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Here you find our monthly bible study articles. The Heaven's Calling adds articles more then once a mouth though, so keep coming back. Our main recurring articles are called the Power Files, cases of testimony of miracles that only God can do. Bible Chapter Study, whole chapter broke down verse by verse. From the Word, Verse of the month and meaning. Life Elements, topic of today's life with references. Adult Sunday school lessons for the Heartland Nursing Home. Gospel Funnies, a Christian joke. Saint's Corner, A drawing, poem, short story something someone else did and shown on here in spot light.

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FROM THE WORD: JOEL 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Meaning: This book of the bible speaks a lot about the end of times, last days. This verse is powerful, in it's poetic standing to gain attention. The verse is simply about everyone who is accountable for their actions will have to make a decision in their life whether to serve God or to turn from him. From, being under conviction and making the choice to get saved or walk away, to the addicted of sin saying it's enough, to the faithful devoted Christian who is losing the joy in salvation and feeling like giving up being a Christian for really no reason at all, just tired of it. God isn't a forcer, he gives us free will. Serving Christ or serving sin, is a choice. It's our choice but it's a choice that has to be made. Go to the left or right, but you can't say straight, there is no gray area. A choice of whom you will serve is required on earth, or you will be judge and have no choices on that judgement day. 

Life Elements: Secret Sins, Needed Awakening

What is a secret sin? A secret sin is one of the worst sins. (Ep. 5:12)  It is a repeated sin that someone does and tries to hid from the world. Yet, they can't hid it from God. (Je. 16:17 ) Why do people have secret sins? I think all people have secret sins to an extent. For some it is an addiction or something close to an addiction like a bad habit.  For others, some people just can't give up sinful pleasures and act like a Christian, that's a dangerous game they play with God. (1 Chr. 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. ) I think some others aren't even aware of the spiritual danger they are in. 

Strong Warning: (Is. 29:15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?) The thing is there is no security or peace with a secret sin. Whether a sin be in secret or out in the open, a sin is a sin, (Ja. 4:17) and is required to be punished. (Zep. 1:12 ) I don't know how many times "things went wrong" or just had "bad luck", but I knew within my heart, that God has punished me for my uncontrolled thoughts or words.(God's punishment Deut. 31:17) Plus there will always be a "held back" of reaching spiritual maturity. You might feel God in moments, but keeping that spiritual feeling with you always will fade. You will have to fight harder to stay spiritual strong. Sin separates you from God, and there is no other way around that. It can lead you into a reprobate mind.( Ro. 1:28 ) A reprobate mind is when you do a willful sin repeatedly, and God spirit leaves you. Going to hell with secret sins in your life is a real deal. 2 Th. 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

Secret sins are not just one sin, they add up and multiply quickly. Is. 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: Lying to cover up your secret sin. Not being sorry! Oh yea, ready for this hard hit of truth? If you have a secret sin in your life, it's because there is a pleasure in it, maybe a guilty pleasure, where you hate it that you enjoy it, but still a pleasure. And if you keep doing it, then a part of you is excusing it. Even if you consenting battling it, even it you try with all your might to stop, going to the altar, praying, fasting, but it keeps coming back into your life, then a part of you saids it's okay. Maybe 9 out of 10 times you say it's wrong, it's wrong, it's wrong. But that 10th time, but it's your 100 times of your 9 out of 10 times. Maybe later the guilt comes in like a crushing wave, but in that moment it was weakness. (Eze. 8:12) Another warning of God knows all Ro. 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. They carry the burden of being a hyprocrite if you aren't careful. Ho. 7:2 

But here is the true scary thing, secret sins won't stay secret for long, it will come out. (Da. 2:22) I can't count the times my own tongue of gossip bite me in the butt so deserving I might add! (Nu. 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.)(Lu. 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.) These are only a few verses that give out this warning, but the bible from genesis to revelations is filled with this warning. 


But HERES THE THING,  A secret sin doesn't have to be your doom. You can beat it!! You just have to keep trying, keep God's conviction in your heart. Use God as your weapon against sin. Pray, Pray, Pray, take the next step up and go to the altar, try fasting, just don't give up. Even if you failed a thousand times, God knows your heart if you are trying. Going to church- Helps alot! Find you that church, that church that helps. Filled your time and your mind and your heart with things of God. Listen and sing gospel music, go to church, read the bible, pray without ceasing for others. Stay away from temptation, things that will trigger your secret sin. Last but not least, if you need too, get help!


Here are some verse helpers. 

Philip. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Ho. 12:6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment and wait on thy God continually.

