Loving The World

Don’t love The World’s Goods

12 I remind you, my dear children: Your sins are forgiven in Jesus’ name.

13 You #veterans were in on the ground floor, and know the One who started all this; you #newcomers have won a big #victory over the #Evil-One. And a second reminder, dear children: You know the #Father from personal experience.

14 You #veterans know the One who started it all; and you #newcomers —- such vitality & strength! God’s word is so steady in you. Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a #victory over the #Evil-One.

15 Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the #Father.

16 Practically everything that goes on in the world —- wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear #important —- has nothing to do with the #Father. It just isolates you from Him.

17 The world & all its #wanting, #wanting, #wanting is on the way out —- but whoever does what God wants is set for #eternity.

1 Jo 2:12-17 from Bible The Message version

#veterans #newcomers #victory #Evil-One #eternity

The God-of-the-Angel-Armies Called Out on That Day

You Looked, but You Never Looked to Him

4 In the midst of the shouting, I said, “Let me alone. Let me #grieve by myself. Don’t tell me it’s going to be all right.”

5 For The Master, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, is bringing a day #noisy with #mobs of people, Jotling & stampeding in the Valley of #Vision, knocking down walls & hollering to the mountains, “Attack! Attack!”

6 Old #enemies Elam & Kir arrive armed to the teeth —- #weapons & #chariots & #calvary.

7 Your fine valleys are #noisy with #war, #chariots & #calvary charging this way & that.

Isa 22:4-7 from Bible The Message version.

#god-of-the-angel-armies #noise #chariots #calvary #war

Beat The Dragon & Leviathan

How Long Will Barbarians Blaspheme

10 How long, God, will barbarians blaspheme, enemies curse & get by with it?

11 Why don’t you do something? How long are you going to sit there with your hands folded in your lap?

12 God is my King from the very start; he works salvation in the womb of the earth.

13 With one blow you split the sea in two, you made mincemeat of the #dragon Tannin.

14 You lopped off the heads of Leviathan, then served them up in a stew for the animals.

Psalm 74:10-14 from Bible The Message version

#barbarian #blaspheme #dragon #leviathan #tamed

Babylon Fallen! Fallen!

The Betrayer Betrayed

1 A Message concerning the desert at the sea: As tempest drive through the Negev Desert, coming out of the desert, that terror-filled olace,

2 A hard vision is given me: The betrayer betrayed, the plunderer plundered. Attack, Elam! Lay siege, Media! Persian, attack! Attack, Babylon! I’ll put an end to all the moaning & groaning.

3 Because of this news I’m doubled up again in pain, waiting in pain like a woman having a baby, Baffled by what I see.

4 Absolutely stunned, horror-stricken, I had hoped for a relaxed evening, bur it has turned into a #nightmare.

5 The banquet is spread, the guests reclining in luxurious ease, Eating & drinking, having a good time, and then, “To arms, #princes! The #fight is on!”

6 The Master told me, “Go, post a lookout. Have him report whatever he spots.

7 When he sees horses & wagons in battle formation, lines of donkeys & columns of camels, Tell him to keep his ear to the ground, note every whisper, every rumor.”

8 Just then, the lookout shouted, “I’m at my #post, Master, Sticking to my #post day after day and all through the #night!

9 I watched them come, the horses and wagons in battle formation. I heard them call out the #war news in headlines: Babylon fallen! Fallen! And all its precious god-idols smashed to pieces on the ground.”

10 Dear #Israel, you’ve been through a lot, you’ve been put through the #mill. The good news I get from #God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of #Israel, I now pass on to you.

Isa 21:1-10 from Bible The Message version

#princes #nightmare #war #post #God-of-the-Angel-Armies

This is Your Day-of-Trumpet-Blasts

On The 1st Day of The 7th Month

1 On the first day of the seventh month, gather in #holy worship & do no regular work. This Your Day-of-Trumpet-Blasts.

2 Sacrifice a Whole-Burnt-Offering: one young bull, one ram, & seven male yearling lambs —- all healthy —- as pleasing fragrance to G-d.

3 Prepare a Grain-Offering of six quarts of fine flour mixed with oil for the bull, four quarts for the ram,

4 & two quarts for each lamb,

5 plus a he-goat ad an Absolution-Offering to atone for You.

