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4th February, 2005. 6:43 pm. Isaiah 56:1-8(joie_)

Thus says the LORD: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this,and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it,and keeps his hand from doing any evil." Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, "The LORD will surely separate me from his people"; and let not the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree."

For thus says the LORD:

"To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which shall not be cut off.

"And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, every one who keeps the sabbath, and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant--these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

"Thus says the Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered."

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4th February, 2005. 6:40 pm.(joie_)

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when you have finished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.


-Victor Hugo

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4th February, 2005. 5:36 pm. Psalm 91(joie_)

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

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18th January, 2005. 5:27 pm. Read Exodus 2 -- 4(joie_)

Bible Pathways

January 18

Read Exodus 2 -- 4

In Today's Reading:

Early life of Moses; his flight into Midian; the burning bush; his commission to free the nation of Israel; his return to Egypt

Moses, the son of Israelite slaves, enjoyed the luxury of the Egyptian palace! It came to pass . . . when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting (striking, beating) a Hebrew, one of his brethren. And . . . when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand (Exodus 2:11-12).

Moses was 40 years old when he executed the cruel Egyptian. This was Moses' legal right, since he was of the royal household and possibly second only to Pharaoh in administering justice. Moses was in the prime of his life and, from a natural point of view, it would seem to be the ideal time for God to use him to set His people free from their suffering.

But Moses was forced to flee Egypt. This was followed by 40 years of loneliness as a shepherd in a desert wilderness. It must have seemed to Moses a waste of 40 years to do nothing of importance. But, with the Lord, such time is never wasted. It was in the desert that the Lord appeared to him and said: Draw not near here: put off your shoes from off your feet, for the place whereon you stand is holy ground (3:5). Moses could never have learned humility or been able to come closer to God in an Egyptian palace. He was too busy and too important. But both experiences were vital in preparing him to be the person God could use to lead His people out of Egypt, through the desert, and on to the borders of the promised land.

The wisdom of the world cannot qualify us to make right decisions in life We must be taught by the Holy Spirit through reading His Word and being obedient to its truth. It is the Holy Spirit's anointing on what we do and say that makes our lives worthwhile. Like Moses, our most basic need is the removal of self-sufficiency. It was spiritually necessary for Moses to tend sheep on the backside of the desert to eliminate self-will and fully yield to God's will (3:1).

The highly-educated Apostle Paul wrote: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God (II Corinthians 3:5).

Christ Revealed:

As the I AM THAT I AM who commissioned Moses (Exodus 3:13-14; compare Hebrews 13:8). Jesus said to them, Verily, verily (Truly, truly), I say to you, Before Abraham was, I am (John 8:58).

Word Studies:

2:13 strove = were quarreling; 2:16 of Midian = of the descendants of Abraham through his second wife Keturah (Genesis 25:1-4); 2:23 sighed by reason = groaned because; 2:25 had respect unto = was concerned about; 3:22 spoil = take the wealth of.

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10th January, 2005. 9:46 am.(joie_)

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what
he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from
that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please
the Spirit will reap eternal life."

--Galatians 6:7-8
New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
Isn't it incredible how huge trees grow out of tiny seeds!
This principle runs throughout all of life. We can never
completely get away from the seeds we sow. So let's not fool
ourselves while we're trying to do a "snow job" on God. Let's
make sure the seeds we sow are the ones we want sprouting up!

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10th January, 2005. 9:46 am.(joie_)

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock
and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks
receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door
will be opened."

--Matthew 7:7-8
New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
Ask! So often we're afraid to ask for help because we have
to admit we don't have the answers. Seek! Effort and interest
and perseverance are necessary and that's sometimes hard.
Knock! But God wants us to use the A.S.K. principle and bring
our hearts before him. So let's not whine, complain, desire,
and want. Let's A.S.K. our Father and seek his glory

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10th January, 2005. 9:45 am.(joie_)

If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God, who gives
generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given
to him.

--James 1:5
New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
Wisdom is that illusive quality we respect in others and
find so difficult to develop in ourselves. Yet God promises it
to those who really ask. But remember the secret of ASKing --
asking, seeking, and knocking. Or better yet, check out
Proverbs 2. Wisdom is ours only if we seek it above all other
possessions and value it above all other diversions. God longs
to impart it, but there is something about wisdom that demands
we value it before we can receive it.

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2nd January, 2005. 8:32 am.(joie_)

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL

Anyways I'm off to church.

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29th December, 2004. 1:49 am.(geeksta15)

wow is this place dead ::pokes it::

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9th December, 2004. 1:05 am. Hey!(geeksta15)

Hey y'all what's up. NOthing much here boredom ..yes..it's 1;05am. I am awake canyou tell??Really? Hm,yeah, I don't know where my glasses are again.

Anyways. That's it

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