The Goldilocks Zone

Recently, while reading a post by M. Dennis, from his blog, “Those Who Sin Differently” (http://thosewhosindifferently.com/) my heart was struck to the point of a ‘must share!’ 

The post stirred me to think about my own comfort zone & how spoiled I am. I try not to take things for granted but one powerfailer or outage while living here in the Florida heat & humidity and I all but lose my mind.

The original “Newsboys” had a song called, “Real Good Thing” with repetitive lines saying,

” When we don’t get what we deserve it’s a real good thing. When we get what we don’t deserve it’s a real good thing.”

A real good thing: 

Mercy = not getting what we deserve. Grace = getting what we don’t deserve.
There is a fine balance in nature & in life. There is a time for everything and a reason for evetything (Eccl. 3)

Althought heart aches, trials, temptations, struggles in gereral are not pleasant they sure keep us in our toes are force us to our knees and ya know what, that is all part of life too. 

Sometimes to get to where we are going or where we need to be we have to go through the wilderness or a dark valley with many cold shadows. 

Remember where there is a shadow there is a light – “Petra” (from the song The Road To Zion)

In 2nd Corinthians 12 Paul expressed dealing with a thorn in his flesh, being uncomfortable, not just because of inconveniences but to the point of pain, battling strife, illness, imprisonment…living in an old earth suit waiting for a new one that will be issued when he finally leaves this place.

This post was inspired by M. Dennis’ blog “Those Who Sin Differently”

 For the specific original post by M. Dennis’ post go to 👉 “THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE” 👈

In good times, in bad times…

I have a rock with a frog drawn on it that is small enough to keep in your pocket as a reminder…

F.R.O.G. = Fully Rely On God.

Keep rockin’ (R.O.C.K. -Rely On Christ Kid), beetle

“7”

Here is info. From Sir Godfrey Greg’s post Numbers In The Scriptures. He goes into many numbers and their significance but this post I want to highlight just –

The Number 7

The number 7 perhaps speaks of perfection or completeness. God’s complete provision in His dealings with men.

Some examples:

  • 7 days make a complete week
  • 7 colors make a perfect spectrum
  • 7 great land masses form a complete earth
  • 7 notes make a perfect scale
  • 7 great bodies of water form a complete ocean

There were the 7 days of creation as well as many other examples throughout the Scriptures:

Zechariah 3:9 For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’ says the LORD of hosts, `And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

Revelation 1:4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

  1. To the Jew, every 7th day was a Sabbath.
  2. Every 7th year was a Sabbatical year.
  3. After the 7th Sabbatical year was the year of Jubilee.
  4. Every 7th month was holy and had 3 feasts.
  5. There were 7 weeks between Passover and Pentecost.
  6. The Passover feast lasted 7 days.
  7. The Feast of Tabernacles lasted 7 days.
  8. At Passover 14 lambs (7 twice) were offered daily.
  9. At Tabernacles 14 lambs (7 twice) and 70 bullocks were offered.
  10. At Pentecost 7 lambs were offered.
  11. The time of mourning the dead was fixed to 7 days.

and so on…

Seven continues to have symbolic prominence in the New Testament, with Jesus telling Peter that it is not enough that he forgive the brother who had sinned against him seven times, but “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22). Seven is also the number of Greek-speaking Christians appointed by the Twelve Apostles in Acts 6:3.

The New Testament concludes in a “great surge of sevens, with heptads, explicit and implicit, tumbling forth from many verses.”

In the Book of Revelation there were:

  • The 7 letters to the 7 Churches.
  • The 7 Seal Judgements
  • The 7 Trumpet Judgements
  • The 7 Bowl Judgements
  • The 7 Golden Lampstands
  • The 7 Stars
  • The 7 Angels
  • The 7 Spirits of God
  • The Lamb with 7 Horns and 7 Eyes.
  • The 7 Lamps of Fire
  • The 7 Claps of thunder
  • The Fiery Red Dragon with 7 heads and 7 Crowns.
  • The Leopard-Like Beast with 7 heads.
  • The Scarlet-Colored Beast with 7 heads.
  • The 7 Mountains
  • The 7 Kings


    For another study on the significance of numbers go to: Numerology In Scripture

    For my post on 40  👈Click the number.

