for the poor, hard worker, going to live with a people you do not know Ruth 3 Ruth and Boaz at the threshing floor, Ruth made herself ready to offer her life to Boaz, it seems nothing happened even though a risky offer. Romans 16 Romans 16: Paul greets his friends, Paul’s final instructions Please prayerfully consider a donation to New Church planting using this link: New Church Network Giving Page

April 26 reading: Judges 20-21; Romans 14-15

Judges 20-21 Judges 20 Israelites fight Benjamites, all their towns set on fire Judges 21 Wives for the Benjamites, they captured wives for the festival of Shiloh Romans 14-15 Romans 14: The danger of criticism Romans 15: Living to please others, Paul’s reason for writing, Paul’s travel plans.

April 25 reading: Judges 19, Romans 12-13

Judges 19 Judges 19 The Levite and his concubine, the story of the men raping this girl suggests that Israel had become as bad as Sodom in Gen 19: Romans 12-13 Romans 12: Living sacrifices, love, sincerely Romans 13: Respect for authority, love fulfills God’s requirements Please prayerfully consider a donation to New Church planting using this link: New Church Network Giving Page

April 23 reading: Judges 15-16; Romans 9

Judges 15-16 Judges 15 Samson’s vengeance, Philistines killed his wife after father gave her to Samson’s friend, struck down a thousand with the jawbone of an ass Judges 16 Samson and Delilah, shaved head, gouged eyes, set to grinding, hair growing back, blinded by the world, death of Samson Romans 9 Romans 9: God’s selection of Israel, Israel’s unbelief

April 22 reading: Judges 12-14; Romans 7-8

  Judges 12-14 Judges 12 Jephtah and Ephraim, Ibzan, Elon and Abdon say, “Sibboleth”, Civil War 42,000 died. Judges 13 Philistine oppression, Samson, a Nazirite, angel of the Lord ascended in the flame, “We are going to die, we’ve seen God”, the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him Judges 14 Samson’s marriage to a Philistine, this was from the Lord, tore a lion apart, Eater something to eat, Samson’s wife gets the answer, “If you had not plowed with my heifer…” Romans 7-8 Romans 7: No longer bound to the Law, God’s law reveals our sin, Struggling with […]

April 21 reading: Judges 10-11; Romans 6

In the Old Testament Tola, Jair, Jephthah. – Judges 10 Jephthah, “the son of another woman,” the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, reviewing the taking of Ammonite country, foolish vow to give burnt sacrifice of his daughter, fight Ephraim. – Judges 11 In the New Testament Sin’s power is broken, freedom to obey God.- Romans 6 Please prayerfully consider a donation to New Church planting using this link.

April 20 reading: Judges 9; Romans 4-5

Judges 9; Romans 4-5 In the Old Testament Abimelech rules over Shechem, Jotham’s parable, Shechem’s revolt against Abimelech, millstone dropped on Abimelech’s head. – Judges 9 In the New Testament The faith of Abraham, what joy, absolutely convinced God is able to do anything he promised, – Romans 4 Faith brings joy, Adam and Christ contrasted – Romans 5 Please prayerfully consider a donation to New Church planting using this link.

God is Full of Surprises

Last Sunday’s message by Ian Macdonald Be faithful. Be present. And always be ready for God to reveal the truth, the light, and the way. READINGS:  Isaiah 53 and The Gospel of John 20:1-23 ​ Years ago, when Kathleen and I were newly engaged we went out to the Cuban restaurant Versailles, to celebrate my birthday. When we returned home, I noticed there was someone in apartment.For most people this might be cause for alarm. But this was the Formosa Ponderosa, a small community of like-minded people who lived and shared life together. Coming home to find someone in your […]

April 19 reading: Judges 7-8; Romans 2-3

Judges 7-8; Romans 2-3 In the Old Testament Giedon defeats the Midianites, 300 men drank while alert to danger. – Judges 7 Gideon kills Zebah and Zalmunna, Gideon’s sacred Ephod is worshipped by all Israel.- Judges 8 In the New Testament God’s Judgement of Sin, the Jews and the Law. – Romans 2 God remains faithful, all are sinners, no one is good, – Romans 3 Please prayerfully consider a donation to New Church planting online. This is the link.

