Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 The cross is foolish and a stumbling block

Christ was a stumbling block to the Jews because they live all their lives with The Law and believed salvation was only by The Law. And foolish to the Greeks as they represented the intellectual society. It's easier to reach a child than it is to reach a highly educated person. Our education teaches us to believe things that we can touch, see, and repeat. It's a basic scientific principle. So the cross and what it stands for, that God became man, allowed the men on this world to torture Him, that He died and then came back. That's just foolishness to the educated, right? But is it any more foolish than to believe that in some swamp a bunch of bacteria clumped together and began life, and that life over millions of years became human? Both require faith to believe, I think the first requires a lot less. I can look at the things which man has made in this world, machines and marvels made with an idea and design. Then I look at the world itself, I see a giant machine with an infinite number of parts, and I say this too has a design.

Today's workout, Back and biceps
Step, pull up, climber, biceps curl, windmill, row

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 15 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 Foolish quarreling and prejudice

Paul writes specifically to the church at Corinth, one that he helped to establish. He begins with a greeting then gets more to the point. Stop quarreling about who or who's teachings you follow. These were Christians that were divided within the church over other people. What good does it do? The church has and can only have one leader, Christ. It's possible that a part of the dissension came from the church being both Jew and gentile. The Jews more likely to accept Cephas (or Peter) while the gentiles more likely to accept Paul. It's a form of prejudice, it's been around for a long time and it will continue to be around. Man can't make laws to stop it, only when men come to know and accept that unity can only come through Christ will it stop.

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6, III John 1 Do what is good

John writes to a friend, possibly someone who he lead to salvation, with a word of encouragement. He also cautions against a false teacher who will not recognize authority and is seeking personal gain. A lot of that going on today. But here's the section that stands out to me, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Sad to say but the words I hear, the texts and postings on social media that I see, make it difficult to tell who is a believer and who isn't. 

Today's workout, chest-shoulder intervals
step, push up, windmill, T, high knees, triceps ext or bench dip

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 5, Genesis 50 Forgiving yourself is hard to do

This final chapter of Genesis begins with the death of Israel. Because of Joseph's position the body is embalmed, which was more like the tanning of hides than any form of embalming today. And also for respect to Joseph the funeral party is huge. it's Joseph's brothers though that catch my attention today. Now that their father is gone they are afraid that Joseph will seek revenge. They're still feeling guilty for what they've done. Even though Joseph has forgiven them, they're not so sure and the root problem is that they haven't forgiven themselves. Guilt is such a powerful emotion, it's used and abused by so many who choose to manipulate others. It's present in nearly all of us, we have a memory of some past transgression and feel guilty about it. Maybe we can't be forgiven by the person we hurt or perhaps they simply won't. But go to God and He will forgive, then we must also forgive ourselves, carrying guilt around becomes too heavy a burden.

Today's workout, 2 mile run

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 4, Genesis 49 Jacob prophecies over his sons

Some of these seem a bit vague but some are more direct. Reuben was the first born and should have received a double portion and greatest blessing. But he challenged Jacob by sleeping with his concubine and forfeited the blessings. He is unstable and his tribe will not be eminent. Simeon and Levi conspired to slaughter the people after their sister was raped. For this they will never have a strong family position or an inheritance. Judah is praised and the promise of messiah is given to him. The rest of the sons are noted for their traits, but Joseph is given Jacob's best blessings. Benjamin is called a savage wolf and his tribe will become fierce fighters. All of these are still the sons of Israel and as such will receive an inheritance, but because of their sins it's not what it could have been. I think there's a correlation to us as Christians, we are the children of God and will inherit, but our sins will mar that inheritance and it may not be all that it could be.

Today's workout, leg intervals
high knees, squat, windmill, Russian twist, step over, lunge

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 3, Genesis 48 Israel prepares for his death

Israel or Jacob is now 147 years old, from the text he's having trouble seeing. He will call all of his sons to come to him before he dies but here he calls Joseph first, the son he loved more. He remembers the times when God spoke with him, and he remembers Rachael, the woman he loved more than any other. I've known couples like that, no matter how many years may separate them, the survivor remembers the deep love of the departed. Israel adopts Joseph's two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, and while doing this Joseph kneels down and bows before his father. Giving the honor he was due. Just as Joseph had dreamed, he was now the prime minister in Egypt and all in Egypt should bow to honor him, yet he humbly honored his father. The blessings he gives are of interest, from Adam on down the younger son receives the greater blessing, It was Abel over Cain, Isaac over Ishmael, Jacob over Esau, Joseph over all of his brothers and now Ephraim over Manasseh. Of note here also is that when the kingdom of Israel splits, the northern kingdom is commonly called Ephraim and the southern Judah.

Today's workout, obstacle race prep
Do this four times.  12 intervals, step, jump rope, step over, high knees then do 10 reps each
squat, push up, row  Should take about 30-35 min

Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2, Genesis 47 Farming arraignments and Joseph takes after Jacob

The first section sets up a beneficial relationship between Israel and Pharaoh. The text indicates that the Egyptians were not good shepherds and Pharaoh asks Israel to care for his cattle too. A mutually beneficial relationship. It's the rest of the chapter though that shows how Joseph learned his lessons from Jacob. He's manipulated the grain markets and the stores in Egypt so that he successfully enslaves the citizens. In the end Pharaoh has all of the money, owns all of the land and will receive one fifth of all farm produce in the future. 

Today's workout, back intervals
Step, pull up, climber, biceps curl, windmill, row