Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

English: child Jesus with the virgin Mary, wit...

English: child Jesus with the virgin Mary, with the Holy Spirit (represented as a dove) and God the Father, with child john the Baptist and saint Elizabeth on the right (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Jesus Christ baroque sculpture in Hol...

English: Jesus Christ baroque sculpture in Holy Spirit church, Vilnius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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 71:1-6 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2071:1-6&version=MSG

2 Chronicles 34:1-7 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles%2034:1-7&version=MSG

Acts 10:44-48 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2010:44-48&version=MSG

The Spirit Discloses All 013113

 

Acts 10 talks about the early non-Jewish Christians being accepted by the previously all Jewish Christian groups. Basically, it says to me that the previous Christians Jews accepted the non-Jews, the Gentiles because of the evidence of the Holy Spirit disclosing the presence of the spirit in the Gentiles.

 

To see the presence of the Spirit, both groups had to be groups of people who were filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

Have you seen people that were clearly filled with the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Jesus Christ?

 

I hope somehow, that if anyone ever sees you or me filled with the Holy Spirit, it ill be something they see when I bent over to help a child, or to help someone in need.

 

To be filled with the Holy Spirit or to see the Holy Spirit in someone else is perhaps, however, only a dream to us. Maybe others will be able to feel this and experience this, but for us, the best we can hope for is that the small, the weak and the injured and sick will be filled with the Holy Spirit, and experience it when we reach to help, or to offer food, water and medicine.

 

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Pastor Bill

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Psalm 71:1-6

2 Chronicles 34:1-7

Acts 10:44-48

 

Psalm 71:1-7

The Message (MSG)

71 1-3 I run for dear life to God,
I’ll never live to regret it.
Do what you do so well:
get me out of this mess and up on my feet.
Put your ear to the ground and listen,
give me space for salvation.
Be a guest room where I can retreat;
you said your door was always open!
You’re my salvation—my vast, granite fortress.

4-7 My God, free me from the grip of Wicked,
from the clutch of Bad and Bully.
You keep me going when times are tough—
my bedrock, God, since my childhood.
I’ve hung on you from the day of my birth,
the day you took me from the cradle;
I’ll never run out of praise.
Many gasp in alarm when they see me,
but you take me in stride.

2 Chronicles 34:1-7

The Message (MSG)

King Josiah

34 1-2 Josiah was eight years old when he became king. He ruled for thirty-one years in Jerusalem. He behaved well before God. He kept straight on the path blazed by his ancestor David, not one step to the left or right.

3-7 When he had been king for eight years—he was still only a teenager—he began to seek the God of David his ancestor. Four years later, the twelfth year of his reign, he set out to cleanse the neighborhood of sex-and-religion shrines, and get rid of the sacred Asherah groves and the god and goddess figurines, whether carved or cast, from Judah. He wrecked the Baal shrines, tore down the altars connected with them, and scattered the debris and ashes over the graves of those who had worshiped at them. He burned the bones of the priests on the same altars they had used when alive. He scrubbed the place clean, Judah and Jerusalem, clean inside and out. The cleanup campaign ranged outward to the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, and the surrounding neighborhoods—as far north as Naphtali. Throughout Israel he demolished the altars and Asherah groves, pulverized the god and goddess figures, chopped up the neighborhood shrines into firewood. With Israel once more intact, he returned to Jerusalem.

Acts 10:44-48

The Message (MSG)

44-46 No sooner were these words out of Peter’s mouth than the Holy Spirit came on the listeners. The believing Jews who had come with Peter couldn’t believe it, couldn’t believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on “outsider” non-Jews, but there it was—they heard them speaking in tongues, heard them praising God.

46-48 Then Peter said, “Do I hear any objections to baptizing these friends with water? They’ve received the Holy Spirit exactly as we did.” Hearing no objections, he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Then they asked Peter to stay on for a few days.

 

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