Saturday, November 26, 2016


____ the Playwright Janet Irene Thomas


With its twists, turns, and revelations, a strong willed successful Ebony beauty from New York City, Leslie Grayson, can’t seem to escape the destiny that once again keep her recklessly trapped in a taboo affair that threaten her veil of secrets.  Torrid passions still burn inside for the tall, brooding Italian real estate magnate, Joe Valentino.

Complicated by arson and abduction their devotion and love will continue to be tested even after they finally reunite after Joe’s untimely sordid love affair with his former wife.

Trapped by passions burning inside…

An ebony beauty from New York City. Fate brought her to Joe Valentino. Intrigued by his mystery, forgotten was her dedicated commitment to a promising career. She recklessly threw herself into a taboo affair that threatened her veil of secrets.

Whose youth was forever lost in his pursuit of wealth and acceptance. The tall, brooding Italian was smitten by the ebony beauty.

Rich and born to be spoiled. Her marriage to Joe Valentino was in a shambles, but she could not let go of the passion.

Can they break down the barriers that have turned them into Prisoners of Passion? 

…. the protagonist.  ..Leslie Grayson, a woman betrayed by a dark past. Intrigued by her lover, and because of the notoriety this heroine has gained through her taboo relationship with married Italian, real estate magnate Joe Valentino, forgotten is her dedicated determination and commitment to
erect a  prominent retail-clothing legacy.

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas




BLAISE PASCAL was one of the greatest minds in history. His work on probability, experiments with the vacuum and atmospheric pressure and invention of the first calculating machine established him as a scientist of the highest order. The elegance of his prose moved Voltaire to proclaim him the finest writer in France. But what he will most be remembered for are his Pensèes, a collection of thoughts that, had he lived long enough, were to form the basis of a defense of the Christian faith.

After Pascal’s death, a piece of parchment was found sewn into his clothing. It is the record of a decisive and ecstatic encounter he had with God on the night on November 23,1654. What follows is a portion of what he wrote.

"God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob," not of philosophers
           and scholars. Certainty, certainty, heartfelt, joy, peace.
God of Jesus Christ.
God of Jesus Christ…
Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy…
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God,
                and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent."
Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ…
Sweet and total renunciation…
Everlasting joy in return for one day’s effort on earth.
I will not forget thy word. Amen

The god of Pascal’s times was an abstract noun, merely part of the intellectual and theoretical landscape, a principle to ponder – not the consuming Fire of the Bible, the Father of Jesus Christ (see Hebrews 12:29; John 14:9). The god of "philosophers and scholars" is something one thinks about; the God of Scripture is someone one meets. And this God is much more than interesting and impressive. To meet God face to face is to know "Certainty, certainty, heartfelt, joy, peace…Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy."

What Pascal saw of God is breathtakingly lovely and wonderful. But not everyone has Pascal’s experience, and one can’t hardly read of it and not ache with envy. Nevertheless, what Pascal glimpsed that night awaits all who hope in Christ. One Day, in heaven, when we see him as he is, we too will be as he is, gloriously so (see 1 John 3:2; Romans 8:18-21). In fact, to see him as he is, is heaven. We pray in that hope, knowing that although we don’t see him now, we are still filled with "an inexpressible and glorious joy." For we are receiving the gold of our faith, the salvation of our souls (1Peter 1:8-9).

BLAISE PASCAL (1623-1662

In Christ,
Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Monday, November 21, 2016


(I Chron. 21:18) “Then the Angel of the Lord commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite” -  2 Samuel 24:16 16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.

 16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.
17 And David spake unto the Lord when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.
18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the Lord in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite.
19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the Lord commanded.
20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face upon the ground.
21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the Lord, that the plague may be stayed from the people.
22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.
23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The Lord thy God accept thee.
24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

THRESHING FLOOR.  A hard, level surface on which grain is threshed with a flail (two sticks) …a part of the structure having some specific spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants.   The first mention of a threshing floor is found in Genesis 50:10-11, “the threshing floor of 'Atad', where Joseph and his brothers mourned the death of their father, Israel.