    For my post on 10  👈Click it.

    Also, for more on mnemonics (helping memorize key passages using numbers) 👈just click the word.

    I ended my post on “10” with the following statement and it seems worth repeating here: If nothing else, remember that numbers do matter and God even knows the number of hairs on your head. That sound easy coming from a man going bald  but obviously this statement, “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30 NIV (note 10th chapter 30th verse) also found in Luke 12:7, that statement is more than literal and represents the all knowing God and his attention to details.


    “10”

    This is a look at using mnemonics as a way to help memorize scripture, specifically regarding The Number 10.

    I did a post on mnemonics (Aids to memorization of Bible facts, locations of verses, chapters, teachings, etc.) 

     The Thompson Chain Bible -reference #4315 helped me a lot with this post.

    Part of that study includes. “THE 2:10’s of Jesus”

    Lk. 2:10 (Joy bringer)
    Eph. 2:10 (Character builder)
    Php. 2:10 (adorable name)
    Col. 2:10 (Fulfiller of life)
    Heb. 2:10 (Captain of our salvation)
    Rev. 2:10 (Crown Giver)

    Other coincidences, when Chapters were assigned in putting together The Holy Bible we see how remembering the number 7 can be helpful:
    7th Chapter of Genesis = waters of death
    7th Chapter of John = Water of life (v.37)

    I did a seperate study, not just on the coincidences of the number 7 but the significance of it (go to “7”). 

    Also the Thompson Chain reference Bible takes you through chains linked to the number 7 –(chain #3241 covers The number Seven)

     I’ve always been interested in numbers. Another good example is “40” (use Thompson Chain Ref. Bible #2737 ) see my post called “40” for that.

    However, this post is on the number “10”.

    The verse of the day that led me on this search was: 

    looking at the 10 commandments & taking a closer at the coincidence of 10 and multiples of 10 in the Bible. This  helps me remember where the 10 commandments are listed (Deuteronomy 10)

    Here are some other interesting links to the number 10, chapter and verses located by that number

    Some are are not very significant or carry meaning regarding the number necessarily but they are interesting nonetheless. All tie to the number 10 or a multiple of 10.

    Others verses actually show specific significance regarding the number. 

    When looking into it I found a lot on “Numerology in the scriptures”: Like 7, 10 symbolizes completion. For instance, there were Ten Commandments. In the end times, 10 kingdoms will exist. 10 spies were sent out (Num. 13:32). 10 men were needed to form a quorum in the Sanhedrin. (https://wp.me/p2VGKY-12b)

    Significance to the number 10 is seen over and over: 

    The Number 10 – the following info. is from Sir Godfrey Greg’s post Numbers In The Scriptures.

    The number 10 is a very significant number in the Bible. In examining the uses of the number 10 in Scripture it seems to represent human failure and God’s provision. For example:

    – The 10 spies failed to see Gods power and provision, so they brought back an evil report:

    Numbers 13:32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

    – The 10 tribes failed to walk with God and to do His will. Therefore, they established a separate kingdom given to idolatry:

    1. Kings 11:31 And he said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: `Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you
    2. Kings 17:22-23 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them, until the LORD removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is to this day.

    – The magicians and astrologers were 10 times as weak and insufficient as Daniel:

    Daniel 1:20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.

    – The 10 lepers were unable to cure themselves, they needed Jesus:

    Luke 17:12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. (info. From Sir Godfrey Greg’s post Numbers In The Scriptures.)

    Also, for me personally, remebering the number 10,  I am able to find key verses contain that number…
    As I’ve already mention the 10 commanments, “The Lord then wrote on the tablets the same words, the ten commandments, which he had spoken to you at the mountain from the middle of the fire at the time of that assembly, and he gave them to me. Deuteronomy 10:4 NET

    http://bible.com/107/deu.10.4.NET

    God gave directions, instructions and commands and remembering the number 10 guides us to where many of those are found…

    one gold pan weighing 10 shekels, full of incense; Numbers 7:20 NET

    http://bible.com/107/num.7.20.NET

    They marched for the first time at the LORD ’s command through Moses. Numbers 10:13 CEB

    http://bible.com/37/num.10.13.CE

    My mind jumper to John 8:10 where Jesus asked the woman caught in adultry how many accusers were left after told, “You without sin throw the first stone” (John 8  Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” John 8:10 NLT) Her answer was “0” (none).

