Today we are sitting, praising God. Though the times have been tough, there is good news and releif. It is very important to take such times.
Last night we sat and listened to live music for the first time out of church for two years.
The season of lockdowns may not be over. The economic situation is dire, and our leaders are fools. But this does not matter. We can adapt and overcome.
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.
92 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.
4 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. 2 And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: 3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” 9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that
“‘they may indeed see but not perceive,
and may indeed hear but not understand,
lest they should turn and be forgiven.’”
13 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
There are two main tactics of the elite in this age.
The first is to not allow the gospel to be preached. The gospel is deemed hate speech, it must be silenced, and the church must instead preach fear of the idols of this age. Above all, it is not allowed to preach the law, and encourage repentance.
There is a reason that the world shut churches, but allowed ecological protests, or for that matter, casinos and strip clubs to open.
The second is that we get snowed down with the cares of this age. We worry overmuch about promotions; storms; economic disasters and civil wars. We worry about the health of our spouse and the exams of our children. It is natural do this, but the elite have turned engendering fear into an art form. In New Zealand, as COVID is now less of an issue -- being an Island nation in the antipodes has some advantanges -- the question of global warming has become the new fear that we have to avoid by massive taxes and regulation of cars, heating, and agriculture.
The following day, Sydney hit its lowest recorded temperature for 37 years.. That is callsed weather. But the annual heat waves are called climate change.
You have to control what you can control -- and there is advice on this, which I'll put up in the next day or so as I missed doing it yesterday -- but then there is that which is beyond anything you can do. This includes much. That is where we pray fro our families and nation and rulers. At time the only honest prayer I have is that they repent,
Lord, bring your word with power. Bring revival. May we turn our socieies away from our current path. Other nations have gone there, and they no longer exist. Recall that there are those of yours in this land, and have mercy, May your spirit bring repentance, our elite included.
So that from the ends of the earth your name will be praised.