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God in Our Imagination 060413

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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 5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%205%09&version=MSG

Nehemiah 1:1-11 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah%201:1-11%09&version=MSG

Acts 3:1-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%203:1-10%09&version=MSG

God in Our Imagination 060413

As spring wears into very early summer, I’ve begun considering the

nature of God. The flowers of spring and the rampant green growth

usually (every year!) lead me into a vibrant,alive spirituality. I

love God in the springtime for what he has done. And when I see the

beauty of spring, I love God. I love God for what it looks like he

has created. If instead, spring was filled with concrete,

overpopulated cities, despoiled hazardous waste landfills, blackened

and poisonous rivers and streams—if that’s all there was, would I

not love God?

A friend of mine basically left the church—all churches—because he

concluded that God was ultimately,a product of my imagination. He

saw, he said, that we didn’t know God, or know if there was a God,

because God was really, JUST a product of our imagination. He was a minster, and I hope he returns eventually to

being a minister again; he was good at it.

But, when I think about what my old friend had said and thought, I can’t

say I disagree much, except I do not limit God to my small ideas. God

exists independently of my mind, thankfully.

But God is still not clear to me—if I have a vision of God, it is

probably my own idea. For instance, I normally call God a man, and

seldom a woman, but neither is for sure. Gender is not necessarily

part of God’s being.

Despite acknowledging that my idea of God is basically of my imagination, I

still see my idea as proof that I love God, and that God is so far

beyond anything I could imagine, that my own ideas prove that God is

far bigger, more ‘infinite’ and unlimited, and more beautiful and

creative than any human or living mind can envision. Our limitations

prove the unlimitedness of God. So, I do not see this God as a

negative. Instead, a God that is forever infinitely beyond me is

exactly the kind of God I can love and worship.

I realize the above might not make sense, but that’s okay too. One’s

spirituality dos not have to be logical. Think about God, but not too

hard.

Pray for peace,

Pastor Bill

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Psalm 5

The Message (MSG)

A

David Psalm

5 1-3 Listen, God!
Please, pay attention!
Can you make sense of these ramblings,
my groans and cries?
King-God, I need your help.
Every morning you’ll hear me at
it again.
Every morning I lay out the
pieces of my life on your altar
and

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watch for fire to descend.

4-6 You

don’t socialize with Wicked,
or invite

Evil over as your houseguest.
Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front

of you;
you shake your head over

Mischief-Maker.
God destroys Lie-Speaker;
Blood-Thirsty

and Truth-Bender disgust you.

7-8 And

here I am, your invited guest—
it’s

incredible!
I enter your house; here I am,
prostrate

in your inner sanctum,
Waiting for directions
to

get me safely through enemy lines.

9-10 Every

word they speak is a land mine;
their

lungs breathe out poison gas.
Their throats are gaping

graves,
their tongues slick as

mudslides.
Pile on the guilt, God!
Let

their so-called wisdom wreck them.
Kick them out! They’ve had

their chance.

11-12 But

you’ll welcome us with open arms
when we

run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand

guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming

God-seekers,
for decking us out in

delight.

Nehemiah 1:1-11

The Message (MSG)

1 1-2 The

memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah.

It was the month of Kislev in the

twentieth year. At the time I was in the palace complex at Susa.

Hanani, one of my brothers, had just arrived from Judah with some

fellow Jews. I asked them about the conditions among the Jews there

who had survived the exile, and about Jerusalem.

3 They

told me, “The exile survivors who are left there in the province

are in bad shape. Conditions are appalling. The wall of Jerusalem is

still rubble; the city gates are still cinders.”

4 When

I heard this, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and

praying before the God-of-Heaven.

5-6 I

said, “God, God-of-Heaven, the great and awesome God, loyal to his

covenant and faithful to those who love him and obey his commands:

Look at me, listen to me. Pay attention to this prayer of your

servant that I’m praying day and night in intercession for your

servants, the People of Israel, confessing the sins of the People of

Israel. And I’m including myself, I and my ancestors, among those

who have sinned against you.

7-9 “We’ve

treated you like dirt: We haven’t done what you told us, haven’t

followed your commands, and haven’t respected the decisions you

gave to Moses your servant. All the same, remember the warning you

posted to your servant Moses: ‘If you betray me, I’ll scatter you

to the four winds, but if you come back to me and do what I tell you,

I’ll gather up all these scattered peoples from wherever they ended

up and put them back in the place I chose to mark with my Name.’

