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Greetings my friends. It is Sunday May 22ND 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Starting with this #SundayScripture – and running through the end of June – I’ll be transcribing one of my recent sermons that I preached to my church family at the end of February – “Stones & Stumbles”. It’s the follow-up to “Holy & Redeemed” which I presented on here in December and January. “Stones & Stumbles” covers 1 Peter 1:23-2:9.

Here’s Part 1 of my sermon:

Today I want to continue my journey – our journey – since we’re in this together – as a church family – just like we saw in that last song – doing what we can – to expand God’s Kingdom – in our own unique ways – in everything we do, and everywhere we go.

I want to continue our journey through The First Letter Of Peter. This is my 3RD message – out of the past 4 – that I’m preaching from First Peter. I’ve preached on “Salvation & Hope”, and I’ve preached on being “Holy & Redeemed”.

Last time I preached from First Peter I left off with my existence statement. It’s why I exist today. 1 Peter 1:23. And I like to personalize it by changing the pronouns:

For (I) have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. (My) new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal living word of God.

That’s why I exist today. Right there. Right there. Born again. New life. Last forever. Living word. Of God.

Read that verse right there often – and personalize it for yourself – to remind you of why you exist today.

So the first chapter of First Peter ends like this:

As the Scriptures say – “People are like grass. Their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the Word of the Lord remains forever.” And that Word is the Good News that was preached to you.

That’s from the Apostle Peter – and it’s also from the Prophet Isaiah. Isaiah was a prophet for more than 50 years in Jerusalem during the times of King Uzziah, and King Jotham. (I preached on those two good kings of Judah in my last message.) Isaiah continued as Prophet under two more kings after Uzziah and Jotham, and that was Ahaz and Hezekiah. Ahaz was a bad king. He was evil – unlike his father and his son. His father was Jotham – good king. His son was Hezekiah – good king. The prophet Isaiah – well he had his hands full dealing with King Ahaz. That’s a message all on its own right there – “Ahaz & Isaiah” – coming later this year.

So God gave the Prophet Isaiah a vision during those times of trouble for the Kingdom of Judah. Isaiah’s message was consistent through the years, and that message to the Kings (good and bad) – and to God’s people – was this – God is dependable. Trust only in God. That was more than 700 years before Christ.

You know The Book Of Isaiah is like a mini-Bible in its own – by itself. In fact – consider this:  There are 66 books in the Bible, and there are 66 chapters in Isaiah. And each chapter of Isaiah correlates in some way (or even in many ways) to the same book of the modern bible in numerical sequence. For example – Isaiah 1 has references to Genesis (the 1ST book of the Bible). Isaiah 2 is to Exodus (the 2ND book of the Bible). Isaiah 3 is to Leviticus (Pastor Bob’s favorite book). Isaiah 19 is to Psalms. Isaiah 40 is to Matthew – the 40TH book of the Bible, and the start of the New Testament. Isaiah 66 is to Revelation – the final book of the Bible.

Now get this:  The first 39 chapters of Isaiah mostly deal with the Jewish people, and the law, and rebellion, and God’s judgement. Sounds like the Old Testament.

The last 27 chapters of Isaiah mostly deal with God’s comfort, and His forgiveness, and the coming of the Messiah. Sounds like the New Testament.

Check it out for yourself. It’s an interesting study of the Bible through one book – Isaiah – the mini-Bible.

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday May 15TH 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

It’s the 203RD edition of #SundayScripture. I’ve enjoyed bringing God’s Good News to you every Sunday for the past 4+ years. My first #SundayScripture was presented on February 25TH 2018, and it’s continued on almost every Sunday since then. (I’ve missed 18 Sundays over the past 221 weeks.)

I Thank You for checking out my blog on a regular basis. I know that some of you only come here for #SundayScripture and #Top10Monday. I also have a rather large readership for #TravelThursday and #RetroFriday. And of course all of the bots that check out my blog every day – particularly the posts that I wrote several years ago. (Bots with fake identities and profiles don’t just exist on Twitter and Facebook. They are also over here on WordPress.)

Starting this week and continuing for the rest of the month (May 2022 for the bots) I’ll be posting a 5TH entry each week – starting this Tuesday to cap this week – and then again this Wednesday to kickoff the new week.

Starting next #SundayScripture – and running through the end of June – I’ll be transcribing one of my recent sermons that I preached to my church family at the end of February – “Stones & Stumbles”. It’s the follow-up to “Holy & Redeemed” which I presented on here in December and January. “Stones & Stumbles” covers 1 Peter 1:23-2:9. (“Holy & Redeemed” concluded with 1 Peter 1:23.)

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday May 08TH 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

It’s the second of two Sunday mornings in a row of preaching God’s Word for my church family. Last Sunday went pretty well, and it received positive reactions. I’m excited about doing it again this morning – preaching another unrehearsed and spontaneous sermon from the heart – wholly glorifying God. Today I’ll preach on “People & Places”, and we’ll also observe and celebrate a very special Mother’s Day edition of Communion – as I highlight Mary – mother of Jesus.

Photo by George Dolgikh @ Giftpundits.com on Pexels.com

It is Mother’s Day here in the U.S.A. and in many nations all around the world. (Some countries celebrate Mother’s Day in March and in other months of the year.)

As the Bible says in the Gospel of Luke – Chapter 1 – Verses 31 to 33:

“… You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His ancestor David. And He will reign over Israel forever. His Kingdom will never end !”

Mary hosted the body and blood of Jesus, as she carried Him in her womb for 9 months. Mary delivered His body and blood into the world – for the benefit of all creation.

To all of the Moms reading my blog I thank you for all you do for your children, and for bringing them into this world as new creations. I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day !

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday May 01ST 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

It’s the first of two Sunday mornings in a row of preaching God’s Word for my church family. I’m excited about it. It should be very interesting, as I preach two totally unrehearsed and spontaneous sermons from the heart – wholly glorifying God.

Some of you have asked me if I can place videos of our sermons on here. No – I can’t at this time. We don’t record our sermons. We’ve tried in the past with an iPhone and an iPad, but it didn’t work out very well. We tried with Facebook LIVE. That didn’t work either. Our Pastor even preached his sermon to an empty sanctuary and his iPad on a Friday or a Saturday, and then he posted it to our Facebook page on Sunday morning at nearly the same time that he preached it LIVE to us. That was just awkward.

We’re a small church with a small budget, and I kind of like it like that – coming from a big church with a big budget for 8+ years before arriving at my current church of the past 7+ years. There are positives and negatives with both the big church experience – as well as the small church experience. Some of the bells and whistles of the big church experience were impressive, and some were just plain annoying – if not perhaps even a bit offensive. I’m enjoying the positives of the small church experience during this part of my fantastic journey.

I think the best way to share a sermon with you is when I transcribe it into a series of blog posts – much as I did for 6 Sundays in December 2021 and January 2022 with my message on being “Holy & Redeemed”. (Check out my SERMONS page for links.) I may do the same with “Stones & Stumbles” – which served as the sequel to “Holy & Redeemed” and covered 1 Peter 1:23 to 2:9. It’ll probably be another 6-part blog series. I may kick that off in a few weeks.

Meanwhile here’s one of the memes that I’ll preach on later today:

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp