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Get Up! Rejoice, for this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Do not allow others to control your day with their issues. God woke you up this morning, kept you and your family through the night – you already have so much to be grateful. Do not allow negative people to stop you from having a positive day!
Father, we come this morning to magnify You. Thank You for being the Creator and Giver of life, the Maker of Heaven and earth. We ask that You make our earthly assignment plain, what You desire of us. Deliver us from junk/distractions, our drama and the drama of others, that we are focused and obedient to the calling that You have placed on our lives.
Help us to live our lives to the fullest being about Your business as the time draws near. Tomorrow [and even the remainder of this day] is not promised to any of us. While You have called some to teach and some to preach, let us be reminded that we have all been called to serve You, praise You and worship You. We all have an earthly mission. May we stay the course of evangelizing, baptizing, interceding, teaching, praising You, and sharing the Good News.
We continue to pray for those that have lost their lives to terrorists’ acts, domestic violence and other victims of crime. Father, please restore and comfort those that mourn. Keep Your hand on us that we may also be about our Your business. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:1-2
October 29, 2017
"Loving OUR Neighbor"
Happiness comes to those who reject the path of violence, who refuse to associate with criminals or even to sit with people who belittle others. Happiness comes to those who delight in the Law of Our God and meditate on it day and night. They’re like trees planted by flowing water—they bear fruit in every season, and their leaves never wither: everything they do will prosper. But not wrongdoers! They’re like chaff that the wind blows away. They won’t have a taproot to anchor them when judgment comes, nor will corrupt individuals be given a place at the gathering of the Just. Our God watches over the steps of those who do justice; but those on a path of violence and injustice will find themselves irretrievably lost.
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
Our God told Moses to tell the entire Israelite community these things: Be holy, for I, Your God, am holy. Do not be corrupt in administering justice. Do not show partiality to the poor or give honor to the great. Judge your neighbor with fairness. Do not go about slandering others. Do not profit by the blood of your neighbor. I am Your God. Do not nurse hatred for a neighbor. If you are angry with your neighbor, speak frankly about it, to avoid storing up ill feelings.* Never seek revenge or hold a grudge toward your relatives. You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.** I am Your God.
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had left the Sadducees speechless, they gathered together, and one of them, an expert of the Law, attempted to trick Jesus with this question: “Teacher, which commandment of the Law is the greatest?” Jesus answered: “You must love the Most High God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” “That is the greatest and first commandment. The second is like it: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments, the whole Law is based—and the Prophets as well.” While the Pharisees were gathered around him, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose descendant is the Messiah?” The said “David’s.” The Jesus asked, “Then how is it that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls the Messiah ‘Sovereign’? For he says, ‘The Most High said to my Sovereign, “Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies under your foot.”’ “If David calls the Messiah ‘Sovereign,’ how can the Messiah be a descendant of David?” No one reply, and from that day on no one dared ask him any more questions.