1 Th. 5:19 Pray without ceasing

Ja. 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.


I called this article Needed Awakening because in these last days, Christians has gone soft, we need to be bold again. To know who God is and what is and is not okay. Don't allow yourself to be tricked that sins are excusable if you repent.  Yet, I also want you to know, that God knows our heart and our battles, and there is hope as long as you are breathing. 

GREEN = LOOK UP VERSES
BLUE = VERSE ALREADY WRITTEN OUT

BLAST FROM THE PAST: (Very old article)
Life Elements: Reprobate Mind

I chose this topic for a specific reason. There is a heaven and there is a hell. I tell people that a lot. However, there is more to it. God can give up on you before you die. This subject is only mention a very few times in the bible. The word reprobate is probably actually mentioned less then 10 times.  Yet, if it is in the bible, it needs to be said. All Christians and sinners should be aware of this, reprobate mind. To first understand, reprobation, you must first understand that sin is wrong, yet more importantly, willful sins are dangerous to your soul. Willful sins are sins that your conscience tells you not to do but you intently disobey to have pleasure in sin. God can forgive you, but for that reason above, he may NOT because you did it against him on purpose. Maybe it's just one sin, maybe many, however he will put you in a reprobate mind. (Ro. 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. The bottom line is that God will turn against you.(Tit. 1:16They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.)

See, if you choose to do evil, then not only will your soul be destroy but all the good works you do will be bad. Reprobate mind is a scary thing, it could mean no forgiveness, no hope. (God's punishment Lev. 26: 16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: )You could be cursed like you have never known even to the people around you. (Deut. 28:But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.20 The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me. ) These are only part of the curses listed, please keep reading chapter for more detail of God's punishments. 


These four verses that explain reprobate mind the best are. 

Ro. 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

2 Cor. 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

2 Tim. 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.


Reprobate mind is a dangerous thing, you can be on that path of destruction and not realized it. Get back to God or else. 

Deut. 31:17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?

DID YOU KNOW? NUmbers 11
Lusting isn't always a sexual sin in the bible? It is mention in Number 11:4, but they lusted after flesh, not the kind of bedding, but of food! They lusted after meat and fish. It was the time when people were tired of manna. They complained, even Moses himself complain. So, the Lord in quick summary, said okay, but you'll be sorry. He sent them quail, but as soon as they started chewing, he sent a great plague.
How to be a good Christian in two verses
 
Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:Execute…: Heb. Judge judgment of truth
10And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.

knock-knock Jokes Challenge. I submitted a challenge, pick a place, thing, or person from bible and I'll make a knock-knock joke.


Latasha Bennett: Solomon

KNock-Knock Who's There?

Solomon

Solomon Who?

I saw a Solomon at your house earlier.


Sister Jean: Heal (Steve Crouch Got this one)

Knock Knock, Who's There?

Heal

Heal who?

Knock louder I can't heal you. 


Charity Meadows: Noah

Knock Knock

Who's there?

                                                 Noah

                                                 Noah Who?

                                                Noah is at home right now. 

                                                 

                                                Sabrina Hicks: Lot

                                                Knock Knock

                                                Who's there?

                                                 Lot

                                                Lot Who?

                                                 Lot me borrow some salt. 

 

