Still Here 090312
(and special thanks to all who prayed for rain–the drought was broken by 6 inches of rain in three days!)
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Still Here 090312
After 4 weeks of welcoming guest bloggers to our church blog, I (pastor Bill) am back for one week, then another 4 week round of guest bloggers begins. I’m looking forward to the next round of invited guests.
What happened and why did we decide to invite guest bloggers? For one, we never intended the blog to be just by and about our own small church. We wanted all along to invite and involve many others in writing and reading the daily blog posts.
We’ve noticed some things in watching the blog over these weeks. One member of the congregation noted that one of our bloggers knew more about the Bible than we did, and that is correct. Many Mennonite preachers have a better Bible education than I do, and it comes through clearly in their writing. I also have enjoyed the ‘spirit’ of guest bloggers—they have been excited about scriptures when I saw no particular thrill.
Something that has occurred, and that I did not anticipate is that some of our most loyal blog readers and subscribers have ceased commenting or ‘liking’ our blog posts. Perhaps they missed the ‘old’ blog, or didn’t feel as comfortable with the guest bloggers’ writing styles. Well, we’re back to ‘normal’ again for a week, and after a second round of guest bloggers, things will return to ‘normal’.
Today’s scriptures all reminded me of the importance of seeing ourselves as God’s people, as staying true, day to day, to God’s laws and rules for happiness, and Jesus messages of spiritual freedom and salvation added on top!
I don’t know if this happens to you, but I wake in the morning sometime as if I’ve dreamed and walked far away, to a foreign land and in the company of foreign people. I’m confused and disoriented (more than usual).
Reading the Bible first thing in the morning, while dawn is new, and beginning to pray, bring me back to sanity and calm!
These assurances and discussion (in the three Bible scriptures for today) bring us all back together once again. Praise the Lord!
The ‘rule’ for today may be to read the Bible daily and pray without ceasing. It’s a simple guide for life, but we are often so busy, we think, that it is overlooked. Breathe deep, dear friends, read the Bible, and pray.
Pray for peace
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Psalm 106:1-6, 13-23, 47-48
1 Timothy 4:6-16
Hallelujah! Thank God! And why?
Because he’s good, because his love lasts.
But who on earth can do it—
declaim God’s mighty acts, broadcast all his praises?
You’re one happy man when you do what’s right,
one happy woman when you form the habit of justice.
4-5 Remember me, God, when you enjoy your people;
include me when you save them;
I want to see your chosen succeed,
celebrate with your celebrating nation,
join the Hallelujahs of your pride and joy!
6-12 We’ve sinned a lot, both we and our parents;
We’ve fallen short, hurt a lot of people.
13-18 But it wasn’t long before they forgot the whole thing,
wouldn’t wait to be told what to do.
They only cared about pleasing themselves in that desert,
provoked God with their insistent demands.
He gave them exactly what they asked for—
but along with it they got an empty heart.
One day in camp some grew jealous of Moses,
also of Aaron, holy priest of God.
The ground opened and swallowed Dathan,
then buried Abiram’s gang.
Fire flared against that rebel crew
and torched them to a cinder.
19-22 They cast in metal a bull calf at Horeb
and worshiped the statue they’d made.
They traded the Glory
for a cheap piece of sculpture—a grass-chewing bull!
They forgot God, their very own Savior,
who turned things around in Egypt,
Who created a world of wonders in the Land of Ham,
who gave that stunning performance at the Red Sea.
23-27 Fed up, God decided to get rid of them—
and except for Moses, his chosen, he would have.
47-48 Save us, God, our God!
Gather us back out of exile
So we can give thanks to your holy name
and join in the glory when you are praised!
Blessed be God, Israel’s God!
Bless now, bless always!
Oh! Let everyone say Amen!
The Message (MSG)
9 Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren.
10 That day when you stood before God, your God, at Horeb, God said to me, “Assemble the people in my presence to listen to my words so that they will learn to fear me in holy fear for as long as they live on the land, and then they will teach these same words to their children.”
11-13 You gathered. You stood in the shadow of the mountain. The mountain was ablaze with fire, blazing high into the very heart of Heaven. You stood in deep darkness and thick clouds. God spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but you saw nothing—no form, only a voice. He announced his covenant, the Ten Words, by which he commanded you to live. Then he wrote them down on two slabs of stone.
14 And God commanded me at that time to teach you the rules and regulations that you are to live by in the land which you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.
1 Timothy 4:6-16
The Message (MSG)
6-10You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.
11-14Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.
15-16Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.
The Message (MSG)
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