·         The next reference we have to the threshing floor is in regards to the “heave offering” in Numbers 15:20. It speaks of the “offering of the threshing floor”. We see a similar reference in Numbers 18:27.

  • It was at the “threshing floor of  Nacon”, that Uzzah was struck dead for taking hold of the Ark of the Covenant (II Sam. 6:6-7). Where was the Temple built? It was built at the threshing floor David had purchased from Ornan the Jebusite (I Chron. 22:1).

  • Scripture teaches that its meaning goes far beyond simply “the place where grain was threshed”. It is symbolic of the relationship connecting the Bride and the Bridegroom.  At the center of the threshing floor, one finds two large flat stones, one resting on the top of the other. They are “fitted and joined” together. The top stone was known as the “female” and the bottom stone the “male”. The “grinding of grain” was a depiction of the act of marriage (Job 31:10).

  • It must be clear to us that the “threshing floor” speaks to us about a place of worship. Perhaps for us, there should be a time of “threshing”, when God separates the “wheat’ from the “chaff” in our lives. When we enter into worship, we are stepping on to God’s “threshing floor” where He deals with those things, which need to be “winnowed” out of our lives.

  • Worship from the viewpoint of the “threshing floor”. Follow David’s example. Learn to give sacrificially.

 24: 18.  The threshingfloor of Araunah was on Mt. Moriah, where Abraham offered Isaac (Gen. 22.2), and the location of Solomon’s temple (2 Chr. 3:1)

        24.24.     Fifty shekels of silver:  This seems to conflict with 1 Chr. 21:25, which says 600 shekels of gold.  The figure in 2 Sam. specifically says that David bough the threshingfloor and the oxen for 50 shekels of silver.  The figure in 1 Chr. is for the entire site.

24.25.     David…offered burnt offerings and peace offerings:  In ch. 23 David combines the three offices of prophet, priest, and king.  These were again combined in David’s relative, Christ the Messiah, and again combined in the Spirit-filled church, in whose members the Spirit of prophecy resides (Acts 2:14-21) and who are "kings and priests unto God" (Rev. 1:6, 5:10).

24.24. Giving God Our Best – Then Expecting His Best.        
           SEED FAITH.  
David had sinned; and as a result, a plague came on the people.  To atone for this sin, the Lord told King David to build an altar on the threshing floor of Aranuah and offer a burnt offering so the plague might be stayed.  Araunah tried to give David the land, the oxen, other items to sacrifice.  But David insisted on paying Araunah, saying that he could not present to God an offering that cost him nothing.

The very heart of SEED FAITH is that unless we experience some sacrifice, we have not truly given.  Unless our giving costs us something-something that represents a portion of our very life-then it is not a living gift and will not yield a good harvest.  Our giving to the Lord must bear these three qualities.

1.)    It should be our best.  When we give God our best, we are in a position to
     expect His best back into our lives.
2.)    We should give to God first.  The very first thought in our minds after we have received something should be how we can give a portion of our harvest to the work of the Lord. 
3.)    Our giving should be generous, freely from our heart and without expecting anything back from the one to whom we give.  As Jesus said to His disciples, "Freely ye have received, freely give" (Matt. 10:8)

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going.He always keeps his word.


he Christian faith is founded upon promises that are contained in a unique book. That book is the Holy Bible. The Bible is a roadmap for life here on earth and for life eternal. As Christians, we are called upon to study its meaning, to trust its promises, to follow its commandments, and to share its Good News. God’s Holy Word is, indeed, a transforming, life-changing, one-of-a-kind treasure. And, a passing acquaintance with the Good Book is insufficient for Christians who seek to obey God’s Word and understand His will.

