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What Will Christians Do In Catastrophe? 070712

 

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What Will Christians Do In Catastrophe? 070712

All three scriptures this morning talk of the power of weather—storms, the sea, high waves, thunder and lightning and the power of our Lord.

We’ve been seeking refuge indoors this past few days, while realizing that our livestock and crops are in serious trouble in record heat. Yesterday the record her (from 1988) was 101°F, and we had a temperature of 106°. Forecasters are saying that in the months of July, August and September the entire world should expect extraordinarily violent weather events.

Everyone is in agreement that we are having severe weather and strange weather, but as my fellow Missourian Mark Twain said Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.’

People are sharply divided over whether humankind is causing climate change or whether it is just normal weather cycles. In either case, what will Christian’s do? If refugees from islands and coastal regions need new homes, will we share our homes with them (there could be billions of them)? If this drought causes a worldwide shortage of wheat, corn and soybeans will we be prepared to share our hidden food supplies?

Perhaps as a Mennonite I’m too concerned with what God might ask us to do , and not just what God might want us to believe. We are believers, but are we also doers?

Pray for peace

brother Bill

 

 

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Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

Job 37:1-13

Luke 21:25-28

 

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 37:1-13

37“At this also my heart trembles, and leaps out of its place. 2Listen, listen to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth. 3Under the whole heaven he lets it loose, and his lightning to the corners of the earth. 4After it his voice roars; he thunders with his majestic voice and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard. 5God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.

6For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth’; and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain, 7serves as a sign on everyone’s hand, so that all whom he has made may know it. 8Then the animals go into their lairs and remain in their dens. 9From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. 10By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. 11He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. 12They turn round and round by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. 13Whether for correction, or for his land, or for love, he causes it to happen.

Luke 21:25-28

25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

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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Good Trees, Good Fruit 070412

 

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Good Trees, Good Fruit 070412

It seems simple. Good fruit comes from good trees.

The problem is that nowadays we can find good looking fruit that is just good looking, but it is bad. The art of deception in our food supply, and also in television and the media, in politics and public affairs is so highly developed that I wonder if anyone really believes advertising, television real life dramas, and politicians. Often, one’s first reaction to any of these is—what is the real truth?

In an era where deception pays more than truth, we must reaffirm our goals and motives. Are we laying aside good treasure in our hearts, so that what comes from us is also good?  I don’t think I can change what I am feeling about what greed and avarice can inspire, but instead look deeply into my own motives and into what goes on in my own heart.

Pray for peace

brother Bill

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Psalm 52

Jeremiah 22:1-9

Luke 6:43-45

Psalm 52

1Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long

2you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery.

3You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah

4You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

5But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

6The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,

7“See the one who would not take refuge in God, but trusted in abundant riches, and sought refuge in wealth!”

8But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

9I will thank you forever, because of what you have done. In the presence of the faithful I will proclaim your name, for it is good.

Jeremiah 22:1-9

22Thus says the Lord: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, 2and say: Hear the word of the Lord, O King of Judah sitting on the throne of David—you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. 3Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place. 4For if you will indeed obey this word, then through the gates of this house shall enter kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their servants, and their people. 5But if you will not heed these words, I swear by myself, says the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation. 6For thus says the Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah: You are like Gilead to me, like the summit of Lebanon; but I swear that I will make you a desert, an uninhabited city. 7I will prepare destroyers against you, all with their weapons; they shall cut down your choicest cedars and cast them into the fire. 8And many nations will pass by this city, and all of them will say one to another, “Why has the Lord dealt in this way with that great city?” 9And they will answer, “Because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshiped other gods and served them.”

Luke 6:43-45

43“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; 44for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

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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Psalms Are Not Always Calming 070312

 

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Psalms Are Not Always Calming 070312

Psalm 52 sounds more like a protest against an opposing tyrant, a mighty one. It raises a question I’ve had for some time—if my family and I were even poorer than we are, even more desperate and lived in Africa or Latin America, and did not have white skin, would we remember the same Psalms as we do now, and say the same prayers?

If we were hungry, would we thank the Lord for our daily bread, bread which might not come today? Do we sometimes try to make our God, and our Jesus into the Gods for white men alone?

Maybe some folks do become Christians and worship God because it confirms their status and racism, but Jesus can turn even these ideas into true love for all humanity.

Maybe we should remember that what we think God will do, is really supposed to be what we together, as the Kingdom of God on earth should do if we love God and love Jesus Christ.

Pray fro peace and your reconciliation with God

brother Bill

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Psalm 52

Jeremiah 21:11-14

Revelation 21:22—22:5

Psalm 52

1Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long

2you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery.

3You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah

4You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

5But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

6The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,

7“See the one who would not take refuge in God, but trusted in abundant riches, and sought refuge in wealth!”

8But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

9I will thank you forever, because of what you have done. In the presence of the faithful I will proclaim your name, for it is good.

