Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PEACE

In the turmoil following the sad and heinous violence at The Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida, strong emotions are driving virulent tirades and there are all sorts of political and religious battle lines being drawn. Hopefully we can stop the oppositional activity, the accusations, the labeling and the name calling. 

Hopefully we can focus on what we have in common and the ideals that engender love, peace, honor and respect. 

Is that really so difficult? If so, why is it?

We are a nation with a diverse population. We have people from nearly every culture in the world. If any group of people can tap those who understand and can explain how folks of different backgrounds and belief systems think about life, we should have a better chance than those of many other cultures.

There is no reason the demonize any person or culture. There is no reason to use violence and the threat of violence to control and oppress. We can make that all unacceptable without resorting to the use of force.

The main focus could be, "Would I want this to happen to me or to a member of my family?" 

We could join together to find peaceful ways to prevent the violence, oppression and subjugation. 

We say we stand for liberty, freedom and opportunities for everyone, but there are always forces that rise up against that and we must always be vigilant and work against those who seek out or succumb to those negative forces.

Peace is not just the absence of violence or battle or way.  True peace means nothing missing, no sickness, no hunger, no homelessness, no one imprisoned or oppressed.

True peace is described in Isaiah 61 in the description of the Jubilee that Jesus came to read in Nazareth, the town in which He grew up.  He came there and attended the synagogue deliberately on the day that passage was to be read according to the annual series set out according to the holy days and pertinent readings.

This was not a coincidence. After reading the passage from Torah, Jesus proclaimed to the people who had known him and his mother and father since they returned from exile to Egypt. They had traveled there and dwelt there in obedience to the angel who warned Jesus' earthly father, Joseph, that people in power sought Jesus' death.

So when He read the most important Messianic scripture to the people who knew him beat and had known Him the longest, He may have expected to be believed and celebrated. 

Instead, there was outrage, and they rebuked Him for speaking the truth that the centuries-old prophecy about the righteous deliverer of God's justice, reconciliation and recompense was fulfilled by Him and through Him in their presence.

Those people who had known Him since He was a child were so upset and angry that they wanted to kill Jesus by throwing Him off a cliff.

In contrast to the way Jesus was able to heal and deliver people from illness and evil in many other cities, towns and villages, in Nazareth only a few people benefitted from His ministry. Because of the prevailing anger and outrage against Him, only several people had enough faith to receive His blessing.

The narration of this incident follows a very similar pattern that has been passed down over the centuries and sadly is still extant in the world and in our culture today. 

But we can do better and we can stop the violence, hatred, intolerance and oppression.  We have to have the heart to try. Reaching out to help those who suffer is the beginning. Sharing the unique characteristics of our cultures can also help.

We have so much to celebrate and so many ways help improve how people in need live. Instead of hoarding what we have, we can share what is in excess. We were not given more we need to keep it, but to pass it on to those in need.

Peace is not passive. We have to work at it because it is too important and to lose it puts everyone at risk.

May the Lord continue to bless and keep you and yours, Beloved, now and always.

Peace.

❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Monday, June 6, 2016

FEAR NOT -- SPIRITUAL DIRECTION FOR SOMEONE IN RECOVERY AND IN TROUBLE

Angels are watching over you. And He has placed a hedge of protection around you. You have been delivered and dwell in the shelter of his wings. Keep trusting that the Lord is with you and is in he business of miracles. Please don't get down on your self.

He has promised that He will never leave you or forsake you. He has promised to defend you with His strong right arm and He has promised that no weapon formed against you will prosper.

Just rest in Him and trust Him. Let Him unfold for you how He uses it. That's not something you need to think about now. All He wants you to do is breathe in His love and know that He is ordering your steps and going before you. The way the gift of God’s grace, mercy, love and blessings work is that you can't pay Him back and you can't make up for anything because he already understands it all and He knows your heart. Before He even allowed your spirit to become incarnate He knew about every moment of your life. Your spirit was part of His Spirit still and you also knew and understood what your life would be. It says that in Psalm 139.

When you see your self through His loving eyes, you know completely that everything He has is yours, just as the father said to the elder son in the parable of the lost son. It's the crowning story of three dimensions of what being lost and how fervently the Lord seeks and saves. It's the crowning story of three dimensions of what being lost and how fervently the Lord seeks and saves.

