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December 28, 2018

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December 28, 2018

 

Read: Ruth 1

 

To read this text, go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ruth+1&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Ruth 1:14-1814 And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi. 15 “Look,” Naomi said to her, “your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. You should do the same.” 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” 18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more.”

 

Observations- The time of Judges was a tough one in the history of Israel. The emergence of the Philistines and the lack of national unity made the land of Israel an easy target for their greedy neighbors. Migrations were common, entire families escaped from either the military conflicts or the resulting famine. This is the case of Nahomi and her family. In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him.” Ruth 1:14

 

Application- Immigration is considered one of the main axels around which the Biblical story gravitates. More than that, welcoming the immigrants is an explicit command and practice established by God in the Old Testament and embraced by the Christian community, as reflected in the New Testament. The fact that God ensured that His people would be compassionate to immigrants along human history, is clearly one of the most palliative measures He could take to counteract the destructive effect of sin.

Ruth, a widow, poor and gentile immigrant, worked in the fields of Bethlehem, collecting stalks of grain left behind (Ruth 2:2), which by the way, was part of the provision made by God for immigrants (Leviticus 23:22), she ended up listed in the genealogy of the Son of God. So, it is pretty obvious that we should never underestimate what can do through us. But more than that, we should never underestimate what God can do through those who even nowadays, still live on the margins of our society. They are not hard to find, they work in the fields, mow our lawn, wash the dishes in our favorite restaurants or pour concrete in our driveways. They are the Ruth of our time. As you come across them today, remember… a gentle smile is a great way to start obeying God and needs no translation.

 

Prayer- Lord, let your Word open our eyes to see, our minds to think, and our hearts to embrace those You also have a plan for. In your powerful Name, Jesus, we pray, AMEN!

 

Pastor Roberto

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Preparation for December 30, 2018

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This Sunday, December 30th, we will get ready to welcome in a new year. 

Every year we make promises, resolutions and changes within our self to embrace the coming year. Why? Because we want to better ourselves and steer ourselves on track with a good and healthy life. Why do we wait for January 1st? Why not start every day with new life? 

The biggest hang ups that we have are anxiety and stress, the false perception that we need to be perfect in a not so perfect world, and that if we don't have control we will not meet a life worthwhile. However, what if we gave it all to God? What if we looked at each day with the enthusiasm that we look at in our new year, but with the acceptance that this is God's design not ours? What if instead of just trying to find happiness, we found joy? 

We will look at examples in Philippians 4:6-7, Genesis 12:1-3, and end in what really is at stake in our short but complicated lives, gratitude, Psalms 103:1-5.  

Let's do this together, this Sunday. To JOY!

Blessings,

Chris Temple

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