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Holy Scripture Reading, 2 Timothy 4: 7, ESV.

Friday, February 23, 2018
ESV Verse of the Day

Verse of the Day

February 23

2 Timothy 4:7

7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Everyday the true Christian is involved in spiritual warfare, we must ‘keep the Faith’… simply & profoundly!
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Holy Scripture Reading, Matthew 5: 1-20, NIVUK.

Matthew 5:1-20 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

5 “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said:

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 ‘Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and light

13 ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

The fulfilment of the law

17 ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practises and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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Holy Scripture Reading, 1 John 4: 18, NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

*This is a great verse for Lent, we as regenerate Christians ARE fully Accepted ‘In Christ’, our end, as our beginning is assured!

1 John 4:18 NIVUK

Lent, Observance since the Reformation…

It is no secret that I am most certainly Reformational & Reformed as an Anglican, biblically & theologically. The observance of Lent has generally continued in the CoE,  and the Episcopal Church in Scotland, and too the Church of Ireland.. as most Anglican Churches, with the BCP. And of course the Anglican High Church groups.

Myself, as an Anglican rector, though retired, I generally follow a lite Lenten Devotional practice, with of course the use of the BCP. Thankfully today much of the Lenten fast/fasts have been alleviated. And Lent is normally observed as a time of penance and aspects of some religious exercises, Holy Scripture reading, personal prayer, etc. Of course the Anglican High groups do their own practice of general traditional Lent aspects.

My point here is that the practice and observance of Lent should be disciplined by the Reformation and the Reformational biblical aspects!  This is of course my position, practice and belief. I must admit here that my being raised Irish Roman Catholic in Dublin, during the 1950’s, and early 60’s with the Latin Mass, etc. did NOT always go down well, especially during the mandatory fasts and discipline of Lent, etc.  But yes, I am now most definitely a Reformed Anglican, but I do appreciate and believe in some aspect of some High Church points and teaching, as Mary as the Theotokos, and some form of the contemplative life and internal prayer, etc.

Fr. Robert

Holy Scripture Reading, 1 Samuel 2: 2, ESV.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
ESV Verse of the Day

Verse of the Day

February 20

1 Samuel 2:2

2 “There is none holy like the LORD; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”

Holy Scripture Reading, Proverbs 17: 9, NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

“Whoever would foster love covers over an offence, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”

Proverbs 17:9 NIVUK

President’s Day, Thomas Jefferson Quote’s…

Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.

The Christian God is a being of terrific character – cruel, vindictive, capricious, and unjust.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

*Thomas Jefferson was of course a great man by human standards, and a great American. But by biblical standards, he was.. as he wrote: “I am a Sect of myself, as far as I know.”  A most certain 17th and 18th century deist, who sadly could not understand the Bible, or the biblical doctrine of God! (Fr. R.)