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12 Tribes of Israel – See how God lists them (27 times)

The Twelve Tribes of Israel
Who’s First, Who’s Last, Does it matter?

Does it matter? “Of course it matters,” I hear some of you say.

Um… yeah.  We just might want it that way today – at least here in America! List them all, list them in order, list them properly.

But what does God think about it? We can get an inkling by looking at how GOD refers to the twelve tribes. When I saw this I was excited … I hope you are too!

I wondered about those twelve tribes.  They were very important to God. So I wondered how He referred to them.  So I looked in the Bible for all the places that the twelve tribes are referenced. As I found each reference I got more and more excited (they are referenced 27 times, so that’s lots of excitement). Follow along with me with just three examples, from Genesis, Numbers and Deuteronomy (a better chart is at the end):

The twelve tribes













Marching Order








:::::::Ephraim (of Joseph)

::::::::Manasseh (of Joseph)





Moses’ Blessing






:::::Ephraim (of Joseph)

::::::Manasseh (of Joseph)







And the tribes listed in Revelation were in a different order as well. The order that the tribes are listed is different each time. God managed to list them in a different order 25 times (actually it is almost tricky to be able to list them differently that many times)! It is almost like God went out of his way to always list them differently! The only time that the order was listed exactly the same was in Numbers, when the tribes marched out (and that is because our God is a God of order – and anytime the tribes had to march, they would march in the same order!)

And did you notice that when Moses gave his blessings to the tribes, Simeon is missing in the list? And in Revelations, did you notice that Dan and Ephraim are missing?

Somehow, this seems to me like God letting us know that we should quit being so concerned about who is first, second and third … and even not to worry if everyone is mentioned equally all the time!  Don’t get hung up on this perhaps.  Don’t worry about the order … just enjoy the journey! I know this is quite comforting to me!

I made a full color large print chart of all 27 ways the tribes were listed (with three in a row the same as the tribes were marching out). It would be best to view it as a PDF so you can zoom and choose how to print), but I also am providing a PNG image of the chart in case you can’t view PDF files.

Click=> Twelve Tribes as God Lists Them chart

PNG image:

Habakkuk Dramatization

The video performance is lost (it was a slide show) … but here is the full audio for the award winning dramatization of Habakkuk from Intervarsity (from decades ago): Habakkuk Dramatization (51 minutes)

Be Kind To Everyone (the shirt)

Is “Be Kind” your word for this year? If so, why not support this fine young autistic lady who is making very soft comfy T-Shirts that compassionately say “Be Kind To Everyone“. There are several styles. The one I got (Jordan style) was so soft and felt so nice I ordered three more! She ships it right away and sends you tracking updates. She signs a card thanking you, includes a photo card with her “team” (family I am guessing), rolls the shirt and keeps it rolled with a free BeKindToEveryone wristband (which I now have four of).

Here is the link to her website where you can order your own BE KIND shirt:

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Properly Skeptic

Being skeptical can be a good thing. These are my magazines from the 1970’s that I was reading just after graduating from St. John’s University. I have the very first issue of Skeptic: The Forum For Contemporary History (note that this magazine was published for less than a decade and later another magazine was started, also called “Skeptic” but it was by a totally different group of people).

Note that I purposely included the word “proper” in the title to this article because it is a critically important aspect of skepticism. You won’t have a problem finding plenty of conspiracies and theories of how something may have happened or may happen in the future. But remember that a theory is not evidence, and many (most?) of these theories tend to have no proper evidence.

And that was what was so good about the Skeptic magazines that I was reading 40 years ago. The magazine included reprints of articles from reputable news sources like New York Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harper’s, Science, Natural History, Harvard Magazine, Congressional Quarterly, Smithsonian, The Economist and US News & World Report. Articles were by respected authors such as Alexander Hamilton (yes!), George Will, Senator George McGovern, Arnold Toynbee, Isaac Asimov, Harry S Truman, James R Schlesinger, Arthur Schlesinger Jr, Henry Kissinger and Eric Hoffer (see below).

Being a proper skeptic means doing research and reading from reputable sources and authors that would report on issues from all sides and viewpoints. Being a skeptic who only reads things from one view point from questionable sources is not something I would suggest because if you only hear the same viewpoint over and over you lose perspective and can be misled and deceived.

Another critically important aspect is to also have a good understanding of our past history and it’s implications.  For example, all of a sudden being afraid that our country is becoming fascist or socialist or communist needs some historical background PLUS an understanding of just what “fascism” is … just what “socialism” is (and is NOT). There is a noted political historian (Heather Cox Richardson) who has authored many books and decided when the pandemic struck to host hour long video’s twice a week to help people who are staying at home have something meaningful to watch. She has presented a history of the Republican Party (in 17 hour long segments), a history of our country (called American Paradox in 10 segments) and is now in the midst of a series about the Reconstruction after the Civil War. She also has a history and politics chat session once a week that talks about what is currently happening in our country. She reads and researches A LOT.  She also writes a daily “Letters From An American” newsletter that sums up what she sees happening for that day. These “letters” have a lengthy list of resources at the end that you can click on to read the full information for more details or to verify that her summary was accurate.

NOW…… what is interesting is that right when I started researching and praying about this article she had a very interesting current history and politics chat that covered many issues that people have on their minds. She noted that we are NOT becoming a Fascist country, we are NOT moving towards Socialism (and definitely NOT towards Communism) … she talked about sedition, secession, authoritarianism, oligarchy, the pandemic and how our election is over and was secure. But what surprised me is that she highly recommended a book by Eric Hoffer … yes, the SAME Eric Hoffer that I was reading back in the ’70’s in Skeptic magazine (see above).

Here is a link to that hour long history and politics chat (on her facebook page):

And here is a link to the Eric Hoffer book that she was highly recommending (The True Believer):

Now … for some resources for you to keep your skepticism proper:

And finally … just to set your minds at ease … our country is NOT going to become socialist as this one article in a very reputable newspaper (with 8 Pulitzer Prize Winners over the past decade): So much for “Biden the socialist”

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Trusted News Sources

If your assumptions are faulty, your conclusions likely will be as well. You likely have heard that before, but now is the time for you to put it into practice. If your sources of information are flawed, no matter how diligent you are in analyzing them to come up with your own conclusions, they will be flawed as well. That said, some of my friends were wondering how to decide what sources are trustworthy, what sources are truthful.

First, you may wish to have a reputable newspaper as your source and to READ the news rather than WATCH the news (reading it online is easy on your smartphone or computer). This will give you time to actually think about what they are saying and ask yourself if they are writing opinions or commentary, or if they are relating facts to you. You can even pause to Google things that they are referring to! Everyone can have their own opinion, but we need truth to be our guide as to the facts.

With that in mind, I suggest that you read online news from newspapers with Pulitzer Prize winners on their staff. The Pulitzer Prize is a mark of excellence and a good sign that the newspaper has excellence in truthful factual reporting at it’s core. You can refer to who won the Pulitzer Prize for each of the past ten years below (I list the winners of Public Service Reporting, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Explanatory Reporting and National Reporting)

First the summary of the eight newspapers/news outlets that received 2 or more Pulitzer Awards in the past ten years (with a link to their website):

  1. New York Times (8 awards) [list of awards won]
    Washington Post
    (8 awards) [list of awards won]

  2. Seattle Times (3 awards)
    ProPublica (3 awards)

    Los Angeles Times (3 awards)
  3. Associated Press (2 awards)
    Wall Street Journal (2 awards)

    Sarasota Herald Tribune (2 awards)

Next, a Year by Year list (with a link to the years list) :

