words to live by

words to live by


Enjoy the Lord’s Creative beauty!  He didn’t have to make it work like this!!

The Cat’s Pajamas

What would you wear
If you had no hair
And for your cure
Wore only fur?
A cat’s pajamas.



Bible in 52 – Week 11 New Life. New Beginnings

The Bible in 52 – Week 11

The New Faith – New Beginnings

Deuteronomy 25 – Joshua 12

76. The first produce from the new land for the Hebrews was to be dedicated to God.  Where else have we already seen this principle that “the first is the Lord’s”?  See it again in passages to come, such as in Joshua 6:18-20.  Do you think it is a universal principle found through the entire Bible?  See 1Corinthians 16.

77. Curses and blessings oscillate back and forth through Deut 27 and 28 just as the turning from and turning toward God do in 29 and 30. Which is emphasized?  Which one does it end on, the curses or blessings?  Which do you think is God’s preference?

78.  Who buried Moses?


79.  Read Deuteronomy 34 and Joshua 1 together.  The first word of Joshua 1 could be translated “and,” signifying a continuation.  If Moses is gone, what is it a continuation of?

80. List three things a new leader needs (from Joshua 1).

81. There were two reactions in Jericho to the news of the arrival of the Hebrew’s? One of the city at large, and the other of Rahab.  Would you fight well if you were already defeated mentally?  See also Joshua 5:1.  How did Rahab react?  Isn’t her story fascinating!  Who’s great grandmother is she?

82. Once they crossed the river everything changed.  In what ways did God prepare His people for battle?  Do you see Him preparing you for your challenges?

83. Notice how the Lord stands behind things dedicated to Him in Chapter 7.  How does this affect your work?  Your service to the Lord?  Take a moment and dedicate this new day to Him.

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Bible in 52 – Week 10 American Law in Deuteronomy

The Bible in 52 – Week 10

The Law: The Basis of

American Jurisprudence

Deuteronomy 3 – 25

69. What does “live” mean when used in the context of following the law of God (as in Deut 4)?  Does it mean physical life?  Long life? Life in the promised land? Quality of life?  All of the above?  Is it only an Old Testament concept or is it the same concept repeated in John 20:30-31?

70. Following the law of the Lord is a show of “wisdom” to outsiders (Deut 4:5-8).  The opposite is also true, (Deut 32:28-29).  How do we demonstrate wisdom?  See Ephesians 5:15–6:9.  Again, is it the same concept?  Were the believers of the Old Testament all that different from us?

71. Why are the Ten Commandments repeated in Deut 5?  Who first heard it in Exodus 20?  Who is hearing it now?  Did it have to be repeated?  Should we read them to the new generation in our schools?

72. According to Deut 6, when is the proper time to teach your children about the law and love of God?

73. Why did the Lord choose to bless Israel in the first place?  Why not some other nation?  See Deut 7.  To make it personal, why does God bless you and not some others?

74. As you read through these chapters (Deut 6–25) note the amount of material directed to the priesthood (trick question… almost none!).  Who is most of the instruction directed toward?  How does this differ from Leviticus?  Who then was this book of the law written to?

75. Describe the effect on a community that passages like Deut 22:1-4 will have.  Where do we have this in the world today?

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The Bible in 52 – Week 9 Faith in a Snake?

The Bible in 52 – Week 9

Putting Faith in a Snake?

Numbers 18 – Deuteronomy 3

62.  Numbers 18:24 states that that priests would have no inheritance (i.e., no land for the tribe of Levi).  What does God provided for them instead?  What does this Chapter list?  Has God promised a land inheritance for you?  List how the Lord has provided instead.

63.  Numbers 20 begins with the new generation—it is now 40 years after the rebellion in chapter 14.  How are the children like their parents?  How are they different?  How about your children?  Or you compared to your parents.  Wow!

64.  What did Moses do that the Lord declared, “You will not bring the people into the land”?  Does it seem fair?  What does this say about the role of leadership?

65.  How ridiculous is it to look at a snake statue and be cured of a poisonous bite?  Did this really happen? What does Jesus say about this in John 3:14-15?  Did Jesus think it happened?  Are the stories in the Bible true or not?

66.  Balak tried to buy blessing through the prophet Balaam.  Was Balaam willing?  See Rev 2:14.  Was God?  How does this lesson influence your own service or calling to the Lord?


67. These “words of Moses” (1:1) were written during the forty years in the wilderness (2:1-7).  When was this read and presented to the people?  Why then?

68.  Note the event which begins the historical summary in Chapter 1.  Why do you think this is so important?

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The Bible in 52 – Week 8 Embrace Opportunity

The Bible in 52 – Week 8

Embrace Opportunity

Leviticus 20 – Numbers 17

55. The word “holy” (Lev 19:1) includes the concept of “being separate.”  Notice how many times “holy” is used in this section (Lev 17 – 23).  Read it using “separate” for “holy”.  How does this help your understanding of these rules?

56. What is the penalty for adultery?  For beastiality?  Homosexuality?  Should we consider this as states approve homosexual marriages?

57. We measure time in multiples of ten (decades, centuries, millennia).  How did God instruct Israel to measure time (Lev 25)?  How might this effect your opinion of the belief that the prophetic end of the world will happen in 2012?


