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    Mel's Weekly Study
          Just a simple place for me to put a scripture or two. My plan is to have one here a week or so. I was trying to do one a day, but think I need to go slower. Maybe I'll comment, maybe you will...

          Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

          Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11)

          Test everything. Hold on to the good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

          Examine what I say, challenge me if I seem wrong, rebuke me if I am way off the mark...

    Mon, Jan 26th - 12:09PM

    Psalm 15 (NIV)



     1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
           Who may live on your holy hill?

     2 He whose walk is blameless
           and who does what is righteous,
           who speaks the truth from his heart

     3 and has no slander on his tongue,
           who does his neighbor no wrong
           and casts no slur on his fellowman,

     4 who despises a vile man
           but honors those who fear the LORD,
           who keeps his oath
           even when it hurts,

     5 who lends his money without usury
           and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
           He who does these things
           will never be shaken.



    Comment (2)

    Sat, Jan 3rd - 2:31PM

    A small bit from Hosea...



     2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD."

    Hosea 1:2 (NIV)


    Now I don't know about you, but this request struck me as strange, even though it was explained.  If you were told to do something like this, how would you respond?  I am not sure how I would...


     16 "In that day," declares the LORD,
           "you will call me 'my husband';
           you will no longer call me baal, 'my master.'   (clarification added by me from notes)

    Hosea 2:16 (NIV)


    Even in the Old Testament times, it was not Our God's intent to 'Lord it over us' and rule us with an iron hand.


     1 The LORD said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes."
     2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels (about 170 grams) of silver and about a homer and a lethek (about 10 bushels) of barley.  (conversions added by me from notes, not that the actual cost matters extremely much...)

    Hosea 3:1-2 (NIV)


    Look here and understand: She does not deserve Love, even by many worldly standards. Yet, Hosea is to "Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they ..." and you can insert your particular pet peeve here.  Understand:  Love is not about deserving it.  Certainly, she was given instructions.  But that was after being taken back.  Understand.  She was paid for with a price, and so she was his again.

    I think we burden each other too much with what I would call "Christian Quid Pro Quo" where we make our faith a matter of value of something exchanged for something we could never earn in fair exchange.  Stop making oaths and stop trying to live up to terms of a contract that does not exist.  Love as we were first loved.  Period.  And understand where this came from and who the author of it all is...

    In Truth,

    Mel



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    Name: Mel Miller
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    Member Since: 2005-08-26
    Location: Aurora, Colorado, United States
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    About Me: I've been a christian for some time, but squandered my time and talents 'in a foreign land' I have been in the military (active and reserves) for just a couple of years shy of 30. I have two lovely daughters, and life seems to often be strange to me... more

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