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October 29 - Evening

"You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written:
'As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me;     every tongue will acknowledge God.’
So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God."

- Romans 14:10-12

Inept Judgment of Other Believers

Paul asks two emphatic questions in Romans 14:10. First, “why do you judge your brother?” This first emphatic question emphasizes the “you” who is the less mature brother who doesn’t understand that eating meat (or, whatever non-issue is the current fad or rage in the church) is not a sin, yet is judging a fellow believer for doing so. And, second, “why do you treat them with contempt?” This emphatic question emphasizes the “you” who is the mature believer treating the younger, less mature believer with contempt for their lack of understanding. Paul’s point is they are both wrong for this baseless judgment of each other.
Take note that Paul is rebuking believers for passing judgment that is based on two types of faulty criteria. One, Paul is rebuking believers with less understanding for advancing non-important issues as being major issues of sin and morality when they are not. And, two, he is also rebuking someone for passing judgment on a younger believer who is still developing. This second case would be similar to an older sibling making fun of a younger brother or sister in first grade for not understanding high school math.
Paul is rebuking believers for a faulty standard of judgment, he is not saying never judge and never evaluate others, since this would contradict his other teachings that clearly tell us to “mark those who cause division” (Romans 16:17 ; Titus 3:10), judge false teachers (Galatians 1:8-9, 1 Timothy 1:3; 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 John 1:10), identify lazy Christians who do “not live according to the teaching you received from us,” (2 Thess. 3:6), take note of the man who disregards Paul’s teaching and “do not associate with him,” (2 Thess. 3:14).
Our motivation for restricting inept judgment of each other today is identified by Paul.  Each of us will stand before the Lord for judgment and “each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” The phrase “give an account” is a phrase used to refer to a financial record. Even as saved and redeemed believers we will be called upon to explain our records of behavior, attitudes, words and actions before the “bema” seat, or  “before God’s judgment seat.” This is not a judgment to determine our eternal destiny in heaven or in hell, but it is instead an evaluation of our performance as believers.
Doxa (Gr) - Glory (Eng) - the Greek word doxa means glory. The secular Greek meaning of doxa before it was used in the translation of the Hebrew scriptures into the Greek Septuagint (LXX) was "opinion, view, estimate, fame, honor, praise." In the Septuagint the word doxa was used to translate the Hebrew word kebod ("honor, glory, majesty, wealth") into Greek. The New Testament use of he Greek word doxa altered its Greek meaning forever to capture the idea of "radiance," "glory," "divine, heavenly radiance," "majesty of God," and "the being of God."
Do I judge other believers with a faulty judgment scale?
Or, is my ability to discern truth from error and right from wrong lacking so greatly that I can't judge anything correctly?
I will seek to be discerning, yet supportive of others.
I will be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove. (Matthew 10:16)

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Desire to know Christ better
Government reform
Somalia - radical Islamists contribute to the trouble as jihadists enter Somalia to fight the government.

An aqueduct at Caesarea with the Mediterranean Sea in the background.
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Details of the House of Ahiel
The house of Ahiel was a four-room house built into and over the Millo below the Jebusite wall and below the Royal Palace around 650 BC in the days of Josiah and Jeremiah. The four columns would have supported a flat roof. The staircase would have provided access to the flat roof. Notice the square box in the small room on the lower right – this is the bathroom. The toilet seat, or the box, can be seen in other photos here.
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Someone to Quote

"The perfect church service,would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God." - C.S. Lewis

Something to Ponder

Council of Verona (1184) - instituted the inquisition of heretics

Here’s a Fact

These ancient cultures have a Flood story in their history or fokelore: Tanzania, Egypt, China, Syria, Babylon, Chaldea, India, Australia, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, Greece, Inca, Peru, Mexico, Aztec, Cree Indians (Canada), Ojibwe Indians (Minnesota), Deleware Indians, Cherokee and, of course, the Israelites.


"Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him."
- Proverbs 29:20

Coach’s Corner

You are uniquely a leader for someone and the answer to someone’s prayer. If you don’t know who they are then find them, they are waiting for you! 

Romans 16:17
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17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.
Titus 3:10
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10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.
Galatians 1:8-9
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But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
1 Timothy 1:3
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Timothy Charged to Oppose False Teachers
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer
1 Timothy 6:3
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If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,
2 John 1:10
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10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.
2 Thessalonians 3:6
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Warning Against Idleness
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
2 Thessalonians 3:14
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14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed.
Matthew 10:16
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16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
1 Corinthians 7
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Concerning Married Life
Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.
Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Concerning Change of Status
17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
Concerning the Unmarried
25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
36 If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married. 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better.
39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. 40 In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
Luke 17:11-18:14
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Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
The Coming of the Kingdom of God
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” [36] 
37 “Where, Lord?” they asked.
He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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