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Breath of Spring 050513 Sermon

 

 

 

 

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

 

 

Acts 16:9-15
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2016:9-15&version=MSG

 

 

 

Psalm 67
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2067&version=MSG

 

 

 

Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5
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John 14:23-29
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A Breath of Spring 050513 Sermon

 

 

 

Good Sunday morning to each of you in the name of Jesus Christ., if it is finally spring! But people are starting to act like it’s spring, and so are plants and animals. These sudden cold spells, and even late snow, make us all wonder.\ what’s going on. I saw a local photograph of snow covering a purple Lilac
in bloom.

 

 

People, including myself tend to feel spring in exuberant ways—sometimes celebrating or singing out loud, but almost always we tend to reappraise our lives,
our careers and maybe even our relationships and start off like spring—rapidly, with great energy and intent. It’s hard to remember to do this, but can I suggest that each of us take the time to ask God for direction this spring. Paul, in Acts 16, hears God telling him, leading him to go Europe, to preach the good news to the Macedonians
(the Greeks) and to cross over from Asia Minor to the coast of Europe, in Macedonia. We are so schooled into thinking that Paul was a woman-hating, racist man that we are not
accustomed to recognizing that for a Jew to be called and to go to the land of the Greeks and to Europe was very radical and extreme. To do what Paul and his friends did in Acts required the voice of God. It was a direction and a mission likely to lead to execution, arrest,starvation and shipwreck. For Paul it led to all of these.

 

 

With this spring, I hope for God to speak clearly to each of us—to lead each of us in a newdirection, a new mission for us all.

 

 

For one, I am praying for a church, a communion of disciples that seeks to know Jesus Christ,and to follow him. It has been said that Christian churches are self-serving lodges of self-serving people—who come together for socializing and food, but forget to feed the poor, the widows and orphans and forget to visit those in prison.

 

 

So, I;m trying to envision a church that is NOT what I desire, but would be a church to serve others and designed to serve others rather than to serve the
desires of the founders , the leaders, the elders.

 

 

In John 14:31 Jesus says “Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.” and maybe it is—maybe it is time for all of us disciples to leave behind what
church has become, and begin to be something new.

Pray for Peace,

 

 

Pastor Bill

 

 

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Acts 16:9-15

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

9-10 That night Paul had a dream:

A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, “Come

over to Macedonia and help us!” The dream gave Paul his map. We
went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia.

All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had
called us to preach the good news to the Europeans.

 

 

11-12 Putting out from the harbor at Troas, we made a straight run for Samothrace. The next day we tied
up at New City and walked from there to Philippi, the main city in that part of Macedonia and, even more importantly, a Roman colony. We
lingered there several days.

 

 

 

 

Psalm

67

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

67 1-7 God, mark us with
grace
and blessing! Smile!
The whole
country will see how you work,
all the
godless nations see how you save.
God! Let people thank and enjoy
you.
Let all people thank and enjoy
you.
Let all far-flung people become happy
and
shout their happiness because
You judge them fair and
square,
you tend the far-flung
peoples.
God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Earth, display your
exuberance!
You mark us with blessing, O

God, our God. You mark us with blessing, O God.
Earth’s

four corners—honor him!

 

 

Revelation

21:10

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

The City of Light

 

 

9-12 One of the Seven Angels who had carried the bowls filled

with the seven final disasters spoke to me: “Come here. I’ll show

you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb.” He took me away in the Spirit

to an enormous, high mountain and showed me Holy Jerusalem descending

out of Heaven from God, resplendent in the bright glory of God.

 

 

Revelation

22:1-5

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

22 1-5 Then the Angel showed

me Water-of-Life River, crystal bright. It flowed from the Throne of

God and the Lamb, right down the middle of the street. The Tree of

Life was planted on each side of the River, producing twelve kinds of

fruit, a ripe fruit each month. The leaves of the Tree are for

healing the nations. Never again will anything be cursed. The Throne

of God and of the Lamb is at the center. His servants will offer God

service—worshiping, they’ll look on his face, their foreheads

mirroring God. Never again will there be any night. No one will need

lamplight or sunlight. The shining of God, the Master, is all the

light anyone needs. And they will rule with him age after age after

age.

