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Learning to Walk 092513

Walking In The Rain

Walking In The Rain (Photo credit: soilse)

Sunday Afternoon Walk

Sunday Afternoon Walk (Photo credit: wishymom (Stephanie Wallace Photography))

Helping Grandmother Walk

Helping Grandmother Walk (Photo credit: Rosie O’Beirne)

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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 12 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2012%20&version=MSG

 

Proverbs 21:10-16 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2021:10-16&version=MSG

 

Luke 20:45—21:4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2020:45%E2%80%9421:4&version=MSG

 

Learning to Walk 092513

 

Whatever I read in the Bible, I notice that it is a book that recorded the history of a people still connected to the land, the water of seas and rivers, the sky and the weather.

 

We don’t have that connection anymore, and sometimes our religion gets to be something like what the religion of a temple priest—so protected and separated from the elements, safe from hot and cold, rain and storm, wind and stifling stillness.

 

In such circumstances one begins to think of the world of humankind to be the only world, and we become haughty and arrogant. We forget with every breathe where all creation comes from and to where it soon will return.

 

In retreat or escape from the world therefore, we sometimes need to learn how to walk again, but not from crawling or scooting on the floor. We need to learn how to walk outside again and to walk around on earth. We need to get off the concrete and asphalt and walk on dirt and grass.

 

We;ll find the disciples and Jesus walking there as well perhaps.

 

Pray for peace,

Pastor Bill

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Pray with us!

We are praying as a church, and attempting to follow the centuries’ old tradition of praying with other Christians three times a day. We are following the prayer liturgy at www.commonprayer.net

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Psalm 12

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

12 1-2 Quick, God, I need your helping hand!
The last decent person just went down,
All the friends I depended on gone.
Everyone talks in lie language;
Lies slide off their oily lips.
They doubletalk with forked tongues.

3-4 Slice their lips off their faces! Pull
The braggart tongues from their mouths!
I’m tired of hearing, “We can talk anyone into anything!
Our lips manage the world.”

5 Into the hovels of the poor,
Into the dark streets where the homeless groan, God speaks:
“I’ve had enough; I’m on my way
To heal the ache in the heart of the wretched.”

6-8 God’s words are pure words,
Pure silver words refined seven times
In the fires of his word-kiln,
Pure on earth as well as in heaven.
God, keep us safe from their lies,
From the wicked who stalk us with lies,
From the wicked who collect honors
For their wonderful lies.

 

Proverbs 21:10-16

The Message (MSG)

10 Wicked souls love to make trouble;
they feel nothing for friends and neighbors.

11 Simpletons only learn the hard way,
but the wise learn by listening.

12 A God-loyal person will see right through the wicked
and undo the evil they’ve planned.

13 If you stop your ears to the cries of the poor,
your cries will go unheard, unanswered.

14 A quietly given gift soothes an irritable person;
a heartfelt present cools a hot temper.

15 Good people celebrate when justice triumphs,
but for the workers of evil it’s a bad day.

16 Whoever wanders off the straight and narrow
ends up in a congregation of ghosts.

Luke 20:45-21:4

The Message (MSG)

45-47 With everybody listening, Jesus spoke to his disciples. “Watch out for the religion scholars. They love to walk around in academic gowns, preen in the radiance of public flattery, bask in prominent positions, sit at the head table at every church function. And all the time they are exploiting the weak and helpless. The longer their prayers, the worse they get. But they’ll pay for it in the end.”

21 1-4 Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!”

 

English: Walking outdoors with a walking stick...

English: Walking outdoors with a walking stick during convalescence after a total knee replacment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Dispute About the Poor 091913

English: "Malnourishment in Niger" M...

English: “Malnourishment in Niger” Malnourished children in Niger, during the 2005 famine. (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 113 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20113&version=MSG

 

Exodus 23:1-9 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2023:1-9&version=MSG

 

Romans 3:1-8 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%203:1-8&version=MSG

 

A Dispute About the Poor 091913

One of the current debates amongst our political representatives (who are not our leaders) about cutting or eliminating funds to the poorest of our nation’s people. The program is called SNAP, the acronym for ‘Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.’ Many might agree that the poor who receive these benefits could do better for themselves, and that SNAP doesn’t help as much as could because the poor ‘always buy unhealthy, high carbohydrate foods’. But being poor causes one to acquire the habits of poverty, that is, if you are poor you tend to buy cheap, high-carbohydrate foods that cause one to feel full easier than fruit, vegetables or meat, nutritious foods.

Do you see malnourished children on a daily basis, close up? Has a member of your family ever suffered malnourishment or extreme hunger? It is impossible to not carry a profound, daily, omnipresent ache in one’s soul knowing of these things in the world.

Accompany a hungry person, or stay with a person in pain and get down on your knees and pray for peace.

Pastor Bill

Read today’s scripture and notice whenever the word ‘poor’ is used.

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Psalm 113

The Message (MSG)

113 1-3 Hallelujah!
You who serve God, praise God!
Just to speak his name is praise!
Just to remember God is a blessing—
now and tomorrow and always.
From east to west, from dawn to dusk,
keep lifting all your praises to God!

4-9 God is higher than anything and anyone,
outshining everything you can see in the skies.
Who can compare with God, our God,
so majestically enthroned,
Surveying his magnificent
heavens and earth?
He picks up the poor from out of the dirt,
rescues the wretched who’ve been thrown out with the trash,
Seats them among the honored guests,
a place of honor among the brightest and best.
He gives childless couples a family,
gives them joy as the parents of children.
Hallelujah!

Exodus 23:1-9

The Message (MSG)

23 1-3 “Don’t pass on malicious gossip.

“Don’t link up with a wicked person and give corrupt testimony. Don’t go along with the crowd in doing evil and don’t fudge your testimony in a case just to please the crowd. And just because someone is poor, don’t show favoritism in a dispute.

4-5 “If you find your enemy’s ox or donkey loose, take it back to him. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you lying helpless under its load, don’t walk off and leave it. Help it up.

6 “When there is a dispute concerning your poor, don’t tamper with the justice due them.

7 “Stay clear of false accusations. Don’t contribute to the death of innocent and good people. I don’t let the wicked off the hook.

8 “Don’t take bribes. Bribes blind perfectly good eyes and twist the speech of good people.

9 “Don’t take advantage of a stranger. You know what it’s like to be a stranger; you were strangers in Egypt.

Romans 3:1-8

The Message (MSG)

3 1-2 So what difference does it make who’s a Jew and who isn’t, who has been trained in God’s ways and who hasn’t? As it turns out, it makes a lot of difference—but not the difference so many have assumed.

2-6 First, there’s the matter of being put in charge of writing down and caring for God’s revelation, these Holy Scriptures. So, what if, in the course of doing that, some of those Jews abandoned their post? God didn’t abandon them. Do you think their faithlessness cancels out his faithfulness? Not on your life! Depend on it: God keeps his word even when the whole world is lying through its teeth. Scripture says the same:

Your words stand fast and true;
Rejection doesn’t faze you.

But if our wrongdoing only underlines and confirms God’s rightdoing, shouldn’t we be commended for helping out? Since our bad words don’t even make a dent in his good words, isn’t it wrong of God to back us to the wall and hold us to our word? These questions come up. The answer to such questions is no, a most emphatic No! How else would things ever get straightened out if God didn’t do the straightening?

7-8 It’s simply perverse to say, “If my lies serve to show off God’s truth all the more gloriously, why blame me? I’m doing God a favor.” Some people are actually trying to put such words in our mouths, claiming that we go around saying, “The more evil we do, the more good God does, so let’s just do it!” That’s pure slander, as I’m sure you’ll agree.

 

English: Logo of the .

English: Logo of the . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Along the River 090513

Katy Trail Entry

Katy Trail Entry (Photo credit: fotobydave)

Katy Trail Boonville, MO

Katy Trail Boonville, MO (Photo credit: robertstinnett)

This blog comes to you from the people at Peace Mennonite Church of 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 1 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%201%09&version=MSG

 

Genesis 39:1-23 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2039:1-23&version=MSG

 

Philippians 2:25-30 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%202:25-30&version=MSG

 

Along the River 090513

 

Occasionally, I get the chance to ride a bike on a trail beside the great Missouri River, on a level, pebble paved riding surface.

 

The trail cuts through forests, plain areas, swamp, upland, etc. I’ve noted that every time I follow this path by bicycle there is some or several types of wildflower in bloom. This continuing array of blooming, pollinating and fading flowers that continues through to fall always brings me to a state of humility in the universe, of unity with this natural continuing evolution of blooming and death.

