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          Trump administration preparing to roll out Kushner's Israeli-Palestinian 'peace plan': Sources      Comment   Translate Page      
With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reelection victory secured, the Trump administration is preparing to roll out Jared Kushner's "peace plan" as early as this month, sources familiar with the plan tell ABC News. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the plan, which Kushner and a small "peace team" have been quietly working on for months. The text itself remains a closely guarded secret -- even within the White House -- and has only been seen in its entirety by four people within the administration, the sources said.
          21:00 Die Bauhaus-Revolution (2/2) - Film von Claudius Gehr      Comment   Translate Page      
Der zweite Teil befasst sich mit dem Zeitraum von 1933 bis 2019 und erzählt, wie es mit prominenten Bauhäuslern sowie den Bauhaus-Ideen nach 1933 weiterging. Die große Zäsur, die Schließung der Bauhaus-Schule 1933 nach der Machtergreifung der Nationalsozialisten, konnte den Siegeszug dieser Bewegung nicht aufhalten. Im Gegenteil: Viele der führenden Köpfe emigrierten und trugen den Bauhaus-Geist hinaus in die Welt. Die Bauhaus-Idee wurde weltweit zur internationalen Messlatte für gelungene Architektur und Design. Die Dokumentation folgt den Spuren des Bauhauses in den USA, Israel, Japan, Frankreich, Spanien und andernorts. Fachleute erläutern die Bewegung Bauhaus, darunter Wolfgang Holler, Generaldirektor Museen Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Claudia Perren, Direktorin Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Annemarie Jaeggi, Direktorin Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Martin Mäntele, Leiter HfG-Archiv Ulm, sowie Martino Stierli, Chefkurator am Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
          Memorial israelense reage a afirmação de Bolsonaro de que é possível 'perdoar o Holocausto'      Comment   Translate Page      
Em reação à afirmação do presidente Jair Bolsonaro, na quinta-feira (11), de que "podemos perdoar, mas não esquecer" o Holocausto, o museu Yad Vashem divulgou comunicado neste sábado (13) no qual diz que "não é direito de nenhuma pessoa determinar se crimes hediondos do Holocausto podem ser perdoados". Leia mais (04/13/2019 - 16h35)
          The Influence Of American Jewish Attitudes On Israeli Politics      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Fordømmer Bolsonaro-uttalelse       Comment   Translate Page      
Uttalelsen til Brasils president Jair Bolsonaro om at holocaust kan tilgis, møter kraftig fordømmelse og kritikk i Israel. I et møte med evangeliske pastorer i Rio de Janeiro fredag sa Bolsonaro at holocaust kan tilgis, men aldri glemmes.
          A technical glitch led to Israeli spacecraft crash      Comment   Translate Page      
Beresheet, an unmanned Israeli spacecraft, crashed during an attempt to land on the moon due to a technical glitch, said SpaceIL, the Israeli nonprofit that launched it, citing preliminary data.
          Raid Israele in Siria, feriti 6 soldati      Comment   Translate Page      
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           Comment on 7 Days to Die 1.18 PS4 and Xbox One Update details by וילות להשכרה       Comment   Translate Page      
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          Após cirurgia, Pelé apresenta bom estado geral e já está no quarto      Comment   Translate Page      

Internado no Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Pelé passou por intervenção cirúrgica durante a manhã deste sábado. De acordo com informações divulgadas pela instituição, a operação foi realizada com sucesso e o ex-jogador, inclusive, já retornou a seu quarto. “O paciente Edson Arantes do Nascimento segue em bom estado geral sob o ponto de vista clínico. […]

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          The Influence Of American Jewish Attitudes On Israeli Politics      Comment   Translate Page      
Following the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Nadine Epstein, editor-in-chief of Moment Magazine, about the American Jewish community's impact on Israeli politics.
           Comment on Anti-BDS laws are ‘McCarthyism 2.0 with loyalty to Israel’s far right regime as litmus test’ — Barghouti by Annie Robbins       Comment   Translate Page      
here's the video: <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">this is my interview from earlier today with Omar Barghouti via skype <a href="https://t.co/dqZhUkV5xy" rel="nofollow">https://t.co/dqZhUkV5xy</a></p>— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) <a href="https://twitter.com/PeterBeinart/status/1116402718971781120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow">April 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
           Comment on Trump’s anti-Semitism envoy’s main target is ‘ancient scourge of anti-Zionism’ aimed at ‘strangling Jewish state’ by Keith       Comment   Translate Page      
PHIL- <i>"This screwball obsessive focus on anti-Zionism can only serve those who have not been heard, criticizing Israel and seeking to reform it (as Asad AbuKhalil suggests)."</i> At the time, I am sure there were those who said the same thing about the "excesses" of Hitler's Brown Shirts. Things are rapidly going from bad to worse. Do you think that the blatantly illegal arrest of truth teller Julian Assange will lead to rebellion? Intimidation usually works. The fat-cats have taken the gloves off and will likely crush any and all resistance. This is all part of the endless war at the end of the present era to determine who rules in the new era, assuming there are survivors.
           Comment on Leading House Dems warn Netanyahu against promise to annex West Bank settlements by Davnew       Comment   Translate Page      
I agree with you that these congresspeople have long been enablers of Palestinian oppression. However this statement is evidence that the sands are shifting beneath the Hasbara edifice and it may be ripe for collapse. Like it or not these are the folks who will give it the final shove. We must assume that people and their views are capable of change. Bringing an end to U.S. military support of Israel depends on convincing this group that the time as come to alter the relationship between our two countries.
           Comment on Why Israeli election results may have a positive aspect by Abe Bird       Comment   Translate Page      
Hamas was established as a terrorist movement, an arm of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza. They took advantage of Israel's desire to give more independence to the Gazans in late 1980s and allowed them to create a social organization for the locals. But it turns out that the Arabs can't be trusted. Very quickly, their warm relationship with their brethren gave boost to terror forces to emerge and be formed. You deny the first rule of terrorists: a terrorist organization cannot be democratic. The second rule: a democratic regime can't be a terror group. So calling Hamas democratic is pathetic joke. How can a terror group Hamas rules Gaza for 12 years without elections? How is Gaza a democracy and there are no parties but only terrorist groups that are also fighting amongst themselves? The Gazans are unfortunate because they chose a terrorist organizations to lead them and now they are stuck with it. The popular revolt, a month ago, only attests to the size of the anomaly in a situation in which a terrorist organization imposes a harsh reality on the civilian population, devoid of means and weapons to defend themselves against the terrorist ruler Hamas. How exactly do you prove your claim that Israel opposes democracy among her neighbors? Do you always blame the Jews for your own faults? I thought you already have leant the lesson. After all, the claim that Israel embraces the tyrants in Saudi Arabia and Egypt does not mean that it opposes democracy there, but only that it is concerned about its interests in the face of a difficult Islamic reality. And in the case as you interpretate democracy - does the US, Europe, Russia, China, Japan and India are not democracies because they have close relations with non-democratic Arab/Islamic countries? Or you just refrain exclusively to Israel just to unfairly attack her? Does the fact that al-Sissi was elected president in Egypt for the third time in a row in democratic elections prove to you that Egypt is Not a democracy? On what basis? In any case why don't you activate the same checking standards on Hamas and PLO? Anti-Semitism in the West raises its head, and it uses their tactics to discredit the Jews as if they were today's Nazis, and the Arabs who always aspired to exterminate the Jews in Israel, as they have learned from their Nazi ally in the 1930s and1940s, now called peace lovers. You ignore the fact that Islamic forced of every kind are fighting among themselves for decades all around the world. Not a Jew involved. Gaza is controlled by an insane Islamist terrorist organization that was on its own initiative at war with Israel, so Gaza's citizens suffer from the result of their elected terror regime. Yet Gaza also has a border with Egypt, so why don't you make a similar claim against Egypt that closed the border for many years even Hamas didn't shoot one bullet toward Sinai? So why do you avoiding and ignoring that fact? This testifies that you're dishonest and you make all efforts to conceal facts to in order to reinforce your lies. Israel does not provide Gaza with anything, just as any other state doesn't. Gaza buys everything it needs or can from and through Israel. Israel is not interfering in the Gaza Strip's consumption basket, apart from understandable and justifiable preventing weapons and terror means to go in. Therefore, if you call Gaza a "concentration camp," then you should turn your to complaints to your "democratic" Hamas. The fact that the residents of the "camp" have enough weapons to attack Israel only attests to the absurdity of your claim. If Hamas pays every child's parents 100 shekels to commit suicide action on the fence, then you are a moral partner of Hamas and share their Hamas golden calf sacrifice culture. You are right that there is an increasing number of young Arab people immigration from Gaza to Europe and Americas. Immigration exists also from Judea and Samaria Arab population. More and more Arabs are willingly to emigrate to the West as Blacks do from Africa and Hispanics from South Africa. Such emigration has always been, yet the migration scale from the rest of the Arab countries and Africa is still much greater. In other words, young Palestinian are only awakening in last couple of years and they are looking for their future in the West. As far as the Hamas brutality towards its own people is higher the more local young Arabs wish to emigrate out. There is no doubt that this is a natural positive process.
           Comment on Netanyahu confirms his party spied on Palestinian voters in apparent effort at voter suppression by Citizen       Comment   Translate Page      
How Arabs Watch Israel's Elections https://consortiumnews.com/2019/04/11/how-arabs-watch-israeli-elections/
           Comment on Why Israeli election results may have a positive aspect by Citizen       Comment   Translate Page      
How Arabs Watch Israel's Elections https://consortiumnews.com/2019/04/11/how-arabs-watch-israeli-elections/
           Comment on ‘Things could move very quickly’ — Dems are now the anti-annexation party, taking on Netanyahu and Pompeo by Mooser       Comment   Translate Page      
<i>"Official spiel: It was a success because it got as far as it did as a very cheap private endeavor."</i> Can't wait for Israel's manned space endeavors.
           Comment on Airbnb officially reverses decision to pull out of Israeli settlements by YoniFalic       Comment   Translate Page      
The Bar Kochba Rebellion took place from 132-135 CE, and by that time period most of the Judean peasantry seems to have been practicing Judean Christianity, which differed greatly from later Constantinian Christianity and probably differed little from Islam, in which Jesus is the Messiah but neither a divinity nor one aspect of a trinity.
           Comment on Liberal Zionists must drop the Zionism if they really want to build an Arab-Jewish political partnership by Mooser       Comment   Translate Page      
<i>"– to lead Israelis to a larger understanding.”</i> And maybe even make them think?
           Comment on Liberal Zionists must drop the Zionism if they really want to build an Arab-Jewish political partnership by Mooser       Comment   Translate Page      
<i>"There are Jews whom I trust who think quite sincerely that an Arab majority country in what is now Israel would end up in a disaster to the Jewish population of what is now called Israel."</i> "WJ" That's very smart, "Yonah", what kind of fool would trust a Jew who said anything else? <i>"while the Jewish post Holocaust pro Jewish army impulse is of the opposite direction"</i> Ah, that must be what the incredibly high Jewish out-marriage rate is all about.
           Comment on Trump’s anti-Semitism envoy’s main target is ‘ancient scourge of anti-Zionism’ aimed at ‘strangling Jewish state’ by bcg       Comment   Translate Page      
I'm interested in that last sentence - "last night David Brooks of the New York Times endorsed reparations to blacks as a policy idea.". Brooks has the conservative creds to be a leader on this issue but don't hold your breath - his son served in the Israeli army ( http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2014/09/david-brooks-son-idf-israeli-army.html ). Yesterday I heard him on the radio saying that "Israel tried to be a liberal multicultural society but the Oslo peace process failed..", as if Israel had nothing to do with it.
           Comment on Leading House Dems warn Netanyahu against promise to annex West Bank settlements by Misterioso       Comment   Translate Page      
It is now nearly 71 years since the criminal entity known as "Israel" or the "Jewish state" was forcibly established in historic Palestine with the assistance of the Truman administration by Zionist Jews of foreign origin through armed might, several massacres, mass rape and intimidation leading eventually to the dispossession and expulsion of about 1,250,000 indigenous Christian and Muslim Arab inhabitants by the summer of 1967 and the brutal occupation of their ancestral homeland since. Seventy years is a long time. And yet, "Israel" is still utterly dependent on the U.S. financially and geopolitically. Therein lies its greatest weakness. The U.S. will not be "Israel's" lackey for ever. Indeed, as recent events attest, cracks are increasingly appearing in their relationship. Americans, including all important youth and Jews are seeing "Israel" for the insatiable, racist, conniving, expansionist monster it is. Time, demographics and the thrust of 21st century geopolitics are with the Palestinians. The desperation of Netanyahu and his fellow thugs, ethnic cleansers, thieves and mass murderers to "legitimize" "Israel" has been well illustrated by his recent cozying up to brutal, fascistic dictatorships around the world, including that of Brazil's leader (hosted recently in occupied Jerusalem by Netanyahu), President Jair Bolsonaro, whose days may well be numbered: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47865386?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/cdr1vzk8ngvt/jair-bolsonaro&link_location=live-reporting-story "Is the honeymoon period over for Brazil's Bolsonaro?" By Katy Watson, BBC South America correspondent, April 11/19
           Comment on Why Israeli election results may have a positive aspect by Donald Johnson       Comment   Translate Page      
Some Americans maintain their illusions. I saw one commenter elsewhere ( nobody famous, just a blog commenter) saying that moderate and liberal Israelis should unite in protest against Netanyahu. Unite to do what? And the NYT just had an editorial where they cited an Israeli warning that over the next forty years, Israel would have to choose whether it would become an apartheid state. As usual, whatever happens, the danger of apartheid is always in the future.
           Comment on Liberal Zionists must drop the Zionism if they really want to build an Arab-Jewish political partnership by eljay       Comment   Translate Page      
|| wondering jew @ April 12, 2019, 5:39 pm || In summary: Israel must remain a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”. Imagine that.
           Comment on Leading House Dems warn Netanyahu against promise to annex West Bank settlements by Kay24       Comment   Translate Page      
Unfortunately, the congresspeople who made such a statement, are the very ones who have enabled AIPAC, and not spoken out strongly against Israel. Where were their voices when Jared gave Bibi Jerusalem? Where were their voices when Bibi aligned himself with Jewish terrorists that the US State Department has condemned? The time for members of Congress to stand up and condemn Israel has long passed, and tomorrow if Israel needs more ammunition to attack Gaza, you can bet these very politicians will vote to give them that.
           Comment on Why Israeli election results may have a positive aspect by Citizen       Comment   Translate Page      
Two things work: BDS, under First Amendment. Stance: equal rights under rule of law.
          UFC 236: What's new is also old for Israel Adesanya      Comment   Translate Page      
It's his first title fight but Israel Adesanya has seen it all before.
          Iranians rally against US move against paramilitary force      Comment   Translate Page      

Iranians rally against US move against paramilitary forceTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Burning American and Israeli flags, Iranians rallied after Friday prayers against the U.S.'s decision to designate the country's powerful Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization.



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The Saracens number eight was booed during the game following his support for Israel Folau who has posted homophobic comments on social media.
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          Israel’s Lieberman Urges Netanyahu to Amplify Brutal Gaza Policy      Comment   Translate Page      
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          News Analysis: Netanyahu’s Victory to Witness More Confrontation with Palestinians, Possible War Against Lebanon      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Egypt Pulls Out of Anti-Iran Alliance (Arab NATO) Envisioned by US, Allies      Comment   Translate Page      
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          With All Israelis IDF Veterans, Public Apathy Over Israeli War Machine is Near Universal      Comment   Translate Page      
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          British BDS promoter jailed for 6 months for drunken racist rant on Air India flight      Comment   Translate Page      
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          If South Korea Wants a Cold War with Japan, Trump Won’t Stop It      Comment   Translate Page      
If South Korea Wants a Cold War with Japan, Trump Won’t Stop It



shutterstock_1042795348This is a re-post of an essay I wrote a few weeks ago for the Lowy Institute. I am also happy to say that I was translated into Japanese, here.

So everyone knows that South Korea and Japan are having another spat – this time over compensation of Korean forced labor during the Imperial period. Korean courts have opened the door for lawsuits, while Japan continues to insist that all such claims were resolved at the time of normalization treaty. Korean officials I’ve talked with tell me that there is nothing the government can do. This is coming from the courts. I find that highly unlikely given the extreme presidentialization of the South Korean constitutional order and regular POTROK flouting of checks-and-balances.

But my concern here is that the  South Korean push on Japan on yet another issue will not lead to pushback. Trump doesn’t care about this stuff. He’s racist, dislikes allies, and gets most animated when telling them to pay more. SK conservatives, who have traditionally slowed the march to a precipice with Japan, are out of power. And Abe is burned out on this issue (‘Korea fatigue’).

So if the South Korean left genuinely wants a breach with Japan, and a slide into a cold war over Dokdo/Takeshima, Sea of Japan/East Sea, comfort women, labor reparations, and so on, then they’ll get it this time. This is very worrisome, but also a ‘useful’ social science natural experiment moment: we will learn just how far the South Korean left is willing to go on Japan, because the traditional brakes are not there this time.

The full essay follows the jump…

 

 

Relations between South Korea and Japan are spiraling downwardagain. This is a depressingly regular event. Every few years, these neighbors slide into a serious spat, driven usually by disputes over historical interpretation – the record of Japan’s colonialism in Korea from 1910 to 1945 – or territory – Dokdo to Korea, Takeshima to Japan, and the Liancourt Rocks to the rest of us. It often gets pretty nasty pretty fast, as this one is becoming too.

The commentary on this topic has been enormous (start here). Western analysts particularly tend to be flummoxed that South Korea exerts so much effort on this question, despite living flush against three dictatorships (North Korea, China, and Russia). Much international relations theory – balance of threat realism and democratic peace theory particularly – suggest that these two states should cooperate far more. But the South Koreans are simply not interested: anti-Japanism is a core nationalist narrative here. Japan has increasingly responded in kind.

There is no need to go over all these details again (my own thinking is here). This time the fight is over wartime compensation for Korean forced labor in wartime Japan (here is the movie version which pretty well captures the South Korean national attitude on this issue). The Korean side is now threatening to even expropriate Japanese corporate assets in South Korea to pay these claims.

The morality of this South Korean claim is arguable, but suffice to say that Japan will not accept these claims. It is threatening to respond, starting with tariffs on Korean products and restricting market access, and likely threatening to block any later South Korean accession to the CPTPP.

My concern here however is the lack of the usual brakes on these spirals, specifically the American administration and South Korean conservatives.

Trump Won’t Bother

 

The primary brake on these disputes has traditionally been the Americans. Indeed, the Americans have often been the informal umpire of this dispute, particularly for the South Korean side. South Koreans and Korean-Americans have made a concerted effort to ‘win’ American opinion to their cause on Japan by erecting comfort women statues in the United States, lobbying to change the name of the Sea of Japan to the East Sea in US textbooks and maps, and bringing the issue up directly in bilateral talks with the Americans. Many South Koreans over the years here have told me that the US should push Japan much harder on these questions.

The Japanese initially sought to ignore this, but the South Korean effort has been successful enough, that Japan now routinely protest these changes.

The American government’s position is officially neutrality, but increasingly that is difficult. The US has been forced to intervene repeatedly. President Barack Obama explicitly met with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bridge a split three years ago. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi asked current South Korean President Moon Jae-In this year on his visit to Washington to avoid breach with Japan.

But with Donald Trump now in the presidency, it is unclear if he is willing to do the same. Trump is famously disdainful of US allies. His primary interest in Japan has been trade tariffs, car imports, and getting nominated for a Nobel Prize. His primary interest in South Korea has been demanding increased payment for US security guarantees. He has been burned in dealing Korea to date over the Northern nuclear program. Trump is also a racist. It is unlikely that he cares much if America’s Asian allies tear each other.

South Korea’s Conservatives are Out of Power

 

The other traditional constraint on deterioration is the presence of conservatives and national security hawks in South Korea’s government. The South Korean right has long shared a basic hawkish alignment preference for the US and Japan, in opposition to North Korea, the Soviet Union in the past, and China today.

In a curious reversal of traditional left-right political patterns, the South Korean right is the ‘internationalist’ bloc, while the South Korean left is the nationalist one. It is the South Korean left, for example, which has emphasized the common ‘Koreanness’ between North and South Korea and has sought various breakthroughs with Pyongyang over the decades. Conversely, it is the South Korean right which has emphasized an international ideological alignment of South Korea with other liberal, democratic and anti-communist states, most obviously the US and Japan.

It must also be said that many South Korean conservatives are descended from the founder fathers of South Korea, many of whom were collaborators with the Japanese empire. This remains a thorny issue of nationalist contention in South Korea.

Whatever the background issues, the point is that the South Korean right has often tried to maintain a basic working relationship with Japan and avoid an open breach over divisive, highly politicized historical issues. Former President Park, for example, sought to put to rest the comfort women dispute with a deal several years ago.

The South Korean left rejects this outreach and emphasizes, often with great militancy, Japan’s need to apologize continuously. The current leftist president has abandoned Park’s comfort women deal and has made no effort to head off the emerging legal battle of reparatory confiscations of Japanese corporate assets. The South Korean right has been left carping on the sidelines.

Thomas Friedman has long argued that US ties allow centrists in the Middle East to defeat their maximalists by insisting that Washington ties their hands. I believe the same is the case in South Korea and Japan. Maximalists on both sides – often NGOs and ‘citizens groups’ – would drive the relationship to the brink, but US pressure, often behind the scenes, acted as a critical brake. Centrist elites who lacked the courage to directly challenge maximalists could blame their restraint on the Americans.

This no longer operates and is particularly relevant for South Korea, as the forced labor compensation issue here is driving the current downswing. If this drive in South Korea picks up national momentum, the Moon government may not be able to stop it. Indeed, the Moon government may not want to, and Trump likely does not care enough to bother to intervene. We could be racing toward a real cliff here.

Japanese colleagues and friends have long asked me if the South Koreans actually want a breach, a genuinely competitive or cold war-like relationship with Japan. I have always thought that was not the case, and I still believe a majority of South Koreans want a better relationship – but they fear saying this publicly given intense nationalist emotions on this question. We may now found out just how far South Korea is willing to go. Its president is publicly aggressive on Japanese historical issues; a new historical issue – wartime labor – has just arisen and is sliding quickly into the standard nationalist framing of relations with Japan; the Japanese prime minister is a conservative exhausted with the Korea question; and the Trump administration is checked out on this issue. Yikes.


Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
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          Documentos do Wikileaks mostram que os Estados Unidos destruiu uma "BASE ALIENÍGENA" na Lua      Comment   Translate Page      
O pesquisador Ufo Scott Waring estava consultando documentos do Wikileaks e encontrou informações importantes, relacionadas a uma base secreta na Lua que os Estados Unidos destruiu no final da década de 1970. O documento não especifica como foi a dinâmica do ataque e destruição da base alienígena, também porque o documento completo foi escrito à mão e nunca foi relatado em formato digital.


Como os Estados Unidos destruiu uma base alienígena na Lua da Terra sem que ninguém suspeitasse disso? Aqui está o que Scott disse em seu site ufosightingsdaily:

"Lembre-se das missões Apollo? Bem, eu presumi que havia mais de 20 missões na Lua, no entanto a NASA parou de repente na Apollo 17, para que pudessem realizar algumas missões secretas envolvendo recuperação de tecnologia alienígena e reconhecimento de estruturas e naves extraterrestres, para detectar possíveis ameaças na América
Eu conheci um homem chamado William Rutledge em 2011 no Youtube, quando ele enviou meia dúzia de vídeos da missão Apollo 20 em que ele participou da descrição. Foi uma missão compartilhada entre os Estados Unidos e a Rússia na Lua, perto da Cratera Delporte. William e o outro astronauta registraram suas atividades na lua no filme, incluindo a exploração de uma nave alienígena de 3 km de comprimento localizado na cratera Delporte.
Foto real da base alienígena que foi destruída 
(imagem de crédito do astronauta Apollo 20 William Rutledge)

A espaçonave tinha um buraco ou corte no lado e no interior, durante uma exploração, eles encontraram tubos de vidro ao longo das paredes com pequenos esqueletos bípedes (poucos centímetros de altura) dentro dos tubos. Eles também encontraram uma piloto feminina com mangueiras presas ao nariz e ela estava em estado de coma e parecia estar fisicamente e mentalmente conectada a nave. Ela nunca acordou, mas foi trazida de volta à Terra. Ele também gravou uma bela cidade alienígena danificada na lua. Eu acredito que esta é a base alienígena que foi destruída pelos Estados Unidos.
Por que a América destruiria a base alienígena? Para mantê-lo longe das mãos de outros países do mundo? Imagine o que aconteceria se Israel enviasse uma sonda para a lua e encontrasse a base, alegando publicamente que todo o seu conteúdo era de propriedade de Israel. De repente, isso faria de Israel uma potência mundial. A América não quer perder este título nem quer lidar com a concorrência de outros países. Por isso, não faz nada além de destruir cidades alienígenas, assumir a tecnologia para voar para mundos e explorar o universo. Embora os Estados Unidos compartilhassem as missões Apollo com ações de encobrimento até mesmo com a Rússia na época.

Aparentemente, William Rutledge nunca se curvou às ordens da NASA, destruindo a base alienígena na lua que ele havia registrado. Isso teria quebrado o coração dele. William era um homem velho e me disse que alguns dos filmes foram convertidos em vídeos digitais para que pudessem ser compartilhados antes de morrer. Ele era velho e queria tirar esse segredo do peito. Abaixo, vou inserir alguns de seus vídeos para explorar, mas tenha cuidado, o canal dele foi atacado pela NSA / CIA e eles deletaram todos, menos um de seus vídeos. Ele ficou com medo e deixou o Youtube para nunca mais voltar. É passado para o nome Youtube RetiredAFB e ainda pode ser encontrado lá. Mas ele desapareceu recentemente por causa de sua velhice. Ele provavelmente morreu agora em seu país natal, em Ruanda.
Os vídeos abaixo foram dados a mim por William Rutledge. Eles são 100% autênticos. Depois que ele me contou sobre a nave em forma de charuto na cratera da Delporte, comecei a procurar por fotos da cratera. Demorou duas semanas, mas no final eu encontrei e a foto confirma a história de Williams. O charuto UFO está na cratera do Delporte. Eu compartilhei as fotos com ele e ele ficou surpreso com o que eu encontrei e me agradeceu por acreditar nele. Ele ficou surpreso que a Nasa tenha lançado acidentalmente essas fotos com a nave de 3 quilômetros explorado no interior. Claramente eles eram altamente secretos e não tinham a intenção de serem divulgados ao público.

Aqui estão os links da NASA que encontrei como evidência:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS15-P-9630 

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS15-P-9625 

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Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1045
Proper of Seasons: 416
Psalter: Sunday, Week II, 1213

Office of Readings for Passion Sunday in the Holy Week

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

HYMN

Sing with all the sons of glory,
Sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth's dark story,
To the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking,
Soon the storms of time shall cease;
In God's likeness, man awaking,
Knows the everlasting peace.

O what glory, far exceeding
All that eye has yet perceived!
Holiest hearts for ages pleading,
Never that full joy conceived.
God has promised, Christ prepares it,
There on high our welcome waits;
Every humble spirit shares it,
Christ has passed th'eternal gates.

Life eternal! heav'n rejoices:
Jesus lives who once was dead;
Join, O man, the deathless voices;
Child of God, lift up thy head!
Patriarchs from the distant ages,
Saints all longing for their heaven.
Prophets, psalmists, seers, and sages,
All await the glory given.

Life eternal! O what wonders
Crowd on faith; what joy unknown,
When, amidst earth's closing thunders,
Saints shall stand before the throne!
O to enter that bright portal,
See that glowing firmament,
Know, with thee, O God immortal,
"Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent!"

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Lord, our God, in splendor and majesty you are clothed, wrapped in light as in a robe.

Psalm 104
Hymn to God the Creator

To be in Christ means being a completely new creature. Everything of the old is gone, now everything is made anew (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I

Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
clothed in majesty and glory,
wrapped in light as in a robe!

You stretch out the heavens like a tent.
Above the rains you build your dwelling.
You make the clouds your chariot,
and walk on the wings of the wind;
you make the winds your messengers
and flashing fire your servants.

You founded the earth on its base,
to stand firm from age to age.
You wrapped it with the ocean like a cloak:
the waters stood higher than the mountains.

At your threat they took to flight;
at the voice of your thunder they fled.
They rose over the mountains and flowed down
to the place which you had appointed.
You set the limits they might not pass
lest they return to cover the earth.

You make springs gush forth in the valleys:
they flow in between the hills.
They give drink to all the beasts of the field;
the wild-asses quench their thirst.
On their banks dwell the birds of heaven;
from the branches they sing their song.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Lord, our God, in splendor and majesty you are clothed, wrapped in light as in a robe.

Ant. 2 The Lord has brought forth bread from the earth, and wine to give warmth to men’s hearts.

II

From your dwelling you water the hills;
earth drinks its fill of your gift.
You make the grass grow for the cattle
and the plants to serve man’s needs,

that he may bring forth bread from the earth
and wine to cheer man’s heart;
oil, to make him glad
and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

The trees of the Lord drink their fill,
the cedars he planted on Lebanon;
there the birds build their nests:
on the tree-top the stork has her home.
The goats find a home on the mountains
and rabbits hide in the rocks.

You made the moon to mark the months;
the sun knows the time for its setting.
When you spread the darkness it is night
and all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
The young lions roar for their prey
and ask their food from God.

At the rising of the sun they steal away
and go to rest in their dens.
Man goes forth to his work,
to labor till evening falls.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The Lord has brought forth bread from the earth, and wine to give warmth to men’s hearts.

Ant. 3 The Lord looked upon all he had made and saw that it was very good.

III

How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your riches.

There is the sea, vast and wide,
with its moving swarms past counting,
living things great and small.
The ships are moving there
and the monsters you made to play with.

All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.
You give it, they gather it up:
you open your hand, they have their fill.

You hide your face, they are dismayed;
you take back your spirit, they die,
returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the Lord last forever!
May the Lord rejoice in his works!
He looks on the earth and it trembles;
the mountains send forth smoke at his touch.

I will sing to the Lord all my life,
make music to my God while I live.
May my thoughts be pleasing to him.
I find my joy in the Lord.
Let sinners vanish from the earth
and the wicked exist no more.

Bless the Lord, my soul.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Father, as you made springs in valleys to form streams between mountains, so you made living streams of grace flow from the Apostles that their teaching may bring salvation to all the nations. May we have a practical knowledge of their doctrine, be obedient to their commands, obtain remission of our sins through their prayers, and finally receive the reward of eternal happiness.

Ant. The Lord looked upon all he had made and saw that it was very good.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

When I am lifted up from the earth.
I will draw all people to myself.

READINGS

First reading
From the letter to the Hebrews
10:1-18
We are sanctified through the offering of Christ

Since the law had only a shadow of the good things to come, and no real image of them, it was never able to perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices offered continually year after year. Were matters otherwise, the priests would have stopped offering them, for the worshipers, once cleansed, would have had no sin on their conscience. But through those sacrifices there came only a yearly recalling of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take sins away. Wherefore, on coming into the world, Jesus said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you have prepared for me;
Holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight in.
Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the book,
I have come to do your will, O God.’”

First he says,
“Sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.”
(These are offered according to the prescriptions of the law.) Then he says,
“I have come to do your will.”

In other words, he takes away the first covenant to establish the second.
By this “will,” we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every other priest stands ministering day by day, and offering again and again those same sacrifices which can never take away sins. But Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are placed beneath his feet. By one offering he has forever perfected those who are being sanctified. The Holy Spirit attests this to us, for after saying,

“This is the covenant I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts
and I will write them on their minds,”
he also says,

“Their sins and their transgressions
I will remember no more.”
Once these have been forgiven, there is no further offering for sin.

RESPONSORY Hebrews 10:5, 6, 7, 4 (Psalm 40:7-8)

Sacrifice and offerings you did not desire, but you prepared a body for me. Burnt offerings for sin could not please you. So I said:
Here I am, Lord God, I come to do your will.

The blood of bulls and goats could never take away sins. When Christ came into the world he said:
Here I am, Lord God, I come to do your will.

Second reading
From a sermon by Saint Andrew of Crete, bishop
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel

Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we are told in Scripture, above every sovereignty, authority and power, and every other name that can be named, now comes of his own free will to make his journey to Jerusalem. He comes without pomp or ostentation. As the psalmist says: He will not dispute or raise his voice to make it heard in the streets. He will be meek and humble, and he will make his entry in simplicity.

Let us run to accompany him as he hastens toward his passion, and imitate those who met him then, not by covering his path with garments, olive branches or palms, but by doing all we can to prostrate ourselves before him by being humble and by trying to live as he would wish. Then we shall be able to receive the Word at his coming, and God, whom no limits can contain, will be within us.

In his humility Christ entered the dark regions of our fallen world and he is glad that he became so humble for our sake, glad that he came and lived among us and shared in our nature in order to raise us up again to himself. And even though we are told that he has now ascended above the highest heavens—the proof, surely, of his power and godhead—his love for man will never rest until he has raised our earthbound nature from glory to glory, and made it one with his own in heaven.

So let us spread before his feet, not garments or soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither, but ourselves, clothed in his grace, or rather, clothed completely in him. We who have been baptized into Christ must ourselves be the garments that we spread before him. Now that the crimson stains of our sins have been washed away in the saving waters of baptism and we have become white as pure wool, let us present the conqueror of death, not with mere branches of palms but with the real rewards of his victory. Let our souls take the place of the welcoming branches as we join today in the children’s holy song: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel.

RESPONSORY John 12:12, 13; Matthew 21:8, 9

When the people heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem, they went out to meet him. Many spread their cloaks before him, while others took branches from the trees, as they cried aloud:
Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

The crowd that went ahead of him, and the crowd that followed after cried out:
Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Almighty ever-living God,
who as an example of humility
for the human race to follow,
caused our savior to take flesh
and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that
we may heed his lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1049
Proper of Seasons: 420
Psalter: Sunday, Week II, 1218

Christian Prayer:
Ordinary: 689
Proper of Seasons: 388
Psalter: Sunday, Week II, 781

Morning Prayer for Passion Sunday in the Holy Week

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

HYMN

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;
the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide:
when other helpers fail and comforts flee,
help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O God the changeless one, abide with me.

I need your presence every passing hour;
what but your grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like yourself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with you at hand to bless;
ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's dark sting? where, grave, your victory?
I triumph still, if you abide with me.

Hold thou your cross before my closing eyes;
shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 The great crowd that had gathered for the feast cried out to the Lord: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Psalm 118
Song of joy for salvation

This Jesus is the stone which, rejected by you builders, has become the chief stone supporting all the rest (Acts 4:11).

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love endures for ever.

Let the sons of Israel say:
“His love endures for ever.”
Let the sons of Aaron say:
“His love endures for ever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say:
“His love endures for ever.”

I called to the Lord in my distress;
he answered and freed me.
The Lord is at my side; I do not fear.
What can man do against me?
The Lord is at my side as my helper:
I shall look down on my foes.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in men:
it is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

The nations all encompassed me;
in the Lord’s name I crushed them.
They compassed me, compassed me about;
in the Lord’s name I crushed them.
They compassed me about like bees;
they blazed like a fire among thorns.
In the Lord’s name I crushed them.

I was hard-pressed and was falling
but the Lord came to help me.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he is my savior.
There are shouts of joy and victory
in the tents of the just.

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
his right hand raised me up.
The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
I shall not die, I shall live
and recount his deeds.
I was punished, I was punished by the Lord,
but not doomed to die.

Open to me the gates of holiness:
I will enter and give thanks.
This is the Lord’s own gate
where the just may enter.
I will thank you for you have answered
and you are my savior.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord;
we rejoice and are glad.

O Lord, grant us salvation;
O Lord, grant success.
Blessed in the name of the Lord
is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;
the Lord God is our light.