 

 

John

14:23-31

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

23-24 “Because a loveless

world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he

will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll

move right into the neighborhood! Not loving me means not keeping my

words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message

of the Father who sent me.

 

 

25-27 “I’m telling you these

things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit

whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain

to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m

leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I

don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling

abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

 

 

28 “You’ve heard me tell you,

‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’ If you loved me, you

would be glad that I’m on my way to the Father because the Father

is the goal and purpose of my life.

 

 

29-31 “I’ve told you this

ahead of time, before it happens, so that when it does happen, the

confirmation will deepen your belief in me. I’ll not be talking

with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world

is about to attack. But don’t worry—he has nothing on me, no

claim on me. But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the

Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to

the last detail.

 

 

“Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.”

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dead Body/The Glorious Body 032213

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Psalm 27 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2027&version=MSG

Genesis 14:17-24 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2014:17-24&version=MSG

Philippians 3:17-20 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%203:17-20&version=MSG

 

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 The theologian Marcus Borg makes the point that we sometimes have to distinguish between what the New Testament says about or is by Jesus compared to what the New Testament expresses about 1st Century AD male, Palestinian, Jewish culture. Today’s gospel from Philippians may be an example of this: Philippians 3 says: “….Jesus Christ, …. will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own”

This reminds one, in the words of Paul, to leaving the earthly body behind in favor of a new body. But Jesus’ miracles were often about healing this earthly body, more than just replacing the old with a new, superior model. And although I can see and hear Jesus rejecting the world, I also can see and hear Jesus loving the earth, and all earth’s creations, including us.

Should we follow Jesus’ example of healing the body, or Paul’s idea of casting off the body?

Pray for peace,

Pastor Bill

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Psalm 27

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

27 Light, space, zest—
that’s God!
So, with him on my side I’m fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.

2     When vandal hordes ride down
ready to eat me alive,
Those bullies and toughs
fall flat on their faces.

3 When besieged,
I’m calm as a baby.
When all hell breaks loose,
I’m collected and cool.

4 I’m asking God for one thing,
only one thing:
To live with him in his house.


my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
I’ll study at his feet.5 That’s the only quiet, secure place
in a noisy world,
The perfect getaway,
far from the buzz of traffic.

6 God holds me head and shoulders
above all who try to pull me down.
I’m headed for his place to offer

anthems
that will raise the roof!
Already I’m singing God-songs;
I’m making music to God.7-9

Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs:
“Be good to me! Answer me!”
When my heart whispered, “Seek God,”
my whole being replied,
“I’m seeking him!”
Don’t hide from me now!

9-10 You’ve always been right there for me;
don’t turn your back on me now.
Don’t throw me out, don’t abandon me;
you’ve always kept the door open.
My father and mother walked out and left me,
but God took me in.

11-12 Point me down your highway, God;
direct me along a well-lighted street;
show my enemies whose side you’re on.
Don’t throw me to the dogs,
those liars who are out to get me,
filling the air with their threats.

13-14 I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness
in the exuberant earth.
Stay with God!
Take heart. Don’t quit.
I’ll say it again:
Stay with God.

Genesis 14:17-24

The Message (MSG)

17-20 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and his allied kings, the king of Sodom came out to greet him in the Valley of Shaveh, the King’s Valley. Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine—he was priest of The High God—and blessed him:

Blessed be Abram by The High God,
Creator of Heaven and Earth.
And blessed be The High God,
who handed your enemies over to you.

Abram gave him a tenth of all the recovered plunder.

21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me back the people but keep all the plunder for yourself.”

22-24 But Abram told the king of Sodom, “I swear to God, The High God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, this solemn oath, that I’ll take nothing from you, not so much as a thread or a shoestring. I’m not going to have you go around saying, ‘I made Abram rich.’ Nothing for me other than what the young men ate and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; they’re to get their share of the plunder.”

Philippians 3:17-21

The Message (MSG)

17-19 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.

20-21 But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.

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An Ever Steady God 071712

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It makes sense to some to observe that for scripture such as that found in Psalm 142, that bemoan and grieve one’s lot in life, contrasted with scriptures that celebrate the joy and gladness of walking with God are proof of God’s constancy. Since the two examples of scripture are the extremes of sadness versus joy they serve as the extremes of the human condition. God is a steady force in the universe despite the extremes of human mood, and human affairs.

