Today in Scripture – 6/4/2012

So, I had the idea of posting about my daily devotionals and the scriptures I read each day. The purpose in this is twofold. First, hopefully it allows me to put at least a little critical thinking into scripture if I am forced to form coherent sentences over them. Secondly, this is an attempt to hold myself somewhat accountable to reading each day in order to make a post. Not sure if there is going to be a specific format. Surely some days I’ll have a lot to say, while other days (like today) I’ll be more lazy and just make short posts. That’s okay though, as long as I make a post each day, I’ll consider this a huge success.

Genesis 8:1-10:32

These passages tell the story of Noah, his ark, and his son’s lineage. Obviously, the story of Noah’s ark is very well known, but I still take two important things from it. First, the story shows how much God hates sin. He created humans in his image to serve him, and disobedience is not taken lightly. Because the overall message of Christianity is one of forgiveness and grace, I believe many Christians take sin too lightly. Honestly, this applies to our society as a whole. We believe that God saved us from our sins by sending Jesus to die on the cross, which is true, but one consistent theme in the Bible is that sin still has consequences. Jesus’ death frees us from living a life of sin, but it does not permit us to continue living the same way.

The second important point is one of God’s grace. He promises to never flood the earth again, which may not seem like a promise that is exceedingly generous, but because of God’s hatred for sin, the fact that He would make this promise to a race of sinners does show His love. To me, this promise shows that God has a plan for mankind, and He promises to protect it and fulfill his plan.

Chapter 10 also talks about Noah cursing his son Ham who was the father of Canaan and Egypt. After Ham sees Noah naked, Noah says Ham’s lineage will serve as slaves to his brothers’. Not sure that there is a great lesson to learn from this, but it seems important to note for future passages.

Matthew 4:12-25

The story of Jesus calling his disciples has fascinated me since we talked about it in Bible class at SWCS. In this passage, Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow him:

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

The power of Christ is evident to me in this passage. Who knows what about Jesus drew Simon and Peter to follow Him, but the idea of leaving my job and my life to follow some stranger that comes to me seems totally ludicrous. His disciples show great faith, however, in making this sacrifice. I believe that the people who came into contact with Christ knew there was something special about Him. Simon and Peter had to sense that Christ was extraordinary at the very least. Maybe they even knew that He was the Son of God, like the wise men following the star at the birth of Christ did.

Psalms 4:1-8

Psalm of David urging men to give up lives of sin and find comfort in God. The Psalms produce lots of good quotes because they are so straight forward. The distress of David is usually evident, and here he explains how he only can find peace in God.

Proverbs 1:20-23

Proverbs may very well be my favorite book in the Bible. It gives very clear, practical instructions to live by. This passage deals with wisdom, which is a central theme of the book as a whole. Basically, the point is that God gives wisdom to those who seek it, and that if you are open to listening and repenting, God will make known his teachings by giving you wisdom.


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First, I would like to comment on how both of my posts share titles with HIMYM episodes. Not sure if I can keep this up, but I like the trend. Anyways, my mom and cousin made an appearance on The Price is Right last week. They actually shot the show over a month ago, so we all knew how they did, but it didn’t air until Memorial Day. They did very, very well, winning two cars, a mountain bike, snowboard, surfboard, and an iPad. Donna Marie actually was the first person under the age of 18 ever to be part of a team that won a vehicle because, until this episode, every contestant had to be 18 or older.  This caused a ton of commotion in our family, and it was really awesome that they got to even be on the show, let alone win. The link above is the full show on the CBS website, but it will probably eventually expire. In a related note, it is unreasonably difficult to find media from the show online. Anyways, it was very weird experience to watch my mom on national television like that. She was worried that she said or did something stupid that would be shown on TV. She said that being on the show was so nerve racking that (LeBron James just made a three to tie game 4 of the ECF with 30 seconds left, getting intense) she couldn’t remember what she said or how she acted. She thought she might have showed too little emotion, but even if that would have been true, Donna more than made up for it. Donna’s role was to get them on the show and to be entertaining once they got on so Mom could focus (LeBron passes out of the last shot again, of course. Overtime now.) on the games. They both did their jobs perfectly though. They really were never awkward or anything at all either which is a positive, except for Donna falling on the floor or wrapping her leg around mom after spinning the wheel. Overall, it was really awesome for them and for all of us watching.

I called dibs on the mountain bike, by the way, since my bike was stolen from Dale Hall this semester. Tichansky said the new bike is pretty legit, so I think I’m going to need to invest in a bike lock this semester. I’m waiting to see who wins this game so I can include it in this post, so I’ll previews some of the plays I’ll be running as Barney Stinson this Halloween until it ends. So far I have decided to run The Lorenzo Von Matterhorn, The Magician (just my magic trick), The One Week to Live, The SNASA, and The Don’t Drink That. Maybe I’ll try The Other Jonas, but I think my audience may be too old for this. Maybe I’ll write a post to break down these plays and the rest of my strategy as Halloween gets closer (LBJ fouls out with 2 minutes left. Pierce fouled out already with 4 left. This game is losing all of its best players). Wade misses the three in OT that would have won. Boston wins and ties series at 2-2. Yea, yea, who cares, Thunder Up.

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The Magician’s Code

Today is a day of magic. Learning magic tricks that is, in an attempt to successfully pull off my Barney Stinson persona this Halloween. I use the word persona instead of costume because the genuine fun of Halloween is becoming a different character, not just looking like one. Even though it is only just June, I’m already convinced that becoming Barney is going to be legen… wait for it… dary. Barney is actually somewhat of an inspirational character to me. Not because of how promiscuously he lives, but because of the energy he shows for each day, which is, needless to say, something I don’t do very well. There isn’t too much to get excited about in Cortez, Colorado, so I think it’s understandable that I am already looking forward to Halloween, or any time that I will be back in Norman. Don’t get me wrong, Cortez isn’t a bad place, but there just is not much here to occupy my time.

Thankfully, the Thunder are currently playing in the Western Conference Finals every other night. Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka turned in magical performances of their own yesterday, which, of course, you can read about at the Daily Thunder. I do wish that I were able to be home to go to these games. Being in downtown OKC during the playoffs is an experience unlike any other. Hopefully, if the Thunder advance, I’ll be able to make it home for Game 6 of the Finals (I’m already scheduling it on my calendar).

Something else I am looking forward to is road tripping to Chicago before the beginning of the semester. I turn 21 about a week before school starts in the fall, and Bryan, E. T., AJ, and I are planning on spending a weekend driving to Chicago and back. We’ll stop in St. Louis before we head to Chicago to get delicious deep dish pizza and experience the Chicago night life. This is something all of us are excited about because: 1.) roadtrips are awesome, and 2.) none of us have been to legitimate clubs before. It’s a ways down the road still, but I’m looking forward to it because, well, I won’t be sitting at home in Cortez. I’m trying to put an outfit together in my mind for the trip, so expect some posts with inspirations for my attire. There’s certainly more that I could post here (about Mom on TPIR or my Colorado crush), but they probably deserve their own posts here in the near future. Hopefully I use this blog more legitimately than my last one, and I think at least while I’m here, I will. Not sure what my goal is with it. Not to be read necessarily, but I guess to be able to one day look back on my thoughts as a twenty year old and ridicule my former self, or, hopefully, realize how much my life and I have changed for the better. Anyways, until next time, enjoy this Serge Ibaka Dunk over Tim Duncan.


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