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Are You Sendable?

Illuminated Manuscript, Bible (part), Moses in...

Illuminated Manuscript, Bible (part), Moses in a pulpit preaching to the Israelites, Walters Manuscript W.805, fol. 102r (Photo credit: Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts)

Moses - Brancoveanu Monastery

Moses – Brancoveanu Monastery (Photo credit: Fergal Mac Eoinin)

Prayer flags on Renjo La

Prayer flags on Renjo La (Photo credit: Oliphant)

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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 91:1-2, 9-16 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2091:1-2,%209-16&version=MSG

Exodus 5:10-23 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%205:10-23&version=MSG

Acts 7:30-34 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%207:30-34&version=MSG

 

Are You Sendable?

 

Despite the use of a made-up word (‘sendable’), the question is raised in both Exodus and in Acts. One of the things God asks of followers is that they go where they are sent.

 

Therefore, the question of today is, are you sendable? This is the question whether we are sent across the street to help an isolated neighbor, or sent around the world to do menial work. Or sent nowhere but to do the work that God asks of us right here and right now!

 

But whatever we do, we should be especially careful what we ask of God. An answer may be forthcoming! Maybe Moses asked ‘Lord,do you have something in mind for me beyond herding sheep and cattle?’ May God answered him by saying ‘Yes, I do as a matter of fact!’ We need not fear the questioning of God, but the answers are fearful.

 

If God asks, are you sendable, and dare you ask our Lord what he has in mind for us?

 

Pray for peace,

Pastor Bill

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Psalm 91:1-13

The Message (MSG)

91 1-13 You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you’re perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

Exodus 5:10-23

The Message (MSG)

10-12 The slave-drivers and their underlings went out to the people with their new instructions. “Pharaoh’s orders: No more straw provided. Get your own straw wherever you can find it. And not one brick less in your daily work quota!” The people scattered all over Egypt scrabbling for straw.

13 The slave-drivers were merciless, saying, “Complete your daily quota of bricks—the same number as when you were given straw.”

14 The Israelite foremen whom the slave-drivers had appointed were beaten and badgered. “Why didn’t you finish your quota of bricks yesterday or the day before—and now again today?”

15-16 The Israelite foremen came to Pharaoh and cried out for relief: “Why are you treating your servants like this? Nobody gives us any straw and they tell us, ‘Make bricks!’ Look at us—we’re being beaten. And it’s not our fault.”

17-18 But Pharaoh said, “Lazy! That’s what you are! Lazy! That’s why you whine, ‘Let us go so we can worship God.’ Well then, go—go back to work. Nobody’s going to give you straw, and at the end of the day you better bring in your full quota of bricks.”

19 The Israelite foremen saw that they were in a bad way, having to go back and tell their workers, “Not one brick short in your daily quota.”

20-21 As they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them. The foremen said to them, “May God see what you’ve done and judge you—you’ve made us stink before Pharaoh and his servants! You’ve put a weapon in his hand that’s going to kill us!”

22-23 Moses went back to God and said, “My Master, why are you treating this people so badly? And why did you ever send me? From the moment I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, things have only gotten worse for this people. And rescue? Does this look like rescue to you?”

Acts 7:30-34

The Message (MSG)

30-32 “Forty years later, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to him in the guise of flames of a burning bush. Moses, not believing his eyes, went up to take a closer look. He heard God’s voice: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Frightened nearly out of his skin, Moses shut his eyes and turned away.

33-34 “God said, ‘Kneel and pray. You are in a holy place, on holy ground. I’ve seen the agony of my people in Egypt. I’ve heard their groans. I’ve come to help them. So get yourself ready; I’m sending you back to Egypt.’

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The Season of Creation, Week 2 Holy Cross, The Whales

Gray Whale Tail

Gray Whale Tail (Photo credit: Images by John ‘K’)

The Season of Creation, Week 2 Holy Cross, The Whales

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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:

Isaiah 38:10-20 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2038:10-20&version=MSG

Joshua 6:1-21 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%206:1-21&version=MSG

Hebrews 11:29—12:2 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2011:29%E2%80%9412:2&version=MSG

 The Season of Creation, Week 2 Holy Cross, The Whales

This week is the week of the day of the Holy Cross, in western orthodox celebration, but is also the 2nd week of The Season of Creation, celebrated and commemorated in Australia more than in the US, Canada, Europe or elsewhere.

