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Whom the Church Has Harmed 050813

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Whom the Church Has Harmed 050813

 

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

 

2 Chronicles 34:20-33 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles%2034:20-33%20&version=MSG

 

Luke 2:25-38 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%202:25-38%20&version=MSG

 

Whom the Church Has Harmed 050813

 

A close friend has expressed to me how they have suffered for several years after an incident of injustice and hurt caused her to leave the
church. We’ve all been part of these situations, as a participant, as a victim or as an observer. The church sometimes, maybe often, hurts
those whom Jesus loves.

 

The idea occurred to this person that a church made up of those who had been hurt would be the largest church in the United States, or maybe
in the world. There are several ways of looking at this, and how we look at it may determine what we decide to do.

 

If we think the hurt was just the action of several mean people, or stupid people or ignorant power hungry people we may seek another
church, just to find that the new church is just as bad as the old.

 

Or we may decide that modern Christianity tolerates abuse of people, and realize that the safety of Jesus, the comfort of Jesus has been deleted from the modern church and replaced with the notion of church as being a burden to be tolerated, because it what we were taught we should do.

 

So,the church becomes an institution of social control and victimization, rather than an institution of spiritual freedom and spiritual joy, of a magnitude that human beings cannot find any other
place. What has happened?

 

How can we stay loyal to Jesus and ask for complete change within the church? And who dares to go first?

 

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 34:20-33

 

The Message (MSG)

 

19-21 When the king heard what was written in the book, God’s Revelation, he ripped his robes in
dismay. And then he called for Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Abdon son of Micah, Shaphan the royal secretary, and Asaiah the king’s
personal aide. He ordered them all: “Go and pray to God for me and what’s left of Israel and Judah. Find out what we must do in
response to what is written in this book that has just been found!

God’s anger must be burning furiously against us—our ancestors haven’t obeyed a thing written in this book of God, followed none
of the instructions directed to us.”

 

22-25 Hilkiah and those picked by the king went straight to Huldah the prophetess. She was the wife of Shallum son of Tokhath, the son of Hasrah, who was in charge of the
palace wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter. The men consulted with her. In response to them she said, “God’s
word, the God of Israel: Tell the man who sent you here, ‘God has spoken, I’m on my way to bring the doom of judgment on this place
and this people. Every word written in the book read by the king of Judah will happen. And why? Because they’ve deserted me and taken
up with other gods; they’ve made me thoroughly angry by setting up their god-making businesses. My anger is raging white-hot against
this place and nobody is going to put it out.’

 

26-28 “And also tell the king of Judah, since he sent you to ask God for direction, God’s comment on what he read in the book: ‘Because you took seriously the doom of
judgment I spoke against this place and people, and because you responded in humble repentance, tearing your robe in dismay and weeping before me, I’m taking you seriously. God’s word. I’ll
take care of you; you’ll have a quiet death and be buried in peace.

You won’t be around to see the doom that I’m going to bring upon this place and people.’”

 

The men took her message back to the king.

 

29-31 The king acted immediately,assembling all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem, and then proceeding
to The Temple of God bringing everyone in his train—priests and prophets and people ranging from the least to the greatest. Then he
read out publicly everything written in the Book of the Covenant that was found in The Temple of God. The king stood by his pillar and
before God solemnly committed himself to the covenant: to follow God believingly and obediently; to follow his instructions, heart and
soul, on what to believe and do; to confirm with his life the entire covenant, all that was written in the book.

 

32 Then he made everyone in Jerusalem and Benjamin commit themselves. And they did it. They committed themselves to the covenant of God, the God of their
ancestors.

 

33 Josiah did a thorough job of cleaning up the pollution that had spread throughout Israelite territory and got everyone started fresh again, serving and
worshiping their God. All through Josiah’s life the people kept to  the straight and narrow, obediently following God, the God of their ancestors.

