Welcome (Psalm 77:1-12)
I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.
Midweek Scripture (2 Corinthians 4:3)
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
Can we help people believe what we believe about Jesus? Can we convince others so that they can know Christ like we do? When we see things from believers’ perspective, it makes us wonder how come others are having so much difficulty in seeing God’s love and presence everywhere.
Midweek Scripture (Malachi 3:1 )
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight--indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
I have been wondering how God leads us today. With wars in Ukraine, Gaza, Yemen, and elsewhere internationally and increasing poverty as well as unaffordable housing and living costs nationally, we hardly have time to think about how God leads us. Of course, we do our best to be the followers of Christ. In our prayer we do our best to help and love our neighbours while we patiently wait for our Lord’s return.
Midweek Scripture (1 Corinthians 8:1)
Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge." Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
One thing we do not like to see is people who are totally puffed up with knowledge telling, instructing and showing off to everyone how superior they are. Paul is talking about the very people with knowledge who help no one but themselves with what they know. In a way Paul is popping their balloons. Knowledge like all other things is misused more than we think by those who have them. Of course, many people try to make a distinction between wisdom and knowledge, but if the end result is all about one’s self interest over others who have less knowledge, then, it is all the same.
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