Sunday series: 06/05/2011 (#140)
Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 10am
“1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 KJV)
- [My youngest child] putting to sentences together (06/04/2011).
- Earliest Christian letter — first one written to the church; praising the church in [Thessalonica, Greece] for being faithful regardless of persecution [1 Thessalonians 1:1-10]
- to be a Christian =
- to expect Jesus,
- to live towards,
- to hope,
- to live like Jesus,
- to wait for Heaven to get into us [regarding Sermon Life in the Waiting Room]
- “praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!” [underlined from A Brief Statement of Faith, PC(USA)]
- “The Lord is my shepherd.” [underlined from The Lord is My Shepherd from Requiem (1985) by John Rutter (b. 1945); based on Psalm 23]
“The Lord is my shepherd, therefore can I lack nothing. He shall feed me in a green pasture, and lead me forth beside the waters of conform. He shall convert my soul, and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me. Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me. Thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full. But thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” (The Lord is My Shepherd from Requiem, 1985, John Rutter)
- Psalm 23 reads slightly differently in KJV at least, whose textual translation I prefer.
“1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” (Psalm 23 KJV)
- My first comment (above) has nothing to do with church, but it was an important event in my life. My child was developing the second stages of language — what pediatricians love to call milestones. Nowadays he’s five (5) and his language skills are beyond what it’s expected from a child his age emphasizing on correct English grammar. Now if he could read his copy of The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories (Zondervan, 2005, ISBN 9780310709626) rather than making his own stories from the pictures, he’d learn about God.