Our local church has been discussing the environment, and what our role as a church should be in protecting the environment and seeking to restore the environment and our realtionship to God. We’ve been in this discussion for a long time—how does a church say to the world that to what Jesus commanded us to do: to feed the poor, to free the oppressed, to make peace we must do something to protect the environment. We cannot feed the poor, free the oppressed and make peace in an environment of shrinking resources, polluted water polluted air, and polluted food.

We also realize that the world does not believe what Christians say—when we say we love one another, but kill others, let people go hungry and accomplish so little of what Jesus told us to do—the world does not believe Christianity. It is time for Christians to really do something in the world.

But, while calling for justice, this week reminds us that discipleship and seeking justice for all is just part of what Jesus and his life mean. This is also the week of the Holy Cross.

Hebrews 12:2 from today’s scripture is to this point:

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.”

 Pray for the whales of the world during this season of creation, and pray for our peace with all the earth,

Columbia River at Quincy Wildlife Refuge

Columbia River at Quincy Wildlife Refuge (Photo credit: Pictoscribe – Home again)

Bill

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Isaiah 38:10-20

Joshua 6:1-21

Hebrews 11:29—12:2

Isaiah 38:10-20

The Message (MSG)

9-15 This is what Hezekiah king of Judah wrote after he’d been sick and then recovered from his sickness:

In the very prime of life
I have to leave.
Whatever time I have left
is spent in death’s waiting room.
No more glimpses of God
in the land of the living,
No more meetings with my neighbors,
no more rubbing shoulders with friends.
This body I inhabit is taken down
and packed away like a camper’s tent.
Like a weaver, I’ve rolled up the carpet of my life
as God cuts me free of the loom
And at day’s end sweeps up the scraps and pieces.
I cry for help until morning.
Like a lion, God pummels and pounds me,
relentlessly finishing me off.
I squawk like a doomed hen,
moan like a dove.
My eyes ache from looking up for help:
“Master, I’m in trouble! Get me out of this!”
But what’s the use? God himself gave me the word.
He’s done it to me.
I can’t sleep—
I’m that upset, that troubled.

16-19 O Master, these are the conditions in which people live,
and yes, in these very conditions my spirit is still alive—
fully recovered with a fresh infusion of life!
It seems it was good for me
to go through all those troubles.
Throughout them all you held tight to my lifeline.
You never let me tumble over the edge into nothing.
But my sins you let go of,
threw them over your shoulder—good riddance!
The dead don’t thank you,
and choirs don’t sing praises from the morgue.
Those buried six feet under
don’t witness to your faithful ways.
It’s the living—live men, live women—who thank you,
just as I’m doing right now.
Parents give their children
full reports on your faithful ways.

20 God saves and will save me.
As fiddles and mandolins strike up the tunes,
We’ll sing, oh we’ll sing, sing,
for the rest of our lives in the Sanctuary of God.

Joshua 6:1-21

The Message (MSG)

Jericho

6 Jericho was shut up tight as a drum because of the People of Israel: no one going in, no one coming out.

2-5 God spoke to Joshua, “Look sharp now. I’ve already given Jericho to you, along with its king and its crack troops. Here’s what you are to do: March around the city, all your soldiers. Circle the city once. Repeat this for six days. Have seven priests carry seven ram’s horn trumpets in front of the Chest. On the seventh day march around the city seven times, the priests blowing away on the trumpets. And then, a long blast on the ram’s horn—when you hear that, all the people are to shout at the top of their lungs. The city wall will collapse at once. All the people are to enter, every man straight on in.”

So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and told them, “Take up the Chest of the Covenant. Seven priests are to carry seven ram’s horn trumpets leading God’s Chest.”

Then he told the people, “Set out! March around the city. Have the armed guard march before the Chest of God.”

8-9 And it happened. Joshua spoke, the people moved: Seven priests with their seven ram’s horn trumpets set out before God. They blew the trumpets, leading God’s Chest of the Covenant. The armed guard marched ahead of the trumpet-blowing priests; the rear guard was marching after the Chest, marching and blowing their trumpets.

10 Joshua had given orders to the people, “Don’t shout. In fact, don’t even speak—not so much as a whisper until you hear me say, ‘Shout!’—then shout away!”

