9/28/11

A paw can be a powerful thing!


This dog is unattractive to say the least, but, look at what its doing; consoling its master.  Somehow, it almost makes it human, because caring and consoling another is a characteristic of our species.  I wonder, if that is our trait, then what about God?  Paul says...

2 Corinthians 1:1-7 (WEB)
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:
2) Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;
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.
5) For as the sufferings of Christ abound to us, even so our comfort also abounds through Christ.
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.
7) Our hope for you is steadfast, knowing that, since you are partakers of the sufferings, so also are you of the comfort.

Paul is giving the Corinthians consolation; something they obviously needed.  He can do this because he has been through trials and has been comforted by God.  If you have ever suffered, then you know how much a word of encouragement can mean.  Yesterday, something unsettling happened that upset both my wife and I.  Two of my grandchildren were over for a visit and when I took them home I hardly said a word (which is a clear indication that either I am sick or something is bothering me).  Just before I dropped them off, my granddaughter, Elizabeth, started singing "Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight" and it changed my whole mood.  If just a few choruses of a song can effect such a change, imagine getting a letter from an apostle of Jesus.  For that matter, I wonder what it would be like to really know that God himself was comforting me?  It probably won't be something like a paw on the knee and a tender look, but you never know...God works in mysterious ways.

ps.  Thanks again, Lizzy!!!

OT Bible Reading 9/28

Sept. 28
Psalms 112-114

Psa 112:1 Praise Yah! Blessed is the man who fears Yahweh, who delights greatly in his commandments.
Psa 112:2 His seed will be mighty in the land. The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Psa 112:3 Wealth and riches are in his house. His righteousness endures forever.
Psa 112:4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright, gracious, merciful, and righteous.
Psa 112:5 It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends. He will maintain his cause in judgment.
Psa 112:6 For he will never be shaken. The righteous will be remembered forever.
Psa 112:7 He will not be afraid of evil news. His heart is steadfast, trusting in Yahweh.
Psa 112:8 His heart is established. He will not be afraid in the end when he sees his adversaries.
Psa 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor. His righteousness endures forever. His horn will be exalted with honor.
Psa 112:10 The wicked will see it, and be grieved. He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away. The desire of the wicked will perish.
Psa 113:1 Praise Yah! Praise, you servants of Yahweh, praise the name of Yahweh.
Psa 113:2 Blessed be the name of Yahweh, from this time forth and forevermore.
Psa 113:3 From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, Yahweh's name is to be praised.
Psa 113:4 Yahweh is high above all nations, his glory above the heavens.
Psa 113:5 Who is like Yahweh, our God, who has his seat on high,
Psa 113:6 Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the earth?
Psa 113:7 He raises up the poor out of the dust. Lifts up the needy from the ash heap;
Psa 113:8 that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
Psa 113:9 He settles the barren woman in her home, as a joyful mother of children. Praise Yah!
Psa 114:1 When Israel went forth out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign language;
Psa 114:2 Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
Psa 114:3 The sea saw it, and fled. The Jordan was driven back.
Psa 114:4 The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs.
Psa 114:5 What was it, you sea, that you fled? You Jordan, that you turned back?
Psa 114:6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams; you little hills, like lambs?
Psa 114:7 Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
Psa 114:8 who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of waters.

NT Bible Reading 9/28

Sept. 28
2 Corinthians 8

2Co 8:1 Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the assemblies of Macedonia;
2Co 8:2 how that in much proof of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality.
2Co 8:3 For according to their power, I testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord,
2Co 8:4 begging us with much entreaty to receive this grace and the fellowship in the service to the saints.
2Co 8:5 This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.
2Co 8:6 So we urged Titus, that as he made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace.
2Co 8:7 But as you abound in everything, in faith, utterance, knowledge, all earnestness, and in your love to us, see that you also abound in this grace.
2Co 8:8 I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.
2Co 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich.
2Co 8:10 I give a judgment in this: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to start a year ago, not only to do, but also to be willing.
2Co 8:11 But now complete the doing also, that as there was the readiness to be willing, so there may be the completion also out of your ability.
2Co 8:12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don't have.
2Co 8:13 For this is not that others may be eased and you distressed,
2Co 8:14 but for equality. Your abundance at this present time supplies their lack, that their abundance also may become a supply for your lack; that there may be equality.
2Co 8:15 As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack."
2Co 8:16 But thanks be to God, who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.
2Co 8:17 For he indeed accepted our exhortation, but being himself very earnest, he went out to you of his own accord.
2Co 8:18 We have sent together with him the brother whose praise in the Good News is known through all the assemblies.
2Co 8:19 Not only so, but who was also appointed by the assemblies to travel with us in this grace, which is served by us to the glory of the Lord himself, and to show our readiness.
2Co 8:20 We are avoiding this, that any man should blame us concerning this abundance which is administered by us.
2Co 8:21 Having regard for honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
2Co 8:22 We have sent with them our brother, whom we have many times proved earnest in many things, but now much more earnest, by reason of the great confidence which he has in you.
2Co 8:23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for you. As for our brothers, they are the apostles of the assemblies, the glory of Christ.
2Co 8:24 Therefore show the proof of your love to them in front of the assemblies, and of our boasting on your behalf.