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BONUS DAY #147

I saw my mom at her nursing home today.  She didn’t know that I had celebrated my birthday.  She doesn’t remember the fun little fact that my brother John and I are the same age for six weeks every year.  She doesn’t have her memories but she is happy.  The people at her nursing home remark that she is a nice person.  I am happy that she can be happy where she is now.  I think about “every day is a bonus day” and wonder if there will be a time in my life that I don’t (or won’t) be able to realize that every day is a bonus day…..?  Like my mom….she doesn’t think in those terms at all.  She is happy, but doesn’t cognitively process the days like I am able to do.  It makes me thankful both for the situation she finds herself, but also in the situation I find myself.  Both ways are good because God is in control!

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #146

We spent the day in Des Moines, Iowa visiting with friends and family especially drawn there to see Tammy Swailes, currently serving in Ukraine.  We there to see her last year and she mentioned that I said we would be back in a couple of years, so it looks like next year at this time we will go that way.  Tammy is back for four months to share her ministry in Churches.  She was telling us about the terrible economic situation where the government of Ukraine can’t pay the $52 a month pension to the little widows because of the corruption in the Government.  (The last President ripped off millions of dollars and is in Russia).  Tammy’s church provides lunch for children and these widows and is going to try to stretch the food out a little more to provide for their needs.  It is always amazing to think about the hardship many people in the rest of the world endure.  We are so blessed in the United States.  We are blessed so much we need to be a blessing!

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #145

I reflected all day on my family.  It was so special having the family together to celebrate birthdays and our anniversary.  I know many families do it all the time, but our family lives so far apart it is difficult to get together.  I so appreciated the sacrifice and the effort of our sons to get the family together to celebrate our 40th anniversary.  Another birthday and another anniversary makes these bonus days so special!

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #144

Bonus Day #144 is a very special day–it is OUR 40th wedding anniversary.  Marceil has said a number of times (and some days a number of times in the day) that for a few days she wasn’t sure we would be able to celebrate 40 years together.  (Hence, BONUS DAYS ever since!)  I thought is would be important to mention our anniversary on this, my #144 Bonus Day–after all, it was Marceil who first mentioned the idea that “every day is a BONUS DAY.”  I am especially thankful for her, who she is, her beautiful spirit, and goodness to me.  She is special–very special.  Those of you who know her, know that too be true.  Here is an example–how many wives would let their husband bring home a 1921 cream separator and put it in the living room/office?                                                   (And even make it into a light)…

40TH ANNIVERSARY FOR BLOG POST

 

Cream Separator

BONUS DAY #143

Just before “drifting off” to sleep the other night, Marceil read Psalm 15 out loud to me.  (I put a quote around “drifting off” because that never really happens for me.  I have acute sleep apnea so I generally turn on the c-pap machine and just hope I can more like “conk out.”

Her purpose for reading the Psalm was to under-gird with Scripture a situation I faced down in Haiti a couple of months ago where a Church was charging 18% interest on a micro-loan fund that was meant to help middle age women.  I was confrontational with the leaders involved and they told me it was “cultural” to which I replied that you can’t call a “Scriptural issue” a “cultural issue” just because the Scripture doesn’t fit into your philosophy.  The Scriptures were not written in America….or in Haiti, but instead 2000 to 6000 years ago in a land 6000 miles from Haiti.

As I worked to break Psalm 15 down, there were so many things I thought I would take it point by point over the next couple of weeks and blog about them.

Let’s start with the entire passage and after the passage I will address it a concept at a time.  You will notice the introduction will have been “cut and pasted” day to day to give the background.

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

14th IDEA: (For previous ideas look at previous blog posts)

Here is the summary:

“WHOEVER DOES THESE THINGS WILL NEVER BE SHAKEN”  (WHAT THINGS?)