He never loses . . . you are more important to Him than the lost coin was to the impoverished woman. You are more important to Him than the lost sheep . . . He yearns for you to really know that He delights in you and that you belong to Him. He has so many wonders and blessings and gifts for you. He wants you to know that you can walk into His house and be welcomed any time because it is YOUR home.

What you have done, are doing, or will do are all completely known and understood to Him. He only wants to take your burdens on Himself. He wants you to allow Him to tend you and provide for you and bless you. No matter how out of control or chaotic any of it seems, the truth is that the Lord has it all in hand. You will soar like an eagle.

You are already delivered and triumphant because the Lord never loses. The battle has already been fought and won. You are just walking out of it as it is all being made manifest in and for you here on Earth. You have to let go of the idea that you have any control over it.

It is not a case of you having a weak will. When you are able to give up trying and give it over to the Lord all that already exists for you will come into being.
You have already been delivered and the fullness and wholeness and peace of the Lord is already yours.

What you are talking about is your old self that is falling away. The authentic you does not exist in the oppression you have suffered.

Instead of thinking you have no choice but to indulge, please think of it as if Someone is there giving you something much better. He is making you a new creation and that new creation is your true self.

What you CAN change is your mindset. The more you speak out and think out defeat, the more you are existing in the lie instead of abiding in the TRUTH.
Precious Abba, I lift up your beloved son to you right now and ask that you would cause the scales to come off his physical eyes and his spiritual eyes.

Help him see himself as you see him. Help him know who he truly is as your beloved son. Help him hear the joyful song of love that you sing over him.

Help him to continue to reject lies that have formed how he thinks about himself. Help him to be able to rest in you and trust you in new ways. I praise you and thank you as I ask all these things in Jesus' Holy Name. Alleluia! Amen and amen.

Did you ever think about what Jesus means when He tells people that their faith has made them well? Modern medical science has shown that there are biochemical complexes that have to do with our personalities. 


All of that affects our health and well-being -- what we think, what we say, what muscles we move. . . whether or not any of our systems or pathways are blocked or not working properly.

When we smile and laugh there are biochemical a released that have to do with feeling happy. Our attitude has everything to do with how we live and how we look at ourselves.

Even neurological dysfunctions -- any type of biochemical and nutritional imbalance or malfunction affects everything about us, body/mind/soul and spirit.  Our biochemical, hormonal, lymphatic and energy systems all have series of filters and interactive pathways.

The organic needs we have are no less important than the psychological, spiritual and emotional needs we have. They are all part of a complex that has to do with how healthy we are and with who we are.

Jesus ministered to people and healed and delivered in many ways. Sometimes he only spoke deliverance and healing. Sometimes it was remote like for the Centurion's servant and for the daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman.

Sometimes he made a substance  with mud and spit. Sometimes the healing or deliverance seemed to disappear as the person ceased to believe because someone he trusted doubted Jesus as when the crippled man was lowered into Jesus' house in Capernaum.

When you believe something about your self, the biochemical templates change and your personality changes and you become the healthy, whole person you were created to be.

At the deepest atomic level we are a bundle of emery that is completely connected and integrated spiritually, physically, psychologically and emotionally. 

Think about what it takes for someone to go out on a space walk or to survive as a deep sea diver.

There are filters and supplements of oxygen and whatever is needed. Human beings have the ability to figure out how to adapt and survive in every environment on Earth and in space . . . and under the sea. And our physical systems are like that, too. If there are blockages to our hearts and lungs, we can't breathe or survive.

Too much at once?

It goes back to, "As a man thinks, so he is." When you seem overwhelmed and in a rut you can't escape from, that is just an illusion. You are free and whole. You have an eternal identity and everything about who you are spiritually and emotionally is in line with who you are physically and biochemically.

Thoughts and attitudes can block the flow of nurturing and health-fulfilling energy and biochemical nutrients the same way that some kind of physical obstruction can block arteries or entrances to kidneys, bladders, GI tracts, our brains, or eyes or whatever.

