The Ten Crowns Overthrow Seven Deadly Sins by Frère Laurent, ca. 1311.
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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.
“A Little Prayer”
Let us be thankful, Lord, for little things
The song of birds, the rapture of the rose;
Cloud-dappled skies, the laugh of limpid springs,
Drowned sunbeams and the perfume April blows;
Bronze wheat a-shimmer, purple shade of trees -
Let us be thankful, Lord of Life, for these!
Let us be grateful, God, for health serene,
The hope to do a kindly deed each day;
The faith of fellowship, a conscience clean,
The will to worship and the gift to pray;
For all of worth in us, of You a part,
Let us be grateful, God, with humble heart.
by Robert William Service (1930)
Have mercy on me, Oh Lord, for I am a humble and miserable sinner. [At this point, pause to remember specific sins you have committed during the day and speak or think them.] I renounce all of these sins, heavenly Father, and repent of them, and I promise to make every effort not to repeat them.
Have mercy on me, I pray; pardon me for these offences and any I might have omitted from forgetfulness or ignorance; in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I pray for forgiveness. And I pray that your Holy Spirit may dwell with me in the coming day, to comfort me, to give me strength against temptation, and to guide me into the path of righteousness.
Thanks for the Word of God
I thank you, loving God, that we have the Scriptures to search, given by your inspiration in total truth, that we might gain the profit of salvation from them. I give thanks for all those who toiled to preserve your Word for our learning. I give thanks that through the patience and comfort of the Bible we may have hope: a light of prophecy and truth, as sure as a bright star in the darkness, leading us to Christ. And I give thanks that on the most ordinary day, both I and any other person who seeks you may hear in our own tongue the mighty works you have done.
God’s words are not for me to edit and tinker with, but to believe and obey.
~ A. W. Tozer
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant equip us with every good thing that we may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
~ Hebrews 13:20-21
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.
Wow! I need to hear this message on a regular basis; maybe some of you do, too. Lauren Daigle gives us a brilliant illustration of Ephesians 4.
Lyrics to “You Say”
I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I'm not enough,
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up.
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am because I need to know.
You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing;
You say I am strong when I think I am weak;
And you say I am held when I am falling short;
And when I don't belong, oh You say I am Yours;
And I believe,
Oh I believe,
What You say of me.
The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me.
In You I find my worth,
in You I find my identity.
Oh, I believe,
Taking all I have and now I’m laying it at Your feet
You have every failure, God,
You have every victory.
~ Jason Ingram / Paul Mabury / Lauren Daigle
Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.
Romans 2:12-16 (ESV)
Those Who Do Not Have the Law
or all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.
They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
Notes on the Scripture
Today’s passage is a continuation of Paul’s discussion of Jews and Gentiles. Those who “have sinned without the law” are Gentiles; those who “have sinned under the law” are Jews. A simple summary of this passage is that it does not matter to God who you are or what you know. The important thing is what is in your heart and how well you follow your conscience.
A similar situation exists today. We have all seen people and churches, who know the Bible backwards and forwards and can cite Scripture fluently; and yet, they say and do things that are patently wrong, sometimes downright evil. We see people using the name of Christ to advocate murder, race war, and polygamous child marriage. Even more common is stark hypocrisy — speaking Christian love and morality from the pulpit, while committing heinous crimes in private.
Most of us have also seen the polar opposite. There are people who, for whatever reason, have not been exposed to Biblical Christianity or have been alienated from organized religion by rank hypocrisy, but who lead lives of Christian virtue, both in thought and deed. This is the very situation Paul is talking about: “it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law . . . .”
Which of these is more likely to find forgiveness? Paul tells us, in effect, that although they may be unable to hear the law, there are Gentiles whose beliefs and acts bear witness to God’s righteousness.
We must always return to our own lack of authority to judge others. We understand how to find salvation for ourselves, because the Bible spells it out. But we have no idea how God will judge others. We are forbidden to judge the righteousness of others and we do not know how God will judge them. Christ said, in effect, that He was the way and the only way to salvation. But Paul seems to be saying that one might find salvation through Christ without ever hearing His name!
This idea is startling and interesting. Many theologians spin their wheels, thinking up ways in which Jesus might save people who died before they heard of him. But this area of speculation has no practical consequences for us, since we have all, in effect, “heard the law.” The lesson for us is that righteousness is not found in rhetoric. Righteousness is rather found in sincerity of belief, and in the actions that naturally flow from it.
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Psalm 145:3: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.