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Nehemiah 8:10

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Monday Again? 082712

 

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Psalm 119:97-104 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20119:97-104&version=NKJV

Nehemiah 9:1-15 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah%209:1-15&version=NKJV

Ephesians 5:21—6:9 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%205:21%E2%80%946:9&version=NKJV

 

I don’t like Mondays. I do like the restful, somewhat peaceful type of Sunday, when after church we gather somewhere with family and friends and share a meal of some kind. It is a day filled with the spirit of Jesus, I think.

 

But Mondays are more about rules than spirit. There are time rules, traffic laws, work rules all around me, and the rules seem to dominate the spirit in some way.

 

But Psalm 119 speaks of the law, and following the law. The ancient, Jewish laws seem to overrule the quiet, peace of Jesus Christ. I think Jesus knew this, that sometimes following the rules and laws produced a dead spirit. And he declared his disciples to be free from the law, and subject only to the spirit.

 

So, we have to focus on keeping the Holy Spirit alive by our own spiritual lives. The law? It seems to go on forever anyway. It is the spirit that needs daily attention.

 

Pray for peace,

brother Bill

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Psalm 119:97-104

Nehemiah 9:1-15

Ephesians 5:21—6:9

 

Psalm 119:97-104

97Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long.

98Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me.

99I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my meditation.

100I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.

101I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word.

102I do not turn away from your ordinances, for you have taught me.

103How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Nehemiah 9:1-15

9Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads. 2Then those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their ancestors. 3They stood up in their place and read from the book of the law of the Lord their God for a fourth part of the day, and for another fourth they made confession and worshiped the Lord their God.

4Then Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani stood on the stairs of the Levites and cried out with a loud voice to the Lord their God. 5Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, “Stand up and bless the Lord your God from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.” 6And Ezra said: “You are the Lord, you alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. To all of them you give life, and the host of heaven worships you. 7You are the Lord, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and gave him the name Abraham; 8and you found his heart faithful before you, and made with him a covenant to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Jebusite, and the Girgashite; and you have fulfilled your promise, for you are righteous. 9“And you saw the distress of our ancestors in Egypt and heard their cry at the Red Sea. 10You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land, for you knew that they acted insolently against our ancestors. You made a name for yourself, which remains to this day. 11And you divided the sea before them, so that they passed through the sea on dry land, but you threw their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters. 12Moreover, you led them by day with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire, to give them light on the way in which they should go. 13You came down also upon Mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them right ordinances and true laws, good statutes and commandments, 14and you made known your holy sabbath to them and gave them commandments and statutes and a law through your servant Moses. 15For their hunger you gave them bread from heaven, and for their thirst you brought water for them out of the rock, and you told them to go in to possess the land that you swore to give them.

Ephesians 5:21—6:9

21Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. 24Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands. 25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, 27so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish. 28In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, 30because we are members of his body. 31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. 33Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.

6Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother” —this is the first commandment with a promise: 3“so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” 4And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 5Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; 6not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 7Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, 8knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free. 9And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality.

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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