THE POWER FILES: The Case of the Peeing Blood: My dad is a good man of God, and one who has endure many hardships in his life. He started almost a year ago peeing blood, my parents had told me of this, and I honestly prayed and forgot...well the issue came up again. This time much more serious. The seriousness of this issue was scary. The doctors were on Dad's case, and it was time to get real and get answers. Tests, and tests and more tests...Finally came the day of the specialist. The then came the day before of getting the results. My dad who is superman to me, a man of steel. I never knew him to question God or struggle with faith. My dad is my spiritual rock, his rock was shaking and cracking. My mom she was under pressure of being strong and trying not to show worry, was deeply worried. I, in my corner of the world was saying all the right things. Dad is gonna be okay, just keep the faith. TRUTH, I didn't believe it. I didn't. He's been bleeding for so long, it's not simple, antibodies didn't help.... Doubt had overtaken my body. The night before the results, I couldn't take it anymore. I needed God, but I needed my faith. So I told my husband are you staying up to play games or are you going to bed. He knows I'm only ask that question when I need time to pray, really pray. He said, you go in the bedroom by yourself and take all the time you need. When I ready myself because I knew I was going into battle. I walk to my hallway, and I shut the door, shutting that door was like shutting myself out, my doubts out. I said outloud "God, I'm here, and I'm gonna pray, and I'm not stopping until I know my dad is healed" And for however long I was, I prayed, I shouted, I cried, I walked and paced the floor, I told God everything that was in my heart. I emptied myself completely out. I preached even. I didn't stop until everything I was holding inside me was out. That meant me raging demands at out anger to begging him with every bit of myself I had, but what was happening and I didn't realize it was I was emptying myself out to only leave room for God and trust in God.  I knew without a shadow of doubt that God heard me, when you know God has heard you, you know, you know, God cares. When you know God cares, you know God loves you and he wants to help you. When you know God cares, you know he's going to answer the prayer. Then after I prayed out my demands. I got on my knees, face on the floor, and arms stretched out in the most humble, worshiped, pose I could put myself in. I said God, I have told you all, but I have demanded you to heal my dad, just honestly to be polite, (lol), I am asking you to healed my dad. Then I got up and I left my bedroom, and the dread was gone. The next morning I was waiting for that phone call. I felt so alone, I tried praying, and God said what you want? I already answered your prayer. I said God I know my  dad is alright, this time believing the words I spoke, I just need prayer warriors, someone to stand with me. So I reached out to two pastors, and one Aaron Triggs, he prayed and stood with me. Just then my mom called, and asked me to sit down. The seriousness in her voice was terrifying, but hold on I thought to myself...And the tears burst out and she said there is nothing wrong with your dad. The doctor couldn't understand it, but your dad kidneys are perfectly normal. Since then to my knowing, my dad hasn't peed any more blood.

Sometimes it takes them midnight prayers, sometimes it take empty
ing yourself out to God. Giving God everything, not stopping until you break through. God wants to know how far are we going to go to see a miracle happen. Show God your faith, your dedication, your desire. 
Yet Glory be to God, the case of the peeing blood is close. Thank you Jesus.

September 2016
FROM THE WORD: RUTH 2:12 The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. MEANING: The Lord sees all that you do, even the good works, not just your sins. You will be rewarded for your works, even while on earth, but you must also trust God. I once wrote an article where trusting God is more valued then having faith. They are not the same thing. For example, When it comes to Teddy, my son, I have faith in a lot of my friends that they have the ability to babysit Teddy, yet there are only a few that I would actually trust to watch him. Just because I know that they CAN, doesn't mean I feel COMFORTABLE leaving teddy in their hands. Trust is a deep personal connection level of letting go of control and letting the other person handle it. When we let go, and trust in God.  Our spiritual works will be greatly rewarded in earth, not just waiting to see our rewards in Heaven. 

Life Elements: 3 Part Series When In A Trial,
1- Potter and the Fire:
2-The Star Chart, We are not Alone
3- STOP, it's all about God.

Life Elements: When you are in a trial: There's a purpose for it! So, so often, we hear non stop, when you are in a trial, keep the faith, trust God and everything will be okay. Which is true because we are they clay and God is the potter. b Let's get real as real can get! TRIALS, TESTS SUCK! Am I right? The people who are preaching that are 100%, but they are misleading in the fact that they say them things as easy because they were once in a trial and are now past it. All trials and test have a short shelf life. No trial is easy, because if the answer or temptation or whatever it may be going on is easy, then it's not really a trial is it? Trials are hard, but they serve a purpose.  Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Why would God have a purpose for your pain. Well there are reasons we have sayings like "trial and error", "practice makes perfect". Because it's true. And as the clay, we are being molded and shaped into a better substance then we was before. An artist will erase a wrong design, and redraw into something more correct, even in abstract art. An athelete who didn't make the cut, will workout more, practice more until they make the starting line. Maybe our clay is to water-down, and God is working with us to make us stronger to hold a spiritual shape. Maybe our clay has been become to hard by our hearts and we're cracking, so God has soften us into a moldable work.( Isaiah 64:8 (KJV) But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.) Yet, the bible says our trials will difficult it compares to a furnace of affliction in Is. 48:10 as you read above, and in( 1 Peter 1:7 (KJV)That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:) like fire. That's pretty harsh. Yet there is a connection to the us being in the potter's hands and comparing our trials to fire. Because once, that potter has gotten the design he wants, once he sees it as an delight in his eyes, what does he do. He puts his art into an oven and bakes it. And that clay becomes something new, a whole different substance. We were clay, we were dirty and yucky in mud, but God molded us into something better and put us in fire, and we become a whole new beautiful piece of art! As you can follow in the potter's hands. the potter worked the clay, redid and turned it into another vessel, and it seemed good to him.  (Jeremiah 18:3Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.5Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,6O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.) So, when you are in trial, just remember God is making you into something better.

From the Word: 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

From the Word: Amos 9: 2

Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down. 