The “things” are the behaviors we have looked at over the previous 13 blogs that were “behaviors” of people who are going to Heaven when they die.  Traditionally, from a Christian perspective, those who receive Christ are going to Heaven.  True.  I believe it.  However, a “Christian” needs to follow Jesus teaching which includes the New as well as the Old Testament because Jesus said, “I don’t come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it.”  There are enough nuggets in Psalm 15 to make a list of the behaviors that you see in people going to Heaven when they die.

Behavior 1–from Bonus Day 132–“Consistently honest in all they do”

Behavior 2–from Bonus Day 133–“Intentional, habitual, and systematically, honest”

Behavior 3–from Bonus Day 134–“At his/her center is the desire for truth, stability and certainty”

Behavior 4–from Bonus Day 135–“Never use influence against others.  Use any influence FOR THE BENEFIT OF/FOR others”

Behavior 5–from Bonus Day 136–“Never do or say anything adverse or against others”

Behavior 6–from Bonus Day 137–“Never look down, talk down, condescend, or shame others”

Behavior 7–from Bonus Day 138–“Don’t ever put someone down”

Behavior 8–from Bonus Day 139–“Love God’s people”

Behavior 9–from Bonus Day 140–“Overcome addiction and stay delivered from it”

Behavior 10–from Bonus Day 141–“Don’t charge people interest or take advantage of those in need”

Behavior 11–from Bonus Day 142–“Don’t deceive, don’t mislead, don’t take advantage of others in any way”

IF YOU APPLY THESE BEHAVIORS TO YOUR LIFE YOU WILL NOT BE “SHAKEN UP!” (From Psalm 15:5)

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love (on my 59th birthday),

Marc

BONUS DAY #142

Just before “drifting off” to sleep the other night, Marceil read Psalm 15 out loud to me.  (I put a quote around “drifting off” because that never really happens for me.  I have acute sleep apnea so I generally turn on the c-pap machine and just hope I can more like “conk out.”

Her purpose for reading the Psalm was to under-gird with Scripture a situation I faced down in Haiti a couple of months ago where a Church was charging 18% interest on a micro-loan fund that was meant to help middle age women.  I was confrontational with the leaders involved and they told me it was “cultural” to which I replied that you can’t call a “Scriptural issue” a “cultural issue” just because the Scripture doesn’t fit into your philosophy.  The Scriptures were not written in America….or in Haiti, but instead 2000 to 6000 years ago in a land 6000 miles from Haiti.

As I worked to break Psalm 15 down, there were so many things I thought I would take it point by point over the next couple of weeks and blog about them.

Let’s start with the entire passage and after the passage I will address it a concept at a time.  You will notice the introduction will have been “cut and pasted” day to day to give the background.

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

13th IDEA:  (For previous ideas please look back at previous blog posts)

Question:  “What kind of behaviors do we see in people going to Heaven?”

Answer:  “Who does not accept a bribe against the innocent”–(Laqach, shachad, naqiy) means to take advantage of others.  People who are going to Heaven understand that God is in control.  Since God is in control, we don’t need to try to find an advantage over situations OR over people.  We also realize (from Jesus’ teachings) that the sun will shine on the just and unjust, and it will rain upon the righteous and the unrighteous.  People going to Heaven don’t take advantage, try to find advantage or use anything to advantage themselves or their own agenda.  

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #141

Just before “drifting off” to sleep the other night, Marceil read Psalm 15 out loud to me.  (I put a quote around “drifting off” because that never really happens for me.  I have acute sleep apnea so I generally turn on the c-pap machine and just hope I can more like “conk out.”

Her purpose for reading the Psalm was to under-gird with Scripture a situation I faced down in Haiti a couple of months ago where a Church was charging 18% interest on a micro-loan fund that was meant to help middle age women.  I was confrontational with the leaders involved and they told me it was “cultural” to which I replied that you can’t call a “Scriptural issue” a “cultural issue” just because the Scripture doesn’t fit into your philosophy.  The Scriptures were not written in America….or in Haiti, but instead 2000 to 6000 years ago in a land 6000 miles from Haiti.