God has made promises to you, and He intends to keep them. So take God at His word: trust His promises and share them with your family, with your friends and with the world.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Saturday, November 19, 2016



EXODUS 17:8-16

Based on this episode, many "Aaron and Hur Prayer Societies" were formed to pray for pastors and other Christian leaders in the 19th century. It was believed that as the spiritual life of the pastor went, especially in prayer, so went the success of the spiritual battle in the church. So, people banded together to uphold their pastor in prayer and to intercede for the health of the church.

The picture in Exodus is vivid: The typical posture of prayer in the Bible is to stand with arms lifted and hands held out. Added to this picture of supplication is Moses’ staff, the symbol of divine power and conquest. As Joshua leads the troops in battle against the Amalekites in the valley below. Moses stand on the hill above and holds out his staff over the battle. When his arms are raised and the staff is held out, Joshua’s army prevails; when Moses tires and the staff is lowered, the Amalekites prevail. 
So, Aaron and Hur come alongside Moses to provide a rock for him to sit on and to hold up his arms.

The imagery of spiritual warfare in this story is also vivid. The battle always belongs to the Lord; we succeed only as we are "strong in the Lord" and in his mighty power" (Ephesians 6:10). 

Prayer is one way we continue to stay strong in God. Only through an ongoing relationship with the Lord can we stay vigilant and fight the battle (see Ephesian 6:18). And prayer is never a solitary exercise, even when we pray alone, we pray in the fellowship of the church, the body of Christ. Paul urged the believer in Rome, "by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me" (Romans 15:30).

Hold up your pastor in prayer. Leaders need protection and encouragement to keep on praying.

In Christ,
Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Friday, November 18, 2016

Service That Pleases God


Hebrews 13:12-17
New International Version (NIV)

12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

Faith accepts the Bible’s record of who Jesus is and what He has accomplished on our behalf. It also draws near to God and clings to Him tenaciously. The believer accepts the benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice and enters God’s presence with confidence. Faith believes the Bible implicitly, knowing it is God’s living self-expression and so submits to its judgment. Finally, faith is willing to suffer with Christ, knowing it will receive a good reward.

Recognize that following Jesus brings reproach. Do not fear human mockery, rejection, and scorn.

13:12 Sanctification Through Christ’s Blood

THE BLOOD. Consistent with the themes of the sufficiency and superiority of Christ’s atoning work apart from Judaism, and of the futility of Christians either submitting or resubmitting themselves to the structures of Judalistic religion, the epistle writer assures his audience that Christ’s death was a allowing act for them. Obviously, there were those both inside and outside the Christian community who insisted that there could be no right standing with God apart from wholehearted embrace and observance of Jewish ceremonies, rituals, and behavioral codes. This verse builds upon the fact that the bodies of animals used in burnt offerings were burned outside the geographical precincts of Jerusalem. In a similar manner. Christ’s death went beyond the precincts of Judaic tradition to set apart believers for the use work of God. Without respect to any righteous acts on the part of believers. Christ nevertheless positions them as saints. 

13:10-15 The sacrifice of Praise, PRAISE PATHWAY. Why is praising God a sacrifice? The word "sacrifice" (Greek thusia) comes from the root thuo, a verb meaning "to kill or slaughter for a purpose." Praise often requires that we kill our pride, fear, or sloth – anything that threatens to diminish or interfere with our worship of the Lord. We also discover here the basis of all our praise; the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by Him in Him, with Him, to Him, and for Him that we offer our sacrifice of praise to God. Praise will never be successfully hindered when we keep its focus on Him – the Founder and Completer of our salvation. His Cross, His Blood - His love, gift of life and forgiveness to us – keep praise as a living sacrifice!

13:11, 12 On the Day of Atonement the bodies of the animals whose blood was carried into the Holy of Holies were burned without the camp (Lev.16:14, 27). Jesus, the antitype of this sacrifice, was crucified outside the city of Jerusalem (John 19:16, 17).