 

And people are a blended part of this array and display of change, and I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, when I can say hello to people of the greatest diversity and hear their response. People generally are friendly and kind and I enjoy the realization that humanity has the capability to understand problems and solve them, with the help of God.

 

Pray for peace, when you see people, and welcome all into the Kingdom of God.

 

 

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We are praying as a church, and attempting to follow the centuries’ old tradition of praying with other Christians three times a day. We are following the prayer liturgy at www.commonprayer.net

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Psalm 1

The Message (MSG)

1 How well God must like you—
you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon,
you don’t slink along Dead-End Road,
you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.

2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.

4-5 You’re not at all like the wicked,
who are mere windblown dust—
Without defense in court,
unfit company for innocent people.

6 God charts the road you take.
The road they take is Skid Row.

Genesis 39:1-23

The Message (MSG)

39 After Joseph had been taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelites, Potiphar an Egyptian, one of Pharaoh’s officials and the manager of his household, bought him from them.

2-6 As it turned out, God was with Joseph and things went very well with him. He ended up living in the home of his Egyptian master. His master recognized that God was with him, saw that God was working for good in everything he did. He became very fond of Joseph and made him his personal aide. He put him in charge of all his personal affairs, turning everything over to him. From that moment on, God blessed the home of the Egyptian—all because of Joseph. The blessing of God spread over everything he owned, at home and in the fields, and all Potiphar had to concern himself with was eating three meals a day.

6-7 Joseph was a strikingly handsome man. As time went on, his master’s wife became infatuated with Joseph and one day said, “Sleep with me.”

8-9 He wouldn’t do it. He said to his master’s wife, “Look, with me here, my master doesn’t give a second thought to anything that goes on here—he’s put me in charge of everything he owns. He treats me as an equal. The only thing he hasn’t turned over to me is you. You’re his wife, after all! How could I violate his trust and sin against God?”

10 She pestered him day after day after day, but he stood his ground. He refused to go to bed with her.

11-15 On one of these days he came to the house to do his work and none of the household servants happened to be there. She grabbed him by his cloak, saying, “Sleep with me!” He left his coat in her hand and ran out of the house. When she realized that he had left his coat in her hand and run outside, she called to her house servants: “Look—this Hebrew shows up and before you know it he’s trying to seduce us. He tried to make love to me but I yelled as loud as I could. With all my yelling and screaming, he left his coat beside me here and ran outside.”

16-18 She kept his coat right there until his master came home. She told him the same story. She said, “The Hebrew slave, the one you brought to us, came after me and tried to use me for his plaything. When I yelled and screamed, he left his coat with me and ran outside.”

19-23 When his master heard his wife’s story, telling him, “These are the things your slave did to me,” he was furious. Joseph’s master took him and threw him into the jail where the king’s prisoners were locked up. But there in jail God was still with Joseph: He reached out in kindness to him; he put him on good terms with the head jailer. The head jailer put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners—he ended up managing the whole operation. The head jailer gave Joseph free rein, never even checked on him, because God was with him; whatever he did God made sure it worked out for the best.

Philippians 2:25-30

The Message (MSG)

25-27 But for right now, I’m dispatching Epaphroditus, my good friend and companion in my work. You sent him to help me out; now I’m sending him to help you out. He has been wanting in the worst way to get back with you. Especially since recovering from the illness you heard about, he’s been wanting to get back and reassure you that he is just fine. He nearly died, as you know, but God had mercy on him. And not only on him—he had mercy on me, too. His death would have been one huge grief piled on top of all the others.

28-30 So you can see why I’m so delighted to send him on to you. When you see him again, hale and hearty, how you’ll rejoice and how relieved I’ll be. Give him a grand welcome, a joyful embrace! People like him deserve the best you can give. Remember the ministry to me that you started but weren’t able to complete? Well, in the process of finishing up that work, he put his life on the line and nearly died doing it.

