9/21/11

A letter for ME!!!

Even though we are far apart, I regularly give my younger brother Dave a call.  He is retired as I am, so we both have time to follow the news.  One of the biggest changes in the Albany, New York area will be the reduction of post office branches.  Most of the branches that I went to when I lived up there are being closed.  Doesn't sound like much, but after going into the same post offices hundreds of times, it leaves a pattern in your life that you WILL remember.  I know, things change, but sometimes, NOT FOR THE BETTER.   The post office was where I met both relatives and friends alike and somehow having those branches closed will change my perception of "home" forever.  But, the letters I sent from "home" will always be the same, regardless of where they were sent from, or for that matter in what form.  Paul puts it this way...

2 Corinthians 3:1-18 (WEB)
1) Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as do some, letters of commendation to you or from you?
2) You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
3) being revealed that you are a letter of Christ, served by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone, but in tablets that are hearts of flesh.
4) Such confidence we have through Christ toward God;
5) not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;
6) who also made us sufficient as servants of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7) But if the service of death, written engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadfastly on the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which was passing away:
8) won’t service of the Spirit be with much more glory?
9) For if the service of condemnation has glory, the service of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.
10) For most certainly that which has been made glorious has not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasses.
11) For if that which passes away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.
12) Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,
13) and not as Moses, who put a veil on his face, that the children of Israel wouldn’t look steadfastly on the end of that which was passing away.
14) But their minds were hardened, for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains, because in Christ it passes away.
15) But to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.
16) But whenever one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17) Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18) But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Communication that means something comes from the heart, from the essence of what it means to be YOU.   Whether written on stone, parchment, velim, papryus, paper or with the 1's and 0's of today's electronic age, the heart of human beings remains the same.  If that is true in human terms, consider what it means in heavenly concepts.  The love of God has never changed.  The expression of it has, from the original interpersonal connect with Adam or the patriarchs, to that of the prophets and finally with Jesus, God has loved us.  God has loved us, now that is something worth repeating, something we should always remember, something that should be engraved on our hearts forever!!!  In a world that is constantly changing, it is nice to know that some things DO NOT CHANGE.  So, even though you may be seeing this on facebook, or my blog, or in the form of a direct e-mail or a referral of some kind God still loves you and that is good news no matter how you get it!!!!!!!

