13 August 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Saturday, 13 August 2016

Off in a short while to make the 20 mile-one-way trip to attend Great-Niece's birthday party as she turns 5..  No doubt a Great Time will be had by All.  Yeah.  Wife's side goes in big for these things, particularly for the young ones.  Sometimes for the more "mature" ones as well.  This is wife's nephew's daughter.  Then back.  We've had on and off terrible rainstorms for the last several days, had yet another power outage last evening, fortunately short-lived.  More rain forecast for most of the next 10 days as well -- though those same weathercasters also confidently assured us that we'd be in a severe drought this summer.  Rainfall has been  -- up to now -- slightly below average though with the last few days' events that may no longer be the case, and more is predicted for soon.  Those same weathercasters are predicting a brutally cold and nasty winter coming at us.  I hope they're wrong in that as well:  I surely do miss what passed for winter in the Deep South.


The Old Testament passage is Psalms 96, 97, and 98.  Hymns of praise. 

Psalm 96
1 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.  
2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. 
3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.  
4 For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. 
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.  
6 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.  
7 Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.  
8 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.  
9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.  
10 Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.  
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. 
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice  
13 Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

Psalm 97
1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. 
2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.  
3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. 
4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.  
5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.  
6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.  
7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.  
8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD. 
9 For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. 
10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. 
11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.  
12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalm 98
1 O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. 2 The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. 3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. 5 Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. 6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King. 7 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 8 Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together 9 Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.


The New Testament reading is chapter 12 of Paul's letter to the Romans.
This is Good Stuff.

Romans 12
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:  
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.  
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.  
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;  
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;  
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;  
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.  
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.  
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.  
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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