But God will ransom my life

Jesus was curt: “You yourself said it. And that’s not all. Soon you’ll see it for yourself:

The Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Mighty One,
Arriving on the clouds of heaven.”

At that, the Chief Priest lost his temper, ripping his robes, yelling, “He blasphemed! Why do we need witnesses to accuse him? You all heard him blaspheme! Are you going to stand for such blasphemy?”

They all said, “Death! That seals his death sentence.”

Then they were spitting in his face and banging him around. They jeered as they slapped him: “Prophesy, Messiah: Who hit you that time?”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “Resurrecting” by Elevation Worship.

Readings for today…Psalms 119:49-72, 49, 53, Joshua 8:30-35, Romans 14:13-23, Matthew 26:57-68

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Artwork by Aleksandra Ekster

My tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer

Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “Better” by Pat Barrett.

Readings for today…Psalms 45, 47, 48, Joshua 8:1-22, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 26:47-56

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Happy are they who consider the poor and needy!

Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “New Wine” by Hillsong.

Readings for today…Psalms 41, 52, 44, Joshua 7:1-13, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 26:36-46

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Lord, let me not be ashamed for having called upon you

Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is the hymn “Be Still My Soul” by Kathrina von Schlegel in 1752.

Readings for today…Psalms 31, 35, Joshua 4:19-5:1, 10-15, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 26:17-25

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he strengthens those in whose way he delights

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “Endless Ocean” by Jonathan David Helser.

Readings for today…Psalm 37, Joshua 3:14-4:7, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 26:1-16

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For from him and through him and to him are all things

Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.

Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor
that God has to ask his advice?
Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him.
Always glory! Always praise!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “Redemption Rain” by Melissa Helser.

Readings for today…Psalms 38, 119:25-48, Joshua 3:1-13, Romans 11:25-36, Matthew 25:31-46

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Artwork by Paulo Medina