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Here are the Scriptures for this week:
MON 7/26/21: Psalm
103, from forever ago to forever from now
The unfathomable extent of God's love is revealed through the history, worship, and thoughts of Israel. This psalm is the perfect example. Where the gods of other stories are vindictive and petty, the God revealed through Israel is compassionate, full of love, and ready to forgive. See how Jesus, Paul, and the Apostles were influenced by Hebrew thinking in their Greek contexts?
TUE 7/27/21: Luke 10:25-37, Do this and you will live
God, in Jesus Christ, is offering us freedom and new life! Yet so often, we are looking for a contract: what do I get? and what do I have to do? In our reading today, a legal expert is asking for the contract: what do I have to do to get eternal life? Jesus makes it simple, and then makes it hard. Love God and love neighbor, do this and you will live. When the legal expert presses the matter, Jesus tells him to do what the good Samaritan did.
WED 7/28/21: Psalm 51, What can we really do to make it right?
This psalm is paired with the story of David’s sin in taking Bathsheba and killing her husband. We’re facing David’s dilemma with him: what could possibly be done to make it right? There’s not a sacrifice or a price to pay that can undo what has been done. There is only a plea for mercy. How powerful is mercy?
THU 7/29/21: 1 Samuel 24:1-22, David has mercy on Saul
Saul’s intentions are clear: kill David. While on the hunt for David, Saul takes a nap in a cave, unaware that David is further in. David spares Saul, takes a corner of his cape as evidence that he wishes no harm on the king. David’s act of mercy turns way Saul’s wrath. How can mercy be more effective than revenge or violence? What are you hearing in this Scripture today?
FRI 7/30/21: Philippians 3:17-21, Citizens of heaven
The Philippians were citizens of Rome. It was a colony of Rome. A Philippian could always appeal their case to Rome if they felt there were treated unfairly in other parts of the Empire. To be a citizen of Rome meant that you had certain protections and rights. It also meant that you ascribed to a way of living prescribed by the Emperor. However, Paul tells them (and us) that we are not citizens of Rome, but of heaven. What rights and protections do we enjoy as citizens of heaven? What is the way of living that we are called to as citizens of heaven?
SAT 7/31/21: Ephesians 4:1-16, Unity in the Spirit
Being rooted in love, we now are called to live lives worthy of this connection and calling. Notice the virtues: humility, gentleness, patience, and love. Join us in worship Sunday as we continue our sermon series “Come Together.” Join us in person at 9 am or 10:30 am, or online at 10:30 am. You matter to God.