In reading Psalm 142, grieve with those in grief, despair and pain, but remember, there is the same God now as when we are filled with joy at the presence of the Lord.

Pray for peace

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Psalm 142

Amos 9:1-4

Acts 23:12-35

Psalm 142

1With my voice I cry to the Lord; with my voice I make supplication to the Lord.

2I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.

3When my spirit is faint, you know my way. In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.

4Look on my right hand and see— there is no one who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for me.

5I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

6Give heed to my cry, for I am brought very low. Save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.

7Bring me out of prison, so that I may give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.

Amos 9:1-4

9I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said: Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake, and shatter them on the heads of all the people; and those who are left I will kill with the sword; not one of them shall flee away, not one of them shall escape. 2Though they dig into Sheol, from there shall my hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down. 3Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, from there I will search out and take them; and though they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the sea-serpent, and it shall bite them. 4And though they go into captivity in front of their enemies, there I will command the sword, and it shall kill them; and I will fix my eyes on them for harm and not for good.

Acts 23:12-35

12In the morning the Jews joined in a conspiracy and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 13There were more than forty who joined in this conspiracy. 14They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food until we have killed Paul. 15Now then, you and the council must notify the tribune to bring him down to you, on the pretext that you want to make a more thorough examination of his case. And we are ready to do away with him before he arrives.” 16Now the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush; so he went and gained entrance to the barracks and told Paul. 17Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to report to him.” 18So he took him, brought him to the tribune, and said, “The prisoner Paul called me and asked me to bring this young man to you; he has something to tell you.” 19The tribune took him by the hand, drew him aside privately, and asked, “What is it that you have to report to me?” 20He answered, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire more thoroughly into his case. 21But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him. They have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink until they kill him. They are ready now and are waiting for your consent.” 22So the tribune dismissed the young man, ordering him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of this.” 23Then he summoned two of the centurions and said, “Get ready to leave by nine o’clock tonight for Caesarea with two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen. 24Also provide mounts for Paul to ride, and take him safely to Felix the governor.” 25He wrote a letter to this effect: 26Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings. 27This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them, but when I had learned that he was a Roman citizen, I came with the guard and rescued him. 28Since I wanted to know the charge for which they accused him, I had him brought to their council. 29I found that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but was charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. 30When I was informed that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him.” 31So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him during the night to Antipatris. 32The next day they let the horsemen go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. 33When they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him. 34On reading the letter, he asked what province he belonged to, and when he learned that he was from Cilicia, 35he said, “I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.” Then he ordered that he be kept under guard in Herod’s headquarters.

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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Let God Speak To Us About The Desperate People 071612

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Psalm 142 and the scripture selection from Amos 5 are the prayers and cries of very desperate people in desperate times.

 

All of us, each of us has gone through such times, and may be now also.  Paul, in Acts 21 finds himself also in the midst of a crowd who wants to kill, and after he is rescued by Roman soldiers he pleads only to be set free to speak to the people about Jesus. From the desperate roar of mob violence, Paul’s plea is to be able to witness about Jesus.

 

For your prayers today, consider praying that although we are desperate, we be enabled by God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help others who also are desperate.

 

And pray for peace

brother Bill

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Psalm 142

Amos 5:1-9

Acts 21:27-39

Psalm 142

1With my voice I cry to the Lord; with my voice I make supplication to the Lord.

2I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.

3When my spirit is faint, you know my way. In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.

4Look on my right hand and see— there is no one who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for me.

5I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

6Give heed to my cry, for I am brought very low. Save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.

7Bring me out of prison, so that I may give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.

Amos 5:1-9

5Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel: 2Fallen, no more to rise, is maiden Israel; forsaken on her land, with no one to raise her up. 3For thus says the Lord God: The city that marched out a thousand shall have a hundred left, and that which marched out a hundred shall have ten left.

4For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: Seek me and live; 5but do not seek Bethel, and do not enter into Gilgal or cross over to Beer-sheba; for Gilgal shall surely go into exile, and Bethel shall come to nothing. 6Seek the Lord and live, or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. 7Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground! 8The one who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the Lord is his name, 9who makes destruction flash out against the strong, so that destruction comes upon the fortress.

