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  1. Genesis 48:18-19 says, Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head," but his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.” I find it interesting that Jacob/Israel blessed Joseph's 2nd born (Ephraim,) over his 1st born (Mannasseh.) It kind of repeated what had happened with Jacob himself, only he stole the blessing from his older brother, Essau , by deceiving his father, Isaac. There's obviously a reason that God put this in here and allowed this to happen that way. In tradition, the 1st born always received the blessing, inheritance, and a place of respect which made them privileged. Deuteronomy 21:17 says, But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn. I wonder if God saw that as an area of pride, and decided to humble mankind, even His people. It was definitely God that allowed the order to be reversed because He's in control of all things, and nothing happens without Him allowing it. Any thoughts on this?
  2. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Steve! I really like all that you had to say, and it all makes a lot of sense. I also like that you use the Bible to back up your thoughts. The part quoted above really stood out to me because Christ knew that outwardly they were appearing religious, but that their hearts were not right. He was calling them out in a sense because they were making a mockery of what Jesus was saying by calling for a sign, and not trusting what Jesus said. I still find it hard to wrap my mind around that they witnessed Christ's miracles, and spent time with Him on the Earth, and still rejected Him. John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
  3. There's my FresnoJoe heart that I love to see! Hope you are well today Joe!
  4. Hebrews 2:4 says God also testified to it by signs, wonders, and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. In Matthew 12:39 it says, He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign!" I have always heard the Matthew verse teaching that asking for a sign is what a sinful/wicked generation does. In Hebrews 2:4 though it says that God used signs, wonders, and miracles to testify. Obviously the Bible doesn't contradict itself, but one seems to make signs, wonders, and miracles good, and the other asking for a sign is sinful. What's the difference between asking God for clarity and discernment, verses asking for a sign. My understanding is that we don't ask for a sign, but God still uses them for good. I think the importance of the 1st 4 verses of Hebrews 2, is to caution all believers not to drift away from their first love, Christ. Feel free to share your thoughts to help me understand it better. Maybe I'm just complicating these 2 passages. Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. The phrase, “he himself suffered when he was tempted,” reminds me that refraining from sin/temptation can be hard and cause suffering, but that's what God wants us to do. It also reminds me that it was hard for Christ to resist the flesh, just as it is for us. 2 Timothy 2:22 Run from temptations that capture young people. That's another verse instructing us to flee temptations
  5. Hi Butero! Thanks for the congrats! I hadn't even realized I was in 1st until you pointed it out! For some reason, I thought George had it, and I was 1 win behind him. Glad you're in too if it works out the way it should! What a fun season! I'm so glad I joined! I hope to play next year also! I'm in 2nd place in one of my other leagues, and have secured a spot in the playoffs. I actually have a bye this week, along with the person in 1st. The 7th and 8th place teams also have byes this week and will play in the Consolation Bracket. The 3rd place team plays 6th place, and 4th place team plays 5th this week. Next week I'll play the winner of the 4th/5th teams match up, and 1st place will play the winner of 3rd/6th teams match up. If I win that game next week, then I'd be playing in the championship game, and defending last year's championship win. The Keepers League with defensive players has been a crazy season! I actually have the 2nd highest points, the most points scored against me, and have been plagued with injuries. Now, I'm in 5th place, and just missed the play offs (only the top 4 teams make it.) I started the season with arguably the best team, so it's a shame that I couldn't make it to the play offs. I bet some of them are happy they don't have to play my team, lol. Now I just have to decide which 3 offensive and 3 defensive players I will keep for next year. This was the only league I feel I should have done better in. I'm happy with my performance in the other 2 leagues win or lose. Thanks for stopping to say hello! ~ Gem
  6. Yay! Cady's a part of 365 Bible Club! Now we have even more to talk about! Love you friend! <3
  7. Happy to have you as party of our Worthy family lee! Hope you enjoy the Bible 365 Club as much as me! Have a blessed day! ~ Gem
  8. I Could Use Some Prayer Post Surgery

    Thank you so much for your concern! I appreciate you, NOONE7, BK, Abby, & the others that have been praying for me! I really do feel the covering of the saints! It hasn't developed into something serious, which it normally would, so that's an answer to our prayers! I did have to cancel discipleship last night, but that's only because I was extremely tired and couldn't keep my eyes open. I've just been sleeping a whole lot with a bout of my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Even though this is a bit of a struggle with my health, I feel that God is protecting me from far worse health and I feel very loved/cared for! Have a blessed day! ~ Gem
  9. I Could Use Some Prayer Post Surgery

    Even though I didn't get to go to the Christmas party, I am feeling better than I did yesterday! Thank you for praying!
  10. I Could Use Some Prayer Post Surgery

    Thank you for praying! I had a slight turn in health, and have decided not to go to the Christmas party. I had a migraine, a mild allergic reaction to something, and some congestion. My husband and I decided it was not worth the risk since the last 2 years I got sick at the party. I am a little disappointed, but at least now I don't have to wonder if I am going or not. I was able to do family pictures. Thank you for your faithfulness to me! (((Hugs))) Have a blessed day!
  11. Thank you very much Omega! I really appreciate that you do that! I'm enjoying reading with others! Your work is not in vain! Keep pressing on dear brother!
  12. I confess I am behind, but trying to catch up!
  13. Mostly just observations/thoughts today....just things that stood out to me, or that I am reminded of. Luke 22:3-4 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. I always found it so sad, angering, even surprising how Judas could walk with Jesus, observe the miracles performed, have Jesus as a friend at one time, but turn his back on Him. Satan entering Judas reminds me that even though God has ultimate power/is stronger than the dark, that evil has power too. Just like part of God enters/covers us when we become His child allowing us to do good, evil entering man can result in them doing bad. It says, “And Judas went to the chief priests and officers and discussed how he might betray Jesus.” There is calculation, plotting, scheming, and feet that are quick to do evil. Christ's enemies didn't even have to come to Judas to persuade him, it was easy for them. Those types of behaviors that harm others with evil intent will never honor God. Yet He still allowed it to happen and Jesus was a willing sacrifice because without the remission of sins, men can't be saved. (Hebrews 9:22) What kind of love we've been given! Luke 22:33-34 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” I think Peter desired to not deny Christ, and thought he wouldn't do it. But, until you are actually in a situation you don't really know how you would handle it for sure. It's how you think you would handle it until that time has arrived. Even with the best intentions fear can get the best of any of us. Genesis 39:3-4 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. While the Lord obviously blessed Joseph/was with him, God was also with Joseph when he was thrown into a pit/left for dead, sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused by Potipher's wife, and even imprisoned. I sometimes think people see favor as only those flourishing financially, health wise, etc., but often those that have bad circumstances can be the closest to God (like Job). I think suffering brings us closer to God because we realize our need for reliance upon Him, and I imagine it was that way for Joseph too. Also, praising God through the storms can show true faith and commitment to Him.
  14. I Could Use Some Prayer Post Surgery

    Thank you very much MG! I appreciate all the prayers! Have a blessed day!