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Sons of Noah

In Genesis 9, the sons of Noah came out of the ship. There were three of them: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham had a son named Canaan. Noah planted a vineyard and one day he got drunk from the wine. It wasn’t a sin to drink wine; it was a sin to be drunk. As he was laying naked in a drunken stupor, his son Ham came upon him.

Everyone falls short of the glory of God (Romans 3). There will be a moment when you will come upon someone who is in a sin stupor. It is then you have a choice. When Ham saw his father’s nakedness, he ran and told his brothers. He broadcast the sin. His brothers immediately went to their father with their faces turned away. They did not want to look upon this sin. Then they covered his nakedness so as no one would see. This reminds me of when Adam and Eve sinned and were naked; God’s first redemptive act was making them garments.

Ham was punished for how he handled his father. His brothers were rewarded with blessing. Why? Wasn’t Noah the one who was drunk? Yes. But Ham did not privately address this sin. Instead, he responded to the sin but himself sinning. There was no need to get his brothers. He could have easily covered his father. He brought the brothers to broadcast what happened.

Sin is not to be broadcast among all. Sadly we live in a society of media and social media where shortcomings are out for all to see. The Bible tells us we are to speak directly to the person in quiet to address the sin. If there is no repentance, then we go to the elders. We aren’t to run and get others to come and see. God commands us to handle sin in this way. When we do, we are leading others to repent and reach for Jesus, rather than run and hide. When we do, we are not glamorizing sin. When we do, we are showing grace with truth.


I have been reading The Message 100: The Story of God in Sequence by Eugene Peterson. I am grateful for the opportunity to review this new release from NavPress. I received this Bible free for review thanks to Tyndale House Publishers. I have read The Message (NavPress) twice and I have read the NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible (Tyndale) as well, so I was eager to dig into the Message 100 to read this new version.

I am enjoying the chronological layout with the trusted paraphrase from Eugene Peterson. Reading in this order allows for a deeper understanding of the Bible, but written at a level that builds bridges for any reading level. It is a pure pleasure being able to sit and read God’s Word in the evening. During a recent message I preached, I recommended this new Bible, because I know that the Message paraphrase is a great translation to read along with a daily reading Bible. I always recommend having a few different translations to read for a deeper understanding. A chronological Bible is a blessing because it helps the reader to see things in an order that is not easy to understand when not in sequence.

The Message can be understood by any type of reader. This new Bible displays the verse numbers so you can look to your daily reading Bible for further study. As well, there is a guide to show where the books can be found as the order is chronological. The 100 readings are designed for a great progression through the books, without any loss to the message of the Gospel. The Bible allows for anyone to encounter Jesus and be moved by how He reveals Himself to us through His Word. There is plenty of room to write in the margins of this Bible as the Spirit leads.

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Grace

This weekend, the Sunday School lesson focuses on the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. Matthew 20:16 says, “So the last will be first and the first will be last.” Grace is when you get what you don’t deserve, and in this parable we see the workers who were there the longest reacting because people were getting the same payment for working less.

We have a problem with grace. Some of us don’t know how to accept grace, while some of us like to drown ourselves in it and think it gives us protection to keep on sinning. Some of us can accept it for ourselves, but we don’t like when it is given to others. Some of us cannot show grace to others. Some of us try to earn our own way.

graceFor the lesson, I searched for different song titles including the word “grace.” This collection provides some different words that some associate with grace. What does grace mean to you?  With regard to this parable, place yourself in the position of the workers who were there all day. How do you feel when those who barely worked received the same payment?  Consider this in your own situation, at your own workplace—how do YOU feel when your co-workers are getting what you think they don’t deserve?

This is a hard lesson for anyone. We so often can find ourselves thinking someone doesn’t deserve something. Someone doesn’t deserve the promotion. Someone doesn’t deserve the help. Someone doesn’t deserve the forgiveness. Someone doesn’t deserve—GRACE. That’s grace! We don’t deserve it. But we are given it anyway. Stop pointing out what isn’t deserved. Accept grace. Give grace. And remember, no one deserves it, but God has given it anyway out of love, because of who He is. That’s the beauty of grace.

“For grace proclaims the awesome truth that all is a gift. All that is good is ours not by right but by the sheer bounty of a gracious God.”

                                                                                             – Brennan Manning

“Grace is the free, undeserved goodness and favor of God to mankind.”      

– Matthew Henry

 

Settling Down With God: A Study of 1 Kings

Image This book is a 10 Session Bible Study book great for both individual study or group Bible study.

I just finished working on this new project, Settling Down With God: A Study of 1 Kings. Funny enough, when God gave me the title, I initially thought that He wanted me to write about coping with AdHd in a biblical manner, because AdHd is something that both my daughter and I have learned to deal with over the years. Nonetheless, I waited for His direction and later learned that I was way off course.

I was very excited to dig deeper into 1 Kings for this project, as it is always a book I enjoy reading. There is so much there; I am always amazed.

For my first three books, and my 4th book (the Daily Good complimentary 14-day Devotional), I actually used my own personal photography. Each of the photos on all four of those books were taken in Australia. I wanted to do things differently this time around. My daughter is quite the artist and I asked if she could design the book cover. She merely was told that it was a Bible study book on 1 Kings.

As my daughter completed the book cover, I was working on the text. When we both were finished, my daughter sat by my side and helped to edit the cover till it was as she thought best for her vision. She told me that the puzzle pieces were used on the cover because it represents how each one of us is a special piece, we each are different, but we belong to one body. Then she said at the same time, our lives are made up of different pieces. I was so impressed by what she has already learned so far, to see her vision brought to life, and to work with her on this project.

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