Consider the lyrics

A fantastic song by a Xian classic rock group that is seemingly now defunct.  Some of the best lyrics in all of Xianity

Never been accused or been confused with a model on a cover page
Never could have been a superstar in the NBA
Can’t run that fast, never could break dance,
can’t jump a building in a single bound.
Anticipate
Can’t wait til I hear that sound

The sky splits
I move in
I let it freely take me

This must be
The moment
God picked to rearrange me

You and I want a new body
You and I want to fly

Crutches left on the ground
Body parts lost and found
Everybody gets to walk today

No more tears and evil fears
We will feel no more pain.

Genesis 27:part 1

THIS is the only passage where we actually see Jacob overtly deceiving someone (unless there is another passage someone would like to point out to me) and in this case it was his own father.  I would like to post the passage and then some thoughts.  Let’s move on, shall we?

1When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, “Here I am.” 2He said, “Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. 3Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me, 4and prepare for me delicious food, such as I love, and bring it to me so that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.”

Isaac gets Esau ready to receive the family blessing, not being mindful of the prophecy God spoke to Rebekah concerning Jacob’s leadership.  We are not told if Isaac was made aware of the prophecy.  But we are made sure of one thing.  Once God speaks, typically nothing can hinder that which He speaks from coming to pass.

 5Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, 6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, 7‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the LORD before I die.’ 8Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you. 9Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves. 10And you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.” 11But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.” 13His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me.”
 14So he went and took them and brought them to his mother, and his mother prepared delicious food, such as his father loved. 15Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her older son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. 16And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17And she put the delicious food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

My argument here is that God could have accomplished the blessing of Jacob without Rebekah and him resorting to deception and trickery.  Rebekah, like Sarah in the matter of Ishmael, did not trust God and resorted to her own devices in order to get Jacob the blessing of his father, a decision that caused Rebekah to lose out on seeing Jacob for potentially the rest of her life.  


Is that a result I would want to live with?  Not in a million years…

As an afterthought to Isaac's interaction at Beersheba with Abimelech-Esau's next poor choice

Go back and read the blog post on Jacob and Esau if you have not already.  


 34When Esau was forty years old, he took  Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, 


35and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.

You know, I have read right past this part of the text without giving it so much as a pause for thought and reflection.  Now I get something.  Place this verse in the context of all we read concerning Esau in Genesis, especially with respect to his selling and despising his birthright all for a stupid bowl of lentils and rice (if you have not read my previous blog on Jacob and Esau, read that blog before this one).  I got something now.


You know how Abraham made his servant go to find a wife for Isaac from his family and not the Canaanites?  Further, do you remember how, in a couple of chapters, Isaac is about to send Jacob off to his family and relations in Haran in order for him to find a bride?  Well, the text just says two things about Esau in preparation for the blessing Jacob is about to steal from him.


It says Esau took wives from among the Caananties.  These wives and people evidentially did something or things that made life bitter and grievous for Isaac and Rebekah.   I have this thought or speculation to offer and am curious what the rest of the church would say about the following.


 Perhaps this choice of Esau to take wives among heathen unbelievers was something that led to his losing the inheritance.  Now, I am not saying God had a hand in this (for all you hyper-Calvinists), but I am saying the actions we perform can keep, hinder, or in some cases prevent us from reaching, walking into, and attaining all that God has for us.  Marrying an unbeliever, which is not sanctioned by Scripture as the rule and frequently is borne out by experiences of grief for the believer, is one of those things.  




I would wonder if Esau did not take that relationship with God seriously in the manner he should have and that his heart attitude grew in such a manner that he ceased to walk after what God wanted for him, which would have been to heed the advice of his parents and not marry the people of the land, but rather the people of his father’s family.


Thoughts?

Genesis 26-Isaac and Abimelech part 5

Off the subject, I just got done researching some interesting material on the location of Mt Sinai, that I will share when I get to Exodus.  It seems what we commonly think of as Mt. Sinai is not Mt. Sinai, at least from a plain reading of Scripture.  Galatians 4 will be a fascinating place to pick up.  


Meanwhile, back to the Genesis text at hand.  

If you want to read some other neat stuff on Noah, thoughts from a modified gap theorist, see http://battlefieldmechanics.blogspot.com/.

Shall we continue?

Genesis 26:23-25

23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 That night the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”
 25 Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.


