Saturday, June 5, 2010

NIPTO, Day 118

Hello readers!
Today was a crazy busy day!
Started the day out kind of lazily.... and then mowed the grass. All of it. It was wet. But the yard looks faaaantastic if I do say so myself. =P
Then I got ready for the day... and took some pictures. Annnd then we waited while Dad worked some... then we went to Akron Music to get a couple of things (like new guitar strings!). They're having a moving sale so a there's a lot of stuff for not very much money :)
Then we went to Marc's to get some last minute presents for the dance teachers for the recital tomorrow.
Then we went to a grad party of a friend that we knew way back when. It was fun to listen to the 'rents talk about the "old days" :)
Then we came home and re-grouped and went to Kevin's graduation party. It was fun to see people that we haven't seen in a long time. Like Kevin himself... and Julie and Jen and Cathi and Steven.
Hannah and I ate and watched people play ping-pong. And then we played carpetball. I'd say that Hannah dominated. But I didn't do that badly. Then we just chilled with people and talked. It was fun :)

Now we're home. We're watching So You Think You Can Dance from Thursday night.
Chillin' on a Saturday night is nice :)

Romans 16:17-27
17I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

This is Paul's closing statement to the Romans. There were so many people in their community at the time that were against Christianity. A lot of people at the time literally worshiped the emperor. He thought he was so important that people should worship him. This might not even be referring to non-christians. Looking at it more closely, it seems like these people are coming from inside the church. He says that these people weren't "serving our Lord Christ" which could mean they were worshiping the Emperor. I don't know. (You just get walked through my logic. My hopelessly flawed logic!) He's telling them to at least not be naive. Because the people that are deceived are the ones who are naive. 

19Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

I think this is sweeeet. The first word. EVERYONE. Everyone has heard about your obedience. Everyone. That's everyone. CRAZY, right? Yeah. They were so obedient that Paul was filled with JOY. But he indicates that they aren't very discerning. It seems like they aren't the brightest crayon in the box when it comes to being wise about good and evil. Just my opinion/what I am getting from this. 

 20The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
      The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

The God of peace will soon CRUSH Satan under YOUR feet. He's not going to use his own feet. He's going to use YOUR feet. Or our feet. Whichever. But it's impressive. 

 21Timothy, my fellow worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my relatives.

Some more greetings :) I greet my sister. And whoever else reads this blog!

 22I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord,

Woahhhh. Paul didn't actually write all of this. Tertius wrote this down. So he gets to give a shout-out! WOOT! I feel like this is a PARTAY! =P

 23Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings.
      Erastus, who is the city's director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings. 24May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.

There were a lot of people that wanted to give a little "Hey! We're thinking about you!" mention in this letter. :)

 25Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him— 27to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

This is all to God. Simple as that. This letter was written for instruction. It was written for encouragement. But it was also written as praise to God. He was obviously working in that church in Rome. Otherwise they wouldn't've needed this letter. 
God is working in our churches today. These letters can be applied to our churches today. We don't always do that though. We sometimes think that these were written to specific churches for specific purposes. And they were. But the principles in them are still applicable to the church today. God's word is living and is extremely powerful. But we lock it away. We kill it. We make it dead. 
God's breath is in the word. It breaths his power and majesty. 
Embrace the Bible. It's powerful. 

Now. After leaving you with that little morsel of information... I think it's time for me to sleep.
Actually, one last thing. I found an article today. It's about Zachary Levi. He's the guy who plays Chuck on Chuck. If you haven't already read it, I would STRONGLY recommend that you read it. And you should really just click on it here =D   It's a great article!

I'm going to go to sleep now. Hope you had a nice Saturday :)

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