Meaning: People today, don't follow God's plan for us, they ignore him every way they can. They make their own rules, follow their own decisions without any thought of the true consequences that will follow. When people chose to sin willfully without God's warning, they are digging themselves into hell. At any time, God can remove his offer of salvation and forgivenss to them and sentence them to a reprobated mind to their own devices. This choice is God's not theirs. He can give you a million chances or give you one. It's your choice to accept it, but it's God who offers chances. Yet, there are also the self righteousness, where they think they are better then most and the rule and judge others taking God's place. They think they are the only ones who will make it to heaven, unless others believe exactly like them in every single detail of salvation. One difference of opinion and they will sentence you to hell. Yet they are not the judge and God will knock them down. 

Bible Study Chapter: Numbers 14, Sin breaks Gods promises.


1And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
2And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
3And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
4And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
5Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
6And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
7And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
8If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
9Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.
10But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
11And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?
12I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.
13And Moses said unto the Lord, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)
14And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou Lord art among this people, that thou Lord art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
15Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
16Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
17And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
18The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
19Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
20And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word:
21But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.
22Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
23Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
24But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
25(Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To morrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.
26And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
27How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
28Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
29Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
30Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
31But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
32But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
33And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
34After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
35I the Lord have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
36And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
37Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the Lord.
38But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.
39And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
40And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the Lord hath promised: for we have sinned.
41And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the Lord? but it shall not prosper.
42Go not up, for the Lord is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
43For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the Lord, therefore the Lord will not be with you.
44But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
45Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.
1-When trouble comes a knocking, the first thing we do is complain instead of praising and thanking God first as we are taught to do.
2-3Yet, we could just stop at complaining, (I'm at fault for this one) but we vent, vent, and vent. Never letting go, and never taking responsibility for how we got there in the first place. Instead we blame God, 'because God control it all." Things were better when I was lost, God could fix this is a heartbeat. How many are guilty for thinking like that. I know I have, but we need to look from what God has brought us from sin, and look into the future. Stop looking at the trouble some minutes you are in, that will past.
4- So since we don't let go, we try to make our plan which will fail.
5-6 So we have 4 leaders, 2 groups. Moses and Aaron, and Joshua and Caleb. Both respond to this same problem, both are upset.
7-9 Caleb and Joshua, respond first by saying, this is a good land! If the Lord is happy with us, he will keep his promises, but we have to behaved favorable to God, and we must not sin! He can turn our enemies into our friends, for he is our help.
10-Noone likes to be told they are wrong in their behavior, and to change. So instead of taking heed, they threw rocks at them. Then God appears.
11-12 God is real!  He will always show up whether it's the small steel voice, a beacon of light, an answer to a prayer, or in anger! God response is saying in a sort of way, his promises are a contract, you promise to serve in holiness and I have promise you the holy land. You have breach the contract by willfully sinning, questioning my authority, and complaining in doubt. Therefore I void the contract and will take away the promise and punish you. God said enough is enough!
13-16 Now here is where Moses and Aaron respond to the people's complaints and God's angry. But oh Lord, if thou will break the "contract" then it will be an example of how you lie to the people. Everyone knows including our enemies, how you are God, and you keep your promises. If you do this it will spread that you only lead the people into their destruction instead of being a good God, you will look like the bad guy. Now what Moses truly did, was threaten God, he challenge God authority, like a teenager would do to a parent.
17-19 Then Moses continues on his insult parade by then asking the Lord to forgive the people, but he never mentions that the people are sorry. He asks the Lord to forgive them because 17 "power of my Lord be great", 18 the Lord is longsuffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression" 19 pardon,..unto the greatness of thy mercy" Where oh where, is the we are guilty, please forgive us? It's all Lord will you forgive us, not because we are wrong but because you are forgiving God. I hear all the time that God is love, and he understands, and he will forgive us if we ask him because he is love. Yet, God is also a god of wrath. There is consequences to our actions.
20- God does forgive them because he is God....but
21-23 He says, you have seen his power. We see God all the time answers prayers positivity. We seen supernatural miracles and healings that only God can do, and we still have doubts. Yet, Moses and the people have seen greater things then we have. The red sea parted, the pillar of light, water turned into blood, plagues, etc etc. Yet they seen more of God and they doubted him. So God simply said, the ones who question and doubted me will be left out of the promise, but the ones who stood faithful to me, like Caleb, I will keep my promise to them.
25- (Will be skipped until near the end, then we will revisit 25)
26-38, (26-27) Then God, then challenges back Moses and Aaron questioning why should he help those who provoke him that are evil? (28)God is saying I heard your complaints, your doubts. 29-38, God breaks down the punishment he has sentenced.
29)Those who complained against God, 20 years and up shall die in the wilderness. 30) Caleb and Joshua are spared. 31) They said they children will be prey to the enemy, so God is sparing them to prove them wrong as a witness against them. 32)Moses and Aaron shall die in the wilderness. 33) Their families and those who follow them will wonder in the wilderness 40 years. 34) God chose 40 years for every day they search the land doubting the promise land existed. They search 40 days. 35) This is the punishment for the ones who were against God. 36-37) The men who search the land for 40 days and lied (slander) making the people complain even more. God punished them by death by the plague. 38) God spare Caleb and Joshua, even though they were in the search because they never doubted God or complain. Plus, they tried telling the people that the land was good, and that they could defeat the enemies.
39- Moses repeated this message to the people and they complained even more. NOT learning their lesson.
40-Looking back to verse 25, God told them directly to by the wilderness of the way of the Red Sea. Yet the people said, oh God forgave us, so we are go to the promise land.
41-43 Moses finally says, God told you to go through the wilderness, and you are going a different way, you are disobeying. If you go now, because of your sins, you will be killed.
44- So they went up anyways, but the ark and Moses stay behind.
What's disappointing about these people is that they didn't learn their lesson. They come into these time of trial of faith, complaining. Complaining until it turn to lies, evilness, and provoke the Lord to a sore displeasure. They made their own plans instead of just listening to God's direction.  Their additude wasn't I'm sorry, please forgive us. It was forgive us because that's what you do.  Then they get punished severely. Yet instead of learning anything. They repeat the pattern. Complain when Moses said you are gonna get punished, did their own plan of attack against the enemy, then get warn again you are gonna get punished. And their still thinking God is gonna forgive them for that's who is he.
45- Yet in the last verse, the enemy slaughter them just as God promise he would.
Do not provoke God to anger, then expect forgives if you are not sorry, and do not plan to accept the change your sins. You will lost the gifts that God has promise you IF you were obedient, and you will be punish. That's a promise.


