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The Horses’ Mouth 081712

Brief

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I have a friend who is into equine assisted growth and learning.  It is about working with horses and their reactions to learn about oneself.  Horses and other creatures have honest, straightforward responses to human presence and interaction.  That’s not something we get all the time in our human relationships.  Often we have to pay a counselor to give us honest feedback about ourselves.  Honest friends who know how to listen carefully and then, in love, respond, are rare treasures in life.

Essentially, Job is telling his friends to be quiet and listen.

The Hebrew scriptures have three ways of knowing about God – the law, the prophets and the wisdom writings.  The law and prophets are understood as the most direct communication from God.  Moses received the law directly from God.  The prophets received inspiration directly from God.  Wisdom writing, on the other hand, is about seeking understanding through human observation, experience and reflection.  Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and other writings are part of the wisdom writing of the Hebrew scriptures.  Perhaps a comparison can be made to the scientific method of observation, hypothesis and experiment to arrive at a working theory.

In Job, the writer is struggling to understand human suffering.  Perhaps the book of Job is an attempt to come to terms with why Israel was defeated and sent into exile when it seemed like God promised them never-ending success.

Wrestling with the ways of God is not easy.  It takes patience, listening, observation, reading, reflection and conversation.  I am glad when I find good companions on my spiritual journey, even if they are sometimes horses.

Guest blogger Lee Lever is pastor of the Austin (Texas) Mennonite Church.

 

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Psalm 34:9-14

Job 12:1-25

Romans 16:17-20

 

Psalm 34:9-14

9O fear the Lord, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no want.

10The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12Which of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good?

13Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.

14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Job 12:1-25

12Then Job answered: 2“No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you. 3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these? 4I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called upon God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, I am a laughingstock. 5Those at ease have contempt for misfortune, but it is ready for those whose feet are unstable.

6The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god in their hands. 7“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; 8ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. 9Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? 10In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being. 11Does not the ear test words as the palate tastes food?

12Is wisdom with the aged, and understanding in length of days? 13“With God are wisdom and strength; he has counsel and understanding. 14If he tears down, no one can rebuild; if he shuts someone in, no one can open up. 15If he withholds the waters, they dry up; if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land. 16With him are strength and wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are his. 17He leads counselors away stripped, and makes fools of judges. 18He looses the sash of kings, and binds a waistcloth on their loins. 19He leads priests away stripped, and overthrows the mighty. 20He deprives of speech those who are trusted, and takes away the discernment of the elders. 21He pours contempt on princes, and looses the belt of the strong. 22He uncovers the deeps out of darkness, and brings deep darkness to light. 23He makes nations great, then destroys them; he enlarges nations, then leads them away. 24He strips understanding from the leaders of the earth, and makes them wander in a pathless waste. 25They grope in the dark without light; he makes them stagger like a drunkard.

Romans 16:17-20

17I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who cause dissensions and offenses, in opposition to the teaching that you have learned; avoid them. 18For such people do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded. 19For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I want you to be wise in what is good and guileless in what is evil. 20The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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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Sitting with Job in Despair 081612

English: Scroll of the Psalms

English: Scroll of the Psalms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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The story of Job’s troubles is legendary.  He lost family, possessions, health and social status.  Things were so bad that his wife told him to “Curse God and die.”  Job struggled to understand why such bad things had happened to him.  Picking up on that perennial struggle, Rabbi Kushner in 1981 wrote a famous book with the title “When bad things happen to good people.”

Several of Job’s friends stopped by to cheer him up and did not do so well.  One such friend, Zophar, tried to convince Job that he was guilty of something and needed to confess.  In the end, Zophar is rebuked by God for telling Job such things.

Most of the time I do not need my friends to tell me how bad I am.  I tend to be hard enough on myself.  And if something bad comes along (sickness, car breakdown, drought, broken relationship, etc.) I sometimes wonder what I did to deserve this trouble.  I have not found this to be a helpful exercise.  Instead I need to trust in God to walk with me through the storm.

Psalm 34 is a hymn of praise and thanksgiving for God’s help in times of trouble.  Some of the words from this psalm bring comfort:

·        “I sought the Lord and he answered me, and delivered me from all my troubles.”

·        “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed from despair.”

The next time I am feeling like Job, I hope for a friend with listening ears and helping hands.  That would feel like better medicine than a sharp tongue.

Guest blogger Lee Lever is pastor of the Austin (Texas) Mennonite Church

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

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Psalm 34:9-14

Job 11:1-20

Acts 6:8-15

 

Psalm 34:9-14

9O fear the Lord, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no want.

