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July 2008 Blog Posts (27)

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 31, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Numbers 8:1-12:16; Zechariah 2:14-4:7; John 19:31-37; Hebrews 3:1-6



Numbers 9:6-14

There are a couple of interesting notes to Pesach (Passover) from this passage. First, the children of Israel were honoring Pesach as instructed by YHWH, but there were some among the people who were unclean because of there contact with a dead body. They desired to honor Pesach as well, but were unable to do so. They approached Moses to ask them how they could still honor… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 31, 2008 at 6:20am — No Comments

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 28, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25; John 7:53-8:11; Acts 21:17-32



Numbers 4:32b

"…You are to assign particular loads to specific persons by name."



We serve an awesome, powerful, just, righteous, good, kind, loving and faithful God. But we also serve a practical God. As YHWH commands Moses in reference to how the Tabernacle would be moved through the wilderness with Israel, YHWH is clear in practical matters such as what clans within the tribe of… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 28, 2008 at 5:42am — 2 Comments

MONDAY MAGNITUDES - EXHALE IN JOY

We often step over the small things in life to become overcome by the crisis of the day. I have decided that isn't going to be my style any longer. God said, that we have what we sy we have and I for one want what He has for me.



LAUGHING--EXHALE IN JOY



Walking past a day care center located in a senior's center the other day, I was pleasantly embraced by the many sounds of children. Teo little munchkins were riding a greenish gold dinosaur. As they bumped up and… Continue

Added by Bishop Susan Storm Smith on July 28, 2008 at 3:39am — 1 Comment

Shoe Bags That Make A Difference

A male friend asked me one day why women are so "into shoes"? Laughing, I replied that I had no idea why, it just is. Later that evening, the question started pushing other thoughts out of my head; wanting attention. Opening my closet, there was the evidence--boxes and boxes of shoes, shoe bag on the door, and another one hanging inside the closet. Most of them had been on sale. Its okay, you can laugh with me.

Taking a serious inventory, I began… Continue

Added by Bishop Susan Storm Smith on July 26, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 22, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Numbers 1:1-4:20; Hosea 1:10-2:20; Luke 2:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31



The beginning of the Book of Numbers is a census that Moses is commanded to take of the men of Israel, the Levites, and the firstborn sons of the nation. YHWH then instructs Moses as to who the camp is to be set up, and how the nation was to travel when they moved.



We see the tribe of Levi encamped around the Tabernacle, the dwelling place of the presence of God. They were to… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 22, 2008 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 21, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 26:3-27:34; Jeremiah 16:19-17:14; John 14:15-21; 15:10-12; I John



Leviticus 26:3-13 is God's promise to provide and bless Israel if they follow His instructions and obey Him. Leviticus 26:14-41a is God's warning that He will judge Israel if they do not follow His instructions and obey Him.



Obedience results in rain for the fields, the land producing accordingly, the harvest times extending to their fullest potential. He promises that… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 21, 2008 at 7:52pm — 1 Comment

Miracle In Kenya

I have been asked to publish this story for others to read. This is a true event that happened in Kenya during the murderous riots. It is another reason I have no fear of the impending destructions and financial crises that many in the world will face ... God has already proven himself over and over again.



A Miracle in Kenya,



Yesterday, January 10th, 2008 my assistant and I met in Keberigo Kenya to travel to Nyairasa to hold leadership training and revival meetings. As we… Continue

Added by Bishop Susan Storm Smith on July 21, 2008 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Getting IT

Sister, you don't know the problems I have had, or suffering through, or whatever the excuse is today that you choose not to get into obedience with God's Word. My friend, if that is you, let me tell you a little about me and the suffering I have gone through, and why I am able to testify of the goodness and deliverance of God in any circumstance.



My early life included being dedicated to demonic culture by my grandfather, raised in a house where God was not the primary source of all… Continue

Added by Bishop Susan Storm Smith on July 21, 2008 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Mr. Snake's Tire Shop

This is a true story that happened in July 1999 ... Driving from Denver, Colorado to New Mexico on God's Highway!



I was on my way to New Mexico to begin a new pastorate position. The journey was usually only about 14-hours from Denver to southeastern New Mexico, but with my car fully loaded the Holy Spirit advised that I take another route.



Gladly going south, east, and then west through Colorado and New Mexico, I saw a great deal of the country; majestic mountains, desert… Continue

Added by Bishop Susan Storm Smith on July 21, 2008 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 20, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 25:1-26:2; Jeremiah 32:6-27; Luke 4:16-21; 1 Corinthians 7:21-24; Galatians 6:7-10



The Leviticus reading today is all about trusting God, and God's provision and wisdom. There are two major themes in this passage: the Sabbath rest of the land, and the Jubilee year of the LORD.