Go forward in procession with branches
even to the altar.
You are my God, I thank you.
My God, I praise you.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good;
for his love endures for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord God, you have given us the great day of rejoicing: Jesus Christ, the stone rejected by the builders, has become the cornerstone of the Church, our spiritual home. Shed upon your Church the rays of your glory, that it may be seen as the gate of salvation open to all nations. Let cries of joy and exultation ring out from its tents, to celebrate the wonder of Christ’s resurrection.

Ant. The great crowd that had gathered for the feast cried out to the Lord: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Ant. 2 God grant that with the angels and the children we may be faithful, and sing with them to the conqueror of death: Hosanna in the highest.

Canticle – Daniel 3:52-57
Let all creatures praise the Lord

The Creator… is blessed for ever (Romans 1:25).

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.

Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.

Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

Blessed are you who look into the depths
from your throne upon the cherubim,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,
praiseworthy and glorious forever.

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.

Ant. God grant that with the angels and the children we may be faithful, and sing with them to the conqueror of death: Hosanna in the highest.

Ant. 3 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

Psalm 150
Praise the Lord

Let mind and heart be in your song: this is to glorify God with your whole self (Hesychius).

Praise God in his holy place,
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his powerful deeds,
praise his surpassing greatness.

O praise him with sound of trumpet,
praise him with lute and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipes.

O praise him with resounding cymbals,
praise him with clashing of cymbals.
Let everything that lives and that breathes
give praise to the Lord.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord God, maker of heaven and earth and of all created things, you make your just ones holy and you justify sinners who confess your name. Hear us as we humbly pray to you: give us eternal joy with your saints.

Ant. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

READING Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,
shout for joy, O daughter, Jerusalem!
See, your king shall come to you;
a just savior is he,
Meek, and riding on an ass,
on a colt, the foal of an ass.

Sacred Silence(indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

RESPONSORY

By your own blood, Lord, you brought us back to God.
By your own blood, Lord, you brought us back to God.

From every tribe, and tongue, and people and nation,
you brought us back to God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
By your own blood, Lord, you brought us back to God.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. With palms let us welcome the Lord as he comes, with songs and hymns let us run to meet him, as we offer him our joyful worship and sing: Blessed be the Lord!

Luke 1:68 – 79
The Messiah and his forerunner

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. With palms let us welcome the Lord as he comes, with songs and hymns let us run to meet him, as we offer him our joyful worship and sing: Blessed be the Lord!

INTERCESSIONS

As Christ entered Jerusalem he was greeted as King and Messiah. Let us adore him, and joyfully praise him:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna to you, Son of David, King of the ages,
hosanna to you, victor over death and the powers of darkness.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into your glory,
lead your Church into the paschal feast of heaven.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

You made your cross the tree of life,
grant its fruit to those reborn in baptism.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Savior of mankind, you came to save sinners,
bring into your kingdom all who have faith, hope and love.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer

Almighty ever-living God,
who as an example of humility
for the human race to follow,
caused our savior to take flesh
and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that
we may heed his lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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          Apr 14, Midmorning Prayer for Sunday of the 6th week of Lent      Comment   Translate Page      

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1054
Complementary Psalmody: 1651 (Midmorning)
Proper of Seasons: 425 (antiphon, reading, concluding prayer)

Midmorning Prayer for Passion Sunday in the Holy Week, using the Complementary Psalmody

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

HYMN

1. God Father, praise and glory
Your children come to sing.
Goodwill and peace to mankind.
The gifts your kingdom brings.

Refrain:
O most Holy Trinity.
Undivided Unity;
Holy God, Mighty God.
God Immortal, be adored.

2. And you, Lord Coeternal,
God's sole begotten Son;
O Jesus. King anointed.
You have redemption won.

Refrain:
O most Holy Trinity.
Undivided Unity;
Holy God, Mighty God.
God Immortal, be adored.

3. O Holy Ghost, Creator
The Gift of God most high;
Life, love and holy wisdom,
Our weakness now supply.

Refrain:
O most Holy Trinity.
Undivided Unity;
Holy God, Mighty God.
God Immortal, be adored.

𝄞"God Father, Praise and Glory" by Rebecca Hincke • Title: God Father, Praise and Glory; Text: anon; Translator: John Rothensteiner, 1936, alt.; Melody: Gott Vater! Sel Gepriesen; Music: Mains Gesangbuch, 183; Artist: Rebecca Hincke; (c) 2016 Surgeworks, Inc. • Albums that contain this Hymn: Divine Office

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Before the feast of the Passover Jesus knew that his hour had come; he had always loved those who were his own, and now he would show them the depth of his love.

Psalm 120
Longing for peace

To the Lord in the hour of my distress
I call and he answers me.
“O Lord, save my soul from lying lips,
from the tongue of the deceitful.”

What shall he pay you in return,
O treacherous tongue?
The warrior’s arrows sharpened
and coals, red-hot, blazing.

Alas, that I abide a stranger in Meshech,
dwell among the tents of Kedar!

Long enough have I been dwelling
with those who hate peace.
I am for peace, but when I speak,
they are for fighting.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 121
Guardian of his people

Never again will they hunger and thirst, never again know scorching heat (Revelation 7:16)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.

The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.

The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 122
The holy city, Jerusalem

You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22)

I rejoiced when I heard them say:
Let us go to God’s house.
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built as a city
strongly compact.
It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord.

For Israel’s law it is,
there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgment
of the house of David.

For the peace of Jerusalem pray:
“Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls,
in your palaces, peace!”

For love of my brethren and friends
I say: Peace upon you.
For love of the house of the Lord
I will ask for your good.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Before the feast of the Passover Jesus knew that his hour had come; he had always loved those who were his own, and now he would show them the depth of his love.

READING 2 Corinthians 4:10-12

Continually we carry about in our bodies the dying of Jesus, so that in our bodies the life of Jesus may also be revealed. While we live we are constantly being delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal flesh. Death is at work in us, but life in you.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

He freely gave himself up in sacrifice.
He said no word in his own defense.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Almighty ever-living God,
who as an example of humility
for the human race to follow,
caused our savior to take flesh
and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that
we may heed his lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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          Apr 14, Midday Prayer for Sunday of the 6th week of Lent      Comment   Translate Page      

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1054
Proper of Seasons: 425 (Midday)
Psalter: Sunday, Week II, 1225

Midday Prayer for Passion Sunday in the Holy Week, using the Current Psalmody

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

HYMN

O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

𝄞"How Great Thou Art" by Melinda Kirigin-Voss • • Title: How Great Thou Art; "O Store Gud" by Carl Boberg (1859-1940); Translation: Stuart K. Hine in 1899; Tune: Old Swedish meody; Artist: Melinda Kirigin-Voss; Copyright Melinda Kirigin-Voss; Used with permission.

PSALMODY

Ant. I know my own sheep, and my own know me, as the Father knows me and as I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Psalm 23
The Good Shepherd

The Lamb himself will be their shepherd and will lead them to the springs of living waters (Revelation 7:17).

The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.

He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort.

You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing.

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, shepherd of your Church, you give us new birth in the waters of baptism, anoint us with saving oil, and call us to salvation at your table. Dispel the terrors of death and the darkness of error. Lead your people along safe paths, that they may rest securely in you and live for ever in your Father’s house.

Psalm 76
Thanksgiving for victory

They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven (Matthew 24:30).

I

God is made known in Judah;
in Israel his name is great.
He set up his tent in Jerusalem
and his dwelling place in Zion.
It was there he broke the flashing arrows,
the shield, the sword, the armor.

You, O Lord, are resplendent,
more majestic than the everlasting mountains.
The warriors, despoiled, slept in death;
the hands of the soldiers were powerless.
At your threat, O God of Jacob,
horse and rider lay stunned.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

II

You, you alone, strike terror.
Who shall stand when your anger is roused?
You uttered your sentence from the heavens;
the earth in terror was still
when God arose to judge,
to save the humble of the earth.

Men’s anger will serve to praise you;
its survivors surround you in joy.
Make vows to your God and fulfill them.
Let all pay tribute to him who strikes terror,
who cuts short the life of princes,
who strikes terror in the kings of the earth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Your power is awesome, Father, and wonderful is your holiness. In your presence the earth both trembles and stands still, for you shattered death’s power by the cross. Rise to help your people: give your light, and grant salvation to the meek of the earth, that they may praise your name in heaven.

Ant. I know my own sheep, and my own know me, as the Father knows me and as I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

READING 1 Peter 4:13-14

Rejoice in the measure that you share Christ’s sufferings. When his glory is revealed, you will rejoice exultantly. Happy are you when you are insulted for the sake of Christ, for then God’s Spirit in its glory has come to rest on you.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

Ours were the sufferings he bore.
Ours the weight of guilt he endured.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Almighty ever-living God,
who as an example of humility
for the human race to follow
caused our savior to take flesh
and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that
we may heed his lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2019 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

          Apr 14, Midafternoon Prayer for Sunday of the 6th week of Lent      Comment   Translate Page      

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1054
Complementary Psalmody: 1655 (Midafternoon)
Proper of Seasons: 425 (antiphon, reading, concluding prayer)

Midafternoon Prayer for Passion Sunday in the Holy Week, using Complementary Psalmody

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

HYMN

See, here I am.
See, here I am.
See, here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

See, here I am.
See, here I am.
See, here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

See, here I am.
See, here I am.
See, here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

See, here I am.
See, here I am.
See, here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

Your will be done, your will be done.
I come to do Your will.

𝄞"See, Here I Am" by Briege O'Hare And Marie Cox • Available on iTunes • Title: See, Here I Am; Composed and arranged by: Briege O'Hare, OSC; Sung by: Marie Cox,RSM; (c) 1966 Briege O'Hare; Used by permission • Albums that contain this Hymn: Lord, Teach Us To Pray

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 For to me life is Christ and death is gain. I glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 126
Joyful hope in God

Companions with him in suffering, you will share his over-flowing happiness (2 Corinthians 1:7).

When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,
it seemed like a dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
on our lips there were songs.

The heathens themselves said: “What marvels
the Lord worked for them!”
What marvels the Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad.

Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage
as streams in dry land.
Those who are sowing in tears
will sing when they reap.

They go out, they go out, full of tears,
carrying seed for the sowing:
they come back, they come back, full of song,
carrying their sheaves

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 127
Apart from God our labors are worthless

You are God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:9)

If the Lord does not build the house,
in vain do its builders labor;
if the Lord does not watch over the city,
in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

In vain is your earlier rising,
your going later to rest,
you who toil for the bread you eat,
when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.

Truly sons are a gift from the Lord,
a blessing, the fruit of the womb.
Indeed the sons of youth
are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

O the happiness of the man
who has filled his quiver with these arrows!
He will have no cause for shame
when he disputes with his foes in the gateways.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 128
Happiness of family life rooted in God

“May the Lord bless you from Zion,” that is, from the Church (Arnobius).

O blessed are those who fear the Lord
and walk in his ways!

By the labor of your hands you shall eat.
You will be happy and prosper;
your wife like a fruitful vine
in the heart of your house;
Your children like shoots of the olive,
around your table.

Indeed thus shall be blessed
the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion
all the days of your life!
May you see your children’s children
in a happy Jerusalem!

On Israel, peace!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. For to me life is Christ and death is gain. I glory in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.

READING 1 Peter 5:10-11

The God of all grace, who called you to his everlasting glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish those who have suffered a little while. Dominion be his throughout the ages! Amen.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

Let us venerate the cross.
Through it we have received the sacrament of salvation.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Almighty ever-living God,
who as an example of humility
for the human race to follow
caused our savior to take flesh
and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that
we may heed his lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2019 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

          Apr 14, Evening Prayer for Sunday of the 6th week of Lent      Comment   Translate Page      

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1064
Proper of Seasons: 426
Psalter: Sunday, Week II, 1228

Christian Prayer:
Ordinary: 694
Proper of Seasons: 390
Psalter: Sunday, Week II, 787

Evening Prayer II for Passion Sunday in the Holy Week

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

HYMN

God of mercy God of grace
Hear our sad, repentant songs.
O restore Thy suppliant race,
Thou to whom our praise belongs!

Deep regret for follies past,
Talents wasted, time misspent;
Hearts debased by worldly cares,
Thankless for the blessings lent:

Foolish fears and fond desires,
Vain regrets for things as vain:
Lips too seldom taught to praise,
Oft to murmur and complain;

These, and every secret fault,
Filled with grief and shame, we own.
Humbled at Thy feet we lie,
Seeking pardon from Thy throne.

𝄞"God of Mercy God of Grace" by Rebecca Hincke • Title: God of Mercy God of Grace; Text: John Taylor; Artist: Rebecca Hincke; (c) 2017 Surgeworks, Inc.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Christ was scourged and treated with contempt, but God’s right hand has raised him up.

Psalm 110:1-5, 7
The Messiah, king and priest

Christ’s reign will last until all his enemies are made subject to him (1 Corinthians 15:25).

The Lord’s revelation to my Master:
“Sit on my right:
your foes I will put beneath your feet.”

The Lord will wield from Zion
your scepter of power:
rule in the midst of all your foes.

A prince from the day of your birth
on the holy mountains;
from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
“You are a priest for ever,
a priest like Melchizedek of old.”

The Master standing at your right hand
will shatter kings in the day of his wrath.

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside
and therefore he shall lift up his head.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Almighty God, bring the kingdom of Christ, your anointed one, to its fullness. May the perfect offering of your Son, eternal priest of the new Jerusalem, be offered in every place to your name, and make all nations a holy people for you.

Ant. Christ was scourged and treated with contempt, but God’s right hand has raised him up.

Ant. 2 The blood of Christ washes away our sins and makes us worthy to serve the living God.

Psalm 115
Praise of the true God

You have renounced idol worship to serve the living and true God (1 Thessalonians 1:9).

Not to us, Lord, not to us,
but to your name give the glory
for the sake of your love and your truth,
lest the heathen say: “Where is their God?”

But our God is in the heavens;
he does whatever he wills.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.

They have mouths but they cannot speak;
they have eyes but they cannot see;
they have ears but they cannot hear;
they have nostrils but they cannot smell.

With their hands they cannot feel;
with their feet they cannot walk.
No sound comes from their throats.
Their makers will come to be like them
and so will all who trust in them.

Sons of Israel, trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield.
Sons of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield.

You who fear him, trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield.
He remembers us, and he will bless us;
he will bless the sons of Israel.
He will bless the sons of Aaron.

The Lord will bless those who fear him,
the little no less than the great:
to you may the Lord grant increase,
to you and all your children.

May you be blessed by the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
The heavens belong to the Lord
but the earth he has given to men.

The dead shall not praise the Lord,
nor those who go down into the silence.
But we who live bless the Lord
now and for ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Father, creator and ruler of heaven and earth, you made man in your likeness to subdue the earth and master it, and to recognize the work of your hands in created beauty. Grant that your children, thus surrounded on all sides by signs of your presence, may live continually in Christ, praising you through him and with him.

Ant. The blood of Christ washes away our sins and makes us worthy to serve the living God.

Ant. 3 Christ bore our sins in his own body on the cross so that we might die to sin and be alive to all that is good.

Canticle – 1 Peter 2:21-24
The willing acceptance of his passion by Christ, the servant of God

Christ suffered for you,
and left you an example
to have you follow in his footsteps.

He did no wrong;
no deceit was found in his mouth.
When he was insulted,
he returned no insult.

When he was made to suffer,
he did not counter with threats.
Instead he delivered himself up
to the One who judges justly.

In his own body
he brought your sins to the cross,
so that all of us, dead to sin,
could live in accord with God’s will.
By his wounds you were healed.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Christ bore our sins in his own body on the cross so that we might die to sin and be alive to all that is good.

READING Acts 13:26-30

My brothers, it was to us that this message of salvation was sent forth. The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their rulers failed to recognize him, and in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets which we read Sabbath after Sabbath. Even though they found no charge against him which deserved death, they begged Pilate to have him executed. Once they had thus brought about all that had been written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. Yet God raised him from the dead.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

RESPONSORY

We worship you, O Christ, and we praise you.
We worship you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your cross you have redeemed the world.
We praise you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
We worship you, O Christ, and we praise you.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. It is written: I will strike the shepherd and his flock shall be scattered. But when I have risen, I will go before you into Galilee. There you shall see me, says the Lord.

Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. It is written: I will strike the shepherd and his flock shall be scattered. But when I have risen, I will go before you into Galilee. There you shall see me, says the Lord.

INTERCESSIONS

The Savior of mankind by dying destroyed death and by rising again restored life. Let us humbly ask him:
Sanctify your people, redeemed by your blood.

Redeemer of the world, give us a greater share of your passion through a deeper spirit of repentance,
so that we may share the glory of your resurrection.
Sanctify your people, redeemed by your blood.

May your Mother, comfort of the afflicted, protect us,
may we console others as you console us.
Sanctify your people, redeemed by your blood.

Look with love on those who suffer because of our indifference,
come to their aid, and turn our uncaring hearts to works of justice and charity.
Sanctify your people, redeemed by your blood.

You humbled yourself by being obedient even to accepting death, death on a cross,
give all who serve you the gifts of obedience and patient endurance.
Sanctify your people, redeemed by your blood.

Transform the bodies of the dead to be like your own in glory,
and bring us at last into their fellowship.
Sanctify your people, redeemed by your blood.

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer

Almighty ever-living God,
who as an example of humility
for the human race to follow,
caused our savior to take flesh
and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that
we may heed his lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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          RFU must tackle Billy Vunipola, and homophobia in the game, head on      Comment   Translate Page      

Union trumpets its commitment to inclusion and diversity and now is the time to marry action with slogans in dealing with England player

“You don’t want to mess around with that stuff as you open yourself up to ridicule. I just don’t want that stuff coming back to me, I’ll stay out of it.” It is now astonishing to think those are the words of Billy Vunipola explaining his self-imposed social media ban only a month ago. Whatever compelled him to end it, there is far more than ridicule now heading his way.

Quite what Vunipola thought he was achieving by offering his public support to Australia’s Israel Folau, who had claimed that “hell awaits” homosexuals, is not clear but one by one on Friday the statements of disapproval arrived. The Rugby Football Union came first, then Saracens, the players’ union, Premiership Rugby and Channel 4, which wasted no time in dropping Vunipola as one of the faces of its rugby coverage.

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Разве речь идет о мире?

Это интервью наделало много шума в Израиле в 2012 году, ставлю сюда не с целью какой бы то ни было пропаганды, а специально для ликвидации исторической и политической безграмотности пользователей под никами a17s76 и murrzik. Надеюсь что этот материал так же будет откровением для всех "диванных экспертов", которые убеждены, что знают всё про арабо — израильский конфликт.

Моше Шарон — арабист, профессор кафедры востоковедения Еврейского университета в Иерусалиме
— Когда я спросил своего ученика Азми Абу Сауда, студента нашей кафедры, кстати, племянника Арафата:
"Какого мира вы хотите?", — говорит Моше Шарон, — он, не задумываясь, ответил:
"Разве речь идет о мире?.. Речь — лишь о временном прекращении огня".
Такова логика величайшего недопонимания смысла "договоров Осло" и всего, что
из них следует... Их терминология совершенно не похожа на характерную для европейцев, — продолжает профессор.
В арабском языке много нюансов. Чтобы правильно понять смысл арабской фразы надо учитывать контекст, следить за интонациями. Не все, что вы слышите, следует воспринимать буквально. Большинство израильских политиков совершенно невежественны в трактовке мировоззрения наших врагов и тем более –
мировоззрения палестинцев. Когда политика страны строится на невежестве, она оказывается на курьих ножках. Это — вполне точный образ израильской политики во взаимоотношениях с палестинцами...

Так, с шокирующего монолога профессора Моше Шарона, начался разговор.
— Неужели мусульмане действительно хотят править миром? Пугающая перспектива...

–Если не понимать основы культурного мира мусульман, не понимать, чем их мир отличается от нашего, подобная идея вызывает недоумение.
Но нам следовало бы знать: это — фундамент ислама. И светские арабы, и мусульмане–фундаменталисты преследуют одни и те же цели, произрастающие из одного корня, который называется ислам.
Законы ислама построены на двух незыблемых основах — Коран и "прецеденты". Под словом
"прецеденты" подразумевается жизнь Мухаммеда. Все, что сделал Мухаммед, в
глазах мусульман — директива для исполнения. Он, согласно идеям ислама, не мог ошибаться, поэтому во всех поколениях подчиняются законам ислама (по–арабски — шариа), у которых два источника: с одной стороны, — Коран, с другой стороны, — Суна, своего рода комментарии, разъясняющие указания. Это распространяется на гражданские, государственные законы.
На этом основано уголовное право. На этом зиждется арабское мировоззрение, законы арабских стран, законы войны и мира.

— Но израильские политики считают, что Коран и Суна далеки от современной реальности...

Это — ошибка. И самое страшное, что она породила беспочвенную идею "построить новый Ближний Восток"... Мы, евреи, ведем диалог сами с собой. Наши представления о Ближнем Востоке — плод нашего воображения.
Они совершенно не связаны с реальностью и не учитывают устремления окружения, в котором мы живем. Шимон Перес написал книгу "Новый Ближний Восток" и верит в собственное "послание потомкам"... В арабском мире
усмотрели в этой книге доказательство злодейского замысла евреев — распространить свою власть на весь арабский мир.

–Действительно, арабы отреагировали на книгу Переса неадекватно.
Рассказывают, что Президент Египта Мубарак, услышав об этой книге, спросил: "Что же будет со старым Ближним Востоком? Что в нем евреям не нравится?" И в этом его вопросе прозвучало чувство ревности...
Но мусульмане все же реалисты, они не пытаются ухватить то, на что у них
не достает сил.
— Но это не означает, что с них снимается обязанность воевать. Наоборот, мусульмане должны вести войны до тех пор, пока ислам
не покорит весь мир. Арабы, подчеркиваю, не собираются превратить всех людей в фанатичных мусульман, которые молятся в сторону Мекки по пять раз в день. В исламе нет миссионерства. Их цель состоит в том, чтобы
весь мир оказался под властью ислама, признал его господство. Они делят мир на две части: "дом войны" и "дом ислама". Современный мусульманский мир они называют "домом ислама". Часть мира, которую они стремятся
покорить, пока называется "домом войны". Любая территория, которая в какой–либо исторический период находилась под властью мусульман, навеки считается мусульманской землей. Поэтому образование государства Израиль на территории, которая некогда принадлежала мусульманам, для них –
исторический переворот. Мусульмане в принципе не могут принять этот факт. При этом они остаются политиками–реалистами... Они не спешат. И действуют, исходя из конкретных ситуаций, учитывая соотношение
собственной военной силы с потенциалом противника.

— И нет никакого просвета, ни малейшей надежды заключить с арабами мир?..

–Ни малейшей... Длинная рука Ишмаэля (предка всех арабов) не знает иного естественного состояния, кроме состояния непрерывной войны. Это — джихад (священная война мусульман против "неверных"). А джихад — обязанность, установленная Кораном.

— Но при всем том джихад все–таки прекращен, например, Египтом, с которым в Кемп–Дэвиде мы заключили мирный договор.
— Жаль, что многие в Израиле не понимают, какова цена таким договорам. В исламе в принципе не существует понятия мирного договора с "неверными".
Истинные соглашения возможны только между мусульманами... Принцип заповеданной войны всегда остается в силе и ждет своего осуществления, как только появится реальная возможность воплотить его в жизнь. Тот же
Анвар Садат, который поставил свою подпись под "мирным договором" с Израилем, прекрасно знал, что подписывает лишь соглашение о временном прекращении огня. Но Садат согрешил, нарушил запрет, во всеуслышание
заявив: "Больше не будет войны. Не будет кровопролития". И заплатил за
это жизнью...

— Скажите, в чем смысл для арабов таких соглашений о временном прекращении огня?
–Ситуация в мире настоятельно требует контактов с "неверными". Под нажимом "неверных" приходится брать на себя какие–то обязательства.
Европейцы ожидают реального мира, но то, что им предлагают арабы, — разменная монета, не рассчитанная на долгое хождение.
— Откуда следует, что мусульмане обязательно должны разорвать соглашение, которое сами же подписывают?

–Из "прецедента", установленного Мухаммедом. В 628 году он подписал соглашение с племенем курейша, известное под названием "договор
хадивиа". Потому что в тот момент курейшиты были сильнее его. Договор предусматривал перемирие на десять лет. Но не прошло и двух, когда Мухаммед развязал войну и на этот раз захватил Мекку. Люди племени курейша верили в силу клятвы и взаимных обязательств, и чувствовали себя в безопасности. Но в том–то и дело, что временное соглашение о прекращении огня имеет и дополнительную цель — усыпить бдительность врага. Когда Мухаммед нанес военный удар, жители Мекки приползли к нему
на коленях. Они молили о переговорах, чтобы разрешить противоречия, которые Мухаммед использовал, чтобы возобновить войну. Но Мухаммед приказал охране не допускать к нему делегацию самых знатных людей Мекки...
Мухаммед потратил два года передышки на подготовку к войне и знал, что война неизбежна, уже в тот момент, когда подписывал договор о
мире. Он прервал договор в удобное для него время. Так навсегда в исламе
было установлено понятие ƒудна — прекращение огня между врагами.
Мусульмане никогда не подписывают перемирие на неограниченное время.
Одно из основных правил — установить время действия соглашения. Когда ислам или его представитель чувствуют, что набрали достаточно сил, чтобы возобновить войну, они обязаны отменить перемирие. Если они еще не
чувствуют, что готовы к войне, разрешено автоматически продлить срок соглашения на десять лет. И для этого, подчеркиваю, совсем не
обязательно договариваться со второй стороной.

— Арафат, насколько я помню, говорит о светском палестинском государстве?

–Это ничего не меняет. Сразу же после подписания соглашения в Осло он произнес речь в мечети Йоханнесбурга (Южная Африка), где прямо определил направление своей политики. Он отметил, что понимает мир в духе ислама.
И обратился к урокам арабской истории. А нам следует знать: когда арабский руководитель совершает "исторический экскурс", он говорит об
актуальных принципах. Ибо в исламе не существует понятия "древностей".
Ислам — культура жизни, современный жизненный путь. Ислам — прошлое,
которое превращается в настоящее и указывает дорогу в будущее. О соглашении в Осло Арафат прямо сказал, что имеет в виду временное
прекращение огня (ƒудна). И когда говорил это, знал, что это в порядке вещей. Жаль, что на эти слова тогда мало кто обратил внимание. Они были рассчитаны на тех, кто "в курсе дела". Я и мои друзья пытались тогда объяснить, что Арафат говорит кодом, что мы обязаны понять тайный смысл его речи. Но лидеры государства Израиль слушать нас не захотели. Евреям
грезился мир по пророчеству Йешаягу: "И перекуют мечи на орала"...
Кстати, о мирном договоре с Египтом. По случаю его подписания устроили празднество, и перед публикой выступал американский Президент Картер. Он решил в своей речи использовать цитаты о мире, заимствованные из книг трех религий. Без труда обнаружил такое в Танахе, оттуда же взял то, что могло прозвучать по–христиански. Однако в Коране советникам Президента найти призыв к миру не удалось — в Коране призывы к миру отсутствуют.

— Получается, все заверения арабов — откровенная ложь?
–В арабском фольклоре есть пословица: "За слова не платят налог". Надо учиться у палестинцев, как вести переговоры. Они следуют примеру мусульманского халифа Али, который вел переговоры с восставшим против него правителем Дамаска, когда ни одна из сторон не могла добиться победы... Представитель халифа предложил противнику высказаться первым.
Ему важно было понять планы врага, чтобы принять собственное решение.
Противник постепенно высказал все, что у него на уме, а представитель халифа помалкивал и поддакивал. Когда беседа закончилась, представитель Дамаска собрался обобщить: мол, представитель халифа признает, что Дамаску следует дать самостоятельность. Но тот остановил его: "Я никогда с этим не соглашался!". Этот классический пример должен научить нас не делать предложений. Прежде необходимо дать противной стороне раскрыть
свою позицию. Когда противник понимает, в чем вы заинтересованы, цена предмета соглашения моментально возрастает. Когда Бегин начал
переговоры, я сказал ему: "Не выдвигай предложений. Дай им высказаться".
Но даже Бегин не был готов понять и принять это. В 1996 году состоялись переговоры с палестинцами. Перес говорил с Арафатом. Он был очень доволен переговорами и, когда вышел после беседы, рассказал: "Они соглашались со всеми планами израильтян. Всякий раз они согласно кивали головами". В точности, как представитель халифа Али...

— Скажите, когда арабы говорят о джихаде, они имеют в виду самую настоящую войну?
–Защитники мусульман пытаются преподнести понятие "джихад" в западной обертке. Они говорят — это "борьба" за свои интересы. Неправда!.. Это — кровопролитная война до победного конца, пока враг не сдастся исламу. В
книгах мусульманской традиции сказано, что ислам возьмет верх над всем миром только после того, как мусульмане сразятся с евреями и уничтожат их. Евреи, как обещано в этих книгах, будут прятаться за деревьями и скалами. И в этот "великий день" скалы и деревья заговорят, закричат во весь голос: "Ой, мусульманин, вот, за мною еврей! Иди и убей его!!!".
Только одно дерево будет молчать. В исламской традиции его называют "эль
осег" (дерево евреев). Речь идет о снэ (кусте, в котором Вс–вышний явился Моше). Мусульманские книги напоминают об этом дереве, чтобы мусульмане не забыли о том, что надо искать евреев и за деревом снэ. Эти
книги изучают во всех арабских школах, а политические деятели в своих речах приводят из них цитаты...

— Так что же нам делать?
–Наша цель — заставить арабов сложить оружие, заключить с ними соглашение о прекращении огня на длительный срок.
— Как же этого достичь, если известно, что подобное соглашение для арабов — весьма
растяжимое понятие?
— Исламу нужна причина, чтобы отказаться от войны. Эта причина — военное превосходство врага. Так, например, в 1229 году султан Эль Мелек Эль Камаль из Египта передал Иерусалим, который был в руках мусульман со времен Саладина, христианскому королю Фридриху
Великому. Потому что Фридрих в ту пору нагнал страху на весь мир...
Политика Израиля демонстрирует слабость и не оставляет палестинцам выбора. Они просто обязаны воевать с нами. Пока у них нет военной силы, способной устоять против Израиля, поэтому они стараются ослабить еврейское государство. Если мы будем значительно сильнее их, им придется откладывать джихад снова и снова. Они должны ощущать нашу силу,
чувствовать, что им нас не победить. Только тогда они сложат оружие даже
на не самых выгодных для них условиях...

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Jill Smith wrote:<blockquote>Has the mother who aborts her child shown herself to be an unbeliever regardless of what she may think about whether or not she is Christian?</blockquote>First, let's be clear that I'm not proposing that our task is to offer definitive pronouncements on the eternal state of any particular cases. Our perspective is finite. However, Scripture does give us foundational principles, and a pattern of examples, and corner stakes to guide us. We know that not everyone who was a circumcised descendant of Abraham (within the visible covenant) was actually a child of Abraham in the sense of heart circumcision. There are sheep and goats (faithful and unfaithful) within the covenant people. Winnowing and separating occurs in history, as the Church exercises discipline and excommunication, and as the Master Vinedresser visibly prunes out unfruitful branches from the Olive Tree, as happened to unbelieving Israel. But this is a messy process, and there can be wolves and Jezebels, and other secret unbelievers, within the covenant people who have yet to be dealt with. Of course there will be a final separation of wheat from chaff and sheep from goats in the end, but the point is clear that being within the covenant people, in history, is not automatically the same as being in the number ordained to eternal glory. Revelation declares that murderers and the sexually immoral will have their portion in the lake of fire. Taking all of these principles together, a professing Christian mother who aborts her child has betrayed the faith and has serious bloodguilt that needs to be resolved. Her sin is not more powerful than Christ's forgiveness, but what she thinks "about whether or not she is a Christian", or whether she is a member within God's covenant people, is not the right question. If a husband is cheating on his wife, what he thinks about whether he is married (in covenant with his wife), is not the right question. Of course he is married to her (in covenant with her). That's what makes his infidelity such a betrayal! <b>So if this mother is not weeping in repentance over her Christian bloodguilt, this is mounting evidence that her Christian faith is actually stone cold dead. She can take no assurance in the mere fact of her covenant belonging.</b> As in the case of an unfaithful husband, the truth of her covenant belonging would merely magnify the wickedness of her betrayal. Repentance and reconciliation with God is the only way that such a mother can restore any sense of her own personal assurance about the condition of her faith. If her sin is known to church leadership, and she is unrepentant, she should expect to be excommunicated from the visible covenant family of God, out of respect for truth in labeling. Jill Smith wrote:<blockquote>If the father of an unborn child colluded in the decision to abort it, is his Christian belief sufficient to give us hope for that child’s salvation?</blockquote>As with the mother, if the father's faith is dead, it can't offer us grounds for any hope or assurance regarding representation for the infant. But it's an occasion to remember the prodigal nature of God's grace, in that even one faithful parent can sanctify the children. In other words, God generously overlooks the unfaithful spouse when considering certain kinds of representation. Jill Smith wrote:<blockquote>In that case, don’t we have a situation in which God appears to have mercy only on the souls of infants who are killed by their believing Christian parents? Either it’s a contradiction that can’t arise or it gives one a very odd view of God’s mercy.</blockquote>Jill was responding to a comment where I was speaking more generally about infants who die as infants, including providential causes. I nowhere suggested that Christian parents who abort their children should take any comfort for their deceased children's souls. Abortion is an act that testifies of lack of faith. Does Jill disagree? Particularly as a Roman Catholic, does Jill propose that killing one's unborn infants is consistent with belief, and with living and abiding faith? How about sexual immorality? Are such actions consistent with living faith, or contrary to it? If there is any such thing as a flashing, blaring, red warning alarm beacon of dead faith, I would say unrepentant participation in those activities would qualify. Only God knows the inner condition, but even external symptoms of dead faith can be enough to warrant excommunication.
          Private Israeli Spacecraft Crashes on Moon      Comment   Translate Page      
The lander, dubbed Beresheet, crashed on its descent to the lunar surface.
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The Far Left in the West is Getting Destroyed – Israel Election Results Devastating for Liberalism SHATTERED: Mount Vernon Exposes Politico’s Very Fake News Story About Trump’s Visit To George Washington’s Estate
          Israeli spacecraft crashes in attempt to land on moon      Comment   Translate Page      
YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft crashed into the moon just moments before touchdown, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history Thursd...
          LGBTI+ sports trust calls for Wallabies star Israel Folau to be removed from rugby      Comment   Translate Page      
LGBTI+ sports trust calls for Wallabies star Israel Folau to be removed from rugby
- A co-chair of the Christchurch Heroes LGBTI+ Sports Trust says Israel Folau should no longer be allowed to play rugby following his latest anti-gay ...

