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Where are the Nine? 101313

Gospel Lectionary, Luke seated, writing, with ...

Gospel Lectionary, Luke seated, writing, with his symbol the calf, Walters Manuscript W.535, fol. 158v (Photo credit: Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts)

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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/

 

2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Kings%205:1-3,%207-15c&version=MSG

 

Psalm 111 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20111&version=MSG

 

2 Timothy 2:8-15 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy%202:8-15&version=MSG

 

Luke 17:11-19 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2017:11-19&version=MSG

 

Where are the Nine? 101313

Luke provides a sad narrative for this day, this Sunday, the Lord’s Day.

10 Lepers are healed, at a distance, by Jesus. He does not touch them or wash them and they are not together physically when the healing occurs.

But of the 10 only one turns around and comes back to express gratitude to Jesus. There are at least two wasy of looking at this. We can wonder why the message of Jesus touches 10 but spiritually connects perhaps with only one. What can we do to connect with 10 of 10?

Or we could see today’s story from Luke to ask the question ‘Why am I one of the 9, who fails to tell Jesus of our gratitude for our being healed by him?

This Bible selection is about gratitude. What happens when we pray with gratitude?

Pray for peace

Pastor Bill

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2 Kings 5:1-3

The Message (MSG)

5 1-3 Naaman was general of the army under the king of Aram. He was important to his master, who held him in the highest esteem because it was by him that God had given victory to Aram: a truly great man, but afflicted with a grievous skin disease. It so happened that Aram, on one of its raiding expeditions against Israel, captured a young girl who became a maid to Naaman’s wife. One day she said to her mistress, “Oh, if only my master could meet the prophet of Samaria, he would be healed of his skin disease.”

Psalm 111

The Message (MSG)

111 1-10 Hallelujah!
I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got—
Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation.
God’s works are so great, worth
A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!
Splendor and beauty mark his craft;
His generosity never gives out.
His miracles are his memorial—
This God of Grace, this God of Love.
He gave food to those who fear him,
He remembered to keep his ancient promise.
He proved to his people that he could do what he said:
Hand them the nations on a platter—a gift!
He manufactures truth and justice;
All his products are guaranteed to last—
Never out-of-date, never obsolete, rust-proof.
All that he makes and does is honest and true:
He paid the ransom for his people,
He ordered his Covenant kept forever.
He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect.
The good life begins in the fear of God—
Do that and you’ll know the blessing of God.
His Hallelujah lasts forever!

2 Timothy 2:8-18

The Message (MSG)

8-13 Fix this picture firmly in your mind: Jesus, descended from the line of David, raised from the dead. It’s what you’ve heard from me all along. It’s what I’m sitting in jail for right now—but God’s Word isn’t in jail! That’s why I stick it out here—so that everyone God calls will get in on the salvation of Christ in all its glory. This is a sure thing:

If we die with him, we’ll live with him;
If we stick it out with him, we’ll rule with him;
If we turn our backs on him, he’ll turn his back on us;
If we give up on him, he does not give up—
for there’s no way he can be false to himself.

14-18 Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul. Hymenaeus and Philetus are examples, throwing believers off stride and missing the truth by a mile by saying the resurrection is over and done with.

Luke 17:11-19

The Message (MSG)

11-13 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”

They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.

17-19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”

 

Gospel Book, Title page to the Gospel of Luke,...

Gospel Book, Title page to the Gospel of Luke, Walters Manuscript W.528, fol. 116r (Photo credit: Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts)

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

 

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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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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)

Someone Touched Me 061213

ICONS Risen Christ

ICONS Risen Christ (Photo credit: Fergal Mac Eoinin)

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

 

Jeremiah 8:14-22 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%208:14-22%09&version=MSG

 

Luke 8:40-56 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%208:40-56&version=MSG

 

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Today’s verses from Luke tell an interesting story, or rather two stories wrapped around one another. The first, larger story is of Jesus being asked to heal the dying, and then the dead 12 year old daughter of a village leader. But while he is walking through the crowd to see the dying girl, someone touches the hem of Jesus’ robes. It is a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years without ceasing.