The Holy Spirit dwells in you to the extent that you allow Him to do that. He will never force Himself on you, but He will do whatever is necessary to woo you and convince you that all the desires of your heart are available to you -- indeed, they are already yours. But if you do not open the channels to receive all the Lord has for you, they remain blocked like a log jam in a river.

Your heart has been blocked and constricted. Your body and mind have become used to certain biochemicals, prostaglandins, enzymes, hormones, and all the compounds and energy system components that allow us to live and thrive.

Exercise and diet, attitude and what we talk about and think about all combine together, but over all, really, the most important component is how we look at our selves and the world -- and what we believe totally affects who we are and how we look at the world and live in our reality.

You have nothing to be ashamed of. Your body, mind, soul and spirit are still readjusting to the new you that the Lord is constantly creating -- the new you that is the true you that has always been, just being manifested. Please keep believing in how completely loved you are and that the Lord has you covered in every way.

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The next day . . . the one in fear said,  “I am very stressed and afraid.”

I will be praying for sure.  It’s difficult not to ne afraid.  What counts is how you react when you realize you are afraid.

The first thing an angel usually says is, “Fear not!’  The Lord says that, too.
Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
The grammar of the passage shows that it is a command.  And I believe it shows that we have control over our emotions.  We can’t help how we feel, but we can take command over what we do and we can say to our hearts -- “Jesus says not to worry.  Jesus says not to be afraid.”

That’s because He is in charge and through the Holy Spirit, He has the power to calm us down.  I like that saying that He either calms the storm or calms the heart of the one He loves.

You have been through so much.  You have been tossed and turned and oppressed. You have been imprisoned in many ways, but none of that is God’s will for you.  None of it characterizes who you are.

You are completely, absolutely, eternally loved.  He created you to love you and there are many ways to look at things in a way that shows how much the Lord loves you,  He has good plans for you.

Maybe that sounds like a bunch of platitudes.  But there is so much that the Lord leads us to know and illuminates for us so that deep in our hearts we know the truth.

When I am going through rough times -- including when I was in the mental hospital and had no idea if or when I would ever get out, the Lord led me to many strengthening passages.

When I was in a lot of pain and needed surgery when I was on active duty in the Air Force, and the surgeon was being a pain and wouldn’t help me, the Lord led me to the palms in the 40s

My hospital room had a view of the Chugach Mts and they were so gorgeous.

It was summer.  For the first time that I remembered, I felt like the Lord was saying, “Look to the hills.” I didn’t know Him very well and I didn’t know the Bible very well.  I think a chaplain led me to -- I look to the hills from whence cometh my strength . . .”

But in the most difficult time,. especially when I was overwhelmed with all the ways I had been disobedient and really hurt my kids and my family, and afraid I would never be able to be with them again . . .this was the most comforting . . .            
Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.

He 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.

Happy are those who make the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.

You 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.

Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.

Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.

I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.

I 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.

Do not, O Lord, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.

For 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.

Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me.

Let 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.

Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”

As 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 121 is the one about looking to the hills - -

Assurance of God’s Protection

A Song of Ascents.

 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From whence does my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved,
    he who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade
    on your right hand.

The sun shall not smite you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.

The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and for evermore.

Bible Gateway is a great site for Bible study.

Blue Letter Bible is good, too.

The psalms in the 40s I found on Oremus.org.

There is a book about a Russian pilgrim who was suffering from addictions and lost everything.  One of the disciplines that helped was that he would read the Bible until the urges passed.

But the most important thing is to know that the Lord has absolutely individual responses and help that have to do with how He knows each one of us.
Here are the other psalms I love in times of trouble -- 

Psalm 42

Longing for God and His Help in Distress

To the leader. A Maskil of the Korahites.
As a deer longs for flowing streams,
   so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
   for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
   the face of God?
My tears have been my food
   day and night,
while people say to me continually,
   ‘Where is your God?’

These things I remember,
   as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
   and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
   a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
   therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
   from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
   at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
   have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
   and at night his song is with me,
   a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God, my rock,
   ‘Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because the enemy oppresses me?’
As with a deadly wound in my body,
   my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
   ‘Where is your God?’

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.
When I was first preparing sermons in seminary and early in ministry, I loved using the Blue Letter Bible website.  You could put in a word or phrase and find all the verses in the Bible about it and resources.  This is the link for “fear not” -- if you get into it, your mind will be taken off what you fear and are worried about.

