SSB Gathering – February 19, 2017

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

-by Kathi

st-johns-bridge

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Acts 3: 1 – 10

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer – at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Esther 1: 1 – 9

This is what happened during the time of Xerxes, the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush. At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa, and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present.

For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty. When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days, in the enclosed garden of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest, who were in the citadel of Susa. The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones. Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant, in keeping with the king’s liberality. By the king’s command each guest was allowed to drink in his own way, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished.

Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.

Proverbs 10: 7

The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.

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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, Portland, OR

7 comments on “SSB Gathering – February 19, 2017

  1. Once I was lost and thought I had it all then I surrendered my life to Christ and:
    Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
    When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
    My sins were washed away –
    And my night was turned to day –
    Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

    Preach Pastors, there are others who are lost as I was!

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  2. Hello, I would like to place a prayer request: I am looking for a new church. (The one I was raised in was, for most of my life, highly controlling.)

    Also, some of the friends I grew up with have moved on to other churches, but they told me that, at times, they have been triggered by things said, and sometimes reading the Bible reminds them of the place in which we were raised. I request prayer on behalf of all of us.

    In other news, for those not in the know, I request the book Untwisting Scripture by Rebecca Davis.

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  3. seekeroftruth – Sometimes I struggle with putting together the Sunday posts because I read the Bible differently now than when I was in church. I know that verses can be used in harmful ways. I wish you all peace in your spiritual journey.

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  4. Welcome Seeker of Truth.

    My advice would be to search any church’s website and see who they are linked with/support. And don’t sign a Membership Covenant, which is a tool of authoritarianism.

    I say this…having learned it all…the hard way.

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