Acts 21:27-39

27When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, who had seen him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd. They seized him, 28shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against our people, our law, and this place; more than that, he has actually brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” 29For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30Then all the city was aroused, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut. 31While they were trying to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32Immediately he took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. When they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33Then the tribune came, arrested him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; he inquired who he was and what he had done. 34Some in the crowd shouted one thing, some another; and as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. 35When Paul came to the steps, the violence of the mob was so great that he had to be carried by the soldiers. 36The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Away with him!” 37Just as Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to you?” The tribune replied, “Do you know Greek? 38Then you are not the Egyptian who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand assassins out into the wilderness?” 39Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city; I beg you, let me speak to the people.”

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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Prayer for Friday the 13th 071312

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Many people despair about today being Friday the 13th, a day and date long seen as ‘bad luck’. But among superstitions, this is not one that spooks me. Instead, Psalm 85 should be our focus.

The lectionary for today only listed a fragment of Psalm 85, so I included the entire Psalm, because it is worthwhile. As a song, as a poem or as a prayer the whole Psalm taken as one is better than the fragment.

The Psalm (below) thanks God for good fortune, and for forgiveness. Amos 3 bemoans our faith after we abandoned God. Amos actually refers to peoples before the time of Jesus, but we are also people in need of forgiveness, always.

And Paul, in Colossians 4, writing his letter by himself, exhorts us to always devote ourselves in prayer, keeping alert in thanksgiving. How many times per day do you meet and talk with God. Some say three times a day, some say five times a day, but Paul is talk about prayer that is ‘always’. Is once an hour often enough? Perhaps not, and Paul seems to be talking about prayer that becomes part of our daily, hourly consciousness—to live a life full of prayer.

Pray for peace

brother Bill

 

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Psalm 85:8-13

Amos 3:1-12

Colossians 4:2-18

 

Psalm 85

To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1 Lord, you were favourable to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people;
you pardoned all their sin.
Selah
3 You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.
4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
and put away your indignation towards us.
5 Will you be angry with us for ever?
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
so that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.*
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps.

Amos 3:1-12

3Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt: 2You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. 3Do two walk together unless they have made an appointment? 4Does a lion roar in the forest, when it has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from its den, if it has caught nothing? 5Does a bird fall into a snare on the earth, when there is no trap for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground, when it has taken nothing? 6Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster befall a city, unless the Lord has done it? 7Surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. 8The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?

9Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod, and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt, and say, “Assemble yourselves on Mount Samaria, and see what great tumults are within it, and what oppressions are in its midst.” 10They do not know how to do right, says the Lord, those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds. 11Therefore thus says the Lord God: An adversary shall surround the land, and strip you of your defense; and your strongholds shall be plundered. 12Thus says the Lord: As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who live in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a bed.

Colossians 4:2-18

2Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. 3At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, 4so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should.

5Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.

7Tychicus will tell you all the news about me; he is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow servant in the Lord. 8I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts; 9he is coming with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here. 10Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, as does Mark the cousin of Barnabas, concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him. 11And Jesus who is called Justus greets you. These are the only ones of the circumcision among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always wrestling in his prayers on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in everything that God wills. 13For I testify for him that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. 15Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea. 17And say to Archippus, “See that you complete the task that you have received in the Lord.” 18I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace 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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Kneeling to Pray 070612

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ

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If one can step back from the Book of Acts and see it more as a whole story, it is an engaging story of the apostles and disciples directed by God, forming the basis of the religion of Jesus Christ, our church (in the biggest and most universal sense of the word). Slowly, following Jesus becomes less strictly Jewish and more and more universal.

This story is also our story. In this part of Acts, which focuses on Paul, we read that 5b….. There we knelt down on the beach and prayed 6and said farewell to one another.

To kneel in prayer was an early custom in the new religion of Jesus Christ. Do you kneel to pray? Does your church kneel in prayer?

Pray for peace

brother Bill

 

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Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

Job 29:21—30:15

Acts 21:1-16

 

 

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.

23Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters;

24they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep.

25For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.

26They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity;

27they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end.

28Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress;

29he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.

30Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.

31Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

32Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

Job 29:21—30:15

21“They listened to me, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel. 22After I spoke they did not speak again, and my word dropped upon them like dew. 23They waited for me as for the rain; they opened their mouths as for the spring rain. 24I smiled on them when they had no confidence; and the light of my countenance they did not extinguish. 25I chose their way, and sat as chief, and I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.

