Friday, May 31, 2013

Photo For 06/01/2013


Some miniature double columbines on our back deck…

Points To Poder 06/01/2013

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POINTS TO PONDER:
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As we grow older our bodies get shorter and our stories get longer.
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BIBLE QUIZ: 
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 11:1ff)

. . . And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David . . . 

David should have went out to battle with his men but instead he . . . . . . . ?
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Photo For 05/31/2013

 
Our last photo of Como, Colorado. The picture is of my grandmother and my aunt at Como in 1913. My dad had not been born yet.

Points To Ponder 05/31/2013

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God has a purpose behind every problem. - Rick Warren
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 10:1ff)

. . . And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. Then said David, I will show kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon. And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, do you think that David is honoring your father, that he has sent comforters unto you? Has not David rather sent his servants unto you, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it? Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and . . . .

What did Hanun do to the servants of David?
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Photo For 05/30/2013


Yet another view of a fox kit… Actually this is the last picture of the foxes for now as they have moved across the street.

Points To Ponder 05/30/2013

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You cannot shake hands with a clinched fist.  - Golda Meir (Former Prime Minister of Israel)
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 9:5ff)

. . . Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo'debar. Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and you shall eat __________ at my _________ continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am? Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. You therefore, and your sons, and your servants, shall till the land for him, and you shall bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth your master's son shall eat _________ always at my ____________. . .

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Photo For 05/29/2013


A view of what’s left of the round house at Como, Colorado…There used to be a lot more but the wooden sections burnt down in the 30’s..

Points To Ponder 05/29/2013

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Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.  - St Francis of Assisi
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BIBLE QUIZ: 
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 9:1ff)

. . . And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is _________ on his feet. And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lo'debar. Then King David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo'debar. Now when _________________, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence! . . . 
 
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Photo For 05/28/2013


A fox kit playing in our Vinca Vines……

Points To Ponder 05/28/2013

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At some time each of us has exalted someone to a place where only God belonged. - Beth Moore
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 7:5ff)

. . . Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? Now therefore so shall you say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: And I was with you where ever you, and have cut off all your enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD . . . 

Since David was not allowed to build a house (temple) for the Lord…who ended up building it?
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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Photo For 05/27/2013


Old store at Como that has been turned into a residence…

Points To Ponder 05/27/2013

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Did it ever occur to you that nothing occurs to God?
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 7:1ff)

. . . And it came to pass, when the king (David) sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains. And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee. And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, . . .

What was the word of the LORD that came unto Nathan the prophet?
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Photo For 05/26/2013


Fox kit in our backyard…

Points To Ponder 05/26/2013

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Learning from the mistakes of others is the essence of wisdom. Beth Moore
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 6:16ff)

. . . And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart. And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts. And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.

Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honor. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul ……………

What happened to Michal because she made fun of David’s “Dancing before the Lord”?
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Photo For 05/25/2013

Church at Como, Colorado…

Points To Ponder For 05/25/2013

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A good home must be made, not bought.
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 6:14ff)

. . . And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she . . . . .

What was Michal’s response when she saw her husband, King David, “leaping and dancing before the Lord”?
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Photo For 05/24/2013


In this photo a fox kit is about eight inches from our window. He saw our dog Westley and since Westley is roughly the color of a fox perhaps the kit thought it was one of his parents and he put his paw up to the window…Of course Westley went crazy…but Vicki got this shot before the kit ran off…

Point To Ponder 05/24/2013


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God never gives the strength we need in advance. It arrives at just the moment we need it. It's our Daily Bread, not weekly. - Pastor Rick Warren
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BIBLE QUIZ: 
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 6:12ff)

. . . And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness. And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. And David ____________ before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

What did David do “before” the Lord?
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Photo For 05/23/2013


The school (now a Civic Center) at Como, Colorado…

Points To Ponder 05/23/2013

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Experiencing the peace of God should not be an infrequent surprise but an ongoing rule in our lives.
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 6:6ff)

. . . And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day. And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me? So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the _______ ________ the Gittite. .  

What did David do with the ark of God after the death of Uzzah? How long did it remain there?
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Photo For 05/22/2103


A “Three Legged” fox on a fence post in our backyard…Actually the fourth leg is there but mostly hidden under its tail… :0) Photo by Vicki Morse….

Points To Ponder 05/22/2013

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If you have the attitude of a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 6:1ff)

. . . Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwells between the cherubim’s. And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And . . . . 

What happened to Uzzah when he put his hand out to steady the ark of God?
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Photo For 05/21/2013


Another shot at Como, Colorado…

Points To Ponder 05/21/2013

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We can believe in Christ for salvation in a matter of seconds and yet spend the rest of our days believing Him for little more. Beth Moore
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 5:17ff)

. . . But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold. The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? Will you deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand. And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim. And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them. And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. And when David inquired of the LORD, He said, "You shall not go directly up; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees. "And it shall be, when you hear the sound of  . . . 

