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Better Late Than Never 100112

 

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Today’s Scriptures Click the following links to read today’s scriptures or scroll to the very bottom of this blog post for those scriptures also. Lectionary Scriptures for the day selected by http://www.commontexts.org/

 

Psalm 5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalms%205&version=MSG

Zechariah 6:9-15 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zechariah%206:9-15&version=MSG

1 Peter 1:3-9 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%201:3-9&version=MSG

 

Better Late Than Never 100112

 

Normally, as you know, we try to post this blog every day so that we all can carry this with us all day, as kind of a ‘slow release’ message each day.

 

Online, one can not see the real people behind their words, so don’t believe for a minute that completely knowledgeable and maybe arrogant religious people do this blog, and do the humble things we do to be a church of Christ, to be disciples of Jesus together.

 

But that is not so! There is no big fancy building, or any building. We meet where we can. In the case of this blog, we share ideas and writing duties and do the best we can. I know several readers who could do better than we do. In this case, today’s blog is late because we all were horribly busy with sickness, elderly in need of our love and care, and the basics of trying to earn a simple living. We don’t really believe in a paid ministry and paid professional church workers; so, all we do is as regular people who love Jesus. We all word hard elsewhere, and give all we can to Jesus and the church.

 

So, we could say ‘Better Late Than Never’. We say this and suppose it is true, although it is suspicious. For instance, I suppose it is better late than never to begin to hear and understand the love and words of Jesus—but how different our lives would be if we heard and learned from Jesus at 50, 40, 30 or 20, rather than at 60 or 70. But we didn’t and better late than never, I guess.

 

Pray for peace,

Bill

 

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Psalm 5

Zechariah 6:9-15

1 Peter 1:3-9

 

Psalm 5

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

5 1-3 Listen, God! Please, pay attention!
Can you make sense of these ramblings,
my groans and cries?
King-God, I need your help.
Every morning
you’ll hear me at it again.
Every morning
I lay out the pieces of my life
on your altar
and watch for fire to descend.

4-6 You don’t socialize with Wicked,
or invite Evil over as your houseguest.
Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front of you;
you shake your head over Mischief-Maker.
God destroys Lie-Speaker;
Blood-Thirsty and Truth-Bender disgust you.

7-8 And here I am, your invited guest—
it’s incredible!
I enter your house; here I am,
prostrate in your inner sanctum,
Waiting for directions
to get me safely through enemy lines.

9-10 Every word they speak is a land mine;
their lungs breathe out poison gas.
Their throats are gaping graves,
their tongues slick as mudslides.
Pile on the guilt, God!
Let their so-called wisdom wreck them.
Kick them out! They’ve had their chance.

11-12 But you’ll welcome us with open arms
when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers,
for decking us out in delight.

Zechariah 6:9-15

The Message (MSG)

A Man Named Branch

9-12 Then this Message from God came to me: “Take up a collection from the exiles. Target Heldai, Tobiah, and Jedaiah. They’ve just arrived from Babylon. You’ll find them at the home of Josiah son of Zephaniah. Collect silver and gold from them and fashion crowns. Place one on the head of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and give him this message:

12-13 “‘A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies. Be alert. We have a man here whose name is Branch. He will branch out from where he is and build the Temple of God. Yes, he’s the one. He’ll build the Temple of God. Then he’ll assume the role of royalty, take his place on the throne and rule—a priest sitting on the throne!—showing that king and priest can coexist in harmony.’

14 “The other crown will be in the Temple of God as a symbol of royalty, under the custodial care of Helem, Tobiah, Jedaiah, and Hen son of Zephaniah.

15 “People will come from faraway places to pitch in and rebuild the Temple of God. This will confirm that God-of-the-Angel-Armies did, in fact, send me to you. All this follows as you put your minds to a life of responsive obedience to the voice of your God.”

1 Peter 1:3-9

The Message (MSG)

A New Life

3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

 

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