Friday, October 09, 2015

Senseless Controversies

CALL TO PRAYER
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
—Song of Solomon 2:4
PSALM
Thy word I in my heart have hid,
that I offend not thee.
O Lord, thou ever blessèd art,
thy statutes teach thou me.
—Psalm 119:11-12
Suggested tune (Winchester Old):
TEXT OF THE DAY
Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone.
—2 Timothy 2:22-24a
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
There is nothing more incongruous than to strain at a gnat and swallow a camel, to spend the vital spirits upon things of small concern to our own or others' edification, and to have nothing to spare for the weightier matters of true godliness. It is as if someone should strike a feather or the air with all their might. They must needs rest their arms.
—Hugh Binning
MORNING PRAYER
You are great, O God, and will not be put off by my doubts. But forbid it that I should spend more time questioning than serving, or wasting energy on hypothetical situations when I could be devoting myself to loving my neighbor; in Jesus' Name. Amen.


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