A Change in the Seasons 090313

Titus

Titus (Photo credit: mismisimos)

Titus

Titus (Photo credit: Tim Green aka atoach)

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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 119:65-72 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20119:65-72&version=MSG

 

Isaiah 2:12-17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%202:12-17&version=MSG

 

Titus 1:1-9 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus%201:1-9&version=MSG

 

A Change in the Seasons 090313

In this part of the world (Central North America) there is just a hint of the end of summer and the beginning of fall in the air. Fall is often a pleasant time, with harvest, and laying in of stores for winter on many people’s mind, and on the mind of many animals and plants as well.

South of the equator the opposite, but identical thing is happening. Spring is just beginning.

In either case, it is a good season to think of planting trees. Trees, trees, more and more just trees.

Pray for peace and trees in Syria.

Pastor Bill

Prayer List: Peace Mennonite Church keeps a prayer list for those in need. If you need prayer, or want to e-mail our pastor, e-mail billd @ peacemennonitechurch.net (Take out the extra spaces to use this e-mail—the spaces confuse spam generators).

Pray with us!

We are praying as a church, and attempting to follow the centuries’ old tradition of praying with other Christians three times a day. We are following the prayer liturgy at www.commonprayer.net

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Psalm 119:65-72

The Message (MSG)

65-72 Be good to your servant, God;
be as good as your Word.
Train me in good common sense;
I’m thoroughly committed to living your way.
Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place,
but now I’m in step with your Word.
You are good, and the source of good;
train me in your goodness.
The godless spread lies about me,
but I focus my attention on what you are saying;
They’re bland as a bucket of lard,
while I dance to the tune of your revelation.
My troubles turned out all for the best—
they forced me to learn from your textbook.
Truth from your mouth means more to me
than striking it rich in a gold mine.

Isaiah 2:12-17

The Message (MSG)

11-17 People with a big head are headed for a fall,
pretentious egos brought down a peg.
It’s God alone at front-and-center
on the Day we’re talking about,
The Day that God-of-the-Angel-Armies
is matched against all big-talking rivals,
against all swaggering big names;
Against all giant sequoias
hugely towering,
and against the expansive chestnut;
Against Kilimanjaro and Annapurna,
against the ranges of Alps and Andes;
Against every soaring skyscraper,
against all proud obelisks and statues;
Against ocean-going luxury liners,
against elegant three-masted schooners.
The swelled big heads will be punctured bladders,
the pretentious egos brought down to earth,
Leaving God alone at front-and-center
on the Day we’re talking about.

Titus 1:1-9

The Message (MSG)

1 1-4 I, Paul, am God’s slave and Christ’s agent for promoting the faith among God’s chosen people, getting out the accurate word on God and how to respond rightly to it. My aim is to raise hopes by pointing the way to life without end. This is the life God promised long ago—and he doesn’t break promises! And then when the time was ripe, he went public with his truth. I’ve been entrusted to proclaim this Message by order of our Savior, God himself. Dear Titus, legitimate son in the faith: Receive everything God our Father and Jesus our Savior give you!

A Good Grip on the Message

5-9 I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions. As you select them, ask, “Is this man well-thought-of? Is he committed to his wife? Are his children believers? Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?” It’s important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs in God’s house, be looked up to—not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry. He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, and have a good grip on the Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.

What to Feel and Do About Syria? 082913

English: Columns in Palmyra, Syria, 2009.

English: Columns in Palmyra, Syria, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missil...

English: A BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile (TLAM) is fired toward an Iraqi target from the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63) at the start of Operation Desert Storm. Deutsch: Ein BGM-109 Tomahawk wird von der USS MISSOURI am Beginn der Operation Desert Sorm abgeschossen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Launch of a Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile f...

Launch of a Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile from the USS Stethem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Islam invasion of Syria, Hebrew map

English: Islam invasion of Syria, Hebrew map (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 112 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20112&version=MSG

 

Proverbs 15:13-17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2015:13-17%20&version=MSG

 

1 Peter 3:8-12 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%203:8-12%20&version=MSG

 

What to Feel and Do About Syria? 082913

 

We’ve talked some the last few days about the pending, expected, inevitable, perhaps, US ‘missiling’ of Syria. It doesn’t seem like a bombing, because we’re not dropping bombs out of an aircraft. I expect that a button will be pushed aboard a Navy ship, and Tomahawk missiles will fly off to kill and destroy.