The Lord can do ANYTHING . . . He has already saved you and will continue to deliver you.

Here is the link about -- "fear not"

Hope this hasn’t been a deluge.

Each time you turn away from the fear and open your heart to the possibility that the Lord is with you and helping you, the channel to receive all He has to give you is opened.

May the Lord continue to bless and keep you and yours.

In His Love, Peace, Mercy, Joy and Grace.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

RESPECT AND HONOR

Don't you think there has been enough name calling and anger and hatred and disrespect from most sides. Why have people decided to resort to treating fellow human beings with such dishonor and disrespect? 

Where does the reaction that includes violence come from anyway?

Everyone has a right to his or her own opinion. 

Polarization is one thing, but why can't we focus on what we have in common? The ideals that under gird our nation and make us who we are have been twisted and misinterpreted. Unless our freedoms and the guarantees we expect for ourselves are also available to every citizen and to every person who comes to us, we are living a lie.

Let's stop labeling people and start looking at how we can work together to fulfill rather than abrogate what we say we believe.

Before we get angry and cut people off, let's consider what it would be like if we were the ones who were suffering from injustice, homelessness, lack of opportunity, prejudice and oppression. we ourselves have created and perpetuated the conditions that have led to suffering and poverty.

We have everything we need to help make life better for each person in our nation. Whenever we make a commitment to help people, it benefits everyone.

The more we make it easier for each person and each family to provide for his or her self or for themselves, the more independent people become. The elements of security, fruitfulness and peace begin with guaranteeing that each person has the same rights and freedom that those in power take for granted for themselves.

The worst thing a person, a family, a village, an organization, a city, a state or a nation is to deny in action what he, she or they profess to believe. We can all work together to live up to our ideals.

My prayer is always that we will continue to work harder to ensure that every person and family here with us and with whom we interact in the wider world will receive the mutual respect, honor and righteousness we expect for ourselves.

Friday, September 4, 2015

"IF YOU LOOK FOR ME WHOLEHEARTEDLY , YOU WILL FIND ME."


This is from the Lord, and is the beginning of the essence of what I am always trying to tell you with the help of the Holy Spirit. God does not intrude on us, When we go out of our way to ignore the Lord, or have never even tried to meet Hi, He is still there. He still blesses us and provides for us. He still brings loving people into our lives for us to accept or reject. He continues to allow circumstances to come into our lives with the hope that something that happens to us, or someone we know, or something that we hear will help us to open our hearts to Him.

God is able to do so much more than we can even think to ask. (The Apostle Paul expands on this in Ephesians 3 )

The more we ask and the more we wait on Him to answer us with the eyes and ears of our heart open, the more He is able to show us what He wants us to know.

The more we turn our back on God Who Is Love, the more vulnerable we are to negative people, to troubling circumstances and to evil activities that we may be facing all alone.

When we seek the Lord He will show us that He has been close to us all along. He will reveal what else might have happened if He were not watching out for us.

But the difference between the Lord watching out for us, blessing and providing us behind the scenes, and knowing Who He is face-to-face is more than the difference between night and day.

Knowing the Lord and accepting His friendship until we are able to wholeheartedly acknowledge His sovereignty allow us to live in the fullness of life rather than to just exist.

Knowing the Lord gives us security than cannot even be imagined by those who have never heard of Him, who have turned their backs on Him, or who have rejected even the possibility that he exists and that He wants to love, provide and bless every human being who has lived, is living, and will ever live.

We don't have to look for Him because He is hiding, We need to seek Him because unless we do, the eyes of our spirit will not be open to our consciousness.

We have to look for Him not because He is difficult to find. God is with us and yearns for us to seek Him and respond to His invitation to be in a loving relationship with Him. He has given us free will be cause He did not make human beings as puppets. Love is not truly love unless the person who loves independently and without coercion chooses to love.

Too often these days people have the mistaken notion that there are many ways to "the Divine." Truly in the spiritual reality to which we have access there are powerful entities and spiritual forces that mimic the Creator. But the One True God is revealed only by His Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus.