          Belgium-Brussels: ENI - Water and Environment Support Mechanism (WES)      Comment   Translate Page      
BE-Brussels: ENI - Water and Environment Support Mechanism (WES) Location — ENI Southern region: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel(1), Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine(2), Tunisia and Syria(3) Service Prior Information Notice 1. Publication reference EuropeAid/140231/DH/SER/MULTI 2. Procedure Restricted 3. Programme title EU for Green MED III and sustainable transport 4. Financing European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) 5. Contracting Authority European Union , represented by the European Commission, on behalf of and for the account of the partner countries Brussels , BELGIUM 6. Nature of contract Fee-based 7. Contract description In the framework of transport cooperation within the Union for the Mediterranean and the implementation of the related Regional Transport Action Plan this project will support activities in the area of Logistics of Motorways of the Sea connections. It will as such follow-up on the LogisMed Training Activities project and previous EuroMed Motorways of the Sea projects (MedaMOS). Activities will include, amongst others, technical assistance, capacity building, awareness rising and support to demonstration projects. 8. Indicative budget 3 000 000 EUR 9. Intended timing of publication of the contract notice 30.4.2019 10. Additional information N/a 11. Legal basis(4) Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for financing external action and Regulation (EU) No 232/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 establishing a European Neighborhood Instrument. Please be aware that after the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, the rules of access to EU procurement procedures of economic operators established in third countries will apply to candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom depending on the outcome of negotiations. In case such access is not provided by legal provisions in force at the time of contract award, candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom could be rejected from the procurement procedure. Remarks: There must be a minimum period of 30 calendar days between the publication of this prior information notice and the publication of the corresponding Contract Notice. No applications or requests for information should be sent at this stage. (1) See Guidelines on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU from 2014 onwards on: http://eurlex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.C_.2013.205.01.0009.01.ENG (2) This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a state of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue. (3) Cooperation with Syria is temporary suspended until notice from the European Commission. (4) Please state any specificity that might have an impact on rules on participation (such as geographic or thematic or long/short term).
          UFC 236 play-by-play and live results      Comment   Translate Page      
Check out live play-by-play and official results from UFC 236 in Atlanta.
          UFC 236 discussion thread      Comment   Translate Page      
UFC 236 takes place today in Atlanta, and you can discuss the event here.
          'UFC 236 Embedded,' No. 6: Kelvin Gastelum gets a championship nod from Henry Cejudo      Comment   Translate Page      
Go behind the scenes with the stars of UFC 236 as they weigh in and put the finishing touches before Saturday night.
          Presiden Brasil: Holocaust Bisa Dimaafkan      Comment   Translate Page      
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, RIO DE JANEIRO -- Presiden Brasil Jair Bolsonaro mengeluarkan pernyataan yang mengejutkan. Ia mengatakan genosida Nazi terhadap orang Yahudi selama Perang Dunia II dapat dimaafkan. Bolsonaro yang berasal...
          People power topples Sudan president      Comment   Translate Page      
President Bashir is the latest Arab leader swept away by a wind of change. The question now is how much of the rest of his regime will fall with him. Also in this edition: the rogue Libyan general who's advancing on Tripoli; another Brexit reprieve lets MPs draw breath; Netanyahu wins the Israeli election; and as Indians start voting in their general election - the role of dynastic politics in South Asia. (Picture: the student Alaa Salah who became a symbol of the anti-government protests in Sudan. Credit: Courtesy Lana H Haroun).
          Brazil president raises eyebrows saying Holocaust can be forgiven      Comment   Translate Page      
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro drew veiled rebukes from Israel on Saturday after saying the Nazi genocide of the Jews during World War Two could be forgiven.

          The Influence Of American Jewish Attitudes On Israeli Politics      Comment   Translate Page      
Following the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Nadine Epstein, editor-in-chief of Moment Magazine, about the American Jewish community's impact on Israeli politics.
          My Email to the Sleazy, Backstabbing POS in the WH, Zion Don.      Comment   Translate Page      
Click your shoes together and keep repeating "Israel is our friend and ally, Israel is our ..."

Thought it was time to vent my frustrations with the WORST president in US history, the Israeli ass-kissing backstabbing greedy, worthless POS, 'Zion Don,' AKA Donald Trump.
That Tubby the Grifter was a lying, thieving con artist I knew before he ran for president. Didn't realize how much of an Israeli ass-kissing backstabbing greedy, worthless POS Donny Drump was and still is.

He's broken nearly all every campaign promise to America, violating his oath of office numerous times to Americans, but doing every thing he can for Israel;
Here's the email sent this past week to the WH:
Mr. Trump:

You'll notice that I didn't use the traditional, honorific title of Mr. President, since the word president should only be consigned to someone honorable, loyal, dedicated to America and a decent man, qualities which you DON'T have.

You ran on the slickly designed 'MAGA' platform, giving hope to desperate Americans who are watching their nation's infrastructure fall down around their ears, since not nearly enough money has been dedicated to maintaining that infrastructure. Why? Because every president, at least since JFK was assassinated by Deep State types, has been shoveling tons of money and tons of free weaponry to Israel, including a bottom-feeding POS like you.

That you were a con artist I knew before you ran, but not many did, and now they're paying a terrible price for voting for a Israeli ass-kissing clown like you.

So I have 2 questions: After a long, arduous day of kissing Israeli ass, your lips must be chapped and sore, so what kind of lip motion do you use to get your lips nice and smooth, so they'll be ready for the next day of Israeli ass-kissing? I'm sure your boss, Bibi, demands that your lips stay soft and pliable so that when you plant a big, wet smoochie on his stinking ass, it will fell like his ass is being touched by angel wings.

Question #2: You're allegedly the author of the "The Art of the Deal." So please tell me what kind of deal is an art when you act like Israel's real estate agent and give away what you have NO right to, like Jerusalem and the stolen Golan Heights? My guess is that either the Mossad has some very nasty tapes of you on Epstein's Orgy Island and you're being blackmailed, but more likely, you know if you keep kissing Israeli ass, when you leave the WH, your multi-billion dollar fortune will have at least doubled.

So I'll end this by telling you the truth: You're nothing more than a back-stabbing, Israeli ass-kissing traitor who doesn't give a rat's ass about the Americans you took an oath to protect and help.

I don't know if there is a Hell, but if there is, after you leave this plane of existence, I know where you'll reside.

Goodbye ASSHOLE

Greg Bacon

'Zion Don' is a crafty con artist, but the obvious fact that you or your shell companies went bankrupt SIX--magical Kabbalah number--times as a multi-billionaire reeks of foulness.

One doesn't operate in NYC with Wall Street (((banksters))) unless they're playing the long con and now the chits are due and you're servicing your Israeli and American Jew Masters terrifically, while you ignore that America's infrastructure is falling down around our ears, like the recent Missouri River dam that burst and wiped out farmers in Nebraska and Iowa, mainly due to lack of maintenance.

Or maybe of those Mossad CCTV recordings, made while you visited your Buddy Jeff Epstein on what would become to known as 'Orgy Island' are so disgusting and filthy that you'd do ANYTHING to keep that out of the (((MSM)))?

Or maybe your religion is Mammonism and you'd do ANYTHING to increase your wealth, and a heartless, soulless, murderous POS traitor like you, should be no problem how many Americans--who you swore to protect--get fucked big time, anything for your Israeli/American Jew buddies, right?

Any comment Zion Don, or is your mouth too busy smooching some multi-billionaire like Sheldon Adelson?

Or maybe you're just a total dumbass, who brags about the "The Art of the Deal," who gives away stolen land to Israel, land that he has not

Remember what your Mother taught you, never speak while you have a mouth full of food, in this case, Kosher approved cock, Donny Drumpf.

P.S. If I go offline suddenly, you'll now why.





          Judíos instan a Trump a impedir anexión de Cisjordania por Israel      Comment   Translate Page      
El presidente de EE.UU., Donald Trump, en la Casa Blanca, 12 de abril de 2019. (Foto: AFP) Los principales grupos judíos instan al...
          DarioHealth touts updated diabetes management software      Comment   Translate Page      
DarioHealth (NSDQ:DRIO) said yesterday it launched a new version of its Dario system and DarioEngage platform. The new V4.2.0 update to both digital health programs are intended to improve user engagement, lower barriers to behavioral change and to streamline the experience and process efficiency for both users and their coaches, the Israel-based company said. Read the whole […]
          [YouTube / USA / Allah the Kuffar Slayer: Fake god doesn't hate Christians and Jews - just wants to destroy them] Islamophobia in America (Omar alvarez)      Comment   Translate Page      
# Omar alvarez



# The quote about saving one soul, in context:

The Dinner Table

[5.31] Then Allah sent a crow digging up the earth so that he might show him how he should cover the dead body of his brother. He said: Woe me! do I lack the strength that I should be like this crow and cover the dead body of my brother? So he became of those who regret.

[5.32] For this reason did We prescribe to the children of Israel that whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our apostles came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land.

[5.33] The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement,

# allah doesn't hate Jews and Christians - just wants them killed, converted or forced to pay into its protection racket:

The Immunity

[9.29] Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

[9.30] And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!
          4/13/2019: SPORTS: Folau fights for career      Comment   Translate Page      
Wallabies star Israel Folau fought to save his career on Friday as he met with Australian rugby chiefs over a homophobia row that left him facing the sack just months before the World Cup. The deeply religious 30-year-old held talks with Rugby...
          La sonda Beresheet se estrelló contra la Luna a 500 kilómetros por hora      Comment   Translate Page      
La sonda Beresheet, con la que Israel intentó sin éxito llegar a la Luna, se estrelló este 11 de abril a gran velocidad contra la superficie del satélite, debido a un fallo del motor principal.
          Israeli Lawmakers Mull Switch to Presidential System in Effort to Save Netanyahu      Comment   Translate Page      
It remains unclear exactly how the ground-breaking political move would help to shelter the prime minister from criminal prosecution.
          Beresheet 2: Israeli SpaceIL Announces New Mission to Land Spacecraft on Moon      Comment   Translate Page      
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Morris Kahn, a billionaire who founded Israeli firm SpaceIL, announced on Saturday a new mission to land the world’s first privately-funded spacecraft on the Moon.
          Memorial israelense reage a afirmação de Bolsonaro de que é possível 'perdoar o Holocausto'      Comment   Translate Page      
Bolsonaro acredita que isso pode ser perdoado.

Em reação à afirmação do presidente Jair Bolsonaro, na quinta-feira (11), de que "podemos perdoar, mas não esquecer" o Holocausto, o museu Yad Vashem divulgou comunicado neste sábado (13) no qual diz que "não é direito de nenhuma pessoa determinar se crimes hediondos do Holocausto podem ser perdoados".

O centro de memória do Holocausto Yad Vashem, em Jerusalém, é um museu dedicado a homenagear as vítimas e os que combateram o genocídio de seis milhões de judeus pelos nazistas. "Desde a sua criação, o Yad Vashem tem trabalhado para manter a lembrança do Holocausto viva e relevante para o povo judeu e a toda humanidade", completa a nota.

Sem citar Bolsonaro, o presidente de Israel, Reuven Rivlin, publicou, também neste sábado, em uma rede social, duas mensagens em consonância com o comunicado do Yad Vashem.

"O que Amalek fez para nós se inscreveu em nossa memória, a memória do povo antigo. Nós sempre iremos nos opor a aqueles que negam a verdade ou aos que desejam expurgar nossa memória -nem indivíduos ou grupos, nem líderes de partidos ou premiês. Nós nunca vamos perdoar nem esquecer."

Na sequência, Rivlin afirmou que "líderes políticos são responsáveis por definir o futuro". "Historiadores descrevem o passado e pesquisam o que aconteceu. Ninguém deve entrar no território do outro." Antes, o presidente de Israel escreveu que o "povo judeu sempre vai lutar contra o antissemitismo e a xenofobia".

Na quinta-feira, durante encontro com evangélicos no Rio de Janeiro, Bolsonaro disse: "Fui, mais uma vez, ao Museu do Holocausto. Nós podemos perdoar, mas não podemos esquecer. E é minha essa frase: Quem esquece seu passado está condenado a não ter futuro. Se não queremos repetir a história que não foi boa, vamos evitar com ações e atos para que ela não se repita daquela forma".

O presidente brasileiro visitou o Yad Vashem no começo de abril, durante viagem que fez a Israel. Naquela oportunidade, Bolsonaro afirmou que "não há dúvida de que o nazismo foi um movimento de esquerda", o que contraria as informações disponibilizadas pelo próprio museu.

Já o embaixador de Israel no Brasil, Yossi Shelley, por meio de seu perfil oficial no Facebook, publicou neste sábado uma mensagem de apoio ao presidente brasileiro. Ao divulgar o vídeo do discurso de Bolsonaro no encontro com evangélicos no Rio de Janeiro, o diplomata afirmou que as palavras do brasileiro "deixaram claro seu total repúdio ao maior genocídio da história, que foi o Holocausto".

"Em nenhum momento de sua fala o presidente mostrou desrespeito ou indiferença pelo sofrimento judeu.
Não vingarão aqueles que desejam levantar suspeições sobre as palavras de um grande amigo do povo e governo de Israel." 


          Can the Holocaust Be Forgiven? Bolsonaro Says Yes, Drawing Israelis’ Ire      Comment   Translate Page      
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          The Israeli Elections Came to Naught, by Israel Shamir      Comment   Translate Page      
Do not regret the results of Israeli elections. They were a non-event. Practically nothing has changed. Indeed many actors had hoped for change, but those hopes had no grounding in reality. Israel is doing well, even exceedingly well. The country prospers. Despite high taxes, Israeli highways are crowded with new cars; Israeli housewives load their...
          চাঁদে পৌঁছেও নামতে গিয়ে চূর্ণ ইজরায়েলের মহাকাশযান      Comment   Translate Page      
চাঁদের মাটি ছোঁয়ার ঠিক আগে পৃথিবীর সঙ্গে যোগাযোগে ব্যাঘাত ঘটে বেরেশিটের। তার পরেই নিয়ন্ত্রণ হারিয়ে উপগ্রহের মাটিতে ছিটকে পড়ে বেসামাল মহাকাশযান। মুহূর্তের মধ্যে যানটি গুঁড়িয়ে যায়। চাঁদের মাটি ছোঁয়ার ঠিক আগে পৃথিবীর সঙ্গে যোগাযোগে ব্যাঘাত ঘটে বেরেশিটের। তার পরেই নিয়ন্ত্রণ হারিয়ে উপগ্রহের মাটিতে ছিটকে পড়ে বেসামাল মহাকাশযান। মুহূর্তের মধ্যে যানটি গুঁড়িয়ে যায়।
          Assange Bound, by Israel Shamir      Comment   Translate Page      
Like Prometheus to whom he was compared, Julian Assange did not escape the wrath of the self-proclaimed gods of Deep State. After seven years of captivity in the walls of Ecuadorean Embassy, the man who gave us an understanding of international politics was shifted to a new and worse jail, the “British Gitmo”, Belmarsh, waiting...
          The UFC’s Israel Adesanya is undefeated and unapologetically Black      Comment   Translate Page      

“I pop a lot of s— cause I can back it up,” 50 Cent raps on Lil’ Kim’s song “Magic Stick.” That lyric describes the 6-foot-4-inch Adonis known as Israel Adesanya, who weighed in at 183 pounds Friday morning, April 12, 2019, for his co-main event match against Kelvin Gastelum for the UFC interim middleweight title…

The post The UFC’s Israel Adesanya is undefeated and unapologetically Black appeared first on Rolling Out.


          Robert Whittaker responds to Israel Adesanya with compliments and apology: ‘I’m very sorry’ if I offended you - Bloody Elbow      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Robert Whittaker responds to Israel Adesanya with compliments and apology: ‘I’m very sorry’ if I offended you  Bloody Elbow
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          Trivia Question 4      Comment   Translate Page      
What type of trees were the Israelites not allowed to destroy to support their siege on a foreign city?
          Trivia Question 3      Comment   Translate Page      
If a foreign city accepted the peace offer of the Israelites, what was to become of the people in that city?
          Trivia Question 2      Comment   Translate Page      
Before marching on a city located outside their land, what were the Israelites instructed to do?
          Trivia Question 1      Comment   Translate Page      
How many additional cities of refuge (beyond the initial 6) were the Israelites permitted to designate if their initial territory was enlarged?
          McCall admits Vunipola was unsettled by off-field matters before Bristol defeat      Comment   Translate Page      
The Saracens number eight was booed during the game following his support for Israel Folau who has posted homophobic comments on social media.
          Bolsonaro-uttalelse om holocaust fordømmes av Israel      Comment   Translate Page      
Uttalelsen til Brasils president Jair Bolsonaro om at holocaust kan tilgis, møter kraftig fordømmelse og kritikk i Israel.
          Pesquisadores apontam falha em mais recente tecnologia de segurança para wi-fi      Comment   Translate Page      
Pesquisadores de universidades nos Estados Unidos, Israel e Bélgica identificaram vulnerabilidades no WPA 3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 3), mais atual protocolo de segurança para redes sem fio. Leia mais (04/13/2019 - 13h24)
          Analysis: Does Netanyahu's Win Maintain Status Quo Or Push Israel Further Right?      Comment   Translate Page      
The Israeli prime minister's fourth consecutive term — fifth total — comes as he flirts with lightning-rod issues and hard-right and religious factions.
          Operan con éxito a Pelé de un cálculo renal      Comment   Translate Page      

El exfutbolista brasileño Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé, fue operado con éxito este sábado para la retirada de un cálculo renal que le mantiene hospitalizado en Sao Paulo desde el pasado martes, informaron fuentes médicas.

El triple campeón del mundo con la Canarinha presenta "un buen estado general de salud desde el punto de visita clínico" y se encuentra en observación en una habitación del prestigioso hospital israelí Albert Einstein de Sao Paulo.

"Esta mañana le fue retirado el cálculo renal. El procedimiento fue exitoso y el paciente ya se encuentra en su cuarto", informó el equipo médico en el último boletín, que no especificó una fecha de alta.

Pelé, de 78 años y quien sólo tiene un riñón desde la década de los 70, fue sometido a unos análisis médicos en la noche del viernes que confirmaron la necesidad de intervenirlo quirúrgicamente.

La leyenda del fútbol, para muchos el mejor jugador de todos los tiempos, fue hospitalizado el pasado martes en Sao Paulo nada más aterrizar de París, donde permaneció otros cinco días internado por una "severa infección de orina que requirió asistencia médica y una cirugía de emergencia".

En la capital gala participó en un acto publicitario con el goleador del París Saint-Germain Kylian Mbappé, del que se declara un profundo admirador, pero poco después tuvo que ser internado en una clínica donde recibió tratamiento por cinco días.

Tratada la infección, volvió a Brasil y desembarcó la madrugada del martes en Sao Paulo en silla de ruedas y arropado por sus seguidores para, inmediatamente después, ser trasladado al hospital Albert Einstein.

En esa misma clínica llegó a permanecer dos semanas hospitalizado en 2014 debido a una infección urinaria que le apareció después de haber sido operado de cálculos renales, mientras que en 2015 fue operado de la próstata.

La salud del astro brasileño ha sido motivo de preocupación en los últimos años, en los que también ha sido sometido a procedimientos quirúrgicos en la columna y en la cadera.

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          4/13/2019: Opinion: No option for Folau but to go      Comment   Translate Page      
Israel Folau has to go. That much is clear. After that it gets a little messy. A year ago, after the Wallaby declared his strongly held belief that gays will go to hell, many people cut him some slack; we were conflicted by a person choosing to espouse...
          4/13/2019: World: Cameras ‘deter’ voters      Comment   Translate Page      
Political operatives working for Benjamin Netanyahu’s party have boasted that they drove down voter turnout among Arab-Israelis by illegally hiding 1300 cameras inside Arab polling stations. Israeli police intervened during this week’s election after...
          4/13/2019: Sport: Adesanya finds inspiration in Africa      Comment   Translate Page      

Israel Adesanya wants to ‘‘take the gold back to Africa’’ but that doesn’t mean he is diminishing his allegiance to New Zealand. The Nigerian-born UFC star, who took up mixed martial arts (MMA) after moving to New Zealand when he was 13, often has his...
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Old Testament: Deuteronomy 31–32

Deuteronomy 31–32 (Listen)

Joshua to Succeed Moses

31 So Moses continued to speak these words to all Israel. And he said to them, “I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in. The LORD has said to me, ‘You shall not go over this Jordan.’ The LORD your God himself will go over before you. He will destroy these nations before you, so that you shall dispossess them, and Joshua will go over at your head, as the LORD has spoken. And the LORD will do to them as he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when he destroyed them. And the LORD will give them over to you, and you shall do to them according to the whole commandment that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

The Reading of the Law

Then Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel. 10 And Moses commanded them, “At the end of every seven years, at the set time in the year of release, at the Feast of Booths, 11 when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, 13 and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”

Joshua Commissioned to Lead Israel

14 And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, the days approach when you must die. Call Joshua and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, that I may commission him.” And Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves in the tent of meeting. 15 And the LORD appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud. And the pillar of cloud stood over the entrance of the tent.

16 And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, you are about to lie down with your fathers. Then this people will rise and whore after the foreign gods among them in the land that they are entering, and they will forsake me and break my covenant that I have made with them. 17 Then my anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide my face from them, and they will be devoured. And many evils and troubles will come upon them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’ 18 And I will surely hide my face in that day because of all the evil that they have done, because they have turned to other gods.

19 “Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the people of Israel. 20 For when I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to give to their fathers, and they have eaten and are full and grown fat, they will turn to other gods and serve them, and despise me and break my covenant. 21 And when many evils and troubles have come upon them, this song shall confront them as a witness (for it will live unforgotten in the mouths of their offspring). For I know what they are inclined to do even today, before I have brought them into the land that I swore to give.” 22 So Moses wrote this song the same day and taught it to the people of Israel.

23 And the LORD1 commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.”

24 When Moses had finished writing the words of this law in a book to the very end, 25 Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, 26 “Take this Book of the Law and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against you. 27 For I know how rebellious and stubborn you are. Behold, even today while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against the LORD. How much more after my death! 28 Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears and call heaven and earth to witness against them. 29 For I know that after my death you will surely act corruptly and turn aside from the way that I have commanded you. And in the days to come evil will befall you, because you will do what is evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger through the work of your hands.”

The Song of Moses

30 Then Moses spoke the words of this song until they were finished, in the ears of all the assembly of Israel:

32   “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
    and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
  May my teaching drop as the rain,
    my speech distill as the dew,
  like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
    and like showers upon the herb.
  For I will proclaim the name of the LORD;
    ascribe greatness to our God!
  “The Rock, his work is perfect,
    for all his ways are justice.
  A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
    just and upright is he.
  They have dealt corruptly with him;
    they are no longer his children because they are blemished;
    they are a crooked and twisted generation.
  Do you thus repay the LORD,
    you foolish and senseless people?
  Is not he your father, who created you,
    who made you and established you?
  Remember the days of old;
    consider the years of many generations;
  ask your father, and he will show you,
    your elders, and they will tell you.
  When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
    when he divided mankind,
  he fixed the borders2 of the peoples
    according to the number of the sons of God.3
  But the LORD's portion is his people,
    Jacob his allotted heritage.
10   “He found him in a desert land,
    and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
  he encircled him, he cared for him,
    he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11   Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
    that flutters over its young,
  spreading out its wings, catching them,
    bearing them on its pinions,
12   the LORD alone guided him,
    no foreign god was with him.
13   He made him ride on the high places of the land,
    and he ate the produce of the field,
  and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,
    and oil out of the flinty rock.
14   Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,
    with fat4 of lambs,
  rams of Bashan and goats,
    with the very finest5 of the wheat—
    and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape.
15   “But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked;
    you grew fat, stout, and sleek;
  then he forsook God who made him
    and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.
16   They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods;
    with abominations they provoked him to anger.
17   They sacrificed to demons that were no gods,
    to gods they had never known,
  to new gods that had come recently,
    whom your fathers had never dreaded.
18   You were unmindful of the Rock that bore6 you,
    and you forgot the God who gave you birth.
19   “The LORD saw it and spurned them,
    because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.
20   And he said, ‘I will hide my face from them;
    I will see what their end will be,
  for they are a perverse generation,
    children in whom is no faithfulness.
21   They have made me jealous with what is no god;
    they have provoked me to anger with their idols.
  So I will make them jealous with those who are no people;
    I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
22   For a fire is kindled by my anger,
    and it burns to the depths of Sheol,
  devours the earth and its increase,
    and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
23   “‘And I will heap disasters upon them;
    I will spend my arrows on them;
24   they shall be wasted with hunger,
    and devoured by plague
    and poisonous pestilence;
  I will send the teeth of beasts against them,
    with the venom of things that crawl in the dust.
25   Outdoors the sword shall bereave,
    and indoors terror,
  for young man and woman alike,
    the nursing child with the man of gray hairs.
26   I would have said, “I will cut them to pieces;
    I will wipe them from human memory,”
27   had I not feared provocation by the enemy,
    lest their adversaries should misunderstand,
  lest they should say, “Our hand is triumphant,
    it was not the LORD who did all this.”’
28   “For they are a nation void of counsel,
    and there is no understanding in them.
29   If they were wise, they would understand this;
    they would discern their latter end!
30   How could one have chased a thousand,
    and two have put ten thousand to flight,
  unless their Rock had sold them,
    and the LORD had given them up?
31   For their rock is not as our Rock;
    our enemies are by themselves.
32   For their vine comes from the vine of Sodom
    and from the fields of Gomorrah;
  their grapes are grapes of poison;
    their clusters are bitter;
33   their wine is the poison of serpents
    and the cruel venom of asps.
34   “‘Is not this laid up in store with me,
    sealed up in my treasuries?
35   Vengeance is mine, and recompense,7
    for the time when their foot shall slip;
  for the day of their calamity is at hand,
    and their doom comes swiftly.’
36   For the LORD will vindicate8 his people
    and have compassion on his servants,
  when he sees that their power is gone
    and there is none remaining, bond or free.
37   Then he will say, ‘Where are their gods,
    the rock in which they took refuge,
38   who ate the fat of their sacrifices
    and drank the wine of their drink offering?
  Let them rise up and help you;
    let them be your protection!
39   “‘See now that I, even I, am he,
    and there is no god beside me;
  I kill and I make alive;
    I wound and I heal;
    and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
40   For I lift up my hand to heaven
    and swear, As I live forever,
41   if I sharpen my flashing sword9
    and my hand takes hold on judgment,
  I will take vengeance on my adversaries
    and will repay those who hate me.
42   I will make my arrows drunk with blood,
    and my sword shall devour flesh—
  with the blood of the slain and the captives,
    from the long-haired heads of the enemy.’
43   “Rejoice with him, O heavens;10
    bow down to him, all gods,11
  for he avenges the blood of his children12
    and takes vengeance on his adversaries.
  He repays those who hate him13
    and cleanses14 his people's land.”15

44 Moses came and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and Joshua16 the son of Nun. 45 And when Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. 47 For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”

Moses' Death Foretold

48 That very day the LORD spoke to Moses, 49 “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho, and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel for a possession. 50 And die on the mountain which you go up, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, 51 because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel. 52 For you shall see the land before you, but you shall not go there, into the land that I am giving to the people of Israel.”

Footnotes

[1] 31:23 Hebrew he
[2] 32:8 Or territories
[3] 32:8 Compare Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text sons of Israel
[4] 32:14 That is, with the best
[5] 32:14 Hebrew with the kidney fat
[6] 32:18 Or fathered
[7] 32:35 Septuagint and I will repay
[8] 32:36 Septuagint judge
[9] 32:41 Hebrew the lightning of my sword
[10] 32:43 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text Rejoice his people, O nations
[11] 32:43 Masoretic Text lacks bow down to him, all gods
[12] 32:43 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text servants
[13] 32:43 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text lacks He repays those who hate him
[14] 32:43 Or atones for
[15] 32:43 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew his land his people
[16] 32:44 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew Hoshea

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Psalm: Psalm 95

Psalm 95 (Listen)

Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

95   Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
  For the LORD is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
  In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
  The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.
  Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
  For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.
  Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
    as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
  when your fathers put me to the test
    and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10   For forty years I loathed that generation
    and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
    and they have not known my ways.”
11   Therefore I swore in my wrath,
    “They shall not enter my rest.”

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New Testament: Acts 19

Acts 19 (Listen)

Paul in Ephesus

19 And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland1 country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John's baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in2 the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.

And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus.3 10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

The Sons of Sceva

11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all4 of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18 Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.

A Riot at Ephesus

21 Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 22 And having sent into Macedonia two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while.

23 About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way. 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen. 25 These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. 26 And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods. 27 And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship.”

28 When they heard this they were enraged and were crying out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 So the city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul's companions in travel. 30 But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let him. 31 And even some of the Asiarchs,5 who were friends of his, sent to him and were urging him not to venture into the theater. 32 Now some cried out one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together. 33 Some of the crowd prompted Alexander, whom the Jews had put forward. And Alexander, motioning with his hand, wanted to make a defense to the crowd. 34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, for about two hours they all cried out with one voice, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

35 And when the town clerk had quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, who is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple keeper of the great Artemis, and of the sacred stone that fell from the sky?6 36 Seeing then that these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rash. 37 For you have brought these men here who are neither sacrilegious nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38 If therefore Demetrius and the craftsmen with him have a complaint against anyone, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. 39 But if you seek anything further,7 it shall be settled in the regular assembly. 40 For we really are in danger of being charged with rioting today, since there is no cause that we can give to justify this commotion.” 41 And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

Footnotes

[1] 19:1 Greek upper (that is, highland)
[2] 19:5 Or into
[3] 19:9 Some manuscripts add from the fifth hour to the tenth (that is, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
[4] 19:16 Or both
[5] 19:31 That is, high-ranking officers of the province of Asia
[6] 19:35 The meaning of the Greek is uncertain
[7] 19:39 Some manuscripts seek about other matters

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Revised Common Lectionary – Year C
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Every spiritual blessing - in Christ: Come to Him and receive His blessing.
‘I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against Me... Then this city will bring Me renown, joy, praise, and honour before all nations on earth...’(Jeremiah 33:7-9). What great blessing lay ahead of God’s people! God was pointing His people to the place of blessing: Jesus Christ - ‘the righteous Branch from David’s line’(Jeremiah 33:15-16). ‘In Christ’, we have ‘every spiritual blessing’: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him’(Ephesians 1:3; 1 Corinthians 2:9). God has so much blessing to give to us. Come to Him and receive His blessing: ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you; I will show you wonderful and marvellous things that you know nothing about’(Jeremiah 33:3).
We put no confidence in the flesh. Our confidence is in the Lord. He is the God of our salvation.
‘Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me, for Thou art the God of my salvation’(Psalm 25:5). We can pray this prayer with confidence. God has given His promise: ‘He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way’(Psalm 25:9). Our confidence is in the Lord. We ‘put no confidence in the flesh’(Philippians 3:3). Jesus teaches us that God hides Himself from the proud and reveals Himself to the humble: ‘…Father…Thou hast hidden these things from the wise and revealed them to babes’(Matthew 11:25). In the life of faith, the most important thing is the right attitude - not the ‘best education’! The proud may concern themselves with impressing ‘the right people’. For the humble, there is something more important - pleasing God. His opinion is the one that really matters!
Our love is to be holy. Our holiness is to be loving.
We need both ‘love’ and ‘holiness’(1 Thessalonians 3:12-13). Our love is to be holy. Our holiness is to be loving. Getting the right balance between love and holiness is like walking a tightrope. You can easily lose your balance and fall off. We can be too soft - all love and no holiness. We can be too hard - all holiness and no love. Love doesn’t mean ‘anything goes ’ - ‘I don’t care how you live’. That’s not love. That’s indifference, a ‘couldn’t care less’ attitude. Holiness doesn’t mean looking down your nose at other people - ‘You’ve sinned and I will never let you forget it’. Don’t be like ‘the Pharisees’. They wanted to ‘stone the woman caught in adultery’. We must not ‘stone’ people with our ‘hot tongue and cold shoulder’! Be like Jesus. Show love - ‘I don’t condemn you’ - and holiness - ‘Do not sin again’(John 8:3-11).
True giving is our response to God’s grace. Let us give ourselves to Him.
The ‘poor widow’ gave her ‘all’ to the Lord (Luke 21:1-4). True giving is a response to ‘the grace of God’. Learning to appreciate ‘the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ’, we will learn to give with ‘abundance of joy’ and ‘wealth of liberality’ (2 Corinthians 8:1-2, 9). Let us give ourselves to our Lord. True Christian living will not be easy (12; 2 Timothy 3:12). The Lord will be with us in all our difficulties (Luke 21:15, 18-19). Christ will return ‘with power and great glory’(Luke 21:27). For some this will be a time of ‘distress... perplexity... fear... foreboding’(Luke 21:25-26). For others, it will be the Day of ‘redemption’(Luke 21:28). To all, there is the warning: ‘Take heed to yourselves... watch at all times’(Luke 21:34-36). Let us restore Him to His rightful place in our lives - ‘...all the people came to Him...’(Luke 21:38).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.
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Second Sunday of Advent: Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 27 (or Luke 1:68-79); Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
We come to the Lord’s House so that we might offer our heartfelt worship to the Lord.
‘One thing have I asked of the Lord…that I may dwell in the House of the Lord…’(Psalm 27:4). What are we doing when we gather in the Lord’s House for worship? This is what we are doing - ‘Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage’(Psalm 27:14). Where does our strength come from? It comes from God: ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation… The Lord is the stronghold of my life’. Strong in Him, we say, ‘My heart will not fear… I will be confident’(Psalm 27:1, 3).
We come to the Lord’s House so that we might receive encouragement from the Lord and be changed by the Lord.
Do you feel like you can`t go on? Do you feel like giving up? Here`s God`s Word of encouragement for you: ‘He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the Day of Jesus Christ’(Philippians 1:6). God finishes what He starts - ‘He didn`t bring us this far to leave us. He didn`t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn`t build His home in us to move away. He didn`t lift us up to let us down’. In all the changes of life, we must remember this: God is faithful. His love is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable. We don`t keep going because we are strong. We are ‘kept by the power of God’(1 Peter 1:5). Called to live ‘to the glory and praise of God’(Philippians 1:11), let us remember that God is “the refiner’s fire” (Malachi 3:2). He is “the “purifier of silver” (Malachi 3:3). May our “faith – of greater worth than gold” be “refined by fire.” May our “faith … be proved genuine.” May our “faith … result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Peter 1:7). We have been “called” to “be holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). As we seek to walk with God in holiness, let us never forget this – “you were redeemed … with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19).
We come to the Lord’s House so that we might receive strength from the Lord and be sent out to proclaim the Word of the Lord.
We sing our song of praise to the Lord – “Blessed be the Lord God …” (Luke 1:68). May we grow “strong” in the Lord (Luke 1:80). John's message came from ‘God’(Luke 3:2). He did not begin with love. He preached about sin and divine judgment, warning his hearers to ‘flee from the wrath to come’(Luke 3:7). He called for ‘repentance’(Luke 3:3, 8). This was not what people wanted to hear. Before we can rejoice in the Good News concerning salvation, we must recognize our sin and our need of salvation. John prepared the way for Jesus. ‘All have sinned’, ‘The wages of sin is death’ - This is the ‘bad news; which prepares us to receive, with joyful thanksgiving, ‘the Good News’: ‘the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’(Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.
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Third Sunday of Advent: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Psalm 45 (or Isaiah 12:2-6); Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
Sin brings sadness. Salvation brings gladness.
The story of sin – ‘Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled! She has not obeyed His voice. She has not accepted correction. She has not trusted in the Lord. She has not drawn near to her God’ (Zephaniah 3:1-2) – is followed by the story of salvation - ‘Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment. He has turned back your enemy... The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will renew you in His love. He will rejoice over you with singing’(Zephaniah 3:14-17). Why does God speak to us about our sin? He is preparing the way for His Word of salvation. He speaks to us of His coming wrath - flee from the coming wrath (Luke 3:7). He is preparing our hearts for receiving the Saviour – “the Christ … is coming … He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:15-16). The story of our sin is full of sadness. The story of God’s salvation fills us with gladness - ‘Rejoice and be glad! The Redeemer has come’(Mission Praise, 573).
Jesus Christ is our Saviour and Lord. May our whole life be filled with praise to Him.
Jesus Christ is ‘the most excellent of men’(Psalm 45:2). He is more than that. He is God. In Psalm 45:6, we read these words - ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever’. We read them again in Hebrews 1:8. They are the words which God the Father speaks to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. How does the Word of God describe Jesus Christ? - ‘He is your Lord’. How are we to respond to Him? - We are to approach Him with ‘reverence’. We are to ‘honour’ Him. We are to ‘bow down’ and ‘worship’ Him. We are to ‘obey’ Him (Psalm 45:11). Think of the “Good News’ of our Lord Jesus Christ - ‘the Son of God loved me and gave Himself for me’. Let your heart overflow with praise to the Lord Jesus Christ - What a wonderful Saviour He is (1; Galatians 2:20)! Let us celebrate His Name in this generation. Let Him be praised ‘for ever and ever’(Psalm 45:17). May our personal faith - ‘I will praise You, O Lord... God is my Salvation... The Lord is my Strength and my Song...’- become our public testimony - making Christ ‘known among the nations’, telling ‘all the world’ what the Lord has done for us (Isaiah 12:1-2, 4-5).
Christ has claimed us for Himself. May He have every part of our life.
‘Christ Jesus has made me His own’(Philippians 3:12). In Paul`s words, we hear an echo of Jesus` words, ‘You did not choose Me... I chose you’(John 15:16). Christ has claimed us for Himself. He has laid claim to every part of our life. We are to ‘rejoice in the Lord always’(Philippians 4:4). We are to bring ‘everything’ to Him in prayer (Philippians 4:6). We are to be ‘content in all circumstances’(Philippians 4:11-12). We are to face every challenge with confidence in His strength - ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13). We are to trust Him to ‘supply’ our ‘every need’(Philippians 4:19). In every situation, we can come to the Lord, trusting in His promise: ‘the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus’(Philippians 4:7). Whatever is happening, take it to the Lord in prayer and let Him give you His peace.
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.
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Fourth Sunday of Advent: Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7 (or Luke 1:47-55); Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Worshipped by shepherds, Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd and the Chief Shepherd.
In Micah 5:2, we have a prophecy concerning the birth of Jesus at ‘Bethlehem’. This prophecy invites us to ‘go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about’. At ‘Bethlehem’, we see ‘shepherds, glorifying and praising God’(Luke 2:15, 20). We also see Jesus our Shepherd. He is the One whom the shepherds worshipped. He is the One who ‘will stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord...’. He is ‘the Good Shepherd’. He ‘laid down His life’ for us. He is ‘the Great Shepherd’. He ‘was raised from the dead’ for us. He is ‘the Chief Shepherd’. He will ‘come’ again for us (Micah 5:4; John 10:14; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 5:4). Jesus our ‘Shepherd’ gives us ‘strength’ to ‘do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God’(Micah 6:8).
What must I do to be saved? – Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.
‘Restore us, O God, make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved’(Psalm 80:3). This prayer for salvation is repeated with a growing sense of God’s greatness - ‘O God Almighty’(Psalm 80:7), ‘O Lord God Almighty’(Psalm 80:19). To those who are asking the question of salvation - ‘What must I do to be saved?’- , God gives His answer - ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’(Acts 16:30-31). What does the Lord say to those who look to Christ for salvation? - ‘The Lord will bless you and watch over you. The Lord will smile on you and be kind to you. The Lord will look on you with favour and give you peace’(Numbers 6:24-26). Let us worship Him: ‘Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer’(Ephesians 1:3).
Saved by our Lord Jesus Christ, let us praise Him with joyful songs of celebration.
In Luke 1:46-55, we have a great ‘song of praise.’. God was doing ‘a new thing’. His people were rejoicing in Him. Great things were happening. Greater things were going to happen. Soon, the Saviour would be born. The birth of our Saviour - This was something to celebrate! From the birth of Jesus, we look forward to the death of Jesus – we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all“ (Hebrews 10:10). Here, we have something else to celebrate!
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.
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Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) I – Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)
Glory to God in the highest – our Saviour has come.
The prophecy has been spoken - ‘To us a Child is born, to us a Son is given…’ The prophecy has been fulfilled - ‘Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord’.
Jesus Christ is our great Saviour. He is our ‘Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6: Luke 2:11).
Jesus Christ has brought to us a great salvation. Through faith in Him, we enter God’s heavenly and eternal ‘Kingdom’ (Isaiah 9:7: Luke 1:30-33).
This is ‘Good News of great joy’- for ‘all the people’, for ‘all generations’.
Let us rejoice in the Lord, as Mary, the mother of Jesus, did - ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour… for the Mighty One has done great things for me…’
Let us join with the angels in saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest…’ (Luke 2:10; 1:46-50; 2:14).
Christ: King of glory, King of love - may the glory of His love shine in us.
‘The Lord reigns’ (Psalms 96:10; 97:1). ‘The Lord is King!’
He is not only ‘the King all-glorious above’. He is ‘the King of love’. He is ‘our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend!’
He is not only ‘the King of heaven’. He is ‘the God of grace’. He is ‘the King of mercy’ (Church Hymnary, 35, 36, 388, 360, 86).
His reign is not to be restricted to some faraway heaven. It is not to be a reign that is far removed from the practicalities of our everyday life.
He is to reign in our hearts. He is to reign in every part of our life.
Let His reign of love begin. Let His grace and mercy control all that you do.
We must pray, ‘Reign in me, Sovereign Lord, reign in me’. When we say, ‘Let Your Kingdom come’ and ‘let Your will be done’, we must pray, ‘Captivate my heart. Establish there Your throne’(Mission Praise, 570).
Christ is coming in glory. Christ is preparing us for glory.
We read in Titus 2:11,13 of Christ’s coming in grace- ‘the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all people’- and His coming in glory- ‘we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ’. From grace to glory - This is the journey from Christ’s first coming to His Second Coming.
It is also the journey of our life of faith. We begin with the forgiveness of our sins. our final destination is glory, heavenly and eternal glory, the glory of God. We live by the grace of God. We look forward to the glory of God.
God wants us to live as ‘a people of His own who are zealous for good deeds’(Titus 2:14). If we are to be ‘zealous for good deeds’, we must first be zealous for Jesus Christ. Do good - but never forget, ‘He saved us - not because of deeds done by us…’(Titus 3:8, 4-6).
The full revelation of Christ’s glory is still to come. Let it begin in us now.
God is in control! Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Long before it happened, God had it planned (Luke 2:1-7; Micah 5:2-3).
As we approach Christ’s Return, God still has His plan. He is still in control.
The birth of Christ is not merely an event from the past. It is also a message for the future.
We look back so that we can move forward.
We are fearful about many things. ‘What’s the world coming to?’, we ask. God turns our question on its head: ‘Christ is coming to the world’.
From His first coming, we look on to His Second Coming - He ‘will come to all the people’(Luke 2:10): ‘every eye will see Him’(Revelation 1:7).
His Return invites us to ask another question: ‘when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?’(Luke 18:8).
For you, is it still ‘before Christ’? Let the ‘new age’ begin: Let Christ be ‘born this day’(Luke 2:11) - in your heart!
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The Bible Readings are based on the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.
The same readings are suggested for Year A and Year B.
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Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) II – Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2: (1-7), 8-20
God has given us ‘a new Name’. It is ‘the Name which is above every name’, the Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 62:2; Philippians 2:9-11).
Christ loves us. He has given Himself for us. He calls us His ‘Bride’ (Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 21:2, 9).
Through faith in Christ, we have become ‘the Holy People’. Through Him, we are ‘the Redeemed of the Lord’. We have been ‘Sought After’ by the Lord. In Him, we are ‘the City No Longer Deserted’ (Isaiah 62:12; 1 Peter 2:9-9-10; 1:18-19; Luke 19:10; John 14:18).
‘There is a Name I love to hear… It tells me of a Saviour’s love, who died to set me free. It tells me of His precious blood, the sinner’s perfect plea… Jesus, the Name I love so well, the Name I love to hear! … O how I love the Saviour’s Name, the sweetest Name on earth!’(Mission Praise, 672).
‘The Lord reigns’(Psalm 97:1). ‘The Lord is King!’ As we worship the Lord our King, let us focus our attention on Christ, the newborn King : “Come and worship Christ, the new-born King” (Church Hymnary, 182). At the place of Christ’s birth, we learn that the reign of God is the reign of His love.
When we look away from ourselves to our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we rejoice in this: ‘He saved us - not because of deeds done by us…’ (Titus 3:4-6). This is the Good News of great joy. We hear this Good News – the birth of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ – and we give glory to God in the highest (Luke 2:10-11, 14).
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The Bible Readings are based on the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.
The same Bible Readings are suggested for Year A and Year B.
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Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) III – Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14
Good News
‘Good News’- Let us ‘shout for joy’. ‘Good News’- Let us sing ‘songs of joy’.
There is the Good News of God’s reign - ‘Your God reigns’.
There is the Good News of our redemption - ‘The Lord has redeemed’ us.
We are not to keep the Good News to ourselves. This ‘news of happiness’ is to be shared with everyone. We must let ‘all the ends of the earth see the salvation of our God’.
‘Christ died for our sins’- This is Good News.
Christ was ‘raised on the third day’- This is Good News.
‘Jesus is Lord’- This is Good News.
This is the Good News we must ‘pass on’ to others. In our world, there is so much bad news. We must not let the Good News be drowned out by the bad news. We must make sure that the people hear the Good News - loud and clear (Isaiah 52:7-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Mission Praise, 249).
God loves us.
‘Exalt the Lord our God… Make a joyful noise to the Lord’ (Psalms 99:5,9; 98:4,6; 100:1).
We are to worship the Lord with joy. We are to glorify God. We are to enjoy Him.
In our worship, we must never forget the holiness of God: ‘He is holy! … The Lord our God is holy!’ (Psalm 99:5, 9).
In our worship, we rejoice in the love of God: ‘His steadfast love endures for ever… He has done marvellous things!’(Psalms 100:5; 98:1).
The God of ‘awesome purity’ loves us with the most perfect love of all: ‘No earthly father loves like Thee…’ Let us worship Him with holy fear and heartfelt love: ‘O how I fear Thee, living God, with deepest, tenderest fears… with trembling hope and penitential tears! Yet I may love Thee too, O Lord, Almighty as Thou art, for Thou hast stooped to ask of me the love of my poor heart’ (Church Hymnary, 356).
Let us worship Christ – our Lord and our God.
From the heights of heaven and the depths of suffering, ‘God… has spoken to us by His Son’ (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Jesus Christ is God’s ‘Word’ to us. He is ‘the Word’ who came from heaven: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’. He is ‘the Word’ who came to earth: ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…’ (John 1:1-14).
In heaven, He is worshipped by angels: ‘Let all God’s angels worship Him’(Hebrews 1:6).
On earth, ‘He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone’(Hebrews 2:9).
We see the greatness of Christ in both His heavenly glory and His saving grace. None can compare with Him. He is our Lord. He is our Saviour. We consider all that He has done for us - ‘the nail marks in His hands…’- and we worship Him - ‘my Lord and my God’(John 20:19-20,24-28).
Keep your eyes on Christ - the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He is the Beginning. He is also the End (John 1:1-3; Revelation 21:6).
He is ‘the Word… made flesh’. ‘We have seen His glory’(14). This is only the beginning. When He returns, we shall see His glory - ‘we shall see Him as He is’(1 John 3:2).
From Him, there is creation (John 1:1-3).
From Him, there is salvation (John 1:12-13).
In Him, we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 1:29, 32-34).
He is the Word of God, the Lamb of God and the Son of God (John 1:1, 29, 34). When we look at Jesus Christ, we see God - ‘the ‘Word was God’(John 1:1), ‘No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known’(John 1:18).
Do you want to know what God is like? - Look at Jesus (John 14:9).
What do we see when we look at Him? - ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.
The same readings are suggested for Year A and Year B.
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January 1: The Naming of Jesus – Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:4-7 (or Philippians 2:5-11); Luke 2:15-21
His Name was called JESUS (Luke 2:21).
Christmas is over – but let’s not forget Jesus. He is still here. He is still with us.
He is for New Year’s Day as well as Christmas Day. He is for every day.
The New Year has begun. Let there be more than a new year. Let there be new life – the new life that Jesus brings.
We have celebrated His birth.
It is similar to the birth of any other child. It is a time for joyful thanksgiving.
It is different from the celebration of any other child. This is the special Child. This is God’s Son. He is Jesus. He is the Saviour. He brings new life to the world.
On the first Christmas Day, the announcement was made: There is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).
We move on from the first Christmas. We move on to today. We do not leave Jesus behind. He is with us still.
On this day, any day, every day, we hear God’s call: Let new life begin.
New Year’s Day comes around just once a year. Every day is new life day.
Every day, God is speaking to us. He speaks to us about new life.
This is much more than the traditional greeting – We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
In the Name of Jesus, we hear the Good News of new life. He has been born in the city of David.
This is Good News for us. This is Good News for today.
The New Year has begun. Let new life begin.
Let Christ be ‘born this day’(Luke 2:11). Let Him be born in your heart!
The Name of Jesus is the Name of love.
The Name of Jesus is the Name of love, perfect love, the greatest love of all. There is no love like the love of Jesus.
At Christmas time, we look back to His birth. We celebrate His continuing love.
On New Year’s Day, we look on to the future. We commit ourselves to loving Him who first loved us.
In the Name of Jesus, God speaks to us with a call to consecration and a promise of blessing.
* Do we love the Name of Jesus? – Let us consecrate ourselves to Him.
‘Separate… to the Lord… Separate… from wine and strong drink’ (Numbers 6:2-3): These two thoughts are closely connected in the New Testament - ‘Do not get drunk with wine… Be filled with the Spirit’ (Ephesians 5:18). We are to be ‘holy to the Lord’ (Numbers 6:8). ‘Consecrated to the Lord’, our whole life must be controlled by one thing: ‘Do all to the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10:31).
* Do we love the Name of Jesus? – Let us seek His blessing in our lives.
Motivated by a desire for God’s glory, we will enjoy God’s blessing (Numbers 6:22-27). God’s blessing is not a ‘cheap’ thing, something that doesn’t matter very much.
Remember Esau (Genesis 25:29-34). He couldn’t be bothered. He couldn’t care less. God’s blessing meant nothing to him. He didn’t want God’s blessing.
What did God do? - He gave it to Jacob.
‘The Lord bless you…’ - Do you want this? Or must God find somebody else?
In the Name of Jesus, we have the victory.
‘The Lord is ‘majestic’ (Psalm 8:1, 9). He does not remain remote. He does not keep His distance. This is the message of Christmas. The Saviour has been born. God has not remained in heaven. He has come to earth. He has come near to us. He is God with us.
In the birth of Jesus, we see God’s greatness, the greatness of His love. His love makes all the difference.
* When we feel forgotten. He remembers us.
* When we feel unloved. He cares for us (Psalm 8:4).
* When we are tempted. He will ‘still the enemy’ (Psalm 8:2).
At the beginning of a New Year, we are reminded of God our Creator (Psalm 8:5-8).
The God of creation is the God of our salvation. From Bethlehem, the place of Christ’s birth, we look forward. We see Jesus, crucified for us. In His death, there is victory. Christ has won the victory for us. Christ has triumphed over ‘him who has the power of death.’ Christ has triumphed over ‘the devil.’ (Hebrews 2:8-9, 14).
We rejoice in Christ’s victory. We worship Him. We sing, “Majesty, worship His Majesty. Jesus, who died, now glorified, King of all kings’.
Jesus leads us on from victory to victory.
At the Cross, Christ won the victory over Satan. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ makes His victory real in our life here and now.
* ‘God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts’ (Galatians 4:6).
The Spirit is not a reward we earn by being good people. The Spirit is God’s gift (Titus 3:5). In Galatians 3:13-14, Paul connects the gift of the Spirit with Christ’s death for us and our faith in Christ. We do not come to God with our religion in one hand and our morality in the other, insisting that we deserve to be blessed by Him. We look away from ourselves to Christ - ‘Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy Cross I cling’(Church Hymnary, 83).
All pride in ourselves must be brought to Christ’s Cross as we humbly pray, ‘Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me, fill me’(Mission Praise, 613).
God has given His Spirit to us. Let’s give ourselves to Him - to ‘be filled with the Spirit’(Ephesians 5:18).
* ‘He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the Day of Jesus Christ’(Philippians 1:6).
Do you feel like you can`t go on? Do you feel like giving up?
God gives us His Word of encouragement. He will bring His good work to completion.
God finishes what He starts - ‘He didn`t bring us this far to leave us. He didn`t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn`t build His home in us to move away. He didn`t lift us up to let us down’.
In all the changes of life, we must remember this: God is faithful. His love is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable.
We don`t keep going because we are strong. We are ‘kept by the power of God’ (1 Peter 1:5).
‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ (Philippians 2:11) – He will give you the strength to keep going when you feel like giving up.
We do not find our own victory. We receive His victory. The victory does not come from deep down within ourselves. It comes from high above us. It comes from Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is not our victory. It is His victory. All the power comes from Him. All the glory goes to Him.
In ‘humility’ let us live ‘to the glory and praise of God’ (Philippians 2:3; 1:11).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.
The same readings are suggested for Year A and Year B.
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January 1: when observed as New Year’s Day – Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Revelation 21:1-6a; Matthew 25: 31-46
Let’s begin the year with worship: “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your Name” (Psalm 8:1).
How excellent is our Saviour – He takes away the emptiness of life without Him.
‘God has put eternity into man’s mind’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In every human heart, there is a God-shaped blank. It can only be filled by Jesus Christ.
Many people try to find true happiness without opening their heart to Jesus Christ. That’s like ‘trying to catch the wind’ (Ecclesiastes 4:16). True happiness keeps slipping through your fingers. There’s always something missing - ‘an aching void the world can never fill’ (Church Hymnary, 663).
Jesus Christ stands at the door of every human heart. He knocks. He waits for your answer. He says, ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…’ (Revelation 3:20). Will you invite Him into your heart? He is waiting for you to pray, ‘Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus’.
How excellent is our Saviour – He is preparing us for a glorious future.
Our Saviour is ‘Faithful and True’. He is ‘the Word of God’. He is our ‘Lord’ and ‘King’(Revelation 19:11,13,16).
We are invited to ‘come’ to Him. The invitation - ‘Come, gather together for the great supper of God’- is a call to come to Christ (Revelation 19:17). We come to Christ so that we might ‘reign with Him’(Revelation 20:6).
Coming to Christ is only the beginning. God is preparing us for something even better - reigning with Him. This is a great future - ‘no more death or mourning or crying or pain’(Revelation 21:4).
There is, however, a Word of warning for those who refuse to come to Christ for salvation - ‘If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire’; ‘Their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur’ (Revelation 20:15; 21:8). ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’(Acts 16:31).
How excellent is our Saviour – He gives us joy as we serve Him day-by-day.
We are to be faithful to God (Matthew 25:21). There is a reward for faithfulness (Matthew 25:29; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15). Our ‘reward’ is not to get more glory for ourselves: ‘what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord’(2 Corinthians 4:5). Bringing glory to God - this is to be our greatest joy.
We are not to be thinking, ‘What am I going to get out of this?’. We are to be asking, ‘What can I give to others?’.
The ‘righteous’ are not full of boasting about their ‘righteous’ actions (Matthew 25:37-38). The Lord’s true servants do not draw attention to themselves.
Do you have ‘talents’? Yes - you do! Use them! ‘Serve the Lord with gladness’(Psalm 100:2).
Let this be your ‘reward’: the joyful privilege of bringing blessing to others and glory to God.
On earth, we begin to ‘enter the joy of our Lord’(21). In heaven, there will be ‘fullness of joy’and ‘pleasure for evermore’
(Psalm 16:11).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.
The same readings are suggested for Year A and Year B.
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Second Sunday after Christmas Day: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18
In love, the Lord draws us to Himself.
‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness’ (Jeremiah 31:3).
So often, we have been like ‘the prodigal son’ (Luke 15:11-24). We have walked away from our Father’s House. We have wandered off into ‘the far country’. We feel that we are far from God, yet still He draws near to us.
The Lord is at work in our hearts. He is bringing us ‘to our senses’. He is reminding us of His love. He is drawing us back to Himself. In love, He is calling us home again. He is speaking to our hearts. He is saying to us, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love’.
As His love reaches our hearts, ‘the prodigal son’ becomes ‘the returning son’: ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son’. ‘Bring me back, let me come back, for you are the Lord my God!’ (Jeremiah 31:18).
In love, the Lord brings us into fellowship with His people.
‘The Lord builds up Jerusalem. He gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds’ (Psalm 147:2-3).
This is much more than the building of the city of Jerusalem with bricks and mortar. This is God building up His people in their ‘most holy faith’ (Jude 20). This is God blessing His people as they gather together to worship Him.
In Christ, we are ‘being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit’ (Ephesians 2:22). The Lord draws us to Himself. He brings us into fellowship with His people.
He calls us to worship Him: ‘Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving’. He ‘blesses’ us through ‘His Word’. He ‘blesses’ us in ‘the Spirit’: ‘He sends His Word… and the waters flow’ (Psalm 147:7, 12-13, 18; John 7:37-39).
In love, the Lord calls us to be changed by His love.
‘By grace you have been saved through faith… for good works’ (Ephesians 2:8-10). God calls us to live a ‘holy’ life. We cannot make ourselves holy. We are spiritually ‘dead’. We need to be ‘made alive’- by God. Holiness does not come from ourselves. It comes from the Lord.
Long before we ever thought of loving Him - He loved us. Our love for Him is so changeable. His love for us is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable. It is eternal. He loved us ‘before the foundation of the world’. He will love us ‘in the world to come’. This is the love of God, the love which inspires us and enables us to live a ‘holy’ life (Ephesians 2:1; 1:4; 2:7).
When we realize the truth concerning ourselves - ‘nothing good dwells within me’(Romans 7:18) - and God - He is ‘rich in mercy’ (Ephesians 2:4) - , we will ‘praise His glorious grace’ (Ephesians 1:6).
We praise His glorious grace when we receive His love and are changed by His love.
In love, the Lord calls us to be changed by His glory.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He is the Beginning. He is also the End (John 1:1-3; Revelation 21:6).
He is ‘the Word… made flesh’. ‘We have seen His glory’ (John 1:14). This is only the beginning. When He returns, we shall see His glory - ‘we shall see Him as He is’(1 John 3:2).
From Him, there is creation (John 1:1-3). From Him, there is salvation (John 1:12-13). In Him, we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 1:29, 32-34). He is the Word of God, the Lamb of God and the Son of God (John 1:1, 29, 34).
When we look at Jesus Christ, we see God - ‘the ‘Word was God’ (John 1:1), ‘No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known’ (John 1:18).
Do you want to know what God is like? - Look at Jesus (John 14:9). What do we see when we look at Him? - ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29).
We look at  the Lamb of God, crucified for us. We see love – the greatest love of all. It is divine love. It is eternal love. It is a love which calls us to say, with Paul,
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me …
… one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what
is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has
called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C.
The same readings are suggested for Year A and Year B.
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Season of Epiphany: Epiphany of the Lord - Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
Let the light of Christ shine.
“Arise, shine; for your Light has come… the Lord will be your everlasting Light” (Isaiah 60:1, 19-20). Jesus Christ is “the Light of the world.” When we “follow Him”, we “will not walk in darkness.” We “will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
We are living in difficult times. We are surrounded by much darkness. We must not be discouraged - “the lamp of God has not yet gone out” (1 Samuel 3:3). When the darkness threatens to overcome the Light, we must take encouragement from God’s Word - “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
When the darkness seems to be everywhere, put your trust in the Lord - “The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?”- and let “His Word” be “a lamp to your feet and a light to your path” (Psalms 27:1; 119:105).
Let the words of Scripture lead to thoughts of the Saviour.
* Read the words - “His Name” shall “endure for ever” (Psalm 72:17) - and think of Christ.
His Name is “the Name above all other names.” He is “the King of kings and Lord of lords” (Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 19:16).
* Read the words - “all nations call Him blessed” (Psalm 72:17) - , and think of Christ.
“From every tribe and language and people and nation”, God’s people have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (Revelation 5:9).
* Read the words - “May His glory fill the whole earth!” (Psalm 72:19) - , and think of Christ.
In the “new heaven and new earth”, “the holy city” will shine with “the glory of God.” “Its radiance”, “like a very precious jewel”, will be shining from this “lamp”: Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Revelation 21:1-2, 10-11, 23; John 1:29).
In Christ, we are called to salvation, sanctification and service.
By the grace of God we are called to salvation - “saved through faith”- , sanctification - “for good works” - , and service - “according to the gift of God’s grace by the working of His power”, we are enabled “to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 2:8-10; 3:7-8).
When we consider all this, we say in our hearts, “To God be the glory!” (Ephesians 3:21).
We are “strengthened with power through His Spirit in our inner being” so that we might live as those who are saved, sanctified and serving.
Even when we are deeply conscious of our own great weakness, we draw encouragement from this: God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:16, 20).
We grow in grace as we share in fellowship - “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit” (Ephesians 4:3).
Be wise - worship the Saviour.
We read “the story of the wise men.”. It is not so much about the wise men. It is about Jesus. He is the central character.
We are not told how many wise men there were. The word, “three” does not appear (Matthew 2:1). We are not told their names. We are not told exactly where they came from - just, they came “from the East” (Matthew 2:11).
The important thing is that they made their journey. They came, seeking Jesus: “Where is he…?” They came “to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2). The wise men were led to Jesus not only by “His star” (Matthew 2:2) but also by the Scriptures.
When asked where the child was to be born, they answered by quoting from the Scriptures (Matthew 2:5-6; Micah 5:2). Wise men are still led to Christ through the Scriptures.
Reading the Scriptures, we become wise for salvation as we find Christ who is our Wisdom (2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
Bethlehem was a “little town.” Humanly speaking, it did not have any great importance. Its importance is derived from the fact that it was the birth-place of our Saviour. When we think of Bethlehem, we do not think so much of the place as the Saviour who was born there.
Herod says that he wants to go to Bethlehem to worship Jesus (Matthew 2:8). Satan was speaking through Herod. Satan has no intention of worshipping God, and neither had Herod. Satan “comes only to steal and kill and destroy”. Christ comes to give “life… to the full” (John 10:10).
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Herod was not a worshipper of Christ but a servant of Satan. The wise men worship Jesus, then they return to their own country.
We know nothing about their return journey, their destination or their life in their own country. Their whole purpose was to point away from themselves to Jesus.
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary - Year C.
The same Bible Readings are suggested for Year A and Year B.
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First Sunday after the Epiphany (Baptism of the Lord): Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
The Lord is our Salvation.
‘I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour… I am the Lord, apart from Me there is no saviour’(Isaiah 43:3, 11). Isaiah’s words turn our thoughts towards Jesus our Saviour. The Name of Jesus is the Name of our salvation: ‘Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved’(Acts 4:12). ‘How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear’; ‘There is a Name I love to hear… It tells me of a Saviour’s love, who died to set me free; it tells me of His precious blood, the sinner’s perfect plea. O how I love the Saviour’s Name, the sweetest Name on earth’; ‘Name of all majesty… See now what God has done, sending His only Son, Christ the beloved One, Jesus is Lord!’(Church Hymnary, 376; Mission Praise, 672, 481).
The Lord is our Strength.
‘The Lord is my Strength…The Lord is the Strength of His people’(Psalm 28:7-8). Our personal strengthening is closely related to the strengthening of God’s people. Don’t be a ‘lone ranger’, going it alone, keeping yourself to yourself. Share your strength with others. Draw strength from them. ‘Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another’(Hebrews 10:24-25). Where does your strength come from? It comes from ‘the Lord’ who ‘sits enthroned as King for ever’(Psalm 29:10). We grow strong as we listen for ‘the voice of the Lord’(Psalm 29:3-9). Don’t let God’s voice be drowned out – ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’(Matthew 4:4).
Make sure that it’s real!
Simon the magician was impressed by the ‘signs and great miracles’, but his ‘heart’ was ‘not right before God’(Acts 8:13, 19). The Ethiopian’s conversion was real. Searching the Scriptures, he found the Saviour (Acts 8:30-35). From the Ethiopian’s conversion, we learn of Jesus’promise: ‘Seek and you will find’. From Simon’s tragedy, we hear Jesus’ warning: ‘Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord”, shall enter the kingdom of heaven…’(Matthew 7:7, 21-23). What is God saying to us from these two very different stories? – ‘Be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure’(2 Peter 1:10). ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart today; Try me, O Lord, and know my thoughts I pray; See if there be some wicked way in me, Cleanse me from every sin and set me free’ (Mission Praise. 587).
Receiving salvation begins with the confession of sin.
John’s message came from ‘God’(Luke 3:2). He did not begin with love. He preached about sin and divine judgment, warning his hearers to ‘flee from the wrath to come’(Luke 3:7). He called for ‘repentance’(Luke 3:3, 8). This was not what people wanted to hear. Before we can rejoice in the Good News concerning salvation, we must recognize our sin and our need of salvation. John prepared the way for Jesus. ‘All have sinned’, ‘The wages of sin is death’ – This is the ‘bad news; which prepares us to receive, with joyful thanksgiving, ‘the Good News’: ‘the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’(Romans 3:23; 6:23). Like John, we are to point to Jesus, God’s ‘beloved Son’: Before ‘Adam’ was, He is. Pray that the ‘Holy Spirit’ will bring people to Christ (Luke 3:22, 38; Luke 8:58).
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Second Sunday after the Epiphany: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11
God has given to us the greatest Name.
God has given us ‘a new Name’. It is ‘the Name which is above every name’, the Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 62:2; Philippians 2:9-11). Christ loves us. He has given Himself for us. He calls us His ‘Bride’(Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 21:2,9). Through faith in Christ, we have become ‘the Holy People’. Through Him, we are ‘the Redeemed of the Lord’. We have been ‘Sought After’by the Lord. In Him, we are ‘the City No Longer Deserted’(Isaiah 62:12; 1 Peter 2:9-9-10; 1:18-19; Luke 19:10; John 14:18). ‘There is a Name I love to hear… It tells me of a Saviour’s love, who died to set me free. It tells me of His precious blood, the sinner’s perfect plea… Jesus, the Name I love so well, the Name I love to hear!… O how I love the Saviour’s Name, the sweetest Name on earth!’(Mission Praise, 672).
God loves us with the greatest love.
Read about God’s ‘steadfast love’ and rejoice in Him: ‘Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens…How precious is Your steadfast love, O God!…O continue Your steadfast love to those who know You…’(Psalm 36:5, 7, 10). Rejoicing in the Lord’s ‘steadfast love’ is quite different from taking His love for granted. We dare not say, “God loves me. I can do what I like”. We must not become like the wicked – ‘there is no fear of God before his eyes’(Psalm 36:1). Where there is true rejoicing in God’s ‘steadfast love’, there will also be ‘the fear of the Lord’ which ‘is the beginning of wisdom’(Psalm 111:10). A real appreciation of God’s ‘steadfast love’ brings with it a real awareness of our own sinfulness. Knowing how much God loves us leads us to pray, ‘Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away’(Psalm 36:11).
The way of Christ is the way of love.
Paul speaks about ‘gifts of the Spirit’. They are ‘given for the common good’(1 Corinthians 12:4-7). We’re not ‘to show off’: ‘Look at me. The Church can’t do without me’. When we draw attention to ourselves rather than Christ, we are not living ‘by the Spirit of God’. He moves us to say, with our whole heart, ‘Jesus is Lord’(1 Corinthians 12:3). We live in fellowship with one another: ‘the body does not consist of one member but of many’(1 Corinthians 12:14). ‘I’m happy – as long as I’m getting my own way’: We can do without this kind of attitude! What about ‘the common good’? Sometimes, things don’t go according to my plan. Perhaps, my plan needs revising – to take account of ‘the common good’. When self raises its ugly head – ‘It’s my way or no way at all’ -  let’s not forget the ‘still more excellent way’(1 Corinthians 12:3). It is the way of love – Christ’s love!
Let the love of Jesus change you.
Andrew brought his brother, Simon Peter, to Jesus (John 1:40-42). ‘You are… You shall be…’(John 1:42). Jesus looks beyond what we are now. He sees what we will become through the transforming power of His grace. The ‘water’ became ‘wine’(John 2:9). This was the Lord’s doing. In Christ, we have been ‘made alive’. This is the work of God. He is ‘rich in mercy’. He loves us with a ‘great love’(Ephesians 2:4-5). At a wedding, Jesus rejoices with those who rejoice  (John 2:1-11). In the temple, He rebukes those who are proud (John 2:13-17). There was ‘death’ in the temple. Those who were spiritually ‘dead’ acted in complete disregard for the true purpose of God’s House – ‘My House shall be called a house of prayer’(Matthew 21:13). ‘Raised from the dead’, we receive ‘new life’(John 2:22; Romans 6:4). Be real with Jesus. He will bless you (John 2:23-25).
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Third Sunday after the Epiphany: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21
Let us worship God.
What happens when God’s people ‘gather together’(Nehemiah 8:1)? – (a) We hear the Word of the Lord (Nehemiah 8:2-3, 8). We come to the Lord’s House, seeking a fresh understanding of His Word. We look to the Lord, speaking through His Word, to fill us ‘with great joy’(Nehemiah 8:12). (b) We thank God for His Son, our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ (8:13-18). In ‘the feast of the seventh month’, ‘the Lord’s Feast of Tabernacles’, God’s people remembered how much He had done for them (Leviticus 23:34,42). In the Lord’s Supper, we remember that Christ died for our sins (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). (c) We dedicate our lives to the Lord (Nehemiah 9:2). ‘Do not be conformed to this world’. ‘Be transformed’by God’s Word (Romans 12:2). (d) We worship the Lord (Nehemiah 9:5). Let us ‘praise the Lord our God…’.
Let us hear the Word of the Lord.
God reveals Himself in creation and Scripture. He speaks through His created world. He speaks through His written Word. God is always speaking. He is never silent. Through His created world, God is speaking to us – every day, every night. He is showing us His glory (Psalm 19:1-2). He makes us aware of His presence. He whets our appetite for His written Word. The Scriptures lead us to Christ. Through faith in Him, we receive salvation (2 Timothy 3:15). Christ is the high-point of God’s revelation. He is the living Word (John 1:1, 14). The testimony of the Psalmist – ‘The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul’(Psalm 19:7) – becomes real for us through faith in Christ – ‘I came to Jesus…My soul revived and now I live in Him’(Church Hymnary, 212). Make it real. Come to Christ. Come alive in Him!
With a thankful heart, let us dedicate our lives to the Lord.
Paul speaks about ‘gifts of the Spirit’. They are ‘given for the common good’(1 Corinthians 12:4-7). We’re not ‘to show off’: ‘Look at me. The Church can’t do without me’. When we draw attention to ourselves rather than Christ, we are not living ‘by the Spirit of God’. He moves us to say, with our whole heart, ‘Jesus is Lord’(1 Corinthians 12;3). We live in fellowship with one another: ‘the body does not consist of one member but of many’(1 Corinthians 12:14). ‘I’m happy – as long as I’m getting my own way’: We can do without this kind of attitude! What about ‘the common good’? Sometimes, things don’t go according to my plan. Perhaps, my plan needs revising – to take account of ‘the common good’. When self raises its ugly head – ‘It’s my way or no way at all’- let’s not forget the ‘still more excellent way’(1 Corinthians 12:3). It is the way of love – Christ’s love!
Let us follow Jesus in the pathway of victory.
Jesus was ‘tempted by the devil’(Luke 4:2). He was rejected by His enemies (Luke 4:28-29). When we look around us, we see nothing but temptations and rejection – What a negative way of looking at things! There is something more positive here – the presence of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1,14,18). Do not be afraid. There is no need to be discouraged. We need not be defeated. The temptations may be many. The opposition may be fierce. We can ‘pass through the midst of them’(Luke 4:30): ‘God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control’(2 Timothy 1:7). Satan is persistent – They did not rest until they had crucified Him. Faced with such opposition, we – like Jesus – must walk in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:12,17-18).
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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30
Catching a glimpse of the eternal God.
To understand Jeremiah’s story, we must look ‘behind the scenes’: ‘The Word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations”’(Jeremiah 1:4-5). To understand our own story, we must go even further back – ‘The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… chose us in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight’. We must never forget the words of Jesus: ‘You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last’(Ephesians 1:3-4; John 15:16). We’re not to be ‘on the surface’ people. We’re to be people who have seen ‘behind the scenes’, people who have caught a glimpse of the eternal God and His eternal purpose for our lives.
Looking to the Lord who leads us in the way of victory.
David is in great danger. His life is being threatened by his enemies (Psalm 70:2). We might expect that he would be depressed. Far from it! Rather than being preoccupied with his own problems, he is calling on God’s people to worship the Lord with joy: ‘May all who seek You, rejoice and be glad in You! May those who love Your salvation continually say, “God is great!”’(Psalm 70:4). How was David able to rise above his own problems and call the Lord’s people to worship? – He knew that the Lord was his ‘Rock of refuge’, his ‘strong Fortress’(Psalm 71:3). Like David, we may face ‘many terrible troubles’. Let us learn, like David, to praise the Lord and look to Him to lead us in the way of victory: ‘You have done great things, O God… You will revive me again’(Psalm 71:19-20).
A revival of love
Paul’s teaching seems so unrealistic. Life isn’t like this, people aren’t like this, the Church isn’t like this – and we’re all the poorer for it! We speak about revival. We hope for it. We pray for it. What we need most of all is a revival of love. This is not a return to ‘the good old days’. This is for here and now. We can make a great deal of a ‘revival’ which took place a good many years ago. It is in today’s world that we are called to show love. Differences of opinion become deeply-held prejudices. It’s all going on in the Name of Christ! Our reverence for yesterday’s religious leaders will mean nothing – if there is no love. Some things should have been ‘dead and buried’a long time ago. Keep the negative thinking going and we’ll be speaking to ourselves. Nobody will be listening (1 corinthians 14:4, 8)!
In our weakness, the Holy Spirit comes to us with His strength.
Jesus was ‘tempted by the devil’(Luke 4:2). He was rejected by His enemies (Luke 4:28-29). When we look around us, we see nothing but temptations and rejection – What a negative way of looking at things! There is something more positive here – the presence of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1,14,18). Do not be afraid. There is no need to be discouraged. We need not be defeated. The temptations may be many. The opposition may be fierce. We can ‘pass through the midst of them’(Luke 4:30): ‘God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control’(2 Timothy 1:7). Satan is persistent – They did not rest until they had crucified Him. Faced with such opposition, we – like Jesus – must walk in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:12,17-18).
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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany: Isaiah 6:1-8, (9-13); Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11
In God’s holiness, we see our sin. Through His love, we receive His forgiveness.
God reveals His holiness: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts’(Isaiah 6:3). In His holiness, we see our own sinfulness: ‘I am a man of unclean lips’(Isaiah 6:5). God is perfectly holy: ‘Your eyes are too pure to look on evil’(Habakkuk 1:13). When we look at ourselves in the light of God’s perfect holiness, we see the truth concerning ourselves: ‘All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’(Romans 3:23). There is no room for excuses. We must confess our sin. We must pray for God’s forgiveness: ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner’(Luke 18:13). To those who come to Him with a true confession of sin, God speaks His Word of forgiveness: ‘your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven’(Isaiah 6:7). The Lord has saved us. Let us serve Him. Let us pray, ‘Here am I! Send me’(Isaiah 6:8). Let us share the Good News of His forgiveness.
When your faith seems so weak, Jesus won’t let you down – He’ll lift you up.