What was the sound David was to listen for?
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Photo For 05/20/2013


The mama red fox (vixen) walking the rail on our six foot fence while keeping an eye on her three kits.

Points To Ponder 05/20/2013


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Your right to believe anything does not mean anything you believe is right. - Pastor Rick Warren
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Old Testament/Stories of David (II Samuel 5:13ff)

. . . And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David. And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem; ____________, and ________, and _________, and ____________, Ibhar also, and _________, and Nepheg, and ___________, And Elishama, and __________, and Eliphalet.

Fill in the blanks with the names of those born to David in Jerusalem?

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Photo For 05/19/2013


A couple of horses high tailing it at Como, Colorado…

Points To Ponder 05/19/2013

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It's my business to do God's Business, and it's His Business to take care of my business.
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Old Testament/Stories of Samuel, Saul and David (II Samuel 5:5ff)

. . . At Hebron he (David) reigned over Judah ________ years and ______ months, and in Jerusalem he reigned _____________ years over all Israel and Judah. Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, "You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame shall turn you away"; thinking, "David cannot enter here." Nevertheless, David captured the stronghold of Zion, that is the city of David. And David said on that day, "Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him reach the lame and the blind, who are hated by David's soul, through the water tunnel." Therefore they say, "The blind or the lame shall not come into the house." So David lived in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built all around from the Millo and inward. And David became greater and greater, for the LORD God of hosts was with him. Then Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David with  . . . . .

What did Hiram king of Tyre send to David?
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Photo For 05/18/2013


Mama fox in our backyard….resting while the kits play…

Points To Ponder 05/18/2013

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The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
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Old Testament/Stories of Samuel, Saul and David (II Samuel 5:1ff)

. . . Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one that led us out and brought in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, You shall feed my people Israel, and you shall be a captain over Israel. So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel. David was _________ years old when he began to reign, and he reigned __________ years.

How old was David when he began to reign? How many years did he reign?
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Photo For 05/17/2013


Bazar yard decoration in a yard at Como, Colorado….

Points To Ponder 05/17/2013

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Virtue does not always demand a heavy sacrifice- only the willingness to make it when necessary - Frederick Dunn
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BIBLE QUIZ: 
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Old Testament/Stories of Samuel, Saul and David (II Samuel 4:4ff)

. . . And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon. And they came into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night. And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought you life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed. And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity . . . . . .


What was the reward that David gave to Rechab and Baanah for slaying Ishbosheth the son of Saul?
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Photo For 05/16/2013


A red fox vixen in our neighbor’s driveway…Photo by Vicki Morse…

Points To Ponder 05/16/2013

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God wants my trust, not my advice. - Pastor Rick Warren
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Old Testament/Stories of Samuel, Saul and David (II Samuel 4:1ff)

. . . And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled. And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin: And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.) And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was __________________.

What was the name of Jonathan’s son who became lame in his feet?
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Photo For 05/15/2013

An old wagon at Como, Colorado…

Points To Ponder 05/15/2013

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Economy is half the battle of life; it is not so hard to earn money as to spend it wisely. - Charles H. Spurgeon
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BIBLE QUIZ: 
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Old Testament/Stories of Samuel, Saul and David (II Samuel 3:17ff)

. . .And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, You sought for David in times past to be king over you: Now then do it: for the LORD hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies. And Abner also spake in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin. So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast. And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and that you may reign over all that your heart desires. And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.

And, Behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a troop, and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not with David in Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in peace. When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace. Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done? behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is quite gone? You know Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive you, and to know your going out and thy coming in, and to know all that you do. And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not. And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and  . . . .

What were Joab’s words to Abner?
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Photo For 05/14/2013


Vicki snapped this photo of a fox vixen who was taking a break from her kits in our backyard last Sunday…

Points To Ponder 05/14/2013

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The best thing you can give someone is an introduction to Jesus.
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Old Testament/Stories of Samuel, Saul and David (II Samuel 3:6ff)

. . . And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul. And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ishbosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father's concubine? Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and said, Am I a dog's head, which against Judah do shew kindness this day unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David, that you charge me to day with a fault concerning this woman? So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I do to him; To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba. And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.

And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the land? Saying also, Make thy league with me, and, behold, my hand shall be with you, to bring about all Israel unto thee. And David said, I will make a league with you: but one thing I require of you, that is .  

What was the one thing David required form Abner?
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Photo For 05/13/2013


The freight depot at Como, Colorado.… The narrow gauge rails were pulled from Como in 1939.

Points To Ponder 05/13/2013

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We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give. - Douglas M. Lawson
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Old Testament/Stories of Samuel, Saul and David (II Samuel 3:1ff)

. . . Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker. And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was ______________, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; And his second, __________, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, __________ the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; And the fourth, ____________ the son of Haggith; and the fifth, ___________ the son of Abital; And the sixth,_____________, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron.. . . . .

Name the sons born to David in Hebron.
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