58.  Why is this book called “Numbers?”

59. Numbers 10:11 begins a new section (back to God protective leading the people through the territory).  How does the Lord respond to their ingratitude?

60.  Summarize the report from those who explored the land.  Why was Caleb so bold?  See Num 14:5-9.

61. What was God’s will for these people? Why then were they rebelling against God’s plan?  What was the result?  What is God’s plan for you personally this year?  The next five years?

The Bible in 52: Week 7–How to Worship a Holy God

The Bible in 52 – Week 7

How to Worship A Holy God

Exodus 38-40; Leviticus 1-19

48.  Once complete, “the glory of God filled the tabernacle” (Exod 40:34).  How does this mold your understanding of God’s glory?  Does His glory have substance? Shape? What  does it mean to “glorify the Lord?”


49.  There are six offerings described in Leviticus. They are found in Chapters 1-5 and 16.  What are they?

50.  The first three offerings are worship offerings.  What is the Lord’s response to these three offerings?

51. The fellowship offering (aka, “peace offering” from shalom) signified peace with God.  Reconciliation (peace) is established ultimately by Christ.  How does Romans 5:1-2 relate here?

52. The second three offerings are offerings for sin.  Whose sin is the offering made for in Chapter 4?

53. What kind of sin is the offering for in Chapter 5?  What does this say about the scope of God’s holiness?

54. The annual Day of Atonement was for what kind of sin?  Intentional or unintentional. Personal or national?

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Thru in 52! Week 6–Exodus 14-37 The Birth of a Nation

The Bible in 52 Weeks

Questions for Week 6

Exodus 14 – 37

41.  Why did the first born in every family belong to the Lord?  What did parents have to do to get their child back?  What would be different if  you considered your children “on loan” from the Lord.

42. Some translate “Red Sea” as “Reed Sea,” indicating a shallow marsh rather than the Red Sea.  What would you point out that indicates it really was the deep Red Sea rather than a shallow marsh through which Moses led the people?  Why do some want to give naturalist explanations to the miracles in the Bible?

43. The Sabbath is instituted in Chapter 16.  What reasons did God give for this practice?  How would you feel if your business had to be closed one day a week, but your competitors’ didn’t.

44. What was the solution to Moses’ busy schedule (Ch. 18)?  How may this principle apply to you!?  Is delegation easy for you?  What change in your thinking does it require?

45. The law for the new nation is given in Exodus 20.  Which specific commandment do you think is unique to any other nation’s legal system?  (Hint: It’s the last one!)  How would they enforce a law that is broken only in the mind?  What did this tell them about the Supreme Court “Judge” of the nation?

46. Our legal system is founded on these chapters.  What happens if your dog bites your neighbor?  See 21:28-29.

47. Explain 20:22-25 in your own words.

48. Write three principles of leadership drawn from Exodus 31-32?

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Bible in 52 Weeks – Week 5 Can You Be God?

Job 32 to the end, then Exodus 1-13

Can You Be God?

32. The young man Elihu speaks to Job and the three friends.  Describe his initial attitude.  Write how his attitude changes as he wrestles with Job’s problems and his understanding of God.  Does he gain compassion for Job?

33. List what Elihu knows about God, and creation, and the world (observe repeating words and themes).  What he knows is remarkable since Job was written c. 1800 BC.

34.  Summarize the Lord’s message to Job in 38-39.  Include what God asks Job in 40:2.

35. What is Job’s reply?  (40:3-5).

36.  How does 40—42 compare with Romans 9:14-24?  How it is the same?  Different?

37. Super Bonus Question: now explain, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”


38.  What does God call Himself in Chapter 3?  What does Jesus call Himself in John 8?  Compare Exodus 6:1-3 and 7:1-5.

39.  Who is responsible for Pharaoh’s unbelief, Pharaoh or the Lord?  Notice what is said after several of the plagues, and compare Romans 9:14-18 (again!).


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Bible in 52 Weeks — Week 4: Why do bad things happen to good people?

The Bible in 52 Weeks!  Week 4: Job 4 — 31

25. The Book of Job wrestles with the difficult question, “Why do the righteous suffer” (or, “why do bad things happen to good people?”). The dialog with Job’s friends begins with Eliphaz (Ch. 4). Summarize in your own words what he first says about Job (4:1-6).

26. Eliphaz as an answer for Job’s suffering.  Write it or describe it in your own words (focus especially on 4:7-8 and 4:17-18). How does he ultimately explain why Job is

suffering (5:17-18)?

27. Explain Job’s answer.  What is he saying about himself I 6:24-30? Explain the end of Chapter 7.

28. Bildad’s explanation of Job’s condition is captured in 3:3 and 20.  What is he telling Job to do?

29. Notice how Job responds in 10:6-7.  Is Job lying to himself? How does the introduction to the book (chapters 1-3) help you evaluate Job’s response?

30. Even after all this, where is Job’s trust (see Chapters 13 and 19)?

31. Is Job correct to maintain his (relative) innocence (see Chapter 31)? If so, what is this book all about? Why do bad things happen to good people?

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