An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
16 O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.
10 Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not afraid, for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee, and help thee, and will sustain thee with the right hand of my justice.
11 Behold, all they that provoke thee, shall be ashamed, and confounded: they shall be as nothing, and they that strive with thee shall perish.
12 Thou shalt seek them and shalt not find them: to wit, the men of thy strife, for they shall be as nothing, and the men that war against thee, as a thing of nought.
13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee.
18 For he hath despised the oath, and broken the covenant (yet lo, he had given his hand) because he hath done all these things, he shall not escape.
19 Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, As I live, I will surely bring mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, upon his own head.
20 And I will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my net, and I will bring him to Babel, and will enter into judgment with him there for his trespass that he hath committed against me.
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor wantons, nor buggerers,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for, for such things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not therefore companions with them.
8 For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light.
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth.)
10 Approving that which is pleasing to the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but even reprove them rather.
12 For it is shame even to speak of the things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things when they are reproved of the light, are manifest: for it is light that maketh all things manifest.
11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastisest, O Lord, and teachest him in thy Law,
13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of evil, while the pit is dug for the wicked.
14 Surely the Lord will not fail his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
15 For judgment shall return to justice, and all the upright in heart shall follow after it.
16 Who will rise up with me against the wicked? or who will take my part against the workers of iniquity?
Brenda R posted this in our prayer group on FB, and I thought it should be shared.
The Twenty-Third Psalm Explained
- The Lord is my Shepherd—that’s Relationship!
- I shall not want—that’s Supply!
- He maketh me to lie down in green pastures—that’s Rest!
- He leadeth me beside the still waters—that’s Refreshment!
- He restoreth my soul—that’s Healing!
- He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness—that’s Guidance!
- For His name sake—that’s Purpose!
- Yea,though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death—that’s Testing!
- I will fear no evil—that’s Protection!
- For Thou art with me—that’s Faithfulness!
- Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me—that’s Discipline!
- Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies—that’s Hope!
- Thou annointest my head with oil—that’s Consecration!
- My cup runneth over—that’s Abundance!
- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life—that’s Blessing!
- And I will dwell in the house of the Lord—that’s Security!
- Forever—that’s Eternity!
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
3 He healeth those that are broken in heart, and bindeth up their sores.
4 He counteth the number of the stars, and calleth them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and great is his power: his wisdom is infinite.
6 The Lord relieveth the meek, and abaseth the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing unto the Lord with praise: sing upon the harp unto our God,
8 Which covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth, and maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains:
9 Which giveth to beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
29 Surely thou art my light, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness.
30 For by thee have I broken through an host, and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
31 The way of God is uncorrupt: the word of the Lord is tried in the fire: he is a shield to all that trust in him.
32 For who is God besides the Lord? and who is mighty, save our God?
33 God is my strength in battle, and maketh my way upright.
34 He maketh my feet like hinds feet, and hath set me upon mine high places.
35 He teacheth mine hands to fight, so that a bowl of brass is broken with mine arms.
36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation, and thy loving kindness hath caused me to increase.
37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, and mine heels have not slid.
38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them, and have not turned again until I had consumed them.
39 Yea, I have consumed them and thrust them through, and they shall not arise, but shall fall under my feet.
40 For thou hast girded me with power to battle, and them that rose against me, hast thou subdued under me.
I Tried Being an Atheist Once
by The Bunker
I tried being an atheist once, but reality kept getting in the way.
How did a good German Lutheran boy from Wisconsin find himself taking a walk on the wild side? The normal route, arrogance fostered by education. But I don’t blame a university for my own weakness, it was much more.
I came back from my generation’s war wondering how God could damn so many people to lives of misery, poverty, turmoil and slaughter. I had learned my religious lessons well; God is Love and peace and through his Son, redemption. But that’s not the reality I had witnessed. I had taken pictures of towering Catholic churches with stone rectories compete with running water, electricity and air conditioning in the Philippines. These monuments to the Love of Christ were surrounded by parishioners grass huts and children living in poverty most westerners can’t comprehend. To me the contrast was as extreme as Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’s Philippine Cultural Center in Manila. I had taken a picture of that too. In my picture, in the foreground, a man is digging through a trash pile for something to sell or eat. At that point, to me, organized religion and governments walked the same path of hypocrisy.
I know we have readers of this blog who are members of the clergy. The last paragraph probably has them racing towards the comments section. I want to make this very clear; I respect all the worlds’ religions, except one, Islam. Any organization that can bring its members closer to the Truth and Love that is the Creator is needed now more than ever. Maybe my Lutheranism made me too extreme. I have a streak of anti authoritarianism running through my veins. When Martin Luther nailed his “Ninety – Five Theses” to the church door he pretty much told the Pope to… well, you get the picture. Of course, Martin Luther had a streak of anti-Semitism running through his veins so he’s not exactly in line for saint hood. One thing has always been clear to me. Christ’s church is the people.