September 26, 2015

Psalms 107-108
All of you set free by God, tell the world! 
 
- In your desperate condition, you called out to God.  He got you out in the nick of time...
So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves... 

In your desperate condition, you called out to God.  He got you out in the nick of time... So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves... 

In your desperate condition, you called out to God.  He got you out in the nick of time... So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves..
       
If you are really wise, you’ll think this over-- it’s time you appreciated God’s deep love...
I’m ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe.  Ready to sing, ready to raise a God song...Give us help for the hard task; human help is worthless.  In God we’ll do our very best.                                        

Matthew 5:1-5:20 -
Jesus climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him.  Arriving at a quiet place, he sat and taught his climbing companions... 
- You are blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.  With less of you there is more of God & his rule:  
- You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you.  Only then can u be embraced by the One most dear to you. 
- You are blessed when you’re content with just who you are, no more, no less.  That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.  
- You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God... 
- You’re blessed when you care.  At the moment of being “care-full,” you find yourself cared for.  
- You are blessed when you get your inside world - your mind and heart - put right.  Then you can see God in the outside world.  
- You’re are blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight.  That’s when you discover who you really are and your place in God’s family.  
- You are blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution.  The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s Kingdom.  
- Not only that--count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me.  What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable...

Let me tell you why you are here.  
You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God flavors of this earth...
You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.  God is not a secret to be kept...

Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand--SHINE!  

By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God.  

Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scripture--either God’s Law or the Prophets.  I’m not here to demolish but to complete.  I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama.