A Coherent Life

Today is Monday, July 31, 2017. Day 21,690. Last day of July. 19 days until S’s birthday!

“Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.” ~ George Carlin
The Quotations Page

The word of the day is ergate, a noun meaning, “a worker ant.”

Today is, once again, Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day. This time, I give you the Hydraulophone.

We had a pretty good day, yesterday. Our worship went well, even though some of us were still exhausted from the Night of Worship Saturday night. The message was good but hard. He gave us a lot to meditate on, concerning a people whose lips speak one thing but whose hearts go a different direction.

We had lunch with C’s step-brother, his wife, and their daughter, at a nice little Mexican restaurant in Lake Worth. C’s step-brother said several times that her step-father used to love eating there. It was a lovely time, and the food was pretty good.

Not much else happened for the rest of the day. Except for this.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! 
Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

Psalm 100:1-2
I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!
Psalm 140:6
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
Psalm 73:25
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalm 110:4
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 
And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

Mark 16:19-20

(From Living the Message)

“Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. You’re fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. But if you’re not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe–some days trying to impose your opinion on others, other days just trying to please them–then you know that you’re out of line. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.” (Eugene H. Peterson, quoting Romans 14:22-23 from The Message)

So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; 
don’t drag them down by finding fault. You’re certainly not going to permit an argument over what is served or not served at supper to wreck God’s work among you, are you? I said it before and I’ll say it again: All food is good, but it can turn bad if you use it badly, if you use it to trip others up and send them sprawling. 
When you sit down to a meal, your primary concern should not be to feed your own face but to share the life of Jesus. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love. 
Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. You’re fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. 
But if you’re not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.

Romans 14:19-23 (The Message)

Father, help me to be sure that my beliefs and my life are lining up. So often, they do not, and this was the meat of Jacob’s message, yesterday. Let me not be part of a people that “draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men” (Isaiah 29:13).
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace friends.

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