Leviticus study

This is an on-going study of Leviticus.  This is the third book of the Old Testament.   After finishing up a several month study.  I felt the prompt to study the saying from Jesus.  I didn’t come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.  (Matthew 5:17)  The portion of Jesus words is “fulfill it” intrigues me.  I want to understand this statement better.   I’ll be updating or posting more.  Here is my study material besides reading scripture directly.

Chuck Swindoll two part Leviticus sermons

Easy English commentary by Gordon Churchyard

 

I’ve also learned early on a study of Hebrews should compliment a study of Leviticus.  So…I’ll be studying this as well.

Stay tuned!

Steve

Serving where we are called, listening to the spirit and saying NO.

 

Are you serving in the right ministry? Are you burnout? Do you feel guilty?  Having a hard time changing?  People serving in a church or community seek some type of validation or satisfaction for their efforts.   When we are unsure where we belong, we hesitant to commit. 

Ive been serving at my local church in a variety of volunteer positions.  This includes different leadership, some experienced, some it was their first ministry.  Regardless of the assignment, there is uncertainty during transitions.   Im no expert and the longer I serve, the less Ill declare any knowledge of whats the right approach as a lay person.

During last couple of years, Ive primarily did personal studies in the Old Testament, mainly minor prophets.  The perspective and examples given by each of these prophets is amazing and worth studying.   I do my best where Im called.  Sometimes my passion gets the best of me and the spirit needs to slow me down.  

For years, Ive prayed for direction and with my recent change of seasons in life ( all my kids graduated from High School).  My free time increased allowing for flexibility in serving.  The Lord called me to help in Childrens ministry.  Regardless of the call, serving in the ministry or position the Spirit has led you is rewarding.  I dont know how long Ill serve or help where Im called.  When its time to move on, either a different ministry or church, all I ask is God makes it clear. 

Whats the point of serving?  One of the main reasons is gets the focus off ourselves and onto others.   The current book Im serving, Ezekiel was called to the Lords voice to his people during some tough times, Israel had fallen away from following God and Jerusalem was being destroyed for the rebellion.   During this time, God kept Ezekiel quiet for 7 years, (YES 7 YEARS).   As we serve, I draw on scripture for strength and examples.   When seasons of life change and we get a discontent or unsure of our call.  Look at examples in scripture.   There are other examples such as Joseph in Genesis 39, 40.   Paul in Jail and singing (yes singing).   As we hopefully get more wisdom in our older years, we look at examples in scripture to help guide us and have patience, in things we do.  

NOW, to address NO in the title.  We cant be afraid to say no when seeking to serve.   I encourage people to try different things, dont be afraid to fail and move around.   Try different churches, worship styles and find your church home. 

How big are chains when we ask God to break them?

I was praying recently for a few various people, including some of my own asks. I got this incredible picture of a chain that I couldn’t get out of my mind. Have you ever tried to find a picture to describe what you are seeing in your mind. Here is a sample, notice the guy looks very small compared to the chains. I’m sure the chains we have acquired in the spiritual realm are much larger, but you get the idea. The good thing, God can break chains this big or even bigger!

In Luke 4:18, Luke talks about “..Set the captives free..”. Since we are born with a sin nature. We inherently have chains based on that nature. Jesus was in Heaven, came as a baby and became an adult to spread his ministry. Part of this was suffering a criminal’s death and died on the Cross. He provided everyone a way to re-establish a connection or “chain” connected to the father.

Keto – First 28 days

This post covers my first 28 days of eating differently using Keto.  I almost hate to say it’s a diet although when you search the web for Keto.  The term Keto Diet will appear frequently.  What is Keto?   I’ll borrow the definition from Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketogenic_diet  “The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet”. 

“Steve why are you dieting?” some people have asked.  You seem fit, not overweight and look healthy.  When I started in middle of April 2018, my weight was 215.2.  I’m not a person who was overweight like other examples found on the web.  I was pleasantly plump although my weight was creeping up.   My clothes were starting to get a bit tight.

