SSB Gathering – March 26, 2017

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

-by Kathi

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Acts 5: 12 – 16

The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.

Esther 4

When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. But he went only as far as the king’s gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it. In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

When Esther’s maids and eunuchs came and told her about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent clothes for him to put on instead of his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. Then Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to attend her, and ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai and why.

So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate. Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their annihilation, which had been published in Susa, to show to Esther and to explain it to her, and he told him to urge her to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people.

Hathach went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that he be put to death. The only exception to this is for the king to extend the gold scepter to him and spare his life. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.”

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.

Proverbs 21: 7 – 8

The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right. The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.

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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?

Photo credit: Brian – Give me back my seed!

One comment on “SSB Gathering – March 26, 2017

  1. Just want to post this here regarding some info I haven’t seen mentioned in the broader news regarding the Amber Alert on Tad Cummins, the 50-year-old married Tennessee HS teacher charged with aggravated kidnapping of 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas.

    Law Enforcement are still searching for him and his young victim at this point and I think most people have heard of the ongoing story. I was doing some internet research on this story and found he claims to be a Christian, which disgusts me!

    On the Twitter account (@tadcummins), which contains the same photo all the news articles are featuring so I’m assuming this is the correct twitter account, he describes himself as “Jesus freak/child of The King, husband, father, grandfather, high-school teacher, clinician, drummer, audio tech, jeep owner, singer/songwriter, warrior-poet”.

    In his tweet history, Mr. Cummins tweets scripture such as “He Is Not Here For He Risen! Matthew 28:6 ” and “Tetelestai”.

    He also retweets on 2/29/16 “Should we try to make church cool?” from Think Eternity.

    Tad Cummins Retweeted · 20 Jul 2015
    I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes! Romans 1:16

    Tad Cummins Retweeted · 19 May 2015
    Jesus is not a life coach. JESUS IS LIFE! -@DerwinLGray

    Mr. Cummins also follows Mark Dever and The Gospel Coalition!

    Tad Cummins Retweeted · 14 Apr 2015
    The hopes of this world are too small for someone who is made in the image of God.- @MarkDever #TGC15

    And…most interestingly this retweet…

    Tad Cummins Retweeted 24 Mar 2015
    Oh how horrible our sins look when committed by someone else. – Chuck Swindoll

    I don’t know what to say…it boggles my mind. Just wanted to throw this info out there, because it is just another example of victim grooming and abuse by a man who hides behind the “Christian” façade.

    I have the greatest sympathy for his wife and family who are innocent of all his treachery, they must be suffering so much, along with his young victim Elizabeth Thomas.

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