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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“The same script will not work in a new scene.”

TB

New Material

As we mature in our relationship with Christ, so will the scenes of our lives. Every chapter and scene will have a change in lines, some with the same scene partners and others with new ones. Spiritual maturity requires new material as our old ways cannot support a new life.

Learn Your Lines

You cannot recite old lines in a new chapter, and as such you must learn new ones. Fortunately for us, the Bible is tried and true material that possesses all of the parts we need to know. So let’s not get complacent in our old scenes and learn the new parts that God is trying to teach us.

Today’s Question

Are you learning the new lines?

Enjoy the reading

Joel 1

1 The LORD gave this message to Joel son of Pethuel. 2 Hear this, you leaders of the people. Listen, all who live in the land. In all your history, has anything like this happened before? 3 Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children. Pass the story down from generation to generation. 4 After the cutting locusts finished eating the crops, the swarming locusts took what was left! After them came the hopping locusts, and then the stripping locusts, too! 5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you wine-drinkers! All the grapes are ruined, and all your sweet wine is gone. 6 A vast army of locusts has invaded my land, a terrible army too numerous to count. Its teeth are like lions’ teeth, its fangs like those of a lioness. 7 It has destroyed my grapevines and ruined my fig trees, stripping their bark and destroying it, leaving the branches white and bare. 8 Weep like a bride dressed in black, mourning the death of her husband. 9 For there is no grain or wine to offer at the Temple of the LORD . So the priests are in mourning. The ministers of the LORD are weeping. 10 The fields are ruined, the land is stripped bare. The grain is destroyed, the grapes have shriveled, and the olive oil is gone. 11 Despair, all you farmers! Wail, all you vine growers! Weep, because the wheat and barley— all the crops of the field—are ruined. 12 The grapevines have dried up, and the fig trees have withered. The pomegranate trees, palm trees, and apple trees— all the fruit trees—have dried up. And the people’s joy has dried up with them. 13 Dress yourselves in burlap and weep, you priests! Wail, you who serve before the altar! Come, spend the night in burlap, you ministers of my God. For there is no grain or wine to offer at the Temple of your God. 14 Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. Bring the leaders and all the people of the land into the Temple of the LORD your God, and cry out to him there. 15 The day of the LORD is near, the day when destruction comes from the Almighty. How terrible that day will be! 16 Our food disappears before our very eyes. No joyful celebrations are held in the house of our God. 17 The seeds die in the parched ground, and the grain crops fail. The barns stand empty, and granaries are abandoned. 18 How the animals moan with hunger! The herds of cattle wander about confused, because they have no pasture. The flocks of sheep and goats bleat in misery. 19 LORD, help us! The fire has consumed the wilderness pastures, and flames have burned up all the trees. 20 Even the wild animals cry out to you because the streams have dried up, and fire has consumed the wilderness pastures.

Last Night

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Last night I was tortured, afflicted, distressed, and tormented because I was made to do bad things and I could not stop myself, enslaved to do evil!” ~ Jon Barnes

Yesterday

I was going to jail after being in a car with some fools, in which one of them, I had to shoot!  The officer stepped into the car and the choice given to me was to not shoot him and go straight to jail for my crimes.  The deal was bad from the start and I didn’t belong there or knew the participants.  Was I drunk, out of my body and mind?  Accept who you are? But, who am I?

Tortured

There are not the decisions I would make for my life and family but they were made for me by someone else and I had no control or choice in any of the situations. I was quickly rolling down the tallest mountain of problems, the likes I’ve never seen being both victim and criminal at the scene of all my crimes. When will my grief end and will I get a second chance? Who is torturing me with this crazy song and dance?

Morning

I woke up in mourning, this morning wondering how I was going to get out of jail, make my wrongs right, and fix my life. If only I had one more chance to write a better life plan of actions, classes, degrees, business deals, to make it all better. I would read every good book and follow the best plans to the letter. Ok, I’m ready to do this, come on, let’s Go. Then I woke up from the realistic stage play of my dream that rocked my world and pulled it apart from the seams.

Today’s Question
Did God get your attention or are you still evil in reality, full of confusion, stuck in your daily dream of a life deferred?
Enjoy the Reading

Exodus 24

Israel Accepts the Lord’s Covenant

24 Then the Lord instructed Moses: “Come up here to me, and bring along Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders. All of you must worship from a distance. Only Moses is allowed to come near to the Lord. The others must not come near, and none of the other people are allowed to climb up the mountain with him.”
Then Moses went down to the people and repeated all the instructions and regulations the Lord had given him. All the people answered with one voice, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded.”
Then Moses carefully wrote down all the Lord’s instructions. Early the next morning Moses got up and built an altar at the foot of the mountain. He also set up twelve pillars, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent some of the young Israelite men to present burnt offerings and to sacrifice bulls as peace offerings to the Lord. Moses drained half the blood from these animals into basins. The other half he splattered against the altar.
Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it aloud to the people. Again they all responded, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded. We will obey.”
Then Moses took the blood from the basins and splattered it over the people, declaring, “Look, this blood confirms the covenant the Lord has made with you in giving you these instructions.”
Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. 10 There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. 11 And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!
12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain. Stay there, and I will give you the tablets of stone on which I have inscribed the instructions and commands so you can teach the people.” 13 So Moses and his assistant Joshua set out, and Moses climbed up the mountain of God.
14 Moses told the elders, “Stay here and wait for us until we come back. Aaron and Hur are here with you. If anyone has a dispute while I am gone, consult with them.”
15 Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it. 16 And the glory of the Lord settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from inside the cloud. 17 To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the Lord appeared at the summit like a consuming fire. 18 Then Moses disappeared into the cloud as he climbed higher up the mountain. He remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Love,
Jonathan