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Happy Valentine’s Day!! February 14, 2007

Posted by G in from the heart, truth.
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forget commercialism, back to basics…

<3“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
 
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

~ 1 Corinthians 13

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In the beginning… January 3, 2007

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A new year is upon us and I am going back to basics.  I started reading Genesis from my cool handy-dandy Devotional Bible (I like having a variety of versions… this bible just so happens to be the NKJV-all the biblical references below are from the NIV).  I love the beauty in creation and how He brought it all together.  A few things stand out to me more and more each time I read it… here are a few that I observe…

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, in Our likeness…'” ~Genesis 1:26  Jesus was with God from the beginning… He alway was… “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” ~Genesis 1:27

“the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.  Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed Adam was brought into the garden.” ~Genesis 2:7-8   Adam knew what life was like outside the garden since he was created outside the garden.  

 “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” ~Genesis 3:6   Adam was right there… he didn’t try to stop her…

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” ~Genesis 3:8  So, God was walking in the garden… He had already taken on “human form” (quotes because we are created in the image of God… so is it really human form??)  Was it Jesus walking around in the garden??  and they were trying to hide… ummm… yea… 

“…Your desire will be for your husband…”  ~Genesis 3:16  Tell me about it… thanks Eve…

“So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.  After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” ~Genesis 3:23-24  He’s going to make sure that doesn’t happen again… was there more that could be learned by doing it again??

“…Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.  So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.  Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?  But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.'”  ~Genesis 4:2-7  Was God still in human form??  He tried to warn Cain… but Cain did not listen.  I think 7 is great for all of us to pay attention to… great advice straight from God.

“Cain said to the LORD, ‘My punishment is more than I can bear.  Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth…'” ~Genesis 4:13-14  Even though Cain did not listen to God and he was angry that God did not find favor with his offering, he did not want to lose the relationship with God.  He also didn’t realize that just because God was not in front of him, He was still with him.  That makes me think that God was still walking the earth… 

I love how Genesis paints a picture of how God wants a relationship with us… that we are created for that purpose.  The aspect that God had it all planned from the beginning of time.