If you want to know whether or not that is true, all you have to do is to ask and to expect an answer. The Lord will reveal Himself to you in exactly the way you need to know. He will answer your questions through people who are in your life, or who come into your life. Or you might accidentally or on purpose hear a teaching or a sermon.

Or you might come to a place in your life where you can't do anything to make what has happened better.

Or a new joy may come into your life than is like nothing else has ever been.

Then whichever of the above -- or even a combination of the above occurs, you will be ready to open the eyes and ears of your heart so that God Who Is Love can reveal Himself to you.

When that happens nothing will be the same. You will never be the same. You will be completely and absolutely who you were created to be and find a fulfillment you were not even able to imagine before that time.

When you truly receive God in Christ Jesus, you will move from existence into Life; death into eternity; sinfulness into purity. The Holy Spirit will then guard, guide, protect you and continue to reveal God in Jesus Christ to you.

Beloved, my prayer for you, as ever, is that you will respond t the Fullness of Love, Mercy, Grace, Joy, Peace, Life and Love today. Now.

Won't you give the Lord of Love a chance?

ALWAYS BE JOYFUL

 " . . .Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)]

In the above passage Paul teaches a hard lesson and at times in my life, it seemed absurd.  How and why would I be thankful in all circumstances?  What about when someone in my family was sick or recovering from an accident?  What about when I am in mourning?  What about when finances are in a mess and there is no work?

Over time in my walk with the Lord, I learned that no matter what is happening that is difficult, causing sorrow or engendering fear, when I praise the Lord I am able to receive His peace with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Praising the Lord and telling Him that I trust Him opens the channel to receive His provision and blessing,  Thanking Him in faith even before I receive what I need lets the Lord know I trust Him.

When I keep seeking His face, the Holy Spirit reveals the Lord to me more clearly.  When I realize He is responding to me -- even if the response is not exactly what I asked for -- or not at all what I asked for, I have learned to trust that whatever is happening, He will use it for my good.

The physical, mental emotional and spiritual changes that take place when I am able to praise the Lord, thanks Him and trust Him are amazing.  As St Paul also writes in Philippians 4:4-9, the revelation that God Who is Peace is with me when I focus on positive and worthwhile attitudes and circumstances that are part of what God has given me or done for me in the past.

No matter how difficult life may be in the present moment, the faithfulness of God and the realization the good and loving activity on His part toward me in the past encourage me. 

The Holy Spirit opens the eyes and ears of our heart to reveal God in Jesus Christ to us in special ways when we take the time to consciously be open to Him.  No matter what is happening in your life, I am praying that you will give the Lord a chance to show you how much He loves you and how much He wants to provide for you and bless you.

May the Lord continue to bless and keep you and yours.

In His Grace, Joy, Mercy, Peace and Love, as ever, Beloved -- In Jesus Christ, I am your friend/Mom/sister/cousin/niece/daughter/aunt/pastor.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May 4, 2014 – Third Sunday in Easter – Lectionary Year 2




Psalter

Morning

Psalms 148-150 -- New International Version

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    
praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
    
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    
for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
    
he issued a decree that will never pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
    
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    
stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
    
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
    
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
    
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    
for his name alone is exalted;
    
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b]
    the praise of all his faithful servants,
    
of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the Lord.

Psalm 149

Praise the Lord.[c]
Sing to the Lord a new song,
    
his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
    
let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    
he crowns the humble with victory.
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
    
and sing for joy on their beds.
May the praise of God be in their mouths
    
and a double-edged sword in their hands,
to inflict vengeance on the nations
    
and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters,
    their nobles with shackles of iron,
to carry out the sentence written against them—
    this is the glory of all his faithful people.
Praise the Lord.

