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Class at church

Tonight I taught an insightful class on the oils of the Bible at my church. I mentioned them briefly in the But God book #58 when I discussed cedarwood in Solomon’s temple. If anyone is reading this blog- let me know your thoughts about posting some of that teaching here

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Thanksgiving

A devotional poem of thanksgiving…

Lord what new thing can I say?
Words have been used in every way
To describe your goodness and your mercy
To express a grateful heart on a day we eat TURKEY!

You deserve more than an “I love you”
You deserve more than a mere “Thank you”
You deserve more than your ears have heard
You deserve more than the words I’ve learned

But until we are face to face
Or I hear new songs from Your gates
I’ll stick to what I know is true
Singing beautiful words to glorify You
To describe your acts of mightiness
To proclaim your holiness
To exclaim when you Glory shines around
To declare when you love came down
To say you are humble and full of greatness
You are pure loving kindness
You are well mannered and eloquent
Speaking educated and brilliant
Your voice is full of authority
Commanding full priority
You have our destiny in focus
Never against us, but always for us

Lord what new thing can I say?
Words have been used in every way

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BUT GOD #66

I RECENTLY POSTED THE SONG MY DAUGHTER, NICOLE, ARRANGED OUT OF THE POEM I WROTE AS FOUND IN MY BOOK BUT GOD ( BUT GOD #66). I AM SHARING THE WORDS HERE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO READ THE BOOK AND WANT TO SING ALONG TO THE SONG
FYI – please note Nicole’s guitar teacher’s name is Santosh Abraham!

YOU ARE GOD AND I AM NOT

(written by TINA MILLER 12/6/12 composed by NICOLE MILLER)

(Chorus)

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

You are the potter and I am the pot.

Is 64:8

You desire to love us after every thought,

Ps 94:11/Rom 5:7-8

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

 

You have no beginning and no end,

Is 44:6/ Rev 22:13

I am a piece of grass fading in the wind.

Is 40:7

You are the One who set the world in motion,

Job 38:4-18

Where was I when You created the ocean?

Gen 1:9-10

You laugh at the wicked’s schemes,

Ps 37:12-13

You free us, only blood redeems.

John 8:36/Eph 1:7

You alone are righteous and holy,

Lev 11:45/ Rom 7:12

Only You give honor to the lowly.

Prov 29:23/ Matt 5:3

 

(Chorus)

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

You are the potter and I am the pot.

Is 64:8

You desire to love us after every thought,

Ps 94:11/Rom 5:7-8

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

 

Not carved out of metal or wood,

Is 44:9-22/Jer 10:1-16/Hab 2:18

Having the mind of Christ, the righteous have understood.

1 Cor 2:14-16

You have all wisdom and all power,

Jer 51:15/ Ps 62:11/Rom 16:27

When I am afraid, you are my strong tower.

Ps 91/ Prov 18:10

You lead me in Your ways so I will be taught,

Ps 25:9

My smartest idea is your smallest thought.

1 Cor 1:25

You are trustworthy and always good,

Ps 100:5/Ps 118:8

You lived the life no one else could.

1 Peter 2:22

 

(Chorus)

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

You are the potter and I am the pot.

Is 64:8

You desire to love us after every thought,

Ps 94:11/Rom 5:7-8

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

 

 

When I have taken my last breath.

Ps 146:3-4

You will provide escape from eternal death,

Ps 68:20

You are the judge, empowered high upon Your throne,

Ps 11:4

You are the Rock, known as the Cornerstone!

Ps 118:22/Acts 4:11

You are the One who reviews our decisions,

Ecc 3:17/ Rom 14:10-12

Your Word is sharp enough to make divisions.

Matt 25:33 /Heb 4:12

You are a holy God and will remain,

Ps 77:13/ Ps 146:10

Eternally forever, Your kingdom will reign!

Rev 22:5

 

(Chorus)

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

You are the potter and I am the pot.

Is 64:8

You desire to love us after every thought,

Ps 94:11/Rom 5:7-8

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

 

You are God and I am not!

Ps 18:31/ Jer 10:6-7,10

 

 

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BUT GOD #1

As we press in to But God #1 (found on page 3 in the book, But God- Getting to Know Your Bridegroom in the Old Testament), we take a closer look at Adam in the Garden. Thank you to Christine Annunziato for writing this thought provoking addition to the study. YouTube videoblog found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyH18AIYc-U&feature=youtu.be

COULD ADAM HAVE REVERSED THE CURSE?

Genesis 2:15 states, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” Adam received this word before Eve was even created, because the next thing that happens, in verse 18 is that The Lord says, “It is not good for a man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” In verse 21 He does just that with the rib he pulls from Adams side.

Eve tells the serpent in Genesis 3:3 that she knew they must not eat “or even touch” the tree in the middle of the garden; adding a rule that even God had not stated. Thus the first “fence law” is born.  When convinced by the smooth-talking serpent to “take and eat,” the deception is complete—she had now done the very thing her husband had warned her not to do and now possessed “the knowledge of good and evil.”  Even more disturbing then, is her move to hand the forbidden fruit to her husband—she knew better!  So why is the sin counted as Adams? Romans 5:12–“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” He knew better as well, as he had heard it directly from the mouth of God.

     This must have something to do with the role of the groom to the bride, as Christ is to the church. There must be a spiritual responsibility on the part of the man that as God created him, he has a role of spiritual intercession as head of the woman. It seems he had been given the ability to pardon the sin of his wife, and be ultimately responsible for it. 1 Corinthians 11:3 says this, “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.”

Let’s look at an Old Testament scripture regarding man’s responsibility as head of his woman: Numbers 30:6-8 says “If she marries a husband, while under her vows or any thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she has bound herself,  and her husband hears of it and says nothing to her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. But if, on the day that her husband comes to hear of it, he opposes her, then he makes void her vow that was on her, and the thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she bound herself. And the Lord will forgive her.” Now, I know this is a pledge or a vow we are speaking of here, but I find it fascinating that the man could “make void” her vow, “and The Lord will forgive her.”  And as we see back in Genesis 3, Adam allowed Eve’s discrepancy with the forbidden fruit to stand; he made no objection. This shows me that the man is always called to be near enough to His wife to reverse a promise to do something.

The fact that Eve went so far as to eat the fruit, whether in front of Adam or not, was a declaration that he was sleeping on the job. So not only was Adam held responsible for the sin of defying a command of God, but he was also held responsible for the sin of omission, for not interceding on Eve’s behalf. The bible declares that Eve was deceived, but Adam sinned (1 Timothy 2:14). In 2 Corinthians 11:3 Paul warns the Bride, the church:  “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” What an amazing Bridegroom we have Who watches over us, while at the Right Hand of the Father, who in Hebrews 7:24 is constantly voiding any “oaths” we may make to our own demise:  “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” In Luke 23:34 Jesus says, “Forgive them Father, for they don’t know what they do.” This is why, as the Bride of Christ, we must know and trust completely the Lover of our souls, our Bridegroom, who will give us the strength to avoid temptation, void our sinful vows, convict us in order to repent and turn back to Him. He will sanctify us until we are that spotless Bride for whom He has promised to return. Remember that Ephesians 5:26 says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.…”

1. As a wife, how does this idea affect your understanding of your husband’s role in your marriage? Are there any changes you may need to make for this role to be in proper order?
2. As a husband, how seriously to you take the role of “spiritual head” of your home?  Are you willing to give yourself up for your bride? Are there any areas in which you need to take renewed responsibility?

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News update for study

So exciting- i’m finally getting some study materials together to compliment the book and amazing teachers r going to be my main guests ! Coming soon!

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