What are you Feasting on?

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Yesterday was my husband’s and my anniversary. Married for 25 years — I wanted to do something somewhat special for my husband. So I chose a particular restaurant. After we began eating, I remembered the last time we ate there and I had said, “Never again will I come back here,” as the food was just not all that good the first time and neither was it last night. Huge disappointment. I told him I was sorry for choosing this place while biting my tongue as not to ruin our anniversary by complaining about the food. As usual, dear husband was very gracious towards me.

I left feeling grateful that at least I had food to eat. Plus, I didn’t have to cook, but still would have rathered stayed home and eaten a simple sandwich or frozen pizza. It would have given me the same results — one of having eaten something.

As a diabetic, I have learned I have to eat whether I want to or not. If not, I become weak, shakey, confused, disoriented and even crabby. There have been times when I have just grabbed whatever was around me, shoved it in my mouth and swallow just so I could begin feeling somewhat normal/better. But that isn’t enough. I had to learn what it is I am to eat. Grabbing a cookie here or there just to make the hunger  go away so I could continue on with what I was doing, is not the same thing as a healthy diet. I have had to literally learn to stop what I was doing and go fix something somewhat nutritional.

Sometimes, we all feast on things that fill us up, so to speak. But they aren’t always nutritional. The food last night was bland, the salad fixins, being especially bland, probably due to being hybrid veggies. Yech. The meat had a taste of not being freshly cooked. The shrimp? I don’t even know what that was suppose to be or where it came from. The Brownie surely would taste good, I thought. Uh, but no. If I had known it was not going to taste like one of my own, I would not have wasted my time. The only thing that tasted good was the one strawberry dipped in chocolate, but I very well could not make a meal out of that, now, could I?

This has not been an easy lesson for me to learn — to eat correctly. It takes self-control and an ability to focus. Two things that have never been what I would call any virtues on my part. Still not anything great on my part, but God will continue that good work of not only teaching me, but helping me in learning to take care of this temple in which He dwells.

The things we feast on, are the things we become.  If I feast on things that have hurt me, I will become unforgiving and bitter. If I feast on those things that I find confusing, I will become paranoid and suspicious. If I feast on those things which bring fear, then I become paralyzed. If I feast on the things which I hate, then I will become hate.  If I feast on that which makes me angry, I will become rage.

Ah, but, if we feast on… “… whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthymeditate on these things. — Philippians 4:8 —

…if we feast on these things, then the Kingdom of God is being built within us. The world around us is going to hell in a hand basket, but we as sons and daughters of the living God, are not of this world. His Spirit lives in us to do His work — however He sees fit, whenever He sees fit. It is His doing, not ours.

The feast we are to feast on, is not the things of this world. But His Word. We are to be so full of His Word that His anointing to do good, to speak truth would be so like getting up from a table feeling completely full that we could not but help shout the things of God! Doesn’t that excite you, Church!? It does me!

We do not have to partake of the garbage of this world. We don’t have to go scrounging around in garbage dumps to find that which God wants to feed us. He has given us His Word. The Bible — a living entity. The only thing on this earth that can change a heart from darkness to true light. The only thing that can impart grace to the hearers. The only thing that can renew our minds in the way God desires. The only thing on this earth that is … living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. — Hebrews 4:12 —

Why? Because Jesus is the Word! …and His name is called The Word of God. — Revelation 19:13 —

That WORD is alive, He lives!

Christian, you do not have to settle for less. You have the living God in you and He desires to feed you from His table. One of a complete feast. Do not eat just anything. Do not let yourself go hungry! Feast on that which is alive!

The TV Series “The Bible” left this out: Homosexuality and the Consequence of Lot’s Sin

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UPDATE NOTE: Below, I gave the impression that Lot actually threw his daughters out among the men who were desiring to rape the angels. I just noticed, it says, Lot, “shut the door behind him… See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish;…” It appears I may have been wrong to say he actually threw them out. “…he shut the door behind him…” It does not go on to say that the men raped or went on to have their way with his daughters. Still, I stand behind what I said later about his daughters. For them to behave the way they did toward their father, could have something to do with the way he was ready to throw them out to be sexually molested. I’ll try to clear this up at a latter point. I am sorry for misrepresenting the Word.

Two loved ones have asked me about the TV Bible series. If I knew anything about it. How true is it. I could only tell them what I was familiar with at the time. That would be the series version of Lot leaving Sodom. Hollywood left out a few things. I will clear that up for the sake of my loved ones and anyone else who is interested.

