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Through The Bible

Through The Bible: Job

I have read many things written on the book of Job that have taken many differing points of view, I don’t subscribe to any of them completely. (I actually finished it so I am slightly ahead of schedule.  Heather and I were reading together and got a great synergy going) 

The first chapters of Job and the last are the most interesting as far as I am concerned.  Listening to the debate that takes place between job and his friends is a little irritating at times and for the most part I would like to smack his friends.  I appreciate the fact that they simply sat with him for seven days in silence.  This was the tradition of the culture, Job was to be the first to speak.  There are so many clichés that one can use at those tough points in life, but silent friend ships, I believe, speaks louder than them all.

You can’t really take any doctrine or teaching from the dialogues of the book because although the words are inspired of the Holy Spirit to be written correctly, doesn’t mean that Job or his friends were speaking God’s word.  In fact God rebukes them later so we can assume that some of what they said was, indeed, wrong.  This is another reason I find this book tiring, although picturing it as a play makes it more interesting.

I did find a new character reading through this time thanks to the notes in my bible and the fact that I was paying closer attention.  Elihu who appears in chapter 32 is not one of the original three friends introduced in chapter:

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.

 

Elihu says he has remained silent through the initial conversation out of respect to his elders. (Job 32:6)  His critique of Job centers on the words used in the book and not on blaming Job’s positon on an ungodly life.  He is, interestingly, not included in God’s rebuke of the Job’s other three friends. 

Elihu stresses an issue almost completely neglected by the three friends: the disciplinary and redemptive role of suffering.  This is a topic not to be taken lightly but also not, as is more common, to be ignored.  If the book of Job is to teach us any thing I believe it is a lesson in God’s sovereignty.  God allowed and directed Satan in the book of Job, he limited his attacks and some would say called Job out to suffer because Job was a faithful man. 

Tragedy strikes the life of every believer and the question soon becomes what we are to do when it comes.  You can like Job’s wife suggests, “Curse God and die,” but to whom will you turn?  God is the only God.  In our world of “Your best life” and keys to blessing we forget that suffering can also be a part of God’s plan.
 

If we only seek God in the good times, when trouble comes we may find ourselves reacting like one of his friends, blaming ourselves.  While we can bring trouble upon ourselves that may not be the case every time, and unfortunately this is all to often the initial reaction of Christians.  “He must have sinned”  God himself calls Job “Blameless and upright.” 

I like to say “I didn’t ask Jesus into my heart, I gave him my life and it is his to do with as pleases him.”  Who am I to question the all mighty?  I will pray as I am commanded, seek his face at all times and life my life to please him.  If trouble comes I look for God in the fire, like those Israelites that refused to bow down to the idol.  I trust him to not give me more than I can bear but like my high school coach he will show me that I am capable of handling more than I thought.

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Godfidence

Book Review: Going to Church in the First Century

Going to Church in the First Century

This book was a delightful surprise, have heard about it on many house church sights and podcasts I finally got a copy for Christmas. Weighing in at a mere 50 pages I decided to conquer it as my first book of the year. The delight came when I realized it was written as historical fiction and would not be a dreary list of facts and references.

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Entertainment Godfidence

Book Recommendations

BookshelfIf you haven’t looked before please take a look at my bookshelf located to the right of your screen. I am trying to get a few more books for the year and I am looking for recommendations from you, yes you.

I have a good deal of books on my shelf this so far ready to be read, but I would like to mix it up a bit. Most of the books I have to read now are theological in nature and I need a variety.

So please if you have a good book of any type, fiction, non-fiction, religious, sci-fi, classic post a comment below. If you can include the full title and the author that would be great, if you can actually put the amazon link in that would be even better. Thanks in advance and watch my book shelf to see which ones I have selected to read.

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Through The Bible

Through The Bible: The Beginning

This year my Bible reading is off to a rocky start, when I got started with my new Bible, The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version, and enjoying it quite a bit as it is one of those Bibles with almost as many notes as text, Heather started to feel sick and we went to the hospital. The long and short of it is she was admitted at 2:00am and we crashed hard there. She is fine now and is home resting but I haven’t gotten much past Genesis 3.

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Misc

A little about me…

I took this from Alan Knox and thought it would be some good light reading in the midst of some of my other heavier stuff.

