SSB Gathering – December 20, 2015

Spiritual Sounding Board – This is your place to gather and share in an open format.

 by Kathi

peru flower

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Today marks the fourth Sunday of Advent. These are some of the readings found in The Common Book of Prayer for year two. If you are looking for daily readings or devotions for the Advent season, Christian Resource Institute is a good place to start.

The other readings for today are:

Psalm 24, 29, 84

Genesis 3: 8-15

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Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Revelation 12: 1-10

A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”

John 3: 16-21

(Jesus speaking) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

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May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness: protect you from the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing: once again into our doors.

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Feel free to join the discussion.
You can share your church struggles and concerns.
Let’s also use it as a time to encourage one another spiritually.
What have you found spiritually encouraging lately?
Do you have any special Bible verses to share, any YouTube songs that you have found uplifting?

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photo credit: Kathi – Cantuta, Peru’s national flower

3 comments on “SSB Gathering – December 20, 2015

  1. (Blind) Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii bursts into tears when he plays at Carnegie Hall his own composition “Elegy for the Victims of the Tsunami of March 11, 2011 in Japan”.

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  2. Thanks for those verses. Psalm 8 made me smile.

    The Revelation verse made me shudder (ha).

    I was thinking about John 3:16 today “God so loved the world…” And that verse “love not the world…”

    How the latter was often used to justify making rules about modern fashion, art, music and anything ‘The Pastor’ decides isn’t spiritual.

    That verse confuses me.

    If God so loved the world I’m not sure why I’m not supposed to love it too.

    Unless you see the world God loves as only the people and the other world as ‘stuff’ then I’m still confused as to what I’m not supposed to love.

    Sometimes I want to get a pen and cross out all the verses I don’t get, or like (if I’m being honest)

    Guess everyone else does it… Maybe not with a pen haha.

    God help us all.

    Oh, he already did. 2000 yrs ago 😊

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