Social Bookmarking Integration

Filed in Web DevelopmentTags: Geekery, Web Site

You may have noticed the row of (perhaps odd-looking) images at the end of each post. Thanks to the Social Bookmarks plugin, you now have the option of using one or several of the social bookmarking services with my blog posts. If you are so inclined, feel free to use them; if not, feel free to ignore them!

OYB January 20

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 41:17-57, Genesis 42:1-17
NT: Matthew 13:24-46
Ps: Psalm 18:1-15
Pr: Proverbs 4:1-6

Gospel Thread - OT:

So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?"

Genesis 41:38 (NIV)

Today's passage continues the Joseph-as-type-of-Christ metaphor discussed yesterday.

Gospel Thread - NT:

34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."

Matthew 13:34-35 (NIV)

According to the NIV footnotes, Matthew here is quoting Psalm 78:2.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

No direct gospel/messianic references in today’s Psalms/Proverbs reading.

OYB Photo of the Day:

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Psalm 18:2
Photo © Wallpaper Dave; used with permission.

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OYB January 19

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 39-40, Genesis 41:1-16
NT: Matthew 12:46-50, Matthew 13:1-23
Ps: Psalm 17
Pr: Proverbs 3:33-35

Gospel Thread - OT:

For I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.

Genesis 40:15 (NIV)

Another comparison with Christ, since both were innocent of the alleged crimes of which each was accused.

Gospel Thread - NT:

11 He replied, The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

Matthew 12:11-13 (NIV)

Jesus follows with a quote of Isaiah 6:9-10 in verses 14-15.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a great lion crouching in cover.

Psalm 17:11-12 (NIV)

This psalm is perhaps a foreshadowing of Christ in danger.

OYB Photo of the Day:

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Psalm 17:8
Photo © Wallpaper Dave; used with permission.

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OYB January 18

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 19 January 2007; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 37-38
NT: Matthew 12:22-45
Ps: Psalm 16
Pr: Proverbs 3:27-32

Gospel Thread - OT:

So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Genesis 37:28 (NIV)

Joseph here is a type of Christ. Joseph is sold for 20 shekels - the contemporary selling price for a slave in his day - and in the midst of his captivity would become the means of salvation for and reconciliation with his family. Joseph "dies" to his family, and is later "resurrected" as the ruler in Egypt, second-in-command only to Pharaoh. Likewise, Christ was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver - the contemporary price for a slave in His day - and in the midst of his captivity would become the means of salvation for and reconciliation with all mankind. Christ died on the Cross, and was resurrected to His rightful place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, sitting at the right hand of Father God.

Gospel Thread - NT:

39 He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Matthew 12:39-40 (NIV)

Jesus is predicting His death, burial, and resurrection.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

Psalm 16:10 (NIV)

This verse is a messianic prophecy: Christ, the Holy One, was not abandoned in the grave after His death on the cross, but Father God resurrected Him on the third day - not letting Christ see decay. Peter would later quote this Psalm when preaching about Christ in Acts 2:25-28.

OYB Photo of the Day:

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Psalm 16:9
Photo © Wallpaper Dave; used with permission.

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OYB January 17

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 35-36
NT: Matthew 12:1-21
Ps: Psalm 15
Pr: Proverbs 3:21-26

Gospel Thread - OT:

So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes."

Genesis 35:2 (NIV)

This statement is a type of repentance and salvation in Christ. When we turn from sin to Christ, we are purified in Christ, and the old is replaced with the new (see II Corinthians 5:17). The "new clothes" represent purity, and the metaphor is also used in Revelation 7.

Gospel Thread - NT:

15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick, 16 warning them not to tell who he was. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

Matthew 12:15-17 (NIV)

Isaiah 42:1-4 is quoted here.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart

Psalm 15:1-2 (NIV)

The only man to walk to earth who ever satisfied this requirement - who walked blamelessly, who acted righteously, who spoke the truth from the truth in his heart - was Jesus Christ, Emmanuel: God With Us.

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OYB January 16

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 17 January 2007; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 32:13-32, Genesis 33-34
NT: Matthew 11:7-30
Ps: Psalm 14
Pr: Proverbs 3:19-20

Gospel Thread - OT:

So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."

