Help from the Sanctuary

We are attending a marriage conference. Last night, Dr. Michael Smalley, son of Dr. Gary Smalley, promised to teach us “how to live with a turd” today. (We all act that way at times.)

Psalms 20:2, “May He send you help from the sanctuary…”

New American Standard Bible

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Psalms 20 is full of promises for me today!

  1. May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, v. 1.
  2. May He remember all your meal offerings, v. 3.
  3. May He grant you your heart’s desire, v. 4.
  4. May the Lord fulfill your petitions, v. 5.

The Bible speaks to every detail of our daily lives. We have to consistently read it to find our answers!

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You Save Me from Violence

A week ago, I got a message from Avast (Free antivirus protection) and Tunnel Bear (Free VPN protection) that my modem had been compromised and my computer camera were at risk. It looked like a different model of a Canon printer was connected to my computer. And I had a notification that someone was using my location. That is why I ran an extra Avast scan and turned on Tunnel Bear. (It protects me on public WIFI. It isn’t needed on private WIFI.)

My computer has been running slowly and I am unable to back up to my external hard drive for several weeks. I was sure there was something horribly wrong.

After reading about the wise woman of Abel Beth-maacah yesterday, I decided to find the source of the problems and “cut its head off,” see 2 Samuel 20:14-22.

I made a list of things I knew how to do. I started by reading about the difference between a modem and a router. (When I got the message, I shut off our router, which I thought was a modem, and we used mobile data all week.)

The router is ours but the modem comes from your ISP. I called them. It turns out, our internet is completely wireless and we don’t have a modem. (Sigh). The message was an attempt to get us to upgrade to a monthly plan at Avast.

When I turned on Tunnel Bear, the message from Avast changed to “Your location is exposed – Chicago.”

Wrong state!

I don’t worry about the camera because I put a small piece of black, electrical tape over it. I only remove it when I need to use it. (I did the same with my tablet.)

I clicked on the unfamiliar printer notification and at the Canon website, I saw this “new” printer tries to connect to computers looking to see if you have this model.

Wait. What?

Avast also said I had broken registry files. I ran “Clean disk” which scans the hard drive and ran “Defragment.” It is set to run weekly but I thought an extra time wouldn’t hurt.

I got out my computer folder to see where I could check my registry files. No luck.

In the same folder was my book on the external hard drive dock. I was missing a cord! We moved it from the kitchen to the office a couple of times and misplaced one of the cords. That is why I cannot back up the computer.

The good news is this cord is white. The bad news is I haven’t found it yet. (I did find the antennae booster that I was looking for on Saturday!)

I know that God was looking out for me through all of this.

2 Samuel 22:2-3, “He said, ‘The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 3) My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.’ “

New American Standard Bible

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March 2022 Chapters

  • 1 – 1 Kings 1; Psalms 2, 110; 1 Chronicles 22; Psalm 30
  • 2 – Psalms 91, 92; 1 Chronicles 23-25
  • 3 – 1 Chronicles 26-28
  • 4 – 1 Chronicles 29; 1 Kings 2
  • 5 – 1 Kings 3; Psalms 45, 72, 127; Song of Solomon 1, 2
  • 6 – Song of Solomon 3-8
  • 7 – 2 Chronicles 1; 1 Kings 4; Proverbs 1, 2
  • 8 – Proverbs 3-6
  • 9 – Proverbs 7-10
  • 10 – Proverbs 11-14
  • 11 – Proverbs 15-18
  • 12 – Proverbs 19-22
  • 13 – Proverbs 23-26
  • 14 – Proverbs 27-30
  • 15 – Proverbs 31; 1 Kings 5; 2 Chronicles 2; 1 Kings 6
  • 16 – 2 Chronicles 3; 1 Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 4
  • 17 – 1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 5
  • 18 – 2 Chronicles 6; Psalms 46-48, 87, 93
  • 19 – Psalms 95, 97-100, 132; 2 Chronicles 7; 1 Kings 9
  • 20 – 2 Chronicles 8; 1 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 9; Ecclesiastes 1
  • 21 – Ecclesiastes 2-5
  • 22 – Ecclesiastes 6-9
  • 23 – Ecclesiastes 10-12; 1 Kings 11
  • 24 – Psalm 73; Job 1-4
  • 25 – Job 5-9
  • 26 – Job 10-14
  • 27 – Job 15-19
  • 28 – Job 20-24
  • 29 – Job 25-30
  • 30 – Job 31-34
  • 31 – Job 35-39

The chapters for the year are posted under the “Relevant” Bible Reading Guide menu.

