Today is Monday, August 12, 2019. Blessings to you!
Seven days until S turns 26!!!! (I forgot to do that yesterday, sorry, S)
We had a great time at the Joyners’ house, yesterday. Lunch was great, burgers and hot dogs from the grill, with all the trimmings, plus potato salad. Dessert was peanut butter pie, chocolate pie, and rum cake. I had a little of the chocolate pie and the rum cake. It was all delicious. We had great fellowship during the meal, as well. Good times. We are all very grateful to this family for offering up their home and providing this meal.
The worship gathering was good, as well. Bittersweet, of course, in the absence of our pastor and his family. There is no further news on his father’s condition, at this time.
The Rangers avoided a sweep by the Brewers, yesterday, beating them 1-0. Mike Minor got the win for the game. The lone Ranger run (no pun intended)(no, really, I’m serious) was scored by Willie Calhoun on a Isiah Kiner-Falefa sacrifice fly. The Rangers are 59-58, in third place in the AL West, 17.5 games out of first place, and nine games out of the wild card race. Tonight, they play the Blue Jays in Toronto, with Ariel Jurado starting. They have forty-five games left.
The Red Sox lost again, to the Angels, 5-4. In ten innings. Ryan Weber was the losing pitcher. The Sox are 62-58, sixteen games out of first place, and 7.5 out of the wild card race. They start a series with the Indians tonight, in Cleveland, with Eduardo Rodriguez starting for Boston. They have forty-two games left.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God, which God will establish forever. Selah.
We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple.
As your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
Today I am thankful:
1. For the great group of brothers and sisters in Christ with which we worship and fellowship. So much love . . .
2. For a new week, full of opportunities to serve and glorify the Lord. (That’s as much a pep talk as it is a gratitude point)
3. For the diversity of gifts given us by the Father.
4. That we can see the face of God in Jesus.
5. That God has “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
“O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
(The Book of Common Prayer, Prayers and Thanksgivings, 31. For Schools and Colleges)
(From Solid Joys), John Piper
My Soul Thirsts for God
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
It s important to note what the Psalms thirsts for. The beautiful thing in this Psalm is that he is “not thirsting mainly for relief from his threatening circumstances. He is not thirsting mainly for escape from his enemies or their destruction.”
There is, of course, nothing wrong with praying for relief, or even for the defeat of our enemies. “But more important than any of that is God himself.” The Psalmist thirsts for God.
The result of reading/praying/studying through all of the Psalms is this: “We come to love God, and we want to see God and be with God and be satisfied in admiring and exulting in God.”
Piper says it is possible to translate the ending of verse 2 to say, “When will I come and see the face of God?” Jesus answers this question in John 14:9, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” Mark Lowry, in his famous and perhaps over-used song, “Mary, Did You Know?” wrote a magnificent line. “When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God.”
“When we see the face of Christ, we see the face of God.” Most of us, would, of course, say, “But I have not seen the face of Jesus.” Not literally, no. But we have seen him in “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) Then, in the same chapter, verse 6, Paul says that God has “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
“May the Lord increase [our] hunger and thirst to see the face of God. And may he grant [our] desire, even today, through the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
Father, I echo John Piper’s prayer, that my hunger to see your face would increase. I pray that you would grant this desire, through “the gospel of the glory of Christ” who is your image.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Grace and peace, friends.