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Spiritual Training X2

September 11 - Evening

[False Prophets] "'Do not prophesy,' their prophets say. 'Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.' [Micah speaks] Should it be said, O house of Jacob: 'Is the Spirit of the Lord angry? Does he do such things? ' [The Lord Speaks] 'Do not my words do good to him whose ways are upright?'... If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ that would be just the prophet for this people!' " - Micah 2:6-7, 11

God's Word vs. Popular Opinion

The political prophets and professional priests told Micah,
"Do not prophesy about these things that disgrace us by exposing our corrupt practices. Do not keep saying judgment will come to us because of our insincere preaching/prophesying/teaching.”

Micah responds to the false prophets who are telling him to stop making them look bad by asking them,
“Do you think God will listen to you? Do you think that just because the majority of the people are siding with the false prophets God is going to give up? ‘Does the Spirit of the Lord do such things’ like adjust to the popular opinion or give up (‘impatient,’ 'angry' or ‘become too short’) because he doesn’t have public support?”

God's word blesses those who are upright, not those who become like a corrupt society. Micah then says that these people would love a lying and deceiving prophet who predicted that God would bless them with extravagant prosperity to meet their sensual desires. They | would love a prophet who said, “God is going to provide you with plenty of wine and beer.”
"That would be just the prophet for this people!" - Micah 2:11

Jeremiah said the same thing concerning the people’s willingness to following deceptive preachers when he said:
“A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and MY PEOPLE LOVE IT THIS WAY!” – Jeremiah 5:30-31

"But what will you do in the end?" - Jeremiah 5:31
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Dakruo and Klaio - "Shed a Tear" and "Wailing" - In John 11:35 the Bible says that "Jesus wept." Here the word for wept is Dakruo meaning Jesus shed a tear at Lazarus' tomb that day. But, in Luke 19:41 the Bible says that as Jesus approached Jerusalem "he wept over it." In this case the word "wept" is from the Greek word Klaio which means to weep and wail out of overwhelming grief!
When Peter wept in Luke 22:62 the word
Klaio is used but described with the adjective pikros which means "bitter, pungent." Klaio pikros describes violent, uncontrolled wailing.
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Are there things that I do not want to hear concerning God's nature or his Truth?
I will open my heart to accept the fullness of God's Truth and not merely the parts I like.

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Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text

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Spiritual enlightenment


Understanding of Grace
Vice President
Nauru - economic meltdown

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Tomb of Christ - This is the marble slab that covers the burial bench of Jesus located in the Rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It was placed here in 1555. The split in the middle of the slab was put there on purpose to discourage Muslim looters during the Ottoman Empire. (click on image for larger size)
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The territories of the church in 1054 AD when the Western (Latin, Roman) Church split from the Eastern (Orthodox) Church. click on image for larger size)

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Someone to Quote

“O Lord, forgive what I have been, sanctify what I am, and direct what I will be.”

Something to Ponder

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In the 301 AD the entire nation of Armenia became the first nation to officially adopt Christianity. Many moved to Jerusalem and remain today in the Armenian Quarter of the city.  In 425 Mesrop, bishop of Armenia, created an Armenian alphabet to translate the Bible.

Here’s a Fact

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On the manuscripts of Bach’s musical compositions it is seen that he writes the letters “J. J.” at the start and ends with the letters “S.D.G.” They are Latin abbreviations for “Jesu Juva” (Jesus help me!) and “Soli Deo Gloria” (To the glory of God alone!).


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"A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward."
- Proverbs 11:18

Coach’s Corner

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The Apostle Paul was rejected in synagogue after synagogue and was driven from multiple cities until he was arrested and decapitated. Paul’s life and ministry could be considered a catastrophe. But, the fact remains, it was not. 

Matthew 8
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
The Faith of the Centurion
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
Jesus Heals Many
14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“He took up our infirmities     and bore our diseases.”
The Cost of Following Jesus
18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Jesus Calms the Storm
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men
28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.
Ezekiel 45
New International Version (NIV)
Israel Fully Restored
45 “‘When you allot the land as an inheritance, you are to present to the Lord a portion of the land as a sacred district, 25,000 cubits long and 20,000 cubits wide; the entire area will be holy. Of this, a section 500 cubits square is to be for the sanctuary, with 50 cubits around it for open land. In the sacred district, measure off a section 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide. In it will be the sanctuary, the Most Holy Place. It will be the sacred portion of the land for the priests, who minister in the sanctuary and who draw near to minister before the Lord. It will be a place for their houses as well as a holy place for the sanctuary. An area 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide will belong to the Levites, who serve in the temple, as their possession for towns to live in.
“‘You are to give the city as its property an area 5,000 cubits wide and 25,000 cubits long, adjoining the sacred portion; it will belong to all Israel.
“‘The prince will have the land bordering each side of the area formed by the sacred district and the property of the city. It will extend westward from the west side and eastward from the east side, running lengthwise from the western to the eastern border parallel to one of the tribal portions. This land will be his possession in Israel. And my princes will no longer oppress my people but will allow the people of Israel to possess the land according to their tribes.
“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have gone far enough, princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing my people, declares the Sovereign Lord. 10 You are to use accurate scales, an accurate ephah and an accurate bath. 11 The ephah and the bath are to be the same size, the bath containing a tenth of a homer and the ephah a tenth of a homer; the homer is to be the standard measure for both. 12 The shekel is to consist of twenty gerahs. Twenty shekels plus twenty-five shekels plus fifteen shekels equal one mina.
13 “‘This is the special gift you are to offer: a sixth of an ephah from each homer of wheat and a sixth of an ephah from each homer of barley. 14 The prescribed portion of olive oil, measured by the bath, is a tenth of a bath from each cor (which consists of ten baths or one homer, for ten baths are equivalent to a homer). 15 Also one sheep is to be taken from every flock of two hundred from the well-watered pastures of Israel. These will be used for the grain offerings, burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to make atonement for the people, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 All the people of the land will be required to give this special offering to the prince in Israel. 17 It will be the duty of the prince to provide the burnt offerings, grain offerings and drink offerings at the festivals, the New Moons and the Sabbaths—at all the appointed festivals of Israel. He will provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to make atonement for the Israelites.
18 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In the first month on the first day you are to take a young bull without defect and purify the sanctuary. 19 The priest is to take some of the blood of the sin offering and put it on the doorposts of the temple, on the four corners of the upper ledge of the altar and on the gateposts of the inner court. 20 You are to do the same on the seventh day of the month for anyone who sins unintentionally or through ignorance; so you are to make atonement for the temple.
21 “‘In the first month on the fourteenth day you are to observe the Passover, a festival lasting seven days, during which you shall eat bread made without yeast. 22 On that day the prince is to provide a bull as a sin offering for himself and for all the people of the land. 23 Every day during the seven days of the festival he is to provide seven bulls and seven rams without defect as a burnt offering to the Lord, and a male goat for a sin offering. 24 He is to provide as a grain offering an ephah for each bull and an ephah for each ram, along with a hin of olive oil for each ephah.
25 “‘During the seven days of the festival, which begins in the seventh month on the fifteenth day, he is to make the same provision for sin offerings, burnt offerings, grain offerings and oil.

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