14th Sunday after Pentecost

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Prayer of the Day
O God our strength, without you we are weak and wayward creatures. Protect us from all dangers that attack us from the outside, and cleanse us from all evil that arises from within ourselves, that we may be preserved through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen
The ending of this particular Old Testament reading has a warning for all of us.  We need to be careful and continue to remember what we’ve been given, or we will forget and go and do our own thing, thinking that we did it all.  There’s a poster I remember in school that had Hitler on it and under his image there was the saying:  “those that forget history (or don’t learn history) are forever condemned to repeat it.”  We can see it already happening in our society today.  It’s all because we want to do our own thing.
Psalm 15 (KJ21)

Psalm 15 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

15 Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?

He that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart;

he that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbor, nor spreadeth a reproach against his neighbor;

in whose eyes a vile person is contemned, but he honoreth them that fear the Lord; he that taketh an oath to his own hurt, and changeth not;

he that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh a bribe against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

In James’ letter he states over and over that the hardest thing to control is one of the smallest muscles in the body.  Our minds and thoughts can be mean and nasty, and it’s the tongue that gives voice to those thoughts.  Yet at the same time that same tongue can give words of kindness and generosity to the hurting and the grieving.   The key is to control it.
We pay homage with our lips and not our hearts and minds.  That is so true in today’s society.  It’s all about keeping up with the Jones’, and how we look in church, if we attend services from week to week.  This is one of the reasons why I’m glad that most denominations today have a more relaxed atmosphere.  In the congregation I worship in we don’t care what you look like, just as long as you come to worship.  So in the summer, you will find people in shorts and flip-flops.  Yet at the same time we don’t look at those who choose to “dress up” as if they’ve grown a second head.  It’s your choice on what you wear.  Just come to worship.

Year B Pentecost (August 29th)

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James 1:17-27 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

18 Of His own will, He begot us by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

19 Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

20 for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

21 Therefore lay apart all filthiness and the superfluity of wickedness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror;

24 for he beholdeth himself, and then goeth his way and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

26 If any man among you seem to be religious and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

27 Pure religion, undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Year B Pentecost (August 28th)

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Psalm 1521st Century King James Version (KJ21)

15 Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?

He that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart;

he that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbor, nor spreadeth a reproach against his neighbor;

in whose eyes a vile person is contemned, but he honoreth them that fear the Lord; he that taketh an oath to his own hurt, and changeth not;

he that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh a bribe against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Year B Pentecost (August 27th)

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Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments which I teach you to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you.

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations who shall hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’

For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon Him for?

And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law which I set before you this day?

“Only take heed to thyself and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; but teach them to thy sons and thy sons’ sons,

Year B Pentecost (August 26th)

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Deuteronomy 4:21-40 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

21 Furthermore the Lord was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I should not go over the Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

22 But I must die in this land, I must not go over the Jordan; but ye shall go over and possess that good land.

23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make yourselves a graven image or the likeness of any thing which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee.

24 For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

25 “When thou shalt beget children and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy God to provoke Him to anger,

26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over the Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.

27 And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen whither the Lord shall lead you.

28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

30 When thou art in tribulation and all these things have come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God and shalt be obedient unto His voice

31 (for the Lord thy God is a merciful God), He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He swore unto them.

32 “For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?

33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

34 Or hath God deigned to go and take Him a nation from the midst of another nation by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?

35 Unto thee it was shown, that thou mightest know that the Lord He is God: there is none else besides Him.

36 Out of heaven He made thee to hear His voice, that He might instruct thee; and upon earth He showed thee His great fire, and thou heardest His words out of the midst of the fire.

37 And because He loved thy fathers, therefore He chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in His sight with His mighty power out of Egypt

38 to drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.

39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord He is God in heaven above and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

40 Thou shalt keep therefore His statutes and His commandments which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever.”

Year B Pentecost (August 25th)

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1 Peter 2:19-25 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

19 For this is thankworthy: if a man, because of his conscience toward God, endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

20 For what glory is it if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if when ye do well and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

21 For even unto this were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps,

22 “who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth”;

23 who when He was reviled, reviled not in return; when He suffered, He threatened not, but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously;

24 who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Year B Pentecost (August 24th)

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1 Corinthians 12:27-31 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

28 And God hath set some in the church: first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracle workers, then those with gifts of healing, helpers, administrators, and those with diversity of tongues.

29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?

30 Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

31 But covet earnestly the best gifts, and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.

13th Sunday after Pentecost

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Prayer of the Day
Holy God, your word feeds your people with life that is eternal. Direct our choices and preserve us in your truth, that, renouncing what is false and evil, we may live in you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  So said Joshua to the children of Israel as they stood on the cusp of taking over the land that was given to them many centuries earlier (at least how the story goes).  I do admit, that when you hear something like that, it’s hard not to go along with it.  The problem is most of the time those same people just want to be part of it and are not truly sincere about their beliefs and such.
Psalm 34:15-22 (KJ21)

Psalm 34:15-22 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as are of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones; not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked, and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants, and none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate.

In this section of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians it echoes, up to a point, what Joshua was telling the children of Israel as they stood on the edge of their new lives in what was considered the promised land.  We need to be ready at all times and all places, for we never know when the enemy will come upon us.
Where shall we go?  In denominations that are liturgically minded, Peter’s words near the end is sung right before the reading of the gospel.  Like what Joshua said, either you follow or not.  In the end it’s your choice where you will go.

Year B Pentecost (August 22nd)

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Ephesians 6:10-20 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Therefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and, having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.

16 Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

19 And pray for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel,

20 for which I am an ambassador in bonds, that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Year B Pentecost (August 21st)

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Psalm 34:15-22 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as are of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones; not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked, and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants, and none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate.

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