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The True Light Comes Into the World

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:6-13, NRSV)

John was Jesus’ cousin and a herald for Jesus. John told everyone about Jesus and what he was going to do.

John was not the light of the world and he did not claim to be because he knew Jesus was.

It is not our job to be the light or the savior. It is our job to tell the world like John did. Share what God has done for you and God’s love with the world.

 

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God Speaks to Us through a Son

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.3He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4, NRSV)

Jesus is the son whom God has given us to speak to us and tell us how we should live.

He is higher than everything except the Father and is more excellent than everything.

Jesus came to show us how to live and what it means to be a follower of God’s life plan.

God has a way God wants us to live and Jesus showed us that.

 

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Steadfast Love Endures Forever

1Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
3Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
5For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100, NRSV)

Be joyful in the Lord’s presence. For He is faithful and just and His steadfast love endures forever.

God is faithful to all generations.

Hold tight to that promise.

 

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Our God of Mercy

11Do not, O Lord, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.
12For evils have encompassed me without number; my iniquities have overtaken me, until I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails me.
13Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me.
14Let all be put to shame and confusion who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire my hurt.
15Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
16But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.
(Psalm 40:11-17, NRSV)

Be pleased o Lord make haste to deliver me and help me.

No matter what the circumstances are we are facing when we cry out to God, He will be there to help us and pull us up.

If we trust in God we will always have shelter from whatever storm we face.

 

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Thanksgiving for Help

1I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
4Happy are those who make the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.
5You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.
6Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
7Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
9I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.
10I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
11Do not, O Lord, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.
12For evils have encompassed me without number; my iniquities have overtaken me, until I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails me.
13Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me.
14Let all those be put to shame and confusion who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire my hurt.
15Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
16But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.
(Psalm 40, NRSV)

As for me I am poor and needy!

And as I wait for the Lord my cries are heard and the Lord delivers me.

Happy is the one who trusts in the promises of the Lord for the Lord is good and His love will endure through anything we face.

The Lord will not let us down. The Lord hears our cries and sees our anguish and comes to our aid.

Trust in the Lord and live in His life!

 

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The LORD is Righteous

1I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
2Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
4Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!”
5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
6The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
7Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
(Psalm 116:1-7, NRSV)

Do you love the Lord?

If you do, why do you love the Lord?

This psalmist says they love the Lord because the Lord heard them cry when they were close to death and were encamped all around by enemies and the Lord heard them and saved them.

That is actually where all of us were. Death was knocking and we were sinking down in our sin and God reached in and pulled us out. Not because we were or are worthy but because God made us. The Lord loves us and will not let us fall.

Trust in the promise and love the Lord!

 

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The LORD is my Shepherd

1The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
3he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
(Psalm 23, NRSV)

I have the book pictured in my office. It is 144 pages on the 6 verses above. That is 24 pages a verse!

It is hard to imagine that one could expand that much on these verses that seem to be straight forward. But Mr. Keller opens up the meaning behind the oil and rod and staff in a way that makes the psalm come alive and means much more than it does on the surface.

The is the wonder of the psalms and all of the Bible. It has many meanings and impacts our lives in many different ways.

I recommend reading psalms daily and reading Mr. Keller’s book to see just how much God as our shepherd loves us.

 

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