1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
3 to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
4 For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5 How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!
6 The stupid man cannot know;
the fool cannot understand this:
7 that though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
8 but you, O Lord, are on high forever.
9 For behold, your enemies, O Lord,
for behold, your enemies shall perish;
all evildoers shall be scattered.
10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
you have poured over mea fresh oil.
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
God was so Gentle that the Place of the Dead, Sheol was open to all spirits and was a drab place.
Jesus is recorded as being part of the Word of God manifest in Creation. Jesus determined as being One with the Father that He would see Satan fall from Heaven like Lightning. Jesus uses His Parables again to tell about Lazarus and the rich man apart by almost nothing. Hades was easily seen. The torment. Jesus we are told in Revelation, creates the Second Death to end the torment of Hades.
Jesus changed the order of the people He healed, the people He taught, His Family, the way Judea was governed. The belief in the goodness of the Temple. The submissiveness of the people to the Romans. The Spread of the Word beyond the borders. The Love of God pouring out like a flood. The Emperors view of safety. The conflict drove the Word all over the World and the Empire began to die for ruining family loyalty in marriage and divorce. The ruin caused solutions to be sought from the hate of the persecution. The Solutions healed the Empire for another 150 years. Shattering into the 1,000 year Byzantine Empire.
That Empire actually called itself The Roman Empire and wasn't referred to as Byzantine until after it fell and historians renamed that Empire. Centered on Constantine's Capital. Something to think about. Away from the city of Rome.
Growth is depicted here as something that requires patience and diligence.
We feel able and willing to discuss his soul.
God surely blessed the city he created with a thousand years of legacy.
Maybe God knows a thing or two we don't.
2 Timothy 2
What we see is that where Constantine set his worship - this was strengthened by the grace that is in Jesus Christ.
Constantine established the worship of Jesus Christ. A man who had witnessed the descendants of Jesus Christ die in Nazareth and not rebuke Jesus.
Witnesses say faithful men were trusting in Jesus and expected others to teach Jesus also after they had passed on. They shared in the suffering of Jesus and a Royal soldier changed. They aimed to please God. And did.
Constantine was not crowned at the time, he competed for his life within the rules Jesus gave him. The work he put into this crown, caused him to look for signs of God and believe even when he knew he did not understand much of God and how He chooses to Act.
What Constantine did with his leadership was this and in some of this, like all of us,
he had more work to improve upon:
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before Godb not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,d he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servante must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
The Body of Christ set forth in a troubled time to reassure people God wanted the best of His promises upon their lives, their prayer concerns.
Jesus said the way forward is not to give up on people. But to stick with them, encourage them in their righteousness. Not to overlook wrong doing, but to instead point out that we need Jesus and the Light of mankind shines in all of us. To point the way where God would light the Path.
No one earns their salvation. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who says no man left behind.
This week we remember the depths that Jesus went to. He was told he was a sinner and a glutton to want to have the notorious Matthew, unseemly Tax Collector, throw Jesus a very unlikely party. Jesus went far to meet people living in cemeteries. He touched the leper, and found quiet places for the deaf to hear.
Jesus didn't give up on the man at the Pool of Siloam who had sat for so long that when he was asked if he wanted to be healed, neglected to actually say yes and was focused on the process.
The Holy Spirit of God says love one another. Worship with Spirit and Truth. Do Justice with Mercy and see the Fruit of the Spirit is Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Steadfastness. Diligence. Gentleness. Encouragement. Dignity.
Carry your cross. Be proud of Jesus.
He is proud of you.
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