Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

Dog Days of Summer (film)

Dog Days of Summer (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wishbone's Dog Days of the West

Wishbone’s Dog Days of the West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sirius in Canis major constellation

Sirius in Canis major constellation (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 49:1-12 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2049:1-12&version=MSG

 

Proverbs 23:1-11 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2023:1-11&version=MSG

 

Romans 11:33-36 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2011:33-36&version=MSG

 

To God We Say ‘Yes, Yes, Yes

 

Spirituality in general, and Christianity go so easy when we just say ‘Yes’ to God. I wonder how much misery, loneliness and darkness humanity suffers simply for not saying ‘Yes’ to God.

 

Jesus made it so easy for us, not by becoming a substitute for our sins, but by walking a path to God. Jesus had to pray and fast for forty days to connect to God, but we, as disciples of Christ have a paved path to walk to God. And it seems that just saying yes to God every day is that path.

 

In the middle US it is the part of summer called the Dog Days. It is called this because, according to history, the Dog Days of summer were associated with the constellation Canis Major (Big Dog) and its brightest star, Sirius. In Missouri is it usually stifling hot, so you can’t breathe, and also humid, so you can’t breathe. People stay inside a majority of the time, and excursions outside are mostly brief.

 

As a result, the Dog Days are isolating and boring. It’s too uncomfortable to go anywhere, and staying inside and at home becomes boring. Yet beyond the quiet, too much quiet of Dog Days we still have the opportunity to say ‘Yes’ to God. Before the approach of fall, when a new season work begins for many people, we have this quiet to meditate, pray and say yes every chance we get.

 

Psalm 49:12 says: 12 We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long.
Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die.

 

Take it easy in the heat, or if you’re south of the equator, beware of the cold. Each will soon pass.

 

Pray for peace,

Pastor Bill

 

 

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Psalm 49:1-12

The Message (MSG)

A Psalm of the Sons of Korah

49 1-2 Listen, everyone, listen—
earth-dwellers, don’t miss this.
All you haves
and have-nots,
All together now: listen.

3-4 I set plainspoken wisdom before you,
my heart-seasoned understandings of life.
I fine-tuned my ear to the sayings of the wise,
I solve life’s riddle with the help of a harp.

5-6 So why should I fear in bad times,
hemmed in by enemy malice,
Shoved around by bullies,
demeaned by the arrogant rich?

7-9 Really! There’s no such thing as self-rescue,
pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.
The cost of rescue is beyond our means,
and even then it doesn’t guarantee
Life forever, or insurance
against the Black Hole.

10-11 Anyone can see that the brightest and best die,
wiped out right along with fools and dunces.
They leave all their prowess behind,
move into their new home, The Coffin,
The cemetery their permanent address.
And to think they named counties after themselves!

12 We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long.
Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die.

Proverbs 23:1-11

The Message (MSG)

Restrain Yourself

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23 1-3 When you go out to dinner with an influential person,
mind your manners:
Don’t gobble your food,
don’t talk with your mouth full.
And don’t stuff yourself;
bridle your appetite.

7

4-5 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich;
restrain yourself!
Riches disappear in the blink of an eye;
wealth sprouts wings
and flies off into the wild blue yonder.

8

6-8 Don’t accept a meal from a tightwad;
don’t expect anything special.
He’ll be as stingy with you as he is with himself;
he’ll say, “Eat! Drink!” but won’t mean a word of it.
His miserly serving will turn your stomach
when you realize the meal’s a sham.

9

9 Don’t bother talking sense to fools;
they’ll only poke fun at your words.

10

10-11 Don’t stealthily move back the boundary lines
or cheat orphans out of their property,
For they have a powerful Advocate
who will go to bat for them.

Romans 11:33-36

The Message (MSG)

33-36 Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.

Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor
that God has to ask his advice?
Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him.
Always glory! Always praise!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

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