Iniquities overwhelm me; only You can atone for our rebellions.

~Psalm 65:3, CSB


God had only one Son without sin but He has no sons without suffering.


I cease to be amazed in by daily bible reading as I read through new and unfamiliar translations. I declare, I see things I have never seen although I have read the bible through several times. Psalm 65:3 really got my attention yesterday. David uses two of the three Hebrew words for sin. Iniquity which Jack Taylor said is an ‘I’ word for sin; it means twisted or perverted. It is linked to our depravity. For example: no red blooded man questions the absolute beauty of the female body but we have a tendency to pervert and twist this beauty into something sorted and profane. It is a gift we humans have. We take things God created for good and we twist them and make them bad. By the way, the Hebrew word for iniquity is ‘avon, like in cosmetics. Iniquity is also associated with guilt and shame. The CSB translates pesha` {willful transgression} as rebellion which is exactly right. When we know what is right and we choose to do what is wrong, that is transgression or rebellion. There are a lot of things that get me down but I don’t think any are greater than my own sin. People around me are suffering and I know that our suffering is related to our sin and our bad choices. I have no clue as to why some seem to suffer more than others because we have all sinned and we all deserve death and hell.

The word ‘overwhelm’ is a fitting word for me. I stopped at verse 3, read it a second time and tears began flooding my cheeks as my emotions swelled within. It was the perfect word for me: I was overwhelmed by my sin, guilt and failure. When this happens there is only one thing to do: confess it and give it to Jesus. I’m just thankful, He loves me enough to take it.

  • Well, praise God from whom all blessing flow, we got another good rain at 1120 Iron Man. I hope everyone is getting rain, at least everyone around here. God is good.
  • Headed to Athens today for a COLS. One of the widows I visit on Christmas Eve was promoted. Two have departed since my visits last Christmas. Please continue to pray for Amanda {Jeremy’s baby sister}.
  • Big Mama and I hope to do a day trip either Thursday or Friday. Lord willing, we are going back to Etridge, Tennessee, to the Amish farms.

To Walk Or Not To Walk: That Is The Question

By Bobby of L.A.

Walking and exercise could enable your body to out live your mind. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 years in a nursing at the cost of $7000 per month. My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60 and we have not heard from him since. He’s 97 now and we don’t know where in heck he is. I like long walks,     especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. {Big Mama hears heavy breathing every day} Honestly, If I was going to walk, I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing {amen}. I joined a health club last year, Spent about $400 bucks and I haven’t lost a single pound. I didn’t read the fine print, someone told me you have go to the gym for it to work. Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise’, I wash my mouth out with Oreo lemon thins and diet Dr. Pepper. The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they’ll say, ‘Well, he sure looks good doesn’t he.’ If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country. I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years–jumping to conclusions, running the democrats down, going off the deep end and pushing my luck. I used up all my energy years ago when I was getting over the hill. We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads. I don’t have a fat problem but I do have excessive fluid. Every time I start thinking too much about how I look, I get me another pack of Oreo Lemon Cookies and watch a James Bond movie. It works for me.

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