Category Archives: Bible

Save Your Own City

Jeremiah

Jeremiah

Jeremiah 5:1

Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now and take notice! Seek in her broad squares to see if you can find a man [as Abraham sought in Sodom], one who does justice, who seeks truth, sincerity, and faithfulness;

and I will pardon [Jerusalem—for one uncompromisingly righteous person].


Just one! One person who has gotten their heart right with God is all it takes to hold back God’s wrath for a whole city!

BE THAT ONE FOR YOUR CITY


Sunday Devotional: A rebellious people

With America increasingly beset by cultural rot and political corruption, faithful Christians can’t help but be distressed. 

In that context, I am struck by the common thread running through this Sunday’s readings — that humankind, being a fallen creation, have always been so, a rebellious people.

Hardly a consolation for us, but a reminder of sober reality.

Michelangelo's Temptation and Fall

Ezekiel 2:2-5

As the Lord spoke to me, the spirit entered into me
and set me on my feet,
and I heard the one who was speaking say to me:
Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites,
rebels who have rebelled against me;
they and their ancestors have revolted against me to this very day.
Hard of face and obstinate of heart
are they to whom I am sending you.
But you shall say to them: Thus says the Lord God!
And whether they heed or resist—for they are a rebellious house—
they shall know that a prophet has been among them.

Mark 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary…?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

supplication

Psalm 123:3-4

Have pity on us, O Lord, have pity on us,
for we are more than sated with contempt;
our souls are more than sated
with the mockery of the arrogant,
with the contempt of the proud.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ, our Lord, be with you.

~Éowyn

Episcopal Church goes homo

Adam and Eve

United Press International reports, July 2, 2015, that just days after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right, bishops in the Episcopal Church have voted to approve such unions performed by its clergy. At a convention in Salt Lake City this week, Episcopalian leaders voted to permit religious weddings for gay couples, beginning November 1.

The resolutions approved at the General Convention mean bishops have authorized their clergy to perform marriages for Episcopalian same-sex couples. The bishops also voted to change the verbiage in the church’s rules on marriage to make them gender neutral.

However, the changes are not being met with unanimous support as debate on the matter for the church is far from settled. Moreover, according to the Washington Post, the bishops’ resolution doesn’t mean all Episcopalian clergy are required to perform same-sex unions. They are still free to refuse such a request without fear of penalty.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby — the leader who oversees the Episcopal Church — expressed concern regarding same-sex unions among Episcopalians. He said the bishops’ votes “will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith relationships.”

The Archbishop’s remarks reflect the fact that same-sex marriage in the Episcopal Church remains a deeply divisive issue among members.

Episcopalian Michael Grear bristled at the archbishop’s remarks: “Who can be surprised by his ridiculous statement? … No wonder so many of our youth don’t find the church appealing. They have eyes and minds to think, and they see many of our church leaders sadly lack true charity…for all of God’s children.”

The learned bishops of the Episcopal Church must have a different Bible than ours. /sarc

“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22

“If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.” Leviticus 20:13

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.” Romans 1:26-28

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

~Éowyn

The LORD answers SCOTUS

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Psalm 12

For the director of music. According to sheminith.
A psalm of David.

Help, Lord, for the godly are no more;
the faithful have vanished from among men.

Everyone lies to their neighbor;
their flattering lips speak with deception.

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and
every boastful tongue that says,
“We will triumph with our tongues;
we own our lips—who is our master?”

“Because of the oppression of the weak and
the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,”
says the Lord. I will protect them from those
who malign them.

And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
purified seven times.

O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us
from such people forever.

The wicked freely strut about
when what is vile is honored
among men.

Toxic News

Be Careful About Your Thoughts

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I made a mistake today. I let the news get my attention before I had given attention to the Word of God.

I admire the reporting of Breitbart’s people. They are a trusted source. But the subjects they deal with are also very dangerous to one’s mind and soul. The nature of the news media, with it’s motto of, “If it Bleeds, it leads,” combines perfectly with the intentions of islamic terrorists, who are constantly seeking to get free broadcast of their atrocities. We are subjected to a daily attack of fear inducing stories and images, presented by well intentioned reporters.

It took me more than 2 hours today to wrestle my thinking back into a semblance of peace after seeing the picture above.

In order to function effectively, we need to be operating within a mindset of confidence in the grace of God. It’s like what St. Paul instructed Timothy,

“Constantly keep in mind Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] risen from the dead, [as the prophesied King] descended from David…”
– 2 Timothy 2:8 (AMP)

Keeping the Risen LORD ever before us, we can move with power in this dark world. One key to this is to avoid allowing news stories to steal our attention away from God’s promises, presence and power.

Note to self: God’s Word first. News after.

The news is an accounting of what has already happened and can’t “un-happen.” It can induce a fatalistic mindset. We need to remember that the news only tells us what has happened before we stepped in, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, began changing things.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
– Philippians 4:8


Dr. Eowyn made a good point, correcting my statement. It is not that we should call all shocking news toxic, but recognizing that it can be toxic if it manages to get too big a hold on us.  So again, (for me at least) God first, news after.

Sunday Devotional: A Prayer for Exorcism

Book of Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death,
nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
and there is not a destructive drug among them
nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
for justice is undying.
For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.
But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
and they who belong to his company experience it.

The Lord's Prayer

Please prepare yourself for the prayer of exorcism by repenting of all your sins and asking God for His forgiveness.

An Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. But most of all because I have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.

With a sincere and contrite heart, and having fasted (abstained from food), please say this prayer for America.

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A Prayer of Exorcism and for Deliverance

(Source: Of Exorcisms and Certain Supplications)

O Lord, hear my prayer
And let my cry come unto Thee

God of heaven, God of earth,
God of Angels, God of Archangels,
God of Patriarchs, God of Prophets,
God of Apostles, God of Martyrs,
God of Confessors, God of Virgins,
God who has power
to give life after death and rest after work:
because there is no other God than Thee
and there can be no other,
for Thou art the Creator of all things,
visible and invisible,
of Whose reign there shall be no end,
we humbly prostrate ourselves before Thy glorious Majesty
and we beseech Thee to deliver us by Thy power
from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits,
from their snares, their lies and their furious wickedness.
Deign, O Lord,
to grant us Thy powerful protection
and to keep us safe and sound.
We beseech Thee
through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

From the snares of the devil,
Deliver us, O Lord.
We beseech Thee to hear us.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ, our Lord, be with you,

~Éowyn

The Days of Elijah

For our brothers and sisters in Charleston SC

Robin Mark – Days Of Elijah Lyrics

Amen! Come Lord Jesus!