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A Prayer of Worship 063011

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Psalm 145:8-14

Genesis 25:19-27

Romans 7:1-6

 

 

A Prayer of Worship 063011

 

Some days seem to be days of intercession, where we prasy and plead and argue for God to help us in some way.

 

But some days are just days where the calm and quiet just lead us to worship God, and it seems our greatest joy comes from sharing this worship time with God.

 

Psalm 145 seems like just that kind of prayer; worshipful, joyous and unifying. It brings us ever closer to God.

 

Pray the psalm and pray for peace,

(brother) Bill

 

 

Psalm 145:8-14

8The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.

10All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.

11They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power,

12to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.

14The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.

 

 

 

Genesis 25:19-27

19These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac, 20and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean. 21Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. 22The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.” 24When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. 25The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. 26Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. 27When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents.

Romans 7:1-6

7Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only during that person’s lifetime? 2Thus a married woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies, she is discharged from the law concerning the husband. 3Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man, she is not an adulteress. 4In the same way, my friends, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

The Potter at Work 062911

Cambodian potter

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Psalm 119:161-168

Jeremiah 18:1-11

Isaiah 51:1-3

Matthew 11:20-24

 

The Potter at Work 062911

 

Jeremiah relates the metaphor of the potter, God, still at work with his hands, working and reworking the unfinished nation and people of Israel.

 

From our place in history, consider your own life as a clay jar. Indeed, it may have even been a jar which has been fired and seemingly broken forever. But God keeps working on it.

 

Look at how your own life has gone. If it has gone as you wished, you are rare. If, on the other hand your life seems to have gone as if it were also be shaped, on rare occasions by the merest whisper of something else, which seems to have touched your life just barely, like a potter etching the last groove, then the potter is standing by. And the most skillful potter is God, with a gentle artistic touch.

 

We all need to relax a bit, don’t we, and wait for the gentle touch of the artist potter?

 

Pray for God’s hand in our lives today, as we have the chance to be God’s touch to others we meet today.

 

Pray for peace,

(brother) Bill

 

 

 

 

Psalm 119:161-168

161Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.

162I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.

163I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.

164Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous ordinances.

165Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

166I hope for your salvation, O Lord, and I fulfill your commandments.

167My soul keeps your decrees; I love them exceedingly.

168I keep your precepts and decrees, for all my ways are before you.

Jeremiah 18:1-11

18The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2“Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. 5Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. 9And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it.

11Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.

Isaiah 51:1-3

51Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many. 3For the Lord will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Matthew 11:20-24

20Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. 21“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

Living without a Firewall 062811

Elijah in the wilderness, by Washington Allston

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This blog comes to you from the people at Peace Mennonite Church of Columbia, MO http://www.peacemennonitechurch.net Scripture follow the meditation and thoughts. Scriptures for the day selected by http://www.commontexts.org/ Subscribe to our blog. Delivery daily by e-mail. Click the button on the left. Psalm 119:161-168 1 Kings 21:17-29 1 Kings 18:36-39 1 John 4:1-6 Living without a Firewall 062811 It’s like living without a firewall! Media bombard all of us with thousands of messages a day, wherever we look. A local interstate has more billboard views than the green landscapes of summer, and radio, TV and the internet have become sales tools. 1 John 4, below, tells us how to listen for the word of Christ in the midst of noise. How many of the messages we receive each day say ‘I am saying this in the name of Jesus Christ’. I’d like to hear those kind of messages, but I don’t. 1 John tells us that ‘every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ . I’ve not heard that comment from any advertiser, any commercial on radio and TV or from the internet. We have to test every spirit against this standard—what leads us closer to God? What leads us away from God? Pray for peace, (brother) Bill Psalm 119:161-168 161Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words. 162I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil. 163I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law. 164Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous ordinances. 165Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. 166I hope for your salvation, O Lord, and I fulfill your commandments. 167My soul keeps your decrees; I love them exceedingly. 168I keep your precepts and decrees, for all my ways are before you. 1 Kings 21:17-29 17Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying: 18Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in Samaria; he is now in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. 19You shall say to him, “Thus says the Lord: Have you killed, and also taken possession?” You shall say to him, “Thus says the Lord: In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, dogs will also lick up your blood.” 20Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” He answered, “I have found you. Because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, 21I will bring disaster on you; I will consume you, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel; 22and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin. 23Also concerning Jezebel the Lord said, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the bounds of Jezreel.’ 24Anyone belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs shall eat; and anyone of his who dies in the open country the birds of the air shall eat.” 25(Indeed, there was no one like Ahab, who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord, urged on by his wife Jezebel. 26He acted most abominably in going after idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the Lord drove out before the Israelites.) 27When Ahab heard those words, he tore his clothes and put sackcloth over his bare flesh; he fasted, lay in the sackcloth, and went about dejectedly. 28Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29“Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster on his house.” 1 Kings 18:36-39 36At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. 37Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 38Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. 39When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord indeed is God; the Lord indeed is God.” 1 John 4:1-6 4Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world. 4Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Love in the Community 062711

Love one another

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Psalm 119:161-168

1 Kings 21:1-16

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

 

Love in the Community 062711

 

Within the community of Christ we are exhorted to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. In Thessalonians today Paul exhorts to do more than love one another, but to do more and more, and further to work with one’s hands. What does this mean?

 

Then, as now, working with one’s hand meant that one was not a banker or lender of money on interest, was not a governmental official or landlord. It also meant one was poorer than many and would be happy to live simply and quietly.

 

Pray for our simplicity and peace today.

(brother) Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 119:161-168

161Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.

162I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.

163I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.

164Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous ordinances.

165Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

166I hope for your salvation, O Lord, and I fulfill your commandments.

167My soul keeps your decrees; I love them exceedingly.

168I keep your precepts and decrees, for all my ways are before you.

1 Kings 21:1-16

21Later the following events took place: Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. 2And Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard, so that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house; I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value in money.” 3But Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid that I should give you my ancestral inheritance.” 4Ahab went home resentful and sullen because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him; for he had said, “I will not give you my ancestral inheritance.” He lay down on his bed, turned away his face, and would not eat.

5His wife Jezebel came to him and said, “Why are you so depressed that you will not eat?” 6He said to her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard for it’; but he answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’” 7His wife Jezebel said to him, “Do you now govern Israel? Get up, eat some food, and be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” 8So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal; she sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who lived with Naboth in his city. 9She wrote in the letters, “Proclaim a fast, and seat Naboth at the head of the assembly; 10seat two scoundrels opposite him, and have them bring a charge against him, saying, ‘You have cursed God and the king.’ Then take him out, and stone him to death.” 11The men of his city, the elders and the nobles who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent word to them. Just as it was written in the letters that she had sent to them, 12they proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth at the head of the assembly. 13The two scoundrels came in and sat opposite him; and the scoundrels brought a charge against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, “Naboth cursed God and the king.” So they took him outside the city, and stoned him to death. 14Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, “Naboth has been stoned; he is dead.” 15As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, “Go, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead.” 16As soon as Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab set out to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

9Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; 10and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, 11to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, 12so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Original Good and the Environment 062611

Environment of Israel

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Genesis 1:1—2:4a

Psalm 8

Matthew 28:16-20

 

Genesis 1:1—2:4a

1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

6And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

9And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

14And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

20And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

26Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 27So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

29God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

2Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

4These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

Psalm 8

1O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

2Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;

4what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

5Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

6You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,

7all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,

8the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

11Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. 13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Matthew 28:16-20

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

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Original Good and the Environment 062611

 

Many times in Christian circles, you might hear a discussion of ‘original sin’. This means that there is the belief that in the very beginning, before we even begin perhaps, we are each living in sin, original sin. Sin that is original from our very origins as human souls.

 

Today’s selection from the Old Testament is the very first selection from all of the Bible—Genesis 1:1.  We may be familiar with these verses, but let’s look again at them.

 

In telling the story of the creation of the universe Genesis lists what God did on the first 6 days of reality. We are not told how long or short a day is, but on the first six days, God ‘saw that it was good’ seven times! Seven times the phrase ‘God saw that it was good’ is repeated.

 

In Christianity it is often repeated that the world is profane, and heaven is sacred; that Satan controls the world and God the heavens.  So, our original condition is one of sin, according to what we might hear, as if we were born into sin on this place, and remain in sin until saved and dragged into a heavenly and sin-free existence.

 

But, as we read in Genesis, the opposite is true. God began with the feeling that all this was good. But what God did on the 7th day is just as important. God rested.

 

There are several ways to see that phrase ‘god rested’. One is that he just took a break and sat back, after 6 days of creation work. Another way to see the phrase is that god rested, or God retired, after 6 days. This may mean that God was finished after 6 days and continues to rest while we do what we will with earth. So, everything that has come to pass on earth since creation is our responsibility, since God rests.

 

The message we can get from all this is that God originally saw us as good, and is not mad at us, and has not condemned us from birth to a life of suffering. That suffering is humankind’s own responsibility, with the help of the force called Satan, and it has come to us since creation.

 

God, I believe, still loves his creation and sees it as good. This very idea that God sees us as originally good is amazing, and by itself changes the nature of our life here. We are not born to a life of negativity and negative thinking. We are taught the bad and the negative approach to each other and to life, and this negativity welcomes Satan into our hearts more than anything. We start to feel negative about each other, about the self-chosen conditions of our life, and about God. In response ‘God sees that we are good’.

 

But what are we to do? God created a good place and good people and is still resting on the matter, we might assume. What are we to do to return to that original goodness?

 

Our scripture for today are the last verses of the book of Matthew, Matthew 28: 16-20. Let’s read them again;

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

In context with our discussion of Genesis 1, these verses might be saying that we are to go, and spread the word that God sees the earth as good, and we are to spread the word that Jesus has given us the commandments to return the earth and humankind to goodness. And indeed Jesus has given those commandments. And chief among those rules, Jesus has said is ‘to love one another’.

 

 

 

 

 

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Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18

Jeremiah 28:1-4

Luke 17:1-4

Forgiveness and Stumbling 062511

The encouragement to forgive and the warning to not cause stumbling come from Jesus today, as told in the book of Luke and these are clear and strong words. Sometimes it is amazing to me that through translators, authors, translations and the passage of time that the words of Jesus come through clearly, and are the clearest statements of Jesus’ ministry. Somehow I feel that the words of Jesus have been preserved faithfully for us despite all the errors that could have arisen.

These words are clear to us; that we are to be people of forgiveness to repentant Christian brothers and sisters. What person would we maybe ‘forgive’ but expel, shun or avoid if they hurt us seven times daily for seven days? To be honest, we all give each other even a second chance.

And this post is not a preacher talking to sinners; this is Jesus talking to us all.

Peace,

(brother) Bill

 

 

 

Psalm 89

1I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

2I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

3You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David:

4‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah

15Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance;

16they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.

17For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.

18For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Jeremiah 28:1-4

28In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying, 2“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. 3Within two years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the Lord’s house, which King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. 4I will also bring back to this place King Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim of Judah, and all the exiles from Judah who went to Babylon, says the Lord, for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.”

Luke 17:1-4

17Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! 2It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. 4And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Jeremiah 28:1-4

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The encouragement to forgive and the warning to not cause stumbling come from Jesus today, as told in the book of Luke and these are clear and strong words. Sometimes it is amazing to me that through translators, authors, translations and the passage of time that the words of Jesus come through clearly, and are the clearest statements of Jesus’ ministry. Somehow I feel that the words of Jesus have been preserved faithfully for us despite all the errors that could have arisen.

These words are clear to us; that we are to be people of forgiveness to repentant Christian brothers and sisters. What person would we maybe ‘forgive’ but expel, shun or avoid if they hurt us seven times daily for seven days? To be honest, we all give each other even a second chance.

And this post is not a preacher talking to sinners; this is Jesus talking to us all.

Peace,

(brother) Bill

 

 

 

Psalm 89

1I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

2I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

3You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David:

4‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah

15Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance;

16they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.

17For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.

18For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Jeremiah 28:1-4

28In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying, 2“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. 3Within two years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the Lord’s house, which King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. 4I will also bring back to this place King Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim of Judah, and all the exiles from Judah who went to Babylon, says the Lord, for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.”

Luke 17:1-4

17Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! 2It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. 4And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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