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Mark ch. 7 September 5, 2009

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Today I read Mark chapter 7. Reading this was like a whole new bucket full of information to rummage through. Only usually when you rummage through something things are gotten rid of. In this case I found nothing that I wanted to forget or even overlook. As I read along I couldn’t help but want to bury myself in the word of Christ. He said things in this chapter that I really couldn’t help but read twice just to make sure that I was able to take it all in and understand it all. For example Mark 7:6  Jesus says “Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, these people honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me.” WOW is that true or what! how many people do you know that claim they love God and abide by his word, but when they are not in church do not read the bible or even pray. That is who you do not want to be. Where as the people in the church may not know how you really are God does.  Then in verse 15 Jesus states “There is nothing from without a man, that can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile the man.” For those who don’t know Defile means to make unclean.(I didn’t know until I called my mom and she helped me out. Thanks Mom.” My understanding of the rest of this chapter is simple. Those thoughts that are in the hearts of people are what make them unclean. In Chapters 21 and 22 Jesus makes a list of these thoughts. they include adultery, fornication, murder, theft, covetousness, wickedness, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride and foolishness. These thoughts are unclean. In this chapter Jesus also heals a deaf man who also could not speak. That is amazing to me. Another thing that doesn’t surprise me is when Jesus asked people not to tell others what happened what did they do hmmmmmmmmm they told everyone that they saw. It makes you wonder if he had told them to tell everyone would they have told anyone?

Matthew ch. 14 August 28, 2009

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My Dad was talking to me a few days ago, he was telling me that I needed to more or less let go and let God. I believe that this is a task that is difficult for everyone at first when finding religion. I won’t say that I have mastered it but the more that I read the easier it gets. Tonight I asked God to guide me to the right chapter because I was going to read and learn. Then I planned on writing about it. Well low and behold I opened my bible to Matthew chapter 14. It begins with the beheading of John the Baptist. In Matthew 14:13 it begins with Jesus wanting to be alone. Just then all of these crowds begin to follow him from their towns and homes. They are all bringing their sick to him to be healed. As it gets late in the day one of the disciples approaches Jesus and tells him to send the crowds away so that they can get food. Well Jesus says “They don’t need to go away, You give them something to eat.” They had only five loaves of bread and two fish. I must say when looking at a crowd of 5,000 men not including the women and children. I would probably wondered how he thought that that would feed this many people. Jesus said to the disciples “bring them to me.” As he looked up to the heavens he blessed the food and gave the food to his disciples to give to the multitudes. Amazingly there was enough to feed everyone wit twelve baskets of leftovers. I don’t know about you but that sounds like they finished with more than they started with. Matthew 14:22 Jesus told the disciples to go ahead on the boat without him. And they did. While the boat was being tossed around the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea to them. As would most people they thought that he was a ghost. Jesus told them to not be afraid it was him not a ghost. Peter said “Lord if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus simply said “Come.” Peter climbed out of the boat and was walking on water. But the moment he took his focus off of Jesus and became scared, he started to sink. Then cried out to Jesus to save him. Without hesitation Jesus said “Ye of little faith why did you doubt me?” The moment that they set foot in the boat the wind stopped and the waves with it. What I learned from this chapter was you have to trust in God because he will provide everything that you need. When people were hungry he fed 5,000 with just five loaves of bread and two fish. That is pretty amazing to me.

Hello world! August 28, 2009

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