Letter from Pastor John 8/7/20

His Salvation Is Near

Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way. – Psalm 85:8-13

 

Dear friends,

This section of the Psalms celebrates the salvation that comes from the Word of the Lord. Several attributes of God’s character are described as coming together:

We envision the meeting of steadfast love and faithfulness.

The kissing of righteousness and peace.

And the horizon – where the ground meets the sky – encompassing faithfulness and righteousness.

This beautiful imagery calls us to follow… Righteousness is then personified, as going before the Lord so that the footsteps of that righteousness might be followed by those who have been granted salvation! I pray that today, you might celebrate the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the blessing his faithfulness, steadfast love, and righteousness, that you might follow him.

God’s richest blessings,

Pastor John

 

Daily Scripture Readings, August 7 – 20

Friday, August 7

1 Kings 18:17-19, 30-40

Acts 18:24-28

Psalm 85:8-13

 

Saturday, August 8

1 Kings 18:41-46

Matthew 16:1-4

Psalm 85:8-13

 

Sunday, August 9

1 Kings 19:9-18 (Used in worship)

Psalm 85:8-13

Romans 10:5-15

Matthew 16:1-4 (Used in worship)

 

Monday, August 10

Genesis 7:11-8:5

2 Peter 2:4-10

Psalm 18:1-19

 

Tuesday, August 11

Genesis 19:1-29

Romans 9:14-29

Psalm 18:1-19

 

Wednesday, August 12

Job 36:24-33; 37:14-24

Matthew 8:23-27

Psalm 85:8-13

 

Thursday, August 13

Isaiah 45:20-25

Revelation 15:1-4

Psalm 67

 

Friday, August 14

Isaiah 63:15-19

Acts 14:19-28

Psalm 67

 

Saturday, August 15

Isaiah 56:1-5

Matthew 14:34-36

Psalm 67

 

Sunday, August 16

Isaiah 56:1,6-8 (Used in worship)

Psalm 67

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28 (Used in worship)

 

Monday, August 17

2 Kings 5:1-14

Acts 15:1-21

Psalm 87

 

Tuesday, August 18

Isaiah 43:8-13

Romans 11:13-29

Psalm 87

 

Wednesday, August 19

Isaiah 66:18-23

Matthew 8:1-13

Psalm 87

 

Thursday, August 20

Ezekiel 28:11-19

1 Corinthians 6:1-11

Psalm 138

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