The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “Here Now” by Hillsong United and “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury.

Readings for today…Psalms 83, 34, 85, 86, Numbers 12:1-16, Romans 2:12-24 and Matthew 18:10-20

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Artwork by Morris Louis.

How sweet are your words to my taste

“God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “From the Inside Out” by Hillsong United.

Readings for today…Psalms 119:97-120, 81, 82, Numbers 11:24-35, Romans 1:28-2:11 and Matthew 18:1-9

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Artwork by Paulo Medina.

That the generations to come might know

“It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “Ever Be” by Bethel Music.

Readings for today…Psalms 78, Numbers Numbers 11:1-23, Romans 1:16-25 and Matthew 17:22-27

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Artwork by Nicolas Poussin.

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.