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BIAY – Bible in a year – February 28th 2015

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This article is part of a series called Bible in a year,  for the full year please check out our BIAY home page, or for February check out our February page.

Thank you for checking out “bible in a year” post for February twenty eighth.

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Deuteronomy 23-25.

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Happy birthday Dad

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Happy birthday Dad

Ephesians 6:1 (ESV) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

On the 28th of February in the year of our LORD nineteen hundred and forty seven something awesome happened In the small industrial town of Coatbridge, Scotland. 

As you probably guessed by the title, a baby was born in the form of my father and without that birth I would not be writing this article.

My father is most certainly worth honoring,  he is an awesome man of God, he loves his wife,  my brother and myself and our families, he is a father of two, a grandfather of four and a great grandfather also.

Dad, this short note is to express how blessed I am and grateful to God that he chose you as my father and grandfather to my daughter.

Above is a happy memory of dad when he helped me build a fence last summer!

Here’s to you Dad!

God bless and I pray this was a blessing to you and please share, like and comment below as the LORD leads you too.
TGBTG
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BIAY – Bible in a year – February 27th 2015

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This article is part of a series called Bible in a year,  for the full year please check out our BIAY home page, or for February check out our February page.

Thank you for checking out “bible in a year” post for February twenty seventh.

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Deuteronomy 20-22.

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Double the volume in Dundee, Scotland

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Double the volume in Dundee, Scotland

In today’s Scottish newspaper the Daily Record we read about the Scottish university “The University of Dundee” introducing a “2 Pint glass” in order to reduce waiting times at the University bar. Let’s look at this further.

Ephesians 5:11 (ESV) Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible,14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians we read the warning to “not get drunk with wine” because that is “debauchery” and I would tend to agree with this.

Where are you coming from?

If you have read my ” testimony ” page you will understand where I am coming from on this one. I have had in my past a very unhealthy attitude towards alcohol and as embarrassing as it is to admit one’s faults on such a public setting, I was and remain to this day a recovering alcoholic.

My “wild day’s” were between the ages of 18-26 and I did untold damage to my internal organs with my copious consumption of alcoholic beverages. Please do not think that because I write this article from California, USA that I have no concept of what the drinking culture is like in the UK (or more specifically Scotland).

The reason I write that is that you may dismiss the article after seeing the ethos of what this website is about and skimming the headline as some “out of touch temperate bible thumper” with an axe to grind over the “demon drink”. That is not the case.

Please drink responsibly

My issue was not one of supply and demand but one of greed and lack of moderation. If I had the money then I was out on the town. If I had the opportunity to shovel a two pint tumbler down my gullet I would be dead now, no questions asked.

The problem in Scotland is that there are two camps of drinkers. Let’s look at them both:

Responsible imbibers

A rare breed I assure you, the ones who take one or two beers and do not damage themselves or others. Usually are folks who are into home brewing and craft beers. This is not really the crowd this news are aiming for. This crowd usually don’t drink their liver to oblivion and usually remember the nights,  the tastes of the beers and would not thank you for basing volume over quality.

Binge drinkers

That’s the category I fell into (sometimes literally) where I would drink 12-14 UK pints a night, lose hours, nights and in some case have very few recollections of the night outs that I had.

The crowd I hung around with, we were all the same, drinking alcohol was just another way to show off and be a pre version of “YOLO”. I ran with rugby fans, football (soccer) and NFL fans and a large part of what we did was done in bars.

I was the crowd this is aimed at and I did lament when when I did this that the largest glass I could get was a pint (568ml) but I know that if I was drinking a 2 Pint glass my night would be over in an a few hours.

For this crowd, quantity over price price is king, you have places like Weatherspoons and the Pound Pint bar in Manchester England is the crowd they are going after.

Poor Students

It is a student bar, it I was known for cheap beer, up and coming bands and a clientele mainly of medical students who will have less beer money than your average adult in Dundee. Certainly drinking in there would be less expensive than drinking on the Perth Road or the City Centre. (Even although I am a Glaswegian, I support one one of the city clubs called Dundee United)

Having been there, all I can say is it is a bar, beer is bought, beer is consumed, sometimes there is music, sometimes not, people drink a lot and sometimes make bad decisions there. The language you here is much the same as any other bar in the city. Really I am not singling the University for criticism for selling beer, I just question if this is a good idea for the well being of their students.

Sober for a decade,  what are my thoughts on alcohol?

I am very much a live and let live person and as long as you are not doing it to get drunk or buzzed then I have no issue with you having a beer.

Do I do it? I don’t as I have had an issue prior. As I don’t drink alcohol I will not hang about in bars anymore because let’s face it, drunk people are annoying when you are sober!

Although I have chosen abstinence,  I would never preach that it it’s the only way to go, I still get tempted at things like family parties or formal occasions but have learned that it is best for all concerned if I do not.

One of the reasons I don’t is that I never know if I was going to cause others to stumble, you never know what someone’s weaknesses are and we absinthe told in the book of Romans to not stumble our weaker brother.

Other addictions, but I have the odd beer.

People with a personality that is weak to addiction in one area are more likely to stumble in others. If you have had issues with drugs then I would choose alcohol very carefully (if at all)

I say that as i have seen folks switch one addiction for another, really there is no sense in this as they are no better off than they would have been if they had stayed on the drugs. (Perhaps more legal in the eyes of the law)

Everyone needs a crutch

I would agree with that! We were not built to handle the stresses of this life alone. We were also not meant to use artificial stimulants like drugs or alcohol.

You see, we were created to love one another and to worship God. Check out our “Creation” and “Gospel” sections If you don’t know what i mean.

You have hope and life has meaning!  JESUS CHRIST died for your sins and wants you to spend eternity in heaven, you have a choice, choose God or not.

I don’t agree with that!

Then please comment below and let your feelings be known. Also if you agree or disagree, feel free to share this link, I am keen to get feedback from all walks of people.

I pray this article was a blessing, please share, like and comment below as the LORD leads you.
TGBTG
TTE

BIAY – Bible in a year – February 26th 2015

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This article is part of a series called Bible in a year,  for the full year please check out our BIAY home page, or for February check out our February page.

Thank you for checking out “bible in a year” post for February twenty sixth.

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Deuteronomy 16-19.

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TGBTG
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BIAY – Bible in a year – February 25th 2015

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This article is part of a series called Bible in a year,  for the full year please check out our BIAY home page, or for February check out our February page.

Thank you for checking out “bible in a year” post for February twenty fifth.

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Deuteronomy 12-15.

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BIAY – Bible in a year – February 24th 2015

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This article is part of a series called Bible in a year,  for the full year please check out our BIAY home page, or for February check out our February page.

Thank you for checking out “bible in a year” post for February twenty fourth.

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Deuteronomy 9-11.

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BIAY – Bible in a year – February 23rd 2015

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This article is part of a series called Bible in a year,  for the full year please check out our BIAY home page, or for February check out our February page.

Thank you for checking out “bible in a year” post for February twenty third.

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Deuteronomy 5-8.

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BIAY – Bible in a year – February 22nd 2015

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This article is part of a series called Bible in a year,  for the full year please check out our BIAY home page, or for February check out our February page.

Thank you for checking out “bible in a year” post for February twenty second.

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Deuteronomy 3-4.

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BIAY – Bible in a year – February 21st 2015

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This article is part of a series called Bible in a year,  for the full year please check out our BIAY home page, or for February check out our February page.

Thank you for checking out “bible in a year” post for February twenty first.

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Deuteronomy 1-2.

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