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The Authority of the Son

Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes.The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life. “Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; and he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. (John 5:19-29, NRSV)

Who will judge?

Not the Father, but the Son.

Whoever honors the Son honors the Father.

So we need to be about what Jesus has told us to do.

And what is that?

To love God and to love neighbor.

Do we love Jesus and our neighbor?

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Paths and Plans

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

I was reminded of this path today when I received a message from a confirmation student from the congregation I served in Victoria. This is a path at Ebert Ranch. A camp in the Southwestern Texas Synod of the ELCA. It is a beautiful place with horses and long horns, and a great place to get away and connect with God. This path I believe if memory serves me correctly led to a labyrinth. A place where one journeys inward to find the path or the plan that God is calling us to. Have you ever wondered if there was a plan or a path to life?

Like there seems to be a road map that your life is following only you have never seen it…

Jeremiah is an interesting book that starts with a calling to a boy who says he is too young and unable to speak, leading through to many conversations with him and many peoples for God. All of this leads to the verse above in chapter 29…

God knows the plans He has for each and everyone of us, plans for us to prosper and not fall, plans for a future and a hope. That hope is Jesus Christ! He is the future and the hope each of us can base our lives on, He is the map that will lead us to where we need to go.

Just as Jesus brought St. John’s and my family together, He is continuing to work in and through all of us to bring about His plan and mission here in this place.

So remember to notice where Jesus is working, to share that and invite others to come and see and to always keep Jesus in view, and be ready for the ride of your life as we continue to His wonderful mission here in this place!

Grace,

PJ

 

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Prayer for the Downfall of Israel’s Enemies

“Often have they attacked me from my youth”—let Israel now say—“often have they attacked me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed on my back; they made their furrows long.” The Lord is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked. May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward. Let them be like the grass on the housetops that withers before it grows up, with which reapers do not fill their hands or binders of sheaves their arms, while those who pass by do not say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you! We bless you in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 129:1-8, NRSV)

When we trust in God and follow where He leads us, no foe will have any power over us.

They will seem to make headway and paths into our destruction but it will not actually be.

God has cut the cord of the wicked and made their harvests have withered before they were collected.

God will provide for those who love Him and follow Him.

 

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The Happy Home of the Faithful

Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways.

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you.

(Psalm 128:1-2, NRSV)

Interesting the reading here says happy and the image says blessed.

Same word different translation.

So does blessed mean happy?

Does happy mean blessed?

Does the state of one being happy or blessed mean that they are without hardship or troubles?

Is it possible to be blessed and going through troubles?

Is it possible to be happy and to have things in life not going for you?

If you live your life in God, He will help you be happy/blessed regardless of your current situation.

 
 

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The Joy of Forgiveness

Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah

(Psalm 32:6-7, NRSV)

When you are in need turn to God. God will be a shelter for you in the storm and the waters will not overcome you.

God will be a place for you to hide away from the world to get a respite from your worries. God will hold you in His hand and deliver you from your troubles.

 

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The Joy of Forgiveness

Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah (Psalm 32:5, NRSV)

When we come to God with all of the darkness that keeps our relationship from growing He doesn’t turn away from us and leave us yo die in our sins. God is faithful and just and already knows all of the blackness of your life. In fact God knows things about you you don’t even know a

God will listen and forgive. He will never leave you or forsake you.

 

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The Joy of Forgiveness

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

(Psalm 32:1-2, NRSV)

Is your sin covered?

Not do you have it covered up so no one can see it because even if you think you have it hidden, it is not hidden from God?

And you will not be happy or blessed if you are hiding sin from God.

The best way to cover your sin is to lay it at the foot of the cross and allow Him to take it all away.

The Lord will take it and see your contrite heart and open spirit and remove your sin from you and it will be covered forever!

So be forgiven and give it all to God.

 

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