April 18 reading: Judges 6; Romans 1

Judges 6; Romans 1 In the Old Testament Judges 6 Gideon becomes Israel’s Judge, food on altar burned up, the fleece of Gideon, they named the altar “The LORD Is Peace.” as a witness. – Judges 6 In the New Testament Romans 1 – Greetings from Paul, sense of obligation, God’s good news, God makes us right in His sight, God’s anger at sin, God abandoned them, they refused to acknowledge God. – Romans 1 Please prayerfully consider a donation to the New Church planting team online. This is the link.  

April 17 reading: Judges 4-5; Acts 28

The victories of two women, Deborah and Jael. In the Old Testament Deborah becomes the judge and goes into battle with Barak. Jael kills the fleeing Sisera with a tent peg. – Judges 4 The song of Deborah, “Lord may your enemies die as Sisera…” – Judges 5 In the New Testament After the shipwreck, Paul and the crew are shown kindness on the island of Malta. The father of Publius is healed Paul arrives at Rome. Paul preaches at Rome under guard, (Isa. 6:9-10) People won’t be healed because of the heart blockage. – Acts 28 Please prayerfully consider […]

Witnesses, not myths

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as […]

April 16 reading: Judges 2-3; Acts 27

These sections include the work of Israel’s judges and the prophetic nature of Paul’s ministry. In the Old Testament The Lord’s messenger comes to Bokim, Israel disobeys the Lord, the Lord rescues His people. – Judges 2 The nations left in Canaan, to teach warfare to inexperienced Israelites, Othniel becomes Judge, Ehud becomes Judge, Shamgar becomes judge. – Judges 3 In the New Testament Paul sails for Rome. Paul’s advice to the crew and the storm at sea.The ship is wrecked and they want to kill the prisoners to keep them from escaping. Miraculously everyone makes it safely ashore fulfilling […]

April 15 reading: Joshua 24-Judges 1; Acts 25-26

God reviews the history, covenant, and victory of Israel starting with Abraham. These examples show how the people of God experience a mixture of success and failure, freedom and bondage. In the Old Testament The Lord’s covenant renewed and leaders are buried in the promised land. – Joshua 24 “”Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:14 Judah and Simeon conquer their land, failure of several tribes to drive out Canaanites; Israel fails to conquer […]

April 14 reading: Joshua 22-23; Acts 24

When there is a disagreement or confusion about a matter, how do you handle it? Here are some positive and negative examples from which we can learn. In the Old Testament Eastern tribes return home, Eastern tribes build a memorial. – Joshua 22 “Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”” – […]

the sixth hour

“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. And […]

April 13 reading: Joshua 21; Acts 23

In the Old Testament The towns and pastures from the tribes of Israel given to the clans of the Levites. – Joshua 21 “Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass. Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. And the LORD gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, […]

April 12 reading: Joshua 19-20; Acts 22

The raspberries are starting to bloom in my front yard. As I read the scriptures this morning I find some hard “places” to read. Places unfamiliar places hard to relate to…but God found a purpose in dividing the land among the families of Israel. Life is in the land…economics and careers are tied up in the places we were born, in the places we live. In the Old Testament The land to Simeon, to Zebulun, to Issachar, to Asher, to Naphtali, to Dan, to Joshua. – Joshua 19 The cities of refuge. – Joshua 20 In the New Testament Sermon […]

Confidence in Jesus Christ

We can have confidence because when our thoughts condemn us God’s perspective is better. God knows all. Keep His commandments and you will see the result of abiding in obedience and the power of the Spirit of God. John says it this way: By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep […]

April 11 reading: Joshua 16-18; Acts 21

The themes of inheritance and land held so much value for biblical peoples. How are we different? Why do we need a place to belong? In the Old Testament The inheritance is given to Ephraim and west Manasseh, also land to Ephraim. – Joshua 16 The land is given to west Manasseh. – Joshua 17 The allotments of remaining land, given to  Benjamin and the town given to Benjamin. – Joshua 18 In the New Testament Paul’s journey to Jerusalem, Agabus prophesies bondage with Paul’s belt, “I am ready to be jailed and die for the Lord Jesus.”, Paul arrives […]

April 10 reading: Joshua 14-15; Acts 20

What would it be like if we started getting serious about reading and studying the Bible…AND encouraged others to do the same? These scriptures handed down through the millennia have been given to us so the Holy Spirit can develop our souls and society. You can’t tell me that the power and influence of the Holy Spirit would not dramatically change how we live and the culture we live in. We all know how much help we need in our community and yet we neglect the supernatural power of the scriptures. In the Old Testament The land is divided west […]

Transformation of the heart

“I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful […]