The Blood Covenant - Plantation Devotional Recap

rbolenSeveral years ago, a pastor friend of mine, Wayne Barber, told me about the “Blood Covenant,” and my Christian walk has never been the same. I want to share that with you this morning. Let me begin by telling you about another covenant that started in I Samuel, chapter 20, where David and Jonathan cut a covenant. Now when two people cut a covenant in the Old Testament, it was a very serious thing. You could only cut a covenant with one person in your life…whatever was yours became his and whatever was his became yours, and not just possessions…his friends were your friends…his enemies your enemies, and the other way around, as well. EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU became that other person’s. In order to solidify the covenant, the two people would cut their wrists just slightly, and rub their wrists together, allowing the blood to mingle. Then, they would take a blue powder, sprinkle it in the cut, and let it dry in the wound. That way, there would always be a blue scar to remind them that they had cut a covenant with someone.

Now, fast forward to 2 Samuel. Saul and Jonathan have both been killed, and David had pretty much solidified his kingdom. God has blessed David with victory after victory, and David is now ready to settle down in Jerusalem and enjoy his rule. In Chapter 9, David asks an extraordinary question. He asks, “Is there anyone left of the house of Saul that I can do kindness to for the sake of Jonathan?” (Remember the covenant?) Well, it just so happened that Jonathan had a son named Mephibesheth, who was in hiding, and he was lame. David sends for him. Can you imagine how this young man felt? “Well, this conquering king has sent for the grandson of the remaining members of the vanquished ruling family. I guess I’m a dead man!!” Can you imagine Mephibesheth as he was brought to the King’s table that night to eat? King David tells him that the reason for this was that his father and the King had a covenant. Now, in my mind’s eye, I can picture the scene at the King’s table… David says, “Mephibesheth, pass the biscuits!” and as he passes the biscuits, the sleeve of David’s robe rises up, and what does he see? He sees the scar of the covenant. Then he understands why he is there.

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Cherokee Devotional - Larry Rea

LReaI’d like to talk to you today about numbers. We’re a people of numbers. That’s especially true at this time of the year when we’re into March Madness and everyone’s college basketball team wants to be No. 1, right. I’m an avid basketball fan, and the more I watch games on TV the more I am mystified by fans that will go nuts when the camera is on them. Their team might be 4-20 and they’ll still hold up one finger, signifying their team is No. 1. Well, most times it isn’t. It’s only No. 1 in that person’s heart. I like being No. 1 as much as anyone. That’s one – oops, there’s that number – reason that I continue to play golf. I said long, long, long ago that if I ever made a hole in one I’d quit the game. Well, I’m 70 and I am still searching for that first ace. So, I did some research and thanks to the National Hole in One Registry (Yes, there is such a web site), check these figures out:

  • There are 450 million rounds of golf are played each year.
  • A hole in one is scored once every 3,500 rounds.
  • Over 128,000 holes in one are scored each year.
  • 1-2 percent of golfers make a hole in one each year.
  • 67 million to one – odds of making two holes in one on one round.
  • 26 is most holes in one scored by one person.
  • 57 percent of aces are made by mid-handicappers 10-19.
  • „„60 percent of holes in one are made by golfers 50 and over.

 

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Plantation Devotional - Jerry Vinzetta

jvinzettaThis morning I would like to begin by asking you, “Do you know what percentage of golf courses are in America as compared to the rest of the world?” Some of you say 40%, 35%, 55%. The percent is 50% of all the golf courses in the world are right here in the good Ole USA. Guess what percentage is in second place? 8% and that is in the UK, 7% in Japan, 7% in Canada, 4% in Australia, 2% in Germany and so on. As you can see, second place is not even close. Well, in 2000 over 30 million played golf in American and 20% of them were women. Since then would you say the play of golf has increased or decreased? Well, let’s look at the facts.

Over the past decade, the leisure activity most closely associated with corporate success in American has been in a kind of recession. The total number of people who play golf has declined or remained flat each year since 2,000, dropping to about 26 million from 30 million according to the National Golf Foundation and The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. That is a decline of 13%, guys.

More troubling to golf boosters, the number of people who play 25 times a year or more fell to 4.5 million in 2005 from 6.9 million in 2000, a loss of 33%. That has been the average member in the USCGA. Again, it is a drop of 33%. Now, the industry counts it’s core players as those who golf 8+ more times a year. Guys, that is now our core group to reach out to. That number also has fallen but more slowly to 15 million in 2006 from 17.7 million in 2000, according to the National Golf Foundation. That is a decline of 14.29%. Members, these percentages are very close to the decline of our members in the USCGA since 2006.

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