Jeremiah 21:11-14

11To the house of the king of Judah say: Hear the word of the Lord, 12O house of David! Thus says the Lord: Execute justice in the morning, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed, or else my wrath will go forth like fire, and burn, with no one to quench it, because of your evil doings. 13See, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley, O rock of the plain, says the Lord; you who say, “Who can come down against us, or who can enter our places of refuge?” 14I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, says the Lord; I will kindle a fire in its forest, and it shall devour all that is around it.

Revelation 21:22—22:5

22I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

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Monday, Monday, Busy Monday 110711

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Psalm 63

Amos 8:7-14

1 Corinthians 14:20-25

 

Monday, Monday, Busy Monday 110711

Monday is an amazing day. It never ceases to amaze me how Monday can be so busy, frantic and chaotic after a day of peace on Sunday, the Lord’s Day. It seems that when our feet hit the cold floor of Monday morning, the peace of Sunday might leave us.

But in a new sense, we have to learn how to make every day the ‘Lord’s Day’.

Psalm 63 could be a great way to start today. Read it aloud as you take time  to start your morning prayers.

People do not know what Jesus meant when he asked us to pray three times a day, but if you do pray three times a day, or more, you know the joy, the absolute delight and the peace that comes from living close to the heart of Jesus. You know what it means to be filled with this joy every day and every hour.

May your Monday be an extended Sunday!

Pray for peace

(brother) Bill

Psalm 63

1O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.

3Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

4So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

5My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips

6when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

7for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.

8My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

9But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth;

10they shall be given over to the power of the sword, they shall be prey for jackals.

11But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Amos 8:7-14

7The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds. 8Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who lives in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt? 9On that day, says the Lord God, I will make the sun go down at noon, and darken the earth in broad daylight. 10I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on all loins, and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day.

11The time is surely coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. 12They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it. 13In that day the beautiful young women and the young men shall faint for thirst. 14Those who swear by Ashimah of Samaria, and say, “As your god lives, O Dan,” and, “As the way of Beer-sheba lives”— they shall fall, and never rise again.

1 Corinthians 14:20-25

20Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults.

21In the law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people; yet even then they will not listen to me,” says the Lord. 22Tongues, then, are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24But if all prophesy, an unbeliever or outsider who enters is reproved by all and called to account by all. 25After the secrets of the unbeliever’s heart are disclosed, that person will bow down before God and worship him, declaring, “God is really among you.”

 

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The Unseen God 081711

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Psalm 87

Isaiah 66:18-23

Matthew 8:1-13

 

The Unseen God 081711

 

Today’s verses from Matthew are the favorite of many—the story of the trusting centurion, who trusted Jesus’ ability to heal his slave—even when Jesus was at a distance from the paralyzed slave.

 

Do we need to see the object of our prayers taking effect? Do we need to see God walking among us? In last week’s sermon I spoke about the uniqueness of the original Judaic concept of God—how our God is unique in that we conceive of God as always present, always at work, but we have no altar, no physical likeness of God, and do not believe God lives in a temple or shrine yet is always with us as he was with the Jews. This God was with them in exile, with them as they were scattered throughout the world and yet always with them and by their side.

 

The first part of this mystery is faith. Faith is not believing in the invisible; it is more believing what we see in our heart. This faith begins with prayer. Like the centurion we believe that God, and Jesus do what we ask in their name. Often we don’t get to see the centurion’s slave jump up and run away from his sick bed, but somehow we know that God is in charge of the object of our prayers. Maybe the slave will be relieved of pain and will die. Maybe the slave also will understand that Jesus is taking care of him, and his pain eased.

 

God will take care of you, and your prayers will be answered, as you see in your heart.

 

Pray for the healing of those who have e-mailed the church asking for prayer for the sick loved ones. Pray for life, food and water for the people of East Africa, and pray we know in our hearts what we should do, and that we do it. Pray for children crying for food, and pray for their parents and family.

Pray for peace,

(brother) Bill

 

 

Psalm 130

1Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

2Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

3If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?

4But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.

5I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

6my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.

7O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.

8It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Isaiah 66:18-23

18For I know their works and their thoughts, and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and shall see my glory, 19and I will set a sign among them. From them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Put, and Lud—which draw the bow—to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20They shall bring all your kindred from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, on horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and on mules, and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring a grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord. 21And I will also take some of them as priests and as Levites, says the Lord. 22For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, says the Lord; so shall your descendants and your name remain. 23From new moon to new moon, and from sabbath to sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, says the Lord.

Matthew 8:1-13

8When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 2and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” 3He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

5When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him 6and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” 7And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” 8The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” 10When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour.

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Infinite Learning 081611

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Psalm 87

Isaiah 43:8-13

Romans 11:13-29

 

Infinite Learning 081611

One joy of the Christian life is that there is an infinite amount to learn about our infinite God. Any Christian who claims to know, has not checked with God yet this morning because God has a new lesson for us.