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord.[d]
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 148:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 14
  2. Psalm 148:14 Horn here symbolizes strength.
  3. Psalm 149:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 9
  4. Psalm 150:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 6


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Псалтирь 148-150 (147-149)

Psalms 148-150 -- Russian Synodal Bible

148 Хвалите Господа с небес, хвалите Его в вышних.
2 Хвалите Его, все Ангелы Его, хвалите Его, все воинства Его.
3 Хвалите Его, солнце и луна, хвалите Его, все звезды света.
4 Хвалите Его, небеса небес и воды, которые превыше небес.
5 Да хвалят имя Господа, ибо Он повелел, и сотворились;
6 поставил их на веки и веки; дал устав, который не прейдет.
7 Хвалите Господа от земли, великие рыбы и все бездны,
8 огонь и град, снег и туман, бурный ветер, исполняющий слово Его,
9 горы и все холмы, дерева плодоносные и все кедры,
10 звери и всякий скот, пресмыкающиеся и птицы крылатые,
11 цари земные и все народы, князья и все судьи земные,
12 юноши и девицы, старцы и отроки
13 да хвалят имя Господа, ибо имя Его единого превознесенно, слава Его на земле и на небесах.
14 Он возвысил рог народа Своего, славу всех святых Своих, сынов Израилевых, народа, близкого к Нему. Аллилуия.
149 Пойте Господу песнь новую; хвала Ему в собрании святых.
2 Да веселится Израиль о Создателе своем; сыны Сиона да радуются о Царе своем.
3 да хвалят имя Его с ликами, на тимпане и гуслях да поют Ему,
4 ибо благоволит Господь к народу Своему, прославляет смиренных спасением.
5 Да торжествуют святые во славе, да радуются на ложах своих.
6 Да будут славословия Богу в устах их, и меч обоюдоострый в руке их,
7 для того, чтобы совершать мщение над народами, наказание над племенами,
8 заключать царей их в узы и вельмож их в оковы железные,
9 производить над ними суд писанный. Честь сия--всем святым Его. Аллилуия.
150 Хвалите Бога во святыне Его, хвалите Его на тверди силы Его.
2 Хвалите Его по могуществу Его, хвалите Его по множеству величия Его.
3 Хвалите Его со звуком трубным, хвалите Его на псалтири и гуслях.
4 Хвалите Его с тимпаном и ликами, хвалите Его на струнах и органе.
5 Хвалите Его на звучных кимвалах, хвалите Его на кимвалах громогласных.
6 Все дышащее да хвалит Господа! Аллилуия.



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Evening

Psalms 114-115 -- New International Version

Psalm 114

When Israel came out of Egypt,
    
Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
Judah became God’s sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.
The sea looked and fled,
    
the Jordan turned back;
the mountains leaped like rams,
    
the hills like lambs.
Why was it, sea, that you fled?
    
Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
    
you hills, like lambs?
Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool,
    
the hard rock into springs of water.

Psalm 115

Not to us, Lord, not to us
    
but to your name be the glory,
    
because of your love and faithfulness.
Why do the nations say,
    
“Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven;
    he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold,
    made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
    
noses, but cannot smell.
They have hands, but cannot feel,
    
feet, but cannot walk,
    
nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
Those who make them will be like them,
    
and so will all who trust in them.
All you Israelites, trust in the Lord
    
he is their help and shield.
10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord
    
he is their help and shield.
11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord
    
he is their help and shield.
12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us:
    
He will bless his people Israel,
    
he will bless the house of Aaron,
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord
    
small and great alike.
14 May the Lord cause you to flourish,
    
both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
    
the Maker of heaven and earth.
16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord,
    
but the earth he has given to mankind.
17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord,
    
those who go down to the place of silence;
18 it is we who extol the Lord,
    both now and forevermore.
Praise the Lord.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 115:18 Hebrew Hallelu Yah



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Псалтирь 114-115 (113-114)