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Thursday, November 17, 2016


James  1:23-25
King James Version (KJV)

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

1:23-25 The one who merely hears the word quickly forgets it; only the one who acts on the word and continueth therein is blessed. God’s Word is the perfect law of liberty.  It does not enslave us to the bondage of legalism, but rather frees us to keep its precepts by an inward compulsion.

1: 23-25 God’s Word: Purifier unto Holy Living. THE WORD OF GOD. Purity of life is not a quest for perfection as much as it is a quest for liberation from those things that may inhibit effectiveness and reduce power-filled living. 

This text shows the Word of God as a means of reflection – a mirror into which we are to look and see ourselves. The call is not only to heed what we see and accept the Bible’s corrective instruction, but there is an unwritten lesson here. We should avoid the temptation to see (and judge) others in the Word, analyzing what they ought to do, instead of what we need to do. 2 Cor. 3:18, also likens God’s Word to a mirror, but describes the image seen as no less than the Lord Jesus Himself.

The sum of the two texts:

1)    The Bible shows us Christ’s likeness in order that

2)    we may measure our conduct and character against His and allow God to shape us into Christ’s likeness (Rom. 8:29). Other promises for cleansing through God’s Word: Jer. 29:9 speaks of the "fire" in the Word, which can purge as well is ignite; and Ps. 119:9 holds special promise to the one who wants a pure life of holy power. God’s Word is a powerful, cleansing, delivering agent.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Wednesday, November 16, 2016



Romans 11:16-24
King James Version (KJV)

16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

11:19-24 The Church and Present-Day Israel, PROPHECY.  While two basically different prophetic positions exist concerning Israel’s future, there is only one biblical view concerning the Christian’s attitude toward the Jewish people.

First, the Bible calls us to honor the fact that since they were the national avenue by which messianic blessing has come to mankind (9:4,5), there should be a sense of duty to "bless" all Jewry (Gen. 12:3), to "pray" with sincere passion for them (Rom. 10:1), and to be as ready to "bear witness" to any Jew as graciously and sensitively as we would to any other human being (1:16, 17).

Second, the biblical directive to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" (Ps. 122:6) cannot be said to have been rescinded. Even thought the text of this psalm centers on the presence of the temple in ancient Jerusalem, this prayer assignment ought not to be withdrawn. Those taking this text seriously see their prayer responsibility for "Jerusalem" to be an assignment of continuing concern for God’s providential hand of protection of protection and grace upon the nation of Israel (as distinguished from paragraph 1, which relates to Jews everywhere). It is wise for believers to avoid the presumption of passivity toward Israel, since the evidence of all history is that God has not forgotten this people (Rom. 11:23, 24)

11:17-24 Paul warns Gentiles against boastfulness (vv.17,18), pride (vv. 19-21), since they are but a wild olive tree, grafted in because of Israel’s unbelief.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Sunday, November 13, 2016



Matthew 12: 1-8

English Standard Version (ESV)

12 At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” 

3 He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? 

6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

12:1 The growing opposition to the ministry of Jesus by the religious leaders finds its fullest expression in the observance of the Sabbath, the most sacred institution among the Jews. 

12:3 Jesus supports His disciples’ action by His appeal to David’s example (1 Sam. 21:1-6), verifying that normal Sabbath regulations may need to yield to human need.  

12:4,5 Human need takes precedence over a strict interpretation of the Law, which misses its broadest intent.

12:6-8 In claiming to be greater than the temple and Lord even of the Sabbath, Jesus was claiming deity. Since He gave the Sabbath, He can do with it what He wills. 

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Saturday, November 12, 2016



EXODUS 5:22-23

Life was bad for the people of Israel before God sent his deliverer, Moses. After Moses arrived, things got bad. Thus, this prayer of Moses.  Moses returned to the Lord and said, " 'O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all" (5:22-23). Have you ever had the courage, or at least the inclination, to pray to God this way?