  1. 2020Anchorage Daily News / Courier Journal (Louisville, KY) / New York Times / Washington Post / Seattle Times
  2. 2019South Florida Sun Sentinel / Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Los Angeles Times / New York Times / Wall Street Journal
  3. 2018New York Times (2) / New Yorker / Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA) / Washington Post (2) / Arizona Republic / USA Today 
  4. 2017New York Daily News / ProPublica / East Bay Times (Oakland, CA) / Charleston Gazette Mail / Miami Herald / Washington Post
  5. 2016Associated Press / Los Angeles Times / Tampa Bay Times / Sarasota Herald Tribune / ProPublica / Washington Post
  6. 2015Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) / Seattle Times / New York Times / Wall Street Journal / Bloomberg News / Washington Post
  7. 2014Guardian US / Washington Post (2) / Boston Globe / Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO) 
  8. 2013Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) / Denver Post / New York Times (2)
  9. 2012Philadelphia Inquirer / Tuscaloosa News / Associated Press / Seattle Times / New York Times / Huffington Post
  10. 2011Los Angeles Times / Sarasota Herald Tribune / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / ProPublica

FYI … you can see a fairly comprehensive list of all the newspapers that have won Pulitzer Prizes: Wikipedia Article: Pulitzer Prize Winning Newspapers

Side note: Over the years I have found the BBC to be a good news source. They seem to be one of the few remaining fairly neutral news reporting sources! You can find their news reporting articles online as well as video clips of their TV reporting in YouTube and Facebook.

However, if you wish to WATCH the news, my suggestion is to watch a news source that includes Pulitzer Prize winners, such as these from MSNBC (with a link to their online videos):

  1. Deadline: White House with Nicole Wallace (White House Communications Director during the presidency of George W. Bush and in his 2004 re-election campaign as well as a senior advisor for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign) Weekdays 4-6pm ET
  2. The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (an aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee and writer for The West Wing) Weekdays 10pm ET
  3. The Rachel Maddow Show (doctorate in political science from Oxford University) Weekdays 9pm ET

Special Note: Yes, it is true that MSNBC is left leaning in their reporting. That does NOT mean that they are making up their own facts or stories. Most news sources tend to lean to one side or the other, and it is my experience with news from both sides that the left leaning sources tend to be truthful and factual but often will ignore certain news stories that do not fit into their perspective. The right leaning news sources, however, tend to fabricate their own fact or state assumptions or opinion or commentary as if it were factual reporting. That is misleading and deceptive and can even be dangerous. So, I contemplated removing item 2 and 3 in my MSNBC list because they were left leaning – but chose to leave them on the list because they WERE FACTUAL and had high level reputable sources for their news including Pulitzer Prize winners!

Finally … remember that Fox News is not really news. True! There have been several court cases revolving around untruths being aired on Fox News and Fox News themselves admitted in those court cases that they are a commentary and opinion channel and that everyone knows this! (so, they expect YOU to know that they are not a factual news source too!). And, yes, you CAN verify this yourself. Just look at their online contract which in the beginning of the second paragraph specifies that Fox New is Entertainment and not news reporting:

FOX News furnishes the Site and the FOX News Services for your personal enjoyment and entertainment.

And then further in the contract:

FOX News makes no warranty that your use of the FOX News Services will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error• free or that any information obtained by you on, through or in connection with the FOX News Services or Third Party Services (including but not limited to, through User Content or third party advertisements) will be accurate or reliable.

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

[photo used with permission from Digital Buggu]

What Jesus Said Matters 2

The Greatest Words Ever Spoken 
– a book by Steven K Scott

This is a fantastic book, so I typed out the 8 page Table of Contents. Since categorizing the things Jesus said is a hard task and likely no two people would come up with exactly the same categorization of the nearly 2,000 statements made by Jesus (or even just the same list of categories) I thought that looking at how Steven Scott categorized them might help you decide to buy the book or not. If you’d like a copy of the book but your finances are tight, just contact me and I will gladly send you a copy (I already have an extra copy here at home to give out to anyone who drops by and is interested). Here is how I preface the Table of Contents to his book that I typed out:

There are over 1,900 things that Jesus said within Scriptures. This book attempts to categorize them into about 200 categories (some passages are just 1 verse while some are literally dozens of verses). Looking at this LONG list (while typing out the table of contents to the book) it was immediately obvious that Jesus did not have a ONE ISSUE focus (so neither should we!) But he did focus on some things more often, so I boldfaced the 36 topics that came up in things he said at least TWENTY TIMES. I will present these top 36 topics first, followed by the complete list of over 200 topics!

