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Church, Bible reading, this blog and, well…

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Went to church last night. Had to walk there since I did not have the family van readily available. No problems: I walked the mile to church in about 15 minutes. Great exercise. It seems that every time you have to make a strong effort to attend church it ends up being well worth it. Bible study and then a chat with a few people. I obtained the name of the lady who runs the church’s library ministry, so Lord willing, I will be able to serve there in a small capacity soon…

…Finished reading Isaiah today, and in chapter 65 was the passage where the Left Behind story teaches that the unsaved during Christ’s Millennial Reign will have 100 years of life to accept Him. If they are unsaved on their hundredth birthday, they will die. Time will tell if this is accurate.

Read through Hebrews’ Faith Hall of Fame and saw that Samson and Sarah were there. Samson I remember from a past reading, Sarah’s presence in the HOF was a surprise. You know Samson: the cocky strongman who allowed his hair to be cut off and was left to the brutality of the Philistines. I wonder if his faith involved his belief that once his hair grew back his strength would return? Hard to say. I also imagine Sarah’s faith was in her belief she would indeed eventually give birth to a son in her old age, even after she took her eyes off God and allowed her husband Abraham to sleep with Hagar, her maid…

…As far as this blog goes, I think I have found a theme that’s good for now. Someday I hope to redesign this blog to make it far more unique. In the meantime, I will post when I have something to say rather than putting something up on a daily basis.

As always, comments are welcome. Post them here or drop me a line at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

Caffeine and Bible reading

March 29, 2011 1 comment

Caffeine is a drug. One friend told me it’s fatal in its purest form. Thankfully, what we drink in sodas, tea and coffee isn’t in a fatal form.

However, caffeine consumed excessively is not a good thing. I do not see any harm, though, in consuming it in the form of above drinks as a way to get up in the morning.

I thought about this around 6:45 a.m. as I read passages in Isaiah and Hebrews while my sons got ready for school (my wife and I take turns driving them in the morning for Early Bird session). As I read, I found myself re-reading the same verses or reading and not remembering what I read or not comprehending.

One evangelist once said that once he wakes up in the morning, he turns over and gets his Bible and starts reading. It’s commendable he has the energy and discipline for that.

I’m concluding that it is best to read the Word of God in the morning after you are alert and awake. If that means drinking coffee, tea or a soda (or a “pop”, as it’s called in Michigan), fine. If it means getting in some exercise–such as a nice walk–fine. If it means taking a shower, fine.

So, tomorrow morning I will do that–read the Word after I have gotten myself nice and awake.

Richard Zowie is well aware Satan does not want him reading the Bible. Post comments here or e-mail richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

Another successful day reading the Word

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Almost done reading Isaiah. Will complete that in a week or so. Read Isaiah 53 today. Also will be finishing Hebrews in about a week. Had a short chapter in Hebrews today but decided against reading an extra one. The whole quality-versus-quantity thing, you know.

I woke up at 8:30 a.m. to go to work at 10 a.m., and when I got up, I toyed with sleeping until 9 a.m. But I nixed that idea when I realized I would not have enough time to take a shower and get ready and read the Bible. Small victory again.

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Another successful day of reading the Bible

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Got up this morning, took a shower and then returned back to my bedroom and read passages from Isaiah and Hebrews.

Wouldn’t it be great to make a habit out of this? I thought.

Indeed, it would. To start off each day reading the Bible is a wondrous accomplishment. Still, I expect many battles along the way. Satan hates Christians and wants to throw as many obstacles as possible into their paths. A person said if you are having an easy time living as a Christian, then Satan must not be too worried about you. No ego intended, but I think that’s a good statement.

So now, as I read and am caught up, I relax and focus on reading what God’s Word says and thinking of how I can apply it to my life each and every day.

As I read now, there is so much that is difficult to process since it has, sadly, been years since I’ve read through the entire Bible. I trust that in future readings the passages won’t seem as daunting.

Richard Zowie has been a Christian for 29 years. Post comments here or e-mail them to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

The joys of being Isaiah the prophet

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Tradition says that Isaiah the prophet was murdered by being sawn in half inside a hollowed-out log on orders from King Manasseh. We presume this was before Manny repented of being a wicked king and became a born-again upstanding monarch. Perhaps he just grew tired of Isaiah’s prophecies of how wickedness would be judged.

Isaiah’s words remind me of the nondescript FBI agent in the hilarious movie Midnight Run who has to deliver bad news to the tall, imposing Agent Alonso Mosley (played brilliantly by Yaphet Kotto). Mosley is eating lunch at a diner when he’s told they were unable to capture bounty hunter Jack Walsh and government witness Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas…

FBI agent: I have some news for you about Walsh and the Duke.

Mosley: Is it going to upset me?

Agent: Yes, sir, I think it’s safe to say it will.

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Caught up on my Bible reading! Zowie!

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Thankfully, my parents are not offended by my taking our surname in vain. It’s catchy, so no worries. I wish I hadn’t been so shy about that two decades ago when I absolutely insisted–with no success-that my classmates call me Richard and not Zowie. I might as well have asked them to throw away their Van Halen 1984 albums.

So, back to the ranch…

This morning, while doubling my reading in Isaiah and Hebrews, I got caught up on my Bible reading. No more having to read four to six Old Testament chapters a day and no more reading two chapters in the New Testament. I can now focus on quality and not quantity.

