For "Scripture Sunday":
10 Commandments Hillbilly or Cowboy.
(1) One God's all you need.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to church.
(5) Put nothin' before God.
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin' (unless you ain't got no choice).
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yer's.
(10) Don't be hankerin' fer yer buddy's stuff.
If y'all didn't git all that -- just read 'em agin!
“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.”
Bible prophecy describes a key end-time conflict between a “king of the South” and a “king of the North” that is part of a chain of events leading to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Here is some of the background to this verse from our “News and Prophecy” post “End-Time Prophecy Jigsaw: The Pieces Are Falling Into Place!”
“The book of Daniel tells us that in the last days there will be an influential person ruling in the south, that is, in the Mediterranean area and generally south of Jerusalem (Daniel 11).
“Historically, this king of the South was the dynastic leader of the Ptolemies, or the Egyptian branch of the Greek Empire. The king of the South battled it out for over a century, as the Egypt-based Ptolemies struggled for supremacy against the Syria-based Seleucids, another branch of the Greek Empire. This took place in the third and second centuries B.C., after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. (Daniel 11:3-4).
“Yet this same prophecy suddenly takes a huge leap to ‘the time of the end,’ when we find a latter-day king of the South provoking and fighting against the king of the North (Daniel 11:40). …
“Daniel’s prophecy tells us that once this end-time king of the South has provoked the king of the North, the latter will swoop down on him with massive military force, and invade and conquer much of the Middle East (Daniel 11:40-43).
“Elsewhere in Bible prophecy, the king of the North is referred to as ‘the beast,’ the name assigned him by the apostle John in the book of Revelation (Revelation 13:1-10; 17:3-17). We know from history that the heart of this massive end-time power will be in central Europe. In fact, much of the history of the Middle Ages reflects the struggle for dominance between Catholic Europe and the Muslim world, a struggle destined to reappear just before the second coming of Christ.”
An Amazing Fact: The word “porn” is the fourth-highest ranked search term by children under seven years old, and the average age when a person first views porn is only 11 years old. About 40 million adults visit pornographic websites daily. It shouldn’t be a surprise that nearly half of all divorces list porn as a contributing factor.
The statistics on what some call “the most destructive force in our culture” are staggering. More than 11 million Americans have a sexual addiction. Child porn generates about $3 billion annually. At least 25 percent of all employees who use the Internet look at porn do so at work. It truly is a road to hell with broken people lying all over the place. Our society continues to wave the “freedom” banner while millions walk into slavery, looking for love in all the wrong places.
The apostle Paul does not turn a blind eye to the problem of sexual addiction. He makes a plea for purity. “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter” (1 Thessalonians 4:3–6).
The Roman culture to which Paul wrote was sexually permissive. His challenge to instill the notion of purity in their culture would be even more relevant today.
If you struggle with sexual addiction, you need to face this ugly sin with a passion of someone going to war to conquer an enemy. Consider these three steps: Admit you have a problem, get help with accountability, and remove all impurity from your life. Make a clean break and begin filling your mind with the pure things of God. You cannot find victory on your own. Your battle is really an obsession with self. Growing in Christ is learning to live for others, not your feelings. Your choices do not affect only you, they negatively impact those around you. So choose purity and experience real freedom.
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: Colossians 3:5"
Nothing much has been done to the guest house all week. On Sunday, Jay and I ripped out the carpet and padding in what was the bedroom, so that it can now be a kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen will be entered from the living room at the front of the house. It will be so much easier to redo the plumbing that way. The bathroom will be entered from the new bedroom which was the kitchen and bathroom at the back of the house. There will be 15-light doors in between to give the place a feeling of space so you can see all the way through to the back windows. The doors will have blinds for privacy.
Except I did go to Habitat for Humanity in Conroe and bought some windows, a mirrored medicine cabinet, and some narrow wooden blinds for the new windows on each side of the new front door.
Jay has been working elsewhere all week. Then my computer has been acting up ever since I got it back from the repair shop. I have been on the phone and online to several techs all week. It doesn't help that I am running the old XP in my computer.
The mechanic down the street picked up my van to fix the driver's side window, it wouldn't go up or down. If I had known how much it was going to be to fix it, I might have just left it alone for now. The parts alone were nearly $100!! Talk about boats being a hole in the water to sink money into, this van is the same! But now that nearly everything is working, it is a great van. Just what I needed, a van that can haul full 4'x8' sheets of plywood, easy to drive and easy on the gas, too. The remote power lift-gate is a boon for me, as it used to hurt me where my chest was sawn in two for the heart bypasses, when I manually closed the other van's lift-gate.
There were a lot people that we haven't seen for a while at church this Sabbath. Maybe the cooler weather is bringing people back to the fold. More the merrier.
The Bible readings were back to the beginning of Genesis 1:1-6:8, Isa.42:5-43:10, and John 1:1-18. The Teaching was about Putting on The New Man, (Eph. 2:14-18.)
The potluck was great with plenty of people chattering in the dining hall. Some were telling about their trips to different places to celebrate The Feast of Tabernacles. I took a chicken, veggie and barley dish in a crockpot, that I had prepared the day before. All I had to do was plug it in when I got there. That is to obey God's rule about not working on the Sabbath.
The weather is getting cooler, and it was a doors-and-windows-open day today.