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Psalm 92

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

Ephesians 4:17—5:2

 

Putting Away the Old 071211

Ephesians 4:22 reminds us all that a new way of life is ours, in Jesus Christ. How many years does one have to be a Christian before we truly lose the old and live in the new way of Christ, the new life? It may take a long time and many years for all the old to fall away, and the old habits leave us forever.

But Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus does help, and does encourage us all. And we are reminded to help one another in this, to help us all move forward with one another and Jesus, as born again believers.

Pray for our spiritual growth today. I’ll pray for you, and please, pray for our humble church, Peace Mennonite Church of Columbia, MO. May the holy spirit be with us all.

Peace,

(brother) Bill

Psalm 92

1It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

2to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,

3to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.

4For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

5How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!

6The dullard cannot know, the stupid cannot understand this:

7though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever,

8but you, O Lord, are on high forever.

9For your enemies, O Lord, for your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.

10But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; you have poured over me fresh oil.

11My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

12The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.

14In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap,

15showing that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

28If you will only obey the Lord your God, by diligently observing all his commandments that I am commanding you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth; 2all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the Lord your God: 3Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. 4Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your livestock, both the increase of your cattle and the issue of your flock. 5Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one way, and flee before you seven ways. 8The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns, and in all that you undertake; he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 9The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. 10All the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11The Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground in the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give you. 12The Lord will open for you his rich storehouse, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all your undertakings. You will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow. 13The Lord will make you the head, and not the tail; you shall be only at the top, and not at the bottom—if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today, by diligently observing them, 14and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I am commanding you today, either to the right or to the left, following other gods to serve them.

Ephesians 4:17—5:2

17Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. 18They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. 19They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20That is not the way you learned Christ! 21For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. 22You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, 23and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not make room for the devil. 28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

5Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

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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