    “Where are your accusers? No where to be found! They all drop their stones when the master come around” -from song “Clean” by Petra

    http://bible.com/116/jhn.8.10.NLT

    Here some other interesting coincidences regarding the chapter or verse regarding “10“.

    My beloved is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousandSong of Songs 5:10 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/sng.5.10.NIV

    How about this…And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.  And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord : and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz. 2 Kings 20:10‭-‬11 KJV

    http://bible.com/1/2ki.20.10-11.KJV

    At the last supper the 12 disciples gather together with Christ and the scripture specifically says “the ten” and two brothers…Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”  When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. (That verse is found in Matthew 20:23‭-‬24 NIV -the chapter is a multiple of 10) That is also found in Mark 10:41.

    http://bible.com/111/mat.20.23-24.NIV

    A look in the Old Testament we see this account, A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. Daniel 7:10 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/dan.7.10.NIV

    Daniel 1:20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.

    In Genesis we see Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years –  this is found in Genesis 50:22 NIV
    http://bible.com/111/gen.50.22.NIV

    Back in the book of kings The foundations were laid with large stones of good quality, some measuring ten cubits and some eight.

    1 Kings 7:10 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/1ki.7.10.NIV

    Deut. , “How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up?  For their rock is not like our Rock, as even our enemies concede.

    Deuteronomy 32:30‭-‬31 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/deu.32.30-31.NIV

    Judges, There Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his command. Deborah also went up with him. Judges 4:10 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/jdg.4.10.NIV

    Esther the ten sons of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews. But they did not lay their hands on the plunder.

    Esther 9:10 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/est.9.10.NIV 

    A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath of wine; a homer of seed will yield only an ephah of grain.”

    Isaiah 5:10 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/isa.5.10.NIV

    Ez. – Then he measured the width of the entrance of the gateway; it was ten cubits and its length was thirteen cubits.

    Ezekiel 40:11 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/ezk.40.11.NIV 

    Judges -We’ll take ten men out of every hundred from all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred from a thousand, and a thousand from ten thousand, to get provisions for the army. Then, when the army arrives at Gibeah in Benjamin, it can give them what they deserve for this outrageous act done in Israel.” So all the Israelites got together and united as one against the city.

    Judges 20:10‭-‬11 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/jdg.20.10-11.NIV


    Back in Gen. -Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor.

    Genesis 24:10 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/gen.24.10.NIV 

    Then Micah said to him, “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food.”

    Judges 17:10 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/jdg.17.10.NIV

    Need help remembering & finding where the 10 plages are mention? Look at Ex.10 (giving the portion of Scripture describing 1 or 10 – the locusts).

    One could go on and one with the coincidences and even the significance to the number 10 in God’s word.

    For more on the study of numerology in the scriptures go to: Numerology In Scripture and Numbers In The Scriptures 👈

    For more on mnemonics (helping memorize key passages) 👈just click the word.

    For my post on “40” 👈click here

    For my post on “7” 👈click here on the number. (Scheduled to be publish tomorrow May 29th, 2018)

    If nothing else, remember that numbers do matter and God even knows the number of hairs on your head. That sound easy coming from a man going bald  but obviously this statement, “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30 NIV (note 10th chapter 30th verse) also found in Luke 12:7, that statement is more than literal and represents the all knowing God and his attention to details.






    While Waiting

    Having read & studied Galatians 5 many time this time the following stood out:

    But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

    GALATIANS 5:22‭-‬23 AMP

    http://bible.com/1588/gal.5.22-23.AMP 

    But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].

    Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 AMPC

    http://bible.com/8/gal.5.22-23.AMPC

    When we are consistant, faithful, reliable, determined followers of Jesus those around us see who God really is.

