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Genesis: in the beginning…

Book #1

55 chapters

Genesis is the foundation on which the remaining sixty-five books of the Bible are built. 

The purpose of Genesis is to trace the beginnings of history.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And so it begins…

The book of beginnings: of sin and its disastrous effects, of humanity, and of God’s plan to restore the world through His chosen people, the Israelites. Genesis covers the creation and fall, the descendants of Adam and Eve, the flood, the tower of Babel, Abraham’s call, right down to Joseph’s death. In short, it is about creation, fall, and redemption.

Genesis is intended to be read as an account of the family history of the Hebrew people. “This is the account of” (Hebrew elleh toledoth) occurs eleven times in the book. These accounts include family histories and family genealogy. The first section (1:1-2:3) does not have the elleh toledoth heading given that it’s the account of the creation.

Moses is attributed as the writer of the Pentateuch or Torah (Genesis to Deuteronomy) by both Scripture and historians. His intimate communion with God gave him the spiritual understanding to write God’s Word. Yes, regardless of what non-believers might say, the Bible is God’s inspired Word. Had it not been for God, we wouldn’t have had this spiritual guide.

The book is a source of instruction and edification. We’re going to explore blessings and curses, good and evil, God’s plan, Israel, and why it’s important to be faithful to your heavenly Father.

Do you have your Bible in front of you? Good. Open it with me to Genesis 1.

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THE CREATION

Scripture in focus: Genesis 1

Science asks: Who created the world? Where did it come from? How did it come about? What is the age of the earth? When did humans first come into existence? How were they created?

Instead of relying on Science, you can find the answers in the Bible. Genesis 1 does not offer any clues to the age of the earth for the Divine Designer does not have to account for everything under the blazing sun. Who are we puny beings to question His Supremacy?

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Gen 1:1) so begins Genesis and a key question is already answered: WHO created the world? No beating around the bush there. This cements and affirms God’s role in creation. The earth was formless (Gen 1:2) before God’s master plan to fill that was empty.

Let us take a closer look at the six days of creation:

DAY 1: Light & Darkness 1:3-5

DAY 2: Sky & Waters (the Firmament of Heaven) 1:6-8

DAY 3: Land (Earth), Sea & Vegetation 1:9-13

DAY 4: The Sun, the Moon & the Stars (Lights in the Firmament of Heaven) 1:14-19

DAY 5: Fish, Fowl, Beasts & Cattle 1:20-25

DAY 6: Man in the image of God & Animals 1:26-31

I marvel at His creation.

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With light (day and night), God fills it with the sun, moon, and stars, thus creating TIME, something we take for granted. With the waters above (rain) and waters below (seas, rivers, lakes etc.), God fills it with birds and fishes thus creating WEATHER. Isn’t He amazing? He then fills the dry land (Earth) and vegetation with land animals thus creating AGRICULTURE.

But of all the beautiful creations, only one was created in the Father’s likeness: Man (1:26-27). At each stage, God declares His work “good” so next, we’ll look at the seventh day on which God rested after creating the world in six days and how it ties into mankind serving Him.

FUN FACT: God is the only name mentioned 30 times in Genesis 1.

END NOTE: We’re not clones or replicas of God. We were created in His images and likeness to worship Him. Although God is all-knowing, holy, perfect and all-powerful, we share certain common characteristics with Him: emotions, spirituality, and communication. 

ALSO NOTE: I’ll like to know in the comments down below, if you prefer this method or if you’ll prefer an overall summary. Also, let me know if this method is too slow or if it’s okay. Until next time, God bless and keep you.

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“Pray for one another”

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 5:16

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Intercessory prayer is the act of praying on behalf of others. Too often when we pray, we neglect to pray for others. We’re supposed to pray for the sick, family, friends, those in authority, ministers, the misled, enemies, the broken-hearted, the grieving, those who persecute us, our country etc. 