10The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12Which of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good?

13Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.

14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Job 11:1-20

11Then Zophar the Naamathite answered: 2“Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and should one full of talk be vindicated? 3Should your babble put others to silence, and when you mock, shall no one shame you? 4For you say, ‘My conduct is pure, and I am clean in God’s sight.’ 5But oh, that God would speak, and open his lips to you, 6and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For wisdom is many-sided. Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.

7“Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? 8It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know? 9Its measure is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. 10If he passes through, and imprisons, and assembles for judgment, who can hinder him? 11For he knows those who are worthless; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it? 12But a stupid person will get understanding, when a wild ass is born human.

13“If you direct your heart rightly, you will stretch out your hands toward him. 14If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness reside in your tents. 15Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure, and will not fear. 16You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. 17And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. 18And you will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected and take your rest in safety. 19You will lie down, and no one will make you afraid; many will entreat your favor. 20But the eyes of the wicked will fail; all way of escape will be lost to them, and their hope is to breathe their last.”

Acts 6:8-15

8Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and others of those from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen. 10But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. 11Then they secretly instigated some men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12They stirred up the people as well as the elders and the scribes; then they suddenly confronted him, seized him, and brought him before the council. 13They set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law; 14for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses handed on to us.” 15And all who sat in the council looked intently at him, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

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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Our Daily Bread 081512

 

Cracked Wheat Bread

Cracked Wheat Bread (Photo credit: jazzijava)

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When a baby is hungry it cries and expects to be fed.  The child learns to trust as its needs are met and anticipated.  When that trust is violated the child feels less secure, more anxious about its well-being and future.

In Psalm 81 God speaks, “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.”   “I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Jesus echoes this in John 6 when he says, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

I wish for a world where everyone can be confident of having enough to eat.  I believe the way of Jesus leads us toward that reality both physically and spiritually.  I am nourished in that vision by the act of dipping a piece of bread into a cup of wine and eating it and remembering the life of Jesus.

Last week I helped serve a meal at a soup kitchen.  Tomorrow a homeless man will do some work for me and I will give him a little money and a bag of food.  These are small acts of kindness in a world where many are hungry every day and many die of starvation every day.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the food you give.  I trust you to sustain my life and spirit.

Guest blogger Lee Lever is pastor of the Austin (Texas) Mennonite Church.

 

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

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Psalm 81

Jeremiah 31:1-6

John 6:35-40

 

 

Psalm 81

1Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

2Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp.

3Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day.

4For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.

5He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a voice I had not known:

6“I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket.

7In distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

8Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me!

9There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.

10I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.

12So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.

13O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

14Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes.

15Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their doom would last forever.

16I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Jeremiah 31:1-6

31At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. 2Thus says the Lord: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, 3the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. 4Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall take your tambourines, and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers. 5Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy the fruit. 6For there shall be a day when sentinels will call in the hill country of Ephraim: “Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.”

John 6:35-40

35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; 38for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”

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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Walking with Ruth 081412

Jan van Scorel, Ruth and Naomi in the fields o...

Jan van Scorel, Ruth and Naomi in the fields of Boaz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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The story of Ruth the Moabite in the Hebrew scriptures is a lesson in loyalty, commitment, hospitality and welcoming.  Ruth, a young widow, left parents and extended family behind in order to migrate to her mother-in-law’s country not sure what kind of welcome she would receive as a foreigner.  Although life was not easy, she was welcomed and found assistance in her new life.  Her loyalty and devotion gave her a place in the lineage of King David.  Ruth’s words are often used in wedding ceremonies: “Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16f)

Ruth’s character was noticed and found favor in her new homeland.

No matter where our journey takes us, our character as Christians should be exemplary.  The closing words of 2 Peter say it well.  “Therefore beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or wrinkle.”

 Welcome and hospitality of the stranger and foreigner are not easy practices in a culture where we are taught to fear those who are different.  I pray that the established residents of my city will find ways to build bridges of hospitality, trust and respect with the immigrant and the refugee people who arrive seeking a new life.  May that hospitality be an echo of God’s embrace of all humankind.

 Guest blogger Lee Lever is pastor of the Austin (Texas) Mennonite Church. 

 

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

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

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Psalm 81

Ruth 2:1-23

2 Peter 3:14-18

The story of Ruth the Moabite in the Hebrew scriptures is a lesson in loyalty, commitment, hospitality and welcoming.  Ruth, a young widow, left parents and extended family behind in order to migrate to her mother-in-law’s country not sure what kind of welcome she would receive as a foreigner.  Although life was not easy, she was welcomed and found assistance in her new life.  Her loyalty and devotion gave her a place in the lineage of King David.  Ruth’s words are often used in wedding ceremonies: “Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16f)

Ruth’s character was noticed and found favor in her new homeland.