 

There are numerous fascinating and complex issues to politically, militarily, internationally consider. But it almost seems like evasion. At the base of this situation is the action that will result potentially in the death of many, unnumbered and uncared-for human beings. At the base, the root of this pending action is death and destruction. This is war, in its darkness, whether or not there is a declaration.

 

With this choice of death there are lots of speeches, but no formal legal declaration of war.

 

Instead of this ‘missiling’, what if the US, via Obama, simply announced that we refuse to do anything to put Syrians at risk of death and injury. Instead, the US will recruit 30,000 social workers to travel to Syria, as individual Christ-disciples, and arrange and help to provide food, clean water, medical care, housing and education for the Syrian nation.

 

This offer should be shared with beloved humans, Muslim, Jewish and Christian, and within all sects of Islam, (and neither ‘side’ in the Sunni v. Shiite conflict).

This type of discussion is seldom heard from a Christian minister. Why?

Pray for peace. Pray for food, clean water, medical care, housing and education for Syria. Read today’s Bible verses. Do they apply to this issue?

Pastor Bill

Prayer List: Peace Mennonite Church keeps a prayer list for those in need. If you need prayer, or want to e-mail our pastor, e-mail billd @ peacemennonitechurch.net (Take out the extra spaces to use this e-mail—the spaces confuse spam generators).

Pray with us!

We are praying as a church, and attempting to follow the centuries’ old tradition of praying with other Christians three times a day. We are following the prayer liturgy at www.commonprayer.net

Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. Peace Mennonite Church of Columbia, MO Permission is granted for one-time non-commercial use with proper attribution.

 

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Psalm 112

The Message (MSG)

112 1-10 Hallelujah!
Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God,
Who cherish and relish his commandments,
Their children robust on the earth,
And the homes of the upright—how blessed!
Their houses brim with wealth
And a generosity that never runs dry.
Sunrise breaks through the darkness for good people—
God’s grace and mercy and justice!
The good person is generous and lends lavishly;
No shuffling or stumbling around for this one,
But a sterling and solid and lasting reputation.
Unfazed by rumor and gossip,
Heart ready, trusting in God,
Spirit firm, unperturbed,
Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies,
They lavish gifts on the poor—
A generosity that goes on, and on, and on.
An honored life! A beautiful life!
Someone wicked takes one look and rages,
Blusters away but ends up speechless.
There’s nothing to the dreams of the wicked. Nothing.

Proverbs 15:13-17

The Message (MSG)

13 A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face;
a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.

14 An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth;
fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies.

15 A miserable heart means a miserable life;
a cheerful heart fills the day with song.

16 A simple life in the Fear-of-God
is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.

17 Better a bread crust shared in love
than a slab of prime rib served in hate.

1 Peter 3:8-12

The Message (MSG)

Suffering for Doing Good

8-12 Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

Whoever wants to embrace life
and see the day fill up with good,
Here’s what you do:
Say nothing evil or hurtful;
Snub evil and cultivate good;
run after peace for all you’re worth.
God looks on all this with approval,
listening and responding well to what he’s asked;
But he turns his back
on those who do evil things.

Insiders/Outsiders 061113

Riverside Mennonite Church

Riverside Mennonite Church (Photo credit: Mennonite Church USA Archives)

 This blog comes to you from the people at Peace Mennonite Church of 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 68:1-10, 19-20 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2068:1-10,%2019-20&version=MSG

 

Judges 11:29-40 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges%2011:29-40&version=MSG

 

Galatians 2:11-14 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%202:11-14&version=MSG

 

Insiders/Outsiders 061113

Its a cruel fact of human life—somehow we’ve grown the tendency of making and maintaining all kinds of inside vs outside distinctions. We just can’t find enough reasons to separate ourselves from others. I suppose one could find reasons for distinctions and comparisons, such as safety, efficiency etc but the end result is not social utility, something useful. Instead, the result is loneliness.

In fact, there is a relief, an easing that comes when one lives in order to be as common as possible, as simple as possible. The world somehow strives to reley and function based upon isolation and separation. In contrast is the call to be a kingdom and a kingdom people.

By Jesus, all are included.

Pray for Peace,

Pastor Bill

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Psalm 68:1-10

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

68 1-4 Up with God!
Down with his enemies!
Adversaries, run for the hills!
Gone like a puff of smoke,
like a blob of wax in the fire—
one look at God and the wicked vanish.
When the righteous see God in action
they’ll laugh, they’ll sing,
they’ll laugh and sing for joy.
Sing hymns to God;
all heaven, sing out;
clear the way for the coming of Cloud-Rider.
Enjoy God,
cheer when you see him!

