Jan 30, 2017
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore,
love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10
But no one should ever be locked away
simply because they share the same race,
ethnicity, or religion as a spy or terrorist. If
that principle was not learned from the
internment of Japanese Americans, then
these are very dangerous times for our
democracy. Fred Korematsu
God, remind us that all of humanity is
invited to feast at your table.
adapted from Common Prayer
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Jan 27, 2017
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
The outstretched arms of Jesus
exclude no one, not the drunk in the
doorway, the panhandler on the street,
gays and lesbians in their isolation,
the most selfish and ungrateful in their
cocoons, the most unjust of employers
and the most overweening of snobs.
The love of Christ embraces all without
exception. Brennan Manning
Surround us with living saints who
remind us of the sort of people we
are trying to become. Common Prayer
(**A special note- Today is International
Holocaust Remembrance Day. Let us
remember the millions of innocents
murdered by the Nazis, the many
Christians who put their lives on the
line so that Jewish people might live,
and those who survived but still struggle
with bitter memories and crippling poverty.
(International Fellowship of Christian and Jews).
WE REMEMBER THEIR DIGNITY AND
Posted at 06:51 am by preacher314
Jan 26, 2017
Donald Trump has just said that torture “absolutely”
works and that he would approve it in his
administration if his team agrees. That torture works
is a lie and a moral aggression that would directly
lead to the use of torture again by the United States.
As many diverse Christian leaders have said, torture
is anti-Christian. Will the Christians who supported
Donald Trump stand up against torture under his
regime? “Speaking the truth to power” is a necessary
and invaluable Christian practice and tradition which
may become central again in our witness to the
presidency of Donald Trump.
Perhaps John the apostle puts it best: “You will know
the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
(My Note- LET US REMEMBER EPHESIANS 4-
"We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and
blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s
trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But
speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every
way into him who is the head, into Christ…. So then,
putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to
our neighbors, for we are members of one another.”)
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God defends the cause
of the fatherless and the
widow, and loves the foreigner
residing among you, giving
them food and clothing. And
you are to love those who
are foreigners, for you
yourselves were foreigners
in Egypt. Deuteronomy
you have to understand, that
no one puts their children in
a boat unless the water is
safer than the land
God, may our lives, and voices,
say, "welcome." adapted
from Common Prayer
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Jan 25, 2017
President Trump signed an executive order greenlighting
construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil
This action signals he prioritizes corporate oil interests
at the expense of environmental protection and the well-
being of Americans.
Tell President Trump: Keystone XL and Dakota Access
stand in opposition to our values.
As people of faith, we must stand together to resist
Trump’s actions that destroy the environment and
harm our fellow Americans.
This move comes a month and a half after the victory at
Standing Rock, where people of faith stood in solidarity
with the Water Protectors to protect our water and climate.
We’ve stopped Keystone XL and Dakota Access before.
Let’s stand together to do it again.
The Sojourners Team
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Jan 23, 2017
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the
builders, which has become the Cornerstone. And there
is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name
under heaven given among men by which we must be
saved. - Acts 4:11-12
In the 1800s, Queen Victoria was crossing the English
Channel on her royal yacht.
During the course of the trip, her eye fell upon a tiny bird,
who with fluttering wings, tried to follow the ship.
Apparently, the bird had been attracted by the brightness
of the silk flag which floated at the masthead.
The queen turned to her daughter and pointed to the bird.
As they watched, they could see the bird was becoming
weak and weary, darting down to the waves, then climbing
back up, trying to find some place to rest. But as this bird
was a fragile creature used to the woods and not the
company of man, it refused to settle down on the ship.
With a faint cry it rose from the waves, soared up to the
masthead and, unsuccessfully, tried to rest upon the flag,
which had drawn it from the land -- away from safety,
shelter and home.
The heart of the queen was filled with pity and she
commanded her sailors to save the weary bird.
Wishing to please his Monarch every able-bodied man
jumped to do the job Victoria had entrusted to them. They
used every art and every device to capture that bird. Sadly,
all their efforts to rescue the bird only terrified it more.
At last it fell upon the deck at the feet of the queen.