No matter where our journey takes us, our character as Christians should be exemplary.  The closing words of 2 Peter say it well.  “Therefore beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or wrinkle.”

 Welcome and hospitality of the stranger and foreigner are not easy practices in a culture where we are taught to fear those who are different.  I pray that the established residents of my city will find ways to build bridges of hospitality, trust and respect with the immigrant and the refugee people who arrive seeking a new life.  May that hospitality be an echo of God’s embrace of all humankind.

 Guest blogger Lee Lever is pastor of the Austin (Texas) Mennonite Church. 

Psalm 81

1Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

2Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp.

3Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day.

4For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.

5He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a voice I had not known:

6“I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket.

7In distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

8Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me!

9There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.

10I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.

12So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.

13O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

14Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes.

15Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their doom would last forever.

16I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Ruth 2:1-23

2Now Naomi had a kinsman on her husband’s side, a prominent rich man, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. 2And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain, behind someone in whose sight I may find favor.” She said to her, “Go, my daughter.” 3So she went. She came and gleaned in the field behind the reapers. As it happened, she came to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.

4Just then Boaz came from Bethlehem. He said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you.” They answered, “The Lord bless you.” 5Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “To whom does this young woman belong?” 6The servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the Moabite who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7She said, ‘Please, let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the reapers.’ So she came, and she has been on her feet from early this morning until now, without resting even for a moment.” 8Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. 9Keep your eyes on the field that is being reaped, and follow behind them. I have ordered the young men not to bother you. If you get thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” 10Then she fell prostrate, with her face to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight, that you should take notice of me, when I am a foreigner?” 11But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge!” 13Then she said, “May I continue to find favor in your sight, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, even though I am not one of your servants.” 14At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here, and eat some of this bread, and dip your morsel in the sour wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he heaped up for her some parched grain. She ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over. 15When she got up to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, “Let her glean even among the standing sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16You must also pull out some handfuls for her from the bundles, and leave them for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.”

17So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. 18She picked it up and came into the town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gleaned. Then she took out and gave her what was left over after she herself had been satisfied. 19Her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, “The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz.” 20Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “Blessed be he by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!” Naomi also said to her, “The man is a relative of ours, one of our nearest kin.” 21Then Ruth the Moabite said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay close by my servants, until they have finished all my harvest.’” 22Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is better, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, otherwise you might be bothered in another field.” 23So she stayed close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests; and she lived with her mother-in-law.

2 Peter 3:14-18

14Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. 17You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

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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So Simple 081112

English: Angel of the Lord window attributed t...

English: Angel of the Lord window attributed to the Quaker City Stained Glass Company of Philadelphia, PA 1912. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Charleston, SC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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In Matthew 7:7-11, it sounds so simple and up to us to ask and we shall receive.  Why is it so difficult for me to pray sometimes and just trust and ask?  I appreciate the way this passage is written, by a comparison taken from earthly parents, and their readiness to give their children what they ask. Is God all-wise; does he really know what we need, what we desire, and what is fit for us? One thing I know for sure though, is that if there is a God, and he has so clearly asked us to ask, search and knock, I know he will not refuse to hear or give us what would be hurtful!

 

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Psalm 34

1I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.

3O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

4I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

5Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.

6This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.

7The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.

1 Kings 2:1-9

2When David’s time to die drew near, he charged his son Solomon, saying: 2“I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, be courageous, 3and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn. 4Then the Lord will establish his word that he spoke concerning me: ‘If your heirs take heed to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you a successor on the throne of Israel.’ 5“Moreover you know also what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me, how he dealt with the two commanders of the armies of Israel, Abner son of Ner, and Amasa son of Jether, whom he murdered, retaliating in time of peace for blood that had been shed in war, and putting the blood of war on the belt around his waist, and on the sandals on his feet. 6Act therefore according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to Sheol in peace. 7Deal loyally, however, with the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who eat at your table; for with such loyalty they met me when I fled from your brother Absalom. 8There is also with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, who cursed me with a terrible curse on the day when I went to Mahanaim; but when he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the Lord, ‘I will not put you to death with the sword.’ 9Therefore do not hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man; you will know what you ought to do to him, and you must bring his gray head down with blood to Sheol.”