 

Luke 2:25-38

 

The Message (MSG)

 

25-32 In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for Israel. And the Holy Spirit was on him. The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died. Led by the Spirit, he entered the Temple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals of the Law, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God:

 

God, you can now release your servant;   release me in peace as you promised. With my own eyes I’ve seen your salvation;
it’s now out in the open for everyone to see:
A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations,
and of glory for your people Israel.

 

33-35 Jesus’ father and mother were speechless with surprise at these words. Simeon went on to bless
them, and said to Mary his mother, This child marks both the failure and   thenrecovery of many in Israel,
A figure misunderstood andcontradicted—   the pain of a sword-thrust through you—
But the rejection will force honesty, as God reveals who they really are.

 

36-38 Anna the prophetess was also there, a daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was by now a very old woman. She had been married seven years and a widow for
eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her fastings and prayers. At the very time Simeon was praying, she showed up, broke into an anthem of praise to God, and talked
about the child to all who were waiting expectantly for the freeing of Jerusalem.

 

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The Rich Man’s House 02/02/2013

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Psalm 71:1-6 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2071:1-6&version=MSG

2 Chronicles 36:11-21 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles%2036:11-21&version=MSG

John 1:43-51 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles%2036:11-21&version=MSG

The Rich Man‘s House 02/02/2013

As a creature of many habits, I try to encourage you , me and everyone to simply read the Bible, and to pray, every day.

But it just so happens that also read several daily newspapers, on newsprint, on paper. I one of these daily journals, published in New York City, the Friday morning daily edition contains a special section which praises, celebrates and attempts to sell some very expensive homes. From Friday’s edition this last Friday I recall one property which had lowered it as price ‘another 30%, as if it had already been lowered 30% a first time. The price after the deep, deep discounts was $31.5 million dollars.

But this house was only one of many advertised and discussed that day. There were pictures and descriptions of maybe thirty other homes. One boasted 25 bathrooms.

At various times in my life I’ve lived in homes with no bathroom, and all water for cleaning and consumption had to be carried in by hand and shoulders. In summer, one enjoys watching the moon rise, or listening to night birds. It is a joy people seldom receive anymore. It is being part of nature while—being part of nature, and fertilizing and composting may be the greatest good we ever accomplish.

And recall the last time you went to a homeless shelter, 200 people had to use three toilets cooperatively—one room for men, a second for women, and a third for families. These rich people‘s homes that were advertised could be homes or apartments could be homes for at least 30 families each.

But rich people condemn themselves to a special hell. How can you be a regular human being and celebrate the godliness of humility, service and poverty if you are filthy, filthy rich—so rich that to live in a gross, flashy, ostentatious and glut of wealth, while so many are hungry, without food, water, medical comfort and secure shelter. Is there any moral, ethical or religious right to live in this way, and watch the poor suffer?

Now, many will voice a dozen reasons why it is okay to be wealthy and to experience overwhelming wealth and power. But it is not right.\, and reasons are much like excuses. Have you discussed this with Jesus?

Pray for the peace of poverty and sharing,

Pastor Bill

 

 

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Sa2/2 Psalm 71:1-6

2 Chronicles 36:11-21

John 1:43-51

Psalm 71:1-7

The Message (MSG)

71 1-3 I run for dear life to God,
I’ll never live to regret it.
Do what you do so well:
get me out of this mess and up on my feet.
Put your ear to the ground and listen,
give me space for salvation.
Be a guest room where I can retreat;
you said your door was always open!
You’re my salvation—my vast, granite fortress.

4-7 My God, free me from the grip of Wicked,
from the clutch of Bad and Bully.
You keep me going when times are tough—
my bedrock, God, since my childhood.
I’ve hung on you from the day of my birth,
the day you took me from the cradle;
I’ll never run out of praise.
Many gasp in alarm when they see me,
but you take me in stride.

2 Chronicles 36:11-21

The Message (MSG)

King Zedekiah

11-13 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he started out as king. He was king in Jerusalem for eleven years. As far as God was concerned, he was just one more evil king; there wasn’t a trace of contrition in him when the prophet Jeremiah preached God’s word to him. Then he compounded his troubles by rebelling against King Nebuchadnezzar, who earlier had made him swear in God’s name that he would be loyal. He became set in his own stubborn ways—he never gave God a thought; repentance never entered his mind.

