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M content/stick/2005-11-12-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2005-11-12-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 14,7 14,7 @@ day 23
> There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stones, like
> the very heaven for clearness.
> <cite>Exodus 24:10</cite>
> *Exodus 24:10*

Somehow in all times I've read the book of Exodus, I never noticed this before.
The elders of Israel *see* God.

M content/stick/2019-02-01-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-01-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 35,7 35,7 @@ King David understands explicitly that it was not his own deeds that resulted in

> ...And among my father's sons He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel.
> <cite>I Chronicles 28:4</cite>
> *I Chronicles 28:4*

David also does not understand God's promise that his and Solomon's throne will last forever as unconditional.
He makes it clear to Solomon (verse 9) that if Solomon does not follow God, God will cast him off forever.

M content/stick/2019-02-07-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-07-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 14,7 14,7 @@ I wonder about some of the verses in between:
> The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,  
> but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
> <cite>Proverbs 15:28</cite>
> *Proverbs 15:28*

How does this manifest in pride?
I think the teacher here is saying to me that my tendency to be brusque and impatient with people comes from my pride.

@@ 27,7 27,7 @@ Either way, I'm not pondering how to answer, and what comes out of it is wickedn
> When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,  
> and you renew the face of the ground.
> <cite>Psalms 104: 30</cite>
> *Psalms 104: 30*

The LORD creates not (only) once at the beginning of time, but moment to moment throughout all His creation.
When His face is hidden, all things turn to dust.

M content/stick/2019-02-08-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-08-quiet-time.md +4 -4
@@ 10,7 10,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
> <cite>I Corinthians 1:2</cite>
> *I Corinthians 1:2*

*The* church of God ... those *sanctified* ... *together* with all those who in every place *call upon the name*.
Struggling for months with *what is the church*?

@@ 28,13 28,13 @@ Possibly as juxtaposition against the real importance of unity in the body?

> For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
> <cite>I Corinthians 1:17<cite>
> *I Corinthians 1:17*

How does that square up with the Great Commission?

> God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
> <cite>I Corinthians 1:28</cite>
> *I Corinthians 1:28*

What a weird idea.
What *things that are not* is God using to bring down *things that are*?

@@ 45,7 45,7 @@ The foolishness of Christ (and Him crucified).

> For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
> <cite>I Corinthians 2:2</cite>
> *I Corinthians 2:2*

I decide now (again) to know nothing but Christ and him crucified.

M content/stick/2019-02-09-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-09-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 17,7 17,7 @@ How much of me making myself better can really be called *worship*?

> and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
> <cite>I Corinthians 3:23</cite>
> *I Corinthians 3:23*

### II Chronicles 7

@@ 37,7 37,7 @@ The queen of Sheba comes to see Solomon and his riches, and her assessment is th
> Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and set you on his throne as king for the LORD your God!
> Because your God loved Israel and would establish them forever, he has made you king over them, that you may execute justice and righteousness.
> <cite>II Chronicles 9:8</cite>
> *II Chronicles 9:8*

Solomon is king *so that he may execute justice and righteousness*.
That is the mission for which God placed him on the throne.

M content/stick/2019-02-10-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-10-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
> <cite>I Corinthians 4:1</cite>
> *I Corinthians 4:1*

How do I steward the mysteries of God?

@@ 22,7 22,7 @@ In this chapter Paul talks about all the ways that he has become lessor in his s
> When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat.
> We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
> <cite>I Corinthians 4:11-12</cite>
> *I Corinthians 4:11-12*

Paul writes that we should *imitate him* in this.
Not that we should strive to become better, but that we should strive to become less as Christ becomes more in our lives.

M content/stick/2019-02-11-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-11-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 11,7 11,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]
> Why not rather suffer wrong?
> Why not rather be defrauded?
> <cite>I Corinthians 6:7</cite>
> *I Corinthians 6:7*

It is hopeless for us to try such a thing in human strength.
Who can ever say they would rather be wronged than avenged?

@@ 27,7 27,7 @@ If I am washed and sanctified (verse 10), then I am free from all those sins &md

> But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
> <cite>I Corinthians 6:17</cite>
> *I Corinthians 6:17*

Do you know you are one spirit with Christ?

M content/stick/2019-02-12-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-12-quiet-time.md +3 -3
@@ 12,7 12,7 @@ Title of the chapter (at least in ESV): *Principles for Marriage*.

> ...Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
> <cite>I Corinthians 7:4</cite>
> *I Corinthians 7:4*

I do not own my body.
God owns it.

@@ 48,7 48,7 @@ What am I thinking when I choose deliberate sin?

> The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." ...
> <cite>Psalm 14:1</cite>
> *Psalm 14:1*

### II Chronicles 19

@@ 60,7 60,7 @@ First the education program, now a campaign to build an upright civil service of
> ... "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."
> Meanwhile all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
> <cite>II Chronicles 20:12-13</cite>
> *II Chronicles 20:12-13*

Let that be my prayer in all uncertainty.
Father, I do not know what to do but my eyes are on you.

M content/stick/2019-02-14-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-14-quiet-time.md +3 -3
@@ 15,14 15,14 @@ God brings all things to light, even the depths of our hearts &mdash; possibly t
> When a man's ways please the LORD,
> he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
> <cite>Proverbs 16:7</cite>
> *Proverbs 16:7*

This is a stark contrast to the New Testament idea that we will be persecuted for righteousness' sake.

> Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
> and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
> <cite>Proverbs 16:33</cite>
> *Proverbs 16:33*

### Psalms 106

@@ 31,7 31,7 @@ This is a stark contrast to the New Testament idea that we will be persecuted fo
> And that was counted to him as righteousness
> from generation to generation forever.
> <cite>Psalms 106:30</cite>
> *Psalms 106:30*

It's like a positive version of Ezekiel 22:30 &mdash; "I looked for someone ... who would stand before me ... on behalf of the land ... but I found no one."

M content/stick/2019-02-15-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-15-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.
> <cite>I Corinthians 8:2</cite>
> *I Corinthians 8:2*

Paul really doubles down on setting the standard here; even if I'm not actually doing anything wrong, I need to be aware of how others perceive my actions.

@@ 56,4 56,4 @@ Zecharaiah calls out to the LORD for vengeance.
> <i>"Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.
> Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation."</i>
> <cite>Luke 11:49-51</cite>
> *Luke 11:49-51*

M content/stick/2019-02-17-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-17-quiet-time.md +3 -3
@@ 31,14 31,14 @@ But kick against that word, and it is not well with you!