10-11 “Well,

there they are—your servants, your people whom you so powerfully

and impressively redeemed. O Master, listen to me, listen to your

servant’s prayer—and yes, to all your servants who delight in

honoring you—and make me successful today so that I get what I want

from the king.”

I was cupbearer to the king.

Acts 3:1-10

The Message (MSG)

3 1-5 One

day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their

way into the Temple for prayer meeting. At the same time there was a

man crippled from birth being carried up. Every day he was set down

at the Temple gate, the one named Beautiful, to beg from those going

into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter the

Temple, he asked for a handout. Peter, with John at his side, looked

him straight in the eye and said, “Look here.” He looked up,

expecting to get something from them.

6-8 Peter

said, “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I

give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” He

grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his

feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked.

8-10 The

man went into the Temple with them, walking back and forth, dancing

and praising God. Everybody there saw him walking around and praising

God. They recognized him as the one who sat begging at the Temple’s

Gate Beautiful and rubbed their eyes, astonished, scarcely believing

what they were seeing.

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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 37:1-11, 39-40 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2037:1-11,%2039-40&version=MSG

Genesis 44:18-34 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2044:18-34&version=MSG

Luke 12:57-59 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2012:57-59&version=MSG

 

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Psalm 37 is a good one to read to really dispense with the world and prepare for a day of the Lord on Sunday.

 

Quiet down before God, and keep good company with God, says the Psalmist, and today it seems like good, Godly advice. It seems like the most sensical idea—to relax and spend the day with God.

 

Can you imagine walking to church in the morning, watching the sky and the birds? Can you imagine living one whole day in the peace of God?

 

Pray for Peace,

Pastor Bill

 

 

 

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Psalm 37:1-11

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

37 1-2 Don’t bother your head with braggarts
or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
In no time they’ll shrivel like grass clippings
and wilt like cut flowers in the sun.

3-4 Get insurance with God and do a good deed,
settle down and stick to your last.
Keep company with
God,
get in on the best.

5-6 Open up before God, keep nothing back;
he’ll do whatever needs to be done:
He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day
and stamp you with approval at high noon.

Quiet down before God,
be prayerful before him.
Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder,
who elbow their way to the top.

8-9 Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.
Before long the crooks will be bankrupt;
God-investors will soon own the store.

10-11 Before you know it, the wicked will have had it;
you’ll stare at his once famous place and—nothing!
Down-to-earth people will move in and take over,
relishing a huge bonanza.

Genesis 44:18-34

The Message (MSG)

18-20 Judah came forward. He said, “Please, master; can I say just one thing to you? Don’t get angry. Don’t think I’m presumptuous—you’re the same as Pharaoh as far as I’m concerned. You, master, asked us, ‘Do you have a father and a brother?’ And we answered honestly, ‘We have a father who is old and a younger brother who was born to him in his old age. His brother is dead and he is the only son left from that mother. And his father loves him more than anything.’

21-22 “Then you told us, ‘Bring him down here so I can see him.’ We told you, master, that it was impossible: ‘The boy can’t leave his father; if he leaves, his father will die.’

23 “And then you said, ‘If your youngest brother doesn’t come with you, you won’t be allowed to see me.’

24-26 “When we returned to our father, we told him everything you said to us. So when our father said, ‘Go back and buy some more food,’ we told him flatly, ‘We can’t. The only way we can go back is if our youngest brother is with us. We aren’t allowed to even see the man if our youngest brother doesn’t come with us.’

27-29 “Your servant, my father, told us, ‘You know very well that my wife gave me two sons. One turned up missing. I concluded that he’d been ripped to pieces. I’ve never seen him since. If you now go and take this one and something bad happens to him, you’ll put my old gray, grieving head in the grave for sure.’

30-32 “And now, can’t you see that if I show up before your servant, my father, without the boy, this son with whom his life is so bound up, the moment he realizes the boy is gone, he’ll die on the spot. He’ll die of grief and we, your servants who are standing here before you, will have killed him. And that’s not all. I got my father to release the boy to show him to you by promising, ‘If I don’t bring him back, I’ll stand condemned before you, Father, all my life.’

33-34 “So let me stay here as your slave, not this boy. Let the boy go back with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? Oh, don’t make me go back and watch my father die in grief!”

