About Frugal Fish

I grew up on Elim Bible Institute, Lima NY & Pinecrest Bible Training Center (Now the Whitestone Academy), Salisbury Center, NY, where my father was on staff. I have read the Bible through, every year since I was 13. I moved to Fairfield and started playing the piano at the Foursquare Church. I became secretary/treasurer and served for 24 years, stepping down due to a health issue. My family now attends the Fairfield satellite of Faith Christian Outreach Center, Mt. Pleasant, where we serve in the worship band. We have three grown children and one grandchild. ©2009-2018 frugalfish.org. All rights reserved.

Detained in the Lord’s Presence

I dreamed of a medieval lady who delighted in cutting off her servant’s fingers or hands. She was traveling in a carriage and her husband was riding along on a horse.

The carriage was surrounded by servants. Many of them had stumps. Each time she cut off a hand she put it in a small box and carried it with her. She kept looking into the box.

The servants struggled and were terrified of losing their other hand. They would no longer be able to eat and would die.

I woke up. When I fell back to sleep, I saw the same dream. I asked God three times to explain what He wanted me to see.

We are God’s servants. We use our hands to write. The lady is Facebook. Many have lost a finger by being placed in Facebook jail for hours or days.

We know of those whose hands are cut off. Their pages have been removed. They can no longer write on Facebook.

We fear the same thing happening to us. Those who post something deemed “politically incorrect” find it removed. Or there is a box after their post saying what they shared is untrue.

Fear is how they control people.

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I hope you have chosen to follow me here at thisyearsbiblereadingguide.com. I’ve already lost 2 fingers. I could disappear from Facebook at any time.

But God is with me! Twice today He showed me how to live fearlessly!

Psalms 56:34, “I trust in God; I won’t be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” Common English Bible

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Psalms 34:4, “I sought the Lord and He answered me. He delivered me from all my fears.” Common English Bible

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Doeg was detained in the Lord’s presence. It was part of the plan for him to see David. God set Doeg up to fulfill the first prophecy He gave to Samuel.

1 Samuel 21:7, “Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained in the Lord’s presence. …” Common English Bible

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1 Samuel 2:31, “The days are coming soon when I will eliminate both your children and the children of your father’s household. There won’t be an old person left in your family tree.” Common English Bible

I was detained. I know I have been gone for months. I will have to explain it in another post.

February 3, 2020: 1 Samuel 20, 21; Psalms 56, 34.

 

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February 2020 Chapters

  • 1 – 1 Samuel 16; Psalms 23; 1 Samuel 17
  • 2 – 1 Samuel 18, 19; Psalms 58, 59
  • 3 – 1 Samuel 20, 21; Psalms 56, 34
  • 4 – 1 Samuel 22; Psalms 52, 36, 37
  • 5 – 1 Samuel 23; Psalms 63; 1 Samuel 24; Psalms 57, 142, 7
  • 6 – 1 Samuel 25, 26; Psalms 16
  • 7 – Psalms 17, 22, 54; 1 Samuel 27, 28
  • 8 – 1 Samuel 29, 30; Psalms 35, 109
  • 9 – 1 Samuel 31; 1 Chronicles 10; 2 Samuel 1, 2
  • 10 – 2 Samuel 3-5
  • 11 – 1 Chronicles 11, 12; Psalms 133; 1 Chronicles 14
  • 12 – 2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13, 15, 16
  • 13 – Psalms 24, 26-29, 96, 101, 103
  • 14 – Psalms 104-106
  • 15 – Psalms 108, 123, 124, 131; 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 1
  • 16 – Psalms 86; 2 Samuel 8; 1 Chronicles 18; Psalms 60; 2 Samuel 9, 10;
  • 1 Chronicles 19
  • 17 – 2 Samuel 11, 12; Psalms 51, 25
  • 18 – Psalms 32, 38-41, 69
  • 19 – Psalms 70, 71; 1 Chronicles 20; 2 Samuel 13, 14
  • 20 – 2 Samuel 15; Psalms 9-13
  • 21 – Psalms 31, 55; 2 Samuel 16; Psalms 3-5
  • 22 – Psalms 6, 8, 64; 2 Samuel 17, 18
  • 23 – Psalms 61, 62, 89; 2 Samuel 19, 20
  • 24 – 2 Samuel 21, 22; Psalms 18
  • 25 – Psalms 19-21, 65-68
  • 26 – Psalms 138-141, 143-145
  • 27 – 2 Samuel 23, 24; 1 Chronicles 21
  • 28 – 1 Kings 1; Psalms 2, 110; 1 Chronicles 22
  • 29 – Psalms 30, 91, 92; 1 Chronicles 23, 24

