Year B Pentecost (June 29th)

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John 21:15-19 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

15 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, lovest thou Me more than these?” He said unto Him, “Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee.” He said unto him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again the second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, lovest thou Me?” He said unto Him, “Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee.” He said unto him, “Feed My sheep.”

17 He said unto him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, lovest thou Me?” Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time, “Lovest thou Me?” And he said unto Him, “Lord, Thou knowest all things. Thou knowest that I love Thee.” Jesus said unto him, “Feed My sheep.

18 Verily, verily I say unto thee, when thou wast young, thou girded thyself and walked whither thou wouldest; but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.”

19 This spoke He, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said unto him, “Follow Me.”

5th Sunday after Pentecost

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Prayer of the Day
Almighty and merciful God, we implore you to hear the prayers of your people. Be our strong defense against all harm and danger, that we may live and grow in faith and hope, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen
In the midst of Lamentations we find this small section where Jeremiah is bestowing God’s compassion for His creation.  In the midst of sorrow we have comfort.  Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Psalm 30 (KJ21)

Psalm 30 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

30 I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.

O Lord my God, I cried unto Thee, and Thou hast healed me.

O Lord, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave; Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Sing unto the Lord, O ye His saints, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.

For His anger endureth but a moment, and in His favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

And in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.”

Lord, by Thy favor Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong; when Thou didst hide Thy face, I was troubled.

I cried to Thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication:

“What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise Thee? Shall it declare Thy truth?

10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; Lord, be Thou my helper!”

11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,

12 to the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto Thee for ever.

In Paul’s letter we seem him trying to tell the people that what you have is enough.  Don’t worry about the person sitting beside you.  Only worry about yourself.  It’s not about how we look, but how we react to everyone around us.  Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they’re racist or that they’re bigoted.  It means they’ve got a different opinion.  I’ve found a lot of times the ones that throw around those concepts are the worst offenders, which is sad.
This passage in Mark reminds me of a song that came out in the earl 1980s.  It was a musical retelling of raising Jarus’ daughter by Jarus’ point of view.  So every time I read it, the melodies of that song come back to me.  It’s the same as with the passages that Handle used for his great oratorio “The Messiah”.
Still, in a way it reminds us that death isn’t the end, only the beginning of things to come.  A door, or a gateway so to speak.  Yet at the same time I think Jesus bringing the girl back was more for her parents sake than for the child.

Year B Pentecost (June 27th)

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2 Corinthians 8:7-15 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Therefore as ye abound in everything — in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us — see that ye abound in this grace also.

I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forthcoming of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.

10 And herein I give my advice, for this is expedient for you, who began earlier not only to do, but also to be in the forefront a year ago.

11 Now therefore perform the doing of it, that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.

12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what a man hath, and not according to what he hath not.

13 For I do not mean that other men should be eased and ye burdened,

14 but that there be an equality: that now at this time your abundance may supply their want, that their abundance may also supply your want, that there may be equality.

15 As it is written: “He that had gathered much had nothing left over, and he that had gathered little had no lack.”

Year B Pentecost (June 26th)

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Psalm 30 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

30 I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.

O Lord my God, I cried unto Thee, and Thou hast healed me.

O Lord, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave; Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Sing unto the Lord, O ye His saints, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.

For His anger endureth but a moment, and in His favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

And in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.”

Lord, by Thy favor Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong; when Thou didst hide Thy face, I was troubled.

I cried to Thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication:

“What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise Thee? Shall it declare Thy truth?

10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; Lord, be Thou my helper!”

11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,

12 to the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto Thee for ever.

Year B Pentecost (June 25th)

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Lamentations 3:22-33 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

22 It is through the Lord’S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.

24 “The Lord is my portion,” saith my soul, “Therefore will I hope in Him.”

25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.

26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.

29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so it be, there may be hope.

30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him; he is filled full with reproach.

31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever.

32 But though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.

33 For He doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.

Year B Pentecost (June 24th)

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Luke 1:57-80 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered, and she brought forth a son.

58 And her neighbors and her kindred heard how the Lord had shown great mercy upon her, and they rejoiced with her.

59 And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

60 But his mother answered and said, “Not so, but he shall be called John.”

61 And they said unto her, “There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.”

62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

63 And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” And they marveled all.

64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke and praised God.

65 And fear came on all who dwelt round about them; and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judea.

66 And all those who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What manner of child shall this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him.

67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost and prophesied, saying,

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He hath visited and redeemed His people,

69 and hath raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.

70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began,

71 that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all that hate us,

72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant,

73 the oath which He swore to our father Abraham:

74 that He would grant unto us that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear,

75 in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.

