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"Dylan Took My Toy!" Biblical lessons in leadership and judging rightly.

"Never Judge A Book By It's Movie!"  How often am I faced with a situation that looks one way on the surface, but after a little digging I start to see it in a new light?

Often!

In fact in my new job, my role is to question everything that I see and make sure the situations brought to my attention are what they appear to be.

Judge Rightly:
So the other night I'm reading the bible to my kids and I flip in their Kids: "Adventure Bible (Affiliate Link) to 2 Chronicles 19. It's about King Jehoshaphat. He is helping Israel return to God. He goes throughout the land and gets them to put down their idols and come back to the One True God.

Then he appoints judges throughout the land and gives them instructions on how to judge.

2 Chronicles 19:4-11 (New King James Version)4 So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord God of their fathers. 5 Then he set judges in the l…

Flashbacks

An explosion knocks him against a wall. He barely sees, through the smoke, men running about, hauling rubble off of men's bodies, checking pulses. He sees some men screaming in pain. Others shouting to one another. He sees them, but all he hears is intense ringing. 

Half the mess hall is completely gone, all that is left is fire and rubble. It only takes about 60 seconds for him to snap out of the initial shock. He jumps up. Others will tend to the wounded, as his hearing returns more bombs are hitting other buildings. 

This band of head wrapped miscreants has found upgraded weapons, Russian no doubt. Ash shoots out the building, down the road to the artillery unit. He grabs his rifle and heads for the highest building. 

He can see the launch area where the rockets are being fired from. He takes a deep breath in and slowly breaths out to stead his body. Through the long range scope he can see about 20 of them. They only have two missile launchers. They have very little cover, firing …

Memorial Day: Remembering Freedom

Galatians 5:1 NIV [Freedom in Christ] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. --Abraham LincolnLet Us Remember What Freedom MeansMonday May 26, 2014 is Memorial Day. Originally celebrated as "Decoration Day", to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers who died in the civil war. Today we celebrate and remember the lives of those soldiers who died in order to give us freedom from tyranny and oppression, so that we can be a free people.


I thought it would be good to remember some of the major events that led to this day.
On July 4th 1776 the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed.  This led to the September 13, 1788 resolution putting the United States Constitution into effect. These events were surrounded by opposition from England. The King of England was a Tyrant and refused to allow the colonies to go free so easi…

Prostitutes and other Godly people ...

God Uses Strange Circumstances... Two men are spying out a city. The first city their band of warriors - misfits will attack. They are looking to see what weak spots there are and how to best engage the enemy. They are on reconnaissance and intel gathering.

So they visit a prostitute on the way out of the city. She hides them on her roof, misleads the guards. Then she lets them down through her window with a red rope, with the promise that when the attack comes, she and her household will be safe. Joshua 2
Rahab, a prostitute,  and her family only survivors of City Wide Devastation... Joshua 6:22-2522 But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, "Go into the harlot's house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her." 23 And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of I…

Honor Your Calling. Gateway People Church Notes Saturday 05.18.2014

Honor Your CallingFive Keys To Cooperating With Your CallingGuest Pastor - Tom Mullins
Gateway Church, Southlake Texas - GatewayPeople.Com


"Careers Come and Go, but Callings Never Change." Coach Tom Mullins
Key Scripture Text: Jude 1:1
Jude 1:1 NKJVJude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:KJVJude, the servant of JesusChrist,andbrother of James, to them that are sanctifiedbyGod the Father,andpreserved in JesusChrist, [and] called:

Jude points out that as a servant of Jesus The Anointed One; we are:
Called: "Invited (as unto an event) - Selected (as unto an office or position)".Sanctified: "Set Apart and Cleansed For Special Purpose".Preserved: "Cared For, Watched Over, Guarded".
Every person in the Kingdom of God is called. Not just Pastors and "Ministers", but all of us.

So what if we are all called, what are we called to? 
2 Corinthians 5:15-…

The Man Who Had The Worst Day Ever, and God Turned It Around!

