Spiritual Sounding Board – This is your place to gather and share in an open format.
Luke 20: 1 – 26
One day as he was teaching the people in the temple courts and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?” He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me, John’s baptism – was it from heaven, or from men?”
They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him? But if we say, ‘From men’ all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.” Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
“Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’ But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “May this never be!” Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”
The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.
Hebrews 10: 19 – 25
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised if faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give us meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
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.
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?
Photo credit: Brian – Punching the Bowl – Punchbowl Falls, OR
16 thoughts on “SSB Sunday Gathering – October 2, 2016”
Syria has been on my mind with all of those poor people being bombed by Putin’s Russian bombers and the poisons that have been put in many of the bombs. The refugee crisis is staggering. So I’ve been trying to learn more about Syria. Here is the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center presenting a Syrian concert in the U.S. by a well-known Syrian singer and opera star.
“In this concert Lubana Al Quntar performs classical Arabic Maqam pieces with a melancholy flavor, characteristic of this genre. She is accompanied by the internationally known oud player Kenan Adnawi, who also presents traditional instrumental music of Syria.
Speaker Biography: Lubana Al Quntar is a gifted singer of both opera and traditional Arabic song. Also a teacher, she headed the Department of Opera Singing and launched the Department of Classical Arabic Singing at the Syrian National Conservatory. She came to the United States in 2012 and has since performed in numerous venues, including the Kennedy Center. ”
A Greek grandmother who helps Syrian refugees. They don’t speak the same language.
And for my little presentation of Syria…food
And for those wanting to try their hand at Syrian cooking here are some recipes:
Thanks Kathi for the Sunday Gathering and the beautiful music.
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Velour, thank you for these.
I was thinking about the bombs in Syria this week, as I saw the photo of the newborn being pulled out of the rubble.
Please come soon. Help us to be sober and watchful.
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You are welcome, Salty, for my posting these videos and links about Syrian people. We need to pray, friend.
Syrian Epat Orchestra playing in Sweden.
More Expat Syrian music. Beautiful!
And Jazz music performed by Syrians.
And Syrian Rock n’ Roll based on “I Have a Dream”
Does anyone know the status of Bill Gothards legal actions? I went to a marriage retreat this past weekend and the Duggars were there along with a bunch of other uterus cannons and they were all talking about the Big Sandy conference and ATI. I was thinking WTF don’t you guys read the news? But maybe it was all false accusations? My Googling skills are failing me so let me know. Love you guys!
Religious Recovery –
This is the last that I’ve heard. If anyone knows more than I do, please chime in.