Today is Sunday, July 8, 2018. Day 22,032.
42 days until S turns 25!
129 days until Fallout 76!
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, The Quotations Page
The word for today, obtained from the Oxford English Dictionary (it doesn’t do any good to link to it, because you can’t get to the actual definitions without subscribing to the OED), is hippanthropy, “The delusional belief that one is a horse; an instance of this.” That word does not exist in Merriam-Webster or Dictionary.com. Interesting.
We had a wonderful time with our friends, last night. The hosts cooked up a veritable feast for us, with ribs, chicken, some kind of squash/zucchini thing, and baked potatoes. We brought some dessert, and the other couple brought bread. It was all delicious. We had some great conversation for a while, and then played a couple of games through their TV and our smartphones. Both games were from a company called “Jackbox.” Our favorite was called “Quiplash.” It was great fun. Then we talked some more, mostly about our church’s upcoming merger discussion and vote. I think everyone in the room was in favor of the merger.
But then, as we were driving home from their house, C and I realized that there is not a Sonic between the Smithfield church and our house. That changes everything.
Actually, there is one about a block past the church, so we’re good. Whew.
The Red Sox soundly beat the Royals, last night, 15-4 (as it should be, as the Royals are one of the worst five teams in baseball, at the moment), to improve their record to 61-29. They remain two games up in the AL East.
The Rangers lost to the Tigers again, 7-2. Cole Hamels didn’t even make out of the first inning. Got to be something wrong with him. Anyway, their record is now 39-51, and they are 20.5 games out in the AL West. It’s getting harder to be hopeful that they can dig themselves out of this hole.
We are getting ready for our worship gathering, this morning. But we won’t be at The Exchange Church, today. I’m leading worship at FBC Smithfield, this morning. Our worship gathering will begin at 10:45 at 7912 Main St., in North Richland Hills. And yes, that is the church with which we are considering a merger.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law.
When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O LORD.
Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.
Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.
I remember your name in the night, O LORD, and keep your law.
This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.
God’s word gives us hope. It is comfort in our times of affliction. And I love verse 54, “Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.” As we remember that this world is not our true, permanent home, God’s word is our song.
And the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”
Father, thank you for the hope that resides in your word; the hope and the comfort, in times of affliction and/or sorrow. In times of loneliness, we can find companionship with you through the words of Scripture and the presence of your Spirit in our midst. I thank you that your word can be my song. Let it be so today, as I lead people to worship you. May my heart be right with you and everyone else, this morning, and may my mind and spirit and soul be focused on praising you as I sing to you and to others, this morning. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
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.