SSB Gathering – October 23, 2016

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

-by Kathi

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Luke 22: 1 – 38

Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.” “That’s enough!” he replied.

Isaiah 11: 1 – 5

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord – and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.


With everything going on right now, this is included for fun. Because I think we all need to have a little fun once in a while. Dance like nobody’s watching!

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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 – St. John’s Bridge from Cathedral Park – Portland, OR

11 comments on “SSB Gathering – October 23, 2016

  1. Velour? Where are you? 🙂

    Thanks, Kathi. The SSB Gathering is like a sweet stream of calmness and heavenly peace that flow amidst the chaos and hurt of this world. It is appreciated, please be assured of it.

    This video clip is for those of us who don’t fit into the “church” as it is today, especially those of us on this wonderful forum and site who have been hurt, abused, destroyed etc. by the institutionalized “church” and the evil traditions of men. The body of Christ is a different story altogether; His Body is made up of true believers, and that’s where you and I are safe and where we belong. He will not forsake us, nor judge us, nor cast us out, nor treat us as though we are inferior. In His Body, we are all the same . . . His precious children.

    (A dear friend, also a victim, sent me this after her ordeal.) Thank you, P.

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  2. “Transcendental Reunion”

    From 20,000 feet
    I saw the lights below me
    Twinkling just like Christmas
    We descended slowly

    And the curve of the world passed
    With all of that flying
    Above the mighty ocean
    And now we all are arriving

    Grab the carry on baggage
    Join the herd for the mad run
    Take a place in the long line
    Where does every one come from?

    As we shuffle on forward
    As we wait for inspection
    Don’t be holding that line up
    At the end lies redemption
    Oh Oh, Hey Hey, Ah Ah

    Now I’m stamped and I’m waved through
    I take up my position
    At the mouth of the cannon
    Saying prayers of contrition

    Please deliver my suitcase
    From all mischief and peril
    Now the sight of it circling
    Is a hymn to the faithful

    Forgive me for my staring, for my unconcealed envy
    In the Hall of Arrivals where the great river empties

    It’s hand carts and porters
    All the people it carries
    To be greeted with flowers
    Grandfathers and babies
    Oh Oh, Hey Hey, Ah Ah

    There is no one to meet me
    Yet I’m all but surrounded
    By the tears and embracing
    By the joy unbounded

    The friends and relations
    Leaping over hemispheres
    Transcendental reunion
    All borders vanish here

    We are travelers traveling
    We are gypsies together
    We’re philosophers gathering
    We are business or pleasure

    We are going or coming
    We’re just finding our way
    To the next destination
    And from night into day
    Oh Oh, Hey Hey, Ah Ah,
    Oh Oh, Hey Hey, Ah Ah

    In a giant bird’s belly
    I flew over the ocean
    From 20,000 feet high
    How those lights were glowing

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  3. Velour,
    Eric Bibb gets my nod this week (Jerry a close second). Awesome stuff, sister. I tried guitar once but it was like trying to play a pineapple.
    Blessings, and thanks for your contributions (there are always some unsuspected jewels among ’em).
    A peaceful and wonderful Sunday, Velour

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  4. At my son’s recent water polo game we ran into a guy that we knew in college and we went to a house church hosted in his home. It was the last church that we regularly attended. We caught up on the kids and life and then came the question, “Where are you going to church these days?”

    I used to feel like I had to explain why we don’t go to church anymore. But, I don’t feel that way so much any more. If people want to know why I’ll give more information. I do, however, talk about the blog and how important it is. And how I feel like I have more community online with people whom I’ve never met (and some whom I have) and there’s genuine care and concern. Thanks, everyone, for making that happen! Happy Sunday!

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  5. Ahhh. I stumbled onto 1 Corinthians 14:23 the other day and just sighed.

    “If therefore the whole church be come together into one place…”

    We are the church guys. The place and the meetings are the substitute.

    A famous preacher lady says, “welcome to the House of God this morning!” as she starts her ‘sermon’.

    She has no clue.

    God’s house is not a physical place.

    He dwells in us.

    We are his house.

    Colossians 1:18, “and he is the head of the body, the church…”

    So clear.

    Not a place.

    “My sheep hear my voice and they follow me”… and ‘the dones’ do just that.

    They are grieved and their conscience says, “enough of this nonsense”.

    It’s been years since we left the religious club.

    My conscience has never been clearer.

    Don’t need to feel guilty.

    Jesus never went ‘to church’.

    He said he’d build his body (Col 1). He’s doing it and it has nothing to do with seminary trained ‘leaders’.

    He is good.

    I have no doubt he’s using the ‘useless’ ones to carry out his work.

    You know… the sinners.

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