Since then, I have been able to see many other things wrong with this Bible series. If you are interested in The Bible, please, just read it. Do not depend upon a movie to tell you the truth. They create a false Jesus to follow. They twist many things and they never present the full truth. Satan will ALWAYS mix a little truth in something, just to get us to swallow a lie. Do not be taken in by the newest thing even if the whole world is following it.

Following: — Genesis 19:1-11 —

Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.”

I don’t want to read more into something that is not there, however it seems here, that as welcoming as Lot was to the angels, he was wanting them to leave as soon as possible. If so, what possibly could be his reasons? Could it be because he was embarrassed of the city he lived in? Could it be he knew the strangers/angels would be a target for wickedness?

And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”

But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.  And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”

Leaving this out is deceptive on many levels. So, let’s just cut through the smoke screens, shall we? The men who surrounded the house, trying to get in were homosexuals. No way of getting round that, it is what it is. Those homosexuals wanted to rape who they thought were mere men. They did not know they were angels of God sent to bring not only their judgment, but the whole city.

So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”

The act of appeasement and hypocrisy of Lot here is unbelievable! He called these men brothers. I would just bet they mocked and laughed their heads off. Then he goes on to tell them not to do an act of wickedness while he throws his daughters out to be raped by them! What father could do such a thing?! The Bible says that “Lot vexed his soul” by the wickedness around him. It made him sick. I have wondered over the years why then did he just not pack up his tent and belongings and get the heck out of there? I am almost certain somewhere along the line, he saw some kind of pay off for himself and his family by staying there. We can speculate on that another time.

And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door. But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.

What do you know? The homosexuals did mock him. Not only that, but Lot got a nice little taste of what it felt like to be one of his daughters!

No sword fighting the way the series portray. I found this obscene that they portrayed angels in this way. I do not think angels are some cutsey little cherubs with curly blonde hair, holding a bow and arrow, wearing a little diaper. But neither do I believe angels are sneering beady eye goulish blood thirsty creatures who behave as if they have an agenda of their very own.

For time sake, I will move on to the end of chapter 19. But, in a nutshell, before we get there, Lot leaves, his wife turns to salt for looking back and Lot being too afraid to run to the mountains like the angel says, begs the angel to let him flee to a little city called Zoar. The angel lets him. God destroys Sodom.

The following is what I consider the consequences of Lot’s sin of throwing his daughters out to the Sodomites.

Then Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelt in the mountains, and his two daughters were with him; for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar. And he and his two daughters dwelt in a cave.

Remember, he begged the angel to let him live in this little city and now he is living in a cave becasue he is afraid. Looks to me like it would have been better to have done what God wanted him to do in the first place, which was to flee to the mountains. This is just an example of what sometimes happens when we do things our way.

Now the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man on the earth to come in to us as is the custom of all the earth. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.” So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

It happened on the next day that the firstborn said to the younger, “Indeed I lay with my father last night; let us make him drink wine tonight also, and you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.” Then they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

Lot’s two daughters got their father drunk and then had intercourse with him. How sick is that? Pretty darn sick, if you ask me. I believe it was a result of being raised in a city where their father knew was ungodly and profane. I think him throwing them out to a bunch of perverts had something to do with it too.

Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father. The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day. And the younger, she also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the people of Ammon to this day. — Genesis 19:30-38 —

The consequence was not good. These children who were born, later were to become nations who were the enemies of Israel, bringing false gods upon the earth.

Is “the Bible” Series ratings really divine?

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I don’t sit in front of the TV and watch for the sake of watching. I’m picky about what I give my attention to. Frankly, if it does not interest me, I go on. I’m more interested in a series that shows what it would might be like if some kind of weird virus plaqued the whole world. That would be the Walking Dead. I don’t like it for the gore. But for the writing, the plots, the sub – plots, the characters who each are very unique — not flat — like in a lot of shows. You may know the kind… the kind that come on every Christmas season and the characters are boring, dry and flat. And the plots? They are old, worn and too common. You can more or less guess how it is going to go. No, I don’t spend my time watching/reading anything that can not hold my interest. I just can not sit still long enough for it. Even if they are suppose to be inspirational.

I’ve not watched The Bible series. Some would say, well, then you have no right to judge it. Perhaps, I don’t. However, I can go by what I heard on talk radio the other day endorsing it. Roma Downey was the guest to a Catholic host. She sounded sweet enough, sincere enough, just as the host did. But sweet and sincere does not cut it.

If the show is making people actually crack open their Bibles and turning to the living God, in repentence, then it might be said all is well and good. But, too many times, these kind of things are nothing but fluff and entertainment.