I went to the DR for my six-month checkup for high blood pressure medicine.  I was feeling some discomfort in my mid-section where I previously had double hernia surgery.  The DR checked me out and the hernias were still solid (good news!).  Getting the mid-section checked was a bit uncomfortable, but anyway. I contributed the discomfort to potentially my pants being a bit tight 😊

I’m not sure how it all happened but an answered prayer somehow got my wife also doing Keto.  For the guys reading this who don’t cook and wanting to lose some weight, for me at least it took my wife to adopt a different way of eating.  The meal planning primarily is done by my wife (ok…99.9999%) by her.

This was a blessing although I wanted to participate in cooking and not make her feel the burden was totally on her.   I’ve at least tried to help cook, chop, grill or do dishes.  Try is the best advice.  When you sit down from a day at work and your wife (girlfriend or significant other) is preparing the meal, ask how you can help?! Take care of the kids, chop some onions (they make you cry), take care of some laundry.  Yes, take care of some laundry.  I found out after 30 years of marriage how my wife wants her clothes in the closet.  Better late than never!

The first week, I went from 215.2 to 207.5.  I’m like YIPPEE!  Although later to learn how our body normally uses sugar for energy.  One of Keto’s benefits once the body has exhausted extra sugar, it’ll naturally start using fat for energy.  The Lord is sneaky, he developed a natural way to help us burn fat!

The body can only store a couple days of energy through sugar then starts to pull energy out of your muscles.  I read that somewhere and what I learned from that is, DRINK WATER!.  After a few days I felt a little sluggish and only to realize I was feeling dehydrated.  Some call this Keto flu when you feel bad, headaches can happen as well. https://blog.kettleandfire.com/keto-flu/

Before starting Keto, I would maybe drink 25 – 30 ounces of water per day.   The rule my wife read is we should target ½ your weight in ounces of water.  I tried drinking around 100 ounces, that was a bit too much.

I’ve settled on 64 to 80 ounces for now.   I try to drink 32 in the AM and 32 in the PM.  At first that seemed like a lot, but my body adjusted.  Before drinking this amount of water, I would drink one water bottle full and make a few trips to the rest room.

The second and third weeks my body was stubborn although this is normal.  The term I found on the internet is called “Post Induction Stall Syndrome.”   I’ll let you determine the acronym 😊   Both my wife and I experienced this to some degree.  Starting through the third week I started to get comfortable eating mainly meat, vegetables, butter, eggs, bacon to name a few staples.  We also supplement with meal replacement shakes.  I’ve tried a few different ones.

I try to put into practice, don’t be afraid to experiment.   I work in technology and we use a term “fail fast”.   I’m good at trying something a few times and then learning.  The Keto method of eating is like that.  Try different things. One thing I tried didn’t work.  Greek Yogurt and Bacon Bits.  Didn’t try that a second time.  Feel free to pass along your experiments.  I found out I LOVE Avocado and Sauerkraut with Sausages.   My wife got some sauerkraut and sausages simmer in the crop pot, then mix up avocado.  EAT UP!  Yummie!!  Don’t knock until you try at least once.  Avocado are high in natural fat.  I’ve struggled to meet the daily allowance of FAT. I’m good at making the protein.   My cravings haven’t been too bad although I’ll admit a few cookies with M&M’s have somehow gotten eaten.

Yes, I’ve cheated although from time to time when I have cravings, prayer (seriously faith is a big thing in my life), nuts, gum, drinking water are some ways I’ve dealt with the cravings.

Overall, the first 28 days. We’ve read a lot, tried a few things, changed some habits and so far, my lowest point is 201.7 and averaging about 2 – 3 pounds per week.  That isn’t too bad.   I’ve even started to fast on purpose where I skip morning breakfast before I go to Church on Sunday.  Fasting is talked about in the bible, I’ve found it to be helpful in mixing up my body, so it doesn’t get too comfortable.   https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-fasting/

Exercise is another thing key thing we’ve tried to do regular walks 30 – 40 minutes.  This will help increase the Ketones and Ketosis https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-1-diabetes-guide/what-is-ketosis#1

That’s all for now.   I’m into my fifth week and it’s pretty much habit.  Didn’t hurt our church was doing a series on Prayer and there have been a few prayers along the way to help change our habits.  Between my wife and I we are down around 30 pounds.  She has lost more and doing an awesome job!   Love you honey.