Her majesty stooped and picked up the dead bird and held
it tenderly in her hands. Victoria, Queen over an empire
upon which the sun never set, had been absolutely
helpless in sparing the life of a single, small, scared bird.
Her good intentions had not been good enough; her power
had proven to be insufficient to the task.
I would like to point out that some things don't change.
In the worlds of politics, medicine, education and
philanthropy, there are many who, with good intentions,
are eager to try and save us. It is true, they are willing, but
it is equally true, they are not able. Most certainly, they
may assist you with simple problems and minor difficulties,
but they cannot correct or cure the great sickness of sin
that besets and condemns our souls.
Nobody can save us other than Jesus.
That is because Jesus alone
• has lived a perfect life so that our sinful imperfections might
• has resisted every temptation so we might be found
innocent on Judgment Day;
• has conquered death and shown to this doubting world that
His sacrifice to save us has been accepted and is complete.
Dear Lord, we give thanks for those people of the world who
do their best to make a positive impact. Bless them in their
service. Most of all, we pray that every sinful soul may see
only Jesus can save from condemnation and damnation. In
Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
(Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries)
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Jan 20, 2017
NOW IS THE TIME FOR FAITH TO FLOURISH
Two Critical Roles for People of Faith Under a Trump
1. Faith must stand up for itself, for its values, for its
standards, and for its priorities.
2. Leadership means sacrifice for the greater good,
instead of just the personal one.
YOU MUST STAND UP WITHIN, FOR, AND LIVE
YOUR FAITH! IT IS MORE VITAL THAN EVER THAT
WE DO SO. AND WE MUST BEGIN NOW!!!!!!!
And perhaps the value that our country needs most
right now, in an age of almost complete cynicism
about politics, is the power and promise of hope. We
can decide to spend our time, energy, and the gifts
of our lives to make this a better world — for those
around us, especially for those on the edges, and to
be good stewards of the creation itself. That’s who
people of faith are supposed to be; that is what we
are supposed to do. And there is no better time to
do that than right now. No matter what politics says
and does, it is always time for faith to flourish and
(Sojourners, sojo.net, Jim Wallis)
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Jan 19, 2017
DONALD TRUMP TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals,
for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” —
Leaders can easily fall into the trap of being out of touch
with the people. Most leaders of nations enjoy luxuries that
the general public does not. It’s easy to become insensitive
to the needs of the common man or unsympathetic to a poor
man’s plight. God, on the other hand, says “Don’t you dare!
My people are my precious children.” Moses was commanded
to remain as sensitive as he was at that moment until the day
that he died.
Insensitivity is a trap we all can fall into. It’s hard to empathize
with the hungry if your stomach is always full, or to feel for the
homeless when we are enjoying the comfort and warmth of our
own homes. But, friends, we who serve the Lord are on “holy
ground.” We must remain acutely sensitive to the needs of His
children and do our best to meet them, whenever and however
Posted at 07:15 pm by preacher314
A REMINDER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
― Emma Lazarus
PLEASE DON'T TURN THEM AWAY
Posted at 08:38 am by preacher314
Jan 17, 2017
JESUS LOVES ME, THIS I KNOW
But now thus says the LORD, He who created you, O
Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I
have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you
are Mine." - Isaiah 43:1
Now most of you know John 3:16 -- the "Gospel in a
nutshell." You remember how it begins: "For God so
loved the world ...." That passage means the Lord
knows and loves everybody, which includes all the
billions of people who have ever or will ever live.
God loves everybody. Scripture is clear on that. But it
is also clear that He loves me, the individual.
When Jesus was born, it was to save me. When He
knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane, He received and
carried my sins. When He died, that was for me ...
and so was His resurrection. And now, as Luther said,
"The Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel and
keeps me in the faith."
And that's true for you, too. You see, you are a very
special, a one-of-a-kind person to the Lord.
Dear Lord, truly You are a great God. You have the
capacity to love and reach out to save an entire world,
but You do so one soul at a time. I pray that while
there is still time, the lost may come to know You,
appreciate You, and love You in return. This I ask in
Jesus' Name. Amen
(Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries)
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