> [Jotham] did what was right in the eyes of the LORD according to all that his father Uzziah had done, except that he did not enter the temple of the LORD.
> <cite>II Chronicles 27:2</cite>
> *II Chronicles 27:2*

He follows his father in following the LORD, but does not follow his father into the sin of pride.
My prayer for my children tonight: that they will follow me as I follow Christ (I Corinthians 11:1), but not in my sin or my pride.

> So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the LORD his God.
> <cite>II Chronicles 27:6</cite>
> *II Chronicles 27:6*

LORD, please teach my children to order their ways before you &mdash; and make them mighty.

@@ 48,6 48,6 @@ Any time I am tempted (especially when I am tempted to judge others) I should re

> ... For our guilt is already great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.
> <cite>II Chronicles 28:13</cite>
> *II Chronicles 28:13*

Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah... like whiplash.

M content/stick/2019-02-18-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-18-quiet-time.md +3 -3
@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> ... For why should my liberty be determined by someone else's conscience?
> <cite>I Corinthians 10:29</cite>
> *I Corinthians 10:29*

This sounds like exactly the opposite of what Paul said before &mdash; that I should refrain from things that, while not sinful in and of themselves, could cause others to be confused and then sin.
But Paul is still talking about the same thing here.

@@ 19,13 19,13 @@ I think he is saying don't worry about what you eat, unless someone else points 

> Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman...
> <cite>I Corinthians 11:11</cite>
> *I Corinthians 11:11*

Yep, that's as far as I'm going with that in a quiet time and not a deep study.

> For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part...
> <cite>I Corinthians 11:18</cite>
> *I Corinthians 11:18*

It is an accusation.
How can there be divisions when all have been baptized into Christ, His death and resurrection?

M content/stick/2019-02-19-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-19-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> No one can say, "Jesus is Lord!" except in the Holy Spirit.
> <cite>I Corinthians 12:3</cite>
> *I Corinthians 12:3*

Is this verse meant as reassurance?
Paul reminds them that once they were led astray... does he mean that they must now be in the Holy Spirit because now they say "Jesus is Lord"?

M content/stick/2019-02-20-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-20-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 27,7 27,7 @@ If I devote my entire life to my family, working tirelessly for their provision 

> [Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
> <cite>I Corinthians 13:6</cite>
> *I Corinthians 13:6*

I've never really paid enough attention to this verse.
I always thought "the truth" was *in opposition* to wrongdoing, but now I think the truth referenced might be *the confession* of wrongdoing.

M content/stick/2019-02-21-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-21-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 12,7 12,7 @@ In the LORD, I lose my individual form and impurities, becoming the pure element

> ...and the glory of children is their fathers.
> <cite>Proverbs 17:6</cite>
> *Proverbs 17:6*

I know it warms me with joy when my children rejoice with me.
I want to be their joy &mdash; and I want their joy to be Christ in me.

M content/stick/2019-02-22-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-22-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
> <cite>I Corinthians 14:3</cite>
> *I Corinthians 14:3*

Recently several people around me (some whom are very focused on the APEST spiritual gifts inventory idea) have remarked to me that I am a "prophet" (under the APEST framework).
I think that this verse reminds us of the reason to prophesy (note that I mean prophesy in the "bring the Word of God to bear on a situation", not "predict the future and win money in the stock market" sense).

@@ 26,7 26,7 @@ I need to just love people instead.

> Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel &mdash; he is the God who is in Jerusalem.
> <cite>Ezra 1:3</cite>
> *Ezra 1:3*

This is the charge to us everyday.
Whoever is among you of all His people, may God be with us; let us go to the house of the LORD and build his church.

M content/stick/2019-02-23-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-23-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 14,7 14,7 @@ Then Paul continues to insist that the dead must be raised, because Christ *is* 

> If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
> <cite>I Corinthians 15:19</cite>
> *I Corinthians 15:19*

I start to get confused at verse 29, baptizing people on behalf of the dead.
What on earth is that about?

@@ 39,7 39,7 @@ If it does not, you are not Jerusalem.

> "... We are the servants of the God in heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the house that was built many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and finished."
> <cite>Ezra 5:11</cite>
> *Ezra 5:11*


M content/stick/2019-02-24-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-24-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 12,7 12,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]
> It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory.
> It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
> <cite>I Corinthians 15:42-43</cite>
> *I Corinthians 15:42-43*

Paul tells us that we have no idea what our life, our bodies, will be in resurrection, but it won't be what we are now!
Our "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God" (verse 50).

@@ 25,7 25,7 @@ Perhaps I should just memorize it?

> For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
> <cite>Ezra 7: 10</cite>
> *Ezra 7: 10*

An example to follow.
What a charge Ezra receives, and from a pagan king.

M content/stick/2019-02-25-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-25-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 15,7 15,7 @@ More than that, he includes them in the work he is doing &mdash; they are "to pu
> Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
> Let all that you do be done in love.
> <cite>I Corinthians 16</cite>
> *I Corinthians 16*

### Ezra 9

M content/stick/2019-02-26-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-26-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 49,7 49,7 @@ It took a great many laborers to repair and build Jerusalem.

> And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
> <cite>Nehemiah 4</cite>
> *Nehemiah 4*

This is how we deal with sin, with threats, with enemies.
Pray to our God, and set a guard.

M content/stick/2019-02-27-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-02-27-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 13,7 13,7 @@ I'm sure that's the way a lot of people see me.

> A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
> <cite>Proverbs 18:2</cite>
> *Proverbs 18:2*

Lord, make me wise and not foolish.
I ask You for true understanding, and for humility in what I do understand.

M content/stick/2019-03-01-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-03-01-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 13,7 13,7 @@ What is it that people were accusing him of?
> For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
> ... But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
> <cite>II Corinthians 4:5, 7</cite>
> *II Corinthians 4:5, 7*

God is perfectly glorified in our weaknesses.
Whatever I do well is not from me but from God.

@@ 29,7 29,7 @@ We have the ministry of reconciliation, because we have been reconciled to God.

