So I’m officially being funded by the DOE to go work at Princeton for the summer! God Provides!
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A summary of the notes I made reading through the bible. Not necessarily representative of the whole story, just the things that stuck out at me the most.
Creation is the greatest miracle in history, and our unique existence allows us the opportunity to have a meaningful relationship with our Creator. Our free will gives us the ability to choose whether or not we want to live our lives by the rules of the Creator, but temptations to play by our own rules are unavoidable and we must train ourselves to not succumb to them. When we choose to follow God, he blesses us in many different ways.
God always listens and will respond when you call on him for help. God’s plan might not always make sense to us and might not always occur on the timeline we want, but if we are willing to follow his lead then through us he can accomplish great things. Following God requires obeying his rules, but the rules are designed to draw us closer to him and keep us from harm. Repentance of sin is necessary to form a relationship with our perfect Creator, and a sacrifice must be made in order to atone for our sin.
God’s rules are pretty simple in principle, but sometimes he has to lay them out in full detail for us to realize that following him is something that should be reflected in every part of our lives. Although we are now without obligation to follow a lot of the old law rituals, we can still get a better understanding of who God is by taking the time to study his commands.
God has a plan, and there is no task too difficult for him to accomplish. Sometimes all we need is faith and patience.
When God makes a promise, he keeps it. If you are faithful to God, you will be blessed.
God is faithful, and there is no greater gift than his love.
Don’t forget how you arrived at wherever you are now. Set your mind on God and don’t let earthly things distract you from seeking him. Don’t let others steer you away from God.
Even the details you wouldn’t expect to be significant can play an important part in God’s plan.
1 Samuel -
You don’t have to be the biggest or the strongest to be successful, you just need to be fighting for God.
2 Samuel -
God works in our lives in many different ways, and the most amazing ones are where we don’t realize he is working until we arrive at our destination.
1 Kings -
Wisdom from God is an extraordinary gift, but doesn’t make you impervious to sin. When sin comes into your life you need to get rid of it asap, because your time on earth really is limited and if you let sin stick around you will miss out on the blessings God has planned for you. Choose to follow God.
2 Kings -
Sin tears us away from God and brings death. In the end, everyone is accountable for their actions. But if you choose to follow God, he will be there for you.
1 Chronicles -
When God is with you, you will have the courage to take action.
2 Chronicles -
God will always put you somewhere that you can be an effective witness for him, but your time in that position may be very limited. Also, it is easy to be lead astray when you are young and inexperienced, so you should seek God to gain the wisdom you need to make the right choices.
No matter how badly you screw up or walk the other way, God loves you and wants you to return to following him.
God’s biggest role in our lives is through our hearts and attitudes.
When God wants to get something done, he gets it done.
God is in control, but he does not cause evil. You can’t blame light for causing darkness. God doesn’t let us end up in awful situations unless they are ones that we can make it through with his help. Following God should be your reaction in any situation, regardless of whether it’s good or bad.
God’s love is unfailing, and trusting in him brings strength and joy.
“let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance”
Life is meaningless without God.
Song of Songs -
This tells the hearts and attitudes of two people truly in love.
God has a plan for salvation. Our Creator cares about us. Seek God’s help, because without him our actions are pointless.
Keep God in your heart, let him be your motivator.
God is faithful, ever-present if we choose to accept him.
Don’t let sin drag you away from God. He will try to bring you back to him, but won’t do so forever.
Even when you find yourself in a bad situation, if you are faithful to God he will set your circumstances so that you may be successful. Seek wisdom from God.
God doesn’t want you to perform mindless traditions, he wants you to pursue a real relationship with him.
If anyone is worth your heart, God is.
God is all-powerful, but only you are in control of yourself.
Pride is dangerous, so always remember that God can take it all away just as easily as he gave it to you.
When God calls you to go on a mission, he doesn’t mean later, he doesn’t mean never, he means now. Your comfort is not more important than someone else’s salvation.
You know what God asks of you, so even if you have fallen down, he will help you back up again if you seek him.
God will take care of you if you trust in him.
When you hear what God has done for us, you will be in awe.
God is offering his mercy to you, and wants to have a real relationship with you.
Without God, you will never be satisfied.
God is all about justice, mercy and compassion.
God is worth your best.
Be a light and serve others as did Christ, the son of God.
