show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved

“I thank God through Jesus for every one of you. That’s first. People everywhere keep telling me about your lives of faith, and every time I hear them, I thank him. And God, whom I so love to worship and serve by spreading the good news of his Son—the Message!—knows that every time I think of you in my prayers, which is practically all the time, I ask him to clear the way for me to come and see you. The longer this waiting goes on, the deeper the ache.”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “God I Look to You” by Bethel Music and “Hosanna” by Hillsong.

Readings for today…Psalms 80, 77 and 79, Numbers 9:15-23 and 10:29-36, Romans 1:1-15 and Matthew 17:14-21

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Artwork by Marc Chagall.

your Name is our favorite word

…They want an easy way to look good before others, lacking the courage to live by a faith that shares Christ’s suffering and death. All their talk about the law is gas. They themselves don’t keep the law! And they are highly selective in the laws they do observe.

Saturday’s readings and prayer are on your own. I read them in the Message translation and it was like a breath of fresh air!

Psalms 75, 76, 23, 27, Numbers 3:1-13, Galatians 6:11-18, Matthew 17:1-13

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Artwork: Christ of the Breadlines (wood engraving by Fritz Eichenberg, German-American, 1901-1990)

let us work for the good of all

“Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is the ancient (300s!) “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong and “I Need You Lord” by me :).

Our 📖📖 are from Psalms 69 and 73, Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:14, Galatians 5:25-6:10 and Matthew 16:21-28.

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Artwork by Marc Chagall.

Yours is the day, yours also is the night

“And that’s not all. You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven.”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “The More I Seek You” by Gateway Worship and “Step by Step” by Rich Mullins.

Our 📖📖 are from Psalms 70, 71 and 74, Ecclesiastes 11:1-8, Galatians 5:16-24 and Matthew 16:13-20.

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Artwork by Marc Chagal.