76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,

77 to give knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins,

78 through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the Dayspring from on high hath visited us,

79 to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

80 And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts until the day of his appearing unto Israel.

Year B Pentecost (June 23rd)

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Acts 27:39-44 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

39 And when it was day, they knew not the land, but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.

40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder ropes, and hoisted up the mainsail into the wind, and made toward shore.

41 And falling into a place where two currents met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern began to break up with the violence of the waves.

42 And the soldier’s counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out and escape.

43 But the centurion, desiring to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should cast themselves first into the sea and get to land,

44 and the rest, some on boards and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass that they all escaped safely to land.

Year B Pentecost (June 22nd)

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Acts 27:13-38 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, casting loose from thence, they sailed close by Crete.

14 But not long after, there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.

15 And when the ship was caught and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

16 And running under the lee of a certain island, which is called Clauda, we had much work in securing the boat,

17 which when they had taken up, they used helps to undergird the ship. And fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, they struck sail, and so were driven.

18 And being exceedingly tossed by a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship;

19 and the third day we cast out with our own hands the ship’s tackle.

20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

21 But after long fasting, Paul stood forth in the midst of them and said, “Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and should not have cast loose from Crete and suffered this harm and loss.

22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer, for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship only.

23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, to whom I belong and whom I serve,

24 saying, ‘Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar. And lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.’

25 Therefore sirs, be of good cheer, for I believe God, and that it shall be even as it was told to me.

26 Nonetheless, we must be cast upon a certain island.”

27 But when the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven up and down in the Adriatic, about midnight the shipmen deemed that we were drawing near to some land.

28 And they took a sounding and found it to be twenty fathoms deep; and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again and found it fifteen fathoms.

29 Then, fearing lest we should be driven upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

30 And as the shipmen were about to flee from the ship, and had let down the boat into the sea under the pretext that they would cast anchors out of the prow,

31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these remain in the ship, ye cannot be saved.”

32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.

33 And as the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, “This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.

34 Therefore I pray you to take some meat, for this is for your health; for there shall not a hair fall from the head of any of you.”

35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

36 Then they were all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.

37 And we were in all on the ship, two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.

38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship and cast out the wheat into the sea.

4th Sunday after Pentecost

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Prayer of the Day
O God of creation, eternal majesty, you preside over land and sea, sunshine and storm. By your strength pilot us, by your power preserve us, by your wisdom instruct us, and by your hand protect us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen
Reading this and what I know about agnostics (which is a rather interesting word) it makes me think that God viewed Job and his comments, along with his three friends, as children who don’t know anything.  This is really what agnostic means.  You hear people state proudly that they’re agnostic, but don’t really realize what they’re saying.  They’re proudly stating that they’re ignorant and think it’s a badge of honor.  When would being ignorant be like that?  I’ve always striven to reduce my own amount of stupidity (which is what it really is).  I’ve also come to realize that the more I learn the more I need to learn.   Now doubters could be considered better.  Doubters are the ones that know, and are yet unsure.
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 (KJ21)

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

107 O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

and gathered them out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters:

24 these see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.

25 For He commandeth and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths; their soul is melted because of trouble.

27 They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses.

29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

30 Then are they glad because they are quiet; so He bringeth them unto their desired haven.

31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

32 Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders.

Instead of fighting, or just plain ignoring God we should actively work with him in the world.  In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America there’s a saying:  “God’s work, our hands.”  We are to be His hands in the world.  Through Him we are to give a gentle hand to either the ones ravaged by earthquakes, or by senseless killings.  We are to be there for kindness and support, not lash out like children in rebellion.
This passage in Mark harkens back to the Old Testament reading in Job.  We fear nature, of course, especially when something like a tornado, hurricane, tsunami, or even earthquake happens.  I would think we should fear, and respect even more the one that can control nature’s fury.  Jesus proved that to his disciples on that fateful night when they went across the Sea of Galilee.

Year B Pentecost (June 20th)

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2 Corinthians 6:1-13 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

(For He saith, “I have heard thee at an accepted time, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee.” Behold, now is the accepted time! Behold, now is the day of salvation!)

Give no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed;

but in all things commending ourselves as the ministers of God in much patience: in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;

by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left;

through honor and dishonor, through evil report and good report; though counted as deceivers and yet true,

as unknown and yet well known, as dying and yet behold we live, as chastened and not killed,

10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing and yet possessing all things.

11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is opened unto you, and our heart is enlarged.

12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own affections.

13 Now as a recompense for this (I speak as unto my children), be ye also enlarged.

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