I briefly considered keeping my pace so I could read the Bible through twice this year but decided against it and felt it was yet another desperate obstacle of Satan’s to discourage me from reading God’s Word. I take it that The Adversary Formerly Known as Lucifer must not like it when people read in Revelation about his being cast into the lake of fire and how, for the first time ever, he will feel something he won’t like–physical pain. This kind has no morphine to look forward to: it’ll be eternal, excruciating and unspeakably terrible.

So now, I sigh, take a breath and get back into a normal routine. A brochure from the Roloff Homes in Corpus Christi, Texas states the homes had this very strict rule for all its staff and those in its homes: each morning, you begin with devotions. No Bible, no breakfast. No exceptions. Perhaps that is a rule I should modify and implement for myself: No Bible, no internet/facebook/blogging.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Coming soon: my potential adventures serving my church’s library ministry and an interview with an outstanding Christian blogger (no, I won’t be interviewing myself–far from it).

Richard Zowie still has a long way to go as a Christian, but he is getting there. Post comments here or e-mail them to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

My small victory today

March 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Yesterday was not a good day for Bible reading as having to get up early, having lots on my mind at work and in my personal life, sadly and pathetically, got the best of me.

Today seemed headed in that direction. I had to take a look at my finances, had to wake up at 7:30 a.m. to get some things taken care of, and now I have to put in some hours at the newspaper before going to work at the gas station.

You don’t have time, Richard, one voice seemed to tell me.

I am tired of not making the time, I decided as I sat on my bed after a shower and read passages of Isaiah and Titus.

If things are slow tonight, I will continue reading more to catch up what I did not read yesterday. And then with tomorrow’s double reading I will be back on schedule.

When I feel Satan trying to discourage me from reading, I often feel like telling him (and have on a few occasions), “Hey, Satan…don’t you have an eternity in the lake of fire to prepare for?”

Some say it is best not to engage Satan in direct conversation. By doing so we are sending a clear message that he is beneath us and not worthy of our attention. Not to mention it is probably dangerous: many–if not most–Christians grossly underestimate Satan’s intellect and capabilities.

Richard Zowie is reading through the Bible for the first time in far too long. Post comments here or e-mail him at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

Today’s Bible reading in 2 Timothy, Isaiah

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I doubled my reading today to get caught up and will be completely back on track by the end of this week–if I stay on top of things and do my Bible reading and don’t fall a willing victim to the Eighth Deadly Sin.

Doubling reading is not something I recommend except for the seasoned, in-shape Bible readers. Otherwise, as you read a passage you’ll see things whiz by and you won’t have the time to study them in-depth. Perhaps in a few years, after I’ve read through the Bible three times, I’ll take my time and read a chapter a day. Or maybe I’ll do my daily reading and then go back to a passage and study it in detail. I counted the amount of passages I read today. By Saturday I’ll be caught up on my Old Testament reading and by Sunday, caught up on the New Testament.

As I read through Isaiah and use a Bible with no commentary, I wonder how much of the judgment God is preparing for the godless nations around Israel is for that time and how much of it is to be fulfilled in the end times. There is mention that the water from both the Nile River and the Mediterranean Sea (which the Nile flows into) will become undrinkable…perhaps that’s when God in Revelation turns a third of the ocean water into blood in the second trumpet judgment and then all of the ocean water and then all of the rest of the water into the blood of a dead person during the second and third bowl judgments?

As tough as it is since I’m not a morning person, the morning really is the best time to read God’s Word. The days are stressful enough without starting them talking to God (or as that one PCC floorleader poetically put it, spending time with the “Holy of Holies”) and listening to what He has to say. So often we forget that Bible reading shouldn’t be viewed as something we as Christians have to do, but rather that it’s time we get to spend with a Creator who wants nothing more than to spend time with us and for us to to get to know Him on an intimate basis.

Richard Zowie will turn 30 years old as a Christian in October and was led to the Lord in mid-October 1981 by Pastor Jim Lilley of Kings Row Baptist Church in Alvin, Texas. Post comments here or e-mail them to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

A puzzling question about Isaiah 14…Satan or Nebuchadnezzar?

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve been reading through Isaiah and came across Isaiah 14. It reminds me of a discussion I had with one guy who told me two things about the “Lucifer” passage:

One: Lucifer refers literally to the planet Venus.

Two: Lucifer is actually a reference to King Nebuchadnezzar and not to Satan.

For years in the Baptist churches I attended, it was accepted that Isaiah 14 referred to the fall of Satan and what led him to rebel against God. And now, this gentleman (whose intellect I respect highly) proposed it was simply about Nebuchadnezzar and the judgment against his kingdom and how he would eventually be humbled.

As I read the passage today, I wondered if perhaps this guy was right. Or, perhaps the judgments against Babylon, Egypt and other nations could be in the distant future. In Revelation, we lean that Babylon will be destroyed and that Satan, possessing the body of the anti-christ, is the head of Babylon. Satan, we learn, will eventually suffer the humiliation of humiliations.

Is this what the passage is referring to or is it indeed simply about Nebuchadnezzar?

I will say that if the passage is simply about King Neb, his ego and arrogance mirror what Satan had when he chose to rebel against God.

What are your thoughts, reader?

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