The Gospel Funnies: Some Cell Phone Gospel Humor (*found from web surfing*)

 

Bible Study Chapter Romans 14

1Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

2For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
3Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
4Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
5One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
7For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
9For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
14I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
16Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
20For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
21It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
22Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
23And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

1)Even if someone isn't as strong in spirit as you, you are suppose to receive them. Which means to support them and accept them in the church community, but do not make them doubt their Christianity. 

2-3) This is an example, of what verse one is talking about. 

4) We are no one's boss, our job is to be example by our actions and behaviors not to give orders of what we think a perfect person is. God is our judge and he will help lead and guide the ones who needs any improvement. 

5-6)This is the example of how Gods sees our deeds. Those who get saved, all serve God differently. We all are trying to make it to heaven. All that matters is that we live right by obeying the word of God and shaming sin, and giving God praise and thanks. 

7-9)This reestablishes that God is the one with the final say so. Christ died so that we can have escape and make it to heaven one day. God is the one who makes that decision by our lives record of whether we go to heaven or hell. We must live our life by God's standards and NOT man's man-made rules. Because if it was up to the world, everyone would go to hell for not being exactly like "them", and we would think that "we" were the only ones going to heaven because we are the only ones who got it right. 

10-12)We all have sins, no one is perfect but Christ. So if we all have sins we have no right to judge anyone else. Every sin of every person will be known to God, no one will escape his judgement. 

13)So, if we hinder someone else's walk with God with our judgements then we are the ones who are wrong and we will be held accountable.

14)The bible is a guide line for right and wrong, and the Lord gives us the wisdom to understand it. Before they get saved, people do as they pleased no aware of God's consequences. Once they get saved they see right and wrongs and will try a good effort to stay away from wrongs. 

15) Do not put anyone down for not being perfect because Christ died for all even the sinners. 

16) Do not let your reputation or your church reputation be the reason people don 't want to be saved.

17-19)Accept those who accept Christ because they have the same goal as you even if it is different then you.

20-23)If something is a sin to you, and you do it, it is a sin indeed. We are suppose to uplift each other, not be each other's hindering stones. If we have more faith to be stricter then others, then happy be us, and blessed be us. If someone is less strict then us, don't judge them and make them feel bad because they are happy in God and serving him too. Each person has their own work with God and must follow his commandments to the best of their ability. Your pushing for more "perfection" can push them away from God.We can confuse them, and if someone is confused they can make sinful choices by losting their faith.  We must strive with everything we have to follow God, not someone's else ways.