Num 29:1-5 from Bible The Message version

#blasts #holy-worship #no-regular-work #lamb #g-d

People Mighty & Merciless

People Mighty & Merciless

1 #Doom to the land of flies & mosquitos beyond the #Ethiopian rivers,

2 Shipping emissaries all over the world, down rivers & across seas. Go, #swift-messengers, go to this people tall & handsome, This people held in respect everywhere, this people #mighty&merciless, from the land crisscrossed with rivers.

3 Everybody everywhere, all earth-dwellers: When you see a flag flying on the mountain, look! When you hear the trumpet blown, listen!

4 For here’s what G-d told me: “I’m not going to say anithing, but simply look on from where I live, Quiet as warmth that comes from the sun, silent as dew during harvest.”

5 And then, just before harvest, after blossom has turned into a maturing grape, He’ll step in & prune back the new shoots, ruthlessly #hack off all the growing branches.

6 He’ll leave them piled on the ground for birds & animals to feed on —- Fodder for the summering birds, fodder for the wintering animals.

7 Then #tribute will be brought to #G-d-of-the-Angel-Armies, brought from this people tall & handsome, This people once held in #respect everywhere, this people once #mighty&merciless, From the land crisscrossed with rivers, to Mount #Zion, G-d’s place.

Isa 18:1-7 from Bible The Message version.

#doom #mighty&merciless #hack #respect #g-d-of-the-angel-armies

The Killing Fields

Anarchy & Chaos & Killing!

1 A Message concerning #Egypt:

Watch this! G-d riding on a #fast-moving-cloud, moving in on Egypt! Thr god-idols of Egypt shudder & shake, Egyptiand paralyzed by panic.

2 G-d says, I’ll make Egyptian fight Egyptian, brother fight brother, neighbor fight neighbor, City fight city, kingdom fight kingdom —- anarchy & chaos & killing!

3 I’ll knock the wind out of the Egyptians. They won’t know coming from going. They’ll go to their god-idols for answers; they’ll conjure ghosts & hold seances, desperate for answers.

4 But I’ll turn the Egyptians over to a #tyrant most #cruel. I’ll put them under the rule of a #mean, #merciless-king!”

Decree of The Master, #G-d-of-The-Angel-Armies.

Isa 19:1-4 from Bible The Message version.

#Egypt #fast-moving-cloud #cruel #merciless-king #g-d-the-angel-armies

L-rd JC Gets The Last Word

The Real Big Boss

8 Keep a cool ahead. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch You napping.

9 Keep Your guard up. You’re not the only ones plungrd into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip of the faith.

10 The #suffering won’t last #forever. It won’t be long before this #generous G-d who has #great plans for us in Christ —- eternal & glorious plans they are! —- will have you put together & on your feet for good.

11 He gets the last word aka The Real Big Boss: yes, He does!

1 Pet 5:8-11 from Bible The Message version.

#suffering #generous #great #boss #forever

Promotion at The Right Time

He’ll Promote You at The Right Time

1 I have a special concern for you Church Leaders. I know what it’s like to be a Leader, in on Lord JC’s suffering as well as the coming Glory.

2 Here’s my concern: that You care for G-d’s flock with all the diligence of a #shepherd. Not because You have to, but because You want to please G-d. Not calculating what You can get out of it, but acting spontaneously.

3 Not bossily telling other what to do, but tenderly showing them away.

4 When G-d, who is the best #Shepherd of all, comes out in the open with His #rule, He’ll see that You’ve done it right & commend You lavishly.

5 And You who are younger must follow Your Leaders. But all of You, Leaders & followers alike, are yo be #down-to-earth with each other, for —-

TBC in the afternoon message.

1 Pet 5:1-5 from Bible The Message version.

#promotion #shepherd #rule #leader-follower #down-to-earth

G-d Authorization

G-d Authorization

18 Lord JC, undeterred, went right ahead and gave His charge: “G-d authorized & commanded Me to commision You:

19 Go out & train everyone You meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the three fold name: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.

20 Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded You as You do this, day after day, right up to the end of the age!”

Mat 28:18 from Bible The Message version

#you #me #father #son #holy-spirit