Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

India - Jamnapur village, Bihar

India – Jamnapur village, Bihar (Photo credit: CGIAR Climate)

 

 

Farmer and bullocks. Tambhol Village, November...

Farmer and bullocks. Tambhol Village, November, 2006 Photo by Dan Tunstall. 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Farmers Market San Francisco

Farmers Market San Francisco (Photo credit: Swami Stream)

 

The blues musician Blind Willie Johnson

The blues musician Blind Willie Johnson (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 100
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20100&version=MSG

 

 

 

Ezekiel 45:1-9 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%2045:1-9&version=MSG

 

 

 

Acts 9:32-35 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%209:32-35&version=MSG

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get up and make your bed! 042313

 

 

 

 

 

 

Somehow, when I hear this phrase I can hear the sound of a blues musician singing and playing on a street corner somewhere. Somehow when we’re in the midst of the blues, it’s hard to do this, but the gospel truth is that this is exactly what we have to do.

 

 

We have to get up, make our beds, and get on with the work the Lord has given us to do. It is hard, so hard sometimes, I know. People are really in pain it seems, and I think sometimes that all the technology and chemicals and electromagnetic things humans have put into the environment have drug us all down a notch or two. But we can’t mourn our own pain; we can’t mourn a lost environment. All we can do is get up, make our beds and get on with restoring this degraded and sad environment. How did we so expertly destroy a world of complete perfection and beauty, replacing it with endless fast foods, strip malls, big malls and bigger malls, and all this separated by crowded loud homes.

 

 

I read today that one of the world’s largest agricultural monster companies intends to build a beautiful 400 acre expansion campus, to expand its research and production. I can’t believe it—a company that has done more evil to farmers, farms, and the food in your mouth than any satan could dream now wants to create a ‘beautiful’ campus.

 

 

In India, 650,000 small farmers are reported to have committed suicide because of this company’s products, but they are going to be a better, beautiful 400 acre campus!

 

 

But take any other example that you hear God telling you needs correcting! Are the homeless in your town getting love and food? Are single mothers learning how to raise healthy infants? Are the elderly being visited and fed well? Are you going to see the people in prison,or are they too black, too poor and too violent for us to be near?

Pray for peace, brothers and sisters. For God’s sake pray for peace often. Let us plead with God to bring us peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have to get up, make our beds, and get on with the work the Lord has given us to do. It is hard, so hard sometimes, I know. People are really in pain it seems,
and I think sometimes that all the technology and chemicals and electromagnetic things humans have put into the environment have drug us all down a notch or two. But we can’t mourn our own pain; we can’t mourn a lost environment. All we can do is get up, make our beds and get on with restoring this degraded and sad environment. How did we so expertly destroy a world of complete perfection and beauty, replacing it with endless fast foods, strip malls, big malls and bigger malls, and all this separated by crowded loud homes.

I read today that one of the world’s largest agricultural monster companies intends to build abeautiful 400 acre expansion campus, to expand its research and production. I can’t believe it—a company that has done more evil to farmers, farms, and the food in your mouth than any satan could dream now wants to create a ‘beautiful’ campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In India, 650,000 small farmers are reported to have committed suicide because of this company’s products, but they are going to be a better, beautiful 400 acre campus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

But take any other example that you hear God telling you needs correcting! Are the homeless in your town getting love and food? Are single mothers learning how to raise healthy infants? Are the elderly being visited and fed well? Are you going to see the people in prison,or are they too black, too poor and too violent for us to be near?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pray for peace, brothers

and sisters. For God’s sake pray for peace often. Let us plead with

God to bring us peace.

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Bill

 

 

 

 

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Psalm

100

 

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

 

A Thanksgiving Psalm

 

 

 

100 1-2 On your feet now—applaud God!
Bring

a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into

his presence.

 

 

 

3 Know this: God is God, and God,

God.
He made us; we didn’t make

him.
We’re his people, his well-tended

sheep.

 

 

 

4 Enter with the password: “Thank

you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking

praise.
Thank him. Worship him.

 

 

 

5 For God is sheer

beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal

always and ever.

 

 

 

Ezekiel

45:1-12

 

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

 

Sacred Space for God

 

 

 

45 1-4 “When you divide up the inheritance of the

land, you must set aside part of the land as sacred space for God:

approximately seven miles long by six miles wide, all of it holy

ground. Within this rectangle, reserve a seven-hundred-fifty-foot

square for the Sanctuary with a seventy-five-foot buffer zone

surrounding it. Mark off within the sacred reserve a section seven

miles long by three miles wide. The Sanctuary with its Holy of Holies

will be placed there. This is where the priests will live, those who

lead worship in the Sanctuary and serve God there. Their houses will

be there along with The Holy Place.

 

 

 

5 “To the north of the sacred

reserve, an area roughly seven miles long and two and a quarter miles

wide will be set aside as land for the villages of the Levites who

administer the affairs of worship in the Sanctuary.

 

 

 

6 “To the south of the sacred

reserve, measure off a section seven miles long and about a mile and

a half wide for the city itself, an area held in common by the whole

family of Israel.

 

 

 

7-8 “The prince gets the land

abutting the seven-mile east and west borders of the central sacred

square, extending eastward toward the Jordan and westward toward the

Mediterranean. This is the prince’s possession in Israel. My

princes will no longer bully my people, running roughshod over them.

They’ll respect the land as it has been allotted to the tribes.

 

 

 

9-12 “This is the Message of God,

the Master: ‘I’ve put up with you long enough, princes of Israel!

Quit bullying and taking advantage of my people. Do what’s just and

right for a change. Use honest scales—honest weights and honest

measures. Every pound must have sixteen ounces. Every gallon must

measure four quarts. The ounce is the basic measure for both. And

your coins must be honest—no wooden nickels!

 

 

 

Acts

9:32-35

 

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

 

Tabitha

 

 

 

32-35 Peter went off on a mission to visit all the churches.

In the course of his travels he arrived in Lydda and met with the

believers there. He came across a man—his name was Aeneas—who had

been in bed eight years paralyzed. Peter said, “Aeneas, Jesus

Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!” And he did it—jumped

right out of bed. Everybody who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him

walking around and woke up to the fact that God was alive and active

among them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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