> ...Now is the day of salvation.
> <cite>II Corinthians 6:2</cite>
> *II Corinthians 6:2*

### Nehemiah 8

M content/stick/2019-03-02-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-03-02-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 14,7 14,7 @@ How am I expressing my rights in a way that is an obstacle to others, instead of

> As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting....
> <cite>II Corinthians 7:9</cite>
> *II Corinthians 7:9*

LORD, do not spare me the grief that leads to repentance.

@@ 38,7 38,7 @@ We need Jesus.

> ... We will not neglect the house of our God.
> <cite>Nehemiah 10:39</cite>
> *Nehemiah 10:39*

### Nehemiah 11

M content/stick/2019-03-03-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-03-03-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 17,7 17,7 @@ There is no point in making the comparisons; I will never have done enough.

> For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight, but also in the sight of man.
> <cite>II Corinthians 8:21</cite>
> *II Corinthians 8:21*

And yet necessary.

M content/stick/2019-03-04-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-03-04-quiet-time.md +3 -3
@@ 15,7 15,7 @@ God forgive me for my persistent selfish pride.

> We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. ...
> <cite>II Corinthians 10:15</cite>
> *II Corinthians 10:15*

I don't know that I've every accomplished anything on my own merit.
God, help me not boast in the works of those around me who are fighting the good fight!

@@ 37,7 37,7 @@ God is in control, and will be glorified.

> "... The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."
> <cite>Job 1:21</cite>
> *Job 1:21*

### Job 2

@@ 48,7 48,7 @@ Was it OK for God to do that?

> "... Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?" ...
> <cite>Job 2: 10</cite>
> *Job 2: 10*

Job's friends get a lot of flak, but how many friends do you know who would sit with you in silent sackcloth and ashes *for seven days*?

M content/stick/2019-03-05-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-03-05-quiet-time.md +2 -2
@@ 10,7 10,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]
> Desire without knowledge is not good,  
> and whoever makes haste wit his feet misses his way.
> <cite>Proverbs 19:2</cite>
> *Proverbs 19:2*

I am reliably informed that this verse isn't a warning about running, but about buyer's remorse.

@@ 19,7 19,7 @@ Verse 3 tells us that when we rage against God, it might actually be because of 
> Good sense makes one slow to anger,  
> and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
> <cite>Proverbs 19:11</cite>
> *Proverbs 19:11*

I need to work on my glory (bet you never read that in a Bible study before).
We can only overlook offenses from a position of security.

M content/stick/2019-03-06-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-03-06-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 14,7 14,7 @@ I don't understand what Paul is writing here, beyond him warning against being d
> "Can mortal man be in the right before God?  
> Can a man be pure before his Maker?"
> <cite>Job 4:17</cite>
> *Job 4:17*

No, no; he cannot, except by the blood of Christ.

M content/stick/2019-03-07-quiet-time.md => content/stick/2019-03-07-quiet-time.md +1 -1
@@ 27,7 27,7 @@ Paul really is desperate that the Corinthians come out of their sin and into the
> "Has not man a hard service on earth,
> and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
> <cite>Job 7:1</cite>
> *Job 7:1*

### Job 8

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@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
> <cite>Philippians 2:6</cite>
> *Philippians 2:6*

I think this is one of the most profound statements about Christ.
He was *in the form of God*.

@@ 29,7 29,7 @@ What perfect righteousness is ours in Him!
> In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;  
> it is ready for those whose feet slip.
> <cite>Job 12:5</cite>
> *Job 12:5*

I think this is how I was brought up: poor people are poor because ...well, because it's their fault.
And for some, that may be true.

@@ 43,7 43,7 @@ Yeah, it's an ugly attitude, contempt for those whose feet have slipped.
> Though he slay me, I will hope in him;  
> yet I will argue my ways to his face.
> <cite>Job 13:15</cite>
> *Job 13:15*

Incredibly faithful.
LORD, make me hope in you even when you slay me.

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@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
> <cite>Philippians 3:11</cite>
> *Philippians 3:11*

That is pretty strong language from a man who once refused (violently) to even *believe* Christ's resurrection happened.
Paul writes that he works to make Christ his own, because Christ made Paul His own (verse 12).

@@ 19,7 19,7 @@ This is the model we have in Paul.

> Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
> <cite>Philippians 3:19</cite>
> *Philippians 3:19*

How often could I reflect and say, "that was me today"?

@@ 39,7 39,7 @@ The church enters into partnership with evangelists by giving and receiving (ver
> Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,  
> and he who testifies for me is on high.
> <cite>Job 16:19</cite>
> *Job 16:19*

The only one who can testify (positively) on my behalf is Christ.
He is the only one whose righteousness can cover me.

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@@ 10,7 10,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]
> It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,  
> but every fool will be quarreling.
> <cite>Proverbs 20:3</cite>
> *Proverbs 20:3*

Let's not argue about this, OK?

@@ 20,7 20,7 @@ Let's not argue about this, OK?
> "Sit at my right hand,  
> until I make your enemies your footstool."
> <cite>Psalms 110:1</cite>
> *Psalms 110:1*

It's a little scary that this chapter is all about Christ and it talks about kings being shattered and nations being filled with corpses....

@@ 30,7 30,7 @@ It's a little scary that this chapter is all about Christ and it talks about kin
> he has commanded his covenant forever.
> Holy and awesome is his name!
> <cite>Psalms 111:9</cite>
> *Psalms 111:9*

*God* sent redemption.

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@@ 12,7 12,7 @@ Unity across geographic and relational boundaries within the Church.

> being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy...
> <cite>Colossians 1:11</cite>
> *Colossians 1:11*

The power of God is given to us for our endurance, patience, and joy.

@@ 21,7 21,7 @@ The power of God is given to us for our endurance, patience, and joy.
> For I know that my Redeemer lives,  
> and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
> <cite>Job 19:25</cite>
> *Job 19:25*

### Job 20

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> For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities&mdash;all things were created through him and for him.
> <cite>Colossians 1:16</cite>
> *Colossians 1:16*

My Jehovah's Witness friends never liked this verse much.
This whole passage might be one of the most direct evidences of Christ's deity in the entire Bible, aside from John 1 and John 14-16 and a bunch of Psalms... pretty much just part of the whole thing.

@@ 18,7 18,7 @@ This whole passage might be one of the most direct evidences of Christ's deity i

> For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily...
> <cite>Colossians 2:9</cite>
> *Colossians 2:9*

Christ is *the entirety* of the divine, fully God.

@@ 29,7 29,7 @@ It is *nailed to the cross* (verse 14).