1. Started your own blog (Working on #2)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (Sax in school and Bass in College)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm (A Trooper pulled in behind us to ask us to move along)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables (This may be my next Blog)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run (well, it was t-ball)
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (Don’t really know where they are)
35. Seen an Amish community (LOL, If you had ever been to my hometown you would know why this is a silly question)
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant ( I have tried a couple times)
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (The one in King’s Island)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain (I am not sure what this is)
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (Working on it now)
58. Taken a martial arts class. (Several years)
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen (just once but I want to do it more)
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (ummm no)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason (Give or get? I’ve given flowers for no reason…)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial ( I don’t want to talk about him)
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone. (For all the stupid things I have done, you would think)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (It is being proofed right now)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (Still driving one of them 9 years later.)
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (Small town and all)
85. Read the entire Bible (Every Year)
86. Visited the White House ( I set off the security alarms J)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous ( I talked to Sergei Federov when I worked at Discover Card)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby (My wife did most of the work…)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a mobile phone (Is this one really a question anymore)
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

So, now you know a little more about me.

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Why boys should be allowed to play with toy guns | the Daily Mail

From the “We paid money to find out something our grandparents already knew” department. All I can say was at least in this case it was British taxpayers, although we are researching this tripe as well.

Why boys should be allowed to play with toy guns | the Daily Mail

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Christianity Family Life Misc

My Journey I

Children Walking

Since this blog is subtitled ‘chronicling my life with Christ’ I thought it would be a good idea to actually walk through my experience with Christ.

I grew up in a house that didn’t go to church; we went to the mall or in most cases Sunday was the day for my dad and I to go ‘over the mountain’ to Hills, an extinct department store or to the Cannery which was a grocery store where everything was in boxes on the shelf, like the stockers were just lazy that day.

I can still remember being taken to Marci’s house for the first time, and she may have been one of the first active Christians I can remember meeting. She was my sitter from my first day of school until I was probably in 6th grade, when my dad retired and I could stay home with him. I remember learning bible stories as she also taught them to her grand son Gabe, and to the other children she cared for. It was at her house that I first remember hearing that the reason for Christmas was the birth of Christ, it may not have been the first time I heard it, but it is the first time I really remember hearing it.

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Christianity Misc Through The Bible

Resolutions (Goals)

It is my plan to set some realistic goals for the new year and hopefully in a year I can look back at this post with pride and say, I accomplished those goals. I have done them using the SMART goal system.

  1. Reading the Bible — This is the one I have placed as a top priority as I believe it will help me in many areas of my life.
    1. Specific – I am going to read the English Standard Version in it’s entirety, and in Chronological order, see Bible Schedule above
    2. Measurable – If I am behind schedule I am behind
    3. Attainable – I know this is attainable as I have accomplished something very similar previously
    4. Realistic – I am willing to work toward this goal and sacrifice to accomplish it.
    5. Timely – This will be accomplished in one year.
  2. Reduce Debt — Although we don’t much in the ways of consumer debt we have some school loans and old business debt along with our mortgage.
    1. Specific – We will use extra monies to pay off existing debt and freeze our credit cards (Literally, we are putting them in a Ziploc bag, filling it with water, and freezing the card.) All Debt but mortgage will be paid off, and Second Mortgage will be reduced by half.
    2. Measurable – using quicken we will chart our progress. It will simply be a matter of reducing our debt amount
    3. Attainable – I have done the calculation and believe that this is attainable and something I am willing to work for.
    4. Realistic – Although it is a significant amount of money I believe we will be able to accomplish it with a little will power.
    5. Timely – This is also to be accomplished by the end of the year.
  3. Reducing wasted Time — This will be harder to objectify and perhaps harder to accomplish as my wife and I disagree on what is wasted time.
    1. Specific – I will spend no more than two hours combined on TV and PC games (games my wife and I play together do not count). This will not include time the TV is on as background noise while folding laundry or other tasks. This will include weekends!
    2. Measurable – I will track the amount of time I spend watching TV and compare to the goal.
    3. Attainable – I believe this to be attainable as I don’t spend much more than that watching TV now, although weekends may be tough. I also have goals that will keep me away from these time wasters.
    4. Realistic – I believe this to be realistic as I have other hobbies I enjoy that will enable me to avoid TV.
    5. Timely – This will be over the course of the next year.