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January 2020 Bible Reading Guide

January 2020 Chapters

  • 1 – Matthew 5; Luke 6
  • 2 – Matthew 6, 7
  • 3 – Matthew 8; Luke 7
  • 4 – Mark 4; Luke 8
  • 5 – Mark 5; Matthew 9
  • 6 – Matthew 10; Luke 9
  • 7 – Mark 6; John 6
  • 8 – John 7; Matthew 11
  • 9 – Matthew 12, 13
  • 10 – Matthew 14, 15
  • 11 – Matthew 16; Mark 7, 8
  • 12 – Matthew 17; Mark 9
  • 13 – Matthew 18; John 8
  • 14 – John 9, 10
  • 15 – Luke 10, 11
  • 16 – Luke 12, 13
  • 17 – Luke 14-16
  • 18 – John 11; Luke 17
  • 19 – Matthew 19, 20
  • 20 – Mark 10; Luke 18
  • 21 – Mark 12; Luke 20
  • 22 – Matthew 22, 23
  • 23 – Mark 13; Luke 21
  • 24 – Matthew 24, 25
  • 25 – John 14, 15
  • 26 – John 16, 17
  • 27 – 1 Samuel 1-3
  • 28 – 1 Samuel 4-7
  • 29 – 1 Samuel 8-10
  • 30 – 1 Samuel 11-13
  • 31 – 1 Samuel 14, 15

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December 2019 “Relevant” Bible Reading Guide Chapters

December 2019 Chapters

  • 1 – Deuteronomy 17-20
  • 2 – Deuteronomy 21-23
  • 3 – Deuteronomy 24-27
  • 4 – Deuteronomy 28
  • 5 – Deuteronomy 29-31
  • 6 – Deuteronomy 32, 33; Psalms 90; Deuteronomy 34
  • 7 – Joshua 1-4
  • 8 – Joshua 5-7
  • 9 – Joshua 8, 9
  • 10 – Joshua 10-12
  • 11 – Joshua 13-15
  • 12 – Joshua 16-19
  • 13 – Joshua 20-22
  • 14 – Joshua 23, 24; Judges 1
  • 15 – Judges 2-4
  • 16 – Judges 5, 6
  • 17 – Judges 7, 8
  • 18 – Judges 9, 10
  • 19 – Judges 11-13
  • 20 – Judges 14-16
  • 21 – Judges 17-19
  • 22 – Judges 20, 21
  • 23 – Ruth 1-4
  • 24 – Luke 1
  • 25 – Luke 2; Matthew 1
  • 26 – Matthew 2; John 1
  • 27 – Luke 3; Matthew 3; Mark 1
  • 28 – Matthew 4; Luke 4; John 2
  • 29 – John 3, 4
  • 30 – Mark 2; Luke 5
  • 31 – Mark 3; John 5

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He Has Made Atonement

A new beginning. A fresh start. A clean slate. Forgiven. Justified. Free.

These all describe my life after I was born again. It’s nothing I do on my own. The price was paid by Jesus Christ on the cross. I simply believe and accept it.

Leviticus 14:7, “…Finally, he will release the live bird in the open field.” The Message

I am that live bird. I am free because of Jesus’ blood covering me. When I accepted his sacrifice, I was released, see “Save me, Jesus, Prayer.”

Now, I learn how to walk with Jesus. I fall, get back up, fall again and get back up. No matter how many times I fall, I get back up. No matter how far I fall, I get back up until walking comes naturally.

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I grow and find walking is slow. I need something to help me get there faster – a bike. I learn to ride a bike. Now I can go farther and faster.

Water Baptism is like comparing walking with riding a bike. You confess you are following Jesus Christ and bury your old life in the water. Now you have people to help you stay on the straight and narrow.

Leviticus 14:53, “…Cleansing the house with the blood of the bird, the fresh water…” The Message

But which Water Baptism? Sprinkle or submersion? In these two chapters, the phrase “bathe with water” is mentioned 13 times, see Leviticus 14:8, 9; 15:6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 22, 27. It takes a lot of water to bathe.

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I continue growing. I’m going places on my bike and maturing. The next step? A car!

Leviticus 14:18, “The priest will put some of the remaining oil on the right earlobe of the one being cleansed on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, placing it on top of the blood of the Compensation-Offering.” The Message

Jesus bled and died for us. His blood covers our sins. But He didn’t stop there. He sent the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The oil of the Holy Spirit is added on top of the blood. We need both.

The Holy Spirit takes us farther than we dreamed. It can be compared to going from a bike to driving a car. He shows us wonders we didn’t know existed. He protects us from the elements and comforts us with warmth. All of this is possible because of the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross.

Leviticus 14:18, “…He has made atonement for him. He is clean!” The Message

November 5, 2019: Leviticus 14-15.

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On the Eighth Day

The eighth day is the day of new beginnings. There is pressure to keep me from entering that new beginning. But the very thing holding me back, I may not need. What am I holding on to?

Leviticus 12:3, “On the eighth day circumcise the boy.” The Message

On the eighth day, Moses and the priest offered an Absolution-Offering. On the eighth day after birth, infant boys were circumcised. This was a painful cutting away of skin in their most private area. But they don’t need that foreskin.

Is there something that is a part of me that I don’t need? Am I willing to endure the pain of having it removed?

What sacrifice is God asking of me? What price do I need to pay to move forward? What will I offer?

When I let go or remove the thing holding me back, that is when I will break through the narrow gate. The pressure is intense to move away from the gate and follow the crowd.

Matthew 7:13-14, “…for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction…” Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

I cannot move forward without leaving my place of comfort. But a whole new world awaits.

Leviticus 9:23-24, “…When they came out they blessed the people and the Glory of God appeared to all the people. (24) Fire blazed out from God and consumed the Whole-Burnt-Offering and the fat pieces on the Altar. When all the people saw it happen they cheered loudly and then fell down, bowing in reverence.” The Message

The results of cutting away and sacrifice are:

  • Blessing others
  • Seeing God
  • Celebration
  • Submission
  • Reverence
November 4, 2019: Leviticus 12-13.

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Offer Your Life to God

A baby is formed in a neonatal sac filled with warm water. It cushions him from bumps against his mother’s abdomen. But that sac has to break and the warm waters drain away before he can be born. He cannot exit the womb in his warm comfy sac.

He is forced through the birth canal and compressed. He is squeezed and all the fluid in his lungs and airways are pushed out. His lungs are empty and free to take in his first breath.

This is a picture of entering the straight and narrow gate. We would rather stay where we are. It’s warm, comfortable, and everything we need is provided through the umbilical cord. But if we stay, it becomes our tomb. We will die. We must be born again, see “Save me, Jesus, Prayer.”

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My devotional, “The Word for You Today,” talked about this narrow gate.

Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate… (14) But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life…” Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

After a baby is born, he takes his first breath and fills his empty lungs. The transfer of nutrition and oxygen from the umbilical cord stops. The doctor cuts the cord. He no longer needs it.

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On the eighth day, Moses and the priest offered an absolution offering. (Absolution means forgiveness, pardon, or acquittal from confessed sins.) A bull bled and died.

Leviticus 9:1-2, “On the eighth day, Moses called in Aaron and his sons and the leaders of Israel. (2) He spoke to Aaron: ‘Take a bull-calf for your Absolution-Offering, and a ram for your Whole-Burnt-Offering, both without defect, and offer them to God.'” The Message

Thankfully, Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins, once and for all. He is our absolution offering. But we have to believe and accept His free gift.

Are you ready to be born again? Or are you waiting to die? You don’t know what you’re missing!!!

Like a baby, you aren’t breathing. There are sights to see and wonderful things to taste. There are people to meet and beautiful things to hear – like your Father’s voice. You have never felt anything soft or enjoyed an embrace. There are many who long to cuddle and love on you. Wait until you feel the pure love of your Father!

But you won’t stay a baby. You will grow and reproduce. You will find the joy of leading others out of their womb/tomb to experience real life.

It’s like going from a silent movie to a 5-D Movie.

November 3, 2019: Leviticus 9-11.

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November 2019 “Relevant” Bible Reading Guide Chapters

November 2019 Chapters

  • 1 – Leviticus 4-6
  • 2 – Leviticus 7, 8
  • 3 – Leviticus 9-11
  • 4 – Leviticus 12, 13
  • 5 – Leviticus 14, 15
  • 6 – Leviticus 16-18
  • 7 – Leviticus 19-21
  • 8 – Leviticus 22, 23
  • 9 – Leviticus 24, 25
  • 10 – Leviticus 26, 27
  • 11 – Numbers 1, 2
  • 12 – Numbers 3, 4
  • 13 – Numbers 5, 6
  • 14 – Numbers 7, 8
  • 15 – Numbers 9-11
  • 16 – Numbers 12-14
  • 17 – Numbers 15-17
  • 18 – Numbers 18-20
  • 19 – Numbers 21, 22
  • 20 – Numbers 23-25
  • 21 – Numbers 26-28
  • 22 – Numbers 29-31
  • 23 – Numbers 32, 33
  • 24 – Numbers 34-36
  • 25 – Deuteronomy 1, 2
  • 26 – Deuteronomy 3, 4
  • 27 – Deuteronomy 5-7
  • 28 – Deuteronomy 8-10
  • 29 – Deuteronomy 11-13
  • 30 – Deuteronomy 14-16

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Three Months After Leaving

“…there is no such thing as ownership of a nonprofit. A nonprofit is a public organization…it is controlled by a governing body of stakeholders called the Board of Directors.”

“Successfully Starting a New Nonprofit”

Foundation Group, Inc.

501c3.org

One of my goals was to set up frugalfish.org as a nonprofit organization. Reading this eBook showed me it would not be a good fit. I considered nonprofit status because I give away my tips and my writings are about the Bible.

Eventually, I would like to combine my blogs and generate enough income to cover the costs of a website. (I’m not sure how but an eBook is an option.)

Everything takes time. It usually takes more time than you think.

Exodus 19:1, “Three months after leaving Egypt the Israelites entered the Wilderness of Sinai.” The Message

The Israelites traveled for 3 months to reach Mount Sinai also called the Mountain of God. It was there He gave the “Ten Commandments” and all of the laws. God was teaching them how to live and conduct business when they reached Canaan.

“Honesty, ethics, and moral values were taught in the classrooms of major business schools. Professors placed strong emphasis on a company’s responsibility toward its employees, customers, and creditors. Why? Because prior to the twentieth century, business courses and indeed, business schools themselves were based on biblical principles.”

“Business by the Book: The Complete Guide of Biblical Principles for Business Men and Women” by Larry Burkett

My blogs, frugalfish.org and thisyearsbiblereadingguide.com are my business. This is my 10th year blogging and I’m nearing my 4000th post on this blog.

How should I celebrate that milestone?

October 23, 2019; Exodus 17-19.

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To Turn Around

Mel and I went to “Ladies Night Out” last night. The food was great:

  • Sweet Chili, Regular Chili, and White Chicken Chili
  • Cheese & Crackers, Snack Mix, and White Chocolate Popcorn
  • Apple Crisp, Pumpkin Bars, and Snickerdoodles
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte, Spiced Cider, and Clementine Infused Water

(Yes, the scale went up a few ounces. LOL)

Pastor Peggy Knudsen spoke on being a mentor instead of a “celebrity influencer.”

“Use social media to talk about Jesus.”

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On the way home, Mel wanted to stop at HyVee for a sweet tea. I said “sure” but missed the first exit to Fairfield.

I drove to the second exit out of habit because it is the closest one to our home. She thought I was going to drive to the third exit and backtrack!

That’s exactly what the Israelites did!

Exodus 14:1, “God spoke to Moses: ‘Tell the Israelites to turn around…'” The Message

The first exit was a straight line to HyVee – just like the route through the land of the Philistines, see Exodus 13:17. But the shortest route would also lead to war.

The second exit took us north on Highway #1 and then west on Highway #34. It was like the wilderness road that looped around the Red Sea, see Exodus 13:18.

The third exit bypassed the city but you had to backtrack east to get to HyVee. God led the Israelites that way. He led them to camp at Etham and then told them to turn around!

It was all part of God’s plan. They got a good night’s rest at Etham. They needed it because they would soon walk through the Red Sea.

The Egyptians thought they were lost. They followed them into the Red Sea and all died when the waters came down on them. The Israelites had walked across on dry land.

This is how God leads us. He takes us on the long way to spare us from an attack. Sometimes, we think we went the wrong way when we have to backtrack. It may not be. God is just confusing our enemy.

It’s okay to take a long way home!

October 22, 2019: Exodus 14-16.

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