Friday Ark #75

Filed in MiscellaneousTags: Carnivals, Cats, Pets

The Friday Ark #75 is up at The Modulator. Check back later to see if my submissions have been posted!

Sunset on a Gorgeous Day

Filed in PersonalTags: Missouri, Photos, Saint Louis

Today was a gorgeous late-winter day in Saint Louis. On my way to the men's retreat this evening, I captured this shot of the sunset as I was driving the back roads:

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West Saint Louis county sunset, Friday, February 24, 2006
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Friday Catblogging: Keeper of the Door

Filed in PersonalTags: Cats, Pets, Photos

My favorite sleeping spot is behind this door:

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What? You think this is your room?
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Friday Catblogging: How Cute Am I?

Filed in PersonalTags: Cats, Pets, Photos

My human does most of his blogging from this recliner:

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How cute am I? My cuteness demands your attention!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

OYB February 24

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Leviticus 15, Leviticus 16:1-28
NT: Mark 7:1-23;
Ps: Psalm 40:11-17
Pr: Proverbs 10:13-14

Today´s notable verse:

20 "When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the Tent of Meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat. 21 He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat's head. He shall send the goat away into the desert in the care of a man appointed for the task. 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release it in the desert.

Leviticus 16:20-22 (NIV)

And here we have the root of the "scapegoat." This imagery reminds me of others: Cain being sent into the desert/wilderness after God confronts him for murdering Abel; Ishmael being sent into the desert after he begins to despise and persecute Isaac. Related? I have no idea - but it's an interesting thought.

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from You & Question of the Day - Back to my reflections above on Jesus' "once for all" sacrifice in the OT section above. Do you believe that Jesus’ sacrifice was “once for all”? Do you believe that Jesus is your High Priest who has made Atonement for your sins? Do you believe that Jesus as your High Priest sits at the right hand of God? If so, how might fully realizing this change how you live? How you pray?

Isn't this belief rather fundamental to Christianity? If Christ's death and sacrifice was not "once for all", then it was completely meaningless. The Scriptures and Christ himself leave no room for ambiguity or compromise. The power of the atoning sacrifice on the cross is the very life by which we live who identify with Christ in His death and resurrection.

This understanding of Christ's atonement implores us not to become callous or cavalier toward sin in our lives. We are responsible for Christ on the cross, because of our past, present, and future sin. Thus, when we knowingly continue in our sin, we knowingly take advantage of the sacrifice that was made "once for all".