Matthew 7

7“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? 11If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

 

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With Openness of Heart 081012

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With Openness of Heart 081012

 

Very often I find myself thinking I am wiser and better and fitter than other people.  But reading through Galatians reminds me not to do this!!!  I most certainly deceive myself; by pretending to what I am not, and sooner or later will find the sad effects. I believe every one must prove there own work. The better we know our own hearts and ways, the less shall we despise others, and the more be disposed to help them under afflictions. How insignificant my sins seem to me when committed, I am sure in God‘s eyes they are just all sins. Feeling the weight and burden of these sins, I just pray that I can have the openness of heart to have compassion towards everyone each and every day!

 

 

 

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Psalm 34

1I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.

3O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

4I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

5Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.

6This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.

7The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.

2 Samuel 17:15-29

15Then Hushai said to the priests Zadok and Abiathar, “Thus and so did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and so I have counseled. 16Therefore send quickly and tell David, ‘Do not lodge tonight at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means cross over; otherwise the king and all the people who are with him will be swallowed up.’” 17Jonathan and Ahimaaz were waiting at En-rogel; a servant girl used to go and tell them, and they would go and tell King David; for they could not risk being seen entering the city. 18But a boy saw them, and told Absalom; so both of them went away quickly, and came to the house of a man at Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard; and they went down into it. 19The man’s wife took a covering, stretched it over the well’s mouth, and spread out grain on it; and nothing was known of it. 20When Absalom’s servants came to the woman at the house, they said, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” The woman said to them, “They have crossed over the brook of water.” And when they had searched and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem. 21After they had gone, the men came up out of the well, and went and told King David. They said to David, “Go and cross the water quickly; for thus and so has Ahithophel counseled against you.”

22So David and all the people who were with him set out and crossed the Jordan; by daybreak not one was left who had not crossed the Jordan. 23When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went off home to his own city. He set his house in order, and hanged himself; he died and was buried in the tomb of his father. 24Then David came to Mahanaim, while Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel. 25Now Absalom had set Amasa over the army in the place of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra the Ishmaelite, who had married Abigal daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab’s mother. 26The Israelites and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead. 27When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Machir son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim, 28brought beds, basins, and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, meal, parched grain, beans and lentils, 29honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat; for they said, “The troops are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”

Galatians 6:1-10

6My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride. 5For all must carry their own loads. 6Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. 7Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. 10So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

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With Humility and Self-denial 080912

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

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With Humility and Self-denial 080912

 

The verses from Romans reminded me to be humble, self-denying, and ready to consider one another, for aren’t all people together in one way or another? The great end in all our actions must be mutual love and kindness to those around us.

I believe these scriptures were written for our use and benefit, as much as for those to whom they were first given. That comfort which springs from these words, is the surest and sweetest, and the greatest stay to hope.

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Psalm 34

1I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.

3O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

4I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

5Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.

6This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.

7The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.

1 Samuel 28:20-25

20Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of the words of Samuel; and there was no strength in him, for he had eaten nothing all day and all night. 21The woman came to Saul, and when she saw that he was terrified, she said to him, “Your servant has listened to you; I have taken my life in my hand, and have listened to what you have said to me. 22Now therefore, you also listen to your servant; let me set a morsel of bread before you. Eat, that you may have strength when you go on your way.” 23He refused, and said, “I will not eat.” But his servants, together with the woman, urged him; and he listened to their words. So he got up from the ground and sat on the bed. 24Now the woman had a fatted calf in the house. She quickly slaughtered it, and she took flour, kneaded it, and baked unleavened cakes. 25She put them before Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they rose and went away that night.

Romans 15:1-6

15We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. 3For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 4For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

5May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Wants Beyond Number 080812

Quotes - "Live Simply"

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Wants Beyond Number 080812

It makes me feel so blessed to read Isaiah 55:1-9 where all are welcome to the blessings of God. Today, as we are all so concerned about how much things cost, this verse reminds me that the gifts offered to us are such as no price can be set upon. The things offered are already paid for.  At least for me, it seems like my wants are beyond number, but after I receive something, it often doesn’t fill the void.  I hope that I can let the disappointments I meet with in the world, help to drive me to God and the happiness that he has offered me!

 

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Psalm 107:1-3, 33-43

 

Isaiah 55:1-9

 

Mark 8:1-10

 

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.

 

33He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,

 

34a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.

 

35He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.

 

36And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in;

 

37they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield.

 

38By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their cattle decrease.

 

39When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,

 

40he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes;

 

41but he raises up the needy out of distress, and makes their families like flocks.

 

42The upright see it and are glad; and all wickedness stops its mouth.

 

43Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

 

Isaiah 55:1-9

 

55Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 3Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. 4See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. 5See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

 

6Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; 7let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

Mark 8:1-10

 

8In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2“I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. 3If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great distance.” 4His disciples replied, “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?” 5He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. 7They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. 8They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.

