05 August 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Friday, 05 August, 2016

Friday has hit.  When one is "on the beach" (not literally), meaning retired, the various weekdays don't mean what they once did.  Now, Sunday is church services.  Monday often (not always) means Dear Wife is up early, like an alarm around 05:30 -- 06:00, to go next door to "watch" the Beloved Great Niece because both niece and nephew-in-law (I guess that's the phrasing?) have to leave for work -- her by 06:45, he by 07:15.  Tuesday is a "nothing" day, except that when my SS check hits on Tuesday morning, I'm off to the Big Box store to replenish the larder (and also the gas tank), and the same to a lesser extent when her Disability check hits.  Wednesday is the day I gather up the week's trash for placement at the road that night, Thursday morning is when the trash is picked up.  Friday and Saturday generally aren't much, unless something comes up.  There's the week.  So the old "hump day" and "TGIF" and all that just don't mean much.    Not sure I like it.

But today I "got" to go to local grocery.  Big sale on chicken breasts (we got 15 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts for $20, a good deal) so I got dispatched to Do The Deed.  Did.  Back home.  Excitement for the day.  Having my 3rd cup of coffee now.  Wife is napping on the recliner, feet elevated on the foot rest and two additional pillows, under a blanket but needing the A/C unit blowing cold air on her.  No, I do not understand.

I see on the news that the authorities in England are still reluctant to say openly what is pretty much known:  that the knife-wielding would-be mass murderer in London who killed the wife of an American professor and badly wounded half a dozen more, was a Somali MOSLEM carrying out jihad on old women.  Islam is a doctrine of demons, the cult of the worship of the devil.  And this is what it looks like.  But the gutless post-Christian biggies in the U.K., as well as the E.U. and both the U.S. and Canada, are simply unable to say so.   But it's true.


The Old Testament reading is Psalms 75, 76, and 77.

Psalm 75
1 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. 2 When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly. 3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah. 4 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn: 5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. 6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. 8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. 9 But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. 10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

Psalm 76
1 In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.  
2 In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion. 
3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah. 
4 Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey. 
5 The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands. 
 6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.  
7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? 
8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,  
9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah. 
10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. 
11 Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.  
12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

Psalm 77
1 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. 2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. 4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. 7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? 8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? 9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. 10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. 11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. 12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. 13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? 14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. 15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah. 16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled. 17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. 18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. 19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. 20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.


The New Testament passage is Romans 6.  Good stuff here!

Romans 6
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.  
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.  
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 
 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 
 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.  
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  
21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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