Blessed day

Today between posts I was able with my friend Nattie at the weel, to go to near Miami and buy medicine and give some cash to this sweet new couple I met a couple weeks ago. I am also Best of all, planting seed for Jesus and I know in my spirit they will be saved. This short trip 45 minutes each way was filled with joy. Helping others is my purpose ❤ in works and especially prayers. I know God put them in my life. I met them when my friend boyfriend. Put our rental room’s new wood floor in.

We spent a lot of time together. My new friend ended up in the hospital with a big female problems that caused her a lot of pain. She is now with her boyfriend home getting better.

I am telling you about the money prayers etc. Because I want you to know that I am truly sure they are a gift from the Father for me to try to guide them. They are young in their mid twenties with dreams to get married and get another little place to live in. Please pray for this couple that need Jesus. My hope is to love them so much that they will start asking themself why. I could have chosen not to help but the Holy Spirit was very clear. Im not giving myself credit but this.I need to state.obey God as much as possible. ” obedience is better than sacrificed saith the Lord”. My prayers are for them to find the peace I often feel and above all trust in God’s 💘. Love. Agape love.

I trust in the Lord with all my heart and do not lean not on my own understanding in all my ways I knowledge Him….

Thank you for reading

Love you all

God bless you ❤ 💛

Later

Pat

Child of God.

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DEAD FOLKS DON’T BLEED?

Today’s Bible ReadingProverbs 9:1–18

Recommended ReadingJob 28:20–28Proverbs 8:1–1115:14James 1:5–7

The psychiatrist had a new patient on his schedule. When the man entered the psychiatrist’s office, he stopped and stood stiffly by the counselor’s desk. The psychiatrist invited the new patient to sit down, but the man replied that he couldn’t. “I’m here against my will,” he explained. “My family thought I should talk to you about my problem. But I don’t have a problem because I’m dead.”

The psychiatrist observed the patient for a moment and then asked him, “Do dead people bleed?” Rather quickly, the man answered, “No, it’s impossible for dead people to bleed.” Immediately, the psychiatrist pulled a needle from his desk drawer and stuck the man’s arm. A tiny dot of blood appeared.

“Well, that’s interesting,” the patient said. “Dead people do bleed.”

Nothing ruins a story more quickly than explaining it. In this case, however, the point of the story trumps the story itself. The patient’s own answer provides an example of his folly. If instead, he had answered, “That’s interesting, I’m bleeding, so I must be alive,” his answer would have provided an example of wisdom—although it would have made for a much less interesting story.

Solomon gives us another perspective on wisdom and folly by portraying them as women. Look at the differences between the two: Wisdom prepares a meal of her own; Folly steals hers. Wisdom serves wine; Folly steals water to serve. Wisdom sends servants to invite guests; Folly stands at her door, loudly and profanely calling out to people. Wisdom urges those on the wrong path to walk in the way of wisdom; Folly urges those on the straight path to hop off and follow her. Wisdom’s invitation leads to life; Folly’s invitation leads to death.

Most of us see clear distinctions between wisdom and folly. However, have you ever made what you thought to be a rational decision, only to realize later that it was misguided? When we reflect on these kinds of decisions, we often discover that they’re based on feelings, emotions, bad advice, anger or spite. Some of these words make pretty good synonyms for folly. In contrast, Solomon reminds us that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (verse 10). When we grow closer to God, he makes the differences between folly and wisdom clear for us.

To Take Away

  • Have you ever made a decision that seemed right at the time but turned out to be completely wrong? Looking back, how might you have changed your original decision?
  • What situations have you been in that seemed wise but that God later revealed as folly?
  • How has your understanding of wisdom changed as you have become closer to God?