From the place of the wells he had previously dug in the Valley of Gerar, Isaac had moved into the region of Beersheba.  This is the place where Abraham had made a covenant with Abimelech, a significant place for Isaac, since at this point this is one of the occasions that God reaffirms His covenant with Isaac.  In order for the fullness of the blessing to be bestowed upon Isaac, God had to bring him to Beersheba, the well of the oath, or the well of the covenant.  And at Beersheba, Isaac has a dream in which God promises His blessings on Isaac’s family.  This covenant is reaffirmed at the well of the covenant.  

And, following this dream and oath, Abimelech came with his officials and made a covenant between his people and Isaac’s people. 

26 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 

The same officials as with the last covenant, besides Ahuzzath, come to the same place of the covenant.


27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”

I wonder if it would not be too much of a theological leap to interpret this part of the Scripture as one of the main reasons the children of Israel had so much trouble with the Philistines.  Perhaps relations had either soured between the Isrealites and Philistines, but we are not told what the religious practices of the Philistines are at this time.  We are not told anything about Dagon or the Baals.  Either way, I wonder, in light of what the children of Israel were told by the LORD concerning covenants later in the Torah, if these early relations set up Israel’s children for disaster upon entering the land to possess it.


 28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”

This portion does not say the Philistines recognized other gods at this point.  It does say they recognized the presence and blessing of the LORD in Isaac’s life and wanted a covenant with the people upon whom this blessing flowed.  Smart move on Abimelech’s part.


 30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.

Feasts were significant parts of covenants in those days.


 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
 32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33 He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.


More water is found in the epilogue, which reinforces the name of the town.  Perhaps this latter blessing comes as a result of the covenants made in this portion.

Thoughts???

Genesis 26-Isaac opens a well, fights, opens another well, fights again, and opens more wells, and then has room…

Isaac’s response to Abimelech?


17. so Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.


Isaac demonstrated class, quietly and respectfully complied with Abimelech’s command, and moved away.  I think it’s interesting that, Isaac moved away because he was so powerful in the eyes of Abimelech.  Perhaps it’s just me, but this account used to read to me as a family of four (Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Esau with Jacobs sheep and a few servants).  Perhaps there is more to the account than that.  Perhaps there is an entire army of people attending Isaac, besides what Abraham gave him and he really was too powerful for the forces of Philistia.


But that is besides the point.  Here is the beef of this whole text


18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. 19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah. 22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”


We are digging wells and releasing and entering into what God has for us, especially in the area of deliverance, healing, and liberty, or we are moving into a place of strife and bondage, and throwing our dirt back into the mix.  


How badly do we want liberty and freedom?  How pure do we want that source to be?  How quenched do we want our thirst?  


Isaac digged a well again and the Philistines laid claim to it.  so Isaac responds, “Fine, quarrel all you want over this water.”  Quarrelsome people when they are done quarreling with you, will usually quarrel with each other (think political elections).  


Again, Isaac digged another well, and again the Philistines laid claim to it.  So Isaac replies, “Fine, oppose each other all you want.”  Isaac made no room for offense with his enemies.  Instead he left the place of opposition and contention and went to a place where he had room and peace.  Then, he made peace and had a place where he would be fruitful. 


How are you with quarreling and contending?  Have you made room for the offense and the dirt, or have you made room for the Lord to reclaim your heart?  Have you sought community with the Lord or community with your foes?


Consider well this proverb. 

Genesis 26:12ff-the wells of Isaac and the continuance of his blessing

I would say that Isaac was probably marked with an identifier that prevented Abimelech from taking Rebekah as his wife, since he put a death penalty out on anyone who touched either Isaac or Rebekah.  Perhaps the men of the land were rough, violent, or just plain senseless to spiritual things as the Gentiles, who belonged to Paul’s day, and about whom the former Pharisee wrote much.


At any rate, Isaac’s family was preserved in the land of the Philistines, which is infinitely more than we can say about Saul, whom the Philistines caused to tremble under subjugation, until David arose as a Deliverer (1 Samuel 10-16).


I think it benefits the reader of the text of the four books of the kingdoms (1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings) for them to see the interaction between these nations and the nation of Israel, in order for us to understand why Israel dealt with these nations in such a harsh manner.  This interaction certainly gives us an eyeful as to the groundwork that was laid (some in Isaac’s wells), for the interactions between the children of Jacob and the children of the Philistines, particularly v. 16 and v. 26-31 of this chapter.  However having said all that, let us cover the portion of Scripture at hand,  vv. 12-about 15, which precipitates the exile levied upon Isaac’s family by Abimelech.


