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    Mel's Odd Stuff
          Just a bunch of odds and ends. Life is strange sometimes, so this will probably be strange, too...

    Tue, Oct 31st - 1:21AM

    Just a few bouncing out of Ezekiel 47 (Lee Volmer sent it to me by email)



    What Lee sent me was Ezekiel 47:1-12 or so.  I won't put that here, so that you can go read the whole of it if you'd like.  I just got some cross references out of it that I thought I'd pass along:

    Ezekiel 8:6 (AMP)

    6Furthermore, [the Spirit] said to me, Son of man, do you see what they are doing? The great abominations that the house of Israel is committing here to drive Me far from My sanctuary? But you shall again see greater abominations.

    Ezekiel 40:4 (AMP)

    4And the man said to me, Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears and set your heart and mind on all that I will show you, for you are brought here that I may show them to you. Declare all that you see to the house of Israel.

    Ezekiel 44:5 (AMP)

    5And the Lord said to me, Son of man, mark well and set your heart to see with your eyes and hear with your ears all that I say to you concerning all the ordinances of the house of the Lord and all its laws, and mark well and set your heart to know who are allowed to enter the temple and all those who are excluded from the sanctuary.

    Isaiah 60:13 (AMP)

    13The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the plane, and the pine [trees] together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of My feet glorious.

    Isaiah 60:21 (AMP)

    21Your people also shall all be [uncompromisingly and consistently] righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.

    Isaiah 61:3 (AMP)

    3To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion--to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit--that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

    Ezekiel 47:12 (AMP)

    12And on the banks of the river on both its sides, there shall grow all kinds of trees for food; their leaf shall not fade nor shall their fruit fail [to meet the demand]. Each tree shall bring forth new fruit every month, [these supernatural qualities being] because their waters came from out of the sanctuary. And their fruit shall be for food and their leaves for healing.

    Psalm 1:3 (AMP)

    3And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

    Jeremiah 17:8 (AMP)

    8For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.

    Revelation 22:2 (AMP)

    2Through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing and the restoration of the nations.

    I see that my place is established, even when I am in some ways somewhat unaware of just what that place might be.  It is a good place.  It is a place that I get to starting from here, but not on my own power.  Still, despite the fact that I do not deserve any attribution of righteousness on my own, I know that it will be given me by virtue of Christ.

    In Christ,

    Mel



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    Fri, Oct 27th - 8:39PM

    Man, know your place!      (all passages from the NIV translation)



    Deuteronomy 10:14

     

     14 To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.

     

    Psalm 24:1

     

     1 The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
           the world, and all who live in it;

     

    Psalm 50:10-12

     

     10 for every animal of the forest is mine,
           and the cattle on a thousand hills.

     11 I know every bird in the mountains,
           and the creatures of the field are mine.

     12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
           for the world is mine, and all that is in it.

    Job 22:2

     

     2 "Can a man be of benefit to God?
           Can even a wise man benefit him?

     

    Acts 17:24-28

     

     24"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'

     

    Exodus 19:5-6

     

    5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you  will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."



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    Mon, Oct 16th - 12:21AM

    John the Baptist



    Luke 1:39-45 (NIV)

     

     39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

     

    Mark 1:2-8 (NIV)

     

     2It is written in Isaiah the prophet:
       "I will send my messenger ahead of you,
          who will prepare your way”—
     3"a voice of one calling in the desert,
       'Prepare the way for the Lord,
          make straight paths for him.' " 4And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

     

    Matthew 3:13-15 (NIV)

     

     13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

     15Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.

    John 1:19-34 (NIV)

     19Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ."

     21They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"
          He said, "I am not."
          "Are you the Prophet?"
          He answered, "No."

     22Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"

     23John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' "

     24Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

     26"I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."

     28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

     29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' 31I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."

     32Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' 34I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."

    Luke 7:18-23 (AMP)

        18And John's disciples brought him [who was now in prison] word of all these things.

        19And John summoned to him a certain two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord, saying, Are You He Who is to come, or shall we [continue to] look for another?

        20So the men came to Jesus and said, John the Baptist sent us to You to ask, Are You the One Who is to come, or shall we [continue to] look for another?

        21In that very hour Jesus was healing many [people] of sicknesses and distressing bodily plagues and evil spirits, and to many who were blind He gave [a free, gracious, joy-giving gift of] sight.

        22So He replied to them, Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the good news (the Gospel) preached to them.

        23And blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from outward conditions—and to be envied) is he who takes no offense in Me and who is not hurt or resentful or annoyed or repelled or made to stumble [whatever may occur].

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    Wed, Oct 4th - 2:02AM

    True Unity



    John 14:6 (NIV)

     6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

    John 16:13 (NIV)

    13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

    1 Corinthians 13:6 (NIV)

    6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

    Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

    15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

    Ephesians 5:8-10 (NIV)

     8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10and find out what pleases the Lord.

    1 Timothy 4:6-7 (NIV)

     6If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

    Acts 20:29-31 (NIV)

    29I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

    Galatians 4:16 (NIV)

    16Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

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    Tue, Oct 3rd - 2:15AM

    A Battle Cry to Be Humble, as a Bride Before God



    I lack the time to properly expound my thoughts, but I think that the scriptures here will speak clearly and loudly enough to those who would have ears to hear.  So I string these together for you:

     

    James 4:4-10 (Amplified Bible)

        4You [are like] unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world's friend is being God's enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God.

        5Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love?

        6But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).

        7So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.

        8Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].

        9[As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins].

        10Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].

    1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)

    6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

    1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV)

     9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

    Hosea 2:19-25 (NIV)

     19 I will betroth you to me forever;
           I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,
           in love and compassion.

     20 I will betroth you in faithfulness,
           and you will acknowledge the LORD.

     21 "In that day I will respond,"
           declares the LORD—
           "I will respond to the skies,
           and they will respond to the earth;

     22 and the earth will respond to the grain,
           the new wine and oil,
           and they will respond to Jezreel.

     23 I will plant her for myself in the land;
           I will show my love to the one I called 'Not my loved one. '
           I will say to those called 'Not my people, ' 'You are my people';
           and they will say, 'You are my God.' "

    Jeremiah 3:14 (NIV)

     14 "Return, faithless people," declares the LORD, "for I am your husband. I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion.

    Luke 6:27-31 (NIV)

     27"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.

    This last one, I must caveat.  I see this as a commandment on a personal level.  Because of other things in the scriptures about obeying the ones in authority, fearing or not fearing the sword of the ruler as a consequence, etc., I feel it is wrong to attempt to compel a leader who, Christian or not, is ordained by God to do what he (or she) is expected to do.  I do not think it is wrong to encourage one another in this respect, and even to hold to it as an ideal or goal to strive for within the body of believers – as long as it is still on the personal level.

     

    In Christ,

     

    Mel



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    Sun, Oct 1st - 12:24AM

    The Gut Reaction



    Ok.  I have another quick question or two.  Like always, I almost always have somewhere I am going with this, but expect it will take a turn in a different dirrection.  Such is the way it is.

    Anyways the question is:  How do you feel about people burning flags and tearing pages out of the Bible?  What is the first gut reaction you have, and is there another thing that you come to from there?

    Your Brother In Christ,

    Mel



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