 

Maybe it’s a coincidence that the dying girl is 12 years old, and that the woman had suffered for 12 years also. But I think somehow and for some reason the use of the number 12 was for a purpose. I’m not sure what that purpose was, but maybe the story is easier to recall and be retold if the number 12 is repeated.

 

Also, note that Jesus realized someone had touched him because he felt the ‘energy draining out of him’.

 

I don’t know if you thought of it in these terms, but people who regret being a parent talk of the children bleeding them empty, and draining the life blood right out of them. A child, particularly a troublesome or selfish child can live so as to drain you, financially, emotionally and spiritually.

 

Maybe Jesus is saying a drained parent has no choice but to let the child ‘die’ and be born again. That’s the only way to still love a child, and yet the only way to ‘stop the bleeding’.

 

I won’t go so far as to say that this is a miracle story, or only a metaphor, because I don’t really know. But Jesus’ life has a way of being metaphorical, even when it’s true. His life, in a way, was one big metaphor that represents my and your life with God. Those metaphors are as real as anything. I know they are real because of the real effects they have had on my life, and on others. Maybe the early christ-followers knew they’d have a difficult time relating the real truth of Jesus. How do you relate the truth of a woman who has been drained of life by the actual or metaphorical death of a child? And, similarly, how would an early christian tell the story of Jesus saving a dying or dead child, and of bringing them back to life, when the death was a cultural fact (but maybe not an actual fact) and the coming back to life was a description of re-instilling life in a culturally dead child. (If you haven’t noticed such culturally dead children, look into the eyes of children living in violence, poverty and drug-filled families and neighborhoods. Aren’t they dead, and don’t we wish we could raise them from the dead.

 

I know referring to anything in the Bible as a metaphor is cause for condemnation at the hands of some churchgoers. But in the case, the metaphor of Jesus raising the dead and ‘stopping the bleeding’ may be a more miraculous event than if the miracles were seen only literally.

 

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.

Jeremiah 8:14-22

The Message (MSG)

14-16 So why are we sitting here, doing nothing?
Let’s get organized.
Let’s go to the big city
and at least die fighting.
We’ve gotten God’s ultimatum:
We’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t—
damned because of our sin against him.
We hoped things would turn out for the best,
but it didn’t happen that way.
We were waiting around for healing—
and terror showed up!
From Dan at the northern borders
we hear the hooves of horses,
Horses galloping, horses neighing.
The ground shudders and quakes.
They’re going to swallow up the whole country.
Towns and people alike—fodder for war.

17 “‘What’s more, I’m dispatching
poisonous snakes among you,
Snakes that can’t be charmed,
snakes that will bite you and kill you.’”
God’s Decree!

Advancing from One Evil to the Next

18-22 I drown in grief.
I’m heartsick.
Oh, listen! Please listen! It’s the cry of my dear people
reverberating through the country.
Is God no longer in Zion?
Has the King gone away?
Can you tell me why they flaunt their plaything-gods,
their silly, imported no-gods before me?
The crops are in, the summer is over,
but for us nothing’s changed.
We’re still waiting to be rescued.
For my dear broken people, I’m heartbroken.
I weep, seized by grief.
Are there no healing ointments in Gilead?
Isn’t there a doctor in the house?
So why can’t something be done
to heal and save my dear, dear people?

Luke 8:40-56

The Message (MSG)

His Touch

40-42 On his return, Jesus was welcomed by a crowd. They were all there expecting him. A man came up, Jairus by name. He was president of the meeting place. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his home because his twelve-year-old daughter, his only child, was dying. Jesus went with him, making his way through the pushing, jostling crowd.