Psalms 114-115 -- Russian Synodal Bible

114 (113-1) Когда вышел Израиль из Египта, дом Иакова--из народа иноплеменного,
2 (113-2) Иуда сделался святынею Его, Израиль--владением Его.
3 (113-3) Море увидело и побежало; Иордан обратился назад.
4 (113-4) Горы прыгали, как овны, и холмы, как агнцы.
5 (113-5) Что с тобою, море, что ты побежало, и [с тобою], Иордан, что ты обратился назад?
6 (113-6) Что вы прыгаете, горы, как овны, и вы, холмы, как агнцы?
7 (113-7) Пред лицем Господа трепещи, земля, пред лицем Бога Иаковлева,
8 (113-8) превращающего скалу в озеро воды и камень в источник вод.
115 (113-9) Не нам, Господи, не нам, но имени Твоему дай славу, ради милости Твоей, ради истины Твоей.
2 (113-10) Для чего язычникам говорить: 'где же Бог их'?
3 (113-11) Бог наш на небесах; творит все, что хочет.
4 (113-12) А их идолы--серебро и золото, дело рук человеческих.
5 (113-13) Есть у них уста, но не говорят; есть у них глаза, но не видят;
6 (113-14) есть у них уши, но не слышат; есть у них ноздри, но не обоняют;
7 (113-15) есть у них руки, но не осязают; есть у них ноги, но не ходят; и они не издают голоса гортанью своею.
8 (113-16) Подобны им да будут делающие их и все, надеющиеся на них.
9 (113-17) [Дом] Израилев! уповай на Господа: Он наша помощь и щит.
10 (113-18) Дом Ааронов! уповай на Господа: Он наша помощь и щит.
11 (113-19) Боящиеся Господа! уповайте на Господа: Он наша помощь и щит.
12 (113-20) Господь помнит нас, благословляет [нас], благословляет дом Израилев, благословляет дом Ааронов;
13 (113-21) благословляет боящихся Господа, малых с великими.
14 (113-22) Да приложит вам Господь более и более, вам и детям вашим.
15 (113-23) Благословенны вы Господом, сотворившим небо и землю.
16 (113-24) Небо--небо Господу, а землю Он дал сынам человеческим.
17 (113-25) Ни мертвые восхвалят Господа, ни все нисходящие в могилу;
18 (113-26) но мы будем благословлять Господа отныне и вовек. Аллилуия.



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Hebrew Bible

Exodus 18:1-12 -- New International Version

Jethro Visits Moses

Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt.

After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her and her two sons. One son was named Gershom,[a] for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land”; and the other was named Eliezer,[b] for he said, “My father’s God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.”

Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, together with Moses’ sons and wife, came to him in the wilderness, where he was camped near the mountain of God. Jethro had sent word to him, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.”

So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them.

Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. 10 He said, “Praise be to the Lord, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.” 12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.

Footnotes:

  1. Exodus 18:3 Gershom sounds like the Hebrew for a foreigner there.
  2. Exodus 18:4 Eliezer means my God is helper.



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Исход 18:1-12


Exodus 18:1-12 -- Russian Slovo Zhizny

Иофор навещает Моисея

Иофор, мадианский жрец и тесть Моисея, услышал обо всем, что Бог сделал для Моисея и Своего народа, Израиля, и о том, как Господь вывел Израиль из Египта. 2 Тогда Иофор, тесть Моисея, взял свою дочь Циппору, жену Моисея (которая еще до этого была отослана в родительский дом), 3 и двух ее сыновей. Одного из них звали Гершом[a], потому что Моисей сказал: «Я стал поселенцем в чужой земле», – 4 а другого Элиезер[b], потому что он сказал: «Бог моего отца помог мне. Он спас меня от меча фараона».

5 И пришел Иофор, тесть Моисея, вместе с его сыновьями и женой к Моисею в пустыню, где он расположился лагерем у Божьей горы. 6 Иофор послал сказать ему:

– Я, твой тесть Иофор, иду к тебе с твоей женой и двумя твоими сыновьями.

7 Моисей вышел встретить тестя, поклонился ему и поцеловал его. Они поприветствовали друг друга и вошли в шатер. 8 Моисей рассказал тестю о том, что Господь сделал с фараоном и египтянами ради Израиля, о тяготах, которые они перенесли в пути, и о том, как Господь спас их. 9 Иофор был рад слышать о том, как много добра сотворил Господь для израильтян, избавив их от власти египтян. 10 Он сказал:

– Хвала Господу, Который избавил вас от власти египтян и фараона!  

11 Теперь я знаю, что Господь более велик, чем остальные боги, потому что Он избавил народ от гнета египтян[c], которые так притесняли израильтян.

12 Иофор, тесть Моисея, принес Богу всесожжение и другие жертвы, а Аарон пришел со старейшинами Израиля разделить с тестем Моисея священную жертвенную трапезу.

Footnotes:

  1. Исход 18:3 По звучанию это имя напоминает слова «поселенец там».
  2. Исход 18:4 Это имя означает «мой Бог – помощник».
  3. Исход 18:11 Потому… египтян – эта часть предложения перенесена из ст. 10.



