Reps and Sets

Spiritual Training X2

  • Stacks Image 3961

January 16 - Morning

"He said to them, 'Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.' His brothers said to him, 'Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?' And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. 'Listen,' he said, 'I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars  were bowing down to me.' ”

- Genesis 37:6-9

God's Plan Will Be Accomplished

When Pharaoh or the Egyptians in prison had a dream they needed an interpretation to understand the meaning of the dream. But, in Joseph’s family, the mere telling the dream was enough for a full, unified understanding of the dream’s symbolic meaning.
Interestingly, Genesis 37:11 says:
“His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.”

Joseph’s father, Jacob, could also have been skeptical and angry, but Jacob has learned what his sons have not learned: Just watch and see…it either will or won’t be true, but either way man’s hand in this will be limited and God’s plan will be accomplished. I just don’t want to get caught in the cross fire resisting God!
It seems that things might have went better, or at least differently, if Joseph had not succumbed to the desire to share these dreams with his family.
Chazon (Hb) - Vision (Eng) - chazon is the Hebrew noun that means a “vision” that is either in an ecstatic condition or a vision in the night. Chazon is also refers to “revelation,” “oracle,” and “prophecy.” Daniel and Ezekiel received chazon and needed angelic assistance in understanding. Chazon is used 11x in Daniel, 7x in Ezekiel and 35x in the whole Old Testament.
Do I trust God is working in my life?
Do I consider God to be an active force each day?
I will work and do right, but I will also trust that God is working and doing right each day of my life.

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


Complete Text

General Text


For peace and contentment


Proclamation of God's Word
Social justice
Instability and violence in East Africa (Somalia, Kenya)

The north wall of the city of Jerusalem stands on the same bedrock that it did in the days of the Bible. This bedrock rises out of Mount Moriah that the Temple Mount sets on to the south of this wall.
A map detailing Abram's journey into Egypt in Genesis 12.

Someone to Quote

"Most church services would be rejected by the FDA for not providing the required nutritional value necessary for spiritual growth."
- Galyn Wiemers

Something to Ponder

In an attempt to confront a spiritless, formal church in 155 AD Montanus began to stress the Second Coming of Christ and taught that inspiration by the Holy Spirit was continuous and immediately occurring through him. He began to teach that the Kingdom of God would appear in Pepuza, Phrygia. His followers became strict ascetics fasting often and eating only dry, cold food. Two well-known women, Prisca and Maximilla, prophesied for him while he preached with great emotion and the waving of a handkerchief.  The Montanist hoped not to die in bed, but to die as martyrs. Montanus predicted that, “After me there will be no prophecy, but the End will come.” At the Council of Constantinople in 381 they were condemned as heretics and encouraged to be looked at as a pagan religion.

Here’s a Fact

In Acts 13:7 Paul met with Sergius Paulus who Luke says was the Governor on the island of Cyprus. Skeptics and critics have doubted the historical accuracy of Luke's record in Acts, but six things proved the accuracy of Luke's document.
First, historical evidence shows that after 22 BC Cyprus was a senatorial province governed by a proconsul (Gr - anthupatos).
Second, an inscription found in northern Cyprus from the time of Luke and Paul says in a blue marble slab:
[Q]UINTUS SER[GIUS PAULUS] (Details here; image here)
Third, an additional inscription with the family name of "Sergii Paulli" was found in 1912 in Pisidain Antioch. This family had large estates near Pisidian Antioch, which was Paul's next stop after Cyprus. (Details here. image here)
Four, a boundary stone was found in Rome in 1887 which had been set up by Emperor Claudius Caesar listing the names of leaders in charge of supervision of the Tiber River. L. Sergius Paullus is mentioned again:
Fifth, Pliny the Elder refers to Sergius Paulus in his writings on "Natural History," while also mentioning that the island of Cyprus was filled with praticioners of sorcery. (Details here.)
Sixth, in 1877 an inscription from around 54 AD that includes the phrase "the proconsul Paulus" was found north of Paphos in the city of Silo. (The full inscription is here.)


"To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue."
- Proverbs 16:1

Coach’s Corner

Improve your life by simply thinking about things that are accurate, honorable, factual, wholesome, beautiful, excellent, exceptional, and commendable.

Genesis 18
New International Version (NIV)
The Three Visitors
18 The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord,[a] do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”
“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”
So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs[b] of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”
Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.
“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.
“There, in the tent,” he said.
10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.
11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
Abraham Pleads for Sodom
16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[c] 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[d] 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[e] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”
“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”
29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”
He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”
He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”
32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.
  1. Genesis 18:3 Or eyes, Lord
  2. Genesis 18:6 That is, probably about 36 pounds or about 16 kilograms
  3. Genesis 18:18 Or will use his name in blessings (see 48:20)
  4. Genesis 18:22 Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition but the Lord remained standing before Abraham
  5. Genesis 18:24 Or forgive; also in verse 26
Job 7
New International Version (NIV)

“Do not mortals have hard service on earth?     Are not their days like those of hired laborers?

Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,     or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,

so I have been allotted months of futility,     and nights of misery have been assigned to me.

When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’     The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.

My body is clothed with worms and scabs,     my skin is broken and festering.

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,     and they come to an end without hope.

Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;     my eyes will never see happiness again.

The eye that now sees me will see me no longer;     you will look for me, but I will be no more.

As a cloud vanishes and is gone,     so one who goes down to the grave does not return.
He will never come to his house again;     his place will know him no more.
“Therefore I will not keep silent;     I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit,     I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep,     that you put me under guard?
When I think my bed will comfort me     and my couch will ease my complaint,
even then you frighten me with dreams     and terrify me with visions,
so that I prefer strangling and death,     rather than this body of mine.
I despise my life; I would not live forever.     Let me alone; my days have no meaning.
“What is mankind that you make so much of them,     that you give them so much attention,
that you examine them every morning     and test them every moment?
Will you never look away from me,     or let me alone even for an instant?
If I have sinned, what have I done to you,     you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target?     Have I become a burden to you?[a]
Why do you not pardon my offenses     and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust;     you will search for me, but I will be no more.”
  1. Job 7:20 A few manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition and Septuagint; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text I have become a burden to myself.
The Call of Abram
12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,     and I will bless you; I will make your name great,     and you will be a blessing.[a]

I will bless those who bless you,     and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth     will be blessed through you.”[b]
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring[c] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Abram in Egypt
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
Abram and Lot Separate
13 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.
From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord.
Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”
10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.
14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring[d] forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.
  1. Genesis 12:2 Or be seen as blessed
  2. Genesis 12:3 Or earth / will use your name in blessings (see 48:20)
  3. Genesis 12:7 Or seed
  4. Genesis 13:15 Or seed; also in verse 16

Reps & Sets     Today's Workout   |   Locker Room   |   Coach Wiemers   |   Radio   |   Donate   |   Contact