23 August 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff --- Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Another weird day, not quite as weird as yesterday, but weird.
Wife is doing a very little bit better.  She spent a few hours in the late afternoon with the Beloved Great Niece next door, the few hours between mom going to work and dad getting home.  Short time, but they both enjoyed it.  And it about wore her out.  We ate a bit and I just got done putting lidocaine on the sore spots on her foot and ankle, the areas that underwent surgery more than 11 months ago.  Still has not fully healed.  Soft tissue recovery is always an issue, and the surgery not only involved break and re-set of some bones in the foot, but substantial amounts of soft tissue rearrangement.  She doesn't heal well under the best of circumstances, and right now can't be described as "best".

We're in the last full week of  August.  It's technically still summer.  But things will be changing, and soon, and for the worse.  Much worse.  I would not be surprised to see SNOW here two months from now.  That would be late October.  Yes, it's that soon.  As a kid, I can remember trick-or-treating in snow.  Can happen again.  Some predictions are for a very cold, bitter, snowy, very cold, nasty winter.  Beginning soon.  Too soon.  And lasting a long time.  Very long.  I hate winter.  Didn't mind it TOO much when in Lower Alabama.  Wasn't too awful in west central Arkansas.  Got a bit too exciting some times in East Tennessee, we were in the mountains after all.  North East Ohio, in the Snow Belt, and not that far from the Great Lakes (implying the Canadian border).

And in just over two weeks, Lord willing, we will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary.  She has been such a blessing to me, and to many others as well.  The Lord put us together when neither of us was looking.  He knew better.

I have a meeting early tomorrow afternoon with the pastor of the church we've been attending.  I have not officially moved my "letter" of membership, but it's probably time.  I was asked to conduct the adult Bible study last Sunday, and plans are for me to do likewise this coming Sunday.


The Old Testament passage here is verses 105-176 of Psalm 119

Psalm 119:105-176
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 
106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.  
107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word. 
108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.  
109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.  
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts. 
111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. 
112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.  
113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.  
114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.  
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. 
116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.  
117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.  
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.  
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.  
120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments. 
121 I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.  
122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.  
123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness. 
124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.  
125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.  
126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.  
127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. 
128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. 129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.  
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. 
131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. 
132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.  
133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.  
134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. 
135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. 
136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.  
137 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.  
138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.  
139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. 
140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. 
141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.  
142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. 
143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.  
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live. 
145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.  
146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. 
147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.  
148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.  
149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.  
150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.  
151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.  
152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.  
153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.  
154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.  
155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes. 
156 Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.  
157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.  
158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word. 
159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.  
160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. 
161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.  
162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.  
163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.  
164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.  
165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.  
166 LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. 
167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.  
168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee. 
169 Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.  
170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word. 
171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. 
172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.  
173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. 
174 I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.  
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.  
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.


The New Testament reading is 1st Corinthians chapter 5

I Corinthians 5
1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,  
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,  
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.  
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 
 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:  
10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.  
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.  
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

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