I am including a PDF of this that you can download and save for future reference … it is a long list, so having a digital copy will let you search for a topic)

Click=> Greatest Words Ever Spoken (PDF)

Topics that Jesus spoke about at least 20 times:

  1. Commands of Christ (100)
  2. Claims Jesus Made About Himself (93)
  3. Jesus’ Words in Parables, Metaphors, and Allegories (82)
  4. The Promises of Christ (62)
  5. Jesus’ Death, Resurrection, and Second Coming (59)
  6. Following Christ (Discipleship) (58)
  7. Jesus’ Identify (56)
  8. The Judgment, Hell, and Eternal Punishment (55)
  9. The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven (55)
  10. Jesus’ Missions (54)
  11. The Mission of a Christian (54)
  12. Jesus’ Relationship with God the Father (52)
  13. Eternal Life (Salvation) (48)
  14. God the Father (47)
  15. Spiritual Priorities (47)
  16. Belief and Faith in Christ (45)
  17. Heaven (36)
  18. Prophesied Events and Fulfilled Prophecy (32)
  19. Obedience and Good Works (29)
  20. Faith (Examples of) (28)
  21. Wisdom and Understanding (27)
  22. The Heart (27)
  23. Anxiety, Worry, and Fear (26)
  24. Healing (26)
  25. The Worth of an Individual (26)
  26. Honoring and Glorifying Christ; the Glory of Christ (25)
  27. Prayer (25)
  28. Unbelief and Motives of Unbelievers (25)
  29. Abiding in the Words of Christ (22)
  30. Forgiveness (22)
  31. Sin (22)
  32. The Shepherd and His Sheep (Jesus Leading and Providing for His Followers) (21)
  33. The Laws of God (21)
  34. Hypocrites, Hypocrisy, and Self-Righteousness (20)
  35. Eternal Laws (20)
  36. Repentance (20)

The complete list:

Continue reading “What Jesus Said Matters 2”

What Jesus Said Matters

What Jesus Said Matters – Matthew (next do What Jesus Did Matters)

The title can be taken two ways …. first that everything that Jesus said actually matters! Second, that the things Jesus talked about were important, they were things that mattered to Him!

Want to help make a list summarizing what Jesus talked about? Send me an email (or use the contact page) if you can help. Thanks.

Here is all that is needed … verse by verse, what Jesus said summarized in a few words (one or two if possible).

I am working on Matthew first … here is my start at this project (NOTE: each verse reference is a LINK to all the translations for that verse on BibleGateway):

Mat 3:15 Righteousness

Mat 4:4 God’s Word is Life

Mat 4:7 Don’t Test God

Mat 4:10 Worship and Serve only God

Mat 4:17 Repent

Mat 4:19 Follow Me (for the people)

Mat 5:3 Poor in Spirit, Humble-minded are blessed

Mat 5:4  Sad, Mourning will be comforted

Mat 5:5 Meek, Humble, Gentle are blessed

Mat 5:6 Righteousness are blessed

Mat 5:7 Merciful are blessed

Mat 5:8 Pure in Heart are blessed

Mat 5:9 Peacemakers (cooperate rather than compete/fight)

Mat 5:10 Persecuted for righteousness are blessed

Mat 5:11 Stand with Jesus (and what he said and did)

Mat 5:12 Reward in Heaven for standing with Jesus

Mat 5:13 Be Salt of the Earth (don’t let it be corrupted by worldly matters)

Mat 5:14 Be a Light to the world

Mat 5:15 Share your Light

Mat 5:16 Your light is your good works

Mat 5:17 The Law and Prophets stand as Jesus fulfills them (not abolishes them)

Mat 5:18 The Law is intact till earth passes away

Mat 5:19 Even the least of the Law is very important (keep and teach the Law)

Mat 5:20 Righteousness

Mat 5:21 Murder Mat 5:22 Anger is worse than murder. An angry man is liable to judgement (in danger of hell)