> These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
> <cite>Colossians 2:23</cite>
> *Colossians 2:23*

I gave up Twitter, Reddit, Imgur, and other social media for Lent this year.
Does that discipline *in and of itself* have any value?

@@ 42,7 42,7 @@ The value comes from turning my mind to Christ (and away from myself) instead.
> "Is not God high in the heavens?  
> See the highest stars, how lofty they are!"
> <cite>Job 22:12</cite>
> *Job 22:12*

How much loftier we know they are than just "in the sky".
Humanity joins together in a great effort and we have reached the closest celestial bodies &mdash; the moon with our own feet and Mars with our technological wonders.

@@ 55,7 55,7 @@ We cannot even see the vastness of creation, much less understand its Creator!
> Therefore I am terrified at his presence;  
> when I consider, I am in dread of him.
> <cite>Job 23:15</cite>
> *Job 23:15*

### Job 24

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> But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
> <cite>Colossians 3:8</cite>
> *Colossians 3:8*

Putting away anger is difficult in a house with toddlers.
Imagine how God feels.

@@ 21,7 21,7 @@ Make the best use of your time (verse 5), and be gracious (verse 6).

> ... Remember my chains....
> <cite>Colossians 4:18</cite>
> *Colossians 4:18*

What a way to sign a letter.

@@ 34,7 34,7 @@ What a way to sign a letter.
> How then can man be in the right before God?  
> How can he who is born of woman be pure?
> <cite>Job 25:2-4</cite>
> *Job 25:2-4*

Christ is the only answer to those last two questions.

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> ...remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
> <cite>I Thessalonians 1:3</cite>
> *I Thessalonians 1:3*

What was the labor of love, the work of faith, (the evidence of) the Thessalonians' steadfastness of hope?
Paul tells us that they became imitators of the Lord (verse 6), receiving the Word in affliction and joy, to such an extent that they became an example to others (verse 7).

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@@ 12,7 12,7 @@ I wish that all men (myself included!) could be so blameless as Paul in speaking

> ...but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
> <cite>I Thessalonians 2:4</cite>
> *I Thessalonians 2:4*

What does it mean to be "approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel"?

@@ 20,7 20,7 @@ What does it mean to be "approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel"?

> For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord.
> <cite>I Thessalonians 3:8</cite>
> *I Thessalonians 3:8*

This is a picture of what it means for loved ones to know Christ.
The more the merrier.

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> Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
> <cite>Proverbs 21:4</cite>
> *Proverbs 21:4*

Elsewhere the Bible tells us that God's word is a lamp for our feet.
The proverb tells us that pride is a lamp for the wicked.

@@ 24,7 24,7 @@ God skips mountains (verse 4).

> ... He is their help and their shield.
> <cite>Psalms 114:9/10/11 (repeated)</cite>
> *Psalms 114:9/10/11 (repeated)*

### Psalms 116

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> Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that is indeed what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia.
> But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
> <cite>I Thessalonians 4:9-11</cite>
> *I Thessalonians 4:9-11*

I wonder how much of this I can take away as applicable to my own life, or how to balance it against the commission to "go and make disciples" (Matthew 28:19).
It seems that minding one's own affairs, and living quietly working with your hands, is pretty different from moving everywhere in an attempt to impact as many people as possible.

@@ 28,7 28,7 @@ I think God is calling me to this as a *minimum investment in the gospel*: to hu

> Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you.
> <cite>I Thessalonians 5:1</cite>
> *I Thessalonians 5:1*

My favorite retort whenever someone wants to argue about eschatology: *we don't need that*, we simply need to be ready at all times.
Someday I will say that and someone will reply by calling me to verse 20, which tells us not to despise prophecies.

@@ 36,7 36,7 @@ I don't despise prophecy; I merely despise the division that occurs because we c

> I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.
> <cite>I Thessalonians 5:27</cite>
> *I Thessalonians 5:27*

Sharing scripture is a serious business!

@@ 51,7 51,7 @@ I don't know how what Elihu says in this chapter is any different from the words
> If you are righteous, what do you give to him?
> Or what does he receive from your hand?
> <cite>Job 35:6-7</cite>
> *Job 35:6-7*

Nothing we do impacts God.
And yet, we are created so that what we do might impact His glory.

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@@ 13,7 13,7 @@ We should boast for the martyrs, of the persecutions they are enduring for Chris

> They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might....
> <cite>II Thessalonians 1:9</cite>
> *II Thessalonians 1:9*

This seems a very different picture of hell than the lake of the fire of God's wrath.
In what sense will they be "away from the presence of the Lord", if the Lord is omnipresent?

@@ 27,7 27,7 @@ When God speaks to Elijah, He is *not* in the "great and strong wind" (I Kings 1
> "Have you commanded the morning since your days began,  
> and caused the dawn to know its place...?"
> <cite>Job 38:12</cite>
> *Job 38:12*

God *commands* the morning.
The highest form of authority.

@@ 38,7 38,7 @@ It is what God executes every moment, over every act &mdash; every movement and 
> which I have reserved for the time of trouble.  
> for the day of battle and war?"
> <cite>Job 38:22-23</cite>
> *Job 38:22-23*

No, [Australia](https://twitter.com/pjf/status/1076058982236676096?lang=en) is not the storehouse of hail God is talking about.
No, Wisconsin/Canada/Alaska/Antarctica is not even cold compared to the storehouses of snow for the day of battle and war.

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> ...who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
> <cite>II Thessalonians 2:4</cite>
> *II Thessalonians 2:4*

This is what Paul terms, "the rebellion" (verse 3).
Man proclaiming himself to be God.

@@ 22,7 22,7 @@ As individuals and as a species, we would do better to remember that.

> Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false....
> <cite>II Thessalonians 2:11</cite>
> *II Thessalonians 2:11*

I thought Romans 1:24 was scary, but that is horrifying.

@@ 31,7 31,7 @@ LORD, I pray you never give me up.

> So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
> <cite>II Thessalonians 2:15</cite>
> *II Thessalonians 2:15*

How much emphasis can we place on spoken word and tradition as opposed to scripture?

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@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> ...desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
> <cite>I Timothy 1:7</cite>
> *I Timothy 1:7*

So, do not be too quick or too presumptuous that you may teach.
First, understand.

@@ 20,7 20,7 @@ My pride opens my mouth, instead of my love opening my ears (and my mind).