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The Paths of the Seas

“Matthew Maury (1806-1873) … began his career as a naval officer… While ashore between voyages, he was seriously injured in a freak stagecoach accident… causing permanent lameness…. when Maury read Psalms 8:8… The phrase ‘paths of the seas’ particularly struck him…. He discovered that there definitely were pathways… where current streams moved much faster than the water around it… sailing time was greatly reduced. Maury was the first to chart these…

Another Bible verse that struck Maury was Ecclesiastes 1:6, “… on its circular courses the wind returns.” …Maury investigated and also discovered pathways in the air – what are now known as jet streams. By learning the circuits of these air currents, weather was better understood and more accurate predictions became possible, thus birthing modern meteorology. And today, airplanes use the jet streams Maury discovered to reduce travel time…

Whenever there is a conflict between ‘science’ and the Bible, just wait. Instance after instance affirms that ‘science’ routinely changes its initial position as new discoveries are made, eventually lining up with what the Scriptures said…”

God – The Original Oceanographer
The Founder’s Bible
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom
pp. 803-804.

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Psalms 8:8, “The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, whatever passes through the paths of the seas.”

New American Standard Bible

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The Foundations

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.

…In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness.

…The mere politician equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them.”

George Washington, Address of George Washington, President of the United States…Preperatory to His Declination (Baltimore: George and Henry S. Keatinge, 1796), pp. 22-23

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Psalms 11:3, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

New American Standard Bible

Happy President’s Day!

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“The Woman”

The series at E3 Youth this month is “Clean” teaching about purity. It led to an interesting conversation on the way home.

Laura: “Hey, dad, who did you hope to marry? Farah Fawcett?”

David: “No.”

Laura: “Olivia Newton-John?”

David: “No, but I did like Valerie Bertinelli.”

Me: “Good choice! She is pretty and sweet!”

Laura: “Betty White?”

(We both burst out laughing.)

David: “That would be like having a crush on your grandmother!”

David wisely waited until God sent the woman he was to marry – me!

Abner did not.

2 Samuel 3:8, “Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, ‘Am I a dog’s head that belongs to Judah? Today I show kindness to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hands of David; and yet today you charge me with a guilt concerning the woman.'”

New American Standard Bible

Abner had casual sex, so casual that he couldn’t remember her name. When confronted, he became angry and decided to switch allegiance to the army he had fought for three years. Unfortunately, the leader of that army, Joab, was still mourning the death of his brother, Asahel, whom Abner killed in the first battle.

Abner’s casual sex cost him his life.

King David also started having sex with many women.

2 Samuel 5:13, “Meanwhile David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem after he came from Hebron; and more sons and daughters were born to David.”

New American Standard Bible

Sex is the glue that holds a marriage together. Each time you become one flesh; you glue parts of yourself to each other. You cannot get that glue back.

If you have casual sex with others you lose a part of yourself each time. And a part of each partner, and every partner they had sex with, is stuck to you. You may be healthy and they may be healthy, but someone their last partner slept with may not. It could be years before what is stuck to you displays symptoms.

There is one partner, you may not know, who is ready to spend the rest of their life learning how to please you sexually. They prove it by making a lifelong commitment called marriage. And the temptation to have sex is the greatest right before you meet them.

Sex is an appetite, just like hunger. While trying to lose weight, we remove the temptation to our hunger. We stop buying junk food, snacks, and soft drinks with empty calories.

We know what feeds our sexual appetite. We have to remove the apps, movies, and romance novels that arouse us because they will leave us empty. And giving in to that temptation once could lead to our death – like Abner.

King David’s story is different. After he let his lust rule him, he repented. He was forgiven and didn’t die, but still suffered the consequences. He watched his children die: Bathsheba’s baby, Amnon, and Absalom.

When encountering a sexual temptation, our only option is to run!

1 Corinthians 6:18, “Flee sexual immorality. Every other sin that a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”

New American Standard Bible

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Who Is It?

1 Samuel 17:55, “Now when Saul saw David going out against the Philistine, he said to Abner the commander of the army, ‘Abner, whose son is this young man?’ And Abner said, ‘By your life, O king, I do not know.'”

New American Standard Bible

Wait a minute. Saul didn’t recognize David? We read how Saul sent messengers to Jesse to send David to him, 1 Samuel 16:14-23.

David played and sang whenever Saul was tormented. It said, “Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer.” 1 Samuel 16:24. Yet, when he left to face Goliath, Saul didn’t know who he was?

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This is my “Why!”

I’m working through homework from a Dean Graziosi class that I took on January 4th. One exercise is to determine your “Why?”

“Why do I blog?”

One reason I discovered was that I believe everyone is important. Everyone deserves a place to dream and create. Everyone deserves to thrive – even while unemployed or living under the poverty level.

Been there. Done that. Got the tee-shirt! 🙂

Everyone matters. Saul should have recognized the youth who played and sang while he was depressed. He should have recognized his armor-bearer.

Dear Jesus,

Please don’t let me overlook anyone. Help me to remember names and their story. And give me the words to help others thrive regardless of their income, both here and at frugalfish.org.

Amen.

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