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The front side of folios 13 and 14 of a Greek papyrus manuscript of the Gospel of Luke containing verses 11:50–12:12 and 13:6-24, P. Chester Beatty I (Gregory-Aland no. P 45 ). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Jesus, the Prophet 052213



In Luke 9, when Jesus asks whom the people say he is, he is told they

think he is “John the Baptizer. Others say Elijah. Still others say that one of the

prophets from long ago has come back.”







The story reveals that Jesus, the people, or both believed him to be a

prophet. The question then arises as to what a prophet is.







Rather than think a prophet is one who predicts truthfully, could a prophet

be one who speaks truthfully about the PRESENT? It’s a scary proposition, but when Jesus talks about, criticizes and names the

Pharisees, the Sadducees, and everyone else in power during his

preaching, couldn’t he also be talking about our own time and place,

and really, all of humanity before and since his lifetime here.







And may I never be so prideful, that Jesus doesn’t know me also, and tell

the truth about me. But it doesn’t matter—there is both

psychological and spiritual forgiveness in moving forward with Jesus,

and never moving back.







Pray for peace,




Pastor Bill




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Psalm 29




The Message (MSG)




A David Psalm




29 1-2 Bravo, God, bravo!

and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the

in awe before God’s visible

Stand at attention!
Dress your

best to honor him!




3 God thunders across the

Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming

God, across the flood waters.




4 God’s thunder tympanic,

thunder symphonic.




5 God’s thunder smashes

God topples the northern cedars.




6 The mountain ranges skip like

spring colts,
The high ridges jump like wild kid goats.




7-8 God’s thunder spits fire.

thunders, the wilderness quakes;
He makes the desert of Kadesh





9 God’s thunder sets the oak

trees dancing
A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips

their branches.
We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”




10 Above the floodwaters is God’s

from which his power

from which he rules the world.




11 God makes his people strong.

gives his people peace.




Ezekiel 3:12-21




The Message (MSG)




12-13 Then the Spirit picked me up.

Behind me I heard a great commotion—“Blessed be the Glory of God

in his Sanctuary!”—the wings of the living creatures beating

against each other, the whirling wheels, the rumble of a great





14-15 The Spirit lifted me and took

me away. I went bitterly and angrily. I didn’t want to go. But God

had me in his grip. I arrived among the exiles who lived near the

Kebar River at Tel Aviv. I came to where they were living and sat

there for seven days, appalled.




16 At the end of the seven days, I

received this Message from God:




17-19 “Son of man, I’ve made

you a watchman for the family of Israel. Whenever you hear me say

something, warn them for me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You are going

to die,’ and you don’t sound the alarm warning them that it’s a

matter of life or death, they will die and it will be your fault.

I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn the wicked and they keep

right on sinning anyway, they’ll most certainly die for their sin,

but you won’t die. You’ll have saved your life.




20-21 “And

if the righteous turn back from living righteously and take up with

evil when I step in and put them in a hard place, they’ll die. If

you haven’t warned them, they’ll die because of their sins, and

none of the right things they’ve done will count for anything—and

I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn these righteous people

not to sin and they listen to you, they’ll live because they took

the warning—and again, you’ll have saved your life.”




Luke 9:18-27




The Message (MSG)




Don’t Run from





18 One time when Jesus was off praying by himself, his

disciples nearby, he asked them, “What are the crowds saying about

me, about who I am?”




19 They said, “John the

Baptizer. Others say Elijah. Still others say that one of the

prophets from long ago has come back.”




20-21 He then asked, “And

you—what are you saying about me? Who am I?”




Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” Jesus then warned them

to keep it quiet. They were to tell no one what Peter had said.




22 He went on, “It is necessary

that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and

found guilty by the religious leaders, high priests, and religion

scholars, be killed, and on the third day be raised up alive.”




23-27 Then he told them what they

could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me

has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t

run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how.

Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my

way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to

get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is

embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son

of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all

his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This

isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken

their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own

eyes the kingdom of God.”








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