> For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus....
> <cite>I Timothy 2:5</cite>
> *I Timothy 2:5*

Solomon's prayer at the dedication of his temple makes much of the fact that *through that temple*, the people of God would be heard.
We no longer need the temple; it only foreshadowed Christ.

@@ 38,14 38,14 @@ Death is a great evil (verse 21).
> There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.
> This also, I saw, is from the hand of God....
> <cite>Ecclesiastes 2:24</cite>
> *Ecclesiastes 2:24*

### Ecclesiastes 3

> I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it.
> God has done it, so that people fear before him.
> <cite>Ecclesiastes 3:14</cite>
> *Ecclesiastes 3:14*

We can add nothing to the work of Christ.
Likewise, nothing can steal us from his work.

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@@ 28,7 28,7 @@ Qualifications for overseer:

> They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
> <cite>I Timothy 3:9</cite>
> *I Timothy 3:9*

What does this (it's a qualification for deacons, not elders) mean?
Does it mean to follow Christ even though I know I don't understand everything?

@@ 43,13 43,13 @@ Does it mean not to have doubts, even though everything makes you have doubts?
> believed on in the world,  
> taken up in glory.
> <cite>I Timothy 3:16</cite>
> *I Timothy 3:16*

### I Timothy 4

> For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
> <cite>I Timothy 4:4</cite>
> *I Timothy 4:4*

Enjoy sushi?

@@ 57,7 57,7 @@ Bacon?

> Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
> <cite>I Timothy 4:13</cite>
> *I Timothy 4:13*

These are the things we should devote ourselves to in the work of Christ.

@@ 65,7 65,7 @@ These are the things we should devote ourselves to in the work of Christ.

> ...And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them!
> <cite>Ecclesiastes 4:1</cite>
> *Ecclesiastes 4:1*

LORD, hear them!
LORD, comfort them!

@@ 73,7 73,7 @@ LORD, send us!

> Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor....
> <cite>Ecclesiastes 4:4</cite>
> *Ecclesiastes 4:4*

Pride and jealousy are powerful motivators in my life.

@@ 88,7 88,7 @@ Teach me to love your ways!
> Be not rash with your mouth, not let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth.
> Therefore let your words be few.
> <cite>Ecclesiastes 5:1-2</cite>
> *Ecclesiastes 5:1-2*

I need to learn to keep my mouth shut.

@@ 101,7 101,7 @@ I need to learn to keep my mouth shut.

> Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
> <cite>Ecclesiastes 7:20</cite>
> *Ecclesiastes 7:20*

It is really defeating and disheartening to think about all the ways I have sinned before God.
The only refuge I have is in my savior.

@@ 109,7 109,7 @@ The only refuge I have is in my savior.
> Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you.
> Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.
> <cite>Ecclesiastes 7:21-22</cite>
> *Ecclesiastes 7:21-22*

This reminds me of command climate surveys.
So hard to hear what people really think, even when you know you could not have done any better.

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> Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue  
> keeps himself out of trouble.
> <cite>Proverbs 21:23</cite>
> *Proverbs 21:23*

Shut up, Stick.

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> But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
> <cite>I Timothy 5:8</cite>
> *I Timothy 5:8*

I look ahead in my life and I wonder how I will handle my parents' and in-laws' needs as they advance in years.
When is it acceptable, pleasing, or wise to consider "managed care," "retirement communities," or "nursing homes"?

@@ 24,7 24,7 @@ Verse 2 is why I will still call them, "sir".

> Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.
> <cite>Ecclesiastes 8:11</cite>
> *Ecclesiastes 8:11*

This reminds me of II Peter 3:9 --- regard the patience of the LORD as salvation --- except that it shows us the reverse.
Even when God is patient, our natural inclination is not to use that time, that mercy, for repentance.

@@ 36,7 36,7 @@ LORD, forgive us.

> Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.
> <cite>Ecclesiastes 9:11</cite>
> *Ecclesiastes 9:11*

Remember in our "meritocratic" society that what happens to you is not primarily a result of your own qualities but of time and chance --- in the providence of the LORD.
What will you do with this opportunity He affords you?

@@ 50,7 50,7 @@ What will you do with this opportunity He affords you?
> He who observes the wind will not sow,  
> and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
> <cite>Ecclesiastes 11:4</cite>
> *Ecclesiastes 11:4*

I wonder if this applies to our evangelism: if we are constantly waiting for the perfect opportunity, we will never get it.
Better to scatter seed widely, and harvest when the grain is ripe, than to hide our faith and simply observe --- under the guise of friendship --- our neighbor on their way to hell.

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@@ 12,7 12,7 @@ What is the edge of wanting to be as particularly correct as possible, versus ev

> But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
> <cite>I Timothy 6:8</cite>
> *I Timothy 6:8*

LORD, make me content with You and nothing more.
That feels like a dangerous prayer to pray (especially after finishing Job not long ago), but truly we need nothing more than Christ.

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> ...for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher...
> <cite>II Timothy 1:11</cite>
> *II Timothy 1:11*

Paul claims three of the spiritual gifts listed in Ephesians 4:11.
I tend to disagree with the idea that these "APEST" spiritual gifts are the "only" or "main" gifts.

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@@ 43,7 43,7 @@ I cannot imagine the courage.

> "...But you said, 'it is hopeless, for I have loved foreigners, and after them I will go.'"
> <cite>Jeremiah 2:25</cite>
> *Jeremiah 2:25*

It is not hopeless to repent and to follow the Lord.
God loved us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).

@@ 62,13 62,13 @@ In the midst of his lament, Jeremiah speaks of a woman giving birth.
> the cry of the daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching our her hands,  
> "Woe is me! I am fainting before murders."
> <cite>Jeremiah 4:31</cite>
> *Jeremiah 4:31*

That reminds me of this:

> For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
> <cite>Romans 8:22</cite>
> *Romans 8:22*

I wonder if the two are connected?
If the downfall of Israel is part of the labor pains that lead to the elevation of Christ in His kingdom?

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@@ 31,7 31,7 @@ Attending the local church instead of starting a new one.
> one who does justice and seeks truth,  
> that I may pardon her.
> <cite>Jeremiah 5:1</cite>
> *Jeremiah 5:1*

Reminds me of Ezekiel 22:30.
I always think Abraham's pleading with God for Sodom (Genesis 18:22-33).

