Author: Bob Blum

The Expert

Ishbibenob, one of the sons of the giant, had a bronze spear weighing three hundred shekels. And he determined to kill David with a new sword he carried. But Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, came to his aid and struck the Philistine, and killed him.  2Sa 21:16-17 One thing we highly value in our society are the experts. They have been there, tried that, and finally come out successful. If only we could take advantage of their experience and save ourselves a lot of grief! Experts command a good return on their advice because it has often saved big...

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Father Abraham

THE CALLING OF ABRAHAM Gen 17:1-2  And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I WILL MAKE MY COVENANT BETWEEN ME AND THEE, and will multiply thee exceedingly. THE COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM Gen 17:5-7  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I WILL ESTABLISH MY COVENANT BETWEEN ME AND THEE AND THY SEED AFTER THEE in their generations for AN EVERLASTING COVENANT, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. CIRCUMCISION: A TOKEN OF THE COVENANT Gen 17:10  This is MY COVENANT, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be CIRCUMCISED. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and IT SHALL BE A TOKEN OF THE COVENANT BETWIXT ME AND YOU. THE COVENANT EXPLAINED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT Luke 1:70-75  As he [the Lord God of Israel] spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: that we should be saved from...

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When God set about to establish a nation that He could use to represent the heavenly family to the Gentile world, He chose to start with a family of 12 sons. Later, when the Messiah saw it was time for Him to begin teaching about the Good News of salvation, He chose to give special training to 12 men. These (for the greater part) would become His disciples to spread the Gospel of the kingdom to a hurting world. So it shouldn’t surprise us that when the Creator formed our bodies to be a representation of Himself to a...

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The Coach

And it happened after this there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbechai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was of the sons of the giant. 2Sa 21:18 There is another type of advisor we are attracted to, the Coach. The Expert is just that, an expert. It is pretty much up to us as to how we shall integrate his counsel. But the Coach is a step closer. He is a hands-on teacher—right there with us, watching every move, commending us when we perform well and advising us how to do this better and why...

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The Entertainer

And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines; where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew [Lahmi] the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.  2 Samuel 21:19  Mark Twain once said, “Before the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” Laughter does seem to be a powerful weapon against many stresses and pressures of life, and, some claim, even cancers[1]. It, laughter therapists say, is the human gift for coping[2] and sometimes even survival. But laughter is only the skin. The real tonic is called the “feel-good...

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