SSB Gathering – June 4, 2017

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

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-by Kathi

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Acts 9: 1 – 19

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for hie is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! this man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord – Jesus who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here – has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight in in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Proverbs 13: 16

Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.

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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: Kathi

5 comments on “SSB Gathering – June 4, 2017

  1. I’m grateful for this forum. I may not contribute often but I’m so blessed to have the Body of Christ that meets here.
    Today I’m grieving for my dog and faithful companion. Tucker had ACL surgery Wed, came home Thursday but continued to fail and was in great pain as he was unable to keep any meds or foodor water down. Saturday we took him to emergency hospital and he was as diagnose with a bladder infection. They admitted him and 6 hours later the vet said he need emergency surgery for a perforated bowel. He had a cardiac arrest on the table. They found an ulcer from pain meds, and a hole in his intestine had burst.

    We are devastated and loved king to God for comfort. Please ask God to give us strength to find our way forward. Since Wednesday’s surgery we have borrowed $5,000 to try to help our boy. God has not abandoned me but I am not yet finding His way forward. I know My hope is in the Lord and I wait on Him alone.

    Thank you for a place to ask for prayer and to give thanks to God for our years with our wonderful dog, Tucker.

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  2. Deb,
    Praying for you during this time of loss and sorrow for your faithful companion Tucker. A beloved dog who had a special bond with you and place in your heart. May the Lord comfort you. (((hugs)))

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  3. Deb – I’m so sorry for the loss of your special connection with your dog. May peace overwhelm you when you need it most.

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  4. I keep hearing this song on the radio and it’s touching, since I’ve just been through some transitions.(nearing the end part, of settling into new routines) Be encouraged.

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