In Acts 12:5, the church interceded and prayed for Peter when he was kept in prison. In Colossians 4:2-3, Paul urged the Colossians to pray for him. Daniel 9 is a beautiful model of intercessory prayer in which he prayed for his people.

Prayer is our communication with our Father and prayer moves Him. It brings Him to our rescue. 

This reminder was written to remind you that you need to take time to pray not only for yourselves but for others. God bless.

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Bible’s Most Asked Questions #2: Who cut Samson’s hair?

Samson and Delilah could’ve been a beautiful epic romantic story for the ages, had Delila felt the same way love-stricken Samson felt about her. Talk about unrequited love to the max!

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The strongest man who ever lived was a Nazirite* who possessed great strength. His source of weakness was Delilah, a cunning and deceitful Philistine woman who used her powers of deception and seduction to wear down and eventually destroy Samson.

The chief of the Philistines saw that Samson had a schoolboy crush on the beautiful Delilah and recruited her to find the source of his strength. After three failed attempts, Samson finally gave in and spilled that the secret of his superhuman strength was in his beautiful locks. Hair has always been a symbol of beauty and power in the Bible and I’ll love to look into hair sometime in the near future.

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Upon realizing that Samson spilled his heart to her, she put him to sleep on her lap and the seven locks of his hair were shaved off, thus making him weak and subdued. But who cut his hair? Many people argued that it was Delilah because he was sleeping on her lap when his hair was cut. Let’s consult our Bible:

After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.

Judges 16:19 (NIV)

So it was not Delilah, but a co-conspirator who cut Samson’s hair. I remember some people arguing that it was Delilah who performed the big chop because of some Hollywood movie they had watched.

Don’t let the devil cheat you of your victory like he cheated Samson. Keep your eyes on God. 

*A Nazarite is an Israelite who was consecrated to the service of God and took on the vow prescribed in Numbers 6:2-21. The Nazarite’s vow included abstinence from alcohol, forbearance from cutting the hair off the head, and avoidance of contact with the dead.

When the period of the vow came to an end, the Nazarite will then present himself at the door of the sanctuary with 3 animals: a he-lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, a ewe lamb of the first year for a sin offering, and a ram for a peace offering. After the priest accepted these sacrifices, the Nazarite then cut off his hair at the door and threw it into the fire under the peace offering.

A Nazarite’s vow lasted only 30 to 100 days, but they were left at liberty to fix his own time. Only 3 men mentioned in Scripture were Nazarites for life: Samson (Judges 13:4-5), Samuel (1 Samuel 1:11), and John the Baptist (Luke 1:15).

Sources: The KJV Bible and the Easton Bible Dictionary.

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Bring it on, février!

This post is late, but I’m here now. 🙂

It’s February!

Last month I said that I was not going to do any more monthly planning, but I have a few ideas that I want to work on this month:

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* Look back at my 2017 blogging journey. I tried to do so last month, but things just kept coming up. 

* I want to talk about languages (and cultures) this month and what they’ve taught me.

* Begin the Bible study series. I am still sorting out my notes. 

* Book and movie reviews. 

I can’t wait to share my new content with you! 🙂

Challenge for février

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I’m a day late, so I’m going to catch up now. I’ve been wanting to do this challenge for a long time ever since I came across it on Pinterest.

Blessed février to all.

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“Have you ever seen the devil face to face?”

Short Story #22
My first Christian Fiction.
Well, sort of.

“God does take too long to answer prayers,” he fussed behind the now frowning Frenchman in the coffee line. “Maybe if I see the face of God, I’ll believe in Him. It must be easier to believe in the devil.”

That was it.

Marcus turns to look at the grumbling man behind him. The man’s face was beaten with weathered lines crisscrossing from the left to right, a visible scar on the chin. He wore a baseball jersey tucked neatly into black dress pants, his hair unkempt.

“Have you ever seen the devil face to face?” Marcus calmly asked.

The man scrutinized him with hard cold blue eyes. “No, but…”

“Did the devil ever came to you in the flesh and proclaim, “Here, I am, Satan, Lord of Darkness now believe?” Did he died for your sins?”

