Sunday, March 28, 2010

Read through the Bible 2010”


1. 1Ki 6-8 How long did it take Solomon to build his own house? ________________

2. 1Ki 9-11 How many wives did Solomon have? __________________

3. 1 Ki 12-14 King Jeroboam made two claves of gold, where did he place them? _____ ________________________________________________________________

4. 1 Ki 15-17 Who did King Ahab marry? ______________________

5. 1 Ki 18-22 Besides Elijah how many others did God say had not bowed unto Baal? ____

6. 2 Ki 1-3 What was the reason that Ahaziah died after he fell? _____________________ ______________________________________________________________________

7. 2 Ki 4-6 There was a great famine in Israel, it was so bad what did two women end up eating? ___________________________________________________

8. 2 Ki 7-9 Warning! This is a tricky question. In chapter 8 verse 10 did Elisha tell Hazael to tell a lie? Circle one. Yes or No

9. 2 Ki 10-12 How long did Jehu reign over Israel in Samaria? _____________________

10. 2 Ki 13-15 How old was Azariah when he was made king of Judah? _____________

11. 2 Ki 16-18 How many years did King Hezekiah reign in Jerusalem? _____________

12. 2 Ki 19-21 What did Isaiah lay on Hezekiah’s boil so that he recovered? ____________

13. 2 Ki 22-25 How Old was Josiah when he became king in Jerusalem? _______________

14. 1 Chron 1-3 King David had two sisters, what are their names? ___________________

15. 1 Ch 4-6 Who were the 3 children of Amram? _________________________________

16. 1 Ch 7-9 How many men were chosen to be porters in the gates? __________________

17. 1 Ch 10-12 Who was it that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do? ___________________________________________________________________

18. 1 Ch 13-15 Whom did God kill because he put forth his hand to hold the ark? ________

19. 1 Ch 16-18 David wanted to build a house for God to dwell in, what was God’s response to this? _______________________________________________________________

20. 1 Ch 19-23 How many people died because of David’s sin of numbering the people? _____________________________________________________________

21. 1 Ch 24-26 Who made chief “though he was not the firstborn”? ________________

22. 1 Ch 27-29 Who did God choose to build a house for Him? ____________________

23. 2 Ch 1-3 God asked Solomon what shall he give him, what did Solomon ask for? ___________________________________________________________________

24. 2 Ch 4-6 When the house of the Lord was finished, the ark was brought in, what was inside the Ark? _________________________________________________

25. 2 Ch 7-9 Write out 2 Chronicles 7:14. ______________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

26. 2 Ch 10-12 How long did Rehoboam reign in Jerusalem? ______________________

27. 2 Ch 13-17 Where did King Asa have a disease in his body? ______________________

28. 2 Ch 18-20 King Ahab hated a certain prophet of the Lord, what is that prophet’s name? ___________________________________________________________

29. 2 Ch 21-23 Where was Joash the son of Ahaziah hid for six years? _________________ _______________________________________________________________

2 Ch 24-26 What principle can be found in Chapter 25 verse 2? ___________________ _______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________