11-13 He sent the Chest of God on its way around the city. It circled once, came back to camp, and stayed for the night. Joshua was up early the next morning and the priests took up the Chest of God. The seven priests carrying the seven ram’s horn trumpets marched before the Chest of God, marching and blowing the trumpets, with the armed guard marching before and the rear guard marching after. Marching and blowing of trumpets!

14 On the second day they again circled the city once and returned to camp. They did this six days.

15-17 When the seventh day came, they got up early and marched around the city this same way but seven times—yes, this day they circled the city seven times. On the seventh time around the priests blew the trumpets and Joshua signaled the people, “Shout!—God has given you the city! The city and everything in it is under a holy curse and offered up to God.

“Except for Rahab the harlot—she is to live, she and everyone in her house with her, because she hid the agents we sent.

18-19 “As for you, watch yourselves in the city under holy curse. Be careful that you don’t covet anything in it and take something that’s cursed, endangering the camp of Israel with the curse and making trouble for everyone. All silver and gold, all vessels of bronze and iron are holy to God. Put them in God’s treasury.”

20 The priests blew the trumpets.

When the people heard the blast of the trumpets, they gave a thunderclap shout. The wall fell at once. The people rushed straight into the city and took it.

21 They put everything in the city under the holy curse, killing man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey.

Hebrews 11:29-12:2

The Message (MSG)

29 By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned.

30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat.

31 By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God.

32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.

39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.

Discipline in a Long-Distance Race

12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

The Message (MSG)

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

 

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Free Will 061812

The Israelites Gather Manna in the Wilderness ...

The Israelites Gather Manna in the Wilderness (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Romans 9:19 begins with the argument that is at the beginning of hating God. Who has free will? Do we? Then why do we come to God at all? He set us free and then demands loyalty?

On the other hand, if this isn’t free will then who cares if we love God and come to God at all, since we really have no choice but to love God (or burn in hell forever).

This discussion is at the root of so much thought within Christianity. Even this morning my grandson raised the question in discussion and he was troubled by the lack of an answer. Neither does Romans easily answer these questions, but it begins to. The rest is up to us.

Pray for peace

brother Bill

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Psalm 78:1-4, 52-72

Exodus 16:13-26

Romans 9:19-29

Psalm 78

1Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,

3things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us.

4We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

52Then he led out his people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54And he brought them to his holy hill, to the mountain that his right hand had won.

55He drove out nations before them; he apportioned them for a possession and settled the tribes ofIsrael in their tents.

56Yet they tested the Most High God, and rebelled against him. They did not observe his decrees,

57but turned away and were faithless like their ancestors; they twisted like a treacherous bow.

58For they provoked him to anger with their high places; they moved him to jealousy with their idols.

59When God heard, he was full of wrath, and he utterly rejectedIsrael.

60He abandoned his dwelling atShiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mortals,

61and delivered his power to captivity, his glory to the hand of the foe.

62He gave his people to the sword, and vented his wrath on his heritage.

63Fire devoured their young men, and their girls had no marriage song.

64Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.

65Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, like a warrior shouting because of wine.

66He put his adversaries to rout; he put them to everlasting disgrace.

67He rejected the tent of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;

68but he chose the tribe ofJudah,MountZion, which he loves.

69He built his sanctuary like the high heavens, like the earth, which he has founded forever.

70He chose his servant David, and took him from the sheepfolds;

71from tending the nursing ewes he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, ofIsrael, his inheritance.

72With upright heart he tended them, and guided them with skillful hand.

Exodus 16:13-26

13In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. 16This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.’“ 17The Israelites did so, some gathering more, some less. 18But when they measured it with an omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed. 19And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over until morning.” 20But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul. And Moses was angry with them. 21Morning by morning they gathered it, as much as each needed; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.

22On the sixth day they gathered twice as much food, two omers apiece. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23he said to them, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord; bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.’“ 24So they put it aside until morning, as Moses commanded them; and it did not become foul, and there were no worms in it. 25Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26Six days you shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is a sabbath, there will be none.”

Romans 9:19-29

19You will say to me then, “Why then does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use? 22What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath that are made for destruction; 23and what if he has done so in order to make known the riches of his glory for the objects of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24including us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?

25As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” 26“And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they shall be called children of the living God.” 27And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel were like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved; 28for the Lord will execute his sentence on the earth quickly and decisively.” 29And as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of hosts had not left survivors to us, we would have fared likeSodom and been made likeGomorrah.”