43-45 In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She had spent every penny she had on doctors but not one had been able to help her. She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched me?”

When no one stepped forward, Peter said, “But Master, we’ve got crowds of people on our hands. Dozens have touched you.”

46 Jesus insisted, “Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me.”

47 When the woman realized that she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed.

48 Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!”

49 While he was still talking, someone from the leader’s house came up and told him, “Your daughter died. No need now to bother the Teacher.”

50-51 Jesus overheard and said, “Don’t be upset. Just trust me and everything will be all right.” Going into the house, he wouldn’t let anyone enter with him except Peter, John, James, and the child’s parents.

52-53 Everyone was crying and carrying on over her. Jesus said, “Don’t cry. She didn’t die; she’s sleeping.” They laughed at him. They knew she was dead.

54-56 Then Jesus, gripping her hand, called, “My dear child, get up.” She was up in an instant, up and breathing again! He told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were ecstatic, but Jesus warned them to keep quiet. “Don’t tell a soul what happened in this room.”

 

Sagrada Familia (They cast lots for my robe)

Sagrada Familia (They cast lots for my robe) (Photo credit: Fergal Mac Eoinin)

Who Do You Say That I Am? 051513

Bible translations into Hawaii Pidgin

Bible translations into Hawaii Pidgin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded...

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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 29 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2029&version=MSG

Ezekiel 3:12-21 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%203:12-21&version=MSG

Luke 9:18-27 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%209:18-27&version=MSG

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Luke 9 is maybe a favorite verse to many of use, yet it quietly stays as
it is. Only upon taking a special look at it, do we find it says several wonderful and special things we may not have recalled, and with the revised and lively, new language of The Message, we may have another block to our memory.

Besides asking the familiar ‘Who do you say I am?’ we also read in Luke 9:

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it.
Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all.”

This at first doesn’t sound familiar, but in the King James Version, this is translated as If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”

It doesn’t even sound like the same verses, and before one even tries to explain the differences between the meaning of the two translated verses, maybe we just need to sit back for a moment and enjoy that we have these two wonderful and beautiful uses of language. Maybe Jesus said exactly what one translation or another says, although translation is never that precise or exact, and maybe Jesus meant both of what these translations are saying—-I don’t know and we don’t know.

But as a church (by ‘church’ I mean the mutually loving and mutually committed disciples of Jesus, and I’m not referring to any building or any man-made organization either) each translation has something important to say, and since King James’ translation committee and also Eugene Peterson have their own idea of what is important to hear in these words, maybe we can read
them both and come up with our own meaning, and by the Holy Spirit know we are doing our best to find meaning.

Here it is: ‘We can’t follow Jesus because we seek pleasure or happiness or relief from suffering. We follow Jesus, whoever he is, because he loves us, and we love him.’

Pray for peace,

Pastor Bill

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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

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Psalm 29  The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

29 1-2 Bravo, God, bravo!
Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the glory,
in awe before God’s visible
power.
Stand at attention!    Dress your
best to honor him!

3 God thunders across the waters,
Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming
brightness—
God, across the flood waters.

4 God’s thunder tympanic,
God’s thunder symphonic.

5 God’s thunder smashes
cedars, God topples the northern cedars.

6 The mountain ranges skip like
spring colts, The high ridges jump like wild kid goats.

7-8 God’s thunder spits fire.
God thunders, the wilderness quakes;
He makes the desert of Kadesh
shake.

9 God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing
A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips
their branches.
We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”

10 Above the floodwaters is God’s throne
from which his power flows,
from which he rules the world.

11 God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.

Ezekiel 3:12-21

The Message (MSG)

12-13 Then the Spirit picked me up.
Behind me I heard a great commotion—“Blessed be the Glory of God
in his Sanctuary!”—the wings of the living creatures beating
against each other, the whirling wheels, the rumble of a great
earthquake.