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> Do you see a man skillful in his work?  
> He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
> <cite>Proverbs 22:29</cite>
> *Proverbs 22:29*

Want to impact the world from the very top?
Do excellent work.

@@ 22,7 22,7 @@ Do excellent work.
> If you strike him with the rod,  
> you will save his soul from Sheol.
> <cite>Proverbs 23:13-14</cite>
> *Proverbs 23:13-14*

This is a hard teaching.

@@ 31,6 31,6 @@ This is a hard teaching.
> I will run in the way of your commandments  
> when you enlarge my heart!
> <cite>Psalm 119:32</cite>
> *Psalm 119:32*

LORD, enlarge my heart!

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@@ 24,7 24,7 @@ So follow the speed limit.

> As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
> <cite>Titus 3:10-11</cite>
> *Titus 3:10-11*

### Jeremiah 7

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@@ 20,7 20,7 @@ Some mix of the three?

> and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.
> <cite>Philemon 1:6</cite>
> *Philemon 1:6*

On first reading I wondered who they were sharing their faith with, and whose knowledge it meant.
The [interlinear](https://biblehub.com/interlinear/philemon/1-6.htm) leads me to think that the sharing of faith *within their church* would lead to a full understanding of God's love, shown through each other (John 13:35).

@@ 28,7 28,7 @@ The [interlinear](https://biblehub.com/interlinear/philemon/1-6.htm) leads me to
> Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord.
> Refresh my heart in Christ.
> <cite>Philemon 1:20</cite>
> *Philemon 1:20*

How often do we ask (demand?) our brothers and sisters in Christ to refresh us?

@@ 44,14 44,14 @@ Whatever wisdom or power exists in humanity is insignificant next to His.
> For the shepherds are stupid and do not inquire of the LORD;  
> therefore they have not prospered, and their flock is scattered.
> <cite>Jeremiah 10:21</cite>
> *Jeremiah 10:21*

Pastors, take notice.

> Correct me, O LORD, but in justice;  
> not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.
> <cite>Jeremiah 10:24</cite>
> *Jeremiah 10:24*

This must be my prayer for every day of my sanctification.

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@@ 11,19 11,19 @@ Where does John the Baptist get the idea of baptism?

> ...</i>"The time is fulfilled; and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."</i>
> <cite>Mark 1:15</cite>
> *Mark 1:15*

And then:

> ...</i>"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."</i>
> <cite>Mark 1:17</cite>
> *Mark 1:17*

And more:

> Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, <i>"I will; be clean."</i>
> <cite>Mark 1:41</cite>
> *Mark 1:41*

### Jeremiah 13

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> "Behold, I am sending for many fishers, declares the LORD, and they shall catch them.
> And afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks."
> <cite>Jeremiah 16:16</cite>
> *Jeremiah 16:16*

Fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).

@@ 31,7 31,7 @@ Fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).

> "... for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever."
> <cite>Jeremiah 17:4</cite>
> *Jeremiah 17:4*

That's how long hell lasts.

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@@ 26,13 26,13 @@ The less I envy those who lack Christ, the better off I will be --- and the more
> This is my comfort in my affliction,  
> that your promise gives me life.
> <cite>Psalms 119:50</cite>
> *Psalms 119:50*

There is no other comfort because there is no other life.

> It is good for me that I was afflicted,  
> that I might learn your statutes.
> <cite>Psalms 119:71</cite>
> *Psalms 119:71*

How often do we really praise God this way?

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@@ 10,7 10,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]
> <i>"But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man.
> Then indeed he may plunder the house."</i>
> <cite>Mark 3:27</cite>
> *Mark 3:27*

The parable speaks of the devil.
Christ has bound him, and plunders his house, stealing us.

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@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> <i>"The sower sows the word."</i>
> <cite>Mark 4:14</cite>
> *Mark 4:14*

Not, "the sower looks for good soil," or "the sower carries a bag of seeds around in case he sees a perfectly tilled empty farm plot."
The sower sows the word.

@@ 42,7 42,7 @@ Reminds me of Matthew 21:43, and not in a good way.

> <i>"Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit."</i>
> <cite>Matthew 21:43</cite>
> *Matthew 21:43*

The Israelite reaction to Jeremiah is predictably human.
They demand his death, because he prophesied against them.

@@ 62,6 62,6 @@ How can we learn humility from those we must serve?

> "As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet."
> <cite>Jeremiah 28:9</cite>
> *Jeremiah 28:9*

The implication being, of course, that God sends prophets to warn the people, not to tell them they are the best and brightest.

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@@ 18,7 18,7 @@ Even over the demons.

> And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
> <cite>Mark 5:20</cite>
> *Mark 5:20*

Jesus tells the synagogue ruler not to fear... after his child has just died.
There is no hope, and Christ tells him to believe.

@@ 33,7 33,7 @@ If you are asking God for a miracle, how far out beyond the realm of possibility
> But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
> For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying in my name; I did not send them, declares the LORD."
> <cite>Jeremiah 29:5-9</cite>
> *Jeremiah 29:5-9*

God commands us to seek the good of our neighbors, where He has sent us.
We are not to ignore them, thinking that we will return home "any day now".

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@@ 16,7 16,7 @@ Do you not need to, because you are not laboring that much?

> for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
> <cite>Mark 6:52</cite>
> *Mark 6:52*

The loaves were a sign to them, to show who was sovereign over the law of physics (entropy and conservation of matter and so forth).
They did not understand.

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@@ 10,7 10,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]
> If you faint in the day of adversity,  
> your strength is small.
> <cite>Proverbs 24:10</cite>
> *Proverbs 24:10*

THS (Tiny Heart Syndrome), right there in Proverbs.
Christ did not faint in the day of adversity.

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@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> And he said to them, <i>"Do you not yet understand?"</i>
> <cite>Mark 8:21</cite>
> *Mark 8:21*

### Jeremiah 40

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@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!"
> <cite>Mark 9:24</cite>
> *Mark 9:24*

I do not cry out often enough for God to help my unbelief.
This man watched his child suffer from birth....

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@@ 16,7 16,7 @@ Don't reveal other people's secrets (verse 9).
> A man without self-control  
> is like a city broken into and left without walls.
> <cite>Proverbs 25:27-28</cite>
> *Proverbs 25:27-28*

### Psalms 119:121-160

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@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
> <cite>Mark 10:47</cite>
> *Mark 10:47*

The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
This is the day that the LORD has made.