TABLE TALK

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Up to Jerusalem Matthew 20:17–19 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death” (v. 18). Following the parable of the laborers in the vineyard, Jesus’ advance toward the cross progresses in earnest. He is drawing ever closer to Jerusalem and in today’s passage explicitly predicts His death and resurrection for the third time. Jesus has succeeded where His people failed, overcoming Satan’s temptations (Matt. 4:1–11), rightly understanding and teaching God’s law (chap. 5–7), and initiating the restoration of the cosmos (9:18–26; 12:9–14; 17:14–21). He has fully qualified Himself to be the true Israel and hence, the new Adam, whose perfect obedience will justify all those in Him (Isa. 53). All that remains for Christ to accomplish salvation is to endure the punishment David’s line deserved for leading God’s people astray (2 Sam. 7:1–17) and, in so doing, endure the curse Adam’s children deserve for violating the Father’s will (Gal. 3:10–14). Our Savior’s prediction in today’s passage adds several bits of information to the disciples’ growing knowledge of their Master’s fate (Matt. 20:17–19). For the first time they hear that the Gentiles will be involved in Jesus’ death, which adds to the shame of His crucifixion. They hardly could have imagined that pagans would execute the God-fearing Messiah before Jesus revealed it. Jesus has to pull His disciples aside (v. 17), probably because they are traveling with great throngs of Galileans on the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Passover. They are going “up” because Jerusalem is on Mount Zion and the only way anyone can get there is to ascend the mountain. Jesus’ words, “We are going up” (v. 18, emphasis added), likely hint that discipleship from here on out involves suffering. Though they will not yet die, the Twelve, in going to Jerusalem with the Christ, will take part in His travails, albeit in a lesser way. Considered in itself, the crucifixion would be bad news indeed. Yet Jesus also gives the good news of His resurrection (v. 19). This hopeful message is given, Matthew Henry comments, “to encourage his disciples, and comfort them, and to direct us, under all the sufferings of this present time to look at the things that are not seen, that are eternal, which will enable us to call the present afflictions light, and but for a moment.” Coram deo: Living before the face of God Following Christ in a world that hates Him is difficult and often earns for us derision and outright persecution from His enemies. This strain can be hard to bear and would be impossible to endure without the comforting promise of Jesus. Just as His suffering would result finally in His glory, so too do we know that our travails will one day give way to resurrected life in His presence. Think on these things when you encounter trouble for serving our Lord and Savior. For further study: Psalm 22 The Bible in a year: Psalms 130–133

DEVOTIONAL BY R.C. SPROUL

How do you explain discrepancies in the Scriptures—such as those between the four Gospels—in light of scriptural inerrancy? Much of the debate on the integrity of the Scriptures focuses specifically on those problems. When you have parallel accounts of something, you expect them to be consistent, particularly if you’re maintaining that these accounts are inspired by God the Holy Spirit. We know that God may use different authors to record the same or similar events, and the authors can describe the event from their perspective, with their respective languages and literary styles. But still we would expect agreement in the substance of what is being taught if all accounts are speaking under the superintendence of God the Holy Spirit. That’s why it’s interesting to me that very early in church history there were attempts to write harmonies of the Gospels. There are three synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—which give a biographical sketch of the life and ministry of Jesus. Many events are parallel among those three authors, though they don’t always agree in each detail—how many angels were at the tomb on the day of resurrection, what the sign on the cross said, what day of the week Jesus and the disciples celebrated the Passover celebration in the upper room, and so forth. Those things have received a tremendous amount of careful attention by biblical scholars, some coming to the conclusion that there is no way to harmonize them and that we just have to accept that there are contradictions among the biblical writers, which would then seem to falsify any claim to divine inspiration. Others have felt that they indeed can be reconciled. For example, one Gospel writer tells us that there were two angels at the tomb on the day of the Resurrection, and another mentions only one. Now the critical word that’s absent from the text is the word only. If one writer says there were two angels at the tomb and the other one comes along and says there was only one, there you have a bona fide contradiction between the two. If one says there were two angels at the tomb and the other says we came and saw an angel, obviously if there are two angels, there has to be one angel—there’s no contradiction. There is a discrepancy; that is, they don’t say exactly the same thing. The question is, Can the two accounts be harmonized—are they logically compatible with one another? A good friend of mine in seminary was very troubled by these issues and quoted one of our professors who said, “The Bible is filled with contradiction.” And I said, “Why don’t you go home and I’ll meet you here tomorrow at one o’clock. You come back with fifty contradictions. If the Bible’s full of them, then that should be an easy task.” The next day at one o’clock I met him and I said, “Do you have your fifty?” He’d been up all night and he said, “No, but I found thirty.” And we went through each one of them, rigorously applying the principles of logic and symbolic logic. To his satisfaction I demonstrated to him that not one of his alleged contradictions in fact violated the law of contradiction. Now I have to say in closing that in my judgment he could have pulled out some more difficult passages. There are some extremely difficult passages in the Scriptures, and I’m not always happy with some of the resolutions, but I think that for the most part those difficult discrepancies have been thoroughly reconciled through biblical scholarship.