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Daily Devotion for August 2, 2021


<i>Giving Thanks</i>, Horace Pippin ca. 1940
Giving Thanks, Horace Pippin ca. 1940.

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

A Latin/English Gloria with a Brazilian Samba flavor? Only the BTC!




Prayer for the Morning

Dear Lord, thank you for this beautiful day. Look after me and protect me throughout the day. Give me the wisdom to see and experience Your world in all its beauty. Let me experience the wonder of your creation.

Protect my family and those closest to me. Let me share with the world today, learning, growing, and contributing, and make the world a better place for all who know me, and for those who don't.

Amen.

Ancient Prayer of Praise

Holy is God, the Father of all;
Holy is God, whose will is accomplished by his own powers;
Holy is God, who wills to be known and is known by his own.

Holy art thou, who by Logos has constituted all existing things;
Holy art thou, of whom all nature was born as the image;
Holy art thou, whom nature has not formed;
Holy art thou, who art more mighty than all power;
Holy art thou, who art greater than all eminence;
Holy art thou, who art superior to all praises.

Amen.

Meditation

“God is not a deceiver that He should offer to support us, and then, when we lean upon Him, should slip away from us.”

~ (St.) Augustine of Hippo


Dedication

O  God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, I pray,

Amen.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.



Psalm 119 verse 105
(Psalm 119:105)

Psalm 67 (KJV)

God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
and cause his face to shine upon us.
That thy way may be known upon earth,
thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, O God;
let all the people praise thee.
O let the nations be glad and sing for joy:
for thou shalt judge the people righteously,
and govern the nations upon earth.

Let the people praise thee, O God;
let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth yield her increase;
and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.


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1 Corinthians 8:4-13 (ESV)

Food Sacrificed to Idols
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o then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.



Notes on the Scripture

The early Christians had a problem: they could not worship any god but God, and specifically not an idol, according to the Ten Commandments. But they were often put in the position of wanting to eat meat that had been sacrificed to an idol. For example, such meat was often less expensive, or they might eat at the house of a friend or in a restaurant where it was served. (Food sacrificed to idols was generally divided up three ways: part was burned up, part was returned to the person who offered it, and part given to the priest. Either of the latter two might then resell it for cash.)

Eater in illuminated Bible

Paul’s solution was simple. Sacrifice of meat to an idol was simply meaningless. The meat was not cursed and it was not blessed, and eating such meat was just like eating any other meat. (This is very different from participating in a feast to an idol. 1 Corinthians 10:14.)

He gave one very important warning, however; they should be very careful that nobody got the wrong impression. He was concerned that a person might see them eating such meat, and think that they were endorsing the sacrifice or in some way connected to worship of the idol.

There are many similar situations in modern-day life. We might find ourselves watching a movie or television show, or reading a book, full of blasphemy, lewdness, materialism, or other unchristian behavior. In fact, if you turn on the television set, you are pretty much guaranteed to see both subtle and outright anti-Christian messages. You might be at a meeting or social gathering where language is used, or jokes are told, that you believe sacrilegious.

Can we be in such places without endorsing them? Paul seems to say yes; and, in fact, unless you move to a convent you would have a hard time navigating life without being an audience to such things.

But Paul also teaches that we should not tolerate such things if there is a chance that our tolerance will be a stumbling block to another person. We are to adopt the other person’s more restrictive viewpoint. So, if we are at a movie with a friend and he finds it objectionable, we should not argue with him; we must tear ourselves away, no matter how much we are enjoying it.



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I really enjoyed the music selection. When I was watching the group you could see that they were not only singing but they were praising the Lord. Thank you and congratulations with the success of the new server and name.

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Jimsays...

Todays "Notes on the Scripture" were so very timely for me. Last night I finished watching the first season on "Jack Irish" on ABC which was very entertaining, sure, but the anti-Christian slant evident throughout all the episodes was disgusting and revolting. I find these typical modern media portrayals are sadly are to be expected. Instead, I have resolved to use them to strengthen my faith and inform my comprehension of what makes this world such a sinful waypoint to experience and challenge to forgive. Paul's guidance on this quandry does indeed help!

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