Luke 12:57-59

The Message (MSG)

57-59 “You don’t have to be a genius to understand these things. Just use your common sense, the kind you’d use if, while being taken to court, you decided to settle up with your accuser on the way, knowing that if the case went to the judge you’d probably go to jail and pay every last penny of the fine. That’s the kind of decision I’m asking you to make.”

Coming Through it All 021913

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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 120 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20120&version=MSG

 

Ezra 1:1-11 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezra%201:1-11&version=MSG

 

2 Corinthians 1:12-19 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%201:12-19&version=MSG

 

 

 

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2 Corinthians reminds us today that sometimes, we come through a bad period in life, or a bad day, week, month, decade or century, and in looking back, realize that it was God that brought is through.

 

 

 

In fact, it seems as if that which keeps us going through hard times, is that which caused us to seek the good in the first place—God is the goal, the means, ‘It was God who kept us focused on him, uncompromised.’ 2 Corinthians 1:13 says. It is God who is the seeker, that which is sought, the eyes with which we seek, and the spirit deep inside which causes us to seek.

 

 

 

‘…….we’ve come out of this with conscience and faith intact, and can face the world……’ 2 Corinthians 1:12 tells, and I have to ask, how many times has this happened to me, and to you? When we come through it all with conscience and faith intact, we may think we’ve been lucky, and that somehow we’re special that we live by luck and good fortune……but it is God again, who kept us focused.

 

 

Sometimes we hear it is oxygen, water and food which keep us going, but it is the depth of faith instead, that brings us through it all, and further, a faith that is really beyond our faith to understand or repeat.

 

 

Pray for faith, and peace

 

Pastor Bill

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Psalm 120

 

The Message (MSG)

 

A Pilgrim Song

 

120 1-2 I’m in trouble. I cry to God,
desperate for an answer:
“Deliver me from the liars,
God!
They smile so sweetly but lie through their teeth.”

 

3-4 Do you know what’s next, can you see what’s coming,
all you barefaced liars?
Pointed arrows and burning coals
will be your reward.

 

5-7 I’m doomed to live in Meshech,
cursed with a home in Kedar,
My whole life lived camping
among quarreling neighbors.
I’m all for peace, but the minute
I tell them so, they go to war!

 

Ezra 1:1-11

 

The Message (MSG)

 

Cyrus King of Persia: “Build The Temple of God!”

 

1-4 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia—this fulfilled the Message of God preached by Jeremiah—God prodded Cyrus king of Persia to make an official announcement throughout his kingdom. He wrote it out as follows:

 

From Cyrus king of Persia, a Proclamation: God, the God of the heavens, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has also assigned me to build him a Temple of worship in Jerusalem, Judah. Who among you belongs to his people? God be with you! Go to Jerusalem which is in Judah and build The Temple of God, the God of Israel, Jerusalem’s God. Those who stay behind, wherever they happen to live, will support them with silver, gold, tools, and pack animals, along with Freewill-Offerings for The Temple of God in Jerusalem.

 

5-6 The heads of the families of Judah and Benjamin, along with the priests and Levites—everyone, in fact, God prodded—set out to build The Temple of God in Jerusalem. Their neighbors rallied behind them enthusiastically with silver, gold, tools, pack animals, expensive gifts, and, over and above these, Freewill-Offerings.

 

7-10 Also, King Cyrus turned over to them all the vessels and utensils from The Temple of God that Nebuchadnezzar had hauled from Jerusalem and put in the temple of his gods. Cyrus king of Persia put Mithredath the treasurer in charge of the transfer; he provided a full inventory for Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah, including the following:

 

30 gold dishes

 

1,000 silver dishes

 

29 silver pans

 

30 gold bowls

 

410 duplicate silver bowls

 

1,000 miscellaneous items.

 

11 All told, there were 5,400 gold and silver articles that Sheshbazzar took with him when he brought the exiles back from Babylon to Jerusalem.

 

 

2 Corinthians 1:12-19

 

The Message (MSG)

 

12-14 Now that the worst is over, we’re pleased we can report that we’ve come out of this with conscience and faith intact, and can face the world—and even more importantly, face you with our heads held high. But it wasn’t by any fancy footwork on our part. It was God who kept us focused on him, uncompromised. Don’t try to read between the lines or look for hidden meanings in this letter. We’re writing plain, unembellished truth, hoping that you’ll now see the whole picture as well as you’ve seen some of the details. We want you to be as proud of us as we are of you when we stand together before our Master Jesus.

 

15-16 Confident of your welcome, I had originally planned two great visits with you—coming by on my way to Macedonia province, and then again on my return trip. Then we could have had a bon-voyage party as you sent me off to Judea. That was the plan.

