Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 30, Numbers 15

God is establishing laws about offerings and sacrifices but the part that stands out to me is the unintentional sin. I don't think I've ever committed an intentional sin, they're all premeditated. It's not like just walking along and suddenly oops I sinned, there's always a thought process first and the choice is made. 

On a personal note. Having an exceptionally bad time lately, I think this has been the worst year of my life.  I'd like to win at least one battle.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

August 29, Numbers 14

We look again at this familiar story of the spies that went into Canaan. I could understand how a person that has never seen God do miracles would have trouble believing, but these people have seen so much and still don't believe. The more I study the scriptures the more I see the same basic question that's asked, 'has God said?' It's the question asked of Eve, and it's the question in their hearts here. Did God really say that He would defeat all of these mighty armies? The answer was yes, and the path to salvation is still the same today, only believe

Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28, 2 Corinthians 12

Paul saw heaven and if we count years backward it was fairly early in his ministry.  Odd that we don't hear of it for so many years. As with so many other things it makes me wonder why.  Perhaps he was constrained not to speak of it. Maybe he was shown just what heaven was like to set his resolve for what was to come in his life. Preaching from just a blind faith as compared to having actually seen and felt something would be different.  We've probably all had teachers that just taught book knowledge and then that one teacher who taught personal experiences, which made a greater impact?  Paul was given the tools needed to ensure he was a passionate teacher.

Today's workout, Pull. Step, pull-up, hop, hamstring curl, weight swing, row, skater, bicep curl.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 27, 2 Corinthians 11

Paul speaks here about false apostles. It's unfortunate but true that whenever people see a way to make a profit there will be some to exploit others for personal gain.  There are today many false teachers, the problem being, as Paul indicates, the enemy of God is subtle, disguising himself as an angel of light.  Paul lists his own credentials,  he apologizes for the appearance of boasting but he's establishing the difference between his ministry and others.  The message of Christ is simple, only believe, that's it.  There are no rules to keep, no special offerings to make, no other requirements to salvation but simply to believe. Anyone who tells otherwise is a false apostle.

Today's workout. Cardio. Step, grapevines, windmills, squat, jump rope, climbers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August 26, 2 Corinthians 10

When we read stories of different bible characters we'll make mental images of what they look like.  The stories of Paul's exploits and the letters he writes might make him seem intimidating. His letters can be bold and sometimes abrupt.  But in person he is meek and humble.  I get the impression that Paul was actually a plain man.  Probably of average or even below average size.  The list of exploits could not be attributed to him but to God.

Today's workout. Push.Step, push-up, grapevine, squat, jump-rope, triceps, lunge, shoulder press.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 25, 2 Corinthians 9

Another chapter on giving, this is a commitment to a mission pledge.  Paul is bragging on them for the pledge yet he's also hedging his bets by sending people before he arrives to ensure the pledge.  The principle of sowing and reaping referenced in this chapter is frequently used to manipulate people by their greed.  The idea really is basic, we reap in proportion to what we sow but not necessarily financial.  The output of anything depends on the input.  As this is a fitness page we can look at it that way.  To reach a fitness level working twenty minutes twice a week will take so much longer than say five times a week.
What we get out of life depends on what we put in.  

Today's workout, cardio.  Step, side lunge, high knee, squat, grapevines, climbers.

Monday, August 24, 2015

August 24, 2 Corinthians 8

Paul speaks about giving, I won't argue if we are to tithe or not, the original reason of the tithe is lost today.  But God does call us to give, and as Paul says here according to our means.  To me that means some should give significantly more than a tithe.  There is no upper or lower limit to giving but as we realize that what we have is not really ours it gets easier to give.  And it's not always about money, the reality is that a person's time is more valuable than money.  To make a commitment, to give one's time on a regular basis is a great gift.

Today's workout, Pull. Step, pull-up, hop, hamstring curl, weight swing, row, skater, bicep curl.  Do 40 intervals.