Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mark 14 Judas and communion

Read Mark 14

The name of Judas has been reviled through history. Few people would name their child Judas because of what he did. Many people have tried to understand the why but we're simply not told. He was a tool used by God to bring Jesus to the cross but the cross was inevitable. Some believe that his actions were foreordained, that he was predestined to do what he did. I believe that he had a choice right to the end.
We'll look at him again in a future chapter. Again we have a telling of how Jesus instituted communion.
I did a video blog on this back in Matthew 26 .

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

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mark 13 Everything we build will come down

Read Mark 13

Jesus and his disciples are looking at the construction in Jerusalem. Josephus the historian tells that some of the stones in the temple were 24 inches by 16 inches and up to 50 feet long. The work it took to build the structures is a tribute to the craftsman of the day. Today people marvel at sky scrapers and new designs. At that time Jesus referred to the temple in Jerusalem being torn down, in a way you could say the same today. Many of those skyscrapers are worshiped or have businesses that are worshiped. A different kind of temple but none the less they will all come down.

Cardio workout today.  Step, grapevine, windmill, climber, slam ball, jump rope 36 intervals

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mark 12 Beware false teachers

Read Mark 12

In the modern western world it is uncommon to find an adult who does not know how to read and write. In the first century this wasn't so common. The scribes were educated so that they could read and write the scriptures, making copies. It gave them a certain position in the society that, like nearly any other position or power corrupts. The concept of power corrupting could be called a theorem, it plays out throughout history time and again. The caution still remains, beware of false teachers. The advantage we have today over those in Jesus time is that most of us can read the scriptures ourselves. And this we should do, to be certain that the teaching is correct.

Beginning a new workout rotation today.  Pull.  Step, chin, hop, hamstring curl, jump rope, row, skater, bicep curl.  40 intervals.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Exodus 33 God, if you're not in this I don't want to go

Read Exodus 33

Moses has a serious meeting with God. God has just told Moses to get up and go to Canaan but He also said that He would not go among the people. They, like us, are a stiff-necked people and God said that if He were among them He would consume them. I think Moses was afraid of being abandoned by God with all of these people. But I must agree with the sentiment. If God is not involved, no matter what it is, I don't want to go.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Exodus 32 Dumb excuses

Read Exodus 32

The foolishness of man and his nature to return to doing dumb things is displayed here. In the last several months God has lead Israel all across the wilderness from Egypt and provided for them every day. Then just about a month ago He gives them the ten commandments. I firmly believe that God spoke them and all of the people gathered around the mountain heard God. Now they want to break the first three by making a golden image. But the real humor comes from Aaron's explanation.

We threw all of the gold in the fire and this calf came out. Really? Is that the best lie you can make?

Today's workout, Revive fitness at Centerpointe.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Mark 11 Is it a sin to get angry?

Read Mark 11

I hear this misrepresented so many times, people claiming that Jesus said it's a sin to be angry. That's not true, but what you do in the anger could be a sin. Jesus goes in and cleanses the temple of the vendors. Do you suppose that He was angry? I believe He was. The idea behind what they were doing was appalling to God. This temple is the house of God and the priests are leasing real estate to vendors to make a profit. God is never happy with us when we use Him for profit. So what should we do in anger?

People and events will make us angry, in this fallen world of selfish people that is unavoidable, but I can control my attitude. If in that anger if I seek to do evil against someone then that is certainly sin. I must strive to control myself until that anger subsides and seek a peaceful solution.  

Today's workout.  Step, push up, knee tuck, shoulder press, hop, hug  36 intervals.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mark 10 Divorce and children

Read Mark 10

Jesus speaks on the concept of divorce and how it's wrong. The divorce then is not the same as now. A man could put aside his wife for any reason, Apparently it was fairly common for men to put aside wives so they could take another. That unfortunately still happens today, actually on both sides men and women.
I believe there are reasons to divorce, abuse either physical or psychological I think would be grounds.

I know a couple that would fit the bill, one partner mentally abuses the other constantly and they are miserable. But notice right after Jesus speaks on divorce he addresses children. They are the ones who suffer most either way from a totally dysfunctional family or from one broken from divorce.  

Today's workout, Step, squat, windmill, lunge R, jump-rope, lunge L  36 intervals.