 

17-19 Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises because it didn’t work out? Do you think I talk out of both sides of my mouth—a glib yes one moment, a glib no the next? Well, you’re wrong. I try to be as true to my word as God is to his. Our word to you wasn’t a careless yes canceled by an indifferent no. How could it be? When Silas and Timothy and I proclaimed the Son of God among you, did you pick up on any yes-and-no, on-again, off-again waffling? Wasn’t it a clean, strong Yes?

 

 

 

The Delight of the Bible 021213

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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 115 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20115&version=MSG

1 Samuel 9:15—10:1bhttp://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%209:15%E2%80%9410:1b&version=MSG

1 Timothy 3:1-9 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%203:1-9&version=MSG

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Once in a while it occurs to me that reading the Bible daily is absolutely wonderful. I don’t know why, but when I take the time to quietly sit and focus primarily upon what the Bible istalking about today, yesterday or the thousands of days before, life is wonderfully strange and ‘elevated’.

So much is a mystery to me. I don’t really know God, a being beyond all knowing. But daily reading the Bible I get closer to God.

Read the Bible with us, and pray for peace with God and with all others.

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Pray for Peace,

Pastor Bill

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Psalm 115

The Message (MSG)

115 1-2 Not for our sake, God, no, not for our sake,
but for your name’s sake, show your glory.
Do it on account of your merciful love,
do it on account of your faithful ways.
Do it so none of the nations can say,
“Where now, oh where is their God?”

3-8 Our God is in heaven
doing whatever he wants to do.
Their gods are metal and wood,
handmade in a basement shop:
Carved mouths that can’t talk,
painted eyes that can’t see,
Tin ears that can’t hear,
molded noses that can’t smell,
Hands that can’t grasp, feet that can’t walk or run,
throats that never utter a sound.
Those who make them have become just like them,
have become just like the gods they trust.

9-11 But you, Israel: put your trust in God!
—trust your Helper! trust your Ruler!
Clan of Aaron, trust in God!
—trust your Helper! trust your Ruler!
You who fear God, trust in God!
—trust your Helper! trust your Ruler!

12-16 O God, remember us and bless us,
bless the families of Israel and Aaron.
And let God bless all who fear God—
bless the small, bless the great.
Oh, let God enlarge your families—
giving growth to you, growth to your children.
May you be blessed by God,
by God, who made heaven and earth.
The heaven of heavens is for God,
but he put us in charge of the earth.

17-18 Dead people can’t praise God—
not a word to be heard from those buried in the ground.
But we bless God, oh yes—
we bless him now, we bless him always!
Hallelujah!

1 Samuel 9:15-10:2

The Message (MSG)

15-16 The very day before, God had confided in Samuel, “This time tomorrow, I’m sending a man from the land of Benjamin to meet you. You’re to anoint him as prince over my people Israel. He will free my people from Philistine oppression. Yes, I know all about their hard circumstances. I’ve heard their cries for help.”

17 The moment Samuel laid eyes on Saul, God said, “He’s the one, the man I told you about. This is the one who will keep my people in check.”

18 Saul came up to Samuel in the street and said, “Pardon me, but can you tell me where the Seer lives?”

19-20 “I’m the Seer,” said Samuel. “Accompany me to the shrine and eat with me. In the morning I’ll tell you all about what’s on your mind, and send you on your way. And by the way, your lost donkeys—the ones you’ve been hunting for the last three days—have been found, so don’t worry about them. At this moment, Israel’s future is in your hands.”

21 Saul answered, “But I’m only a Benjaminite, from the smallest of Israel’s tribes, and from the most insignificant clan in the tribe at that. Why are you talking to me like this?”

22-23 Samuel took Saul and his servant and led them into the dining hall at the shrine and seated them at the head of the table. There were about thirty guests. Then Samuel directed the chef, “Bring the choice cut I pointed out to you, the one I told you to reserve.”

24 The chef brought it and placed it before Saul with a flourish, saying, “This meal was kept aside just for you. Eat! It was especially prepared for this time and occasion with these guests.”

Saul ate with Samuel—a memorable day!

25 Afterward they went down from the shrine into the city. A bed was prepared for Saul on the breeze-cooled roof of Samuel’s house.

26 They woke at the break of day. Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get up and I’ll send you off.” Saul got up and the two of them went out in the street.