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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Seeing Many Worlds 052212

A reconstructed Israelite house, Monarchy peri...

A reconstructed Israelite house, Monarchy period, 10th–7th BCE. Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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An article I read yesterday claimed that the ability to be spiritual and to become a Christian depended on the ability to see multiple worlds as real. I’m going to think about that a few years, but in the meantime, this morning’s Psalm (115) begins by speaking of the subject and then : 16The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth he has given to human beings. (It never fails to amaze me how what I thinking about and inquiring should be discussed in the next scripture I read.)

 

We do see multiple worlds: the world of human beings, and the ‘world’ or universe or cosmos of God. I can not see all of God’s universe, and can not even envision the infinity of reality, or the abyss of nothingness before God created ‘the heavens and the earth’.

 

Pray for peace today and the kingdom of God

 

 

brother Bill

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Psalm 115

 

1Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.

 

2Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

 

3Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases.

 

4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.

 

5They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.

 

6They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.

 

7They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; they make no sound in their throats.

 

8Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them.

 

9O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.

 

10O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.

 

11You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.

 

12The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;

 

13he will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great.

 

14May the Lord give you increase, both you and your children.

 

15May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

 

16The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth he has given to human beings.

 

17The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any that go down into silence.

 

18But we will bless the Lord from this time on and forevermore. Praise the Lord!

 

Numbers 8:5-22

 

5The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 6Take the Levites from among the Israelites and cleanse them. 7Thus you shall do to them, to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of purification on them, have them shave their whole body with a razor and wash their clothes, and so cleanse themselves. 8Then let them take a young bull and its grain offering of choice flour mixed with oil, and you shall take another young bull for a sin offering. 9You shall bring the Levites before the tent of meeting, and assemble the whole congregation of the Israelites. 10When you bring the Levites before the Lord, the Israelites shall lay their hands on the Levites, 11and Aaron shall present the Levites before the Lord as an elevation offering from the Israelites, that they may do the service of the Lord. 12The Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, and he shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the Lord, to make atonement for the Levites. 13Then you shall have the Levites stand before Aaron and his sons, and you shall present them as an elevation offering to the Lord. 14Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the other Israelites, and the Levites shall be mine. 15Thereafter the Levites may go in to do service at the tent of meeting, once you have cleansed them and presented them as an elevation offering. 16For they are unreservedly given to me from among the Israelites; I have taken them for myself, in place of all that open the womb, the firstborn of all the Israelites. 17For all the firstborn among the Israelites are mine, both human and animal. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I consecrated them for myself, 18but I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn among the Israelites. 19Moreover, I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the Israelites, to do the service for the Israelites at the tent of meeting, and to make atonement for the Israelites, in order that there may be no plague among the Israelites for coming too close to the sanctuary. 20Moses and Aaron and the whole congregation of the Israelites did with the Levites accordingly; the Israelites did with the Levites just as the Lord had commanded Moses concerning them. 21The Levites purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes; then Aaron presented them as an elevation offering before the Lord, and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them. 22Thereafter the Levites went in to do their service in the tent of meeting in attendance on Aaron and his sons. As the Lord had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did with them.

 

Titus 1:1-9

 

1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance with godliness, 2in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised before the ages began— 3in due time he revealed his word through the proclamation with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior, 4To Titus, my loyal child in the faith we share: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

 

5I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you:

 

6someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious. 7For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain; 8but he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and self-controlled. 9He must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.

 

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Fire in the Heart 051812

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Exodus 24 tells of Moses going to the mountain for forty days and nights. 17Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.

The presence of the Lord being seen or felt like a fire that does not burn is repeated throughout the Bible. And there’s a story of an aged Rabbi, who showed a young man the fire in his heart by the presence of a fire at the end of each fingertip, or maybe like the picture of Jesus in Revelations 1:14 …… his eyes were like a flame of fire,’

For practicing disciples of Jesus, the image of fire in the heart may ring true, but the actual description of the light of Jesus in our lives may be impossible to describe.  Keep the fire burning.

Pray for peace,

brother Bill

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Today’s Bible verses:

Psalm 47

God’s Rule over the Nations

To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1 Clap your hands, all you peoples;
shout to God with loud songs of joy.
2 For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
a great king over all the earth.
3 He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
4 He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
Selah
5 God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the king of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm.
8 God is king over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
9 The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted.