 12And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The LORD blessed him,


So Isaac, whatever he put his hand to in the land of the Philistines, because he obeyed the Lord, and because his father obeyed the Lord, and lived where God told Him to live (vv. 2-3), God blessed him and was with him.


13and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy.


So, the key to the provision of the Lord (being given what you need to sustain the vision you have been given by the lord-provision is for your vision) is obedience.  If we obey in all things the Lord has given us in which to be faithful, then He will bless us, as befits His goodness and our needs.  Blessing is the goodness of God meeting the need of His people.  


A note on this.  The evil and wicked, who rebel and disobey and are still never lacking, that which they are being given is no blessed and set apart.  It is filthy lucre, not dedicated to the Lord, and is a weight to their souls and it will be something for which the justice of God will call them to account.  It is a burden.  The major difference between a blessed person and a cursed person is not the amount they are given, but their willingness to live their life and whatever they are given in obedience to the Lord, obedience reaps the blessing, the true guilt-free blessing, whereas disobedience reaps the guilt-laden gift, which ultimately in some form or another becomes a curse to the individual, who refuses to recognize, by giving back to God in honor for what He has given that individual.  


We can reap trillions, but if we refuse to honor the Lord with the firstfruits, then whether we lose it all or keep it all, in the end, it will be something for which we will one day be called to account.


The pattern of Scripture for the people of God to follow is this.  
1) Person hears the voice of God. 
2) Person responds to the voice of God.
3) Person reaps in reaction to his/her response.


Job is the premier example of this.  Job refused to blame God, and responded as best he could to his accusers (despite some obvious flaws brought on by an excess of innocent pain), and thus reaped the rewards of a double portion.  Saul on the other hand, disobeyed and progressively slid into a place of depravity read the difference between (1 Samuel, chapter 9 with chapter 16, chapter 17 and chapter 20 and following, and you will see a different king Saul, though still given authority and ordained by God for His purposes).  Israel in the Torah, Joshua, and Judges had a similar experience.  Where disobedience was given place, cursing followed and destruction reigned.  Where obedience followed, blessing endured.  And frequently illustrated was the fact that the blessed people returned back to God a the honored first portion of those blessings.  In the Bible, and in many churches, we call this honored first portion a “tithe.”  More on this later in a post about tithing.


 14He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him.


Those who opposed Isaac and saw this sick and obscene blessing opposed and envied the man of God whom obeyed God.


.15(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.).


This verse showcases a context for the envy of the Philistines.  This is the result of envy.  If we see someone else prospering and we do not, frequently, our response is one of envy, and if we cannot have the blessing, it would only seem fair to us that no one else should have what we do not have.  Envy leads to all sorts of bad things happening, such as what happened to Saul (1 Samuel 17-20).


Consequently, Abimelech told Isaac, out of his people’s (and arguably his as well) envy, to “move away from them, since, in similar words to those of the so-called “Pharaoh of the Oppression,” Isaac had “become too powerful for [them].” (Genesis 26:16 and Exodus 1:9-10)

Genesis 26-Isaac and Abimelech part 3

 6So Isaac settled in Gerar. 7When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance. 8When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah his wife. 9So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘Lest I die because of her.'”10Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 11So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”




So, Isaac settled in the land of the Philistines, which God promised him in addition to the rest of the land promised to Isaac for Abraham’s obedience.  


Nevertheless, in dealing with the king of the Philistines, Isaac resorted to the same tactics as Abraham, by lying.  Lying does not solve the problem, nor is it a pathway to the promises God has for us.  Rebekah might have been beautiful, but lying will not protect your spouse.  Nor will it protect or help anyone else.  


I think it’s silly that Isaac tried the same thing that Abraham tried, and it worked out the same way Abraham’s lie worked out. 


Evidentally, Abimelech never forgot what happened with Abraham, because he treated Isaac the same way he did Abraham.


Thoughts?



Rupert Murdoch, the NIV, Rick Warren, and the pornography industry

Check out these four links and then I have a thought or two

http://revdmarkstevens.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/where-are-niv-profits-going/
http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=41520
http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=910
http://www.originaldissent.com/forums/showthread.php?16316-Rick-Warren-is-Rupert-Murdoch-s-pastor!