Next time I can share more experiences with apps that we are using to track our progress.  Until next time!

PS – I’d suggest making a visit to your DR if you are unsure if this way of eating is for you.

Good luck and God bless,

Steve

2nd, 3rd & 4th kindle version of books for free – Dec 15th to 19th 2017

I made kindle versions of my 2nd, 3rd and 4th books available for free from December 15th to December 19th. The About the Letter C book will be removed out of publication after Christmas. Here are the links:

33: About the Letter C
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One Reason: 21 Days to a New Beginning
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Remember the Nails: 40 Days of Doing Something Uncomfortable on Purpose
http://amzn.to/2AVYo4E

Enjoy,

Steve

Blood covering of protection poster

This post contains contact information to obtain a poster of Blood Covering of Protection. All profits from the poster will be shared with ministries, God willing all will be sent to Wellsprings Freedom of International. For a 24 x 18, they are $100 + shipping. A movie size poster 36″ x 24″ are $125 + shipping. Each poster includes a copy ofSeek : Lead more by example, less by opinion. Feel free to contact me at steve.schofield@gmail.com

Poem : Rejection

Rejection

Scripture : Ephesians 6:12-18

Poem

You know me better than I know myself
My heart hurts and I dont know why

The enemy is very persistent
day and night reminding me of things

The thoughts are not loving
The thoughts are not kind

During a quiet time
In your loving way

I was reminded to ONLY focus on You
You showed me others are overwhelmed

I found comfort knowing you loved me enough to share the truth
I was able to recognize your voice

It was soft, loving and firm
You said this time of trial was needed

Lean on you even more
Seek your guidance

I type this to remind myself
You are in control of all

Even though you hear lies
I gave you the authority and ability to rebuke them

The rejection you feel is a vain attempt to distract you
Dont be afraid, be aware

Be patient, be still
Be open and vulnerable

Know that I am in charge
know that I have your best interest at heart

I will show you the way
I will open doors when the time is right

Until then, stay close
Stay in my word frequently

Use the gifts I have given you
Stay on course to the commands I sent

These are your guides
These are what satisfies you

Not others who you think
They have their own course given by me

Although they see you
They are called elsewhere for the time being

Even though this might hurt right now
Trust me, seek me and you will understand in time

You know this now
It will take time to accept

The heart is truly selfish
It only wants what it wants

Keep praying, keep seeking
I have given love letters to reference

These are my words
For I am the Engineer, Architect and Authority of all

I know your heart, you believe this
the lesson of patience isnt easy, but necessary

I have given you a witness who was close in your life
For he showed you the complete picture of my love

For he is in glory
Remember this lesson, remember and share the memories

I will continue to refine you
I will continue to guide you

All things are under my control
You know this as I have revealed to you time and time again

I know you love me
I hear your prayers frequently from my son

Keep working, Keep praying
As Paul stated, Put on your full Armor daily

This will help in the daily battles
Lord, thank you for your grace and truth

In Jesus name
Amen!

Story Behind the Poem

This story covers a time right after my father passed away. The enemy has been not stop attacking me, reminding me to not love those who God chose to lead his people. I recognize the lies and rebuke them often. The anxiety I feel is an obvious attempt to distract me like in the past. Although it is annoying, I know the truth. My heavenly Father shared this poem to me, so I could share with others even in trial and tough times in life, lean on him for everything. I am doing my best to be vulnerable and only seek approval from him. Be patient to not let my free will and selfish ways interfere in His plans. Be still enough to listen for his voice and be intentional when he wants me to be.

Secondly, our church started a series called Voice of God. Meaning, if you seek God, listen and obey, you’ll hear God’s voice more clearly. As with this poem: God is firmly and lovingly instructing me to listen and focus solely on Him. There is NO need to seek others for approval, guidance and direction. God wants me to focus on Him. He has something to teach me, so….I’m not very patient, I like to do things my own way. I’m doing my best. We’ll see how things go, until this. This poem was for me and I plan to meditate often, remind myself and see what He has in store for me.