14-15 The Spirit lifted me and took me away. I went bitterly and angrily. I didn’t want to go. But God
had me in his grip. I arrived among the exiles who lived near the Kebar River at Tel Aviv. I came to where they were living and sat
there for seven days, appalled.

16 At the end of the seven days, I received this Message from God:

17-19 “Son of man, I’ve made you a watchman for the family of Israel. Whenever you hear me say
something, warn them for me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You are going to die,’ and you don’t sound the alarm warning them that it’s a
matter of life or death, they will die and it will be your fault.

I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn the wicked and they keep
right on sinning anyway, they’ll most certainly die for their sin, but you won’t die. You’ll have saved your life.

20-21 “And if the righteous turn back from living righteously and take up with evil when I step in and
put them in a hard place, they’ll die. If you haven’t warned them, they’ll die because of their sins, and none of the right
things they’ve done will count for anything—and I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn these righteous people not to sin and
they listen to you, they’ll live because they took the warning—and again, you’ll have saved your life.”

Luke 9:18-27

The Message (MSG)

Don’t Run from Suffering

18 One time when Jesus was off praying by himself, his disciples nearby, he asked them, “What are the crowds saying about
me, about who I am?”

19 They said, “John the Baptizer. Others say Elijah. Still others say that one of the
prophets from long ago has come back.”

20-21 He then asked, “And you—what are you saying about me? Who am I?”

Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” Jesus then warned them to keep it quiet. They were to tell no one what Peter had said.

22 He went on, “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the religious leaders, high priests, and religion
scholars, be killed, and on the third day be raised up alive.”

23-27 Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

eyes the kingdom of God.”

Aside

Defining Neighbor 110312

Defining Neighbor 110312

World Neighbors

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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 119:1-8Psalm 119:1-8 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20119:1-8&version=MSG

Numbers 9:9-14 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers%209:9-14&version=MSG

Luke 10:25-37 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2010:25-37&version=MSG

 

 

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The book of Luke discusses our relationship to our neighbor, and I think, expands the concept of neighbor to include all who are in need, beyond just those who are like us, or who are nearby, but to anyone, anywhere who is in need.

 

But it also extends to the giver of help a certain glow. I have seen it in others, and recognize it from afar. I don’t think these disciples even would call it happiness. Instead, it might be called simply trying to live like Jesus.

 

And Jesus promises life.

 

 

Pray for peace.

Bill

 

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Psalm 119:1-8

Numbers 9:9-14

Luke 10:25-37

Psalm 119:1-8

The Message (MSG)

119 1-8 You’re blessed when you stay on course,
walking steadily on the road revealed by
God.
You’re blessed when you follow his directions,
doing your best to find him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
you walk straight along the road he set.
You,
God, prescribed the right way to live;
now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady,
keeping to the course you set;
Then I’d never have any regrets
in comparing my life with your counsel.
I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;
I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.
I’m going to do what you tell me to do;
don’t ever walk off and leave me.

 

Numbers 9:9-14

The Message (MSG)

9-12 God spoke to Moses: “Tell the People of Israel, If one or another of you is ritually unclean because of a corpse, or you happen to be off on a long trip, you may still celebrate God’s Passover. But celebrate it on the fourteenth day of the second month at evening. Eat the lamb together with unraised bread and bitter herbs. Don’t leave any of it until morning. Don’t break any of its bones. Follow all the procedures.

13 “But a man who is ritually clean and is not off on a trip and still fails to celebrate the Passover must be cut off from his people because he did not present God’s offering at the set time. That man will pay for his sin.

14 “Any foreigner living among you who wants to celebrate God’s Passover is welcome to do it, but he must follow all the rules and procedures. The same procedures go for both foreigner and native-born.”

Luke 10:25-37

The Message (MSG)

Defining “Neighbor”

25 Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”

26 He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”

27 He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”

28 “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”

29 Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?”

30-32 Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.

33-35 “A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’

36 “What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”

37 “The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.

Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”

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Psalm 34:15-22  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2034:15-22&version=NKJV

Joshua 22:21-34  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%2022:21-34&version=NKJV

Luke 11:5-13  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2011:5-13&version=NKJV

 

This week’s guest blogger is Janet Trevino-Elizarraz

 

It’s easy to be misunderstood.  As I spoke about two days ago, God is intimately acquainted with us because God has chosen to be present with us with God’s ears, eyes, hands… God’s entire being.  We are sought after and known by God.

This would be excellent if only God and I existed though.  This is not the case.

We still are called to live on earth & relate with others that don’t unfortunately know our heart’s intent and also don’t always believe the best about us.

The two and a half tribes were exalted and praised for their outstanding allegiance to God in Thursday’s passage.  You’d think for a second with such adulation that the remaining tribes would respond inquisitively to their actions in yesterday’s passage and not with a call for war.  Being blinded by a solid commitment to remain committed and pure to God above all things can tip the scale on the side of truth and less on love.  So here’s the story in a nut-shell: the eastern tribes created an altar (unbeknownst to Israel that it was of remembrance) but they are misunderstood because their eastern tribal brothers thought they were worshipping other gods.  A few conversations and explanations later, and it’s all sorted out.  There is peace and love again.

 

If I were to say that communication is the key to all human relations, you’d probably say to me, “duh!”  Yeah, it’d even feel a bit cliche to even say it.  But if you give yourself a second to reflect on how often we don’t communicate, and we assume others either know how we feel or think or expect others to step up and say what’s on their minds, it’s more common than you give credit!  At least in the end the Israelites got to talking… what’s fascinating about the Luke passage is that the neighbor even bothered to “bother” his neighbor.  But let’s give us the benefit of the doubt, and say, yeah… I’d ask my neighbor for help.  But would you insist?  I would bet that the readership of this blog would probably not do so.  (And if you know me, I tend to ask for more than people are willing to give without me getting the non-verbal cues.. talk about tension!)

Good thing for me going back to my original point that the passage given ends with explaining how these requests are directed towards God.  Asking, seeking, Knocking on God to show up & respond to us.  And even though we now know that God’s ears, eyes, hands, complete self is with us and supporting us, we are still asked to cry out to God and ask, seek, and knock.  Create your altar of God’s deliverance before you can see God move in faith believing that God will move on your behalf… because that is our guarantee.  With God there is no misunderstanding, and don’t worry, God won’t give you a snake or a scorpion.  😉

 

About Our Guest Blogger This Week, Janet Trevino-Elizarraraz

If she’s not mediating the fights of her four children 7 and under or washing dishes constantly most of the day, Janet spends her time envisioning, organizing, and calling her local “tribe” into more deeply connecting themselves to their inward self, to the Earth, and to the invisible, powerful Presence.

 

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Psalm 34:15-22

Joshua 22:21-34

Luke 11:5-13

 

Psalm 34:15-22

 

15The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

16The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.

18The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

19Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all.

20He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken.

21Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Joshua 22:21-34

21Then the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh said in answer to the heads of the families of Israel, 22“The Lord, God of gods! The Lord, God of gods! He knows; and let Israel itself know! If it was in rebellion or in breach of faith toward the Lord, do not spare us today 23for building an altar to turn away from following the Lord; or if we did so to offer burnt offerings or grain offerings or offerings of well-being on it, may the Lord himself take vengeance. 24No! We did it from fear that in time to come your children might say to our children, ‘What have you to do with the Lord, the God of Israel? 25For the Lord has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you, you Reubenites and Gadites; you have no portion in the Lord.’ So your children might make our children cease to worship the Lord. 26Therefore we said, ‘Let us now build an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice, 27but to be a witness between us and you, and between the generations after us, that we do perform the service of the Lord in his presence with our burnt offerings and sacrifices and offerings of well-being; so that your children may never say to our children in time to come, “You have no portion in the Lord.”’ 28And we thought, If this should be said to us or to our descendants in time to come, we could say, ‘Look at this copy of the altar of the Lord, which our ancestors made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifice, but to be a witness between us and you.’ 29Far be it from us that we should rebel against the Lord, and turn away this day from following the Lord by building an altar for burnt offering, grain offering, or sacrifice, other than the altar of the Lord our God that stands before his tabernacle!”