Genesis 32:30 (NIV)

Many believe that this event is an example of a pre-incarnate Christ interacting with man on earth, and also that it foreshadows Christ's work on the Cross:

For here, in a glimpse, we see clearly displayed those mighty attributes which he would later show forth more fully, as he walked among men. We see Christ, infinitely glorious, condescending to take upon human form, and walk among men. We see him powerfully prevailing against all who would oppose him; and we see him prevailed upon, so as to bring blessings to his people. Ah, Christian, is that not what he did upon the cross, so many years later? He allowed himself to be overcome, so that he might bring grace to his people and destruction to their enemies. This he accomplished on Calvary, where he was crushed and bruised; but bruised for our mercy and salvation! How mightily he foreshadowed this free and sovereign grace when he met with our forefather Jacob, as he was about to enter into the land of God’s presence. Let us remember how paltry our own feeble efforts are, and look to Christ, who condescends to be entreated of the humble, by free grace alone.

Whether or not Jacob wrestled with a pre-incarnate Christ, that is a great application of this story!

Gospel Thread - NT:

This is the one about whom it is written: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you."

Matthew 11:10 (NIV)

According to the NIV footnotes, this verse fulfills Malachi 3:1, prophesying that John would herald the coming of the Messiah.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 14:7 (NIV)

Israel's salvation came by and through Jesus Christ!

OYB Photo of the Day:

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Proverbs 3:19
Photo © velvet259

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Ice Storm Fun

Filed in PersonalTags: Missouri, Photos, Saint Louis

Saint Louis was hit with another minor winter storm over the weekend. Almost 100,000 people lost power this time around, though we only saw our lights flicker a few times. However, we didn't escape unscathed. I woke up Saturday morning to a slight bulge and minor crack surrounded by water damage in the living room ceiling. I had hoped that we wouldn't get any more precipitation, and the damage would hold until Monday morning. Unfortunately, Sunday night's rains had other ideas:

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Ceiling Leak 002

Ceiling leak caused by roof leak, due to January 2007 freezing rain/ice storm. (Entire Set)
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

OYB January 15

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 31:17-55, Genesis 32:1-12
NT: Matthew 10:24-42, Matthew 11:1-6
Ps: Psalm 13
Pr: Proverbs 3:16-18

Gospel Thread - OT:

No direct gospel/messianic references in today’s Old Testament reading.

Gospel Thread - NT:

34 Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'

Matthew 10:34-36 (NIV)

From the NIV footnotes, Jesus is quoting his fulfillment of Micah 7:6.

4 Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.

Matthew 11:4-5 (NIV)

According to Jesus Is Lord, this fulfills Isaiah 35:5-6, Isaiah 29:18, and Isaiah 61:1.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

Psalm 13:5 (NIV)

It is because of God's unfailing love that He threaded His plan of salvation from the very creation of the world. The salvation in which David's heart rejoiced came through Jesus Christ, and is the salvation we now have and for which our hearts ought to rejoice, also.

OYB Photo of the Day:

Paul's Wedding 019

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward. (Matthew 10:42 NIV)
Photo © Chip Bennett. All rights reserved.

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OYB January 14

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 30, Genesis 31:1-16
NT: Matthew 10:1-23
Ps: Psalm 12
Pr: Proverbs 3:13-15

Gospel Thread - OT:

Then Leah said, "God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun.

Genesis 30:20 (NIV)

According to the NIV footnotes, Zebulun may mean "honor". The root may also mean "dwelling". If you recall from our January 4th reading, Isaiah 9:1-2 prophesies that Bethlehem, in Zebulun, would have the honor of being the birthplace (and first dwelling place) of the Messiah. Is it possible that the very name of the patriarch Zebulun himself foreshadowed this prophecy?

Gospel Thread - NT:

He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

Matthew 10:1
(NIV)

This verse perhaps represents a fulfillment of Psalms 68:18.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

No direct gospel/messianic references in today’s Psalms/Proverbs reading.

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Money: Colts 15 – Ravens 6

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Manning was the chess mastermind, controlling the game from the line of scrimmage and putting the team in range for the foot of Adam Vinatieri, who was, in the words of Tony Dungy, "money":

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AFC Championship Game, here we come!