So, Rupert Murdoch owns HarperCollins, and, by extension, Zondervan, publisher of the NIV among other books, like The Purpose Driven Life.

Rupert Murdoch is owner of News Corporation, some of whose subsidiaries are the largest providers of pornography.

Rick Warren is connected to Rupert Murdoch by way of Saddleback Valley Community Church, and claims to be Murdoch’s pastor, yet it would seem he refuses to rebuke Murdoch for his sins.

Does this concern anyone else?

I wonder where the profits, if any, for the NIV and other Zondervan publications go.

To me, this is eminently sad.

I wonder if anyone at Fox News or anyone else has anything to say along these lines.

Two words come to mind here:  Matthew 18.

One final question:  Does a watching of Fox News, or any other news equate a condonation of the industries that said news channel funds.  What would Jesus do in this case, seriously?

Thoughts???

Lust

My memory is nearly gone;
but I remember two things;
That I am a great sinner, and
that Christ is a great Saviour.
John Newton (1725-1807)
English minister and hymn writer


Christ came to save sinners, of whom I am chief
Saul of Taursus to Timothy


Lust is one of those things that has, it seems, been hit upon and missed in the conversation of the church.  


From my experience of news concerning the church, with the scandals of various ministers such as Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart, Eddie Long, Todd Bentley, this is a subject that takes a scandal in order to talk about at length, and then only pertaining to the minister in question, and frequently, solutions are not part of the discussions, but rather stuff that turns to gossip masquerading ad denouncing the “false prophet in our midst.”


 Many ministers, particularly male ministers, it is said, fight this on a daily basis.  I know I have dealt with it every day for the last 25 years (nearly since becoming a Christian).  I want you to know tonight, that if you fight lust and you feel like you are not going to beat it, and you feel alone in this battle, you are not alone. 


Moreover, there are those of us who are called to classical ministry (ministry that occurs within a church, missionary, bible college, seminary, or church administration context) To those ministers, I have the following to say.


If you are like me, you have felt that the merest mention of your sexual sins (specifically, “looking on a member of the opposite sex to lust after them”) to anyone, even fellow ministers would cause you to lose credibility, standing, credentials with your church. congregations, you are not alone.  If you felt you could never do this because you are a minister, ordained and licensed, you are not alone.  I am there with you. 


I would like to share some thoughts on the subject.


Some time ago, I confessed to my wife that I was fighting lust.  She asked me several questions, and one of those questions she asked me stuck out.  “Do you enjoy it anymore?”  This brought to me a realization.


“No.” I replied. “I do not.”


In the past, I used pornography and stuff as a comfort and unconditional acceptance from the fact that my father abandoned me and my mother did not treat me with a whole lot of grace.  Now that I had been married, and had all sorts of respect, love, acceptance, and solid healthy relationships, I still reacted the same unhealthy way when presented with sexual thoughts, images, etc. (call it a knee-jerk response, or like Pavlov’s dog, ring the bell and start drooling).  


So, my wife responded, “you know, the point is not that I am angry with you, but rather that I pity and feel sad for you.”


The drug or crutch (in this case of lust) looses its effectiveness, so that the high takes more drug to remain at the same levels, and after a while it looses its appeal.


If you are stuck, I have one major response to give to you.  It is simple though difficult, and it requires a major bit of preparation and commitment to Christ to finally succeed.  This is the method of deliverance, barring an immediate healing.


Flee!!!!


You and I put our running shoes on and we must run.  Run to the refuge of the Scripture, the refuge of worship, the refuge of intercession, and get on our face before God and ask Him to retrain our minds.  We have to ask God to teach us to view brothers and sisters with completely pure mindsets.  The will of God, according to 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 is sanctification, that we are set apart from the patterns of this world, that we are not driven and fueled by lust as the First Century Gentiles were, whose understanding and thoughts were darkened by this garbage.  We must be driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness that you and I fast, pray, spend time with God in communion that we overcome this ploy of the enemy to undermine the work of God’s kingdom.


AND THIS IS A PLOY!!!!!


