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I need to step up my bible memorization so I am going to be sharing a weekly set of verses here. All verses will of course be in KJV. Feel free, if you want, to memorize along with me. 🙂

Psalm 139: 1-6

1 O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me

2 Thou knowest my downsitting and my uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways

4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.

5 Thou has beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

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To think on…

Some of the sting is taken from sin if we think of it as a misfortune. Often we do this; we talk of the unfortunate heathen, the unfortunate criminal, the unfortunate delinquent, the unfortunate drunkard. Each time we use the word we are attempting to protect the sinner from the judgment of God by using a word that puts him in a passive, helpless position instead of an active responsible one.

The first chapter of Romans makes it quite clear that even the most debauched heathen are not unfortunate heirs of a sinful heritage, but rather personal participants in a sinful life of their own choosing. They had the light of conscience and creation but they chose the darkness of idolatry and superstition.

Jesus did not talk about sin as a passive misfortune but as an active responsibility: “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloak for their sin” (John 15:22)

Taken from:

Daily Gospel by Paul B Smith, Zondervan Publishing House; Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1964

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This was posted in a group I belong to and I thought I’d share it here. I did finish it, with all 30 books and the variant found, but my head still hurts from trying so hard to find them. I know I have done it before, a long time ago, but I had forgotten and ended up having to use Google to help me.

Can you find thirty (30) books of the Bible in this paragraph? Actually, there are 31 if you can find the variant of one Old Testament prophet’s name.

There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph. Can you find them? This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much, he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That’s a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, “The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight.” Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus; there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found.

Can you find them all? Can you find the book which is hidden here that has a name variant to make the 31?

Have fun! 😀

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Last night was Ladies Night at my church. I love going to these once a month events. Our pastor’s wife is really creative, with an eye for detail, and she always decorates the tables with the most beautiful arrangements from items that cost her next to nothing. I didn’t think to bring my camera but next time I will. Essentially it is an evening of fellowship with light snacks and crafting for the women of the church and friends we are encouraged to bring from the community. The pastor came down from his office and read a devotion with some verses (Micah 6: 6-8) Then we painted / stamped planter boxes. It was neat to see the way how all the boxes began exactly the same, with the same selection of stencils, stamps and paints, yet the finished products were completely unique.

I’m contemplating using mine as a potato/onion box which is why I put the cover on it. It still needs something more but I haven’t decided what:

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14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

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