Following Jesus and living a life of discipleship has a new lesson also each day. We all should realize we don’t know yet how God is with us; we don’t know yet how to be disciples.

Yet, with every morning, with every prayer, Jesus tells me a little more of the truth. I still fail to describe what I’ve learned correctly, but it seems as if I’ve learned a little something. Today’s scripture from Romans 11: 18 reminds us:’ …remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.’

Pray for peace

(brother) Bill

Psalm 87

1On the holy mount stands the city he founded;

2the Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

3Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah

4Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon; Philistia too, and Tyre, with Ethiopia—“This one was born there,” they say.

5And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in it”; for the Most High himself will establish it.

6The Lord records, as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah

7Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.”

Isaiah 43:8-13

8Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears! 9Let all the nations gather together, and let the peoples assemble. Who among them declared this, and foretold to us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to justify them, and let them hear and say, “It is true.” 10You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. 11I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. 12I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses, says the Lord. 13I am God, and also henceforth I am He; there is no one who can deliver from my hand; I work and who can hinder it?

Romans 11:13-29

13Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry 14in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. 15For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead! 16If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the root is holy, then the branches also are holy. 17But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree, 18do not boast over the branches. If you do boast, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you. 19You will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps he will not spare you. 22Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness toward you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. 23And even those of Israel, if they do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree. 25So that you may not claim to be wiser than you are, brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26And so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, “Out of Zion will come the Deliverer; he will banish ungodliness from Jacob.” 27“And this is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” 28As regards the gospel they are enemies of God for your sake; but as regards election they are beloved, for the sake of their ancestors; 29for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

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Redeem Me From Human Oppression 072211

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Psalm 119:129-136

Genesis 29:9-14

Acts 7:44-53

 

Redeem Me From Human Oppression 072211

 

I’ve been thinking again about world problems. If you created a list of the top ten world problems, what would you list?

 

Many people would rank hunger, war, violence against the weak, environmental problems, economic collapse and weather extremes among these problems. But, to a great extent many world problems are problems because of humans oppressing other humans, and oppressing and destroying other species, and the natural environment.

 

My first response to Jesus’ calls to end oppression, causes me to examine how I, as a rich Christian in a desperate world can be responsible for the oppression of others, and then to examine how I might be oppressed by others within my own culture. Both happen!

 

Today, Psalm 119:134 asks for this redemption. What can we do, what can we pray today to end oppression? Do I think I am better than any other being in the Lord’s creation, or am I more important?

 

Pray with the Psalm that we may awaken to our oppression of others.

 

Pray for peace

(brother) Bill

Psalm 119:129-136

129Your decrees are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.

130The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

131With open mouth I pant, because I long for your commandments.

132Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your custom toward those who love your name.

133Keep my steps steady according to your promise, and never let iniquity have dominion over me.

134Redeem me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts.

135Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.

136My eyes shed streams of tears because your law is not kept.

1 Kings 1:38-48

38So the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, went down and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and led him to Gihon. 39There the priest Zadok took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” 40And all the people went up following him, playing on pipes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth quaked at their noise.

41Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they finished feasting. When Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, “Why is the city in an uproar?” 42While he was still speaking, Jonathan son of the priest Abiathar arrived. Adonijah said, “Come in, for you are a worthy man and surely you bring good news.” 43Jonathan answered Adonijah, “No, for our lord King David has made Solomon king; 44the king has sent with him the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and they had him ride on the king’s mule; 45the priest Zadok and the prophet Nathan have anointed him king at Gihon; and they have gone up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar. This is the noise that you heard. 46Solomon now sits on the royal throne. 47Moreover the king’s servants came to congratulate our lord King David, saying, ‘May God make the name of Solomon more famous than yours, and make his throne greater than your throne.’ The king bowed in worship on the bed 48and went on to pray thus, ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who today has granted one of my offspring to sit on my throne and permitted me to witness it.’”

Genesis 29:9-14

9While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep; for she kept them. 10Now when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his mother’s brother Laban, and the sheep of his mother’s brother Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of his mother’s brother Laban. 11Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud. 12And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’s son; and she ran and told her father. 13When Laban heard the news about his sister’s son Jacob, he ran to meet him; he embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 14and Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.

Acts 7:44-53

44“Our ancestors had the tent of testimony in the wilderness, as God directed when he spoke to Moses, ordering him to make it according to the pattern he had seen. 45Our ancestors in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors. And it was there until the time of David, 46who found favor with God and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the house of Jacob. 47But it was Solomon who built a house for him. 48Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands; as the prophet says, 49‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? 50Did not my hand make all these things?’

51”You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are forever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. 52Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become his betrayers and murderers. 53You are the ones that received the law as ordained by angels, and yet you have not kept it.”

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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