Praying for Babylon

By the Waters of Babel, James Tissot, The Jewish Museum, Brooklyn.

It’s easy to pray for those in authority when they are good to us, but how do we pray for those we don’t like, or who do us harm? Or is there any obligation to pray for them at all? 

Psalm 137:1-9; Jeremiah 29:4-14; Matthew 5:43-47

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Music: “Rivers of Babylon,” Boney M, Nightflight to Venus, Sony Music, 1978/2007.

Justice On The Right Terms

Robert Earl Jones (L) as Luther Coleman and Robert Redford (R) as Johnny Hooker in The Sting, winner of the Oscar for Best Picture of 1973. Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com.

We all want to see right prevail. Or do we? Maybe what we really want is to see right prevail as we define it.

Leviticus 24:17-20; Ezekiel 33:10-11; Matthew 5:38-42; Luke 6:27-38

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Music: “Maple Leaf Rag,” Scott Joplin, Stoptime Rag, Future Noise Music Ltd., 2008.

What Happens When Good People Sleep

Chancellor Adolf Hitler and President Paul von Hindenburg, March 21, 1933, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S38324 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE, via Wikimedia Commons.

Everyone wants to be a good citizen and a good neighbor, or at least that’s what we should want. But is that enough? Perhaps there is more to living out our Kingdom calling than simply trying to avoid evil.

Jeremiah 5:20-31; Matthew 5:13-20, 23:27-28; 1 Peter 5:5-11

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Music: “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: IV, by Edvard Grieg, performed by Wiliam T. Strømberg conducting the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Edvard Grieg Music to Henrik Ibsen Peer Gynt, Blikkboks Ltd, 2018.

Giving Peace A Chance

Hands Across the Divide, by Maurice Harron, Derry, Northern Ireland. Photo by Diego Cue (diego_cue / CC BY-SA3.0).

Is genuine peace truly possible anywhere on earth before Messiah Son of David establishes His kingdom in Zion? Is every announcement of peace merely a deception? Could it be that God intends for His people to be agents of peace even when it seems impossible?

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Jeremiah 8:8-13; Matthew 5:9

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Music: “Must Ireland Be Divided?” The Wolfe Tones, The Troubles, Celtic Collections 2008.