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    • Lol I didn't know your spouse was on the forums. Haha For anyone interested there's a group of men on Facebook doing this in October. Feel free to join us!   God bless, Ge  
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    • I'm going to say that you are right - making the Bible applicable to our personal life is important.  In fact, I'll go so far as to say it's a doctrine of the Bible itself. James 1:22-24 [This was drilled into my head and heart as a child as my church] = " But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own facein a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. " Matthew 7:24-27 = " Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." So as to your question, how is that done? I'll just tell you what I believe and what helps me. You've got to actually read the Bible for yourself.   I know that sounds stupid, but there are Christians in countless droves who believe that their Bible knowledge sufficiently comes from listening to the preacher, the Sunday School teacher, and discussing the Bible on internet forums.  It's like watching someone else eat or talking on a message board about eating.  You've GOT to eat for yourself - three squares a day or you will not grow, function well, and you may even die. Now you won't die physically from not reading the Bible, but your spiritual effectiveness and growth will dry up and crumble. Pray before you read, while you are reading [stop every now and again], and after you read.  Pray MUST accompany Bible reading.  Ask God to show you what you don't know and reveal his truths to you so that you CAN apply them to your life. You've got to ask the right questions when you read.  Is this passage teaching me that I need to repent of some sin?  Is this passage teaching me something about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit that I didn't know.  Is this passage something I need to meditate on today or even memorize (hid it in my heart)?  Do topical studies.  Whatever issues are in your life - anger, laziness, sorrow - find those passages and read them in context, memorizing part of them for meditation throughout the day. And do cross-reference studies.  I like to use David Guzik when I read the Bible because he shows you in other parts of the Bible what is critically relevant to what you are currently reading.  So does  Plug in a particular verse and on the right-hand side, it gives you the accompanying verses that further explain that can be found through the Bible.  Read all of that in context.
    • Shabbat shalom, WilliamL. Well, first, there's an interesting thing that one can see in the Greek wording of Hebrews 12:22. Here's the Greek: Pros Hebraious 12:22-24
      22 Alla proseleeluthate Sioon orei kai polei Theou zoontos, Ierousaleem epouranioo, kai muriasin aggeloon, paneegurei
      23 kai ekkleesia proototokoon apogegrommenoon en ouranois kai kritee Theoo pantoon kai pneumasi dikaioon teteleioomenoon
      24 kai diatheekees neas Mesitee Ieesou kai haimati rantismou kreitton lalounti para ton Habel.
      UBS The Greek New Testament 22 Alla = 22 But
      proseleeluthate = ye-are-approaching
      Sioon = Zion (Tsiown)
      orei = a-mountain
      kai = and
      polei = a-city
      Theou = of-God
      zoontos, = living,
      Ierousaleem = Jerusalem (Yerushalayim)
      epouranioo, = of-or-belonging-to-above-the-sky
      kai = and
      muriasin = a-myriad
      aggeloon, = of-messengers,
      paneegurei = a-mass-meeting
      23 kai = 23 and
      ekkleesia = called-out-[group]
      proototokoon = of-firstborn-[sons]
      apogegrommenoon = checked-off
      en = in
      ouranois = [the]-sky
      kai = and
      kritee = a-Judge
      Theoo = for-God
      pantoon = of-all
      kai = and
      pneumasi = breaths/winds/voiced-dispositions
      dikaioon = of-[the]-justified
      teteleioomenoon = made-complete
      24 kai = 24 and
      diatheekees = a-covenant
      neas = new
      Mesitee = Mediator
      Ieesou = Jesus (Yeshua`)
      kai = and
      haimati = blood
      rantismou = of-sprinkling
      kreitton = better-[things]
      lalounti = that-speaks
      para = beyond
      ton = that
      Habel. = of-Abel (of-Hevel). Notice that the kai (and) is closely tied to orei (a mountain) and polei (a city), both in the same case! This is not just a conjunction between two phrases; it's a conjunction between the two words! Thus, the mountain IS the city, or rather, the city IS the mountain! This Jerusalem from-above-the-sky is both a mountain AND a city! And, that's appropriate for a city that has a physical height of 1,500 MILES and whose outer wall is shaped like a giant pyramid! Second, the Greek word "proseleeluthate" is the 2nd Perfect Indicative Active form of "proserchomai" (meaning "I approach") with the 2nd Person Plural ending. Thus, it means "ye are approaching and are still approaching." It is both punctilinear AND durative; however, it is the MEANING of the base word itself that puts it into the future. It does NOT mean that "you have already arrived!" Third, don't equate this passage with Galatians 4. They are NOT talking about the same thing! Verse 26 below is NOT a reference to the New Jerusalem as compared to the old city; it's a reference to the city of Jerusalem (situated upon Mount Zion in the first century), from which came the New Covenant, as compared to Mount Sinai, from which came the old. Galatians 4:22-31
      22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one (Ishmael) by a bondmaid (Hagar), the other (Isaac) by a freewoman (Sarah).
      23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
      24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar (Hagar).
      25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
      26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
      27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
      28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
      29 But as then he that was born after the flesh (Ishmael) persecuted him that was born after the Spirit (Isaac), even so it is now.
      30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son (Ishmael) of the bondwoman (Hagar) shall not be heir with the son (Isaac) of the freewoman (Sarah).
      31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
      KJV What this passage is intended to mean is that those who struggle to fulfill the Torah under the first covenant are just as guilty as Avraham and Sarah were when they tried to MANIPULATE the "promise" into being by using Hagar, Sarah's handmaid, to get the job done! Rather than wait for God's miracle, they attempted to have a son by purely natural means, using a common practice of the Gentiles around them - namely, to allow a handmaid of a woman be the mother of a child for the woman. That was NEVER to be a part of God's promised son! In the same way, the New Covenant was to be based upon God DECLARING individuals "righteous" rather than the individuals attempting to be righteous in their own power.
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