The enemy uses lust to undermine authority in the church, to undermine the work of making disciples of all nations.  If you and I allow the enemy to hook us with lust, to hook us with the programming of this world, then the church will never fulfill her mission to make disciples.  Lust is a major preventer of trust in the church and thus, a major tool the enemy uses to keep us from being wholly discipled in the church.  It’s time to put on our battle gear, leave it on, and keep up the fight


Several Scriptures that cover this are found are listed below.


I would like to say this.  I will soon be licensed, pending any complications, with the Assemblies of God.  If you are in the process of getting licensed or ordained, or even if you are not in that process, but you know God has something special for you, that He has a definite calling for you, and desire to conquer and overcome this problem, as if my desire, then you cannot do it alone. You need someone to pray with you, talk to you, hold you accountable, and do so in a manner that keeps confidence, I would like to suggest a 12-step group called Celebrate Recovery.  It has proven to be one of the most effective helps for me in dealing with this fight, since it provides a group of like-minded men, who are willing to pray for me, listen to me, and gives the the chance for an anonymous, Christ-centered, gossip-free environment.  It teaches us how to biblically recover from not only things like alcohol and drugs, but also sexual sin, as well as any other probelm we may be facing. 


Also, if you need someone to talk with you who will keep you in prayer, seriously, as well as keep you in strict confidence, then you can get in touch with me.  I honestly wish someone had done this for me sooner, but I am so glad to have friends with whom I can talk about these struggles, with not only lust, but also anger.


Again, I will be willing to confidentially and faithfully hold you in prayer, and encourage you in your daily walk as you seek to work out your walk with God in this area.


My cell phone number for both calls and texting is 417-522-3000 and my e-mail is theblacksmithshammer91@gmail.com.  I am willing to take calls any time during the day or night, when I am not at work.  I have a lot of faith and belief for you in this area, and I have a lot of compassion for men who struggle with lust and sexual sin, especially those of you who, like me, are called to full-time ministry and do not feel supported or willing to trust people in their current network with this potentially damaging information.










David 

Matthew 5:28 ESV / 132 helpful votes

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV / 102 helpful votes

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

Galatians 5:16 ESV / 80 helpful votes

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 ESV / 73 helpful votes

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

Colossians 3:5 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

1 John 2:16 ESV / 45 helpful votes

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

John 14:15 ESV / 35 helpful votes

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Job 31:1 ESV / 35 helpful votes

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?

Galatians 6:8 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 33 helpful votes

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

1 Corinthians 6:13 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Proverbs 5:5-23 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it. And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, …

Hebrews 13:4 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Leviticus 18:22 ESV / 15 helpful votes

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

Romans 1:26-27 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

2 Peter 2:9 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Psalm 101:3 ESV / 13 helpful votes

I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.

John 8:34 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.

Mark 7:20-23 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Romans 8:6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Exodus 20:14 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“You shall not commit adultery.

1 Peter 2:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

James 4:1-3 ESV / 10 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

Psalm 86:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

Romans 12:1 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Romans 5:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 14:21 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

1 John 4:1-21 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. …

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Romans 13:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

1 John 1:1-10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. …

Ephesians 5:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

Romans 14:21 ESV / 7 helpful votes

It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, …

Proverbs 5:18-19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.

Genesis 19:1-38 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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 bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” …

Genesis 2:24 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …

Romans 1:27 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Leviticus 20:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

1 John 3:1-24 ESV / 5 helpful votes

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. …

James 1:14-15 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Matthew 15:19-20 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Job 31:10-12 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down on her. For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase.

1 John 2:1-29 ESV / 4 helpful votes

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: …

1 Timothy 2:1-15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, …

1 Timothy 1:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,

Colossians 4:4-6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

That I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Romans 1:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;

Psalm 107:20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.

Leviticus 18:1-30 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the Lord your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am theLord. …







And part 3-the conclusion of this story. Kinda sad.

Lego House Update

By Sebastian J — Filed under: Houses ,News , 
 
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Last month, we featured a post about James May, a toy fanatic (and presenter of the television show James May’s Toy Stories), that built a house using  bricks. The house was complete, but unfortunately, it’s now demolished after a deal to sell it didn’t quite go well.
Because the home didn’t have planning permission on its site, the builder was hoping to find a buyer to transport the house elsewhere. LEGOland theme park showed interest, but the high cost of transportation didn’t make seem like a good deal. The 3.3 million  bricks used to build the home will be donated to charity once the home is teared down.
Seen at designboom. More images of James May with the completed house and demolition process after the break.