Prayer strengthens us and our relationship with God.
Christ came as a perfect example and to separate out those who are obedient to God. If you follow God, he will provide for you.
Christ’s sacrifice is God’s greatest gift to us: salvation.
Share Christ’s message with the world. You will face discrimination, but God is in control.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
1 Corinthians -
God is power, and through him anything is possible.
2 Corinthians -
God should be at the front of your mind always.
Serving Christ means loving others.
This gives some qualities that you should develop, such as patience.
Ask God for help, he will give you strength.
Set your heart on God.
1 Thessalonians -
If God is in your heart then you will always be thankful for what you have and desire to share your happiness with others.
2 Thessalonians -
Let God guide your heart.
1 Timothy -
Set an example for others by living your life as Christ instructed.
2 Timothy -
Scripture is useful for instruction, but as you teach it to others do not argue with them. Arguing is not teaching.
Devoting yourself to God is the most productive thing you can do with your life.
If you want to really understand your faith, share it with others.
Encourage each other in your faith.
Life is filled with so many things. The future isn’t set, so take action to share God’s word and persevere through whatever obstacles arise.
1 Peter -
Serve others as Christ did. Love others as Christ did.
2 Peter -
Strengthening your faith comes from loving others.
1 John -
God is light and truth and love. Because of his love he offers salvation through Christ. The best way that we can love others is to share God’s love with them.
2 John -
Love is obedience to God.
3 John -
Always treat others with God’s love, regardless of whether you know them or not.
Prayer helps build faith.
God is the beginning and the end. Although we may not always understand how he chooses to communicate with us, we can be sure that he has a plan, and that his unending love for us is guaranteed. Eternal life in heaven is gifted to us for accepting Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and for choosing to follow his example.
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… and decided to do it all over again! Who’s with me? :)
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My verse for today is Malachi 1:8, which says “‘When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?’ says the Lord Almighty”. God wants your best and nothing less. Isn’t the Creator of the universe worth it? Hint: yes he is.
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My verse for today is Zechariah 14:9, which says “The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day, there will be one Lord, and his name the only name”. Some day, God will separate us from sin and then he will be the only thing that matters. His name the only name. But unless you let God into your heart, when the sin is removed there will be nothing of you left to be kept in God’s presence. If life without God is all that you are, then it is all you will be for eternity. Make the choice to let God into your life. You will see the difference and never regret the decision.
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This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’
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My verse for today is Haggai 1:6, which says “You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it”. I think that the point of this verse is to say that even if you take care of yourself the best that you can, you will always be missing something in your life. You can work as hard as you like, feed and clothe yourself as much as you can, but until you allow God to be part of the process then you will never have all that you need. How often do you work hard and not receive the reward that you expect? Are you allowing God to help you with what you are trying to accomplish?
The Lord your God is with you.
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.
Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.
Renew them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.
Wikipedia tabs open for “Well-posed problem”, ”Picard-Lindelöf theorem” and “Lipschitz continuity”, class notes and scratch paper all over my desk with definitions and derivations, Wolfram-Alpha open for checking IVP solutions, Matlab open with scripts written for comparing analytic and numerical solutions…
I’m having way too much fun with math homework.
My verse for today is Nahum 1:7, which says “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust him”. I like this as a standalone verse, but I think it’s worth pointing out specifically what “care for” means here. This verse isn’t saying that God is only interested in you if you trust in him. God cares about everyone, always. What this verse is saying is that if you put your trust in God, he will actively play a role in your life taking care of you. God will always care about you, and if you allow him to he will care for you as well.
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me.
Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be my light.
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He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
My verse for today is Jonah 4:4, which says “But the Lord replied, ‘Have you any right to be angry?’” Here, Jonah was mad that God was giving the Ninevites a chance to repent from their sinful ways, and actually says that he is so mad that he would rather be dead. God tells him to stop being so immature. How often do we get angry for reasons that are absolutely ridiculous? Later on, God sends a vine to give Jonah shade from the hot sun, but then kills it. Jonah gets mad again and says that he wishes he was dead. God puts him in his place by pointing out that Jonah cared more about the tree than the lives of the 120,000 people in Nineveh. When our priorities are skewed, it’s easy to find ourselves being concerned about the wrong things.
In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From the depth of the grave I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
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