Exodus 24:15-18

15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. 17Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Revelation 1:9-18

A Vision of Christ

9 I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11saying, ‘Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamum, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.’

12 Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. 14His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, 15his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. 16In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive for ever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades.

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Prayer for the Environment 032012

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Numbers 20 tells the story of Moses striking the rock, as God commanded, and allowing water to pour from the rock for the thirst of the Jews and all their livestock. fleeing Pharaoh.

Wandering in the desert, they had become desperate and angry at being led into the desert, apparently to die of thirst.

Of course, we know that water is scarce in Africa, and certain desert regions worldwide, but with human population now racing toward 7 billion people (that’s 7,000,000,000 people!) we all want a glass of cool water for ourselves and for our babies and families. But there is a water problem in California, in Texas, in the Midwest American plain, and water scarcity in southern England is also appearing. It is a global problem.

If we as Christians love all of humanity and all of earth as Jesus taught us, it is time to think of global death due to water shortages, and do what we can as engineers, as farmers, as leaders to address all the global problems with all the talents and resources provided to us by God. Our skills and talents should save the earth.

Pray for the environment today; pray for the suffering earth.

Pray for peace.

Bill

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Psalm 107:1-16

Numbers 20:1-13

1 Corinthians 10:6-13

 

 

Psalm 107

1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble

3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

4Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town;

5hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.

6Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;

7he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town.

8Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

9For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

10Some sat in darkness and in gloom, prisoners in misery and in irons,

11for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

12Their hearts were bowed down with hard labor; they fell down, with no one to help.

13Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress;

14he brought them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their bonds asunder.

15Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

16For he shatters the doors of bronze, and cuts in two the bars of iron.

Numbers 20:1-13

20The Israelites, the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh. Miriam died there, and was buried there. 2Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and against Aaron. 3The people quarreled with Moses and said, “Would that we had died when our kindred died before the Lord! 4Why have you brought the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness for us and our livestock to die here? 5Why have you brought us up out of Egypt, to bring us to this wretched place? It is no place for grain, or figs, or vines, or pomegranates; and there is no water to drink.” 6Then Moses and Aaron went away from the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting; they fell on their faces, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 7The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 8Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and your brother Aaron, and command the rock before their eyes to yield its water. Thus you shall bring water out of the rock for them; thus you shall provide drink for the congregation and their livestock. 9So Moses took the staff from before the Lord, as he had commanded him. 10Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Listen, you rebels, shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff; water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock drank. 12But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me, to show my holiness before the eyes of the Israelites, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” 13These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarreled with the Lord, and by which he showed his holiness.

1 Corinthians 10:6-13

6Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. 7Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.” 8We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. 10And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. 13No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

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Born Again Of Water And Spirit 031712

 

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This morning’s selection from John 3 reminds us that something beyond water baptism is necessary is needed for us to be born again. We seek and thirst for the baptism of spirit. John is powerful and clear in this selection, and his words stay with us forever.

This is amazing for us all, that the Holy Spirit will wash over us, and we will by this be born again. It amazed Nicodemus, it amazed John the Baptist, and it continues to be with us, as an amazing part of the spiritual life.

Jesus talks spiritually, this selection also says, and he talks to us of heavenly things, not earthly things. I’m not sure any human can for certain see the spirit in another, but God can see, and you can see into your own heart.

Walk with the Holy Spirit today and may it fill your soul.

Pray for peace,

Bill

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Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

Numbers 20:22-29

John 3:1-13

 

Psalm 107

1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble

3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

17Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities endured affliction;

18they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.

19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress;

20he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.

21Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

22And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

Numbers 20:22-29

22They set out from Kadesh, and the Israelites, the whole congregation, came to Mount Hor. 23Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor, on the border of the land of Edom, 24“Let Aaron be gathered to his people. For he shall not enter the land that I have given to the Israelites, because you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah. 25Take Aaron and his son Eleazar, and bring them up Mount Hor; 26strip Aaron of his vestments, and put them on his son Eleazar. But Aaron shall be gathered to his people, and shall die there.” 27Moses did as the Lord had commanded; they went up Mount Hor in the sight of the whole congregation. 28Moses stripped Aaron of his vestments, and put them on his son Eleazar; and Aaron died there on the top of the mountain. Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain. 29When all the congregation saw that Aaron had died, all the house of Israel mourned for Aaron thirty days.

John 3:1-13

3Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? 11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

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