14 The evil mindset spread to the leaders and priests and filtered down to the people—it kicked off an epidemic of evil, repeating the abominations of the pagans and polluting The Temple of God so recently consecrated in Jerusalem.

15-17 God, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent warning messages to them. Out of compassion for both his people and his Temple he wanted to give them every chance possible. But they wouldn’t listen; they poked fun at God’s messengers, despised the message itself, and in general treated the prophets like idiots. God became more and more angry until there was no turning back—God called in Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who came and killed indiscriminately—and right in The Temple itself; it was a ruthless massacre: young men and virgins, the elderly and weak—they were all the same to him.

18-20 And then he plundered The Temple of everything valuable, cleaned it out completely; he emptied the treasuries of The Temple of God, the treasuries of the king and his officials, and hauled it all, people and possessions, off to Babylon. He burned The Temple of God to the ground, knocked down the wall of Jerusalem, and set fire to all the buildings—everything valuable was burned up. Any survivor was taken prisoner into exile in Babylon and made a slave to Nebuchadnezzar and his family. The exile and slavery lasted until the kingdom of Persia took over.

21 This is exactly the message of God that Jeremiah had preached: the desolate land put to an extended sabbath rest, a seventy-year Sabbath rest making up for all the unkept Sabbaths.

 

John 1:43-51

The Message (MSG)

43-44 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. When he got there, he ran across Philip and said, “Come, follow me.” (Philip’s hometown was Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.)

45-46 Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, “We’ve found the One Moses wrote of in the Law, the One preached by the prophets. It’s Jesus, Joseph’s son, the one from Nazareth!” Nathanael said, “Nazareth? You’ve got to be kidding.”

But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.”

47 When Jesus saw him coming he said, “There’s a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body.”

48 Nathanael said, “Where did you get that idea? You don’t know me.”

Jesus answered, “One day, long before Philip called you here, I saw you under the fig tree.”

49 Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!”

50-51 Jesus said, “You’ve become a believer simply because I say I saw you one day sitting under the fig tree? You haven’t seen anything yet! Before this is over you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels descending to the Son of Man and ascending again.”

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Do You Sing To The Lord? 050112

 

 

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Do You Sing To The Lord? 050112

 

Last week, while discussing music, a friend asked ‘Do you sing?’. I really wished I did, but I don’t. For those who can sing, and reasonably sing within tune it sounds silly, since singing for them is so natural and so easy. It is neither for me.

 

I do try to sing, but trying to sing, and not succeeding is worse than not singing at all. I try to sing a tune in three or four ranges, but the low notes and the high notes both escape me.

 

Psalm 95 this morning encourages us to sing, and maybe to try again to sing. I will try, but the only way to shield oneself from the noise I may make, is to be singing yourself. 1O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

 

And pray for peace today, but peace with music.

 

brother Bill

 

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Psalm 95

 

1 Chronicles 11:1-9

 

Revelation 7:13-17

 

 

 

Psalm 95

 

1O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

 

2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

 

3For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

 

4In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.

 

5The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

 

6O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

 

7For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice!

 

8Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

 

9when your ancestors tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

 

10For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they do not regard my ways.”

 

11Therefore in my anger I swore, “They shall not enter my rest.”

 

1 Chronicles 11:1-9

 

11Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, “See, we are your bone and flesh. 2For some time now, even while Saul was king, it was you who commanded the army of Israel. The Lord your God said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over my people Israel.” 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel. 4David and all Israel marched to Jerusalem, that is Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. 5The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You will not come in here.” Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion, now the city of David. 6David had said, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites first shall be chief and commander.” And Joab son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief. 7David resided in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David. 8He built the city all around, from the Millo in complete circuit; and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 9And David became greater and greater, for the Lord of hosts was with him.

 

Revelation 7:13-17

 

13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; 17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

 

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

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