The Worst Day Ever
Today I'd like to talk about the story of a man who had to go through the toughest transition anyone has ever had to go through.

He was the wealthiest man in the world. He was worth Billions in todays market. He was not only a shrewd and wise business man He gave his life to the service of others. The only thing that could compete with his wealth was his heart for reaching, protecting, saving, helping the lost.

Then one day all that changed. In a single day every business he had was crushed to bankruptcy. His 7 children were all killed instantly and simultaneously as the building they were in collapsed.

A short time later, the man came down with a skin disease that broke out in sores all over his body.

People started talking about him. Blaming the curse he experienced on some secret sin. Truth be told, He'd made some errors. He'd allowed some things to enter his heart and poison his Blessing. He learned a few lessons about those things.

But the real lesson was…

The Character Of Job

Who is Job really?
Job was a man of Character that few today possess.

Here are the following things we know about Job, his life and ministry.

The Positive Aspects of Job's Character Are MANY! 
God says Job is Righteous and Shuns Evil.  Job 1:8Job 2:3

Job cannot be trusted as a reliable source of Theological accuracy in regard to his trial. But he can be trusted as a reliable source for who and what he was. Here are some things that we know about him from his own testimony. Especially in Chapters 29-31.

Job was a leader in the city counsel, taking his seat in the city square. He held the highest esteem among men and children. Rulers and young men alike would hush when he entered the room. Everyone who heard about him talked well of him. His very presence demanded respect. 29:2 starts to tell us why he had this command of the people around him.

He worked with the poor, fatherless, widows, and strangers. His work caused widows hearts to joy, and men who were dying to bless him. He says hi…

Jobs Curse Mindset tore down his blessing.

The Curse VS The Blessing of Job Poetic Writing:
It's also important to note that the writing style of the book is poetic. It is a didactic poem, which means that it has an instructional or informational quality and is meant to teach.


Satan's Words:
Job 1:9-11
9 So Satan answered (God) ... now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!"

Job 2:4-5
4 So Satan answered (God) ... stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!" Job's Words:
Job 1:5
5 So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did regularly.

Job 3:25
25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.Job's Wife&…

Job's Wealth. Calculating the Wealth of Job and Converting it to modern currency.

Jobs Wealth:

Job 1:3
Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East.



7,000 Sheep
3,000 Camels500 Yoke (That's a pair so 1,000) Oxen500 Female DonkeysAnd a VERY large household (indicating lots of servants/employees), Greatest man in all the people of the East. 





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* I started doing a search for cost of livestock, sheep, etc. I found a whole lot of confusing terms but no straight answers.

During my research I found http://www.sheep101.info. There was a link to Email George so I did!

I also sent a message to the Haslet Feed and Outdoors. Since they are local to me. See if they have any ideas.

The Book Of Job: Study Summary. Jobs Background.

The introduction to my summary of my study of Job. In August 2013 The Lord told me to start studying the book of Job. Which I have off and on ever since. It seems like the moment I think I'm done and I put it down I get more insight into it. I don't know that I'll ever be "done" studying this amazing book! Throughout this summary page you will find links to the articles/posts I put up for this study, as well as links to other resources I've found and/or used.

The book of Job is among the most misunderstood books in the entire bible. And yet properly understood one of the most exciting! I found it to be a powerful reminder of our need for the Great Mediator Jesus, and his healing and restoration in our lives.

I started by breaking down the entire book and analyzing it as a whole. Which you can read through in my post "The Entire Book Of Job - For Further Study".

Then I looked to see when Job is Mentioned In Other Books. I figure that if we are going to …

Darrell's Reading List


Here are some books I've been reading lately:
  • Hacker: The Outlaw Chronicles (here) by Ted Dekker (Author). The story of a young Hacker girl, who went on a wild adventure into the supernatural realm beyond trying to save her mom, but saved her self too in the process.
  • Saint: A Paradise Novel (here) by Ted Dekker (Author). He's an assassin, or is he? He finds a secret to his past that unlocks supernatural abilities, at a cost.
  • For a full list of all my book suggestions, see my Amazon Store.

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