Sunday Scripture

Boy, I haven’t done one of these in awhile.  As you may (or may not) recall I’m going through Beth Moore’s Fruit of the Spirit Bible study with my small group on Saturday morning’s.  I’ve been through that before and actually blogged about a few topics.  I don’t like to rehash lessons from others’ too much but there is a verse that has stayed with me for two weeks now and I feel like I must share.

In Acts we read of Stephen, a Christ follower who had false accusations thrown at him and who was eventually stoned to death.  The actual stoning is covered at the end of Acts 7

54When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”  57At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.

In her study Beth points out that Christ stood up for this occassion.  It was worthy of his effort, time,  attention, care and concern.  The questions I can not get out of my head…What caused Christ to stand?  Was it out of respect?  Worry?  Praise?  How often has Christ stood instead of sat at the right hand of God and most importantly…Have I ever done anything worthy of Christ standing to His feet? My immediate and unwavering answer is a resounding no.  But I want that.  We all look for God to say well done, my good and faithful child one day.  Call me selfish but I want that now.  I want to do something for the cause of Christ that makes Him get on His feet.  And the cause of His standing?  I hope it’s a standing ovation.

Sunday Scripture

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

I’ve always loved this verse, but while reading through the entire chapter and now understanding the history of the Jews, it really brought on a whole new meaning.  This is at a time when they probably didn’t think God cared about them and God was just saying, I know what I’m doing and I love you!

Sunday Scripture – Psalm 121

1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;  From where shall my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,  Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip;  He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel  Will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper;  The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun will not smite you by day,  Nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will protect you from all evil;  He will keep your soul.
8 The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in  From this time forth and forever.

Sunday Scripture

sunday-scripture.jpgMatthew 5:41-42

If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

The Scripture from my Sunday School lesson couldn’t be more appropriate for this week. I really hope you are reading the posts from the people (Sophie, Heather, Anne, Chris and Keely) in Uganda with Compassion and have been touched like I have.  I’m so proud to be a sponsor with Compassion and I hope that you can go the extra mile and give $32 a month to sponsor a child in need.

Sunday Scripture

imageMatthew 4:4

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”.