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I Love the Law

Recently I was reading through the book of Deuteronomy and came to a passage that stopped me, it was Deuteronomy 31:10-13. Moses told the people once they crossed over the Jordan river and possessed the land of Israel, they were to gather together every seven years at the feast of the tabernacles, everyone; the men, women, children, everyone and they were to read aloud the Law. But what really struck me of great significance is the reason Moses gives for doing this, “that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully observe all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land which you cross the Jordan to possess” (Deuteronomy 31:12-13). The reason for reading the Law aloud was so that they would learn to fear God. To fear is to have a reverential awe of, a feeling of profound respect. The Law of God is something rarely talked about in Gentile (non-J…

I Am Angry

Each week I ask my Lord to give me scripture to memorize and meditate on all week, normally it will come from the book in the Bible that I am reading from during my daily morning reading but this week was different, so I thought. God put it on my heart this week to read the book of Deuteronomy but the verses He had me memorize and meditate on came from the book of Galatians. “But even if we, or an Angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8-9). At the time I didn’t understand why He put this verse on my heart when I was studying Deuteronomy. That is until the week played itself out.

This past weekend we were driving through Dallas, TX and I kept seeing these bill boards that said Judgment day May 21, 2011, it caught my eye but I did not know what it was, I thought mayb…

Why Soils and Hearts

Five weeks ago the Lord lead me to write about His parable, “The Parable of the Soils”, this is the sixth and final installment. The first five are:

1. Soils and Hearts – Introduction
2. Can't Hear Won't Hear – the first soil
3. Self-Interest Conversion – the second soil
4. The Double Minded – the third soil
5. Extraordinary or Should I Say Extreme – the fourth soil

“The Parable of the Soils” is found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, I have been writing about the account of Mark 4:1-20. Today I would like to talk about two things, two frustrations and why this parable is the answer.

I write this blog for two reasons; out of obedience to my Lord and out of love for my neighbor. The world as you see it will soon end, I don’t know the time or the date but I do know that time is running out, the world is condemned, it has been marked for a Day of Judgment that is coming and once that Day arrives it will be too late. Even so each person living isn’t even guaranteed t…

Extraordinary or Should I Say Extreme

Four Weeks ago the Lord lead me to write about His “Parable of the Soils” this is the fifth installment on this parable. The first four are:

1. Soils and Hearts – Introduction
2. Can't Hear Won't Hear – the first soil
3. Self-Interest Conversion – the second soil
4. The Double Minded – the third soil

Today’s installment is on the fourth type of Soil. The Parable of the Soils can be found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke for this writing I will mainly be referring to the account of Mark 4: 1-20.

Let’s begin with the words of our Lord. “But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred” (Mark 4:8). The first thing note worthy about this crop is it is unusual. Anyone broadcasting seed on a field could expect that some seed would fall by the wayside and be eaten by birds, some would fall on rocky ground and spring up quickly then die, some would fall among the weeds and thorns…

I don't rejoice in the death of Osama Bin Laden

I don't rejoice in the death of Osama Bin Laden he is a sinner who didn't trust in Jesus Christ therefore is in Hell, it saddens me. I understand what was done had to be, he was a murder of thousands who had to be brought to justice and those who did are justified in doing so. It saddens me because I deserve the same, the only difference is I have "been saved by grace through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast" (Eph 2:8-9), I don't deserve grace anymore than Osama Bin Laden but my Lord loved me and took the punishment I deserve. (James 2:10) says, "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all", in other words sin is sin. Osama Bin Laden was a murder, Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother withou…