Mat 5:23 Mat 5:24 Reconcile with your brother before making an offering to God

Mat 5:25 Mat 5:26 Reason with your Accuser

Mat 5:27 Mat 5:28 Lust is Adultery (sins)

Mat 5:29 Mat 5:30 Sin sends you to hell 

Mat 5:31 Divorce

Mat 5:32 Adultery to marry a divorced woman

Mat 5:33-37 (5 verses) No Vows. Tell the Truth (Holman heading)

Mat 5:38 Mat 5:39 Do not resist one who is evil (turn other cheek)

Mat 5:40 Stolen shirt? Give your coat to them too (ie, no retribution)

Mat 5:41 Forced to go one mile? Go TWO! (ie, give up your rights)

Mat 5:42 Give when asked

Mat 5:43 Love Neighbor Mat 5:44  Love Enemy

Mat 5:45 evil and good / just and unjust are on the earth (be good, be just)

Mat 5:46 Mat 5:47 Love those that hate you 

Mat 5:48 Be Perfect

Mat 6:1 Righteous (not just when others are watching)

Mat 6:2-4 (3 verses) Give in secret (don’t publicize it)

Mat 6:5 Don’t be a hypocrite

Mat 6:6 Pray in private

Mat 6:7 Pray with few words (don’t babble on and on)

Mat 6:8 God knows what you need

Mat 6:9 Pray to the Father

Mat 6:10 Pray God’s will be done

Mat 6:11 Pray for our food

Mat 6:12 Pray for forgiveness (as we forgive others)

Mat 6:13 Pray for deliverance

Mat 6:14 Forgiveness Mat 6:15  only if we forgive others

Mat 6:16-18 (3 verses) Fasting with a smile

Mat 6:19 ignore earthly possessions

Mat 6:20 heavenly treasure

Mat 6:21 what you treasure is where you heart will be

Mat 6:22-23 (2 verses) watch what you see (if you see badly you will be in darkness)

Mat 6:24 Money (hate money and love God)

Mat 6:25-32 (8 verses) Don’t worry

Mat 6:33 seek God’s righteousness

Mat 6:34 don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has troubles

Mat 7:1 don’t judge

Mat 7:2 you will be judged as you judge others

Mat 7:3-5 (3 verses) hypocrite judging others

I paused in my project when I found the book “The Greatest Words Ever Spoken” by Steven Scott. He categorizes everything Jesus said into 200 categories in a 519 page book (which I have with me next to my computer!)

Another person (Josh) put together several website pages that list everything that Jesus said, book by book, similar to what I am doing… but not quite … I am trying to be a bit more granular, more to specific verses and what Jesus was saying, sentence by sentence, verse by verse while Josh was grouping his sentences by paragraphs (so to speak). But here is his summary: What Jesus said in the book of Matthew

Pivotal Praying book

One of my best friends mentioned (actually typed it all out) in her Feb 11, 2008 email the prayer on page 200

40 Blessings For The River Food Pantry

God wants to bless everyone at The River Food Pantry … over and over and over and over! A new blessing every Friday evening!


Handwritten Bible Displayed Inside The Capitol

The Handwritten Bible was prominently displayed inside the State Capitol – Twice!

You Are Good, Good, Oh…ohhh

God is the Star Maker

That’s My King! Do You Know Him?

Wonderful Video from years ago … still just perfect!

God is Awesome

The Lego Movie got it right … they just weren’t aware that it was GOD who was so Awesome!

Reverse Your Thinking

Make sure to click the small YouTube link under this 2 1/2 minute video so you can see it large enough to read the text as it slowly scrolls by!

Hallelujah Chorus – By the village of Quinhagak, Alaska

Watch this Fullscreen so you can read their signs!

Digital Nativity

Make sure to watch this FULL SCREEN. You will SMILE watching this 3 minute video … especially if you know about GMail, Amazon, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Google Earth and touch screen cell phones :)

Click the button at the bottom right (with the four arrows in it) to watch the video full screen)

Blessings to you this Christmas Season … God With Us

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