Saturday Leads to Sunday 051912
It’s become a habit. On Saturday I look forward to Sunday. It is the Lord’s Day still for us, and Sunday always feels special, regardless of the world and the marketplace.
We are old enough to recall when Sunday meant everything was closed—not a gas station, a grocery or a movie theater was open. Sunday mornings were totally quiet in town, except for church bells.
Because of that habit of peacefulness and quiet, I still feel the day to be the Lord’s Day. It is designed perfectly for allowing us one day, we hope, to renew our peace with God, and hopefully renew our peace with family and friends. It is a day programmed for spiritual renewal.
As we this day prepare for Sunday, and anticipate the much needed rest and worship and prayer, I have a question to ask—should this blog be expanded to include a page for Sunday sermons. I no longer actually write out a sermon, when I am preparing for Sunday. Instead, I at most scribble out an outline based upon the scripture for the week. Therefore, composing a sermon for a ‘sermon’ page within this blog site in a new and additional task (we have never before sought to publish any blog entry on Sunday). The question becomes, can a written sermon benefit the subscribers to this blog, or benefit others you may know?
Pray for peace
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God’s Rule over the Nations
To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1 Clap your hands, all you peoples;
shout to God with loud songs of joy.
2 For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
a great king over all the earth.
3 He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
4 He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
5 God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the king of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm.
8 God is king over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
9 The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted.
Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab
34Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, 2all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, 3the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. 4The Lord said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants”; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.’ 5Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. 6He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. 7Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated.
4But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.
The Work of the Spirit
‘I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” 6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 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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