Thursday, March 25, 2010


A successful Christian business man was growing old and knew it was
time to choose a successor to take over the business.
Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided
to do something different. He called all the young executives in his
company together.
He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I
have decided to choose one of you. "The young executives were shocked,
but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED
today - one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it,
and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from
the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you
bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO"
One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others,
received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story.
She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.
Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.
After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk
about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept
checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks,
five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about
their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.
Six months went by--still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had
killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had
nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just
kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to
A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company
brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that
he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest
about what happened. Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be
the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was
right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he
was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives.
They were beautiful--in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on
the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young
executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great
plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one
of you will be appointed the next CEO!" All of a sudden, the CEO
spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the
financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified.
He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"
When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his
seed - Jim told him the story
The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and
then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief
His name is Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his
seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?
Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a
seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it
back to me today.
But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible
for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and
plants and flowers.
When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another
seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and
honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one
who will be the new Chief Executive!"
If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
If you plant hard work, you will reap success
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
If you plant faith in Christ, you will reap a harvest
So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will
reap later.
Two thousand years ago Paul wrote to the church at Galatia the same
story but with fewer words, (Gal.6:7)Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.KJV
1 Peter 1:23~25 KJV
" Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring is here! I get excited with the beginning of spring. I love to open the windows in the house and let the fresh air in. I think the air gets stale in the house with winter. Then on to spring cleaning! We tackle every room. Make everything clean and fresh! Then when I am done I look around and feel I really accomplished something. But you know with spring we should use this time not just to spring clean the house but spring clean our spiritual lives. Just like you evaluate your house on what needs to be cleaned and what stuff you need to pitch. You should look at your spiritual life and ask yourself what to be worked on and what needs to be pitched. Follow this rule if it is something that isn’t pleasing to our Lord then pitch it. If you’re doing something not pleasing to our Lord then purge it out. I think of the scripture in Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
I don’t know about you but I sure accumulate a lot of stuff. I have a craft room that is cluttered with junk. I really need to go in and reorganize it and get rid of things. When I walk in I have to clear away things just to work on my crafts. Think on this question what is in your spiritual life that is cluttering your life from serving God? Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. So purge things that are not true, not honest, not just, not pure, not lovely. Praise God with a good report!
Ps 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The above verses show us we need to cleanse our spiritual lives with the word of God. We need to get rid of unrighteousness and all the sin that builds up in our lives. We need to apply the word of God. Then determine to keep it clean. Just like our homes we have to keep cleaning. If we only cleaned in spring we would have a very messy house. Just like the Word of God if we only pick it up once in awhile we will stay dirty.
So the SON is shining and lets start the Spring cleaning in our homes and lives!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Wonders of Coffee Filters.Better than paper towels and a lot less expensive... Coffee filters... Who knew!
And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Stores for almost nothing, even the large ones.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China... by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

5. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

6. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

7. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

8. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

9. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes. (This is a good one!!!)

10. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

11. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.

12. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.

13. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."

14. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

15. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

16. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

17. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

18. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

19. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

20. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

21. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

22. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

23. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.

24. Use as a kiddie's disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.

25. And, of course, use them to filter your coffee.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

O.k., I am not sure where I am starting with this blog. Being I am going thru a bad case of insomnia. Never have had it as bad as this before. The dr. gave me something to help sleep but it isn’t helping. I missed the last 2 days of work and just rested. Read a book, sat outside and basically did nothing. It felt good. Pray, that I get sleep.
I want to write about our priorities with church. Last couple of blogs I wrote about the importance of church and being faithful. I think what is lacking by people that miss church is in their priority.
I looked up the definition of priority.
1: status established in order of importance or urgency;