OT Bible Reading 9/21

Sept. 21
Psalms 89-91

Psa 89:1 I will sing of the loving kindness of Yahweh forever. With my mouth, I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
Psa 89:2 I indeed declare, "Love stands firm forever. You established the heavens. Your faithfulness is in them."
Psa 89:3 "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David, my servant,
Psa 89:4 'I will establish your seed forever, and build up your throne to all generations.' " Selah.
Psa 89:5 The heavens will praise your wonders, Yahweh; your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
Psa 89:6 For who in the skies can be compared to Yahweh? Who among the sons of the heavenly beings is like Yahweh,
Psa 89:7 a very awesome God in the council of the holy ones, to be feared above all those who are around him?
Psa 89:8 Yahweh, God of Armies, who is a mighty one, like you? Yah, your faithfulness is around you.
Psa 89:9 You rule the pride of the sea. When its waves rise up, you calm them.
Psa 89:10 You have broken Rahab in pieces, like one of the slain. You have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
Psa 89:11 The heavens are yours. The earth also is yours; the world and its fullness. You have founded them.
Psa 89:12 The north and the south, you have created them. Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name.
Psa 89:13 You have a mighty arm. Your hand is strong, and your right hand is exalted.
Psa 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Loving kindness and truth go before your face.
Psa 89:15 Blessed are the people who learn to acclaim you. They walk in the light of your presence, Yahweh.
Psa 89:16 In your name they rejoice all day. In your righteousness, they are exalted.
Psa 89:17 For you are the glory of their strength. In your favor, our horn will be exalted.
Psa 89:18 For our shield belongs to Yahweh; our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Psa 89:19 Then you spoke in vision to your saints, and said, "I have bestowed strength on the warrior. I have exalted a young man from the people.
Psa 89:20 I have found David, my servant. I have anointed him with my holy oil,
Psa 89:21 with whom my hand shall be established. My arm will also strengthen him.
Psa 89:22 No enemy will tax him. No wicked man will oppress him.
Psa 89:23 I will beat down his adversaries before him, and strike those who hate him.
Psa 89:24 But my faithfulness and my loving kindness will be with him. In my name, his horn will be exalted.
Psa 89:25 I will set his hand also on the sea, and his right hand on the rivers.
Psa 89:26 He will call to me, 'You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation!'
Psa 89:27 I will also appoint him my firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
Psa 89:28 I will keep my loving kindness for him forevermore. My covenant will stand firm with him.
Psa 89:29 I will also make his seed endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
Psa 89:30 If his children forsake my law, and don't walk in my ordinances;
Psa 89:31 if they break my statutes, and don't keep my commandments;
Psa 89:32 then I will punish their sin with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
Psa 89:33 But I will not completely take my loving kindness from him, nor allow my faithfulness to fail.
Psa 89:34 I will not break my covenant, nor alter what my lips have uttered.
Psa 89:35 Once have I sworn by my holiness, I will not lie to David.
Psa 89:36 His seed will endure forever, his throne like the sun before me.
Psa 89:37 It will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky." Selah.
Psa 89:38 But you have rejected and spurned. You have been angry with your anointed.
Psa 89:39 You have renounced the covenant of your servant. You have defiled his crown in the dust.
Psa 89:40 You have broken down all his hedges. You have brought his strongholds to ruin.
Psa 89:41 All who pass by the way rob him. He has become a reproach to his neighbors.
Psa 89:42 You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries. You have made all of his enemies rejoice.
Psa 89:43 Yes, you turn back the edge of his sword, and haven't supported him in battle.
Psa 89:44 You have ended his splendor, and thrown his throne down to the ground.
Psa 89:45 You have shortened the days of his youth. You have covered him with shame. Selah.
Psa 89:46 How long, Yahweh? Will you hide yourself forever? Will your wrath burn like fire?
Psa 89:47 Remember how short my time is! For what vanity have you created all the children of men!
Psa 89:48 What man is he who shall live and not see death, who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.
Psa 89:49 Lord, where are your former loving kindnesses, which you swore to David in your faithfulness?
Psa 89:50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of your servants, how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the mighty peoples,
Psa 89:51 With which your enemies have mocked, Yahweh, with which they have mocked the footsteps of your anointed one.
Psa 89:52 Blessed be Yahweh forevermore. Amen, and Amen.
Psa 90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place for all generations.
Psa 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, before you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
Psa 90:3 You turn man to destruction, saying, "Return, you children of men."
Psa 90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are just like yesterday when it is past, like a watch in the night.
Psa 90:5 You sweep them away as they sleep. In the morning they sprout like new grass.
Psa 90:6 In the morning it sprouts and springs up. By evening, it is withered and dry.
Psa 90:7 For we are consumed in your anger. We are troubled in your wrath.
Psa 90:8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
Psa 90:9 For all our days have passed away in your wrath. We bring our years to an end as a sigh.
Psa 90:10 The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years; yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for it passes quickly, and we fly away.
Psa 90:11 Who knows the power of your anger, your wrath according to the fear that is due to you?
Psa 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psa 90:13 Relent, Yahweh! How long? Have compassion on your servants!
Psa 90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your loving kindness, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Psa 90:15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen evil.
Psa 90:16 Let your work appear to your servants; your glory to their children.
Psa 90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psa 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 91:2 I will say of Yahweh, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust."
Psa 91:3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence.
Psa 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers. Under his wings you will take refuge. His faithfulness is your shield and rampart.
Psa 91:5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day;
Psa 91:6 nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that wastes at noonday.
Psa 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you.
Psa 91:8 You will only look with your eyes, and see the recompense of the wicked.
Psa 91:9 Because you have made Yahweh your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
Psa 91:10 no evil shall happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
Psa 91:11 For he will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.
Psa 91:12 They will bear you up in their hands, so that you won't dash your foot against a stone.
Psa 91:13 You will tread on the lion and cobra. You will trample the young lion and the serpent underfoot.
Psa 91:14 "Because he has set his love on me, therefore I will deliver him. I will set him on high, because he has known my name.
Psa 91:15 He will call on me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him, and honor him.
Psa 91:16 I will satisfy him with long life, and show him my salvation."

NT Bible Reading 9/21

Sept. 21
2 Corinthians 1

2Co 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the assembly of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:
2Co 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2Co 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;
2Co 1:4 who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2Co 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound to us, even so our comfort also abounds through Christ.
2Co 1:6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer.
2Co 1:7 Our hope for you is steadfast, knowing that, since you are partakers of the sufferings, so also are you of the comfort.
2Co 1:8 For we don't desire to have you uninformed, brothers, concerning our affliction which happened to us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, so much that we despaired even of life.
2Co 1:9 Yes, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead,
2Co 1:10 who delivered us out of so great a death, and does deliver; on whom we have set our hope that he will also still deliver us;
2Co 1:11 you also helping together on our behalf by your supplication; that, for the gift bestowed on us by means of many, thanks may be given by many persons on your behalf.
2Co 1:12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God we behaved ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you.
2Co 1:13 For we write no other things to you, than what you read or even acknowledge, and I hope you will acknowledge to the end;
2Co 1:14 as also you acknowledged us in part, that we are your boasting, even as you also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.
2Co 1:15 In this confidence, I was determined to come first to you, that you might have a second benefit;
2Co 1:16 and by you to pass into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and to be sent forward by you on my journey to Judea.
2Co 1:17 When I therefore was thus determined, did I show fickleness? Or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be the "Yes, yes" and the "No, no?"
2Co 1:18 But as God is faithful, our word toward you was not "Yes and no."
2Co 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, by me, Silvanus, and Timothy, was not "Yes and no," but in him is "Yes."
2Co 1:20 For however many are the promises of God, in him is the "Yes." Therefore also through him is the "Amen," to the glory of God through us.
2Co 1:21 Now he who establishes us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God;
2Co 1:22 who also sealed us, and gave us the down payment of the Spirit in our hearts.
2Co 1:23 But I call God for a witness to my soul, that I didn't come to Corinth to spare you.
2Co 1:24 Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are fellow workers with you for your joy. For you stand firm in faith.