“Are you crazy?”

Marcus didn’t let the petty insult faze him. “The same faith that you instill in a wicked being without seeing him face to face, why can’t you instill that faith in the Most High above?”

He had the attention of the people and the barista now.

“We might have seen depictions of what the devil looks like, but he did not offer you eternal life. It is easier to believe in the devil because entertainment tells you to given that it’s there for a distraction. That’s why it’s hard for you to believe that a Higher Force exists. 

“Who do you think created nature? Man? Where do you think your talent comes from? What is that little blessing called? A miracle and the devil cannot bless you with one. What he does is lie to you and provide a temporary relief to your living situations. Don’t let the wickedness of this world deceive you. Just as it is easy for you to believe that the devil exists, then, it is easy for you to believe that God does indeed exist. Now, if you excuse me, I have a coffee to purchase. Have a blessed day.”

The man stood daunted for a while coming to grip with what had just taken place. Maybe the Frenchman was right. Maybe he needed to reevaluate his perspective on life and have a little faith sometimes.

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I really wanted to post a new story today. Although I have tons of new material, I am not ready to share them as yet. I found this one while going through a notebook. It was written last year, but I never got around to typing it up until now. I don’t write Christian Fiction so this was a pleasant surprise when I first scribbled down the words on paper and it takes place in a coffee shop. I look forward to writing more stories such as these. 

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30 days of gratitude: Days 22-24

Day 22: What story are you grateful for?

The birth of our Savior. 💙

Had Jesus Christ not come into this ungrateful world to save us, the world would’ve been a lost cause. Thank you, God!

Day 23: What tradition are you grateful for?

Sister Day in which my sisters and I choose a day to do something fun. The last thing we did on Sister Day was to complete a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle.

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Day 24: What challenge are you grateful for?

The challenge of trying to do the right thing in a world where wrongdoing is king.

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Phobia Challenge: S

A few more letters and it’s over!

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Samhainophobia – Fear of Halloween

Satanophobia – Fear of satan

Scabiophobia – Fear of scabies

Scelerophobia – Fear of criminals

Sciophobia – Fear of shadows

Scoleciphobia – Fear of worms (esp. parasitic worms)

Scolionophobia – Fear of school

Scopophobia/Scoptophobia – Fear of being seen or stared at

Scotophobia – Fear of darkness

Scriptophobia – Fear of writing in public

Selaphobia – Fear of light flashes

Selenophobia – Fear of the moon/darkness on a moonless night

Sesquipedalophobia – Fear of long words

Sexophobia – Fear of the opposite sex

Siderophobia – Fear of stars

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Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you…

Sinophobia – Fear of Chinese/Chinese culture

Sitiophobia – Fear of food/eating

Soceraphobia – Fear of parents-in-law

Social Phobia – Fear of society/people

Somniphobia – Fear of sleep

Sophophobia – Fear of learning

Soteriophobia – Fear of dependence on others

Spacephobia – Fear of outer space

Spectrophobia – Fear of specters/ghosts

Spheksophobia – Fear of wasps

Stigiophobia/Stygiophobia – Fear of hell

Suriphobia – Fear of mice

Symbolophobia – Fear of symbolism

Syngenesophobia – Fear of relatives

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Thursday Ten: Languages

My mother tongue is English, but I love tasting different languages. 

Learning a new language takes time, effort, and determination, but it’s something that I can’t seem to commit to. Yes, I have commitment issues. Today, I’m going to talk about 10 languages I like, love, or has/have/had an impact on me at some point in my life. I am not fully fluent in any of them, though, but one day, I’ll love to be in a few especially from 6-1.

Ooh, boy, this post looks like it’s going to be lengthy. 

10. German

This language is not for me although I can say good morning, hello, a few other greetings and “God is love” in German.

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Ich spreche nicht gut Deutsch. Yeah, I don’t speak German very well. 