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Epistle

1 John 2:7-17 -- New International Version

Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[a] is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister[b] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Reasons for Writing

12 I am writing to you, dear children,
    
because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
 
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
    
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    
because you have overcome the evil one.

14 I write to you, dear children,
    
because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
    
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
    
because you are strong,
    
and the word of God lives in you,
    
and you have overcome the evil one.

On Not Loving the World

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[c] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 2:9 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15, 17; 4:20; 5:16.
  2. 1 John 2:10 The Greek word for brother and sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 3:10; 4:20, 21.
  3. 1 John 2:15 Or world, the Father’s love



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1-e Иоанна 2:7-17


1 John 2:7-17 -- Russian Slovo Zhizny

Дорогие, я не пишу вам какое-то новое повеление, повеление это известно уже давно, и вы имели его с самого начала. Это старое повеление и есть та весть, которую вы слышали. 8 И все-таки, то, что я пишу, – это и новое повеление, истинное в Нем и в вас, потому что мрак рассеивается, и уже светит истинный свет.

9 Кто заявляет, что живет во свете, но ненавидит своего брата, тот еще во тьме. 10 Но кто любит своего брата, тот живет во свете, и в нем нет уже ничего, что ведет ко греху. 11 Кто ненавидит своего брата, тот находится во тьме и во тьме ходит, не зная, куда идет, потому что тьма ослепила его.

12 Я пишу вам, дети,
    потому что ваши грехи уже прощены ради Его Имени.
13 Я пишу вам, отцы,
    потому что вы познали Того, Кто существует от начала.
Я пишу вам, юноши,
    потому что вы победили лукавого.
14 Я написал вам, дети,
    потому что вы познали Отца.
Я написал вам, отцы,
    потому что вы познали Того,
Кто существует от начала.
    Я написал вам, юноши,
потому что вы сильны,
    в вас слово Божье и вы победили лукавого.

Не любите мира

15 Не любите ни этого мира, ни того, что в мире. Кто любит мир, в том нет любви к Отцу[a], 16 потому что все, что есть в этом мире, – желания плоти, желания глаз и житейская гордость, – не от Отца, а от мира. 17 Мир и мирские желания проходят, но тот, кто исполняет Божью волю, живет вечно.

Footnotes:

  1. 1-e Иоанна 2:15 Или: «любви Отца».




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Gospel

Mark 16:9-20 -- New International Version

[The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9–20.]

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  

16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.



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От Марка 16:9-20


Mark 16:9-20 -- Russian Slovo Zhizny

Иисус является Марии Магдалине

Воскреснув рано утром в первый день недели, Иисус явился сначала Марии Магдалине, из которой Он когда-то изгнал семь демонов. 10 Она пошла и сообщила тем, кто был с Ним, горевавшим и плакавшим. 11 Когда они услышали, что Иисус жив и что она Его видела, они не поверили.

12 Потом Иисус явился в другом облике двоим из них, когда они шли из города. 13 Эти двое возвратились и рассказали остальным, но и им не поверили. 14 Позже Иисус явился одиннадцати ученикам, когда те возлежали за столом. Он упрекнул их за неверие и упрямство, потому что они не поверили тем, кто видел Его воскресшим.

Великое поручение и вознесение Иисуса

15 Он сказал им:

– Идите по всему миру и возвещайте Радостную Весть всем людям[a]. 16 Тот, кто поверит и примет крещение, будет спасен, а тот, кто не поверит, будет осужден. 17 Уверовавших будут сопровождать знамения: они будут Моим Именем изгонять демонов, говорить на новых языках; 18 они будут брать в руки змей, и если даже выпьют смертельную отраву, это не повредит им; они будут возлагать руки на больных, и те будут выздоравливать.

19 Когда Господь Иисус сказал им все это, Он вознесся на небеса и сел по правую руку Бога[b]. 20 А ученики пошли и повсюду проповедовали, и Господь содействовал им, подтверждая их слово знамениями.

Footnotes:

  1. От Марка 16:15 Букв.: «всему творению».
  2. От Марка 16:19 См. Пс. 109:1.