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Overcome Evil with Good

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:14-21, NRSV)

Do not seek revenge, and do not repay evil with evil. Instead, feed your hungry enemies and if they are thirsty give them something to drink, be kind to them for in doing this you will confuse them and they will not know what to do.

Revenge belongs to God and God’s wrath is worse than anything you could come up with, so love everyone, weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who are joyful.

Overcome evil with good.

Be good to everyone, and let God take care of the rest.

 

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Trust God, Not Rulers

1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul! 
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help. 
4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.
5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God, 
6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever; 
7 who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
(Psalm 146:1-7, NRSV)

The Lord is the only one to trust. God will never let you down.

That is why we should praise the Lord with all of our life!

 

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Faithful or Wicked

45“Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 47Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. 48But if that wicked slave says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. 51He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:45-51, NRSV)

Have you ever been in a position of power or being in control? How did you handle it?

Were you a boss that told everyone what to do while you sat back and watched from the sideline and yelled at people when they messed it up? Or were you a leader and a person who worked alongside the others and did your fair share of the work?

It is not for us to lord our control over others. We need to serve at all times and know that by serving we are doing what Christ has called us to do.

 

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The Day of the Lord is Near

6Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty! 7Therefore all hands will be feeble, and every human heart will melt, 8and they will be dismayed. Pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame. 9See, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the earth a desolation, and to destroy its sinners from it. 10For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. (Isaiah 13:6-10, NRSV)

The day of the Lord is not going to be a pleasant day. There will be judgment and no one will be comforted until it is over.

Hands will be feeble and unable to do anything and hearts will melt, not like a good melt, like my heart melts every time I see you. A bad melt like the opening of the Ark of the Covenant on Raiders of the Lost Ark kind of melt…

It is not a day we want to happen, but we need to know that we will make it through because we are covered by the blood of the lamb. We are set apart and will endure. Doesn’t mean there won’t be judgment or anguish, but we will survive.

So help others know the love God has for them so that they might be set apart with us.

 

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The Son of David

41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42“What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, 44‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’? 45If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” 46No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. (Matthew 22:41-46, NRSV)

This is a really good question. Because Jesus is of the lineage of David and would be David’s son, but David calls the Messiah Lord, so how can someone’s son be their lord?

We get into trouble when we try to use logic and work out the tenants of our faith. Sometimes things that deal with faith will not make sense logically, that is why we call it faith.

Jesus is the offspring of David and is yet David’s Lord.

We don’t have to understand how it works, we just need to believe it…

What else do we question about our faith, yet still believe?

 

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Bless the Lord!


19The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
20Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word.
21Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will.
22Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
(Psalm 103:19-22, NRSV)

We have every reason in the world to bless the Lord for everything God has done for us.

So let your soul sing and give glory to the king.

Bless the Lord!

 

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Bless the Lord, O My Soul

1Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—
3who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
4who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
(Psalm 103:1-5, NRSV)

I always sing this psalm because it is a wonderful camp song.

But it is also a great reminder that we are loved by the creator of the universe.

So Bless the Lord! And let all that is in you bless His holy name!

 

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