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@@ 26,7 26,7 @@ Jerusalem is still a ruin.
> Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children,  
> who faint for hunger at the head of every street."
> <cite>Lamentations 2:19</cite>
> *Lamentations 2:19*

Can there be anything more terrible than to hear your children cry in hunger?
When we were expecting our first child, I had a nightmare that a war had broken out, and I and the infant were separated from the mother.

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@@ 9,7 9,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> "But those tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'"
> <cite>Mark 12:7</cite>
> *Mark 12:7*

We know who Jesus is.
That is why we despise Him.

@@ 17,7 17,7 @@ Not because we don't understand that He is the Son, the creator of the universe,

> "For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven."
> <cite>Mark 12:25</cite>
> *Mark 12:25*

Your marriage is not eternal.
It has eternal significance, in that it is meant to reflect the glory of God and His relationship with the church, but it is not everlasting.

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@@ 43,7 43,7 @@ Are you overwhelmed?
> Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand.
> But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul."
> <cite>Ezekiel 3:16-21</cite>
> *Ezekiel 3:16-21*

### Ezekiel 4

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@@ 10,7 10,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> Abraham said to him, "See to it that you do not take my son back there."
> <cite>Genesis 24:6</cite>
> *Genesis 24:6*

LORD, see to it that I do not take my sons back into sin.

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@@ 10,7 10,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us."
> <cite>John 14:8</cite>
> *John 14:8*

Jesus rebukes Philip because having seen Jesus, Philip has already seen the Father.
This is a clear claim of divinity.

@@ 18,7 18,7 @@ Jesus *is* God.

> Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?"
> <cite>John 14:22</cite>
> *John 14:22*

I feel as though this is one of the central questions of modern Christianity.
The humanist position says, "How is it that God will not save *all* humanity?"

@@ 27,6 27,6 @@ Christ's answer is simply that we should love Him, and that God will love us as 

> <i>"Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you."</i>
> <cite>John 15:3</cite>
> *John 15:3*

Blessed assurance, to hear the Word of God!

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@@ 20,19 20,19 @@ I am so blessed to have the family that I do, even with all our struggles.

> <i>"I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do."</i>
> <cite>John 17:4</cite>
> *John 17:4*

How powerful, to be able to say that you accomplished [all] of what God gave you to do (Ephesians 2:10)!

> <i>"For their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth."</i>
> <cite>John 17:19</cite>
> *John 17:19*

Following Christ's example, we set ourselves aside for the holy work of bringing salvation to others.

> <i>"The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one."</i>
> <cite>John 17:22</cite>
> *John 17:22*

We have the glory of the Father, the glory of Christ.
There is no greater glory; there is no other (true) glory.

@@ 47,7 47,7 @@ And we are on it.

> <i>"Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because *you loved me before the foundation of the world*."</i>
> <cite>John 17:24 (emphasis added)</cite>
> *John 17:24 (emphasis added)*

This is so simple and I will never not (re?) blog it: Christ's relationship with the Father exists before the world is founded.
Before creation is created.

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> But they said, "Should he treat our sister like a prostitute?"
> <cite>Genesis 34:31</cite>
> *Genesis 34:31*

It seems like Simeon and Levi deal pretty well with Shechem to me.

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@@ 11,7 11,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]
> And Judah replied, "Let her keep the things as her own, *or we shall be laughed at*.
> You see, I sent this young goat, and you did not find her."
> <cite><cite>Genesis 38:23 (Emphasis added)</cite></cite>
> **Genesis 38:23 (Emphasis added)**

What a picture of the human (my own) response to sin!
What a caricature of human-centered "repentance".

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@@ 20,7 20,7 @@ I daydream of happy reunions and forgiveness....
> Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
> And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them.
> <cite>Genesis 45:14-15a</cite>
> *Genesis 45:14-15a*

And here:

@@ 31,7 31,7 @@ And here:
> He presented himself to him and fell on his neck and wept a good while.
> Israel said to his son, "Now let me die, since I have seen your face and know that you are still alive."
> <cite>Genesis 45:28 and 46:29-30</cite>
> *Genesis 45:28 and 46:29-30*

Many times Joseph's story is hailed as a picture of divine foreknowledge and provision &mdash; and it is that.
But it is also a story of forgiveness; a forgiveness that can be reached between fallen humans by the grace of God.

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@@ 10,7 10,7 @@ tags: [ "quiet time", ]

> And Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also."
> <cite>Genesis 48:11</cite>
> *Genesis 48:11*

Jacob (Israel) puts his hands on the "wrong" grandsons when blessing Ephraim and Manasseh.
Joseph tries to correct him.

@@ 25,7 25,7 @@ It's interesting to me that Jacob desires to be buried with Leah.
> And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation.
> The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were counted as Joseph's own.
> <cite>Genesis 50:23</cite>
> *Genesis 50:23*

This portion of the Bible is definitely concerned with generations.
The way to be counted mighty is to become many persons.

@@ 38,6 38,6 @@ As a father, I desire to see my children grow up and have children of their own;
> my strength fails *because of my iniquity*,  
> and my bones waste away.
> <cite>Psalms 31:10</cite>
> *Psalms 31:10*

If I do not have strength, it is because of my own sin and failings.

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> "All things are lawful", but not all things build up.
> Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
> <cite>I Corinthians 10:23-24</cite>
> *I Corinthians 10:23-24*

### Acts 7

@@ 34,7 34,7 @@ What sin will the LORD not hold against us?
> But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.
> Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
> <cite>Hebrews 10:16</cite>
> *Hebrews 10:16*

By faith we choose God, choose to follow God, choose to "be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin" (Hebrews 10:25).
Because God "had provided something better for us" (Hebrews 10:40).

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> God saw the people of Israel&mdash;and God knew.
> <cite>Exodus 2:25</cite>
> *Exodus 2:25*

God *knew* the affliction of the Israelites.

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@@ 14,7 14,7 @@ day 17
> Or am I trying to please man?
> If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
> <cite>Galatians 1:10</cite>
> *Galatians 1:10*

Passages like this always feel like a particular challenge to me.
I *want*, oh so desperately, to be liked.

@@ 36,7 36,7 @@ to do so.

> And they glorified God because of me.
> <cite>Galatians 1:24</cite>
> *Galatians 1:24*

What a statement.