I like that definition. In order of importance! All believers should establish Biblical priorities. We get too sidetracked from the importance of being in church. We have all heard the excuses of why people miss church. Some are just but others are just excuses. It is a matter of looking at your life with Christ and ask yourself is He number 1. Or is sports, family, activities, job etc. our number 1 priority. Do we put those things in front of being in church. If you do then God isn’t number 1 in your life. Here is how my prioirity goes : God , church and family are equal and then job. If we put God first everything else will fall in line.
Many Christians don’t live as though Christ may return at any moment. I teach my Sunday school children this : Where on a Sunday Service or a mid-week service would you want God to find you ? At church or somewhere else on a church day? Well, this is about all my tired brain can say on the matter.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I know I was going to talk about things that can get in the way with us being faithful to church. But I came up with some verses that show why unfaithfulness to church displeases God.
Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
And we all know being in church pleases God. So when we are not we are displeasing Him and are unfaithful to Him.
Matt 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
By being unfaithful to church it shows a disregard for the Lord’s presence.
Psalm 22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
By being unfaithful to church it shows disregard toward the call to worship the Lord collectively. Several verses in Psalms that talk about worship together.
1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
When not being faithful to church you are showing disregard for the fellowship. Remember also Heb. 10:25.
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
When we are not faithful to church it shows a lack of self-sacrifice.
Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
When we are not in church it keeps us away from influences that would encourage us and keep us from backsliding.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
If we are unfaithful to church that keeps us from hearing the word of God preached.
These are just a few verses that should show us why we need to be in church. Also, I would like to add some thoughts to you also. It is an encouragement to your Pastor and the church members when they see you at church. It shows that God is important to you.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hebrews 10:23-26 (23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. (25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
In this passage we are told to exhort one another. This means we are to encourage one another. When you read the book of Hebrews you see a thread of verses that show us encouragement is important. Assembling ourselves together, this means when the church doors are open you need to be in church.
What happens or should happen when we meet together. We should grow in our faith.
Hebrews 10:22 - Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith..
When I am in churches that have prayer meetings and they take prayer requests it is encouragement to know that others will be praying for those requests. When we hear them praying with such conviction for those requests. God sees their faith and it helps us grow in our faith.
We grow in our convictions. It is nice to be around others that hold to what the Bible teaches and practices it.
We should also grow in our love. We see that in Heb. 10:24.
We grow in our Bible knowledge. What a encouragement to study God’s words together. Without the message of the scriptures we would have nothing to encourage each other with. That is why you have to hear it preached and study it.
We grow in our Praise to God. What an encouragement to sing together the wonderful Hymns that God gave us.
There is so many ways that we can be an encouragement to each other but that can’t happen if you don’t meet together.
I know that there are so many things that can get in the way of you being in church. I know one time I struggled with that. I will talk about this in my next blog!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

O.k., when a person receives Christ as their Saviour then what? He wants us to nurture that relationship through personal communication with Him (prayer). He wants us to read His word (the Bible). He also wants us to worship Him in church.
I would encourage you to find a Bible Believing church. One that stands on the word of God. One that wants to see you grow in a personal relationship with Christ.
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
This is talking about the day you got saved. It is a immediate happening.
Then you start your Christian life. You will change more and more as you hear God’s word. It is a process whereby God is continually making us more like Jesus
So, the question is what changes when you get saved?
2 Corinthians 5:17 –Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
So the answer is this the Spirit comes alive and the Lord moves into your life!
When you start your Christian life. You will change more and more as you hear God’s word. It is a process whereby God is continually making us more like Jesus.
We have a clean slate the day that you got saved. We will not be perfect but we will want to strive to sin less each day. I think of this when we have a fresh snow. It is so clean and white. This is what I want to strive for: to be clean in front of my Saviour

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I wonder sometimes if people think they can piggyback their way into Heaven? They think that my parents are Christians so that must make me a Christian also. Or I go to such and such church so I will go to heaven. Or I am a good person, if I just work at doing things for Christ. I can give you so many different examples of peoples thinking. Let me say this if this is your thinking you are so misguided. Becoming a Christian is a personal experience. We must individually receive Christ as Saviour and Lord. Well, then you might ask o.k. How do I get to Heaven then? Well, I have the answer for you. It is not my opinion it is God’s answers right from the Bible.
First Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
See the word ALL, that means everyone none of us are exempt. We are all sinners. No matter how hard we try, sin will keep you from reaching God’s Glory. We will always be short. Sin is something that is wrong. Some people think sin is the things we call major sins (murder, stealing etc.). But sin can be simply lying. That is something I believe all of us have done. By the way a pet peeve of mine is this. When people say it is just a little white lie. Ex. When the phone rings and it is a sales person they ask for you and you say she is not here. Then you think that is just a little white lie. No, there is no such thing as a little white lie. A lie is a lie. There is no lie greater than the other.
Romans 6:23 –For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We earned Hell but thru Jesus Christ we get Heaven. If we accept His gift.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.
See according to this verse you cannot work your way to Heaven.
So,what must you do to be saved if you can’t work your way to heaven??
Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Folks, I heard it said that people can have a head knowledge about Christ but it needs to be a heart knowledge.
If you would like to be saved here is a prayer you could say or talk to Christ in your own words.
Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I know that you died on the cross to pay for my sins. Please forgive me and cleanse me from all my sin and save me. Thank you Jesus, for saving me. In Jesus name Amen.
My next Blog I am going to write on growing in the Lord