27 As they approached the outskirts of town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell your servant to go on ahead of us. You stay with me for a bit. I have a word of God to give you.”

You’ll Be a New Person”

10 1-2 Then Samuel took a flask of oil, poured it on Saul’s head, and kissed him. He said, “Do you see what this means? God has anointed you prince over his people.

This sign will confirm God’s anointing of you as prince over his inheritance: After you leave me today, as you get closer to your home country of Benjamin, you’ll meet two men near Rachel’s Tomb. They’ll say, ‘The donkeys you went to look for are found. Your father has forgotten about the donkeys and is worried about you, wringing his hands—quite beside himself!’

1 Timothy 3:1-13

The Message (MSG)

Leadership in the Church

3 1-7 If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.

8-13 The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women—same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.

 

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Better Late Than Never 100112

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Psalm 5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalms%205&version=MSG

Zechariah 6:9-15 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zechariah%206:9-15&version=MSG

1 Peter 1:3-9 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%201:3-9&version=MSG

 

Better Late Than Never 100112

 

Normally, as you know, we try to post this blog every day so that we all can carry this with us all day, as kind of a ‘slow release’ message each day.

 

Online, one can not see the real people behind their words, so don’t believe for a minute that completely knowledgeable and maybe arrogant religious people do this blog, and do the humble things we do to be a church of Christ, to be disciples of Jesus together.

 

But that is not so! There is no big fancy building, or any building. We meet where we can. In the case of this blog, we share ideas and writing duties and do the best we can. I know several readers who could do better than we do. In this case, today’s blog is late because we all were horribly busy with sickness, elderly in need of our love and care, and the basics of trying to earn a simple living. We don’t really believe in a paid ministry and paid professional church workers; so, all we do is as regular people who love Jesus. We all word hard elsewhere, and give all we can to Jesus and the church.

 

So, we could say ‘Better Late Than Never’. We say this and suppose it is true, although it is suspicious. For instance, I suppose it is better late than never to begin to hear and understand the love and words of Jesus—but how different our lives would be if we heard and learned from Jesus at 50, 40, 30 or 20, rather than at 60 or 70. But we didn’t and better late than never, I guess.

 

Pray for peace,

Bill

 

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Psalm 5

Zechariah 6:9-15

1 Peter 1:3-9

 

Psalm 5

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

5 1-3 Listen, God! Please, pay attention!
Can you make sense of these ramblings,
my groans and cries?
King-God, I need your help.
Every morning
you’ll hear me at it again.
Every morning
I lay out the pieces of my life
on your altar
and watch for fire to descend.

4-6 You don’t socialize with Wicked,
or invite Evil over as your houseguest.
Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front of you;
you shake your head over Mischief-Maker.
God destroys Lie-Speaker;
Blood-Thirsty and Truth-Bender disgust you.

7-8 And here I am, your invited guest—
it’s incredible!
I enter your house; here I am,
prostrate in your inner sanctum,
Waiting for directions
to get me safely through enemy lines.

9-10 Every word they speak is a land mine;
their lungs breathe out poison gas.
Their throats are gaping graves,
their tongues slick as mudslides.
Pile on the guilt, God!
Let their so-called wisdom wreck them.
Kick them out! They’ve had their chance.

11-12 But you’ll welcome us with open arms
when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers,
for decking us out in delight.

Zechariah 6:9-15

The Message (MSG)

A Man Named Branch

9-12 Then this Message from God came to me: “Take up a collection from the exiles. Target Heldai, Tobiah, and Jedaiah. They’ve just arrived from Babylon. You’ll find them at the home of Josiah son of Zephaniah. Collect silver and gold from them and fashion crowns. Place one on the head of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and give him this message:

12-13 “‘A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies. Be alert. We have a man here whose name is Branch. He will branch out from where he is and build the Temple of God. Yes, he’s the one. He’ll build the Temple of God. Then he’ll assume the role of royalty, take his place on the throne and rule—a priest sitting on the throne!—showing that king and priest can coexist in harmony.’

14 “The other crown will be in the Temple of God as a symbol of royalty, under the custodial care of Helem, Tobiah, Jedaiah, and Hen son of Zephaniah.

15 “People will come from faraway places to pitch in and rebuild the Temple of God. This will confirm that God-of-the-Angel-Armies did, in fact, send me to you. All this follows as you put your minds to a life of responsive obedience to the voice of your God.”

1 Peter 1:3-9

The Message (MSG)

A New Life

3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

 

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