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September 13 - Morning

"But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord's wrath, until he pleads my case." - Micah 7:7-9

Punishment and Discipline

Israel’s punishment is different than that of other nations, just as punishment of God’s children is different than that of unbelievers in that there is always a redemptive value. When unbelievers are punished it is to destroy them and remove them from history. But, when the people of God rebel against the Lord they are punished for the purpose of correcting and strengthening. Hebrews calls it “discipline”:
“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?” – Hebrews 12:7

So, Micah speaking for his people says he will watch in hope for the Lord’s corrective plan to take place. He is waiting for “God my Savior” to appear and provide salvation and deliverance.
Then, Micah warns the unbelievers and the enemies of Israel not to gloat because Israel will rise again, but this time stronger, more disciplined, with understanding and the power of God on their side. The same is true for believers who recover from sin. The discipline (or, punishment) they endured has the potential to make them better than they were before because their weakness has been exposed and corrections have been made.
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Shamar (Hb) - Keep (Eng) - Shamar means "guard, protect" as is seen in the priestly blessing of Numbers 6:23-27: Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: 'The Lord bless you and KEEP you.' " The original word picture for the word shamar is a sheepfold. In the evening the shepherd would gather thorn bushes to create a makeshift corral for his flock to spend the evening. The key to this corral was, of course, the thorns in the gathered bushes. The thorns would protect the sheep from predators. So, when the word shamar is translated "keep" it does not mean "obey" initially, but means to "guard and protect." We are told to shamar ("keep") God's commands.
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Can I identify an area in life that I have failed in because of sin or some loss I suffered because of sin?
Today I will confess unconfessed sin, seek God and wait for him to restore me.

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Nepal - church is growing

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Behind the glass the rock of Calvary can be seen in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.(click on image for larger size)
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Fault lines or the continental plates (click on image for larger size)

Someone to Quote

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“If the Devil were wise enough and would stand by in silence and let the gospel be preached, he would suffer less harm. For when there is no battle for the gospel it rusts and it finds no cause and no occasion to show its vigor and power. Therefore, nothing better can befall the gospel than that the world should fight it with force and cunning.” – Martin Luther

Something to Ponder

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A Soviet cosmonaut had said that he had been to outer space and did not see God. But, American astronaut Frank Borman replied to a question after his flight around the moon by saying: “I did not see Him either,…but I saw his evidence.”

Here’s a Fact

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Ancient records record that there were writings “before the flood.” An ancient king in Babylon wrote that “he loved to read the writings of the age before the Flood.” Assyrian King Assurbanipal referred to “inscriptions of the time before the Flood.” Assurbanipal had a large library assembled in Nineveh.


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"The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."
- Proverbs 13:17

Coach’s Corner

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The Lord is searching for someone to use. Let him show himself strong in you.

Daniel 8
New International Version (NIV)
Daniel’s Vision of a Ram and a Goat
In the third year of King Belshazzar’s reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared to me. In my vision I saw myself in the citadel of Susa in the province of Elam; in the vision I was beside the Ulai Canal. I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later. I watched the ram as it charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against it, and none could rescue from its power. It did as it pleased and became great.
As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between its eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. It came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at it in great rage. I saw it attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering its two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against it; the goat knocked it to the ground and trampled on it, and none could rescue the ram from its power. The goat became very great, but at the height of its power the large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven.
Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. 10 It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. 11 It set itself up to be as great as the commander of the army of the Lord; it took away the daily sacrifice from the Lord, and his sanctuary was thrown down. 12 Because of rebellion, the Lord’s people and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.
13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, “How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled—the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, the surrender of the sanctuary and the trampling underfoot of the Lord’s people?”
14 He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.”
The Interpretation of the Vision
15 While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.”
17 As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.”
18 While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.
19 He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is the first king. 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.
23 “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.
26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”
27 I, Daniel, was worn out. I lay exhausted for several days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding.
John 5
New International Version (NIV)
The Healing at the Pool
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4]  One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,
10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”
12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”
13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
The Authority of the Son
16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.
24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
Testimonies About Jesus
31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.
33 “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.
36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
41 “I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
Joel 1
New International Version (NIV)
The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.
An Invasion of Locusts

Hear this, you elders;     listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days     or in the days of your ancestors?

Tell it to your children,     and let your children tell it to their children,     and their children to the next generation.

What the locust swarm has left     the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left     the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left     other locusts have eaten.

Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!     Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine,     for it has been snatched from your lips.

A nation has invaded my land,     a mighty army without number; it has the teeth of a lion,     the fangs of a lioness.

It has laid waste my vines     and ruined my fig trees. It has stripped off their bark     and thrown it away,     leaving their branches white.

Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth     grieving for the betrothed of her youth.

Grain offerings and drink offerings     are cut off from the house of the Lord. The priests are in mourning,     those who minister before the Lord.
The fields are ruined,     the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed,     the new wine is dried up,     the olive oil fails.
Despair, you farmers,     wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley,     because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
The vine is dried up     and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree—     all the trees of the field—are dried up. Surely the people’s joy     is withered away.
A Call to Lamentation
Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn;     wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth,     you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings     are withheld from the house of your God.
Declare a holy fast;     call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders     and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God,     and cry out to the Lord.
Alas for that day!     For the day of the Lord is near;     it will come like destruction from the Almighty.
Has not the food been cut off     before our very eyes— joy and gladness     from the house of our God?
The seeds are shriveled     beneath the clods. The storehouses are in ruins,     the granaries have been broken down,     for the grain has dried up.
How the cattle moan!     The herds mill about because they have no pasture;     even the flocks of sheep are suffering.
To you, Lord, I call,     for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness     and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.
Even the wild animals pant for you;     the streams of water have dried up     and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness.

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