First, the inclination: It’s not easy to serve God. In the work of his kingdom, things often get worse before they get better. Abraham enters the promised land only to find a famine (see Genesis 12:10). Jesus is crucified before he’s raised (see Mark 15-16). It is almost axiomatic that the mark of any true work of God is opposition and difficulty. Don’t be surprised by this, and that you struggle. Take it to the Lord.

Second, the courage: Sometimes God doesn’t seem to be in control. Are you comfortable telling God exactly how you feel about how things are going? Or do you feel you need to edit your prayers for theological accuracy? It’s important that good theology inform the way we pray. But it’s also important to know that a healthy relationship with God (and people) requires the freedom to say what you feel: happy or sad, glad or mad. Read the book of Psalms – these are the prayers of people who had a healthy relationship with God.

But keep in mind the difference between honest complaint and mere grumbling. The difference is in the prepositions: Honest complaint speaks to God about the complaint, mere grumbling. The difference is in the prepositions: Honest complaint speaks to God about the complaint; mere griping talks about God. When you speak to God about your concern, you pray. When you complain about your situation to others, you grip. Honest complaint, like this prayer of Moses, is open ended and teachable. Behind the prayer is a question mark. Behind mere grumbling is an exclamation point. 

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Friday, November 11, 2016


Psalm 19
King James Version (KJV)

19 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.


19:7 The Complete Trustworthiness of the Bible, THE WORD OF GOD.  That the "law of the Lord is perfect," is direct reference to the absolute, complete, and entire trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures, which constitute the Bible. The Word of God is perfect in its accuracy and sure in its dependability. Two terms are generally used to describe these features of God’s Word: 1) Inerrant perfect means that, in the original copies of each manuscript written by each Bible book’s respective author, there was nothing mistaken or tinged with error. (Further, the excellence of the Holy Spirit’s protection of the Scriptures over the centuries, has insured that the copies delivered into our hands from generations past, is essentially the same. Even literary critics who claim no faith in the truth of the Bible, attest to its being the most completely reliable of any book transmitted from antiquity, in terms of its remaining unchanged and dependably accurate.)  2) Infallible refers to the fact that the Bible is unfailing as an trust-worthy guide for our faith (belief in God) and practice (life and behavior). This is so because God is true (John 3:33; 17:17), and because God cannot lie. 
(Num.23:19; Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18;2Tim: 3:16)

8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

19:14 "Acceptable" Speech Before God, FAITH’S CONFESSION This oft-quoted verse attest to the importance and desirability of our words and thoughts being consistent with God’s Word and will. The text literally says, "Let what I speak and what my heart murmurs to itself be a delight to You, Lord." Clearly, the acceptability of our words, in god’s sight is dependent upon their being consistent with what our hears feel or think. The truth of this text urges us to always speak the kind of words that confirm what we believe or think in our hearts about God, His love, and His power. If we believe, yet contradict that belief with careless words from our mouth, it is not acceptable in God’s sight. Remember the lesson of Cain’s sacrifice (Gen.4:1-7): what is unacceptable is not only faithless and fruitless; it may also become deadly.
(2 Chr. 6:24-31/ Prov. 16:23,24)

19:1 The firmament is the stretched-out expanse of the sky.

19:4 is gone out: The apostle Paul used this verse to show that the Jews have known the word of truth; but, having heard it, they refused to obey it, with the result that a door has been opened to the Gentiles to hear the gospel (Rom. 10:18)

19:6 Circuit: David describes the rotation of the Earth from the viewpoint of a man on Earth and is not teaching that the sun revolves around the Earth. By comparison, we use words like "sunrise" and "sunset" to describe the Earth’s rotation, when technically the sun does neither.

19:7-11 Thank God daily that He has revealed Himself. His will, and His promises to you in His Word.