30“But now they make sport of me, those who are younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock. 2What could I gain from the strength of their hands? All their vigor is gone. 3Through want and hard hunger they gnaw the dry and desolate ground, 4they pick mallow and the leaves of bushes, and to warm themselves the roots of broom. 5They are driven out from society; people shout after them as after a thief. 6In the gullies of wadis they must live, in holes in the ground, and in the rocks. 7Among the bushes they bray; under the nettles they huddle together. 8A senseless, disreputable brood, they have been whipped out of the land. 9“And now they mock me in song; I am a byword to them. 10They abhor me, they keep aloof from me; they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me. 11Because God has loosed my bowstring and humbled me, they have cast off restraint in my presence. 12On my right hand the rabble rise up; they send me sprawling, and build roads for my ruin. 13They break up my path, they promote my calamity; no one restrains them. 14As through a wide breach they come; amid the crash they roll on.

15Terrors are turned upon me; my honor is pursued as by the wind, and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.

Acts 21:1-16

21When we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. 2When we found a ship bound for Phoenicia, we went on board and set sail. 3We came in sight of Cyprus; and leaving it on our left, we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, because the ship was to unload its cargo there. 4We looked up the disciples and stayed there for seven days. Through the Spirit they told Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 5When our days there were ended, we left and proceeded on our journey; and all of them, with wives and children, escorted us outside the city. There we knelt down on the beach and prayed 6and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home. 7When we had finished the voyage fromTyre, we arrived at Ptolemais; and we greeted the believers and stayed with them for one day.

8The next day we left and came to Caesarea; and we went into the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the seven, and stayed with him. 9He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy. 10While we were staying there for several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11He came to us and took Paul’s belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” 12When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14Since he would not be persuaded, we remained silent except to say, “The Lord’s will be done.”

15After these days we got ready and started to go up to Jerusalem. 16Some of the disciples fromCaesarea also came along and brought us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to stay.

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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Singing a Spring Song 030812

A picture about the spring.

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At first light today, there was little light. Rain clouds and thunderstorms darkened the sky. The small but vocal frogs called ‘spring peepers’ were loud.

Psalm 81 sings out to us this morning, like a spring song. It’s a song accompanied by musical instruments, and rejoices at the full moon, and coincidentally, there is now a full moon.

My joy this morning comes from God, but the natural world, the earth, is also God’s domain of joy. Celebrate the giving of beauty from God, and pray for the health of the environment and the earth.

Pray for environmental peace, and end the war on the environment.

Bill

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Psalm 81:1-10

Exodus 31:12-18

Acts 25:1-12

 

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.

Exodus 31:12-18

12The Lord said to Moses: 13You yourself are to speak to the Israelites: “You shall keep my sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, given in order that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you. 14You shall keep the sabbath, because it is holy for you; everyone who profanes it shall be put to death; whoever does any work on it shall be cut off from among the people. 15Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall be put to death. 16Therefore the Israelites shall keep the sabbath, observing the sabbath throughout their generations, as a perpetual covenant. 17It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” 18When God finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

Acts 25:1-12

25Three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem 2where the chief priests and the leaders of the Jews gave him a report against Paul. They appealed to him 3and requested, as a favor to them against Paul, to have him transferred to Jerusalem. They were, in fact, planning an ambush to kill him along the way. 4Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, and that he himself intended to go there shortly. 5“So,” he said, “let those of you who have the authority come down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them accuse him.” 6After he had stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea; the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 7When he arrived, the Jews who had gone down from Jerusalem surrounded him, bringing many serious charges against him, which they could not prove. 8Paul said in his defense, “I have in no way committed an offense against the law of the Jews, or against the temple, or against the emperor.” 9But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, asked Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and be tried there before me on these charges?” 10Paul said, “I am appealing to the emperor’s tribunal; this is where I should be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you very well know. 11Now if I am in the wrong and have committed something for which I deserve to die, I am not trying to escape death; but if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can turn me over to them. I appeal to the emperor.” 12Then Festus, after he had conferred with his council, replied, “You have appealed to the emperor; to the emperor you will go.”

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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