09. Dutch

When I was working at Vie de France, there was a former model working with us and she spoke Dutch thanks to some of her modeling years living in the Netherlands. She taught me how to count in the language and introduced me to some basic phrases. Dutch is one of the languages closest to English while being in the same family as German. 

Now whenever I think of the Dutch, I automatically go back in time to when Robin Van Persie scored that screaming stunner on Spain.

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Ah, good times! I look forward to the World Cup this year.

08. ASL

One day, I sat down to write a story about a boy and a girl, but the boy was deaf. I might have spoken about Jai and Diana at some point here last year during the NaNo period. Anyway, Jai being deaf made me look into ASL although I was interested in it before, but never quite got into it until now.

I am currently learning how to sign. I’m supposed to be practicing with an Instagram friend, but your girl doesn’t do Skype. So meet my teacher:

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He basically taught me how to say nice to meet someone…

…how to say no…

…and how to say hello with such enthusiasm:

I think it’s beautiful and this is one language that I’ll love to be fluent in. I try to keep up with my learning on Duolingo by using their flashcards. 

07. Spanish

A pretty cool language and I understand many phrases although I may not know how to pronounce them despite having Spanish in the family (most of them are from Venezuela). 

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However, I have no passion to learn this language. When I was in junior secondary school, my Spanish teacher showed no interest in teaching it. She mostly skipped the class with an excuse. When I got to Secondary school, I was the one making up excuses to skip the Spanish class because I wanted to take French, but there was a mix-up and I ended up in the Spanish class with another teacher who was not on fire when it comes to teaching it. 😒

06. Romanian

I love this language! My love for this language began when I started adding diversity to my character pool. I learned some basic phrases here and there, but not enough to get me around any Romanian town! 😆

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My interest in this language was renewed when I discovered the Dobre twins YouTube channel. Their mom is Romanian, they speak the language sometimes when they communicate with their non-English speaking grandma and the comment section is always lit with the language. 

Dați like dacă sănteți romăni.

05. Japanese

Konichiwa!

I blame Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters for this.

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I was never interested in anime before (or after) Yu-Gi so when I came across this one, it was a rather pleasant delightful way to pass time. Eventually, I watched the series in Japanese and I picked up a few things such as one should mainly use “moshi moshi” when answering the telephone. It loosely translates to “speaking, speaking” or “I say, I say”. If you can’t hear the person clearly on the other end, you can ask, moshi moshi kikoemasuka? (Hello, can you hear me?). I also learn that one must not use moshi moshi off the phone too much unless you want to get someone’s attention. You can also answer the phone by saying hai (yes).

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Another thing I learned is that Japan loves their karaoke so don’t be surprised if your Japanese friend asks “Karoake ikanai?” Overall, I love this language and I hope to pick it back up soon. 

04. Hindi

This language moves me!

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And I’m so happy that it exists!

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I learned some Hindi from watching Bollywood movies in my childhood. I can sing ‘Malhari’ in Hindi although I haven’t watched the movie (Bajirao Mastani) to date. The language still appeals to me today and I hope to get serious about it one day. 

03. Greek

Ya! I am currently learning this beautiful and poetic language. I feel so calm whenever I listen to someone speak it.

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I mean, look at these beautiful words: Kalimera, Kalispera, and Kalinihta. *sighs* What’s not to love? 

02. Italian

This is the world’s tastiest language! They make everything sound tasty. Even the word keyboard is tasty: tastiera. I could hug this beautiful language tight and never let it go.

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Once I become fluent in it, I’ll be like…

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I’m currently learning the alphabet. 

01. French

I have to leave the best for last. This language is downright the most beautiful, most romantic, and sensual thing that I’ve ever heard and it pleases my ears whenever I hear it being spoken.

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There’s a reason why almost all of my characters are French or why most of my stories are set in France. I won’t go into the language in detail for we’ll be here for a long time, but I’ll be starting French Fridays soon, so stay tuned.

Okay, over to you now. What’s your mother tongue and what other languages can you speak, want to speak or simply excite you?

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