    Our depencance on him lets them know they can depend on us, not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting is how God can use us to draw them to Him.

    The True Energizer

    Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.
    Isaiah 40:28 AMPC

    http://bible.com/8/isa.40.28.AMPC 

    Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, 

    “ God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? 

    Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening

    God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. 

    He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. 

    He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. 

    And he knows everything , inside and out. 

    He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. 

    For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. 

    But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

    Isaiah 40:27‭-‬31 MSG

    http://bible.com/97/isa.40.27-31.MSG

    Why & how? 

    Because God cares about life & life beyond this temporal life we think we know & understand.

    Trusting Him, Beetle

    What me worry? 

    Jesus says, Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’  For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

    Matthew 6:31‭-‬33 NASB

    http://bible.com/100/mat.6.31-33.NASB

    Intense Sense (Say it with music Redman)

    I always enjoy hearing what inspired a song to be written. Today, as I read day 4 of the @YouVersion Plan “Sing Like Never Before” by- Matt Redman, I also felt inspired.

    Here is the song:

    https://youtu.be/ENQYKMQEe6c

    Matt writes, 

    “This song is based on a passage in 2 Chronicles where they dedicate the temple. There’s an intense sense of the people of God in the presence of God, pouring out the praises of God. 

    So the song tells that story, of the praises that we might experience the same, joining in with the ancient song they sang that say, “You are good, and Your love endures…”

    Matt goes on, “I’d like to do more storytelling in songs – as happened in this one. Graham, a pastor friend of mine, talks about 3 elements we can include in services, and even in songs: 

    • re-enactment, 
    • realization, and 
    • anticipation. 

    They are like the beginning, middle and end of a story. 

    So we recall something God did in the history of His people – then we enter the realization stage – in other words, what that means to our lives, here and now today. And then we end in anticipation – knowing there is more still to come in this epic love story of God we exist in

    If you can get these three elements into a service (or even a song), it’s a great way of adding depth

    So perhaps we need more storytelling in our songs of worship.”

    Lord Let Your Glory Fall – 2 Chronicles 7

    Worship is meant to be an encounter. 

    Look through the Bible and time and time again you’ll see the people of God encountering Him as they gather to worship. 

    And when we do, it simply propels us into deeper worship

     🎼🙏🎼🙏EXTRAS🙏🎼🙏🎼

    Here is the full passage: 2nd Chron. 7 

    When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it

    When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord , saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”  

    Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord . And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. 

    So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God. 

    The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the Lord ’s musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the Lord and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.”

     Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing. 

     Solomon consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the Lord , and there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings, because the bronze altar he had made could not hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat portions.  

    So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt. 

    On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more

    (Personal note: “Worship, it’s not just for Sundays anymore.”

    Now note what happen after this assembly)

    On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the Lord had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.  

    When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace, the Lord appeared to him at night and said: 

    “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.  “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will 

    • humble themselves and 
    • pray and 
    • seek my face and 
    • turn from their wicked ways, 

    then I will 

    • hear from heaven, and I will 
    • forgive their sin and will 
    • heal their land. 

    Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.  “As for you, if you 

    • walk before me faithfully as David your father did, and 
    • do all I command, and 
    • observe my decrees and laws, 

    I will 

    • establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to rule over Israel.’  

    “But if you 

    • turn away and 
    • forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and 
    • go off to serve other gods and worship them, then 

    I will 

    • uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will 
    • reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will 
    • make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 
    • This temple will become a heap of rubble. 
    • All who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 

    People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord , the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’ ”

    2 Chronicles 7:1‭-‬22 NIV

    http://bible.com/111/2ch.7.1-22.NIV 

    I just finished day 4 of the @YouVersion Plan Sing Like Never Before – Matt Redman. (Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/6Q). 

    God makes things pretty clear for us. Now it is up to us to clearly keep our focus & worship on Him, not other things that can so easily become an idol and distract us from truly worshipping God only with our lives. Don’t think the act of assembling in worship with others will save us.

    The only way to salvation is through Christ.

    Man may build and even have a special dedication ceremony for a new building but we are to worship God in spirit & in truth where ever we are.