5-6 Father of orphans,
champion of widows,
is God in his holy house.
God makes homes for the homeless,
leads prisoners to freedom,
but leaves rebels to rot in hell.

7-10 God, when you took the lead with your people,
when you marched out into the wild,
Earth shook, sky broke out in a sweat;
God was on the march.
Even Sinai trembled at the sight of God on the move,
at the sight of Israel’s God.
You pour out rain in buckets, O God;
thorn and cactus become an oasis
For your people to camp in and enjoy.
You set them up in business;
they went from rags to riches.

Judges 11:29-40

The Message (MSG)

29-31 God’s Spirit came upon Jephthah. He went across Gilead and Manasseh, went through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there approached the Ammonites. Jephthah made a vow before God: “If you give me a clear victory over the Ammonites, then I’ll give to God whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in one piece from among the Ammonites—I’ll offer it up in a sacrificial burnt offering.”

32-33 Then Jephthah was off to fight the Ammonites. And God gave them to him. He beat them soundly, all the way from Aroer to the area around Minnith as far as Abel Keramim—twenty cities! A massacre! Ammonites brought to their knees by the People of Israel.

34-35 Jephthah came home to Mizpah. His daughter ran from the house to welcome him home—dancing to tambourines! She was his only child. He had no son or daughter except her. When he realized who it was, he ripped his clothes, saying, “Ah, dearest daughter—I’m dirt. I’m despicable. My heart is torn to shreds. I made a vow to God and I can’t take it back!”

36 She said, “Dear father, if you made a vow to God, do to me what you vowed; God did his part and saved you from your Ammonite enemies.”

37 And then she said to her father, “But let this one thing be done for me. Give me two months to wander through the hills and lament my virginity since I will never marry, I and my dear friends.”

38-39 “Oh yes, go,” he said. He sent her off for two months. She and her dear girlfriends went among the hills, lamenting that she would never marry. At the end of the two months, she came back to her father. He fulfilled the vow with her that he had made. She had never slept with a man.

39-40 It became a custom in Israel that for four days every year the young women of Israel went out to mourn for the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.

Galatians 2:11-14

The Message (MSG)

11-13 Later, when Peter came to Antioch, I had a face-to-face confrontation with him because he was clearly out of line. Here’s the situation. Earlier, before certain persons had come from James, Peter regularly ate with the non-Jews. But when that conservative group came from Jerusalem, he cautiously pulled back and put as much distance as he could manage between himself and his non-Jewish friends. That’s how fearful he was of the conservative Jewish clique that’s been pushing the old system of circumcision. Unfortunately, the rest of the Jews in the Antioch church joined in that hypocrisy so that even Barnabas was swept along in the charade.

14 But when I saw that they were not maintaining a steady, straight course according to the Message, I spoke up to Peter in front of them all: “If you, a Jew, live like a non-Jew when you’re not being observed by the watchdogs from Jerusalem, what right do you have to require non-Jews to conform to Jewish customs just to make a favorable impression on your old Jerusalem cronies?”

The Church and the Environment 061013

A monkfish in its natural environment

A monkfish in its natural environment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lathyrus vernus in natural environment, Centra...

Lathyrus vernus in natural environment, Central Finland, Summer 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Psalm 68:1-10, 19-20 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2068:1-10,%2019-20&version=MSG

Genesis 22:1-14 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2022:1-14%20%09&version=MSG

 

Galatians 2:1-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%202:1-10&version=MSG

 

The Church and the Environment 061013

The title of today’s blog may draw attention by itself. Out of 7 billion people on earth, how many will even consider the idea behind the title, and most will not even know this is a subject which could be considered. It hasn’t come up.

But the subject should come up. The church should be constantly considering, thinking and praying about the church’s ultimate moral responsibility of the environment. We have to take care of the environment, and we have to do it perfectly, to even call ourselves a church, and believers in Jesus.

 

Somehow, in my logic it makes sense that the church of believers has to take care of the environment. Taking care of the environment, by the way, is taking care of people. I’m not sure I even see the difference between loving all people, and loving all living and inanimate things. How does one not love nature? How does one not love people? And it seems basic not to take of everything and person that we love.

