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A Revolution in What We Think 010312

Cover of "The European Reformations"

Cover of The European Reformations

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Psalm 72 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2072&version=MSG


Job 42:10-17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job%2042:10-17&version=MSG


Luke 8:16-21 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%208:16-21&version=MSG


A Revolution in What We Think 010312

It is perhaps always going to be the case that I am a child of the 60s. In America this means that came to adulthood, or a facsimile thereof, during a time when revolution was sung, thought and fantasized.

And if one looks back at the 500 years since the European Reformations, a revolution was what was being sought in the uprising against the Roman church, Martin Luther, Menno Simons and many others. For me, that revolution was a revolution against the relevance or acceptance of hierarchy, and it was a revolution against any particular belief or creed becoming a public necessity..

What freed our predecessors was the availability of printed Bibles in the local language, and the commonality of those Bibles. For us now, what kind of revolution can we undertake with a free and easy discussion and contemplation of truth about God and Jesus. This discussion is available to more people now than ever in human history, and there are far more of us to share a discussion than ever before. This prolonged diverse and dispersed discussion is a revolutionary.

I have no idea what this revolution (and reformation) in human theological thought may look like. But I’d predict for one that any discussion that occurs will be very diverse; diversity may be the dominant theme of the revolution.

In such circumstances, the goal humanity must pursue is a kindly and gently tolerance of diversity, for that, it seems, is the pervading truth of our time.

When we ‘arrive’ it will be at the realization of diversity, rather than the possession of certainty.

As to today’s scripture, Psalm 72 is a great reading, a great poem and song of praise, a song of realization. And Luke 8 speaks of the light on a lamp stand, and anyone who has heard the hymn ‘This Little Light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine’ has to start humming or murmuring the refrain and tune.

Pray for increasing peace in the world and ending the death of hunger and thirst.

Pastor Bill

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Psalm 72

Job 42:10-17

Luke 8:16-21


Psalm 72

The Message (MSG)

A Solomon Psalm

72 1-8 Give the gift of wise rule to the king, O God,
the gift of just rule to the crown prince.
May he judge your people rightly,
be honorable to your meek and lowly.
Let the mountains give exuberant witness;
shape the hills with the contours of right living.
Please stand up for the poor,
help the children of the needy,
come down hard on the cruel tyrants.
Outlast the sun, outlive the moon—
age after age after age.
Be rainfall on cut grass,
earth-refreshing rain showers.
Let righteousness burst into blossom
and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing.
Rule from sea to sea,
from the River to the Rim.

9-14 Foes will fall on their knees before God,
his enemies lick the dust.
Kings remote and legendary will pay homage,
kings rich and resplendent will turn over their wealth.
All kings will fall down and worship,
and godless nations sign up to serve him,
Because he rescues the poor at the first sign of need,
the destitute who have run out of luck.
He opens a place in his heart for the down-and-out,
he restores the wretched of the earth.
He frees them from tyranny and torture—
when they bleed, he bleeds;
when they die, he dies.

15-17 And live! Oh, let him live!
Deck him out in Sheba gold.
Offer prayers unceasing to him,
bless him from morning to night.
Fields of golden grain in the land,
cresting the mountains in wild exuberance,
Cornucopias of praise, praises
springing from the city like grass from the earth.
May he never be forgotten,
his fame shine on like sunshine.
May all godless people enter his circle of blessing
and bless the One who blessed them.

18-20 Blessed God, Israel’s God,
the one and only wonder-working God!
Blessed always his blazing glory!
All earth brims with his glory.
Yes and Yes and Yes.

Job 42:10-17

The Message (MSG)

10-11 After Job had interceded for his friends, God restored his fortune—and then doubled it! All his brothers and sisters and friends came to his house and celebrated. They told him how sorry they were, and consoled him for all the trouble God had brought him. Each of them brought generous housewarming gifts.

12-15 God blessed Job’s later life even more than his earlier life. He ended up with fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand teams of oxen, and one thousand donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first daughter Dove, the second, Cinnamon, and the third, Darkeyes. There was not a woman in that country as beautiful as Job’s daughters. Their father treated them as equals with their brothers, providing the same inheritance.

16-17 Job lived on another 140 years, living to see his children and grandchildren—four generations of them! Then he died—an old man, a full life.

Luke 8:16-21

The Message (MSG)

Misers of What You Hear

16-18 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way. We’re not keeping secrets; we’re telling them. We’re not hiding things; we’re bringing everything out into the open. So be careful that you don’t become misers of what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.”

19-20 His mother and brothers showed up but couldn’t get through to him because of the crowd. He was given the message, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside wanting to see you.”

21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are the ones who hear and do God’s Word. Obedience is thicker than blood.”



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