1 inch margins!

I have to share this…. it’s so exciting….

This morning, while looking for a compact NASB to carry in my purse, I found a wide margin NASB – a whole inch wide!  Wow!!

That is just such a thrilling thought to me… imagine all the room for notes…. ahh….

Even though it doesn’t have the paragraph format that I enjoy in my current ultra-thin version, there are no red words, which is nice.  Since it is from the Lockman Foundation it still has great references.  It is a single column with the references on the side, interesting, but looks very readable.

Anyway, even though I’m not ordering it any time soon, it is still wonderful to think of!


False prophet rabbit trails…

I started the following on Friday, after I had followed a rabbit trail for a while.  Oh, the things I find on rabbit trails!….

I am torn between crying and throwing up.  I just followed a link from Honor of Kings (Kevin has some great stuff, you should check him out) that brought me to a part of the “prophetic” movement that I hadn’t known of before.  I like to keep tabs on certain parts because I know people who are caught up in it.  To me this is a new guy, a new ministry, but the same old thing.  Here’s a quote from his “Need a Prophetic Word?” page… (I removed his name) Continue reading

Chapter and verse…. adding to the Bible?

We are so accustomed to the handy chapter and verse divisions that I don’t think we usually remember that they are fairly new to the Bible.  The individual books had been grouped together in various ways throughout the years, but it wasn’t until the 13th century that the chapter system was developed and added by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton.  The even more specific referencing of verses came in the 16th century by Robert Estienne (also known as Robert Stephanus). It is great to be able to pinpoint exactly where in 66 books a specific passage is located, but could it be considered “adding” to the word of God?  I have wondered this a time or two, especially since people love to cherry-pick, but that’s for another post. Continue reading

Celebrating that connects us to the past… and to the future!

Today most people around the world are celebrating Christmas, a day to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, the Messiah of the world.  Okay, there are many who admit that He wasn’t born today or even within a month’s time frame of this day, but  this is the day that has “randomly” been chosen to celebrate it.  It doesn’t take much historical digging to find out that today was considered by many godless cultures the birth of the messiah – a false one, that is- and celebrated as such for generations before the birth of Yeshua.  But nevertheless, churches and Christians still choose to observe this day (and entire month season) as the birth of their Messiah.  So when families gather around the Christmas tree, go to the many parties of the season, eat of the many traditional foods, or give gifts to each other, they are connecting with generations in the past who also had decorated trees in their homes, partied, ate these same special foods, and gave gifts to each other… but is this what we are supposed to be connecting to? Continue reading

Putting to death

So then brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh – for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.  For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba!  Father!”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.  Romans 8:12-17 NASB (emphasis mine)

….“by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body”…. how often do we forget this? Continue reading

Here’s one for the Joel fans….

I realize that not everyone who checks out my blog may be interested in the same things as me, so I thought I would post something that you may like.  Not many people in my area know who Joel Osteen is, but for those of you who do, enjoy the following teaching from him.  He gets that God actually has our best in mind when He said that pork and shellfish aren’t food.

So, remember your best life now doesn’t include unclean food!

Worthy is the Lamb!

I’ve been reading up on baptism in the 1st century lately.  This topic has intrigued me since my teen years, I always wondered where the idea of baptism came from, what gave it a validity to the people, especially since I was told it came on the scene with John the Baptist.  I have known for a time that it has its roots in the washings prescribed in the Torah, but have wondered as of late how the people at that time viewed it.  There is still more searching to do, but I definitely have learned a lot, especially concerning the dialogue between Nicodemus and Yeshua in John 3.  I have been drawn to that passage several times, and felt like there is more to be understood than what I currently did.  There is definitely more depth there than I had seen before. Continue reading

Torah – Prophecy or Constitution?

Ever heard “Jesus fulfilled the law, so it doesn’t apply to us anymore?”  I used to believe this…. because I was happy to go along with what I was taught instead of actually studying the Word for myself.  Yeah, not so much anymore!  Yes, Yeshua did come to fulfill – to bring the full meaning to the commandments, not to make it no longer valid.  Not to mention the issue with Him fulfilling the whole law as He was neither a woman, leper, land owner, or married… there are some very specific laws pertaining to only those groups of people, so do they still pertain to those people today? Hmm… Continue reading