The Sabbath year was to be held every seventh year. It was a year for the land to rest. No planting or harvesting was to be done during this year. This would require… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 20, 2008 at 11:06am — No Comments

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 19, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 24:10-16



Leviticus 24:11

…in the course of which the son of the woman of Isra'el uttered the Name (Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh) in a curse. So they brought him to Moshe…They put him under guard until ADONAI would tell them what to do. ADONAI said to Moshe, "Take the man who cursed outside the camp, have everyone who heard him lay their hands on his head, and have the entire community stone him.



When are we going to treat YHWH with the awe and… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 19, 2008 at 4:42pm — 1 Comment

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 18, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 23 & 24



Leviticus 23:14b

…this is a permanent regulation through all your generations, no matter where you live.



Leviticus 23: 21b

…this is to be a permanent regulation through all you generations, no matter where you live.



Leviticus 23:31b

…it is a permanent regulation through all your generations, no matter where you live.



Leviticus 23:41b

…it is a permanent regulation, generation after… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 18, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 17, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 21 and 22



Leviticus 21:8b

…because I, ADONAI, who makes you holy, am holy



Leviticus 21:15b

….because I am ADONAI, who makes him holy.



Leviticus 21:23b

…because I am ADONAI, who makes them holy.



Leviticus 22:9b

…I am ADONAI, who makes them holy.



Leviticus 22:16b

…because I am ADONAI, who makes them holy.



Leviticus 22:32b

…I am ADOANI who makes you… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 17, 2008 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 16, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 19:1-20:27; Amos 9:7-15; Ezekiel 20:2-20; Matthew 5:33-37; 43-48; 15:1-11; 19:16-30; 22:33-40; Mark 7:1-23; 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-37; Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:13-26; James 2:1-9; 1 Peter 1:13-21



The reading from Leviticus today is a summary of the Torah, or instructions for righteous living that YHWH gave to the nation of Israel. It is easy to see the 10 Commandments throughout these instructions.



There are a couple of things to be said.… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 16, 2008 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 15, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 16:1-18:30; Ezekiel 22:1-22; Romans 3:19-28; 9:30-10:13; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Corinthians 2:1-11; Galatians 3:10-14; Hebrews 7:23-10:25

Leviticus 16

This chapter is about the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur. It is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. It is the day that the High Priest would enter, alone, into the Holiest of Holies, the inner chamber of the Tabernacle, and their, make atonement for the sins of Israel. He would slay a goat to pay… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 15, 2008 at 4:37am — No Comments

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 14, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 14:1-15:33; 2 Kings 7:3-20; Matthew 9:20-26; Mark 5:24b-34; Luke 8:42b-48; Hebrews 13:4



Leviticus 14:1-9

This is what God commanded Israel to do when someone was healed of tzara'at. First, he was again to go to the priest to be examined. Second, he was to offer a sacrifice or offering. This offering is unique from the others we have looked at. It consists of two birds. One is to be killed. The other is to be dipped in the blood of the killed… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 14, 2008 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 13, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 12:1-13:59; 2 Kings 4:42-5:19; Matthew 8:1-4; 11:2-6; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 2:22-24; 5:12-16; 7:18-23



The Leviticus passage is about how the nation of Israel would deal with tzara'at, or infectious skin diseases. It would seem at first that this would be pointless reading, but there is something we can learn from this.



God went to great length to protect the people of Israel from the breakout of contagious disease. He knew that one small spot… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 13, 2008 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 12, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 9:1-11:47; 2 Samuel 6:1-19; Mark 7:1-23; Acts 5:1-11; 10:1-35; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Galatians 2:11-16; 1 Peter 1:14-16



This is a little bit unrelated to the passages for today, but I was thinking about Aaron. He submitted to the people and built the Golden Calf in substitution for YHWH, yet YHWH still chose to use him as the first high priest and his sons as the future of the temple. What an amazing testimony of God's forgiveness and… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 12, 2008 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 11, 2008

TODAY'S READING: Leviticus 6:1-8:36; Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22(23) - 23(24); Mark 12:28-34; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 10:14-23



Leviticus 6:9;13

There were special measures taken by YHWH to make sure that the fire on the altar never went out.



Leviticus 7:18

YHWH is giving instructions on the proper way to offer sacrifices. In this instance, a voluntary peace offering is made, and YHWH is saying that the meat should be eaten the day of the sacrifice, but if… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 12, 2008 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Scripture Reading and Thoughts - July 10, 2008

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Leviticus 1:1-5:26; Isaiah 43:21-44:23; Romans 8:1-13; Hebrews 10:1-14; 13:10-16



Today we begin the Book of Leviticus. Before we look at today's thought, let me encourage to go beyond just reading my thoughts, but please take the time to read the Scriptures indicated above. I believe that this will help you to become "a workman that is not ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth," as Paul wrote to Timothy.



Also, each of these text… Continue

Added by Grafted Together on July 10, 2008 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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