@@ 54,7 54,7 @@ And yet...
> be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works
> of the law no one will be justified.
> <cite>Galatians 2:16</cite>
> *Galatians 2:16*

We are not *justified* by works of the law, but by faith.
Yet our faith is completed by our works (James 2:22).

@@ 65,7 65,7 @@ spring.
> Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or
> by hearing with faith?
> <cite>Galatians 3:2</cite>
> *Galatians 3:2*

It is not by our own works that we hear.
It is not by our own works that we receive the Spirit.

@@ 76,7 76,7 @@ It is not by our own works that we are saved.
> [M]y little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until
> Christ is formed in you!
> <cite>Galatians 4:19</cite>
> *Galatians 4:19*

I cannot know the anguish of childbirth, but I know the anguish of being a

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@@ 14,7 14,7 @@ day 19
> country of Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been seen
> before, no ever will be again.
> <cite>Exodus 10:14</cite>
> *Exodus 10:14*

Even when God works using earthly means, He shows his supernatural power.
The enormous clouds of locusts we see in BBC documentaries are scary, but they

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> Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it,
> that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.
> <cite>Exodus 14:16</cite>
> *Exodus 14:16*

*On dry ground*.
Not "on the seabed" or "through the mud", but *dry ground*.

@@ 36,7 36,7 @@ We can trust God to care for us mightily, and even to get the details right.
> left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.
> Each of them gathered as much as he could eat.
> <cite>Exodus 16:17-18</cite>
> *Exodus 16:17-18*

God has ordained all things so that we get exactly what we need.
Try to grab for a little more?

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@@ 13,7 13,7 @@ day 24
> And Moses said to Aaron, "What did this people do to you that you have
> brought such a great sin upon them?"
> <cite>Exodus 32:21</cite>
> *Exodus 32:21*

I have wondered the same thing.
What is the difference in how Moses is looking at things and how Aaron is?

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@@ 12,7 12,7 @@ day 29

> To the churches of Galatia:
> <cite>Galatians 1:2(b)</cite>
> *Galatians 1:2(b)*

I am constantly wondering about church**es**, plural.
What does that mean?

@@ 24,7 24,7 @@ cities of the region.
> grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him
> among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone...
> <cite>Galatians 1:15</cite>
> *Galatians 1:15*

God set Paul aside before Paul was born, and called Paul by His grace, *so that
Paul could glorify God*.

@@ 37,7 37,7 @@ Also, God did it, and not Paul.
> For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit
> again to a yoke of slavery.
> <cite>Galatians 5:1</cite>
> *Galatians 5:1*

We always talk about this as freedom from sin, but from the context it's clear
Paul is talking about *the law*.

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@@ 15,7 15,7 @@ day 26
> Fear God.
> Honor the emperor.
> <cite>I Peter 2:17</cite>
> *I Peter 2:17*

Yep, yeah, uh-huh, **what**?
"Honor the emperor?"

@@ 43,4 43,4 @@ This honors God.
> I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,  
> for I do not forget your commandments.
> <cite>Psalms 119:176</cite>
> *Psalms 119:176*

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@@ 17,7 17,7 @@ People who are receiving the great gift of salvation.
> vision or greater height, but because we are lifted and borne aloft on their
> gigantic stature.
> <cite>[Bernard's Aphorism](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_on_the_shoulders_of_giants)
> *[Bernard's Aphorism](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_on_the_shoulders_of_giants)*

I am blessed and privileged to live in an era and a nation where my material
needs are so well supplied and my access to information is boundless.

@@ 28,7 28,7 @@ shoulders I stand; I attempt to stitch them together into something coherent.

> Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
> <cite>[Philippians 2:12 (NASB)](https://biblehub.com/philippians/2-12.htm)</cite>
> *[Philippians 2:12 (NASB)](https://biblehub.com/philippians/2-12.htm)*

I am saved by grace alone, through faith alone; it is not because of my work
that I am loved and forgiven, but only because of Christ.

@@ 42,7 42,7 @@ stand on my shoulders and see even farther.
> If I had to put the recipe for genius into one sentence, that might be it: to
> have a disinterested obsession with something that matters.
> <cite>[Paul Graham](http://paulgraham.com/genius.html)</cite>
> *[Paul Graham](http://paulgraham.com/genius.html)*

There is no way to make a real difference if what you are doing doesn't matter.
There is no way to make a real difference if you are not earnest and dedicated.

@@ 50,7 50,7 @@ There is no way to make a real difference if the goal is personal gain.

> Change is the point.
> <cite>[Seth Godin](https://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2015/09/03/index.html)</cite>
> *[Seth Godin](https://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2015/09/03/index.html)*

If I am the same man I was yesterday, today is a waste.
If those around me are the same people they were yesterday, today is a waste.

@@ 59,7 59,7 @@ Change is the point.

> Continually fix small broken things.
> <cite>[Michael Lopp](http://randsinrepose.com/archives/five-leadership-hacks/)</cite>
> *[Michael Lopp](http://randsinrepose.com/archives/five-leadership-hacks/)*

I'm not a terrifically imaginative person.
I don't generally create huge breakthroughs all in one stroke.

@@ 70,14 70,14 @@ There is almost no upper bound on the number.

> Progress, not perfection.
> <cite>COL Bradley C. Hilton</cite>
> *COL Bradley C. Hilton*

It's not about perfection.
It's about moving forward.

> Slow, steady progress to infinity.
> <cite>LTC Bernard S. Champoux</cite>
> *LTC Bernard S. Champoux*

Day in and day out, move forward.
If each of us moves forward a little bit, over and over, eventually we will get

@@ 85,7 85,7 @@ to infinity... right?

> To infinity... and beyond!
> <cite>[Buzz Lightyear](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzz_Lightyear)</cite>
> *[Buzz Lightyear](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzz_Lightyear)*

Why stop at the things we know are possible?
All things are possible

@@ 101,4 101,4 @@ Technology cannot exist for its own sake; it must exist for people.

> The tech is the easy part.  The tech will always be the easy part.
> <cite>[Charity.wtf](https://charity.wtf/2019/11/23/questionable-advice-after-being-a-manager-can-i-be-happy-as-a-cog/a)</cite>
> *[Charity.wtf](https://charity.wtf/2019/11/23/questionable-advice-after-being-a-manager-can-i-be-happy-as-a-cog/a)*

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