    Jesus explained this to the woman he met at a well (John 4). She asked, she brought up, the questions & subject about worship & the appropriate place of worship. 

    Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.  But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. 

    The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.  For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

    John 4:21‭-‬24 NLT

    http://bible.com/116/jhn.4.21-24.NLT

    More Scripture: So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering

    • EMBRACING

    what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. 

    • Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking

    Instead, 

    • fix your attention on God. 

    You’ll be 

    • changed from the inside out. 

    Readily 

    • recognize what he wants from you, and quickly 
    • respond to it. 

    Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God 

    • brings the best out of you, 
    • develops well-formed maturity in you.

     I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God

    No, God brings it all to you. 

    (Personal note: the importance of humility).

    The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

    Romans 12:1‭-‬3 MSG

    http://bible.com/97/rom.12.1-3.MSG

    Looking back at 2nd Chron. 7 where God promises what He will and won’t do according to our relationship to and with Him…

    God’s not looking for meaningless sacrifices, rituals that are done religiously without thought only on certain days in a certain place. 

    He does not desire offerings that are made just to placate Him. 

    He wants a love relationship that is

    • Humble 
    • In communion with him (prayer)
    • Seeking my face (Matt. 6:33) and 
    • Turning away from wicked ways (repenting from wrong), 

    The answers are pretty clear of what God desires regarding a relationship the question for each individual is, “What do we really desire?”

    A good relationship required a two way dialogue & dedication on both end.

    God won’t let me down on His end and all He really asks is that I depend on Him, what He did, does and will do, rather than try to do it myself or think that other sources or people can do it for me.

    Amen




    Surely Your Sins Will Find You Out/ Marked For Life (Forensic Files) 

    Here is another post inspired by the show “Forensic Files” it is from Collection 4 Episode 28 (season 10 episode 2) called “Marked For Life”

    A violent one-man, one-night crime spree goes unsolved for almost 50 years until forensic computer technology finally catched up with the killer. This was proof that you can run but you can’t hide.

    Here is the episode:

    If you were able to watch the video this will be a little recap for you. If not, I’ll fill you in on the basics and share what was, for me, a great message.

    Almost 50 years went by & they final caught the guy. The guy couldn’t believe he was being arrested for a crime committed so long ago.

    😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

    My dad has alway said,

    “Surly your sin will find you out.” -dad

    Although this was a very loose translation of the Bible verse “But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord ; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” taken from Numbers 32:23 NIV my dad always said it with such conviction and his intentions were to point out that what we do has consequences and the wrong we do will be exposed some day. Bible verse or not, it’s true and there are plenty of Bible verse that remind us that God know things deep within a person’s heart. He knows, even if no other human knows. (Jeremiah 17:9‭-‬10 MSG1 Corinthians 2:11 ESV; Psalms 44:20‭-‬21 ESV)

    Rather than live in fear of punishment by God, like an angry old man just waiting & watching for me to mess up, my earthly father raised me to be aware that God sees all & knows all and we should have a healthy fear that came from being in a respectful relationship with Him.

    So, the lesson I took away from this episode of Forensic Files wasn’t just the fact that we’ll all be held accountable for what we’ve done and not done while on this earth (both good and bad) but it was a lesson on “leaving our mark in this world”, leaving behind, passing down some things that made a difference in this world because we activly participated & did somethings to be left behind for others to find helpful.

    The thing that drove home this point for me was the fact that one of the police officers in this episode, almost 50 years ago, was able to shoot back in self-defense at the man that was on this killing spree and his bullet made contact before the killer’s bullet killed the police officer. That left a mark!

    The episode goes through all kinds of twists and turns and years of investigation. 3 years after the murder a home owner was clearing out his yard and found the chamber to a handgun. The gardener thought maybe it was from a frame to a gun he found a year prior to that. They were a match but tracing down the original owner ended up looking like a dead end.

    They were given false names and had to do some handwriting comparisons. When they were finally able to trace down a man linked to the gun they thought once again they were about to solve this case. They found out that he rented a room at a Y.M.C.A. that was  also near the original murder scene. As they followed that lead they discovered he gave a false address. They ended up in a rock quary and were frustrated with yet another dead end.

