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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bible Verse Sunday #38, Grandma's Birthday, and Bible Quiz Team 2013-2014

Today's verse comes from The Spirit of America, a collection of Bible verses cataloged by topic. That verse is Isaiah 26:3:

"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you."

The ESV Study Bible has this to say about the verse:

"perfect peace. The peace described here is first the corporate peace of the city (v. 1) and the nation (v. 2) that comes from the "hand of the Lord" (25:10); but it is also the individual peace of the person whose mind is stayed on God. The source of such peace is the righteous, sovereign, saving God (25:9)- who "will swallow up death forever" and "will wipe away" every tear (25:8); cf Rev. 21:4), and who alone is worthy of trust. (On the meaning of peace in the OT and the NT, see note on John 14:27.)"

In church today the pastor in the main service talked about encouragement, specifically, the difference between encouragement and flattery. True encouragement should motivate, he said, and comes from the intersection of grace and truth. In the High School service, the youth pastor spoke from 1 Thessalonians 5, talking about what we are supposed to do as a church.

Yesterday was my paternal grandmother's 83rd birthday. We had a family gathering at my Aunt Amy's house, and we ate a lot of food. My mom brought some potato salad we had made, and we were allowed to bring home the leftover clam chowder. Mind you, I love clam chowder, but this one had some shell fragments in it, and let me tell you, there's few things worse than taking a bite out of clam chowder and getting that crunchy feeling against your molars. But I digress. We had a wonderful time and ate peach crisp for desert. Then we went home.

In other news, Bible Quiz Team is starting up again soon, and we're trying to step up our recruiting effort. One of our coaches told me that the best way to do that is to ask our friends if they want to sign up. I asked around and got a few possibles. I'm hoping we'll expand with a few recruiting posters, some speeches and some other stuff, we can get some more people on the team. Here's to many new members!