19:7 The general revelation about God was introduced by using the nonspecific name for God (Hebrew 'El, v. 1); but the specific revelation is marked by the revealed name of God (Hebrew Yahweh) translated in vv.7-9 six times as Lord.

19:12-14 Cleanse thou me: The correct reaction to seeing and hearing God’s revelations is personal introspection (James 1:21-15). 

19:12,13 Receive examination and correction from the Word of God. Understand that doing so will keep you from sin.

19:14 Speak and think only in ways that you know please God.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Thursday, November 10, 2016




2 Samuel 6:11 (KJV)

11 And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household.

Who is Obed-Edom?     A man of faith and a worship leader. He is
mentioned along with Aspah the Chief Musician. Obed-Edom and his 68 associates ministered regularly before the Lord in worship.

Why be like him?          So, that in our worship of the Lord, we are blessed
by the Lord. Choosing to stay in the presence of the Lord, and have a fully and complete relation-ship with God lead to blessings for us and our family.

Obed-Edom is first mentioned in the Bible, just after the death of Uzzah for touching the Ark of God (this broke one of the commands of the Lord concerning the Ark). This all happened during King David’s first attempt to move the Ark to Jerusalem. The Ark of God had been placed in the home of Obed-Edom, and remained there for three months. During this time, the Lord blessed his household and everything he owned.

When it came time to move the Ark to Jerusalem, (correctly) Obed-Edom had a choice. He could have stayed where he was and lived off his past relationship with God or move with the Ark of God, staying in God’s presence and in relationship with God. But we learn from scripture that Obed-Edom had a desire for the Lord and moved with God. His desire for the Lord caused him to do whatever it took to be close to the Lord. He became a gatekeeper, a musician, and a doorkeeper for the Ark. In line with Obed-Edom’s desire and love for the Lord and his faithfulness, God activates once more blessings and promotion to him.

Thus, even in this, he continues to keep the gates. Obed-Edom along with his other duties was put in charge of the Southgate and his sons were keepers of the storehouse!!

Obed-Edom is not only blessed in ministry and relationship with the Lord, his family is also blessed. God gives him eight sons; and those sons and grandsons also worshiped the Lord and were blessed by the Lord. They were all leaders, capable men, with strength to do the work. There were 62 men in all.

Obed-Edom by his faith, attitude, and actions created a legacy of faith, and relationship with the Lord. The Lord was faithful back to Obed-Edom establishing a legacy of generational blessings.

Obed-Edom had to pack up and physically move to stay in the presence of God. His desire for a relationship with God established a relationship not only for himself but also for his children and grandchildren. This relationship also established generational blessings from God for his family.

How can we become liken Obededom today?

·        We must have a relationship with the Father that is hungering and thirsting after righteousness, that will reveal (Mt. 5:6)

·        We must work to keep our hearts pure and seek first the Kingdom of God and Its righteousness. (Mt. 6:37) Our Abba Father is crying out by His Spirit within us, to stir up our desire for Him. He wants us to be passionate for Him, to get hungry and thirsty for Him.

·        Keep short accounts with the Lord by following 1 John 1:9 and by keeping short accounts with others. If we have done wrong, go to the person, confess it, ask for forgiveness and make it right. If we know someone has something against you, go to them, and don’t wait for them to come to you. Make it right. Be careful what you watch on TV, listen to on the radio, and what comes in over the Internet, enough said.

·        Study the Word of God, and mediate on it daily. Mediation is thinking about a scripture or the goodness of God, repeatedly.

·        Relax and rest in the Presence of God. is tremendously important. It is in these times that we can clearly hear from the Lord.

·        Get involved in your church and/or your community. Obed-Edom did not wait for the Lord to tell him to do something, he just did it. He waited on the Lord by doing. God gives us direction in what to do.

Read more:
1 Chronicles Chapters 13:12-14, 15:18, 21, 24, 16:38, 26:4-6, 12-15.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts