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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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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God Saw to It

We attended “The Cradle of Hope Tip Night” at Pizza Ranch. We found a table across from Cliff and Michelle B. It was fun visiting with them and watching their 2 small children.

Their son is named David. Every time she said his name, my David would answer.

The kids climbed all over her and clambered for attention. In exasperation she said, “Someday I will be able to eat in peace, right?”

“Yes,” I replied, “in around 30 years.”

She laughed. It was good timing to be there when they were.

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Sunday Pastor Monte preached about time.

“There is “Chronos time” that we set our clocks and calendars by. It is where we get the word chronological. “Kairos time” is described as the fullness of time; in the moment of opportunity; when God opens doors.”

Pastor Monte Knudsen, fcoc.net, 10-20-19

The Israelites asked for silver, gold, and clothes right before they left Egypt. It was the right time. God opened the door of opportunity. They did not leave Egypt wearing slave rags. They left as rich men.

Exodus 12:35-36, “…they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold things and clothing. (36) God saw to it that the Egyptians liked the people and so readily gave them what they asked for. Oh, yes. They picked those Egyptians clean.” The Message

 

October 21, 2019: Exodus 11-13.

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They Ripen Later

After church, we went to McDonald’s for lunch. I love their southwest salad.

They were out.

So, I ordered a Big Mac meal. (If I’m going to blow my diet, I might as well really blow it. Besides, David had already ordered 2 apple pies.)

My meal wasn’t ready. They asked us to pull forward. They were making the salads, too. I should have waited for the salad.

Exodus 9:31-32, “(The flax and the barley were ruined, for they were just ripening, (32) but the wheat and spelt weren’t hurt – they ripen later.)” The Message

These were not 10 plagues in 10 days. There were days, weeks, and possibly months between the plagues. The people did not suffer for only 1 day.

Everything takes more time than we think. But we are better off if we patiently wait.

October 20, 2019: Exodus 9-10.

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Your Brother Aaron

I enjoyed my day with my sister Cheryl. But I am not a night owl. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. I knew I could not function on four hours of sleep.

I had hives around my mouth. I took 2 Benadryl and went back to bed. I was in a Benadryl fog for the rest of the day.

It was worth it to have time with my little sister. I know God placed her in our family for a purpose. God gave Moses a brother for a specific purpose, too.

Exodus 7:1, “God told Moses, ‘Look at me. I’ll make you as a God to Pharaoh and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.'” The Message

October 19, 2019: Exodus 6-8.

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Moses Raised Another Objection

Cheryl picked me up at noon. She had the day off and wanted to take me to Des Moines for my birthday.

We decided to eat lunch in Oskaloosa. But both restaurants we chose were closed. We took the old highway to Pella.

I had the restaurant location on my phone but we missed it. We drove out of town and turned around. That’s when we saw the sign – “New Sharon.”

Wrong town.

We followed a 2-lane highway through the cornfields and came in on the northeast side of Pella. We found the restaurant.

It was closed.

We walked down 2 blocks to a Chinese restaurant for an afternoon lunch.

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Pella has an awesome second-hand store sponsored by “The Well.” We started in the back of the store and loaded up 2 carts. I bought Christmas items, housewares, jackets, and sweaters. We closed them down!

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Cheryl’s daughter Sam lives in Des Moines. Cheryl asked if I wanted to see where she lived.

Of course!

She was in the parking lot of the apartment. We made arrangements for her and her boyfriend to eat dinner with us. We had a leisurely Italian meal – complete with Tiramisu!

I didn’t estimate how long everything would take. We thought we would shop there but we were too late. We drove home and I climbed into bed at 1:00 a.m.

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I’m not a good navigator or scheduler but God uses me anyway. When things work out perfectly, I know it is God working! He uses our weaknesses. Moses is a perfect example.

Exodus 4:10, “Moses raised another objection to God: ‘Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.'” The Message

October 18, 2019: Exodus 3-5.

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They Organized Them into Work-Gangs

What if you knew something was going to happen to your grandchildren? Wouldn’t you warn your children?

Genesis 15:13, “God said to Abram, ‘Know this: your descendants will live as outsiders in a land not theirs; they’ll be enslaved and beaten down for 400 years.'” The Message

Abraham knew his descendants would become slaves. He warned Isaac and Jacob. This is why Jacob was afraid to go to Egypt. He knew his descendants would become slaves in a foreign land.

Genesis 46:3, “God said, ‘I am the God of your father. Don’t be afraid of going down to Egypt…'” The Message

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Exodus 1:11, “So they organized them into work-gangs and put them to hard labor under gang-foreman.” The Message

God told Abraham the future. It was not a future He planned for them. They chose to stay in the best land in Egypt, see Genesis 47:6.

They got comfortable and complacent. God knew they would. But His plan was for them to live in Canaan and eventually they did.

October 17, 2019: Genesis 49-50; Exodus 1-2.

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Live Off of That Salary

I don’t need more money, I need fewer expenses. When I spend more than our income, I am setting myself up to lose everything.

I believed I was on a bare-bones budget and then we took the Dave Ramsey course. In Financial Peace University, I realized that satellite TV was draining our money.

We canceled, paid to get out of our contract and bought 2 TV antennas. Each TV gets 8 channels. We have 2 Blu-Ray players and stream entertainment through them.

I recently found the free movies on youtube.com. I only have 1 or 2 nights a week to watch movies. My goal is to avoid any service with a monthly fee. I want to live within our means and keep our land!

Genesis 47:22, “…they received a fixed salary from Pharaoh and were able to live off of that salary. So they didn’t need to sell their land.” The Message

 

October 16, 2019: Genesis 46-48.

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