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Starting the Week 070411

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Psalm 119:105-112

Isaiah 48:1-5

Romans 2:12-16

 

Starting the Week 070411

 

It’s a holiday, and the start of a summertime week. We could not do better than to pray Psalm 119. The Psalm today, (and this entire blog) remind us of the value of reading the Bible daily. Start the week with the word of God as a lamp for our feet, wandering in the dark.

 

I have not been a Christian for a hundred years, but it seems to me all of us, no matter how accomplished, need help in seeing, feeling and touching the path under our feet, and always have trouble staying on the path of God, especially when the path and the way seem dark.

 

The Bible is still, forever, our light, which along with our church friends and prayer, and the Holy Spirit, keep us on the path we love.

 

Pray for our salvation, and the salvation of the world.

(brother) Bill

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 119:105-112

105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

106I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to observe your righteous ordinances.

107I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word.

108Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your ordinances.

109I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.

110The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.

111Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

112I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.

Isaiah 48:1-5

48Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and who came forth from the loins of Judah; who swear by the name of the Lord, and invoke the God of Israel, but not in truth or right. 2For they call themselves after the holy city, and lean on the God of Israel; the Lord of hosts is his name. 3The former things I declared long ago, they went out from my mouth and I made them known; then suddenly I did them and they came to pass. 4Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass, 5I declared them to you from long ago, before they came to pass I announced them to you, so that you would not say, “My idol did them, my carved image and my cast image commanded them.”

 

Romans 2:12-16

12All who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. 15They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will accuse or perhaps excuse them 16on the day when, according to my gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all.

 

 


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