30When the priest Phinehas and the chiefs of the congregation, the heads of the families of Israel who were with him, heard the words that the Reubenites and the Gadites and the Manassites spoke, they were satisfied. 31The priest Phinehas son of Eleazar said to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the Manassites, “Today we know that the Lord is among us, because you have not committed this treachery against the Lord; now you have saved the Israelites from the hand of the Lord.” 32Then the priest Phinehas son of Eleazar and the chiefs returned from the Reubenites and the Gadites in the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the Israelites, and brought back word to them. 33The report pleased the Israelites; and the Israelites blessed God and spoke no more of making war against them, to destroy the land where the Reubenites and the Gadites were settled. 34The Reubenites and the Gadites called the altar Witness; “For,” said they, “it is a witness between us that the Lord is God.”

Luke 11:5-13

5And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. 9“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

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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The Important Questions 072112

 

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Jeremiah is desperate and wants to know (Jeremiah 12). Why does good fortune seem to follow the evil ones, the guilty? In years past I heard my old Sunday School teacher explain how hard it was to see the rain fall on a non-believer’s farm, while his own farm withered and died from the drought.

But the answer is that I’d like the rain to fall on the evil farmer’s crops also, although I’d like rain also. But I’ll try not to be jealous and live in hateful envy over it either. When I had good crops I didn’t remember to share them as much as I’d like perhaps, so I should not complain now if the evil get rain and I do not. Actually, this year, we’re all suffering, we’re all desperate and everyone who eats and use corn, soybeans amd wheat will be suffering for years with higher prices. Starvation globally may result when higher prices mean the poor cannot buy enough to live.

Jeremiah, quit complaining. Like the blind man in Luke 18, we can cry ‘Jesus….have mercy on me’. (Luke 18:39) and know that this cry will be heard and that Jesus will answer.

Pray for peace

brother Bill

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Psalm 23

Jeremiah 12:1-13

Luke 18:35-43

Psalm 23

1The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

3he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Jeremiah 12:1-13

12You will be in the right, O Lord, when I lay charges against you; but let me put my case to you. Why does the way of the guilty prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive? 2You plant them, and they take root; they grow and bring forth fruit; you are near in their mouths yet far from their hearts. 3But you, O Lord, know me; You see me and test me—my heart is with you. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and set them apart for the day of slaughter. 4How long will the land mourn, and the grass of every field wither? For the wickedness of those who live in it the animals and the birds are swept away, and because people said, “He is blind to our ways.” 5If you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you fall down, how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan? 6For even your kinsfolk and your own family, even they have dealt treacherously with you; they are in full cry after you; do not believe them, though they speak friendly words to you.

7I have forsaken my house, I have abandoned my heritage; I have given the beloved of my heart into the hands of her enemies. 8My heritage has become to me like a lion in the forest; she has lifted up her voice against me— therefore I hate her. 9Is the hyena greedy for my heritage at my command? Are the birds of prey all around her? Go, assemble all the wild animals; bring them to devour her. 10Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard, they have trampled down my portion, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. 11They have made it a desolation; desolate, it mourns to me. The whole land is made desolate, but no one lays it to heart. 12Upon all the bare heights in the desert spoilers have come; for the sword of the Lord devours from one end of the land to the other; no one shall be safe. 13They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns, they have tired themselves out but profit nothing. They shall be ashamed of their harvests because of the fierce anger of the Lord.

Luke 18:35-43

35As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, 41“What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” 42Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” 43Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

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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