Friday, October 24, 2014

Micah 6 What does the Lord require?

Read Micah 6

God gives the whole message of life in one simple verse of scripture. It's not the offerings the sacrifices or the rituals.

Verse 8. He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

Today's workout.  Skater, push up, jump rope, I, step, hug, squat, shoulder press, slam ball

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Micah 5 The birthplace of messiah.

Read Micah 5

There are several very significant items in this chapter. It gives the birthplace for messiah, (verse 2)
that His people will reject Him (verse 3), that He will shepherd His church, (verse 4), that the Jews will be scattered through the whole world, (verse 7), and that they will be restored (verse 9).

The gift of messiah, Jesus, comes to us through the covenant with Abraham and the Jewish people.

That covenant first gave us the Law. It shows us where we fail and a promise to come. We who are Christians accept that promise to be Christ. God scattered His people through the whole world to have influence in His name. This happened several times in history, when Israel was a major power others would go to them and hear of God. When Israel was idolatrous they were conquered and taken captive but always there was a remnant of God's faithful to proclaim, in whatever place they were, the Law and promises of God. Still today, after 4000 years, the Jewish people remember the covenant between God and Abraham. And they still proclaim the law and promises of God through the world.

Today's workout.  weight swing, box hop, crunch, skater, body saw, climber

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Micah 4 Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord

Read Micah 4

How I long for a time as this, when more people would say, come let's go praise God. Instead it's more like let's go indulge our selves. There is joy in praising God, I think places of worship should be open every night. Imagine what it would be like to have instead of a bar or night club, a worship parlor. Perhaps a coffee house atmosphere with fellowship and uplifting music.  

Today's workout.  Step up, squat, grapevine, Y, lunge r, triceps press, lunge l, hamstring curl, jump rope.
36 intervals

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Micah 3 The nature of man simply doesn't change

Read Micah 3

See if any of this is familiar; people living in secure gated communities declaring peace while in the next town people live in the street. Prophets telling the wealthy what they want to hear. Government officials taking bribes, either directly or indirectly as quid pro quo.

God proclaims that to him who is given much, much will be required. Leaders at every level, from a parent to a national leader, God has given responsibility for which we will be accountable.

Today's workout.  windmills, skaters, knee tucks, jump rope, side lunge, slam ball  36 intervals.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Micah 2 I will preach to you of wine and strong drink

Read Micah 2

It comes from verse 11, If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,” he would be the preacher for this people!

The desire for chemical euphoria is certainly not a new thing. Drug use is rampant the world over, ranging from simple alcohols to exotic hallucinogens. Some by prescription, some under the guise of prescriptions. Currently there is a national push for general legalization of marijuana. I will not argue any validity in it's medicinal use, there are certainly examples where it is helpful. My objection is the general legalization of it's use. And the caviler attitude in getting the prescription. I watched a documentary recently where reporters went under cover to several California clinics for the sole purpose of getting marijuana. They told the receptionist that they just wanted to get high and the receptionist told them exactly what to tell the doctor to get the script.

Our government believes the tax revenue it will generate make this a good idea. We should have learned a lesson from tobacco use and the health problems that has caused.

But alas I believe that in the near future, unless God wakes up His people, the laws will change. Just as this scripture says the preacher that brings strong drink and wine, the leader that promises drugs to make people feel better will be the one followed. 

Today's workout.  Grapevines, pull up, burpees, bicep curl, jump rope, row, step up, hamstring curl, T

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Genesis 45 An emotional reunion

Read Genesis 45

Imagine what it must have felt like to hear Judah, the brother that sold Joseph, say that he was willing to take the place of his brother to spare his life and his father's. It says that Joseph had to leave so he could weep. Upon returning there is a great reunion of brothers, no apparent grudges held, just joy at being together again. And Joseph is so well respected by Pharaoh that he commands wagons and provisions sent to Israel to bring them all down to Egypt.  

Today's workout.  Step up, crunch, jump rope, windmill, slam ball, body saw  36b intervals.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Genesis 44 Joseph tests his brothers

Read Genesis 44

This seems like a complicated plan but I think that in the end Joseph wanted to see how his brothers felt about their father. Benjamin was certainly a most favored son and should he die it would break Israel's heart. It was obvious from previous chapters that there was little love from Israel to his sons but Joseph is testing if there is love form his brothers to his father. And what a change in Judah, it was he that had the idea of selling Joseph to the travelers.