 


 

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Humanity in Distress 080712

English: Moses Sees the Promised Land from Afa...

English: Moses Sees the Promised Land from Afar, as in Numbers 27:12, by James Tissot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Today’s verses truly talk about God‘s providential care of men in distresses, in banishment, and dispersion and shows us that God’s hand came to be seen by his own people. In these verses I can picture that very harsh circumstances of the men in this time suffered and also what men go through today.  It is scarcely possible to conceive the horrors suffered by many then and now. But these words describe the case where who pass through the world as a dangerous and dreary wilderness, often ready to faint through troubles, fears, and temptations, those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, after God, and communion with him, shall be filled with the goodness of his house, both in grace and glory. What surprising changes are often made in the affairs of men! If we look abroad in the world, we see many greatly increase, whose beginning was small. We see many who have thus suddenly risen, as suddenly brought to nothing. Worldly wealth is uncertain; often those who are filled with it, ere they are aware, lose it again. It is of great use to us to be fully assured of God’s goodness.  I think a truly wise person will treasure in his heart this delightful psalm. From it, he will fully understand the weakness and wretchedness of man, and the power and loving-kindness of God.

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Psalm 107:1-3, 33-43

Deuteronomy 8:1-20

1 Corinthians 12:27-31

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.

33He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,

34a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.

35He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.

36And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in;

37they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield.

38By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their cattle decrease.

39When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,

40he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes;

41but he raises up the needy out of distress, and makes their families like flocks.

42The upright see it and are glad; and all wickedness stops its mouth.

43Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 8:1-20

8This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. 2Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. 3He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4The clothes on your back did not wear out and your feet did not swell these forty years. 5Know then in your heart that as a parent disciplines a child so the Lord your God disciplines you. 6Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 7For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, 8a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper.

10You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you. 11Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. 12When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, 13and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, 14then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, 16and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. 17Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” 18But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today. 19If you do forget the Lord your God and follow other gods to serve and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. 20Like the nations that the Lord is destroying before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God.

1 Corinthians 12:27-31

27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

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My Apology to the Disciples 080412

Deutsch: Brot- und Backwaren

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My Apology to the Disciples 080412

Upon reading Matthew 16:5-12 (and re-reading it a dozen times) I have to apologize to the disciples. Often they are cast as ignorant peasants, and I think it was okay to be a peasant in the midst of Jesus, but not ignorant, and the disciples get chastised for not understanding what Jesus is saying. I sympathize with them upon reading Matthew 16:5-12, I didn’t get it either.

I’m still uncertain what it might mean, for Jesus to remind us not follow the Pharisees and Sadducees; we’re in the boat already, Jesus.

But these randomly selected verses that we read and study each day have a way of speaking to what’s going on in the world, and what’s going on in each of our worlds.

I’m interpreting this Bible verse to mean that we don’t have to rely upon the hierarchical culture of the Pharisees, or the rules of the Sadducees and neither will give our daily bread or our daily spiritual bread. Instead Jesus is here to provide us with both.

This morning I read the story of the wildfires burning in Oklahoma, with the hottest temperature (so far) recorded there for yesterday–113°F. Wildfires are wild and they are short of help as neighboring states use their own fire crews for their fires. We pray for the help they need to protect the prairie lands and homes of Oklahoma.

We also should remember in prayer, again, the people and land of Syria engaged in civil war, and the people of Turkey and Iraq who seem to taunting war, the people of Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Congo, and many others worldwide experiencing drought, war, famine, thirst and civil unrest.

Pray for peace. We can’t fight over food and water as we try to preserve it.

brother Bill

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Psalm 78:23-29

23Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven;

24he rained down on them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven.

25Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance.

26He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind;

27he rained flesh upon them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas;

28he let them fall within their camp, all around their dwellings.

29And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved.

Exodus 13:3-10

3Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the Lord brought you out from there by strength of hand; no leavened bread shall be eaten. 4Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. 5When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this observance in this month. 6Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival to the Lord. 7Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen in your possession, and no leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory. 8You shall tell your child on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9It shall serve for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the teaching of the Lord may be on your lips; for with a strong hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt. 10You shall keep this ordinance at its proper time from year to year.

Matthew 16:5-12

5When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6Jesus said to them, “Watch out, and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7They said to one another, “It is because we have brought no bread.” 8And becoming aware of it, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you talking about having no bread? 9Do you still not perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11How could you fail to perceive that I was not speaking about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” 12Then they understood that he had not told them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

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