A caller called in and commented how the show was not accurate in some areas. The host — a good practicing Catholic, mind you –immediatedly poo pooed the man and made his comment of little value.

Now, don’t get me completely wrong: I know that it would be and is almost impossible to present The Bible in some kind of movie media and have it perfect. I know that. For one thing, Hollywood is out to sell. Truth rarely sells. No one wants to buy the truth. For the truth always pricks the heart of the hearer. And that, just does not feel good. It is rare to find people who really want the truth.

The following article talks about how weird things happened on the set. As if the events in and of themself actually mean something. Well, guess what? The making of The Exorist brought some weird things too.

What this kind of mindset does is prepare people to be of one mind: Oooooh, did you hear weird things happened with the making of The Bible series? If you dare question such superstition you might be branded as negative, rebellious, and even worse, shock… a blasphemer. So therefore, some people do not even stop to think for themself. They go along to get along.

It also is preparing the way for a mass delusion. I know I keep saying it over and over, but it is the truth. The sheeple mentality is one of following the herd. It rarely thinks on it’s own.

Just as Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ some years ago, began to make big headlines as being the thing to draw people to the Truth, it never happened. The Church made a big mistake: they wanted a movie to do what they either did not want to do or could not do, and that was to be a witness to the Truth. Yeah, yeah, it got people talking. But it didn’t last. There is only One thing that is eternal, and that is the Eternal Word of God. Nothing else will do. If that offends, then so be it. It is still the truth.

So I suspect after all the hoopla, there will be thousands of The Bible DVD’s set to go on sale. People will buy them up and park their families down in front of the TV, and never once opening their Bibles, will use this as the thing that teaches them all they think they need to know about the Word of God. Never once leading them to repentance, never once leading them to the Cross.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/03/06/mark-burnett-bible-set/

Mark Burnett says ‘weird things happened’ on ‘The Bible’ set

Last Sunday, the first installment of History’s five-part miniseries The Bible beat everything on television with a massive 13.1 million viewers, making it cable’s most-watched entertainment telecast this year.

For producer Mark Burnett, who worked on the ten-hour special with wife Roma Downey, the success of The Bible isn’t all that surprising. “It will be, over the next 40 or 50 years, the most watched thing that Roma and I have ever made,” he told EW, quite confidently, back in January.

At the time, Burnett gushed about shooting the series. “I really believe what I’m going to tell you right now,” he said. “The hand of God was on this…. the edit came together perfectly, the actors came together perfectly, it just comes to life.” But Burnett wasn’t just speaking about how well the practicalities of production had gone. “Weird things happened during filming,” he said. “Everybody would look at each other like, “Whoa.”

Here are a few of the “weird things” he was talking about:

A mighty desert wind
“There’s a scene with Jesus and Nicodemus, when Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night. It’s a very still night, not a breath of wind, and we’re on the edge of the Sahara desert in a palm grove in an oasis… Jesus says, ‘The Holy Spirit is like the wind.’ At that moment, a wind, like as if a 747 was taking off, blew his hair, almost blew the set over and sustained for 20 seconds across the desert, and the actors didn’t break — they kept going. And everything stopped. Everyone just looked at everyone like, ‘What just happened?’”

The missing frock
“We had hundreds of craftsmen working [on making costumes], and the most important costume was Jesus’ costume. Every time, at the end of the day, the costume’s got to be taken away to be maintained. So when we were doing the baptism scenes, it’s completely immersed in water. During it, a portion of the costume came away. We shot this in a giant reservoir on the edge of the Sahara desert, so we’re never going to find this again. It’s really bad. Every time you lose something, you’ve got five months ahead, and you can’t replicate these costumes. Four days later, a kid showed up from many, many, many miles away, who had been seeking us through the desert to return this to us. He didn’t know what it was why he should seek us, but he felt he had to return it.”

Cobras at the cross
“We had a snake wrangler every day on the set. I mean, we’ve got a couple hundred people shooting, and we can’t afford to have people getting bitten by snakes. Every day, this guy would find a snake or maybe two snakes, and remove them. On the day of the crucifixion, a lot of people prayed. The cross was a huge thing. They prayed [for safety], ‘Imagine if this cross fell. The actor playing Jesus could be killed or badly injured.’ The snake man came to work that day — he’d gotten there early on the mountain playing Golgotha, and the bag of snakes [he was carrying] was the biggest bag I’d ever seen. He came to my wife and said, ‘Miss Roma, there were 48 snakes.’ He found 48 cobras and vipers hidden within the rocks around the cross.”

Whether or not you believe these were on-set miracles or just mere coincidences, one thing is certain — The Bible’s ratings are , in fact, pretty divine.