    Years and years went by. Nearly 5 decades later they finally decided to take a fresh look at the finger print (one thumb) that was left behind on the weapon.

    By this time technology allowed for a huge finger print database. Just two months before looking in that database officials in South Carolina had finally gotten around to submitting the finger prints for felons in their state and investigators were finally able to find a match.

    The man was almost annoyed when the police came to arrested him. After all, it was so long ago, as if he didn’t need to be accountable to the families & lives he effected.

    In this case people were so surprized to see the man held accountable for his actions after almost 50 years but the prosecutor pointed out that the evidence still showed that this man was indeed the theif, rapist & murderer, he just got old.

    In the very end, with the finger print and handwriting analysis there was enough evidence to prove the suspects actions but, the thing that was really able to completely close  the case was the scar left on the suspect by the cop that returned fire and marked this former criminal for life.

    The convicted criminal said he was sorry and that those crimes were against everything he believes in. That may be the case now some 50 odd years later after getting caught but he didn’t step forward & admit to his crimes until he was forced to.

    Make no mistake God will forgive us. 1 john 1:9 promises, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9 NLT. However, I also believe we need to be held accountable here on earth & we have a responsibility to stand up to fellow mankind & face the consequences for our action that effect others.

    What we do and don’t do has a lasting effect & leave marks, even scars on others long after we are gone.

    Scripture: So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.

    1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT

    http://bible.com/116/1co.4.5.NLT

    Thanks for reading.

    For another
    link to a post inspired by Forensic Files go to; “Moss, Not Grass” (https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/?p=12292)

    Extra verses: “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God , search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”

    Jeremiah 17:9‭-‬10 MSG

    http://bible.com/97/jer.17.9-10.MSG

    “For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

    1 Corinthians 2:11 ESV

    http://bible.com/59/1co.2.11.ESV

    “If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart.

    Psalms 44:20‭-‬21 ESV

    http://bible.com/59/psa.44.20-21.ESV

    Short Romans Puzzle

    1st piece-

    ROMANS 5:12 “THE DILEMMA” 

    2nd piece

    ROMANS 6 “WAGES OF THE DILEMMA”

    1526996132213_image1743182809.jpg

    3rd piece-

    ROMANS 7 “FIGHTING THE DILEMMA”

    1526996190688_image-1978824855.jpg

    4th piece-

    ROMANS 8 “CONQUER THE DILEMMA”

    1526996325188_image633500640.jpg

    When completed & putting all the pieces together it forms the whole picture:

    20180522_092151_film1~21431992634..jpg

    Extras: 

    Link to Romans Puzzle (Maturity Check) <-that gives a lengthy background to this post, a deeper look and explaination.

    In this post I wanted to keep this as short & to the point as possible.

    For deatails on “how to” put this together in the form of a lesson for Bible study or Sunday School go to: Romans Puzzle (how to).

    Video of me doing The Romans Puzzle with my 3 younger daughters: 

     

    Sail On

    (“Sail On” by The Imperials)

    The Capt. of the ship announced that a storm was developing out in the Atlantic but it was still further East from where they were heading. The passengers were relieved and went about their daily activities. Then the Capt. contnued with a warning many wouldn’t really “hear” until later…

    “Although we are not heading directly into the storm we are still going to feel some of the effects of it as we travel the same ocean that contains it. You will need to brace yourself but be aware and rest assure that I will still get us to our final destination. Thank you.”

    Sometimes, as we are cruising through life, we encounter storms head on. They engulf and surround us, perhaps even cause us to capsize.

    Sometimes we sail directly into a storm even when we could have been navigated around it.

    Sometimes there are just storms around us that don’t hit us directly but we still feel the effects.

    Regardless, we can sing with confidence, “Let The Wind Blow” because we know the Captain of our ship and His vessel we are in will get us through it all.

    Also check out: You can be the Captain. Let God draw the chart.

    And go to: The grand Puzzle. “Rush” closer to the heart for more advice on how we can sail on & make it through the storms.

    In Christ, Beetle