I’m looking for other resources where the relationship of the church, and of christians and the environment is discussed or reported. There are few mentions of the topic, yet the threats to the environment have a substantial chance of bring untold misery and death to a good portion of life on earth. Is it important?

Pray for Peace.

Pastor Bill

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We are praying as a church, and attempting to follow the centuries’ old tradition of praying with other Christians three times a day. We are following the prayer liturgy at www.commonprayer.net

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Psalm 68:1-10

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

68 1-4 Up with God!
Down with his enemies!
Adversaries, run for the hills!
Gone like a puff of smoke,
like a blob of wax in the fire—
one look at God and the wicked vanish.
When the righteous see God in action
they’ll laugh, they’ll sing,
they’ll laugh and sing for joy.
Sing hymns to God;
all heaven, sing out;
clear the way for the coming of Cloud-Rider.
Enjoy God,
cheer when you see him!

5-6 Father of orphans,
champion of widows,
is God in his holy house.
God makes homes for the homeless,
leads prisoners to freedom,
but leaves rebels to rot in hell.

7-10 God, when you took the lead with your people,
when you marched out into the wild,
Earth shook, sky broke out in a sweat;
God was on the march.
Even Sinai trembled at the sight of God on the move,
at the sight of Israel’s God.
You pour out rain in buckets, O God;
thorn and cactus become an oasis
For your people to camp in and enjoy.
You set them up in business;
they went from rags to riches.

Genesis 22:1-14

The Message (MSG)

22 After all this, God tested Abraham. God said, “Abraham!”

“Yes?” answered Abraham. “I’m listening.”

2 He said, “Take your dear son Isaac whom you love and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I’ll point out to you.”

3-5 Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey. He took two of his young servants and his son Isaac. He had split wood for the burnt offering. He set out for the place God had directed him. On the third day he looked up and saw the place in the distance. Abraham told his two young servants, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I are going over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.”

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and gave it to Isaac his son to carry. He carried the flint and the knife. The two of them went off together.

7 Isaac said to Abraham his father, “Father?”

“Yes, my son.”

“We have flint and wood, but where’s the sheep for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham said, “Son, God will see to it that there’s a sheep for the burnt offering.” And they kept on walking together.

9-10 They arrived at the place to which God had directed him. Abraham built an altar. He laid out the wood. Then he tied up Isaac and laid him on the wood. Abraham reached out and took the knife to kill his son.

11 Just then an angel of God called to him out of Heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Yes, I’m listening.”

12 “Don’t lay a hand on that boy! Don’t touch him! Now I know how fearlessly you fear God; you didn’t hesitate to place your son, your dear son, on the altar for me.”

13 Abraham looked up. He saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

14 Abraham named that place God-Yireh (God-Sees-to-It). That’s where we get the saying, “On the mountain of God, he sees to it.”

Galatians 2:1-10

The Message (MSG)

What Is Central?

2 1-5 Fourteen years after that first visit, Barnabas and I went up to Jerusalem and took Titus with us. I went to clarify with them what had been revealed to me. At that time I placed before them exactly what I was preaching to the non-Jews. I did this in private with the leaders, those held in esteem by the church, so that our concern would not become a controversial public issue, marred by ethnic tensions, exposing my years of work to denigration and endangering my present ministry. Significantly, Titus, non-Jewish though he was, was not required to be circumcised. While we were in conference we were infiltrated by spies pretending to be Christians, who slipped in to find out just how free true Christians are. Their ulterior motive was to reduce us to their brand of servitude. We didn’t give them the time of day. We were determined to preserve the truth of the Message for you.

6-10 As for those who were considered important in the church, their reputation doesn’t concern me. God isn’t impressed with mere appearances, and neither am I. And of course these leaders were able to add nothing to the message I had been preaching. It was soon evident that God had entrusted me with the same message to the non-Jews as Peter had been preaching to the Jews. Recognizing that my calling had been given by God, James, Peter, and John—the pillars of the church—shook hands with me and Barnabas, assigning us to a ministry to the non-Jews, while they continued to be responsible for reaching out to the Jews. The only additional thing they asked was that we remember the poor, and I was already eager to do that.

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