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Example

If you are the older child in a family, you probably heard several times from your parents how you were to be an example to your younger brothers or sisters. You were older, "know the ropes," and you were to be someone they could look up to, to be the example they could follow after. This was to be true of your parents also. They were to be examples however sometimes their response to this was, "do what I say, not what I do."   Peter spoke of the challenge of a personal testimony in suffering and said, "…if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps." (1 Peter 2:20-21) Here we see that our long past Savior was our example in how to walk through suffering. Peter said in verse 19 that we are able to bear up under suffering because we are "conscious of God." We understand that He is aware and beside…

Real Thanks

This is the day. People who don't thank very much become thankful on this day. We attend groups where everyone says what they are "thankful" for and it includes jobs, family, and good health. But what should you really be thankful for not just today but every day? Peter, frustrated several times while being discipled by Jesus, said, "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." (1 Peter 1:18-19) What kind of perishable things will you be thankful for today? Can silver and gold, which is not very perishable but considered in that category, be something you are thankful for today? How about your way of life, is it an "empty way of life" and yet you will be thankful for that today? There is nothing you can be more grateful for than redemption through the blood …

Palms and Cherubim

Palms and Cherubim  Ezekiel had a great vision about forty years into the captivity that gave to him a blueprint for the Temple which lay totally destroyed in Jerusalem. This would be essential to Ezra who would begin rebuilding it after his release from captivity thirty years later. In the midst of the massive amount of measurements and descriptions related to the Temple is this phrase, "from the floor to the area above the entrance, cherubim and palm trees were carved on the wall of the outer sanctuary." (Ezekiel 41:20)  In the wood of the walls artists had carved alternating rows of cherubim and palm trees. Knowing that God does not choose images without some significance, what do these imply? Cherubim are the highest created spirit beings in heaven and are defenders and protectors of God's holiness from pollution. They are "overshadowers" or guardians of the throne (Revelation 4:6-9), that's why cherubim were placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden…