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Our Way Into the Presence of God 042213

 

 

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Columbia, MO

 

 

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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 37:15-28

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%2037:15-28&version=MSG

 

 

Revelation 15:1-4

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2015:1-4&version=MSG

 

 

Laughing Our Way

Into the Presence of God 042213

 

 

Psalm 100 (below) is a

song of thankfulness, but it may surprise us to be reminded that our

laughter is a gift of God and also a gift of God, with our songs a

way for us to find His presence amongst us.

 

 

Of all the experiences

one could have in church, the gift of a church song leader or pianist

is wonderful. There have been many times when the hymns chosen by the

church’s song leader were a better sermon or message than I’d ever

attempt to give….they seem to have directed by God.

 

 

Another important idea

worth our prayer and consideration is Ps 100, verse 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.

 

 

In

some form or another we’ve probably considered this idea. It says or

implies several different things. It implies that God is so far above

us, that it is logical that we cannot even consider what God really

is. The lesser cannot envision the greater. Further, it implies that

we can ‘conceive’ of our children, our families and our

lives—because we made them. But God made us, so we cannot know

specifically what God is.

 

 

Further,

God is the only real equation in the universe: God (equals) = God.

 

 

It’s

enough to make one laugh.

 

 

Pray

for 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

37:15-28

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

15-17 God’s Message came to me:
“You, son of man: Take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, with
his Israelite companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it,
‘For Joseph—Ephraim’s stick, together with all his Israelite
companions.’ Then tie the two sticks together so that you’re
holding one stick.

 

 

18-19 “When your people ask you,
‘Are you going to tell us what you’re doing?’ tell them, ‘God,
the Master, says, Watch me! I’ll take the Joseph stick that is in
Ephraim’s hand, with the tribes of Israel connected with him, and
lay the Judah stick on it. I’ll make them into one stick. I’m
holding one stick.’

 

 

20-24 “Then take the sticks
you’ve inscribed and hold them up so the people can see them. Tell
them, ‘God, the Master, says, Watch me! I’m taking the Israelites
out of the nations in which they’ve been exiled. I’ll gather them
in from all directions and bring them back home. I’ll make them one
nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and give them one
king—one king over all of them. Never again will they be divided
into two nations, two kingdoms. Never again will they pollute their
lives with their no-god idols and all those vile obscenities and
rebellions. I’ll save them out of all their old sinful haunts. I’ll
clean them up. They’ll be my people! I’ll be their God! My
servant David will be king over them. They’ll all be under one
shepherd.

 

 

 

 

28 “‘The nations will realize
that I, God, make Israel holy when m

 

 

 

 

Revelation 15:1-4

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

The Song of Moses, the

Song of the Lamb

 

 

15 I saw another Sign in Heaven, huge and breathtaking: seven
Angels with seven disasters. These are the final disasters, the
wrap-up of God’s wrath.

 

 

2-4 I saw something like a sea
made of glass, the glass all shot through with fire. Carrying harps
of God, triumphant over the Beast, its image, and the number of its
name, the saved ones stood on the sea of glass. They sang the Song of
Moses, servant of God; they sang the Song of the Lamb:

 

 

Mighty your acts and marvelous,
O God,the Sovereign-Strong!
Righteous your ways and true,
King of the nations!
Who can fail to fear you, God,
give glory to your Name?
Because you and you only are holy,
all nations will come and worship you,
because they see your judgments are right.

 

 

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