SSB Gathering – January 22, 2017

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

-by Kathi

three-cups

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Acts 1: 12 – 26

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Phillip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus – he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.”

(With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

“For,” said Peter, “it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it.’ and, ‘May another take his place of leadership.’ Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”

So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his names sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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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 – Coffee three ways…However you enjoy it!

5 comments on “SSB Gathering – January 22, 2017

  1. Thanks a lot, Kathi. But what if I’m not into coffee? (A great pic tho’.)
    Psalm 23 is alway so reassuring; it sounds better than any holiday destination this world can ever offer. The peace from our Lord is indeed beyond human understanding.

    Okay, another JJ Heller song, “No Fight Left.”

    “There is no place I can go
    Where you don’t already know
    How to reach right down and pull me out”

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  2. THE Lord is my shepherd
    The LORD is my shepherd
    The Lord IS my shepherd
    The Lord is MY shepherd
    The Lord is my SHEPHERD
    THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD!!

    I always wandered where David placed emphasis when he wrote this part of the verse. Try reading and placing emphasis where I capitalized

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  3. I always wandered where David placed emphasis when he wrote this part of the verse. Try reading and placing emphasis where I capitalized

    Just like the old Joys of Yiddish example of “Two tickets to her son’s concert I should buy?”

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