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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

Psalm 93 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2093&version=MSG

2 Chronicles 15:1-15 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles%2015:1-15&version=MSG

Revelation 21:15-22 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2021:15-22&version=MSG

This Person Jesus 050713

It is so easy to read about Jesus. Every bookstore, many online bookstores, and bookshops with paper catalogs has books about Jesus,
and in total I wonder how many hundreds or thousands of books one may borrow or buy, and read.

But they don’t agree! At least some of them might be wrong about the real Jesus, and some of them may be misleading. And the end result of
trying to learn about Jesus is an academic accomplishment, maybe, but does not lead me at all to begin to know Jesus. Do we get to know
about Jesus, or do we get to know the actual real person of Jesus, as I might get to know a friend sitting next to us?

To know the actual person of Jesus, as a person, seems to me a mystical experience, as in personally experiencing God, and becoming one with

I’m carrying this thought with me for several days. Am I scared or superstitious about asking Jesus to sit here next to me?

I was thinking this today as I was down by the big river and watched as it ran swiftly past. It could carry trees, forests of them, and even cities away with it, wide, fast and continuous. Am I frightened of being swept away by God, and by Jesus, as if carried away by a big river?

Pray for peace,

Pastor Bill

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Psalm 93
The Message (MSG)

93 1-2 God is King, robed and ruling,
God is robed and surging with strength.

And yes, the world is firm, immovable,
Your throne ever firm—you’re Eternal!

3-4 Sea storms are up, God,
Sea storms wild and roaring,
Sea storms with thunderous breakers.

Stronger than wild sea storms,
Mightier than sea-storm breakers,
Mighty God rules from High Heaven.

5 What you say goes—it always has.
“Beauty” and “Holy” mark your palace rule,
God, to the very end of time.

2 Chronicles 15:1-15

The Message (MSG)

15 1-6 Then Azariah son of Obed, moved by the Spirit of God, went out to meet Asa. He said,
“Listen carefully, Asa, and listen Judah and Benjamin: God will stick with you as long as you stick with him. If you look for him he
will let himself be found; but if you leave him he’ll leave you.

For a long time Israel didn’t have the real God, nor did they have the help of priest or teacher or book. But when they were in trouble
and got serious, and decided to seek God, the God of Israel, God let himself be found. At that time it was a dog-eat-dog world; life was
constantly up for grabs—no one, regardless of country, knew what the next day might bring. Nation battered nation, city pummeled city.

God let loose every kind of trouble among them. 7 “But it’s different with you: Be strong. Take heart. Payday is coming!”

8-9 Asa heard the prophecy of Azariah son of Obed, took a deep breath, then rolled up his sleeves,
and went to work: He cleaned out the obscene and polluting sacred shrines from the whole country of Judah and Benjamin and from the
towns he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim. He spruced up the Altar of God that was in front of The Temple porch. Then he called an
assembly for all Judah and Benjamin, including those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were living there at the time (for many from
Israel had left their homes and joined forces with Asa when they saw that God was on his side).

10-15 They all arrived in Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign for a great assembly of worship. From their earlier plunder they offered
sacrifices of seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep for the worship. Then they bound themselves in a covenant to seek God, the God of their fathers, wholeheartedly, holding nothing back. And they
agreed that anyone who refused to seek God, the God of Israel, should be killed, no matter who it was, young or old, man or woman. They shouted out their promise to God, a joyful sound accompanied with
blasts from trumpets and rams’ horns. The whole country felt good about the covenant promise—they had given their promise joyfully
from the heart. Anticipating the best, they had sought God—and he showed up, ready to be found. God gave them peace within and
without—a most peaceable kingdom!

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Revelation 21:15-27

The Message (MSG)

15-21 The Angel speaking with me had a gold measuring stick to measure the City, its gates, and its
wall. The City was laid out in a perfect square. He measured the City with the measuring stick: twelve thousand stadia, its length, width,
and height all equal. Using the standard measure, the Angel measuredthe thickness of its wall: 144 cubits. The wall was jasper, the color
of Glory, and the City was pure gold, translucent as glass. The foundations of the City walls were garnished with every precious gem
imaginable: the first foundation jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian,
the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. The twelve
gates were twelve pearls, each gate a single pearl.

21-27 The main street of the City was pure gold, translucent as glass. But there was no sign of a
Temple, for the Lord God—the Sovereign-Strong—and the Lamb are the Temple. The City doesn’t need sun or moon for light. God’s
Glory is its light, the Lamb its lamp! The nations will walk in its light and earth’s kings bring in their splendor. Its gates will
never be shut by day, and there won’t be any night. They’ll bring the glory and honor of the nations into the City. Nothing dirty or
defiled will get into the City, and no one who defiles or deceives.

Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will get in.


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