As I worked to break Psalm 15 down, there were so many things I thought I would take it point by point over the next couple of weeks and blog about them.

Let’s start with the entire passage and after the passage I will address it a concept at a time.  You will notice the introduction will have been “cut and pasted” day to day to give the background.

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

12th IDEA (For the previous ideas look at previous blog posts)

Question:  “What kind of behaviors do we see in people going to Heaven?”

Answer: “Who lends money to the poor without interest”–(Neshek) means interest on a debt or loan.  People who are going to Heaven don’t charge poor people interest on a loan or put expectation on them that would create any kind of extra hardship.  The purpose for lending to a poor person is to give them a “hand up NOT a hand out.” Charging interest (even if it less interest than what others charge) is still (Neshek) or usury in the Biblical sense. 

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #140

Just before “drifting off” to sleep the other night, Marceil read Psalm 15 out loud to me.  (I put a quote around “drifting off” because that never really happens for me.  I have acute sleep apnea so I generally turn on the c-pap machine and just hope I can more like “conk out.”

Her purpose for reading the Psalm was to under-gird with Scripture a situation I faced down in Haiti a couple of months ago where a Church was charging 18% interest on a micro-loan fund that was meant to help middle age women.  I was confrontational with the leaders involved and they told me it was “cultural” to which I replied that you can’t call a “Scriptural issue” a “cultural issue” just because the Scripture doesn’t fit into your philosophy.  The Scriptures were not written in America….or in Haiti, but instead 2000 to 6000 years ago in a land 6000 miles from Haiti.

As I worked to break Psalm 15 down, there were so many things I thought I would take it point by point over the next couple of weeks and blog about them.

Let’s start with the entire passage and after the passage I will address it a concept at a time.  You will notice the introduction will have been “cut and pasted” day to day to give the background.

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

ELEVENTH IDEA:  (For previous ideas look back at previous blog posts)

Question: “What are the kinds of behaviors we see in people going to Heaven?”

Answer: “Who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind”–IS A POWERFUL CONCEPT FOR ANYONE STRUGGLING WITH ANY KIND OF ADDICTION.  “Keep an oath” (shaba) is an intense oath to hold on to (or let go of) something.  “Hurt” (ra’a) is the idea of spoiling your life–breaking your life into pieces.  The challenge is to CHANGE IT UP (muwr)–trade it; change it; dispose of it; altar it.  The combination of the Hebrew concepts brings us right into the realm of addiction.  The issue is NOT–“do you have a struggle?”–the issue is:  “Can you change it up with the help of God?”  NOW….WILL YOU CHANGE IT UP?  People going to Heaven understand the struggle with addiction and CHANGE IT UP.  

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #139

Just before “drifting off” to sleep the other night, Marceil read Psalm 15 out loud to me.  (I put a quote around “drifting off” because that never really happens for me.  I have acute sleep apnea so I generally turn on the c-pap machine and just hope I can more like “conk out.”

Her purpose for reading the Psalm was to under-gird with Scripture a situation I faced down in Haiti a couple of months ago where a Church was charging 18% interest on a micro-loan fund that was meant to help middle age women.  I was confrontational with the leaders involved and they told me it was “cultural” to which I replied that you can’t call a “Scriptural issue” a “cultural issue” just because the Scripture doesn’t fit into your philosophy.  The Scriptures were not written in America….or in Haiti, but instead 2000 to 6000 years ago in a land 6000 miles from Haiti.

As I worked to break Psalm 15 down, there were so many things I thought I would take it point by point over the next couple of weeks and blog about them.

Let’s start with the entire passage and after the passage I will address it a concept at a time.  You will notice the introduction will have been “cut and pasted” day to day to give the background.

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

TENTH IDEA (For the previous 9 go to previous blog posts)

Question:  “What kind of behaviors do we see in those people going to Heaven?”

Answer:  “Honor those who fear the Lord”–(Kabed–“honor”) means to feel a growing sense of warmth, affection and love.  The person going to Heaven loves God’s people.  

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc