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Forgiveness and Stumbling 062511

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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.

 

Meltdown 062411

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Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18

Jeremiah 25:8-14

Galatians 5:7-12

 

Meltdown  062411

 

Many people believe that people become Christian because of a meltdown—an emotional or physical crisis that leads to a cataclysmic change. But it is not always so. Sometimes a person believes their life is going according to plan and a smooth ride is foreseen but Paul speaks of the other situations when 7You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?’ (from Galatians 5 below).

 

Sometimes a person begins to consider God and to consider Christ, not because of an emergency, when prayer seeks the help of God and we ask Jesus to intercede but just because of quiet moments, when the Holy Spirit speaks to us, gently and with great sensitivity, and we are touched deeply by it.

 

In this busy world maybe we can spread the message of God and Jesus by simply asking people to seek those quiet moments. The Holy Spirit will do the rest.

 

Pray for peace, and pray for the Holy Spirit to come.

 

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 25:8-14

8Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Because you have not obeyed my words, 9I am going to send for all the tribes of the north, says the Lord, even for King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these nations around; I will utterly destroy them, and make them an object of horror and of hissing, and an everlasting disgrace. 10And I will banish from them the sound of mirth and the sound of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12Then after seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, says the Lord, making the land an everlasting waste. 13I will bring upon that land all the words that I have uttered against it, everything written in this book, which Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations. 14For many nations and great kings shall make slaves of them also; and I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.

Galatians 5:7-12

7You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth? 8Such persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough. 10I am confident about you in the Lord that you will not think otherwise. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty. 11But my friends, why am I still being persecuted if I am still preaching circumcision? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. 12I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!

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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