Monday, April 27, 2015

April 27, John 4

For some reason people tend to think the place of worship is important.  In Jesus' discussion with the woman at the well, she indicates that her fathers worshiped at the mountain and that now there is a temple in Jerusalem where men should worship.  The mountain was probably Gerizim and Jacob built an altar there. There are a lot of religions that put emphasis on specific places.  Millions of people take trips to Jerusalem every year to visit what we call the holy land.  But Jesus spells it out for us, there is no special place, no land more holy than any other.  The Holy Spirit is present with all believers and we should simply worship where we are through Him.

Today's workout. Cardio. Step, grapevine, burpee, windmill, jump rope, sand bag swing.  6 moves 36 intervals.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

April 26, Leviticus 6

Here are more instructions for different sins.  What caught my attention was the reference to finding lost property.  Our attitude towards that has certainly changed over time. The Roman law said that it didn't matter if you found something lost or stole it, it amounted to the same thing.  The basic concept is that it's not yours and you should not take it.  And if you do take it you should make every effort possible to find the rightful owner.  How many of us do that?  I can think of several items in my garage that would fit this category, mainly some different tools that were found along the road over the years.  It was and is impractical to try and locate the original owner but the idea is still the same, these were not mine.  We probably all have at least a few items in our possession that fit this bill, just something to think about.

No scheduled workout today.  Do something with your family and friends.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

She bop, Lola and the Divinyls

A life anecdote that I find funny.  I was recently with a group of people and we had an internet radio station tuned in.  The song "She Bop" by Cyndi Lauper came on.  Several people were sort of bopping with the music, it has a catchy beat and it's a classic song, been playing over 30 years. 
As I am wont to be curious, I asked if anyone knew what the song was about.  Not surprised that no-one knew.  Of course I told them.  Now before I spill the beans, let's look at the lyrics and see if you can figure it out.  She's looking at men in tight blue jeans in a blue boy magazine.  She's getting a good vibration.  And they say if I don't stop I'll go blind.  Figure it out?  For the more dense among us it's masturbation.  The song was skipped on the radio.  I like the song, it speaks about realities of life. Most religious people frown on the practice but there is nothing specific in the scriptures.  One could say the morality or immorality of an act that is not specific would depend on the state of mind.  If the mind is on the spouse is it then immoral?  

What I find most interesting in this whole thing is that we really don't pay attention to what's happening around us.  There are a lot of songs that are catchy but if one were to pay attention to the words we might be surprised.  Do you know what the song Lola by The Kinks is about?  It's supposed to be about an actual event.  And then another song that I like the beat of and even the lyrics is the Divinls, "I touch myself".  As far as I can tell the singer is addressing one person, could be a spouse.
Is that wrong?

We have these sexual hangups, king Solomon wrote a song about his love and we even included it in the bible. 

April 25, Leviticus 5

More rules for sin and guilt offerings, and God makes provisions for the poor to afford an offering.  Sin is a bloody business, the constant killing and blood sprinkled on the altar.  In reality everyone should raise turtledoves and pigeons for the daily sins.  With such a need is it any wonder that the greed of man set up shop selling just these things right before the altar.  How could they not see that that in itself was sin?

Today's workout.  Bootcamp at Centerpointe.

Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24, John 3

The love of God is expressed through the gift of Christ.  Perhaps the most familiar verse is John 3:16, it tells of God sending His son.  But I don't think that's entirely accurate.  God is extant as three persons, that principle is plainly taught and I won't debate it.  As Christ the son is a part of the trinity He wasn't so much sent as He chose to come.  The difference may be subtle but I see a difference between someone being sent and someone volunteering to go.  Jesus chose to become flesh, to dwell with men and to die for all.  That's love.

Today's workout, full body.  Squat, bicep curl, row, lunge, push-up, Y, triceps press, hamstring curl.  40 intervals.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

April 23, John 2

Jesus cleanses the temple.  In the other gospels we only see this in the last week of Jesus' ministry, here John writes it at the beginning.  Some feel like it is simply out of sequence but others that Jesus actually did this twice.  I think He did it twice, maybe even more.   Having a business within the temple was against the Mosaic law, it makes sense to me that Jesus would clean His own house before starting ministry.

Today's workout, cardio. Step, sand bag, windmill, climbers, grapevine, high knees. 6 moves 36 intervals.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 22, John 1

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  There was daily under the sacrificial system two lambs offered.  And of course the annual Passover lamb for each family.   But these were all lambs provided by men, and they were for the sins of Israel.
John says that THIS lamb is different.  It is perfect from God, with no spot or blemish, and takes away the sins of the whole world.

Today's workout.  Step, side lunge, high knees, squat, hops, jump rope. 6 moves 36 intervals.