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Infinite Learning 081611

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Psalm 87

Isaiah 43:8-13

Romans 11:13-29

 

Infinite Learning 081611

One joy of the Christian life is that there is an infinite amount to learn about our infinite God. Any Christian who claims to know, has not checked with God yet this morning because God has a new lesson for us.

Following Jesus and living a life of discipleship has a new lesson also each day. We all should realize we don’t know yet how God is with us; we don’t know yet how to be disciples.

Yet, with every morning, with every prayer, Jesus tells me a little more of the truth. I still fail to describe what I’ve learned correctly, but it seems as if I’ve learned a little something. Today’s scripture from Romans 11: 18 reminds us:’ …remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.’

Pray for peace

(brother) Bill

Psalm 87

1On the holy mount stands the city he founded;

2the Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

3Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah

4Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon; Philistia too, and Tyre, with Ethiopia—“This one was born there,” they say.

5And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in it”; for the Most High himself will establish it.

6The Lord records, as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah

7Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.”

Isaiah 43:8-13

8Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears! 9Let all the nations gather together, and let the peoples assemble. Who among them declared this, and foretold to us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to justify them, and let them hear and say, “It is true.” 10You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. 11I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. 12I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses, says the Lord. 13I am God, and also henceforth I am He; there is no one who can deliver from my hand; I work and who can hinder it?

Romans 11:13-29

13Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry 14in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. 15For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead! 16If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the root is holy, then the branches also are holy. 17But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree, 18do not boast over the branches. If you do boast, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you. 19You will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps he will not spare you. 22Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness toward you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. 23And even those of Israel, if they do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree. 25So that you may not claim to be wiser than you are, brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26And so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, “Out of Zion will come the Deliverer; he will banish ungodliness from Jacob.” 27“And this is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” 28As regards the gospel they are enemies of God for your sake; but as regards election they are beloved, for the sake of their ancestors; 29for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

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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