Saturday, August 23, 2014
 
  • Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we confidently say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV) 
  • "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7) 
  • Though highs in the 80's leave me unconvinced it's actually fall, it's that time of year again when our thoughts turn to football. Even non-football fans have to plan around game days to some extent. And whether it's high school or college or pro, it's football time! 
  • "But stretch out your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.'1The Lord said to Satan, 'Very well, all that he has is in your power; only do not stretch out your hand against him!' So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord" Job 1:11-12. 
  • You may have heard this story before: Elijah, on the run from Jezebel, who has threatened his very existence. On the way, he encounters an angel, who encourages him to eat, and provides him with food and water. 
  • About two years ago, for a class at seminary, I wrote extensively on a passage in the Old Testament that contradicted some of my previously held political and ethical beliefs. After writing and researching extensively on these passages, I began to consider whether I could take the Bible seriously if I politically supported something so different from what the Bible said. 
  • Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth Genesis 11:9 
  • In his days Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt went up to the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates. King Josiah went to meet him; but when Pharaoh Neco met him at Megiddo, he killed him. 2 Kings 23:29. 
  • Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle Revelation 4:6b-7 
  • Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest Matthew 11:28

    Whenever I am stressed out, over burdened or feel the weight of much worry on my shoulders, Matthew 11:28 is my "go to verse." 
  • Every seventh year you shall grant a remission of debts. And this is the manner of the remission: every creditor shall remit the claim that is held against a neighbor, not exacting it from a neighbor who is a member of the community, because the Lord's remission has been proclaimed Deuteronomy 15:1-2 
  • And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 
  • But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.' Acts 1:8 
  • If you take out a dollar bill and look at the great seal of the United States, you'll notice a Latin phrase underneath the pyramid: "novus ordo seclorum." The rough translation is "new order of the ages." Charles Thomson came up with the motto in 1782, and it expressed the hope of that time that the American experiment would usher in a new age of government that would be a beacon to people across the world. It would be a new order for a new age. 

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