July 16 – July 22, 2019

This week’s Word and Spirit Guide is another “vintage” offering from 2016 – the first year of The Word and Spirit. 

WORD

1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2“Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.”  3So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.  4The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.  5Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord.  Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.  7At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it.  9And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it.

11Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you.  Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.

Jeremiah 18:1-11

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July 9 – July 15, 2019

WORD

16On that day, says the LORD, you will call me, “My husband…” 19And I will take you for my wife forever; I will take you for my wife in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy. 20I will take you for my wife in faithfulness; and you shall know the LORD.

Hosea 2:16a, 19-20

7Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; 8to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure — for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

Revelation 19:7-8

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July 2 – July 8, 2019

Since I will not be preaching this week – and in honor of last week’s milestone of publishing the 150th Word and Spirit Guide – I am reprinting the Word and Spirit Guide that started it all back in February 2016!  I pray this will be a blessing to you as you seek God this week.

WORD

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”  He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’  Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!  How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!  See, your house is left to you.  And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Luke 13:31-35

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June 25 – July 1, 2019

WORD

1Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea. 2The LORD is my strength and my might, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 3The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. 4Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he cast into the sea; his picked officers were sunk in the Red Sea. 5The floods covered them; they went down into the depths like a stone. 6Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power— your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy.”

Exodus 15:1-6

16In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force… 16Jesus said, “Repent then. If not, I will come to you soon and make war against them with the sword of my mouth.”

Revelation 1:16, 2:16

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June 18 – June 24, 2019

WORD

6On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.  7And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever.  8Then the LORD God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.  9It will be said on that day, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.  This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

Isaiah 25:6-9

1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.  3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.  4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’  5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.  7The king was enraged.  He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.  8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.  9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’  10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.  11But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’  And he was speechless.  13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 22:1-14

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June 11 – June 17, 2019

WORD

7Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.  8And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.  9Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  15The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.  18Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.”

Genesis 2:7-10, 15, 18

1Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.   2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit.  Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.  3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you.  4Abide in me as I abide in you.  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.  5I am the vine, you are the branches.  Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.  6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.  7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

John 15:1-8

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