‘How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?’(Psalm 137:4). It is not easy to keep on worshipping the Lord when so many show no interest in worshipping Him. What are we to do when our faith seems so weak and we are on the verge of giving up? ‘Ask the Saviour to help you, comfort, strengthen and keep you’. What will we find when we come to the Lord, looking to Him for strength? ‘He is willing to aid you. He will carry you through’. God gives us strength – ‘You answered me when I called to You. With Your strength, You strengthened me’(Psalm 138:3). ‘To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown. Through faith we shall conquer, though often cast down. He who is our Saviour, our strength will renew. Look ever to Jesus. He will carry you through’(Church Hymnary, 482).
When your faith seems so weak, remember this – Jesus is risen from the dead.
Here, we learn of Christ’s resurrection: the fact - ‘Christ has been raised from the dead’- and the meaning – ‘the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep’(1 Corinthians 15:20). We look back to His resurrection. We ‘remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead’(2 Timothy 2:8). We look forward to our own resurrection. We will be ‘raised ‘ -  ‘imperishable… in glory… in power… a spiritual body’(1 Corinthians 15:42-44). Looking back to His resurrection and looking forward to our own resurrection, we are to live, here and now, in ‘the power of His resurrection’(Philippians 3:10). We believe the fact of the resurrection. We live in the power of the resurrection. We rejoice in the hope of the resurrection. With ‘resurrection’ faith in the ‘resurrection’ God, let us live the ‘resurrection’ life as a ‘resurrection’ people!
When your faith seems so weak, pray that God’s Word will speak to you with power.
‘His Word was with power’(Luke 4:32). Where there are hindrances, obstructing the flow of God’s Word, we must pray that God’s Word will be heard for ‘what it really is’- ‘not the word of men but the Word of God’(1 Thessalonians 2:13). Our hearing of God’s Word is not to be a superficial thing – Here, the people of Capernaum ‘tried to keep Him from leaving them’(Luke 4:42). Later, Jesus said, ‘You, Capernaum… shall be thrust down to hell’(Luke 10:15). We must hear the Word of God and act on it (Luke 5:1,3). We may feel, ‘it’s a waste of time’. We must be obedient to God: ‘at Your Word I will let down the nets’(Luke 5:5). We are to be ‘partners’ in the Lord’s work (Luke 5:7): ‘workers together with God’(2 Corinthians 6:1). All the glory belongs to the Lord: We are ‘sinful’- Through His grace, we can win others for Him (Luke 5:8,10).
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Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 |Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26
God’s Word, God’s Salvation, God’s Blessing
‘The Lord’ is ‘the Fountain of living water’(Jeremiah 17:13). He says to us, ‘With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation’(Isaiah 12:3). We can be ‘like a tree planted by water’, a tree that ‘does not ce
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First Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
Jesus Christ is God’s Answer to our prayer.
We confess our sins to God - ‘We sinned... All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags’. We look to God for forgiveness - ‘Do not remember our sins for ever’ (Isaiah 64:5-6, 9). We know that God hears and answers our prayer. Jesus Christ is God’s Answer to our prayer. He has ‘come down’ from heaven to earth. ‘The Son of the Most High’ has been ‘born’ into our world. Jesus Christ is God’s way of saying ‘Here am I! Here am I!’ He is ‘God with us’ (Isaiah 64:1; 65:1; Luke 1:32, 35; Matthew 1:23). ‘The blood of Jesus, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin’. Let us ‘confess our sins’. ‘The blood of Jesus, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin’- Let us come to God with faith, believing that He ‘will forgive our sins’. (1 John 1:7, 9). Let us rejoice in Jesus, our Saviour!
We pray for salvation. God gives His Answer – Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
‘Restore us, O God, make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved’ (Psalm 80:3). This prayer for salvation is repeated with a growing sense of God’s greatness - ‘O God Almighty’ (Psalm 80:7), ‘O Lord God Almighty’ (Psalm 80:19). To those who are asking the question of salvation - ‘What must I do to be saved?’ - , God gives His answer - ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’ (Acts 16:30-31). What does the Lord say to those who look to Christ for salvation? - ‘The Lord will bless you and watch over you. The Lord will smile on you and be kind to you. The Lord will look on you with favour and give you peace’ (Numbers 6:24-26). Let us worship Him: ‘Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer’ (Ephesians 1:3).
Christ is our full salvation. Let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
Paul preached the Gospel, ‘not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power’ (1 Corinthians 1:17; 2:4). He preached ‘Christ crucified’with a determination ‘to know nothing except Jesus Christ crucified’ (1 Corinthians 1:23; 2:2). This is the message of our salvation - ‘Christ crucified... Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God’ (1 Corinthians 1:23-24). All the glory belongs to God. We have no right to steal away any of the glory for ourselves: ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord’ (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). Our faith is ‘not based on human wisdom but on God’s power’(2:5). ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace’ (Mission Praise, 712). Christ is our full salvation. ‘Let us rejoice and be glad’ in Him’ (1 Corinthians 1:30; Psalm 118:24).
With Christ as our Saviour, we are a people of hope.
We are not to be a people whose ‘faith’ is locked in the past! We are to be a people of hope. We look to the future. We ‘see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory’ (Mark 13:26). There may be ‘wars and rumours of wars’ (Mark 13:7). When Christ returns, only one thing will matter: ‘he who endures to the end will be saved’ (Mark 13:13). ‘This day - the noise of battle’: Look beyond all that to ‘the victor’s song’(Church Hymnary, 481). In human conflict, there is so much of self - ‘We are the people’. When Christ returns, nothing will matter but this: ‘When the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there’ (Mission Praise,759). We hear of ‘wars and rumours of wars’. Do we say, ‘This is part of our history. It’s always been this way’?. We must remember: Preaching Christ's Gospel is far more important than ‘defending’our ways (10)!
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
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Second Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
‘The Lord is the everlasting God... He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak... those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...’ (Isaiah 40:28-31). Far too often, we say, ‘I can’t’when we really mean ‘I won’t’. ‘I can’t’- This is an insult to the power of God. The Lord calls us to do something special for Him. We say, ‘I can’t’. What are we really saying? This is what we are saying - ‘Lord, I don’t believe Your promise - “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”’. Don’t say, ‘I can’t’. Don’t get so busy with other things that you fail to wait upon the Lord and renew your strength. When the Lord calls you to serve Him, say, ‘Yes, Lord, I will wait upon You. I will renew my strength. I will do Your will’.
O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee. Send a revival. Start the work in me.
We are to pray for revival - ‘Restore us again, O God our Saviour... Will You not revive us again that Your people may rejoice in You?’ (Psalm 85:4, 6). We are to pray that God will ‘grant us His salvation’. We are to pray that ‘His saving presence will remain in our land’. We must pray that ‘His glory may dwell in our land’ (Psalm 85:7, 9). We are to pray for real listening - ‘I will listen to what God the Lord will say’- , a real turning to the Lord - ‘turning to Him in our hearts’- , and a real sense of His blessing - ‘He will speak peace to His people’ (Psalm 85:8). Prayer for revival does not begin as a prayer for others. It begins with ourselves: ‘O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee; send a revival - start the work in me’. It begins with this prayer: “Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine; fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine’ (Mission Praise, 587).
Centred on Christ, our life is filled with grace and glory,
‘Grow’ in Christ and give ‘glory’ to Him. Centred on ‘our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’, our life is filled with ‘grace’and ‘glory’. From Him, we receive ‘grace’ - ‘From the fulness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another’. From Him, we receive ‘glory’ - ‘I have given them the glory that You gave Me’ (2 Peter 3:18; John 1:16; 17:22). Where does this life of grace and glory begin? It begins with God. In ourselves, there is sin. In Him, there is salvation. ‘He is patient with us.’ He waits for us to ‘come to repentance.’ He shows us our sin so that we might learn to look to our Saviour - ‘Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation’ (2 Peter 3:9; 2 Corinthians 7:10). Turn to the Lord. Let it be real. Let Him lead you in His pathway - the pathway of grace and glory.
In Christ, we become a new creation.
This is a new ‘beginning’. The prophets had spoken. Now, the Saviour has come. This is Good News. John has prepared the way. Now, he stands aside to make way for Jesus Christ, the Son of God’ (Mark 1:1, 11). Following Jesus’baptism, there was temptation. This was Kingdom against kingdom. Satan’s kingdom was under threat. The Kingdom of God had come. Christ triumphed over Satan. In Him, we triumph when, hearing the Gospel declaration - ‘the Kingdom of God is at hand’- , we obey the Gospel command - ‘repent and believe the gospel’ (Mark 1:15). With the command, ‘Follow Me’, there is the promise, ‘I will make you...’ (Mark 1:17). Christ’s call is ‘full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14). It is truth - a call to discipleship. It is grace - a call from Jesus. In Christ, we become ‘a new creation’ (2 Corinthians 5:17). We become ‘fishers of men’ (Mark 1:17).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
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Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 (or Luke 1:47-55); 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
God has given us the Good News of salvation: Jesus Christ.
‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me... to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour’ (Isaiah 61:1-2). Jesus has fulfilled these words (Luke 4:18-21). Jesus has come, ‘proclaiming the Good News of God’. He tells us that ‘the time has come’. This is the time of opportunity, the time for making our response to Jesus Christ. He calls for our response - ‘Repent and believe the Good News!’ He calls us to make our response now - ‘now is the acceptable time... now is the day of salvation’ (Mark 1:14-15; 2 Corinthians 6:2). There will come a time when the time of opportunity comes to an end. When Christ returns ‘with power and great glory’, it will be ‘the Day of vengeance of our God’. We do not know when Christ will return. Get ‘ready’for His Return. Put your ‘faith’in Him (Isaiah 61:2; Matthew 24:30, 36, 44; 25:13; Luke 18:8).
God has given us a solid Rock for our faith: Jesus Christ.
‘Those who trust in the Lord... cannot be moved...’ When we put our trust in the Lord, we are like the ‘wise man who built his house on the rock’. His house ‘did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock’. When we do not put our trust in the Lord, we are like the ‘foolish man who built his house on sand’. His house ‘fell with a great crash.’ ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain’ (Psalms 125:1; 127:1; Matthew 7:24-27). ‘Jesus Christ’ is the ‘sure Foundation’ upon which our faith is built. He is ‘the solid Rock’, our ‘mighty Rock of spiritual refreshment’ (1 Corinthians 3:11; 10:3-4; Church Hymnary, 10, 411). ‘Christ died for our sins... He was raised on the third day’. Let us rejoice in Him: ‘The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy’ (Psalm 126:3; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
God has given us a Song of praise: Jesus Christ has come to our world.
There are two great ‘songs of praise’ here (Luke 1:46-55, 67-79). God was doing ‘a new thing.’ His people were rejoicing in Him. Great things were happening. Greater things were going to happen. Soon, the Saviour would be born. The birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66) - This was great. The birth of our Saviour - This would be even greater. Mary and Zechariah felt the touch of God upon their lives, and their hearts were filled with praise to God: ‘When I feel the touch of Your hand upon my life, it causes me to sing a song that I love You, Lord. So from deep within my spirit singeth unto Thee, You are my King, You are my God, and I love You Lord’ (Mission Praise, 753). John was ‘in the wilderness.’ He ‘became strong in spirit’ (Luke 1:80). May God help us to grow spiritually, even when life is not very easy!
God has given us a glorious Hope: Jesus Christ is coming again.
Do you feel like giving up? God is not about to give up on you: ‘He who calls you is utterly faithful and He will finish what He set out to do’ (1 Thessalonians 5:23). He has a great future for us: ‘God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ’ (1 Thessalonians 5:9). We look forward to the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ: ‘The Lord Himself will descend from heaven’ (1 Thessalonians 4:16). We look forward to heavenly and eternal glory: ‘We shall always be with the Lord’ (1 Thessalonians 4:17). This is the kind of encouragement we need. We are to remind one another of these things: ‘Comfort one another with these words’ (1 Thessalonians 4:18). We are ‘to encourage one another’ to go on with the Lord. Let’s ‘build one another up’, encouraging each other to build on ‘the Rock’ which is ‘Christ’ (1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 10:3; Matthew 7:24-27).
God has given us Himself: Jesus Christ is God.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He is the Beginning. He is also the End (John 1:1-3; Revelation 21:6). He is ‘the Word... made flesh.’ ‘We have seen His glory’ (John 1:14). This is only the beginning. When He returns, we shall see His glory - ‘we shall see Him as He is’ (1 John 3:2). From Him, there is creation (John 1:1-3). From Him, there is salvation (John 1:12-13). In Him, we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 1:29, 32-34). He is the Word of God, the Lamb of God and the Son of God (John 1:1, 29, 34). When we look at Jesus Christ, we see God - ‘the ‘Word was God’ (John 1:1), ‘No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known’ (John 1:18). Do you want to know what God is like? - Look at Jesus (John 14:9). What do we see when we look at Him? - ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
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Fourth Sunday of Advent: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 (or Luke 1:47-55); Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
Look beyond David. Look beyond Solomon. Jesus Christ is the King of kings.
David was king. God was looking on to the next king, Solomon. Knowing the kind of man Solomon would become, God speaks of chastening: ‘When he does wrong, I will chasten him.’ This chastening is an expression of God’s ‘steadfast love’: ‘Those whom I love, I rebuke and chasten’. How do we respond to God’s chastening? Don’t be like ‘Saul.’ He was ‘put away from’ being king because of his continual disobedience. ‘Be zealous and repent.’ When you are being chastened, don’t forget the love of God: ‘The Lord disciplines him whom He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.’ Why does God chasten His children? - ‘He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.’ Beyond the ‘pain’ of ‘discipline’, there is ‘the peaceful fruit of righteousness’ (2 Samuel 7:14-15; Revelation 3:19; Hebrews 12:5-11).
Come to Jesus Christ and say, “I will sing of the Lord’s Great love for ever.”
‘I will sing of the Lord’s great love for ever; with my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness through all generations’ (Psalm 89:1). Many years have passed since these words were written by the Psalmist. Many generations have come and gone since Jesus Christ came to our world. The years come and go. The centuries run their course. One generation gives way to another generation. Time moves on relentlessly. None of us can halt the march of time. Many changes have taken place over the course of time. There is something which must never change. The Lord is to be praised ‘for ever.’ He is to be praised ‘through all generations.’ We must look back and remember. Jesus Christ was crucified for us. Jesus Christ has risen for us. This is the Good News which inspires our praise: ‘I will sing of the Lord’s great love for ever...’
Come to Jesus Christ and say from your heart, “I love You, Lord.”
There are two great ‘songs of praise’ here (Luke 1:46-55, 67-79). God was doing ‘a new thing.’ His people were rejoicing in Him. Great things were happening. Greater things were going to happen. Soon, the Saviour would be born. The birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66) - This was great. The birth of our Saviour - This would be even greater. Mary and Zechariah felt the touch of God upon their lives, and their hearts were filled with praise to God: ‘When I feel the touch of Your hand upon my life, it causes me to sing a song that I love You, Lord. So from deep within my spirit singeth unto Thee, You are my King, You are my God, and I love You, Lord’ (Mission Praise, 753). John was ‘in the wilderness.’ He ‘became strong in spirit’ (Luke 1:80). May God help us to grow spiritually, even when life is not very easy!
Come to Jesus Christ and let Him make you strong for God.
Paul was writing to a Church with big problems (Romans 16:17-18). Deeply influenced by the wrong kind of people, the Church gets bogged down in ‘dissensions and difficulties.’ Critical, fault-finding people exert an extremely divisive influence. They look after their own interests. They only think about themselves. Nothing else matters to them. They manipulate other people - to get their own way. They go out of their way to get their own way! The problem may be great - but the power of God is greater (Romans 16:19-20)! Strengthened by ‘the God of peace’ and ‘the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ’, let us press on in ‘obedience’ to God, claiming His victory over ‘Satan.’ Let ‘the preaching of Jesus Christ’ make you strong for God (Romans 16:25-27).
Come to Jesus Christ and let the Holy Spirit come upon you.
God was about to do ‘a new thing’(Isaiah 43:19). It was centred on Christ, though John also played his part (Luke 1:31-33, 16-17). There were obstacles - Zechariah and Elizabeth were ‘old’ (Luke 1:18), and Mary had ‘no man’ (Luke 1:34). What were these obstacles to God? - Nothing: ‘with God nothing will be impossible’ (Luke 1:37). How are we to respond to God’s ‘new thing’? - ‘let it be to me according to Your Word’ (Luke 1:38). How will God’s ‘new thing’make progress among us? - Through the power of the Holy Spirit: ‘he will be filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Luke 1:15), ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you...’ (Luke 1:34). ‘Holy Spirit, we welcome you... Move among us with holy fire... Let the breeze of your presence flow... Please accomplish in me today, some new work of loving grace, I pray; Unreservedly have Your way...’ (Mission Praise, 241).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
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Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) I – Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20) (same for all three years)
Glory to God in the highest – our Saviour has come.
The prophecy has been spoken - ‘To us a Child is born, to us a Son is given...’. The prophecy has been fulfilled - ‘Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord’.
Jesus Christ is our great Saviour. He is our ‘Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6: Luke 2:11).
Jesus Christ has brought to us a great salvation. Through faith in Him, we enter God’s heavenly and eternal ‘Kingdom’ (Isaiah 9:7: Luke 1:30-33).
This is ‘Good News of great joy’- for ‘all the people’, for ‘all generations’.
Let us rejoice in the Lord, as Mary, the mother of Jesus, did - ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour... for the Mighty One has done great things for me...’
Let us join with the angels in saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest...’ (Luke 2:10; 1:46-50; 2:14).
Christ: King of glory, King of love - may the glory of His love shine in us.
‘The Lord reigns’ (Psalms 96:10; 97:1). ‘The Lord is King!’
He is not only ‘the King all-glorious above’. He is ‘the King of love’. He is ‘our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend!’
He is not only ‘the King of heaven’. He is ‘the God of grace’. He is ‘the King of mercy’ (Church Hymnary, 35, 36, 388, 360, 86).
His reign is not to be restricted to some faraway heaven. It is not to be a reign that is far removed from the practicalities of our everyday life.
He is to reign in our hearts. He is to reign in every part of our life.
Let His reign of love begin. Let His grace and mercy control all that you do.
We must pray, ‘Reign in me, Sovereign Lord, reign in me’. When we say, ‘Let Your Kingdom come’ and ‘let Your will be done’, we must pray, ‘Captivate my heart. Establish there Your throne’(Mission Praise, 570).
Christ is coming in glory. Christ is preparing us for glory.
We read in Titus 2:11,13 of Christ’s coming in grace- ‘the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all people’- and His coming in glory- ‘we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ’. From grace to glory - This is the journey from Christ’s first coming to His Second Coming.
It is also the journey of our life of faith. We begin with the forgiveness of our sins. our final destination is glory, heavenly and eternal glory, the glory of God. We live by the grace of God. We look forward to the glory of God.
God wants us to live as ‘a people of His own who are zealous for good deeds’(Titus 2:14). If we are to be ‘zealous for good deeds’, we must first be zealous for Jesus Christ. Do good - but never forget, ‘He saved us - not because of deeds done by us...’(Titus 3:8, 4-6).
The full revelation of Christ’s glory is still to come. Let it begin in us now.
God is in control! Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Long before it happened, God had it planned (Luke 2:1-7; Micah 5:2-3).
As we approach Christ's Return, God still has His plan. He is still in control.
The birth of Christ is not merely an event from the past. It is also a message for the future.
We look back so that we can move forward.
We are fearful about many things. ‘What's the world coming to?’, we ask. God turns our question on its head: ‘Christ is coming to the world’.
From His first coming, we look on to His Second Coming - He ‘will come to all the people’(Luke 2:10): ‘every eye will see Him’(Revelation 1:7).
His Return invites us to ask another question: ‘when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?’(Luke 18:8).
For you, is it still ‘before Christ’? Let the ‘new age’ begin: Let Christ be ‘born this day’(Luke 2:11) - in your heart!
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The Bible Readings are based on the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
The same readings are suggested for Year A and Year C.
Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) II – Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2: (1-7), 8-20
God has given us ‘a new Name’. It is ‘the Name which is above every name’, the Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 62:2; Philippians 2:9-11).
Christ loves us. He has given Himself for us. He calls us His ‘Bride’ (Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 21:2, 9).
Through faith in Christ, we have become ‘the Holy People’. Through Him, we are ‘the Redeemed of the Lord’. We have been ‘Sought After’ by the Lord. In Him, we are ‘the City No Longer Deserted’ (Isaiah 62:12; 1 Peter 2:9-9-10; 1:18-19; Luke 19:10; John 14:18).
‘There is a Name I love to hear... It tells me of a Saviour’s love, who died to set me free. It tells me of His precious blood, the sinner’s perfect plea... Jesus, the Name I love so well, the Name I love to hear! ... O how I love the Saviour’s Name, the sweetest Name on earth!’(Mission Praise, 672).
‘The Lord reigns’(Psalm 97:1). ‘The Lord is King!’ As we worship the Lord our King, let us focus our attention on Christ, the newborn King :
“Come and worship Christ, the new-born King” (Church Hymnary, 182).
At the place of Christ’s birth, we learn that the reign of God is the reign of His love.
When we look away from ourselves to our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we rejoice in this:
‘He saved us - not because of deeds done by us...’ (Titus 3:4-6).
This is the Good News of great joy. We hear this Good News – the birth of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ – and we give glory to God in the highest (Luke 2:10-11, 14).
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The Bible Readings are based on the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
The same Bible Readings are suggested for Year A and Year C.
Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) III – Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14
Good News
‘Good News’- Let us ‘shout for joy’. ‘Good News’- Let us sing ‘songs of joy’.
There is the Good News of God’s reign - ‘Your God reigns’.
There is the Good News of our redemption - ‘The Lord has redeemed’ us.
We are not to keep the Good News to ourselves. This ‘news of happiness’ is to be shared with everyone. We must let ‘all the ends of the earth see the salvation of our God’.
‘Christ died for our sins’- This is Good News.
Christ was ‘raised on the third day’- This is Good News.
‘Jesus is Lord’- This is Good News.
This is the Good News we must ‘pass on’ to others. In our world, there is so much bad news. We must not let the Good News be drowned out by the bad news. We must make sure that the people hear the Good News - loud and clear (Isaiah 52:7-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Mission Praise, 249).
God loves us.
‘Exalt the Lord our God... Make a joyful noise to the Lord’ (Psalms 99:5,9; 98:4,6; 100:1).
We are to worship the Lord with joy. We are to glorify God. We are to enjoy Him.
In our worship, we must never forget the holiness of God: ‘He is holy! ... The Lord our God is holy!’ (Psalm 99:5, 9).
In our worship, we rejoice in the love of God: ‘His steadfast love endures for ever... He has done marvellous things!’(Psalms 100:5; 98:1).
The God of ‘awesome purity’ loves us with the most perfect love of all: ‘No earthly father loves like Thee...’ Let us worship Him with holy fear and heartfelt love: ‘O how I fear Thee, living God, with deepest, tenderest fears... with trembling hope and penitential tears! Yet I may love Thee too, O Lord, Almighty as Thou art, for Thou hast stooped to ask of me the love of my poor heart’(Church Hymnary, 356).
Let us worship Christ – our Lord and our God.
From the heights of heaven and the depths of suffering, ‘God... has spoken to us by His Son’ (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Jesus Christ is God’s ‘Word’ to us. He is ‘the Word’who came from heaven: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’. He is ‘the Word’who came to earth: ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us...’ (John 1:1-14).
In heaven, He is worshipped by angels: ‘Let all God’s angels worship Him’(Hebrews 1:6).
On earth, ‘He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone’(Hebrews 2:9).
We see the greatness of Christ in both His heavenly glory and His saving grace. None can compare with Him. He is our Lord. He is our Saviour. We consider all that He has done for us - ‘the nail marks in His hands...’- and we worship Him - ‘my Lord and my God’(John 20:19-20,24-28).
Keep your eyes on Christ: the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He is the Beginning. He is also the End (John 1:1-3; Revelation 21:6).
He is ‘the Word... made flesh’. ‘We have seen His glory’(14). This is only the beginning. When He returns, we shall see His glory - ‘we shall see Him as He is’(1 John 3:2).
From Him, there is creation (John 1:1-3).
From Him, there is salvation (John 1:12-13).
In Him, we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 1:29, 32-34).
He is the Word of God, the Lamb of God and the Son of God (John 1:1, 29, 34). When we look at Jesus Christ, we see God - ‘the ‘Word was God’(John 1:1), ‘No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known’(John 1:18).
Do you want to know what God is like? - Look at Jesus (John 14:9).
What do we see when we look at Him? - ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’(John 1:29).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
The same readings are suggested for Year A and Year C.
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First Sunday after Christmas Day: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7 (or Philippians 2:5-11); Luke 2:22-40
The Name of Jesus is Good News. It tells us of the Saviour’s love.
‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me... to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour’ (Isaiah 61:1-2). Jesus has fulfilled these words (Luke 4:18-21). Jesus has come, ‘proclaiming the Good News of God.’ He tells us that ‘the time has come.’ This is the time of opportunity, the time for making our response to Jesus Christ. He calls for our response - ‘Repent and believe the Good News!’ He calls us to make our response now - ‘now is the acceptable time... now is the day of salvation’ (Mark 1:14-15; 2 Corinthians 6:2). There will come a time when the time of opportunity comes to an end. When Christ returns ‘with power and great glory’, it will be ‘the Day of vengeance of our God.’ We do not know when Christ will return. Get ‘ready’ for His Return. Put your ‘faith’in Him (Isaiah 61:2; Matthew 24:30, 36, 44; 25:13; Luke 18:8).
God has given us ‘a new Name’. It is ‘the Name which is above every name’, the Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 62:2; Philippians 2:9-11). Christ loves us. He has given Himself for us. He calls us His ‘Bride’ (Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 21:2, 9). Through faith in Christ, we have become ‘the Holy People.’ Through Him, we are ‘the Redeemed of the Lord.’ We have been ‘Sought After’ by the Lord. In Him, we are ‘the City No Longer Deserted’ (Isaiah 62:12; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 1:18-19; Luke 19:10; John 14:18). ‘There is a Name I love to hear... It tells me of a Saviour’s love, who died to set me free. It tells me of His precious blood, the sinner’s perfect plea... Jesus, the Name I love so well, the Name I love to hear! ... O how I love the Saviour’s Name, the sweetest Name on earth!’ (Mission Praise, 672).
We hear the Good News of the Saviour’s love, and we say, “Praise the Lord.”
‘Praise the Lord’. Psalms 146 and 147 began and ended with these words. Now, we find the same beginning and ending in each of these three Psalms - ‘Praise the Lord’. Our personal song of praise to God - ‘Praise be to the Lord my Rock... I will sing a new song to You, O God... I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your Name for ever and ever; Every day I will praise You... My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord... I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live’ (Psalm 144:1, 9; Psalm 145:1-2, 21; Psalm 146:2) - is just a small part of something so much richer and fuller - ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’ (Psalm 150:6). May these great Psalms of praise inspire us to praise the Lord more truly and more fully.
We hear the Good News of our Saviour. God has given His Spirit to us.
‘God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts’ (Galatians 4:6). The Spirit is not a reward we earn by being good people. The Spirit is God’s gift (Titus 3:5). Paul connects the gift of the Spirit with Christ’s death for us and our faith in Christ (Galatians 3:13-14). We do not come to God with our religion in one hand and our morality in the other, insisting that we deserve to be blessed by Him. We look away from ourselves to Christ - ‘Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy Cross I cling’ (Church Hymnary, 83). All pride in ourselves must be brought to Christ’s Cross as we humbly pray, ‘Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me, fill me’ (Mission Praise, 613). God has given His Spirit to us. Let’s give ourselves to Him - to ‘be filled with the Spirit’ (Ephesians 5:18).
We hear the good News of our Saviour. God will complete His good work in us.
Do you feel like you can`t go on? Do you feel like giving up? Here`s God`s Word of encouragement for you: ‘He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the Day of Jesus Christ’ (Philippians 1:6). God finishes what He starts - ‘He didn`t bring us this far to leave us. He didn`t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn`t build His home in us to move away. He didn`t lift us up to let us down’. In all the changes of life, we must remember this: God is faithful. His love is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable. We don`t keep going because we are strong. We are ‘kept by the power of God’ (1 Peter 1:5). In ‘humility’ let us live ‘to the glory and praise of God’ (Philippians 2:3; 1:11). ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ (Philippians 2:11) – He will give you the strength to keep going when you feel like giving up.
We hear the Good News of our Saviour. Let us offer our worship to Him.
Jesus ‘fulfilled all righteousness’ (Matthew 3:15). His circumcision and presentation to the Lord was ‘according to the law of Moses’ (Luke 2:21-24; Leviticus 12:1-8). Jesus’obedience was always more than mere conformity to ‘the written code.’ He was walking ‘in the Spirit.’ He was filled with ‘the Spirit of the living God’ (2 Corinthians 3:3, 6). His obedience came ‘from the heart’and His ‘praise’came ‘not from men but from God’(Romans 6:17; 2:29). What joy there was for Simeon and Anna! This was ‘salvation’, ‘redemption’ (Luke 2:30, 38). As you journey through life, don’t ‘lose Jesus’ (Luke 2:43-45). Keep close to Him! If you do ‘lose Him’, where will you find Him again? - ‘In the temple’ (Luke 2:46). Have you lost your way? Find your way back to ‘the sanctuary of God’ - and things will start to fall into place again (Psalm 73:16-17)!
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
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January 1: The Naming of Jesus – Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:4-7 (or Philippians 2:5-11); Luke 2:15-21
His Name was called JESUS (Luke 2:21).
Christmas is over – but let’s not forget Jesus. He is still here. He is still with us.
He is for New Year’s Day as well as Christmas Day. He is for every day.
The New Year has begun. Let there be more than a new year. Let there be new life – the new life that Jesus brings.
We have celebrated His birth.
It is similar to the birth of any other child. It is a time for joyful thanksgiving.
It is different from the celebration of any other child. This is the special Child. This is God’s Son. He is Jesus. He is the Saviour. He brings new life to the world.
On the first Christmas Day, the announcement was made: There is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).
We move on from the first Christmas. We move on to today. We do not leave Jesus behind. He is with us still.
On this day, any day, every day, we hear God’s call: Let new life begin.
New Year’s Day comes around just once a year. Every day is new life day.
Every day, God is speaking to us. He speaks to us about new life.
This is much more than the traditional greeting – We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
In the Name of Jesus, we hear the Good News of new life. He has been born in the city of David.
This is Good News for us. This is Good News for today.
The New Year has begun. Let new life begin.
Let Christ be ‘born this day’(Luke 2:11). Let Him be born in your heart!
The Name of Jesus is the Name of love.
The Name of Jesus is the Name of love, perfect love, the greatest love of all. There is no love like the love of Jesus.
At Christmas time, we look back to His birth. We celebrate His continuing love.
On New Year’s Day, we look on to the future. We commit ourselves to loving Him who first loved us.
In the Name of Jesus, God speaks to us with a call to consecration and a promise of blessing.
* Do we love the Name of Jesus? – Let us consecrate ourselves to Him.
‘Separate... to the Lord... Separate... from wine and strong drink’ (Numbers 6:2-3): These two thoughts are closely connected in the New Testament - ‘Do not get drunk with wine... Be filled with the Spirit’ (Ephesians 5:18). We are to be ‘holy to the Lord’ (Numbers 6:8). ‘Consecrated to the Lord’, our whole life must be controlled by one thing: ‘Do all to the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10:31).
* Do we love the Name of Jesus? – Let us seek His blessing in our lives.
Motivated by a desire for God’s glory, we will enjoy God's blessing (Numbers 6:22-27). God’s blessing is not a ‘cheap’ thing, something that doesn’t matter very much.
Remember Esau (Genesis 25:29-34). He couldn’t be bothered. He couldn’t care less. God’s blessing meant nothing to him. He didn’t want God’s blessing.
What did God do? - He gave it to Jacob.
‘The Lord bless you...’ - Do you want this? Or must God find somebody else?
In the Name of Jesus, we have the victory.
‘The Lord is ‘majestic’ (Psalm 8:1, 9). He does not remain remote. He does not keep His distance. This is the message of Christmas. The Saviour has been born. God has not remained in heaven. He has come to earth. He has come near to us. He is God with us.
In the birth of Jesus, we see God’s greatness, the greatness of His love. His love makes all the difference.
* When we feel forgotten. He remembers us.
* When we feel unloved. He cares for us (Psalm 8:4).
* When we are tempted. He will ‘still the enemy’ (Psalm 8:2).
At the beginning of a New Year, we are reminded of God our Creator (Psalm 8:5-8).
The God of creation is the God of our salvation. From Bethlehem, the place of Christ’s birth, we look forward. We see Jesus, crucified for us. In His death, there is victory. Christ has won the victory for us. Christ has triumphed over ‘him who has the power of death.’ Christ has triumphed over ‘the devil.’ (Hebrews 2:8-9, 14).
We rejoice in Christ’s victory. We worship Him. We sing, “Majesty, worship His Majesty. Jesus, who died, now glorified, King of all kings’.
Jesus leads us on from victory to victory.
At the Cross, Christ won the victory over Satan. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ makes His victory real in our life here and now.
* ‘God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts’ (Galatians 4:6).
The Spirit is not a reward we earn by being good people. The Spirit is God’s gift (Titus 3:5). In Galatians 3:13-14, Paul connects the gift of the Spirit with Christ’s death for us and our faith in Christ. We do not come to God with our religion in one hand and our morality in the other, insisting that we deserve to be blessed by Him. We look away from ourselves to Christ - ‘Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy Cross I cling’(Church Hymnary, 83).
All pride in ourselves must be brought to Christ’s Cross as we humbly pray, ‘Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me, fill me’(Mission Praise, 613).
God has given His Spirit to us. Let’s give ourselves to Him - to ‘be filled with the Spirit’(Ephesians 5:18).
* ‘He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the Day of Jesus Christ’(Philippians 1:6).
Do you feel like you can`t go on? Do you feel like giving up?
God gives us His Word of encouragement. He will bring His good work to completion.
God finishes what He starts - ‘He didn`t bring us this far to leave us. He didn`t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn`t build His home in us to move away. He didn`t lift us up to let us down’.
In all the changes of life, we must remember this: God is faithful. His love is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable.
We don`t keep going because we are strong. We are ‘kept by the power of God’(1 Peter 1:5).
‘Jesus Christ is Lord’(Philippians 2:11) – He will give you the strength to keep going when you feel like giving up.
We do not find our own victory. We receive His victory. The victory does not come from deep down within ourselves. It comes from high above us. It comes from Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is not our victory. It is His victory. All the power comes from Him. All the glory goes to Him.
In ‘humility’ let us live ‘to the glory and praise of God’(Philippians 2:3; 1:11).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
The same readings are suggested for Year A and Year C.
January 1: when observed as New Year’s Day – Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Revelation 21:1-6a; Matthew 25: 31-46
Let’s begin the year with worship: “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your Name …” (Psalm 8:1).
How excellent is our Saviour – He takes away the emptiness of life without Him.
‘God has put eternity into man’s mind’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In every human heart, there is a God-shaped blank. It can only be filled by Jesus Christ.
Many people try to find true happiness without opening their heart to Jesus Christ. That’s like ‘trying to catch the wind’ (Ecclesiastes 4:16). True happiness keeps slipping through your fingers. There’s always something missing - ‘an aching void the world can never fill’ (Church Hymnary, 663).
Jesus Christ stands at the door of every human heart. He knocks. He waits for your answer. He says, ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in...’ (Revelation 3:20). Will you invite Him into your heart? He is waiting for you to pray, ‘Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus’.
How excellent is our Saviour – He is preparing us for a glorious future.
Our Saviour is ‘Faithful and True’. He is ‘the Word of God’. He is our ‘Lord’and ‘King’(Revelation 19:11,13,16).
We are invited to ‘come’to Him. The invitation - ‘Come, gather together for the great supper of God’- is a call to come to Christ (Revelation 19:17). We come to Christ so that we might ‘reign with Him’(Revelation 20:6).
Coming to Christ is only the beginning. God is preparing us for something even better - reigning with Him. This is a great future - ‘no more death or mourning or crying or pain’(Revelation 21:4).
There is, however, a Word of warning for those who refuse to come to Christ for salvation - ‘If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire’; ‘Their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur’(Revelation 20:15; 21:8). ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’(Acts 16:31).
How excellent is our Saviour – He gives us joy as we serve Him day-by-day.
We are to be faithful to God (Matthew 25:21). There is a reward for faithfulness (Matthew 25:29; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15). Our ‘reward’is not to get more glory for ourselves: ‘what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord’(2 Corinthians 4:5). Bringing glory to God - this is to be our greatest joy.
We are not to be thinking, ‘What am I going to get out of this?’. We are to be asking, ‘What can I give to others?’.
The ‘righteous’ are not full of boasting about their ‘righteous’actions (Matthew 25:37-38). The Lord’s true servants do not draw attention to themselves.
Do you have ‘talents’? Yes - you do! Use them! ‘Serve the Lord with gladness’(Psalm 100:2).
Let this be your ‘reward’: the joyful privilege of bringing blessing to others and glory to God.
On earth, we begin to ‘enter the joy of our Lord’ (Matthew 25:21). In heaven, there will be ‘fullness of joy’and ‘pleasure for evermore’
(Psalm 16:11).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
The same readings are suggested for Year A and Year C.
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First Sunday after the Epiphany (Baptism of the Lord): Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
Getting our priorities right
‘Genesis’ means ‘beginning’. These opening verses challenge us to get our priorities right - (a) The priority of God (Genesis 1:1). God comes first. Before anyone else is mentioned, He is there. (b) The priority of God’s Word (Genesis 1:3). God is the first to speak. Before any human word is spoken, there is the Word of the Lord. (c) The priority of God’s Spirit (Genesis 1:2). All was ‘empty’, all was ‘darkness’, yet the ‘Spirit of God’ was at work, and transformation was set in motion. Here, we have God’s priorities, set out in the Bible’s first three verses - Putting God first and listening to His Word, we are to pray for the moving of God’s Spirit, ‘hovering over’ our lives to transform them. For those who make God’s priorities their own, there is a promise of great blessing (Psalm 1:1-2). It is the great blessing of knowing Jesus Christ, our Saviour, as ‘God with us’ (Matthew 1:23).
God speaks, and it is done (Genesis 1:3, 6-7, 11). God is pleased with what He has done (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12). This is the pattern of God’s original creation. It is to be the pattern of our life as a ‘new creation’ (2 Corintinians 5:17). God speaks to us and we say, ‘Your will be done’ (Matthew 6:10). We say, ‘let it be to me according to Your Word’ (Luke 1:38). God looks on such obedience, this ‘walking in the Spirit’ (Galatians 5:16, 22-23), and He sees that it is ‘good’ (Micah 6:8). In these verses we read of the separation of the light and the darkness, the separation of the waters and the dry land, and the fruitfulness of God's creation. There are lessons for us here. We are to ‘walk in the light’ (1 John 1:7). We are to let the Spirit's ‘living water’ flow in us (John 7:39-39). Walking in the light, letting the living water flow - this is the way of fruitfulness.
Receiving strength from the Lord
‘The Lord is my Strength…The Lord is the Strength of His people’ (Psalm 28:7-8). Our personal strengthening is closely related to the strengthening of God’s people. Don’t be a ‘lone ranger’, going it alone, keeping yourself to yourself. Share your strength with others. Draw strength from them. ‘Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another’ (Hebrews 10:24-25). Where does your strength come from? It comes from ‘the Lord’ who ‘sits enthroned as King for ever’ (Psalm 29:10). We grow strong as we listen for ‘the voice of the Lord’ (Psalm 29:3-9). Don’t let God’s voice be drowned out - ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matthew 4:4).
Bringing sinners to the Saviour
Apollos ‘taught accurately the things concerning Jesus’. He needed to have ‘the way of God expounded to him more accurately’(Acts 18:24-26). There is always more to learn. We should never adopt a ‘know-it-all’ attitude. In ‘two years’ of ministry, ‘God did’ great things through Paul (Acts 19:10-11). Paul was moving on. His road led to ‘Rome.’ It was a road, full of blessing - ‘The Word of the Lord grew and prevailed mightily’ (Acts 19:20-21). Paul was on the move. God was on the move. Wherever Paul went, there were opportunities to make Christ known. Wherever he went, people were trusting Christ. Paul was moving from place to place, bringing Christ to so many different people. People were moving ‘from death to life’ (John 5:24). This is what drove Paul on - Bringing more and more sinners to his Saviour!
Becoming fishers of men
This is a new ‘beginning.’ The prophets had spoken. Now, the Saviour has come. This is Good News. John has prepared the way. Now, he stands aside to make way for Jesus Christ, the Son of God’ (Mark 1:1, 11). Following Jesus’ baptism, there was temptation. This was Kingdom against kingdom. Satan’s kingdom was under threat. The Kingdom of God had come. Christ triumphed over Satan. In Him, we triumph when, hearing the Gospel declaration - ‘the Kingdom of God is at hand’- , we obey the Gospel command - ‘repent and believe the gospel’ (Mark 1:15). With the command, ‘Follow Me’, there is the promise, ‘I will make you...’ (Mark 1:17). Christ’s call is ‘full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14). It is truth - a call to discipleship. It is grace - a call from Jesus. In Christ, we become ‘a new creation’(2 Corinthians 5:17). We become ‘fishers of men’ (Mark 1:17).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B
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Second Sunday after the Epiphany: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
God is restoring His glory among His people.
The call of Samuel is a vivid example of what God can do in the lives of children. Samuel’s early response to God set in motion a whole process of events leading Samuel to become ‘a prophet of the Lord’ through whom ‘the Word of the Lord... came to all Israel’ (1 Samuel 3:10; 1 Samuel 3:19-4:1). Let us ground our children in Christ, encouraging them to have great expectations of what God can do in and with their lives as they grow up, loving Him. The people of Israel were ‘defeated’ by the Philistines. The greatest tragedy of this defeat was the ‘capture’ of ‘the ark of God’: ‘The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured’ (1 Samuel 4:10-11, 22). We may lose ‘goods, honour, children, wife’ (Church Hymnary, 406). The glory of God among His people - We must not lose this!
God is leading us on to His eternal glory.
Through Christ our Saviour, we are led ‘in the way everlasting’: ‘God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son’ (Psalm 139:24; 1 John 5:11). God’s great purpose of eternal salvation seems ‘too wonderful’ - ‘too good to be true’! ‘It is a thing most wonderful, almost too wonderful to be, that God’s own Son should come from heaven and die to save a child like me, and yet I know that it is true...’ (Psalm 139:6; Church Hymnary, 385). God has a glorious future planned for us. We can hardly even begin to take it in: ‘Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.’ We know that ‘no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him’ yet we rejoice in this: ‘God has revealed it to us by His Spirit’ (Psalm 139:6; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10). ‘Lead me in the way everlasting!’ (Psalm 139:24).
We glorify God when we remember that we were bought with a price.
The Lord has placed the highest value on us: ‘you were bought with a price’ (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Corinthians 7:23). Our love for Him must be stronger than any other love. Some are under pressure, at home, from an unbelieving husband or wife. You wonder whether your Christian witness is doing any good (1 Corinthians 7:16). You feel you are getting nowhere. You feel like giving up. You feel yourself being dragged away from the Lord. What does the Word of God say? - ‘Lead the life which the Lord has assigned’; ‘Remain with God’ (1 Corinthians 7:17, 24). A difficult situation at home is just one example of ‘the world’ trying to ‘squeeze us into its own mould’ (Romans 12:2). The world will keep chipping away at our faith - until there’s nothing left. ‘Do not love the world or the things in the world... He who does the will of God abides for ever’ (1 John 2:17).
We glorify God when we are transformed by the power of His grace.
Andrew brought his brother, Simon Peter, to Jesus (John 1:40-42). ‘You are... You shall be...’ (John 1:42). Jesus looks beyond what we are now. He sees what we will become through the transforming power of His grace. The ‘water’ became ‘wine’ (John 2:9). This was the Lord’s doing. In Christ, we have been ‘made alive’. This is the work of God. He is ‘rich in mercy’. He loves us with a ‘great love’ (Ephesians 2:4-5). At a wedding, Jesus rejoices with those who rejoice (John 2:1-11). In the temple, He rebukes those who are proud (John 2:13-17). There was ‘death’ in the temple. Those who were spiritually ‘dead’ acted in complete disregard for the true purpose of God’s House - ‘My House shall be called a house of prayer’ (Matthew 21:13). ‘Raised from the dead’, we receive ‘new life’ (John 2:22; Romans 6:4). Be real with Jesus. He will bless you (23-25).
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The Bible Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary – Year B.
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Third Sunday after the Epiphany: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
Come to the God of grace, praying, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
The people of Nineveh ‘believed God’ and ‘turned from their evil ways.’ God had shown Himself to be ‘a gracious and compassionate God...’ How did Jonah react? Was he rejoicing in the Lord? No! He was complaining - ‘Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry’. Jonah was a proud Jew. He despised the Ninevites. He didn’t want them to be saved. That’s why he was ‘so quick to flee to Tarshish’ (Jonah 3:5, 10; 4:1-2). What does God’s Word say about Jonah’s attitude? - ‘You have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else.’ We must not ‘show contempt for the riches of His kindness.’ We must not say, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men.’ We must pray, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner’ (Romans 2:1, 4; Luke 18:11-14).
Come to the God of grace. Let Him be your Rock and your Salvation.
The Lord is ‘my Rock and my Salvation’ (Psalm 62:2, 6). As you read the Psalmist’s words, let your thoughts turn to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our ‘Rock’ - the ‘Rock’ of our salvation. Through ‘the blood of Christ’, we receive the greatest ‘blessing’ of all - salvation (1 Corinthians 10:1-4, 16). No other blessing can ever compare with the joy of knowing Christ as Saviour: ‘Your steadfast love is better than life.’ Through our great Saviour - the Lord Jesus Christ - , we are learning to ‘praise’ God. We are learning to say, with the Psalmist, ‘I will praise You as long as I live’ (Psalm 63:3-4). What a great Saviour we have. He is greater than all our songs of praise. He is ‘too marvellous for words’- ‘Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!’ (Mission Praise, 788; 2 Corinthians 9:15).
Come to the God of grace. Let Him teach you to live as a servant of Christ.
We are to ‘use the things of the world’ without becoming ‘engrossed in them’ (1 Corinthians 7:31). Becoming more worldly in our way of living is not a purely personal thing. We harm other people ‘for whom Christ died.’ They look to us for a godly example and we let them down. We ‘sin against them. We ‘sin against Christ.’ Our choices affect other people. We choose a self-centred life. We cause them to ‘fall into sin.’ We live a life of ‘love’, and they are ‘built up’in their faith (1 Corinthians 8:11-13, 1; Matthew 18:5-7, 10). How are we to live? Are we to become preoccupied with how our actions affect those who watch our every move? That could become very confusing and distracting. We must keep our eyes on Jesus. We must live ‘not ... as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart...’ (Ephesians 6:6-7).
Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

First Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Awaiting Christ’s Return, let us worship God and walk in His ways.

God calls us to worship Him - ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord... ’ - and walk in His ways - ‘Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord’ (Isaiah 2:3, 5).
We are moving towards the Day when ‘the pride of men shall be humbled and brought low’, the Day when ‘the Lord alone will be exalted’ (Isaiah 2:11, 12, 17).
How are we to get ready for the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ? God calls us to keep on worshipping Him. We are to encourage one another to keep on walking with God. ‘Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching’(Hebrews 10:25).
Let our pride be humbled and let the Lord be exalted as we await Christ’s Return in ‘faith’, looking to Him alone for our ‘salvation’(1 Peter 1:7-9).

Worshipping the Lord with joy

‘I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the House of the Lord”’ (Psalm 122:2).
Why do we go to the House of the Lord? We go ‘to give thanks to the Name of the Lord’ (Psalm 122:4).
We seek His mercy for our past sins: ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us!’(Psalm 123:3).
We seek His help for our future temptations: ‘Our help is in the Name of the Lord...’ (Psalm 124:8).
As we receive mercy and help from the Lord, we worship Him: ‘Blessed be the Lord’ (Psalm 124:6).
In our worship, we ‘look to the Lord our God’, drawing encouragement from His Word: ‘The Lord is on our side’- In Him we have the victory (Psalms 123:2; 124:1-5).
Rejoicing in God’s blessing, we pray for others: ‘May they prosper who love You’ (Psalm 122:6).

Walking with the Lord in love

Awaiting the Return of Christ – our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed - , let us clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:11, 14).
Clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ, let us ‘walk in love’- We must not fall out over matters in which difference of opinion is allowed (Romans 14:5, 15).
There can be a lot of bitterness over ‘the Sabbath’. There can be so much pride. For some, this is the ‘be-all and end-all’of Christian faith. They say, ‘We are the Sabbath keepers. They are not!’. Others react, ‘We rejoice in our Christian liberty. They are legalists.’ ‘Pharisees’ are preoccupied with ‘the Sabbath’. We must remember that Jesus is ‘the Lord of the Sabbath’.
We must let His love flow (Matthew 12:2, 10, 8, 11-12).
Let faith be real- not just keeping on the right side of narrow-minded people (Romans 14:23; Colossians 2:16; 1 Corinthians 2:15).
Let there be ‘peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’.
Don’t think too highly of yourself. ‘Count others better than yourself’(Romans 14:17; 12:3; Philippians 2:3).

Worshipping with joy and walking in love, we await Christ’s Return.

‘The times they are-a-changing’. There is, however, one thing that remains constant. Jesus says, ‘My words will not pass away’(Matthew 24:35).
In an age of unbelief, our faith is often under threat. We must stand upon this solid Rock: ‘The Word of the Lord stands forever’(1 Peter 1:25).
The scoffers will say, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’(2 Peter 3:3-4). We are to believe that ‘He is near’(Matthew 24:33).
Christ has risen. He will return (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).
When He returns need not concern us: ‘the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect’(Matthew 24:44).
We are to be ready at all times (Matthew 25:13) - doing the Lord's will (Matthew 24:46).
We are to be ‘faithful and wise’(Matthew 24:45).
As ‘the bride of Christ’(Revelation 19:7; 21:2), we await the Return of Christ our Bridegroom: ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet Him’(Matthew 25:6).
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Second Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

Christ calls all nations to come to Him.

The family tree of ‘Jesse, the father of King David’ has a very special ‘Branch’- Jesus Christ (Isaiah 11:1; Matthew 1:1, 6, 16).
Jesus Christ has raised ‘a banner for the nations’. He is ‘the Saviour of the world’. He has died ‘for the sins of the whole world’. The ‘Good News’ is to be preached to ‘all the world’.
Christ calls ‘all nations’ to ‘turn to Him’. He calls ‘all nations’ to receive the ‘forgiveness of sins’. He calls ‘all nations’ to become His ‘disciples’ (Isaiah 11:12; John 4:42; 1 John 2:2; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Matthew 28:19).
May our personal faith - ‘I will praise You, O Lord... God is my Salvation... The Lord is my Strength and my Song...’- become our public testimony - making Christ ‘known among the nations’, telling ‘all the world’ what the Lord has done for us (Isaiah 12:1-2, 4-5).

From all over the world Christ gathers His people.

Read the words - ‘His Name’ shall ‘endure for ever’ (Psalm 72:17) - and think of Christ. His Name is ‘the Name above all other names’. He is ‘the King of kings and Lord of lords’ (Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 19:16).
Read the words - ‘all nations call Him blessed’ (Psalm 72:17) - , and think of Christ. ‘From every tribe and language and people and nation’, God’s people have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (Revelation 5:9).
Read the words -‘May His glory fill the whole earth!’(Psalm 72:19) - and think of Christ. In the ‘new heaven and new earth’, ‘the holy city’ will shine with ‘the glory of God’. ‘Its radiance’, ‘like a very precious jewel’, will be shining from this ‘lamp’: Jesus Christ, ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (Revelation 21:1-2, 10-11, 23; John 1:29).

The Good News of Christ is for all the world.

With Christ’s example, ‘the encouragement of the Scriptures’ and the enabling power of God, let us love one another,‘with one heart and one voice’(Romans 15:1-6). This is the way of glorifying God.
Trusting in Christ, ‘the root of Jesse’, we are blessed by ‘the God of hope’, filled with ‘the power of the Holy Spirit’- so that we may ‘abound in hope’. This hope comes to us through ‘the Scriptures’(Romans 15:12-13, 4).
God’s saving purpose was not only for the ‘dyed in the wool’ Jew. He saved both Jews and Gentiles (Romans 15:9-12). Thank God that Paul was not as narrow-minded as many people are today! God’s blessing is not only for our type of people! Let us learn from Paul. ‘A minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles’, he was always reaching out to more and more people ‘in the fulness of the blessing of Christ’(Romans 15:16, 29).

Let us take the Good News of Christ to every nation.

Our Gospel passage begins with ‘John the Baptist’(Matthew 3:1). It ends with our Lord Jesus Christ concerning whom the Voice from heaven says, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased’(Matthew 3:17).
Once John had served his purpose, once he has pointed away from himself to the Lord Jesus Christ, he retreats into the background. This is how it must always be. We point to One who is ‘more powerful’ than ourselves (Matthew 3:11; Romans 1:16). With John, we must learn to say, ‘Christ must increase, I must decrease’(John 3:30).
The contrast between John and Jesus is highlighted in Matthew 3:11 - ‘I baptize with water... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire’. This is still the contrast between the preacher and the Saviour - We preach the Word. He sends the power. Still He says, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses’(Acts 1:8).
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Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10 (or St Luke 1:47-55); James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Do we have faith? – Let us commit ourselves to a life of holiness.

What blessings are given to those who draw near to God - ‘Your God... will come and save you’ (Isaiah 35:4).
The Good News of Christ comes to us as a call to faith - ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’ (Acts 16:31).
We have been saved through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot remain the same. We are called to live a new life. We must travel on the Lord’s ‘highway’- ‘the Way of Holiness’ (Isaiah 35:8). This is ‘the Way’ which leads to ‘everlasting joy’ (Isaiah 35:10).
This ‘Way’ is so different from the world’s way. The world has no time for those who seek to live a holy life. This is what Jesus says about the world’s way of life: ‘the gate is wide and the way is wide that leads to destruction’ (Matthew 7:13).
Whatever the world may say, we must never forget this: ‘Without holiness, no-one will see the Lord’ (Hebrews 12:14).

Do we have faith? – Let us commit ourselves to a life of worship.

‘I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live’ (Psalm 146:2).
Praising the Lord our God: This is a lifelong commitment. We cannot maintain this lifelong commitment in our own strength.
We need the Lord’s help. We must never forget this: ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain’ (Psalm 127:1). We are not expected to maintain this lifelong commitment in our own strength.
We have the Lord’s help. We must always remember this: ‘Our help is in the Name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth’ (Psalm 124:8).
‘Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, the Lord who remains faithful for ever’(Psalm 146:5-6).
Let us join with Mary in saying, ‘My soul praises the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’ (Luke 1:46-47).

Do we have faith? – Let us commit ourselves to a life of listening to God’s Word.

Much is said about John the Baptist here, yet the whole purpose is to draw attention to Jesus the Saviour. Jesus is superior to John. He is the One to whom John pointed. There are two responses to Jesus.
- We can take offence at Him: ‘Blessed is he who takes no offence at Me’(Matthew 11:6).
- We can hear what He says, receiving Him with faith: ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear’ (Matthew 11:15).
In His time, Jesus asked the question, ‘To whom shall I compare this generation?’, giving the answer, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn’ (Matthew 11:16-17).
The promise of the Gospel is preached, yet many will not rejoice. The warning of the Gospel is preached, yet many will not repent. This is the story of our generation.
May God help us to lead people of this generation to Christ, the ‘Friend of sinners’ (Matthew 11:19).

Do we have faith? – Let us commit ourselves to a life of obeying God’s Word.

Don’t worry about ‘what will happen tomorrow’. It’s in the Lord’s hands (James 4:14-15).
We must not lose sight of ‘the purpose of the Lord’. We must remember that ‘the Lord is full of compassion and mercy’(James 5:11).
We look forward to ‘the Lord’s Coming’ as the great Day of our salvation (James 5:7-8).
We must not, however, forget God’s words of warning: ‘The Judge is standing at the door’. God speaks to us concerning ‘the misery that is coming upon you’. What is He saying to us here? - He is warning us: Be careful how you live - Don’t trust in riches. ‘Don’t grumble against each other’(James 5:1-3, 9).
The warning and the promise belong together. Those who are facing judgment can be brought to the Saviour. May God help us to speak His Word - the warning as well as the promise - , always praying that sinners will be saved (James 5:16, 19-20).
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Fourth Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

Christ has come. Christ is coming again.

Isaiah looked ahead to the coming of ‘Immanuel’- ‘God with us’ (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
We look forward to the Second Coming of Immanuel: ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God’ (Revelation 21:3).
The Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ presents us with a challenge: ‘When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?’(Luke 18:8). He calls us to ‘stand firm in our faith’.
We must not ‘shrink back ‘from Him. We must ‘believe and be saved’ (Isaiah 7:9; Hebrews 10:37-39).
Jesus says, ‘I am coming soon’. Let us pray, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’.
Let us pray that our ‘love’ for Him will not ‘grow cold’. Let us pray for strength to ‘stand firm to the end and be saved’ (Revelation 22:7, 12, 20; Matthew 24:12-13).

Christ has come as our Saviour. Let Him be your Saviour.
‘Restore us, O God, make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved’ (Psalm 80:3).
This prayer for salvation is repeated with a growing sense of God’s greatness - ‘O God Almighty’ (Psalm 80:7), ‘O Lord God Almighty’(Psalm 80:19).
To those who are asking the question of salvation - ‘What must I do to be saved?’- , God gives His answer - ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’ (Acts 16:30-31).
What does the Lord say to those who look to Christ for salvation? - ‘The Lord will bless you and watch over you. The Lord will smile on you and be kind to you. The Lord will look on you with favour and give you peace’ (Numbers 6:24-26).
Let us worship Him: ‘Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer’ (Ephesians 1:3).

Looking back and looking forward, let us live for Christ now.

‘I am not ashamed of the Gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith’(Romans 1:16).
Do you think it was easy for Paul to maintain such commitment to Christ, such confidence in Christ?
What kind of world did he live in? - A world of ‘ungodliness and wickedness’(Romans 1:18-31).
Many times, Paul could have given up in despair - ‘There is too much ungodliness and wickedness all around me.
How can I go on?’ When you feel like giving up, when everything seems to be so difficult, remember Paul.
Remember his longing to ‘impart some spiritual gift’, his desire to ‘reap some harvest’, , his eagerness to ‘preach the gospel’(Romans 1:12-15).
Let us say, with Paul, ‘God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’(Galatians 6:14).
Let us be ‘set apart for the gospel of God’(Romans 1:1).
 
As we remember Christ’s supernatural birth, let us live the power of the Spirit.

The birth of Christ is a fulfilment of prophecy: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel’(Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). Christ is ‘God with us’. He was born through the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18, 20). He is still ‘God with us’, when we are ‘born of the Spirit’(John 3:5).
Some people do not believe what the Bible says here. They do not like the idea of a ‘virgin birth’. The Bible gives no encouragement to such unbelief. Matthew simply says, ‘This is the way it happened’(Matthew 1:18).
In view of the amazing thing God was doing - sending His Son to be the Saviour of the World - why should we doubt that God took things out of man's hands and worked in His own miraculous way? We rejoice not only in the miracle but also in its saving purpose: ‘He will save His people from their sins’(Matthew 1:21).
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Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) I – Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)  - The same readings are suggested for Years B and C.

Glory to God in the highest – our Saviour has come.

The prophecy has been spoken - ‘To us a Child is born, to us a Son is given...’. The prophecy has been fulfilled - ‘Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord’.
Jesus Christ is our great Saviour. He is our ‘Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6: Luke 2:11).
Jesus Christ has brought to us a great salvation. Through faith in Him, we enter God’s heavenly and eternal ‘Kingdom’ (Isaiah 9:7: Luke 1:30-33).
This is ‘Good News of great joy’- for ‘all the people’, for ‘all generations’.
Let us rejoice in the Lord, as Mary, the mother of Jesus, did - ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour... for the Mighty One has done great things for me...’
Let us join with the angels in saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest...’ (Luke 2:10; 1:46-50; 2:14).

Christ: King of glory, King of love - may the glory of His love shine in us.

‘The Lord reigns’ (Psalms 96:10; 97:1). ‘The Lord is King!’
He is not only ‘the King all-glorious above’. He is ‘the King of love’. He is ‘our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend!’
He is not only ‘the King of heaven’. He is ‘the God of grace’. He is ‘the King of mercy’ (Church Hymnary, 35, 36, 388, 360, 86).
His reign is not to be restricted to some faraway heaven. It is not to be a reign that is far removed from the practicalities of our everyday life.
He is to reign in our hearts. He is to reign in every part of our life.
Let His reign of love begin. Let His grace and mercy control all that you do.
We must pray, ‘Reign in me, Sovereign Lord, reign in me’. When we say, ‘Let Your Kingdom come’ and ‘let Your will be done’, we must pray, ‘Captivate my heart. Establish there Your throne’(Mission Praise, 570).

Christ is coming in glory. Christ is preparing us for glory.

We read in Titus 2:11,13 of Christ’s coming in grace- ‘the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all people’- and His coming in glory- ‘we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ’. From grace to glory - This is the journey from Christ’s first coming to His Second Coming.
It is also the journey of our life of faith. We begin with the forgiveness of our sins. our final destination is glory, heavenly and eternal glory, the glory of God. We live by the grace of God. We look forward to the glory of God.
God wants us to live as ‘a people of His own who are zealous for good deeds’(Titus 2:14). If we are to be ‘zealous for good deeds’, we must first be zealous for Jesus Christ. Do good - but never forget, ‘He saved us - not because of deeds done by us...’(Titus 3:8, 4-6).
The full revelation of Christ’s glory is still to come. Let it begin in us now.
God is in control! Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Long before it happened, God had it planned (Luke 2:1-7; Micah 5:2-3).

As we approach Christ's Return, God still has His plan. He is still in control.

The birth of Christ is not merely an event from the past. It is also a message for the future.
We look back so that we can move forward.
We are fearful about many things. ‘What's the world coming to?’, we ask. God turns our question on its head: ‘Christ is coming to the world’.
From His first coming, we look on to His Second Coming - He ‘will come to all the people’(Luke 2:10): ‘every eye will see Him’(Revelation 1:7).
His Return invites us to ask another question: ‘when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?’(Luke 18:8).
For you, is it still ‘before Christ’? Let the ‘new age’ begin: Let Christ be ‘born this day’(Luke 2:11) - in your heart!
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Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) II – Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2: (1-7), 8-20  -  The same readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

God has given us ‘a new Name’. It is ‘the Name which is above every name’, the Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 62:2; Philippians 2:9-11).

Christ loves us. He has given Himself for us. He calls us His ‘Bride’ (Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 21:2, 9).
Through faith in Christ, we have become ‘the Holy People’. Through Him, we are ‘the Redeemed of the Lord’. We have been ‘Sought After’ by the Lord. In Him, we are ‘the City No Longer Deserted’ (Isaiah 62:12; 1 Peter 2:9-9-10; 1:18-19; Luke 19:10; John 14:18).
‘There is a Name I love to hear... It tells me of a Saviour’s love, who died to set me free. It tells me of His precious blood, the sinner’s perfect plea... Jesus, the Name I love so well, the Name I love to hear! ... O how I love the Saviour’s Name, the sweetest Name on earth!’(Mission Praise, 672).
‘The Lord reigns’(Psalm 97:1). ‘The Lord is King!’ As we worship the Lord our King, let us focus our attention on Christ, the newborn King :
“Come and worship Christ, the new-born King” (Church Hymnary, 182).

At the place of Christ’s birth, we learn that the reign of God is the reign of His love.

When we look away from ourselves to our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we rejoice in this:
‘He saved us - not because of deeds done by us...’ (Titus 3:4-6).
This is the Good News of great joy. We hear this Good News – the birth of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ – and we give glory to God in the highest (Luke 2:10-11, 14).
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Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) III – Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14  -  The same Bible Readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

Good News

‘Good News’- Let us ‘shout for joy’. ‘Good News’- Let us sing ‘songs of joy’.
There is the Good News of God’s reign - ‘Your God reigns’.
There is the Good News of our redemption - ‘The Lord has redeemed’ us.
We are not to keep the Good News to ourselves. This ‘news of happiness’ is to be shared with everyone. We must let ‘all the ends of the earth see the salvation of our God’.
‘Christ died for our sins’- This is Good News.
Christ was ‘raised on the third day’- This is Good News.
‘Jesus is Lord’- This is Good News.
This is the Good News we must ‘pass on’ to others. In our world, there is so much bad news. We must not let the Good News be drowned out by the bad news. We must make sure that the people hear the Good News - loud and clear (Isaiah 52:7-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Mission Praise, 249).

God loves us.

‘Exalt the Lord our God... Make a joyful noise to the Lord’ (Psalms 99:5,9; 98:4,6; 100:1).
We are to worship the Lord with joy. We are to glorify God. We are to enjoy Him.
In our worship, we must never forget the holiness of God: ‘He is holy! ... The Lord our God is holy!’ (Psalm 99:5, 9).
In our worship, we rejoice in the love of God: ‘His steadfast love endures for ever... He has done marvellous things!’(Psalms 100:5; 98:1).
The God of ‘awesome purity’ loves us with the most perfect love of all: ‘No earthly father loves like Thee...’ Let us worship Him with holy fear and heartfelt love: ‘O how I fear Thee, living God, with deepest, tenderest fears... with trembling hope and penitential tears! Yet I may love Thee too, O Lord, Almighty as Thou art, for Thou hast stooped to ask of me the love of my poor heart’(Church Hymnary, 356).

Let us worship Christ – our Lord and our God.

From the heights of heaven and the depths of suffering, ‘God... has spoken to us by His Son’ (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Jesus Christ is God’s ‘Word’ to us. He is ‘the Word’ who came from heaven: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’. He is ‘the Word’ who came to earth: ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us...’ (John 1:1-14).
In heaven, He is worshipped by angels: ‘Let all God’s angels worship Him’(Hebrews 1:6).
On earth, ‘He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone’(Hebrews 2:9).
We see the greatness of Christ in both His heavenly glory and His saving grace. None can compare with Him. He is our Lord. He is our Saviour. We consider all that He has done for us - ‘the nail marks in His hands...’- and we worship Him - ‘my Lord and my God’(John 20:19-20,24-28).

Keep your eyes on Christ: the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He is the Beginning. He is also the End (John 1:1-3; Revelation 21:6).
He is ‘the Word... made flesh’. ‘We have seen His glory’(14). This is only the beginning. When He returns, we shall see His glory - ‘we shall see Him as He is’(1 John 3:2).
From Him, there is creation (John 1:1-3).
From Him, there is salvation (John 1:12-13).
In Him, we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 1:29, 32-34).
He is the Word of God, the Lamb of God and the Son of God (John 1:1, 29, 34). When we look at Jesus Christ, we see God - ‘the ‘Word was God’(John 1:1), ‘No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known’(John 1:18).
Do you want to know what God is like? - Look at Jesus (John 14:9).
What do we see when we look at Him? - ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’(John 1:29).
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First Sunday after Christmas Day: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23  -  The same readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

Praise the Lord! – Through His power and His love, He has saved us.

The Lord our God is ‘mighty to save’. He has shown His ‘steadfast love’ to us. He has become our ‘Saviour’. ‘In His love’, He has ‘redeemed’ us (Isaiah 63:1, 7-9).
We read here about the power of God - He is ‘mighty to save’- and the love of God - ‘In His love’, He has ‘redeemed’ us.
What love the Lord has for us - ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only Son...’ (John 3:16)!
What power there is in the Gospel of love - ‘The Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes’ (Romans 1:16)!
What a ‘Saviour’ we have - Our Lord Jesus Christ is ‘able to save to the uttermost all who come to God through Him’ (Hebrews 7:25)!

Think of Jesus Christ. Think of His love, His power, His salvation.

Thank Him for all He has done for you - ‘Alleluia! What a Saviour!’(Church Hymnary, 380)
We consider all that the Lord has done for us and we join with the Psalmist in saying, “Praise the Lord” (Psalm 148:1, 14).
God wants to bless you. Make sure that you don’t miss out on His blessing.
God invites each of us to receive a great blessing - the blessing of being His ‘children’(Hebrews 2:13).
We become God’s children through faith in Christ: ‘To all who received Him, who believed in His Name, He gave power to become children of God’(John 1:12).
What will you do with God’s great invitation, His invitation of love? Will you receive Christ and become a child of God? Will you miss out on the blessing ‘because of unbelief’(Hebrews 3:19)?
God is waiting for your answer - ‘Today, when you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts’(Hebrews 3:7, 15).
Throughout life, we must guard against ‘an evil, unbelieving heart, leading us to fall away from the living God’. ‘Every day’, we must take care that we do not become ‘hardened by the deceitfulness of sin’(Hebrews 3:12-13).
As God’s children, let’s grow in Christ (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).

God has a great plan for you – let His power and love flow through you to others.

The story unfolds according to God’s saving purpose and not Herod's Satanic schemes. Herod dies. Jesus lives. The purpose of man is defeated. The purpose of God prevails.
Jesus’ time in Egypt is full of prophetic significance (Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1). Egypt was the place of bondage. God turns everything around, making it the place of protection (Exodus 1:11; 13-15). The emphasis is not on the place. It is on what God is doing, as He fulfils His purpose.
From Bethlehem to Egypt and then to Nazareth - the young Jesus is being taken from place to place - all in the perfect plan of God. Again, the emphasis is not on the place but on God’s purpose. Nazareth was a humble place, dignified by the fact that God chose it to be the home of His Son.
Our concern is not with wise men or famous places. ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’. ‘Stand amazed in the presence of Jesus’.
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January 1: The Naming of Jesus – Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:4-7 (or Philippians 2:5-11); Luke 2:15-21

His Name was called JESUS (Luke 2:21).

Christmas is over – but let’s not forget Jesus. He is still here. He is still with us.
He is for New Year’s Day as well as Christmas Day. He is for every day.
The New Year has begun. Let there be more than a new year. Let there be new life – the new life that Jesus brings.
We have celebrated His birth.
It is similar to the birth of any other child. It is a time for joyful thanksgiving.
It is different from the celebration of any other child. This is the special Child. This is God’s Son. He is Jesus. He is the Saviour. He brings new life to the world.
On the first Christmas Day, the announcement was made: There is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).
We move on from the first Christmas. We move on to today. We do not leave Jesus behind. He is with us still.
On this day, any day, every day, we hear God’s call: Let new life begin.
New Year’s Day comes around just once a year. Every day is new life day.
Every day, God is speaking to us. He speaks to us about new life.
This is much more than the traditional greeting – We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

In the Name of Jesus, we hear the Good News of new life. 

He has been born in the city of David.
This is Good News for us. This is Good News for today.
The New Year has begun. Let new life begin.
Let Christ be ‘born this day’(Luke 2:11). Let Him be born in your heart!
The Name of Jesus is the Name of love.
The Name of Jesus is the Name of love, perfect love, the greatest love of all. There is no love like the love of Jesus.
At Christmas time, we look back to His birth. We celebrate His continuing love.
On New Year’s Day, we look on to the future. We commit ourselves to loving Him who first loved us.
In the Name of Jesus, God speaks to us with a call to consecration and a promise of blessing.

* Do we love the Name of Jesus? – Let us consecrate ourselves to Him.

‘Separate... to the Lord... Separate... from wine and strong drink’ (Numbers 6:2-3): These two thoughts are closely connected in the New Testament - ‘Do not get drunk with wine... Be filled with the Spirit’ (Ephesians 5:18). We are to be ‘holy to the Lord’ (Numbers 6:8). ‘Consecrated to the Lord’, our whole life must be controlled by one thing: ‘Do all to the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10:31).

* Do we love the Name of Jesus? – Let us seek His blessing in our lives.

Motivated by a desire for God’s glory, we will enjoy God's blessing (Numbers 6:22-27). God’s blessing is not a ‘cheap’ thing, something that doesn’t matter very much.
Remember Esau (Genesis 25:29-34). He couldn’t be bothered. He couldn’t care less. God’s blessing meant nothing to him. He didn’t want God’s blessing.
What did God do? - He gave it to Jacob.
‘The Lord bless you...’ - Do you want this? Or must God find somebody else?

In the Name of Jesus, we have the victory.
‘The Lord is ‘majestic’ (Psalm 8:1, 9). He does not remain remote. He does not keep His distance. This is the message of Christmas. The Saviour has been born. God has not remained in heaven. He has come to earth. He has come near to us. He is God with us.
In the birth of Jesus, we see God’s greatness, the greatness of His love. His love makes all the difference.
* When we feel forgotten. He remembers us.
* When we feel unloved. He cares for us (Psalm 8:4).
* When we are tempted. He will ‘still the enemy’ (Psalm 8:2).
At the beginning of a New Year, we are reminded of God our Creator (Psalm 8:5-8).
The God of creation is the God of our salvation. From Bethlehem, the place of Christ’s birth, we look forward. We see Jesus, crucified for us. In His death, there is victory. Christ has won the victory for us. Christ has triumphed over ‘him who has the power of death.’ Christ has triumphed over ‘the devil.’ (Hebrews 2:8-9, 14).
We rejoice in Christ’s victory. We worship Him. We sing, “Majesty, worship His Majesty. Jesus, who died, now glorified, King of all kings’.

Jesus leads us on from victory to victory.

At the Cross, Christ won the victory over Satan. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ makes His victory real in our life here and now.

* ‘God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts’ (Galatians 4:6).

The Spirit is not a reward we earn by being good people. The Spirit is God’s gift (Titus 3:5). In Galatians 3:13-14, Paul connects the gift of the Spirit with Christ’s death for us and our faith in Christ. We do not come to God with our religion in one hand and our morality in the other, insisting that we deserve to be blessed by Him. We look away from ourselves to Christ - ‘Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy Cross I cling’(Church Hymnary, 83).
All pride in ourselves must be brought to Christ’s Cross as we humbly pray, ‘Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me, fill me’(Mission Praise, 613).
God has given His Spirit to us. Let’s give ourselves to Him - to ‘be filled with the Spirit’(Ephesians 5:18).

* ‘He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the Day of Jesus Christ’(Philippians 1:6).

Do you feel like you can`t go on? Do you feel like giving up?
God gives us His Word of encouragement. He will bring His good work to completion.
God finishes what He starts - ‘He didn`t bring us this far to leave us. He didn`t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn`t build His home in us to move away. He didn`t lift us up to let us down’.
In all the changes of life, we must remember this: God is faithful. His love is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable.
We don`t keep going because we are strong. We are ‘kept by the power of God’(1 Peter 1:5).
‘Jesus Christ is Lord’(Philippians 2:11) – He will give you the strength to keep going when you feel like giving up.
We do not find our own victory. We receive His victory. The victory does not come from deep down within ourselves. It comes from high above us. It comes from Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is not our victory. It is His victory. All the power comes from Him. All the glory goes to Him.
In ‘humility’ let us live ‘to the glory and praise of God’(Philippians 2:3; 1:11).
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January 1: when observed as New Year’s Day – Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Revelation 21:1-6a; Matthew 25: 31-46  -  The same readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

Let’s begin the year with worship: “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your Name …” (Psalm 8:1).

How excellent is our Saviour – He takes away the emptiness of life without Him.
‘God has put eternity into man’s mind’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In every human heart, there is a God-shaped blank. It can only be filled by Jesus Christ.
Many people try to find true happiness without opening their heart to Jesus Christ. That’s like ‘trying to catch the wind’ (Ecclesiastes 4:16). True happiness keeps slipping through your fingers. There’s always something missing - ‘an aching void the world can never fill’ (Church Hymnary, 663).
Jesus Christ stands at the door of every human heart. He knocks. He waits for your answer. He says, ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in...’ (Revelation 3:20). Will you invite Him into your heart? He is waiting for you to pray, ‘Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus’.

How excellent is our Saviour – He is preparing us for a glorious future.
Our Saviour is ‘Faithful and True’. He is ‘the Word of God’. He is our ‘Lord’ and ‘King’(Revelation 19:11,13,16).
We are invited to ‘come’ to Him. The invitation - ‘Come, gather together for the great supper of God’- is a call to come to Christ (Revelation 19:17). We come to Christ so that we might ‘reign with Him’(Revelation 20:6).
Coming to Christ is only the beginning. God is preparing us for something even better - reigning with Him. This is a great future - ‘no more death or mourning or crying or pain’(Revelation 21:4).
There is, however, a Word of warning for those who refuse to come to Christ for salvation - ‘If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire’; ‘Their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur’(Revelation 20:15; 21:8). ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’(Acts 16:31).

How excellent is our Saviour – He gives us joy as we serve Him day-by-day.

We are to be faithful to God (Matthew 25:21). There is a reward for faithfulness (Matthew 25:29; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15). Our ‘reward’ is not to get more glory for ourselves: ‘what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord’(2 Corinthians 4:5). Bringing glory to God - this is to be our greatest joy.
We are not to be thinking, ‘What am I going to get out of this?’. We are to be asking, ‘What can I give to others?’.
The ‘righteous’ are not full of boasting about their ‘righteous’ actions (Matthew 25:37-38). The Lord’s true servants do not draw attention to themselves.
Do you have ‘talents’? Yes - you do! Use them! ‘Serve the Lord with gladness’(Psalm 100:2).
Let this be your ‘reward’: the joyful privilege of bringing blessing to others and glory to God.
On earth, we begin to ‘enter the joy of our Lord’(21). In heaven, there will be ‘fullness of joy’ and ‘pleasure for evermore’
(Psalm 16:11).
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Second Sunday after Christmas Day: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18  -  The same readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

In love, the Lord draws us to Himself.
‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness’ (Jeremiah 31:3).
So often, we have been like ‘the prodigal son’ (Luke 15:11-24). We have walked away from our Father’s House. We have wandered off into ‘the far country’. We feel that we are far from God, yet still He draws near to us.
The Lord is at work in our hearts. He is bringing us ‘to our senses’. He is reminding us of His love. He is drawing us back to Himself. In love, He is calling us home again. He is speaking to our hearts. He is saying to us, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love’.
As His love reaches our hearts, ‘the prodigal son’ becomes ‘the returning son’: ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son’. ‘Bring me back, let me come back, for you are the Lord my God!’ (Jeremiah 31:18).

In love, the Lord brings us into fellowship with His people.
‘The Lord builds up Jerusalem. He gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds’ (Psalm 147:2-3).
This is much more than the building of the city of Jerusalem with bricks and mortar. This is God building up His people in their ‘most holy faith’ (Jude 20). This is God blessing His people as they gather together to worship Him.
In Christ, we are ‘being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit’ (Ephesians 2:22). The Lord draws us to Himself. He brings us into fellowship with His people.
He calls us to worship Him: ‘Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving’. He ‘blesses’ us through ‘His Word’. He ‘blesses’ us in ‘the Spirit’: ‘He sends His Word... and the waters flow’ (Psalm 147:7, 12-13, 18; John 7:37-39).

In love, the Lord calls us to be changed by His love.
‘By grace you have been saved through faith… for good works’ (Ephesians 2:8-10). God calls us to live a ‘holy’life. We cannot make ourselves holy. We are spiritually ‘dead’. We need to be ‘made alive’- by God. Holiness does not come from ourselves. It comes from the Lord.
Long before we ever thought of loving Him - He loved us. Our love for Him is so changeable. His love for us is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable. It is eternal. He loved us ‘before the foundation of the world’. He will love us ‘in the world to come’. This is the love of God, the love which inspires us and enables us to live a ‘holy’ life (Ephesians 2:1; 1:4; 2:7).
When we realize the truth concerning ourselves - ‘nothing good dwells within me’(Romans 7:18) - and God - He is ‘rich in mercy’ (Ephesians 2:4) - , we will ‘praise His glorious grace’ (Ephesians 1:6).
We praise His glorious grace when we receive His love and are changed by His love.

In love, the Lord calls us to be changed by His glory.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He is the Beginning. He is also the End (John 1:1-3; Revelation 21:6).
He is ‘the Word... made flesh’. ‘We have seen His glory’ (John 1:14). This is only the beginning. When He returns, we shall see His glory - ‘we shall see Him as He is’(1 John 3:2).
From Him, there is creation (John 1:1-3). From Him, there is salvation (John 1:12-13). In Him, we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 1:29, 32-34). He is the Word of God, the Lamb of God and the Son of God (John 1:1, 29, 34).
When we look at Jesus Christ, we see God - ‘the ‘Word was God’ (John 1:1), ‘No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known’ (John 1:18).
Do you want to know what God is like? - Look at Jesus (John 14:9). What do we see when we look at Him? - ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29).
We look at the Lamb of God, crucified for us. We see love – the greatest love of all. It is divine love. It is eternal love. It is a love which calls us to say, with Paul,
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me ...
... one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what
is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has
called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).
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Season of Epiphany: Epiphany of the Lord – Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12  -  The same readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

Let the light of Christ shine.
‘Arise, shine; for your Light has come... the Lord will be your everlasting Light’ (Isaiah 60:1, 19-20). Jesus Christ is ‘the Light of the world’. When we ‘follow Him’, we ‘will not walk in darkness’. We ‘will have the light of life’ (John 8:12).
We are living in difficult times. We are surrounded by much darkness. We must not be discouraged - ‘the lamp of God has not yet gone out’ (1 Samuel 3:3). When the darkness threatens to overcome the Light, we must take encouragement from God’s Word - ‘The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’ (John 1:5).
When the darkness seems to be everywhere, put your trust in the Lord - The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?’- and let ‘His Word’ be ‘a lamp to your feet and a light to your path’ (Psalms 27:1; 119:105).

Let the words of Scripture lead to thoughts of the Saviour.
* Read the words - ‘His Name’ shall ‘endure for ever’ (Psalm 72:17) - and think of Christ.
His Name is ‘the Name above all other names’. He is ‘the King of kings and Lord of lords’ (Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 19:16).
* Read the words - ‘all nations call Him blessed’ (Psalm 72:17) - , and think of Christ.
‘From every tribe and language and people and nation’, God’s people have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (Revelation 5:9).
* Read the words -‘May His glory fill the whole earth!’ (Psalm 72:19) – and think of Christ.
In the ‘new heaven and new earth’, ‘the holy city’ will shine with ‘the glory of God’. ‘Its radiance’, ‘like a very precious jewel’, will be shining from this ‘lamp’: Jesus Christ, ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (Revelation 21:1-2, 10-11, 23; John 1:29).

In Christ, we are called to salvation, sanctification and service.
By the grace of God we are called to salvation - ‘saved through faith’- , sanctification - ‘for good works’ - , and service - ‘according to the gift of God’s grace… by the working of His power’, we are enabled ‘to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ’(Ephesians 2:8-10; 3:7-8).
When we consider all this, we say in our hearts, ‘To God be the glory’! (Ephesians 3:21).
We are ‘strengthened with power through His Spirit in our inner being’so that we might live as those who are saved, sanctified and serving.
Even when we are deeply conscious of our own great weakness, we draw encouragement from this: God is ‘able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us’(Ephesians 3:16, 20).
We grow in grace as we share in fellowship - ‘eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit’(Ephesians 4:3).

Be wise – worship the Saviour.
We read ‘the story of the wise men’. It is not so much about the wise men. It is about Jesus. He is the central character.
We are not told how many wise men there were. The word, ‘three’ does not appear (Matthew 2:1). We are not told their names. We are not told exactly where they came from - just, they came ‘from the East’ (Matthew 2:11).
The important thing is that they made their journey. They came, seeking Jesus: ‘Where is he...?’. They came ‘to worship Him’(Matthew 2:2). The wise men were led to Jesus not only by ‘His star’ (Matthew 2:2) but also by the Scriptures.
When asked where the child was to be born, they answered by quoting from the Scriptures (Matthew 2:5-6; Micah 5:2). Wise men are still led to Christ through the Scriptures.
Reading the Scriptures, we become wise for salvation as we find Christ who is our Wisdom (2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
Bethlehem was a ‘little town’. Humanly speaking, it did not have any great importance. Its importance is derived from the fact that it was the birth-place of our Saviour. When we think of Bethlehem, we do not think so much of the place as the Saviour who was born there.
Herod says that he wants to go to Bethlehem to worship Jesus (Matthew 2:8). Satan was speaking through Herod. Satan has no intention of worshipping God, and neither had Herod. Satan ‘comes only to steal and kill and destroy’. Christ comes to give ‘life... to the full’ (John 10:10).
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Herod was not a worshipper of Christ but a servant of Satan. The wise men worship Jesus, then they return to their own country.
We know nothing about their return journey, their destination or their life in their own country. Their whole purpose was to point away from themselves to Jesus.
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First Sunday after the Epiphany: Baptism of the Lord – Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17  -  The same Bible Readings are suggested fo
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The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.




A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.




Category: Variety Pack

2019-04-11 - Unknown odor evacuates school in coastal Brooklyn (New York):
http://patch.com/new-york/carrollgardens/boerum-hill-school-evacuated-fdny-investigates-odor

Quote: "FDNY was called to Khalil Gibran International Academy at 362 Schermerhorn Street just before 1 p.m. for reports of an odor inside. By 1:30 p.m., the building had been evacuated and firefighters were still on scene investigating, an FDNY spokesman said."

2019-04-11 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Brussels (Belgium):
http://www.aviation24.be/airlines/international-airlines-group-iag/british-airways/flight-between-london-gatwick-and-salzburg-diverts-to-brussels-airport-after-smoke-in-the-cockpit/

Quote: "On 11 April, a British Airways Airbus A319 (G-DBCG) operating flight BA2652 between London Gatwick to Salzburg diverted to Brussels Airport. Pilots reported smoke in the cockpit, declared a general emergency and decided to quickly land at the Belgian airport. Three hours after the safe landing, the aircraft is still on the ground in Belgium."

Note: This is the 49th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-04-11 - Petrochemical complex damaged by explosion and fire at 1:25 AM in coastal Pengerang (Malaysia), 2 injured:
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/explosion-at-petronas-oil-refinery-in-johor-injures-two
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/04/12/explosion-at-pengerang-og-facility/
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/12/two-injured-in-explosion-and-fire-at-pengerang-og-facility/
http://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/oil/041219-fire-explosion-at-malaysias-pengerang-integrated-complex-contained-petronas
http://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/04/12/massive-blast-reported-at-pengerangs-rapid-oil-and-gas-facility/1742388
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/explosion-at-petronas-oil-and-gas-facility-in-pengerang
http://www.asiaone.com/malaysia/explosion-petronas-oil-and-gas-facility-johor

Quote: "Pictures and videos of the explosion have been circulating on social media, with internet users saying the blast could be felt as far off as Pasir Gudang."

2019-04-11 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Dundee (Scotland):
http://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/868366/underground-fire-affects-dundee-street/
http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/4109388/fire-dundee-underground-albert-street-cops/
http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/2019/04/11/fire-blocks-dundee-city-centre-road-with-diversions-in-place/
http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/2019/04/11/video-update-temporary-traffic-lights-in-place-following-electrical-fire-in-dundee-street/

2019-04-11 - Brush truck bursts into flame at 2:12 AM while parked inside fire station in South Adams County (Colorado):
http://www.denverpost.com/2019/04/11/south-adams-county-fire-brush-truck/
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/04/11/fire-truck-fire-south-adams-county-firefighters/
http://www.firefighternation.com/articles/2019/04/brush-truck-catches-fire-inside-colorado-firehouse.html
http://www.firehouse.com/apparatus/news/21076097/co-firefighter-hurt-when-brush-truck-burns-in-fire-station
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/firefighter-taken-to-hospital-after-vehicle-fire-breaks-out-inside-adams-county-fire-station
http://twitter.com/SACFD200/status/1116479792549781504

Quote: "The brush truck is a total loss and station 8 will be closed for an investigation and repairs."

2019-04-11 - Thousands of wildfires break out across Thailand, Myanmar and Laos:
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=WF-20190411-67422-THA
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30367532
http://news.thaivisa.com/article/34069/north-smog-to-worsen-on-first-day-of-songkran
http://thethaiger.com/hot-news/air-pollution/forest-fires-destroy-2-7-million-rai-of-land-whilst-chiang-mai-is-back-on-top

Quote: "Bush fires have devastated nearly 2.7 million rai (there are 2.5 Rai in an Acre) of forests in nine northern provinces."

Note: Thailand and Myanmar are on the western coast of that part of the landmass (and Laos borders both of them), just like the fire on the Western Isles off Scotland, mentioned in the 2019-04-10 update, the fires in Chile, Portugal, British Columbia in Canada, Washington State, Oregon and California, among other places....

2019-04-11 - California races to deter disaster as towns face fire risk:
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/california-races-to-deter-disaster-as-towns-face-fire-risk
http://nypost.com/2019/04/11/california-aims-to-find-wildfire-prone-towns-that-could-be-next-paradise/
http://weather.com/news/news/2019-04-11-millions-of-californians-live-in-areas-at-severe-risk-of-wildfires
http://www.nptelegraph.com/news/national_news/a-lot-of-paradises-many-towns-at-high-risk-of/article_94850140-e5bf-5826-95f8-cae0ed8cc1bb.html
http://www.richmond.com/business/ap/california-wildfires-a-wicked-problem-with-no-easy-answers/article_4e5a73ba-7593-5753-8980-8f5514774050.html




2019-04-11 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts in the Suncrest area in Morgantown (West Virginia):
http://www.wdtv.com/content/news/Transformer-fire-in-Suncrest-causes-power-outage-affecting-street-lights-508447741.html

2019-04-11 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Saticoy (California):
http://www.keyt.com/news/ventura-county/ventura-area-firefighters-put-out-trash-fire-at-saticoy-recycling-center/1068218349
http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2019/04/11/fire-crews-battle-blaze-recycling-center-saticoy/3439438002/

2019-04-11 - Brush fire breaks out in coastal Stuart (Florida):
http://cbs12.com/news/local/crews-fighting-brush-fire-in-stuart

2019-04-11 - Tug boat bursts into flame near coastal St. George’s Harbour (Bermuda):
http://bernews.com/2019/04/fire-in-vessel-engine-room-safely-extinguished/

2019-04-11 - Two yachts destroyed by fire while docked in coastal Dordrecht (Netherlands):
http://leakreality.com/video/97222/two-wounded-in-a-fire-on-pleasure-yachts-in-the-city-center-of-dordrecht
http://www.tellerreport.com/news/--several-injured-in-a-fire-on-pleasure-yachts-in-dordrecht-.ByzGiK1aFN.html

2019-04-11 - Yacht bursts into flame just after 5:30 AM near coastal Moreton Island (Australia):
http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2019/04/12/yacht-fire-moreton-island/
http://www.zinc96.com.au/news/local-news/98279-yacht-catches-alight-off-moreton-island
http://www.hot91.com.au/news/local-news/92738-yacht-catches-alight-off-moreton-island
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/australia/luxury-yacht-set-on-fire-off-tourist-hot-spot-island/ar-BBVRiMD
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-12/victorian-couple-dog-escape-moreton-island-burning-yacht/10996246
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6914347/Dramatic-moment-luxury-yacht-engulfed-flames-couple-escape-lives-dog.html
http://www.smh.com.au/national/queensland/two-people-dog-escape-burning-yacht-near-moreton-island-20190412-p51dfk.html
http://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=332713997372527

Note: These are the 319th, 320th, 321st and 322nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-04-11 - School bus bursts into flame outside school in coastal Middletown (New Jersey):
http://patch.com/new-jersey/middletown-nj/middletown-north-school-bus-catches-fire-watch-video
http://www.nj.com/monmouth/2019/04/school-bus-bursts-into-fire-in-driveway-of-nj-high-school-no-injuries-reported.html
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/video/4064307-school-bus-catches-fire-in-new-jersey/
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/video/4064053-school-bus-catches-on-fire-at-middletown-high-school-in-new-jersey/
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/04/11/school-bus-bursts-into-flames-after-dropping-off-students-in-new-jersey/
http://newjersey.news12.com/clip/14800801/school-bus-catches-fire-in-front-middletown-school
http://nj1015.com/school-bus-catches-fire-explodes-after-dropping-off-kids-video/
http://www.njherald.com/article/20190411/AP/304119817
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xI09X1kMck

Note: This is the 60th school bus to burn in 2019, and this is the 191st bus to burn in 2019...

2019-04-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-10 in Kenner (Louisiana):
http://www.fox8live.com/2019/04/11/truck-fire-kenner-briefly-shuts-down-i-/
http://www.fox8live.com/video/2019/04/12/truck-fire-snarls-i-traffic-kenner/
http://www.nola.com/traffic/2019/04/dump-truck-fire-closes-portion-of-i-10-east-in-kenner-thursday-afternoon.html

2019-04-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at truck stop in Dillon (South Carolina):
http://wpde.com/news/local/tractor-trailer-catches-fire-at-dillon-truck-stop

2019-04-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just after 5 AM on I-16 in Bulloch County (Georgia):
http://www.wtoc.com/2019/04/11/tractor-trailer-catches-fire-along-i-east-bulloch-county/

2019-04-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-57 near Dongola (Illinois):
http://www.kfvs12.com/2019/04/11/i-semi-fire-union-county-closes-one-lane/
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/40293999/semi-fire-shuts-down-i-57-in-union-county

2019-04-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame in the Pfänder Tunnel in Pfänder (Austria):
http://vaaju.com/austriaeng/truck-fire-in-the-pfender-tunnel-vorarlberg/
http://tech2.org/austria/truck-fire-at-the-pfandertunnel-vorarlberg/

2019-04-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at roundabout near Crownhill (Britain):
http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/News/Newsdesk/IncidentDetail.cfm?IncidentID=50533&siteCategoryId=3&T1ID=26&T2ID=41

2019-04-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A52 near HM Prison Whatton (Britain):
http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/live-updates-lorry-fire-closes-2746944
http://www.facebook.com/bbceastmids/photos/a.216353105048454/2699817810035292/?type=3&theater

2019-04-11 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame on Eastway in Fulwood (Britain):
http://www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk/commercial-vehicle-fire-in-fulwood/

2019-04-11 - Tractor (harvester) bursts into flame on Fennington Lane in Kingston St Mary (Britain):
http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/News/Newsdesk/IncidentDetail.cfm?IncidentID=50534&siteCategoryId=3&T1ID=26&T2ID=41

2019-04-11 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame and explodes between Yarford and Bishops Lydeard near Taunton (Britain):
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/live-updates-after-huge-explosion-2750276
http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/17567966.explosion-near-bishops-lydeard/

Note: These are the 573rd-582nd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-04-11 - Truck bursts into flame on the A386 Tavistock Road near Derriford (Britain), separate crash too:
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/live-traffic-chaos-fire-crash-2749905

2019-04-11 - Two RVs destroyed by fire while parked in Cottonwood (California):
http://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/Firefighters-working-to-knock-down-fire--508459371.html
http://www.facebook.com/AndersonFireRescue/posts/2691303280940888

Note: These are the 112th and 113th RVs to burn in 2019...

2019-04-11 - Van bursts into flame on Highway 12 near McAdams (Mississippi):
http://www.breezynews.com/local/fire-destroys-van-shuts-down-highway-video

2019-04-11 - Van bursts into flame on I-85 in Fulton County (Georgia):
http://www.cbs46.com/news/vehicle-fire-shuts-down-i--in-fulton-county/article_58d1c5b8-5c65-11e9-b679-f7485bcc7d64.html

2019-04-11 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home on Taylor Avenue in Racine (Wisconsin):
http://journaltimes.com/news/local/firefighters-prevent-chevy-that-caught-fire-from-damaging-garage/article_5843744a-6a09-5c41-8efe-a92d4dec9b11.html

2019-04-11 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at Chester-Andover Elementary School in Chester (Vermont):
http://www.chestertelegraph.org/2019/04/11/car-fire-at-caes-disrupts-dismissal-no-injuries/

2019-04-11 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Burton (South Carolina):
http://fox28media.com/news/local/beaufort-county-house-damaged-by-car-fire

2019-04-11 - Car bursts into flame before 6:15 AM on I-95 in coastal Hollywood (Florida), separate crash too:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/transportation/fl-ne-thursday-morning-traffic-20190411-story.html

Quote: "The crash, near the exit to Hollywood Boulevard, was reported about 6:15 a.m. and was temporarily closing all southbound lanes in order to accommodate rescue crews and start clearing the travel lanes. A short distance south of that crash, there was an earlier car fire that was blocking three right lanes."

2019-04-11 - Car bursts into flame on I-45 in Spring (Texas):
http://www.khou.com/article/traffic/two-lanes-closed-after-car-fire-on-i-45-north-in-spring/285-f92b5bc3-e04c-4feb-b65a-0a38a535527f

2019-04-11 - Car bursts into flame on I-44 near Medicine Park (Oklahoma):
http://www.kswo.com/2019/04/12/car-catches-fire-i-near-medicine-park/

2019-04-11 - Car bursts into flame on Burtonwood Road in Warrington (Britain):
http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/news-events/incidents/car-fire-in-warrington_11-04-2019_17-21-07
http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/17568277.m62-car-fire-captured-on-camera/

2019-04-11 - Car bursts into flame on Gayton Road in King's Lynn (Britain):
http://www.klfm967.co.uk/news/klfm-news/2849072/car-fire-breaks-out-in-kings-lynn/

2019-04-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-74 near Oakwood (Illinois):
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2019-04-11/vehicle-fire-backs-i-74-near-oakwood.html
http://www.the-independent-news.com/news/vehicle-fire-backups-i--near-oakwood/article_8735d11c-5c68-11e9-913a-7bf7a0feb4b3.html

2019-04-11 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on bridge in Jiulongpo (China):
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6912787/Motorbike-bursts-flames-engulfing-rider-fire-drives-busy-traffic.html

2019-04-11 - Two cars and outbuilding go up in flames at 1:58 AM in coastal Seaton (Britain):
http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/cumbriafire/recent-incidents/

Quote: "Outbuilding Fire, Seaton(Allerdale) 11 Apr 2019 At 01:58 hours on 11th April 2019 two fire engines from Workington were mobilised to an outbuilding fire in Seaton. On arrival crews found a fire involving a welfare unit that had affected two cars. Crews used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel to extinguish the fire. Crews were in attendance for approximately thirty five minutes."

2019-04-11 - Auto shop damaged by explosion and fire shortly before 4 AM in Scarborough (Canada):
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/no-injuries-reported-fire-explosion-124253552.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/explosion-fire-scarborough-auto-body-shop-1.5093412
http://www.cp24.com/news/ofm-to-investigate-explosions-fire-at-auto-body-shop-in-scarborough-1.4375185
http://www.680news.com/2019/04/11/explosion-scarborough-auto-repair-shop-fire/
http://boom1019.com/news/5155179/fire-scarborough-autobody-shop/

2019-04-11 - Barn destroyed by fire, fire spreads, home destroyed too, near Shenandoah (Iowa):
http://www.kmaland.com/news/fire-destroys-house-barn-near-shenandoah/article_db27d1b8-5c71-11e9-bcd8-6f1bc8be80f4.html

2019-04-11 - Beer distributor destroyed by fire in Ringtown (Pennsylvania):
http://fox56.com/news/local/beer-distributor-in-ringtown-engulfed-in-flames
http://www.standardspeaker.com/news/business-destroyed-in-ringtown-fire-1.2469066
http://www.republicanherald.com/news/fire-destroys-valley-beverage-1.2469069
http://www.skooknews.com/2019/04/fire-crews-responding-working.html

2019-04-11 - Office building damaged by fire on Southchurch Road in coastal Southend-on-Sea (Britain):
http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7737/

2019-04-11 - Garage destroyed by fire at home on Keema Avenue in North Highlands (California):
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/04/11/north-highlands-keema-way-fire/

2019-04-11 - Home under construction damaged by fire on Savannah Trail in Southlake (Texas):
http://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/southlake-house-under-construction-damaged-in-fire/287-3917db21-2f5b-432a-a52c-944230221d17

2019-04-11 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 11 PM on West Amazon Drive in the Fox Hollow area in Eugene (Oregon):
http://www.registerguard.com/news/20190411/fire-in-two-fox-hollow-houses-displaces-six-three-cats-missing

2019-04-11 - Home heavily damaged by fire on East Green Street in Winterset (Iowa):
http://www.kcci.com/article/fire-nearly-destroys-home-in-winterset-officials-say/27119778

2019-04-11 - Home destroyed by fire in the wee hours on Oak Park Village Drive in Wildwood (Missouri):
http://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/wildwood-home-considered-a-total-loss-after-overnight-fire/63-eef7be02-67e1-48bc-bd1d-e7f627d57a18

2019-04-11 - Home destroyed by huge fire on Barber Hill Road in East Windsor (Connecticut):
http://www.wfsb.com/news/large-fire-reported-at-a-home-in-east-windsor/article_73019e4e-5cac-11e9-82a7-7fd2fb9eff96.html
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Multiple-Departments-Respond-to-East-Windsor-Fire-508460131.html

2019-04-11 - Home destroyed by fire on Snows Corner Road in Orrington (Maine):
http://bangordailynews.com/2019/04/11/news/bangor/tudor-style-home-in-orrington-destroyed-in-blaze/

2019-04-11 - Home and vacant building go up in flames at 6:05 AM in the Grand Crossing area in Chicago (Illinois):
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/two-buildings-catch-fire-in-grand-crossing-residents-displaced/

2019-04-11 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire at 2 AM in coastal Waipahu (Hawaii):
http://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/04/12/breaking-news/waipahu-duplex-sustains-320k-in-damage-from-fire/

2019-04-11 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Stockbridge (Georgia):
http://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/almost-apartments-destroyed-henry-county-fire/20KptAQkiFOB3EfYsstiwI/
http://www.cbs46.com/news/over-people-displaced-following-fire-at-henry-county-apartment-complex/article_d865051c-5d03-11e9-a157-13f579562b69.html

2019-04-11 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire shortly after 4:30 AM in Wilkinsburg (Pennsylvania):
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/04/11/fire-forces-evacuations-at-wilkinsburg-high-rise/
http://www.wtae.com/article/fire-crews-and-paramedics-called-to-apartment-building-in-wilkinsburg/27110467
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2019/04/11/One-injured-high-rise-apartment-fire-Wilkinsburg-wood-towers/stories/201904110079
http://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/fire-leads-to-evacuation-of-apartment-building-in-wilkinsburg/939018753

2019-04-11 - Deadly fire burns home at 5:45 AM in Lauderdale County (Alabama), 2 killed:
http://whnt.com/2019/04/11/2-killed-in-early-morning-lauderdale-county-house-fire/

2019-04-11 - Deadly fire burns home on Brookdale Place in Cranford (New Jersey), 1 killed:
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2019/04/12/deborah-meehan-found-dead-cranford-home-damaged-fire/3446908002/

2019-04-11 - Deadly fire destroys home at 12:35 AM on Shauberger Road in Centerville (Pennsylvania), 2 killed:
http://www.goerie.com/news/20190411/coroner-ids-couple-found-dead-in-crawford-fire
http://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/update-p-m-coroner-two-die-in-athens-township-fire/article_5b3c74aa-5c5c-11e9-b880-4b9dd0373d23.html




2019-04-11 - Three people die in canal in Pasrur (Pakistan):
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/04/11/3-of-a-family-drown-in-canal/
http://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/three-persons-including-grandfather-grandmot-592411.html
http://nation.com.pk/12-Apr-2019/three-of-a-family-drown-in-mr-link-canal-in-pasrur




2019-04-11 - Man, 45, found dead at Sand Beach in coastal Acadia National Park (Maine):
http://www.wmtw.com/article/officials-search-for-man-last-seen-at-acadia-national-park/27108806
http://bangordailynews.com/2019/04/11/news/hancock/body-of-missing-man-found-in-acadia/

2019-04-11 - Man in his 20s found dead in the water at Little River Canyon State Park (Alabama):
http://www.waff.com/2019/04/11/drowning-death-little-river-canyon-state-park/
http://www.rocketcitynow.com/news/drowning-at-little-river-canyon/1918619829
http://abc3340.com/news/local/body-recovered-after-drowning-at-little-river-canyon
http://wdef.com/2019/04/11/georgia-man-drowns-today-swimming-desoto-falls/
http://www.gadsdentimes.com/news/20190411/swimmer-drowns-at-marthas-falls
http://whnt.com/2019/04/11/person-drowns-at-little-river-canyon/

2019-04-11 - Person found dead along the James River in Bedford County (Virginia):
http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Authorities-conducting-apparent-search-in-James-River--508465541.html
http://www.wchv.com/2019/04/12/body-found-in-james-river/

2019-04-11 - Man, 75, dies after being pulled from submerged car in Otsego Lake at the Lake Front Boat Ramp in Cooperstown (New York):
http://www.wktv.com/content/news/Vehicle-Driven-into-Otsego-Lake-Man-Dies-508478941.html

2019-04-11 - Woman, 38, found dead near Railroad Street in Virginia (Minnesota):
http://www.wdio.com/news/virginia-police-body-found-no-foul-play/5313010/
http://cbs3duluth.com/iron-range/2019/04/11/police-body-found-in-virginia-no-foul-play-suspected/
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/crime-and-courts/4597730-womans-body-found-virginia

2019-04-11 - Man found dead in creek or culvert in Salisbury (Massachusetts):
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/04/11/body-found-water-off-trail-salisbury/3BeTob28cvKRzYtpcD9XAN/story.html
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/man-s-body-found-near-rail-trail-in-salisbury/article_b55e5a92-5c8f-11e9-a8ce-2394bc7573e4.html
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/man-s-body-found-along-salisbury-rail-trail/article_4e3caa35-960e-5b13-8635-a5c47950c239.html

2019-04-11 - Man found dead in Lake Michigan near Waukegan (Illinois):
http://wgntv.com/2019/04/11/body-of-man-found-in-waukegan-harbor/
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/mans-body-found-in-lake-michigan
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/body-found-in-lake-michigan-near-waukegan-2/
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-body-recovered-waukegan-harbor-st-0412-story.html

2019-04-11 - Woman, 30, found dead in motel in Clovis (New Mexico):
http://www.newschannel10.com/2019/04/11/hereford-woman-found-dead-clovis-motel/
http://www.kgncnewsnow.com/clovis-pd-investigating-after-hereford-woman-was-found-dead-in-clovis-motel/

2019-04-11 - Man in his 20s or 30s found dead in riverbed in South El Monte (California):
http://www.sgvtribune.com/2019/04/11/body-found-in-south-el-monte-riverbed/

2019-04-11 - Man, 25, found dead in Junction Creek off of Riverside Drive in Greater Sudbury (Canada):
http://www.sudbury.com/police/dead-body-found-in-junction-creek-1369504
http://www.927rock.ca/2019/04/11/body-found-in-junction-creek/

2019-04-11 - Man found dead near Arbutus Cove Lane in coastal Saanich (Canada):
http://www.sookenewsmirror.com/news/breaking-saanich-police-investigate-the-gordon-head-area-after-a-man-was-found-dead/

2019-04-11 - Woman, 63, prominent diver, found dead in the water off coastal Gijang (South Korea):
http://hapskorea.com/prominent-haenyeo-diver-dies-off-the-coast-of-gijang/

Quote: "According to Ulsan Coast Guards, a woman in her 60s was found dead on the waters off of Daebyeon port in Gijang yesterday morning. The woman has been identified as Ms. Park Mal-ae, a 63-year-old female diver known as the Haenyeo Supilga, or female essayist and diver."

2019-04-11 - Woman, 34, former CNN host, collapses and dies in Kenya:
http://www.yahoo.com/news/former-cnn-host-soni-methu-180805780.html
http://www.cnn.com/2019/04/12/africa/former-cnn-host-soni-methu-dies-intl/index.html

2019-04-11 - Teen, 14, found dead in apartment in Jerusalem (Israel):
http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/14-years-old-youth-found-dead-at-an-apartment-in-Jerusalem-586606

2019-04-11 - Sailor, man, found dead in reservoir at Zebi Dam (Pakistan):
http://www.dawn.com/news/1475505/navy-soldier-drowns-in-karak-dam

2019-04-11 - Man, 47, found dead in coastal Limerick (Ireland):
http://www.thesun.ie/news/3970767/michael-hyland-missing-limerick-body-found-gardai/

2019-04-11 - Man has 'medical episode' and drops dead near the Darwen Tower in Darwen (Britain):
http://www.thelancasterandmorecambecitizen.co.uk/news/17568325.man-dies-near-darwen-tower/

Quote: "A man has died while walking close to Darwen tower this afternoon, police have confirmed. It was thought the man had a medical episode and police are not treatment the incident as suspicious."

2019-04-11 - Woman found dead in underground carpark in Dawlish (Britain):
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/womans-body-found-underground-dawlish-2747003

2019-04-11 - Man, 52, dies while diving in former quarry near Tidenham (Britain):
http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/diver-dies-gloucestershires-national-diving-2752891
http://www.scubaboard.com/community/threads/tidenham-quarry-dive-center-fatality-united-kingdom.577312/#post-8607430
http://flipboard.com/@BBCNews/man-dies-in-accident-at-national-dive-centre-tidenham/f-9c449c16ee/bbc.com
http://www.monmouthshirebeacon.co.uk/article.cfm?id=117279

Quote: "A diver has died at the National Diving & Activity Centre near Tidenham in Gloucestershire. Police said the 52-year-old man was from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and was pulled from the water at the centre, which uses a former quarry for divers to explore."




2019-04-11 - Woman in her 50s has 'medical incident' and goes into cardiac arrest on passenger bus in coastal Exeter (Britain):
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/hero-exeter-bus-passengers-tried-2751642

Quote: "On Wednesday a spokesperson for the ambulance service said: 'We were called at 9.36am about a medical incident on Heavitree Road near Summerlands Court.'"

2019-04-11 - Man, 64, has 'medical problem', van slams into tree, near Richer (Canada), 1 killed:
http://steinbachonline.com/local/man-dead-after-collision-near-richer

Quote: "Belisle says it appears the driver had some sort of medical problem that led to the mishap."

2019-04-11 - Woman has 'medical event', SUV crashes into carwash, in Fort Wayne (Indiana):
http://wpta21.com/news/top-stories/2019/04/11/security-video-captures-vehicle-crashing-into-carwash/

Quote: "We are told that the driver of an SUV suffered a medical event, lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a carwash near the intersection of Dupont and Coldwater at the Shell gas station."

2019-04-11 - Man, 35, has 'medical event', car plunges into Lake Champlain in Addison (Vermont), 1 injured:
http://vermontbiz.com/news/2019/april/11/vsp-car-goes-road-lake-champlain-addison
http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Crash-leaves-car-submerged-in-Lake-Champlain-508451611.html
http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/local-news/photo-shows-car-submerged-in-lake-champlain-following-crash/1919696073
http://www.facebook.com/WCAXTV/posts/10161758453140442

Quote: "It is believed that Finnessey suffered an undetermined medical event prior to crash."

2019-04-11 - Man in his 30s has 'medical episode', car crashes into traffic lights and overturns, in Oakington (Britain):
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-47894122
http://snewsi.com/id/19289683438/Car-on-roof-after-traffic-lights-crash
http://www.newslocker.com/en-in/news/uk-news/car-on-roof-after-traffic-lights-crash/

Quote: "The driver, in his 30s, 'suffered a medical episode which caused the collision' in Dry Drayton Road, Oakington, Cambridgeshire, police said."

2019-04-11 - Small plane crashes onto baseball field at high school in Meriden (Connecticut), engine failure, 1 injured:
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=VI-20190412-67434-USA
http://www.wfsb.com/news/plane-lost-power-before-meriden-crash-state-police-say/article_f06a7d62-5d09-11e9-9c1f-435dc0243f56.html
http://www.wwlp.com/news/connecticut/plane-crashes-in-meriden-one-person-injured/1919564116
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Plane-Crashes-Near-Wilcox-Techincal-High-School-in-Meriden-508461891.html
http://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/new-haven/breaking-small-plane-crash-in-meriden-one-person-injured/1919484508

2019-04-11 - Small plane crashes near Hodges Field in Americus (Georgia), 1 injured:
http://wgxa.tv/news/local/plane-crashes-in-sumter-county-1-flown-to-hospital-with-serious-injuries
http://www.walb.com/2019/04/11/one-injured-sumter-co-plane-crash/
http://www.facebook.com/sumtercountyfirerescue/posts/1193432860829901

2019-04-11 - Small plane crashes into pole, lands on street, in Fulton (New York), 1 injured:
http://www.oswegocountynewsnow.com/news/aircraft-strikes-utility-pole-crashes-in-fulton/article_17513dd4-5ca2-11e9-8557-93dc9b4abddc.html
http://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/breaking-report-of-a-small-aircraft-down-in-fulton/1918567267
http://www.syracuse.com/crime/2019/04/fulton-plane-crash-witness-all-of-a-sudden-i-heard-a-loud-bang.html
http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/pilot-injured-in-small-plane-crash-in-upstate-ny-1.29688075
http://cnycentral.com/news/local/dispatch-small-plane-crashes-in-fulton-on-north-4th-st

2019-04-11 - Small plane crashes northeast of Bethel (Alaska), engine failure:
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Four-men-rescued-after-surviving-plane-crash-north-of-Bethel-508473031.html
http://www.ktva.com/story/40295538/4-unhurt-in-yute-air-plane-crash-near-bethel

2019-04-11 - Small plane lands at airport and flips over in Fullerton (California):
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/04/11/small-plane-flips-during-landing-at-fullerton-airport/

2019-04-11 - Small plane crashes and burns at golf course in coastal Southport (Britain):
http://metro.co.uk/2019/04/11/plane-crashes-onto-golf-course-bursts-flames-9177314/
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-royal-birkdale-plane-crash-14287084
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1113129/merseyside-plane-crash-royal-birkdale-southport-plane-crash
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/771590/plane-crash-southport-merseyside-royal-birkdale-golf-course-pictures-video
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/royal-birkdale-golf-course-plane-crash-one-dead-merseyside-a8866266.html
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/plane-crashes-royal-birkdale-golf-16117466

2019-04-11 - Passenger train's brakes fail, train derails near station in Mehrabpur (Pakistan), dozens injured:
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=VI-20190412-67438-PAK
http://www.dawn.com/news/1475473

2019-04-11 - Freight train derails in Gongyi (China), 4 killed, 2 people missing:
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=VI-20190411-67431-CHN
http://kristv.com/ap-international-news/2019/04/11/4-dead-2-missing-in-china-aluminum-ore-train-derailment/
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2019-04/11/content_74668945.htm
http://www.shine.cn/news/nation/1904112814/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOF33PovHIk

2019-04-11 - Passenger bus crashes into pedestrians in Shomria (Israel), 20 injured:
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=VI-20190411-67428-ISR

2019-04-11 - Passenger bus overturns near Oruro (Bolivia), 7 killed, 30 injured:
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=VI-20190412-67436-BOL

2019-04-11 - Tractor trailer crashes into guardrail and pickup truck on US 24 in Paulding County (Ohio), 1 injured:
http://www.crescent-news.com/news/local_news/motorist-injured-in-u-s-crash-in-paulding-county/article_bbccc00c-c160-5548-bb31-5debd376a0d9.html

Quote: "Troopers reported that Fuhs may have been experiencing a medical issue at the time of the crash."

2019-04-11 - Tractor trailer overturns at 6:14 AM on I-75 in Bradley County (Tennessee):
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/apr/11/big-rig-crash-blocks-southbound-i-75-bradley-county/492394/
http://wdef.com/2019/04/11/18-wheeler-flip-shuts-75-cleveland/

2019-04-11 - SUV crashes into car, bursts into flame, on the M1 near Dapto (Australia), near the coast:
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6032128/traffic-delays-after-car-fire-on-princes-motorway-near-dapto/?cs=12
http://www.wavefm.com.au/news/illawarra-newsroom/139100-m1-dapto-car-fire

2019-04-11 - SUV veers off road at 1:30 AM, crashes into tree and pole, in Portland (Oregon), 1 killed, 1 injured:
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Distorting the meaning of language is a seductive but dangerous game. It’s seductive because it provides enormous short-term benefits. It’s dangerous because, as two recent examples show, it can ultimately eviscerate fundamental values.

One example comes from this week’s Israeli election, in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party actually gained seats despite multiple corruption cases against him. A survey published in February by a Haifa University political scientist explains why: Most voters for Likud and allied parties don’t believe the allegations because they don’t trust the legal system. Fully 65 percent of Likud voters and 75 percent of haredi voters think law-enforcement agencies are simply trying to oust Netanyahu.

On one level, this is shocking. But on another, it’s not shocking at all because the Israeli left has spent decades successfully subverting the concept of “the rule of law” for its own political benefit.

For instance, Israel’s Supreme Court repeatedly overturns government policies not because they violate any law, but because the justices deem them “unreasonable.” Whether or not a policy is reasonable is a question other democracies leave to the voters. But the left has successfully branded all efforts to curb such judicial policy interventions as “contrary to the rule of law,” and thereby managed to stymie proposed reforms: Most legislators don’t want to “sabotage the rule of law.”

Moreover, in almost every Western democracy, the executive and legislative branches choose Supreme Court justices; only in Israel do sitting justices have veto power over the choice of their successors. Yet the left has branded every attempt to align Israel’s judicial appointments system with this Western norm as “contrary to the rule of law,” and thereby successfully staved off change.

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Выборы в кнессет обошлись Израилю в 4 млрд шекелей

Каждый депутат кнессета обошелся в период выборов в 82 тыс шек. в месяц.
По сообщению «Исраэль ха-йом», нерабочий день выборов в кнессет обошелся государству в 2,5 млрд шек. Остальные деньги были потрачены на логистику и партийное финансирование. В общей сложности выборы обошлись в 4 млрд шек, — то есть более чем в 1000 шек за бюллетень, включая и недействительные голоса. 
Эти расчеты не окончательные, и расходы могут оказаться и более значительными, хотя часть денег вернется в кассу. Так, списки, не набравшие 3,25% голосов должны будут вернут все полученные от государства на проведение выборов деньги. Кроме того, списки, сумевшие провести в кнессет меньше депутатов, чем у них было в предыдущем составе парламента, должны будут вернуть разницу в финансировании. 
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А.К. И что, в итоге, изменилось за эти миллиарды? ДА НИЧЕГО!

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Ilustracja: 
   Czy po 15 miesiącach na stanowisku premiera, postępując wbrew własnym deklaracjom, Mateusz Morawiecki osiągnął już takie szczyty hipokryzji, że można mówić o zdobyciu przez niego "Korony Ziemi" ?  Krzyczymy głośno przeciw ustawie S. 447.Przyjeżdżamy do Warszawy 11 maja i krzyczymy. Jednocześnie pilnie, "w trybie wyborczym", wymieniamy premiera, który też krzyczy, ale cichutko, tylko w kułak i tylko pod stołem. Poza tym obecny premier ma gębę pełną frazesów na temat repolonizacji gospodarki, a jak tylko przychodzi co do czego, działa dokładnie na odwrót. 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 Via DCM -

Bolsonaro causa a ira dos israelenses com seu perdão do Holocausto, diz o New York Times.

Leia um trecho traduzido pelo DCM:

O presidente Jair Bolsonaro do Brasil provocou a ira de Israel no sábado por dizer que os crimes do Holocausto são perdoáveis.

Bolsonaro fez os comentários na quinta-feira à noite em uma reunião com pastores evangélicos no Rio de Janeiro. Ele estava falando sobre sua visita ao memorial do Holocausto em Jerusalém no início deste mês.

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O presidente do memorial do Holocausto de Israel, Reuven Rivlin, criticou o líder brasileiro de direita, que já foi atacado antes por suas controversas declarações sobre outros assuntos.

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SOBRE LITURGIA

SÍNODO EPISCOPAL DE 1971
EL SACERDOCIO MINISTERIAL

TEXTO DEFINITIVO APROBADO POR LOS OBISPOS SINODALES

Por tanto la Iglesia, fundada sobre los Apóstoles, enviada al mundo y peregrina en él, ha sido instituida para ser el sacramento de la salvación que desde Dios llega hasta nosotros en Cristo
presente y operante como Salvador del mundo, de sal manera que se correspondan entre si el amor ofrecido por Dios a los hombres y la  respuesta de estos. El Espíritu Santo suscita en la Iglesia y por medio de ella impulsos de generosa libertad, mediante los cuales el hombre participa en la misma obra de la creación y redención.

4 (Origen y razón de ser del ministerio jeráquico). La Iglesia constituida mediante el don del Espíritu con una trabazón orgánica, participa de diversos modos las funciones de Cristo Sacerdote, Profeta y Rey para que en nombre suyo y con su poder pueda levar a cabo, como pueblo sacerdotal (cf. LG 10), la misión de salvación.

Por los escritos del Nuevo Testamento aparece claro que a la estructura original inalienable de la Iglesia pertenecen el Apóstol y la comunidad de los fieles, unidos entre sí por una mutua conexión, bajo Cristo Cabeza y bajo el influjo de su Espíritu. Los doce ejercieron, pues, su misión y sus funciones y «no solo tuvieron varios colaboradores en el ministerio» (cf. Hch 6, 2-6; 11, 30; 13, 1; 14, 23; 20, 17; 1 Tes 5, 12-13; Flp 1, 1; Col 4, 11ss.), sino que con el fin de que la misión a ellos confiada se continuase después de su muerte, dejaron a modo de testamento a sus inmediatos colaboradores, el encargo de perfeccionar y confirmar la obra comenzada por ellos (cf. Hch 20, 25-27; 2 Tim 4, 6; 1 Tim 5, 22; 2 Tim 2, 2; Tit 1, 5; S. Clem. Rom, ad Cor. 44,3); encomendándoles que atendieran a toda la grey, en medio de la cual el Espíritu Santo los había puesto para apacentar la Iglesia de Dios (cf. Hch 20,28). Y así establecieron tales colaboradores y les dieron además la orden de que, al morir ellos, otros varones probados se hicieran cargo de su ministerio (cf S. Clem. Rom. ad Cor. 44, 2) (LG 20).

Las Cartas de san Pablo demuestran que él mismo era consciente de obrar en virtud de la misión y del mandato de Cristo (cf. 2 Cor 5, 18ss.). Los poderes, confiados al Apóstol en favor de las Iglesias, eran entregados en cuanto comunicables a otros varones (cf. 2 Tim 1, 6), los cuales a su vez quedaban obligados a entregarlos de nuevo (cf. Tit 1, 3).

Aquella estructura esencial de la Iglesia, constituida por la grey y los pastores expresamente designados (cf. 1 Pe 5, 1-4), fue siempre y sigue siendo normativa, en conformidad con la tradición de la misma Iglesia, mediante tal estructura se logra que la Iglesia no pueda quedar nunca encerrada en sí misma y que esté siempre orientada a Cristo, como a su origen y Cabeza.

Entre los diversos carismas y servicios, únicamente el ministerio sacerdotal del Nuevo Testamento, que continúa el ministerio de Cristo mediador y es distinto del sacerdocio común de los fieles por su esencia y no solo por grado (cf. LG 10), es el que hace perenne la obra esencial de los Apóstoles: en efecto, proclamando eficazmente el Evangelio, reuniendo y guiando la comunidad, perdonando los pecados y sobre todo celebrando la Eucaristía, hace presente a Cristo, Cabeza de la comunidad, en el  ejercicio de su obra de redención humana y de perfecta glorificación a Dios.

Los obispos, pues, y en grado ciertamente subordinado los presbíteros, en virtud del sacramento del Orden que confiere la unción del Espíritu Santo y los configura a Cristo (cf. PO 2), se hacen partícipes de las funciones de santificar, enseñar y regir, cuyo ejercicio es determinado más en concreto por la comunión jerárquica (cf. LG 24, 27 y 28).

El misterio sacerdotal alcanza un punto culminante en la celebración de la Sagrada Eucaristía, que es la fuente y el centro de la unidad de la Iglesia. Solo el sacerdote puede actuar "in persona Christi" para presidir y realizar el banquete sacrificial, en el cual el Pueblo de Dios se asocia: a la oblación de Cristo (cf. LG 28).

El sacerdote es signo del designio previo de Dios, proclamado y hecho eficaz hoy en la Iglesia. El mismo hace sacramentalmente presente a Cristo, Salvador de todo el hombre, entre los hermanos, no solo en su vida personal, sino también social. Es fiador tanto de la inicial proclamación del Evangelio para congregar la Iglesia, como de la incansable renovación de la Iglesia ya congregada. Faltando la presencia y la acción del ministerio, que se recibe por la imposición de manos acompañada de la oración, la Iglesia no puede estar plenamente segura de su fidelidad y de su visible continuidad.

CALENDARIO

18 SÁBADO. Hasta la hora nona:
SÁBADO DE LA IV SEMANA DE PASCUA o SAN JUAN I, papa y mártir, memoria libre

Misa
de sábado (blanco) o de la memoria (rojo).
MISAL: para el sábado ants. y oracs. props. / para la memoria 1ª orac. prop. y el resto del común de mártires (para un mártir en TP) o de pastores (para un papa), o del sábado; Pf. Pasc. o de la memoria.
LECC.: vol. II.
- Hch 13, 44-52.
Sabed que nos dedicamos a los gentiles.
- Sal 97. R. Los confines de la tierra han contemplado la salvación de nuestro Dios.
- Jn 14, 7-14. Quien me ha visto a mí ha visto al Padre.
o bien:
cf. vol. IV.
Liturgia de las Horas: oficio de sábado o de la memoria.

Martirologio: elogs. del 19 de mayo, pág. 316.
CALENDARIOS: Esclavas del Sagrado Corazón: Santa Rafaela María Porras (S).
Josefinos de Murialdo: San Leonardo Murialdo, presbítero (S). Familia salesiana: (ML).
Siervas de Jesús de la Caridad: Santa María Josefa del Corazón de Jesús Sancho de Guerra, virgen (S). Bilbao: (MO).
Barbastro-Monzón y Córdoba: Dedicación de la iglesia-catedral (F).
OFM Cap.: San Félix de Cantalicio, religioso (F). Familia Franciscana y Hermanas de La Cruz: (ML).
Tarragona: San Próspero, obispo (MO).
Agustinos: Beato Guillermo de Tolosa, presbítero (ML).
Orden de San Juan de Jerusalén: Beato Gerardo Mecatti de Villamagna, religioso (MO).
Mallorca: Aniversario de la muerte de Mons. Teodoro Úbeda Gramage, obispo (2003).

18 SÁBADO. Después de la hora nona:
QUINTA SEMANA DE PASCUA
Primera semana del salterio
Misa
vespertina del V Domingo de Pascua (blanco).
Liturgia de las Horas: I Vísp. del oficio dominical. Comp. Dom. I.

TEXTOS MISA

Sábado de la IV Semana de Pascua.

Antífona de entrada Cf. 1Pe 2, 9
Pueblo adquirido por Dios, anunciad las proezas del que os llamó de las tinieblas a su luz maravillosa. Aleluya.
Pópulus acquisitiónis, annuntiáte virtútes eius, qui vos de ténebris vocávit in admirábile lumen suum, allelúia.

Oración colecta
Oh, Dios, que en la solemnidad de la Pascua has dado al mundo los auxilios del cielo, continúa dispensando el perdón a tu Iglesia, para que lo realizado en el tiempo nos sirva para la vida eterna. Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo.
Deus, qui sollemnitáte pascháli caeléstia mundo remédia benígnus operáris, Ecclésiae tuae indulgéntiam proséquere, ut observántia temporális ad vitam profíciat sempitérnam. Per Dóminum.

En la memoria:
18 de mayo
San Juan I, papa y mártir

Oración colecta propia, y el resto del Sábado de Pascua.

Monición de entrada
Hacemos memoria en esta celebración de san Juan I, papa y mártir, que nació en Italia a finales del siglo V. Víctima de la hostilidad y los celos del emperador arriano Teodorico y obligado por él a permanecer en la ciudad de Rávena, murió allí tal día como hoy en el año 526 a causa de los malos tratos recibidos.

Oración colecta
Oh, Dios, recompensa de las almas fieles, que has consagrado este día con el martirio del papa san Juan, escucha las oraciones de tu pueblo y concédenos imitar la constancia en la fe de aquel cuyos méritos veneramos. Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo.
Deus, fidélium remunerátor animárum, qui hunc diem beáti Ioánnis papae martyrio consecrásti, exáudi preces pópuli tui, et praesta, ut, qui eius mérita venerámur, fídei constántiam imitémur. Per Dóminum.

LITURGIA DE LA PALABRA
Lecturas del Sábado de la IV semana de Pascua (Lec. II).

PRIMERA LECTURA Hch 13, 44-52
Sabed que nos dedicamos a los gentiles
Lectura del libro de los Hechos de los Apóstoles.

El sábado siguiente, casi toda la ciudad acudió a oír la palabra del Señor. Al ver el gentío, los judíos se llenaron de envidia y respondían con blasfemias a las palabras de Pablo. Entonces Pablo y Bernabé dijeron con toda valentía:
«Teníamos que anunciaros primero a vosotros la palabra de Dios; pero como la rechazáis y no os consideráis dignos de la vida eterna, sabed que nos dedicamos a los gentiles. Así nos lo ha mandado el Señor: “Yo te he puesto como luz de los gentiles, para que lleves la salvación hasta el confín de la tierra”».
Cuando los gentiles oyeron esto, se alegraron y alababan la palabra del Señor; y creyeron los que estaban destinados a la vida eterna.
La palabra del Señor se iba difundiendo por toda la región. Pero los judíos incitaron a las señoras distinguidas, adoradoras de Dios, y a los principales de la ciudad, provocaron una persecución contra Pablo y Bernabé y los expulsaron de su territorio.
Estos sacudieron el polvo de los pies contra ellos y se fueron a Iconio. Los discípulos, por su parte, quedaban llenos de alegría y de Espíritu Santo.

Palabra de Dios.
R. Te alabamos, Señor.

Salmo responsorial Sal 97, 1bcde. 2-3ab. 3cd-4 (R.: 3cd)
R. Los confines de la tierra han contemplado la salvación de nuestro Dios.
Vidérunt omnes términi terrae salutáre Dei nostri.
O bien:Aleluya.

V. Cantad al Señor un cántico nuevo,
porque ha hecho maravillas.
Su diestra le ha dado la victoria,
su santo brazo.
R. Los confines de la tierra han contemplado la salvación de nuestro Dios.
Vidérunt omnes términi terrae salutáre Dei nostri.

V. El Señor da a conocer su salvación,
revela a las naciones su justicia:
se acordó de su misericordia y su fidelidad
en favor de la casa de Israel.
R. Los confines de la tierra han contemplado la salvación de nuestro Dios.
Vidérunt omnes términi terrae salutáre Dei nostri.

V. Los confines de la tierra han contemplado
la victoria de nuestro Dios.
Aclama al Señor, tierra entera;
gritad, vitoread, tocad.
R. Los confines de la tierra han contemplado la salvación de nuestro Dios.
Vidérunt omnes términi terrae salutáre Dei nostri.

Aleluya Jn 8, 31b-32
R.Aleluya, aleluya, aleluya.
V. Si permanecéis en mi palabra –dice el Señor– seréis de verdad discípulos míos y conoceréis la verdad. R.
Si manséritis in sermóne meo, vero discipúli me éritis, et cognoscéritis veritátem, dicit Dóminus.

EVANGELIOJn 14, 7-14
Quien me ha visto a mí ha visto al Padre
Lectura del santo Evangelio según san Juan.
R. Gloria a ti, Señor.

En aquel tiempo, dijo Jesús a sus discípulos:
«Si me conocierais a mí, conoceríais también a mi Padre. Ahora ya lo conocéis y lo habéis visto».
Felipe le dice:
«Señor, muéstranos al Padre y nos basta».
Jesús le replica:
«Hace tanto que estoy con vosotros, ¿y no me conoces, Felipe? Quien me ha visto a mí ha visto al Padre. ¿Cómo dices tú:
“Muéstranos al Padre”? ¿No crees que yo estoy en el Padre, y el Padre en mí? Lo que yo os digo no lo hablo por cuenta propia. El Padre, que permanece en mí, él mismo hace las obras. Creedme: yo estoy en el Padre y el Padre en mí. Si no, creed a las obras.
En verdad, en verdad os digo: el que cree en mí, también él hará las obras que yo hago, y aun mayores, porque yo me voy al Padre. Y lo que pidáis en mi nombre, yo lo haré, para que el Padre sea glorificado en el Hijo. Si me pedís algo en mi nombre, yo lo haré».

Palabra del Señor.
R. Gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.

Del Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica
2614 Cuando Jesús confía abiertamente a sus discípulos el misterio de la oración al Padre, les desvela lo que deberá ser su oración, y la nuestra, cuando haya vuelto, con su humanidad glorificada, al lado del Padre. Lo que es nuevo ahora es "pedir en su Nombre" (Jn 14, 13). La fe en El introduce a los discípulos en el conocimiento del Padre porque Jesús es "el Camino, la Verdad y la Vida" (Jn 14, 6). La fe da su fruto en el amor: guardar su Palabra, sus mandamientos, permanecer con El en el Padre que nos ama en El hasta permanecer en nosotros. En esta nueva Alianza, la certeza de ser escuchados en nuestras peticiones se funda en la oración de Jesús (cf Jn 14, 13-14).

Oración de los fieles
Oremos a Dios, nuestro Padre, con la certeza de que Jesucristo resucitado intercede por nosotros.
-Para que Cristo, luz y salvación de todos los pueblos, derrame el fuego del Espíritu Santo sobre toda la Iglesia. Roguemos al Señor.
-Para que todos los que tienen autoridad en el mundo la ejerciten con espíritu de servicio a los hombres. Roguemos al Señor.
-Para que la caridad y entrega de los cristianos manifieste a los que sufren el amor que Dios les tiene. Roguemos al Señor.
-Para que conceda el don de la fe a los que aún no reconocen a Cristo como Hijo de Dios y Salvador de los hombres. Roguemos al Señor.
ESCUCHA, Padre Santo, las oraciones que te presentamos en el nombre de Jesucristo, tu Hijo, que vive y reina contigo por los siglos de los siglos.

Oración sobre las ofrendas
Te pedimos, Señor, que, en tu bondad, santifiques estos dones, aceptes la ofrenda de este sacrificio espiritual y nos transformes en oblación perenne. Por Jesucristo, nuestro Señor.
Propítius, Dómine, quaesumus, haec dona sanctífica, et, hóstiae spiritális oblatióne suscépta, nosmetípsos tibi pérfice munus aetérnum. Per Christum.

PLEGARIA EUCARÍSTICA IV.

Antífona de comunión Jn 17, 24
Padre, este es mi deseo: que los que me has dado estén conmigo donde yo estoy y contemplen mi gloria, la que me diste. Aleluya.
Pater, quos dedísti mihi, volo ut ubi sum ego, et illi sint mecum, ut vídeant claritátem quam dedísti mihi, allelúia.

Oración después de la comunión
Señor, después de recibir el don sagrado del sacramento, te pedimos humildemente que nos haga crecer en el amor lo que tu Hijo nos mandó realizar en memoria suya. Él, que vive y reina por los siglos de los siglos.
Súmpsimus, Dómine, sacri dona mystérii, humíliter deprecántes, ut, quae in sui commemoratiónem nos Fílius tuus fácere praecépit, in nostrae profíciant caritátis augméntum. Per Christum.

MARTIROLOGIO

Elogios del día 19 de mayo

1. En Roma y en el cementerio de Calixto, en la vía Apia, san Urbano I, papa, que gobernó fielmente la Iglesia Romana durante ocho años, tras el martirio de san Calixto (230).
2. En la misma ciudad, santos Parteno y Calócero, mártires, que dieron insigne testimonio de Cristo en tiempo del emperador Diocleciano (304).
3. En Arras, de Neustria, san Adolfo, obispo a la vez de esta ciudad y de Cambrai (728).
4. En Canterbury, en Inglaterra, san Dunstán, obispo, quien, como abad de Glastonbury, restauró y propagó la vida monástica. Fue promovido a la sede episcopal de Worcester, luego a la de Londres y, finalmente, a la de Canterbury, trabajando para promover la concordia regular de los monjes y de las monjas (988).
5*. En Florencia, de la Toscana, en Italia, beata Humiliana, de la Tercera Orden de San Francisco, que como esposa soportó muy malos tratos con una paciencia y una mansedumbre admirables y luego, habiendo enviudado, se entregó de lleno a la oración y las obras de caridad (1246).
6. En Rocca di Funone, cerca de Alatri, en el Lacio, muerte de san Pedro Celestino, el cual, después de haber abrazado la vida eremítica en el Abruzo con fama de santidad y siendo conocido por sus milagros, ya octogenario fue elegido Romano Pontífice, tomando el nombre de Celestino V, pero en el mismo año renunció al oficio y prefirió retirarse a la soledad (1296).
7. En un castillo cerca de Tréguier, en la Bretaña Menor, en Francia, san Ivo, presbítero, que ejerció la justicia sin acepción de personas, fomentó la concordia, defendió por amor de Cristo las causas de los huérfanos, viudas y pobres, y acogió en su casa a esos mismos desfavorecidos (1303).
8*. En Siena, en la Toscana, beato Agustín Novelli, presbítero de la Orden de Ermitaños de San Agustín, cultivador de la verdadera humildad y amante de la observancia religiosa (1310).
9*. En la ciudad de Granada, en Andalucía, martirio de los beatos Juan de Cetina, presbítero, y Pedro de Dueñas, religioso, ambos de la Orden de Hermanos Menores, que, por predicar a Cristo, fueron degollados por el mismo monarca musulmán (1397).
10*. En Suzuta, en Japón, beato Juan de Santo Domingo Martínez, presbítero de la Orden de Predicadores y mártir, que murió en la cárcel por Cristo (1619).
11*. En Londres, en Inglaterra, beato Pedro Wright, presbítero y mártir, que por haber abrazado la fe de la Iglesia Católica ingresando en la Compañía de Jesús y siendo promovido a las órdenes sagradas, en tiempo de la República Inglesa fue conducido al martirio en el patíbulo de Tyburn (1651).
12. En Fucecchio, de la Toscana, san Teófilo de Corte, presbítero de la Orden de los Hermanos Menores, quien propagó en gran manera las casas de retiro para los frailes, mostrando una gran devoción a la Pasión del Señor y a la Virgen María (1740).
13. En Roma, san Crispín de Viterbo, religioso de la Orden de los Hermanos Menores Capuchinos, que mientras recorría los pueblos de las montañas para mendigar limosna, enseñaba los rudimentos de la fe a los campesinos (1750).
14*. En un barco prisión frente a Rochefort, en Francia, beato Juan Bautista Javier (Juan Luis) Loir, presbítero de la Orden de los Hermanos Menores Capuchinos y mártir, quien durante la Revolución Francesa, casi octogenario, fue encarcelado por ser sacerdote y murió estando arrodillado (1794).
15*. En Cartagena de Nueva Granada, en Colombia, beata María Bernarda (Verena) Bütler, virgen, la cual, nacida en Suiza, fundó la Congregación de las Hermanas Misioneras Franciscanas de María Auxiliadora (1924).
16*. En el campo de concentración de Dachau, cercano a Munich, de Baviera, en Alemania, beato José Czempiel, presbítero y mártir, el cual, nacido en Polonia, durante la guerra pereció en la cámara de gas, asociado al sacrificio de Cristo (1942).

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Old Testament: Deuteronomy 33–34

Deuteronomy 33–34 (Listen)

Moses' Final Blessing on Israel

33 This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death. He said,

  “The LORD came from Sinai
    and dawned from Seir upon us;1
    he shone forth from Mount Paran;
  he came from the ten thousands of holy ones,
    with flaming fire2 at his right hand.
  Yes, he loved his people,3
    all his holy ones were in his4 hand;
  so they followed5 in your steps,
    receiving direction from you,
  when Moses commanded us a law,
    as a possession for the assembly of Jacob.
  Thus the LORD6 became king in Jeshurun,
    when the heads of the people were gathered,
    all the tribes of Israel together.
  “Let Reuben live, and not die,
    but let his men be few.”

And this he said of Judah:

  “Hear, O LORD, the voice of Judah,
    and bring him in to his people.
  With your hands contend7 for him,
    and be a help against his adversaries.”

And of Levi he said,

  “Give to Levi8 your Thummim,
    and your Urim to your godly one,
  whom you tested at Massah,
    with whom you quarreled at the waters of Meribah;
  who said of his father and mother,
    ‘I regard them not’;
  he disowned his brothers
    and ignored his children.
  For they observed your word
    and kept your covenant.
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