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Word for the Day

Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech, For I dwell among the tents of Kedar! Too long has my soul had its dwelling With those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, They are for war. (Psalm 120:5-7)

Pastor Spencer - In the Middle East of ancient times, Meshech was located in what is today Turkey, and Kedar was a tribe of nomads in what is modern Saudi Arabia. The people of Meshech were gentiles - non-Semites, while those of Kedar descended from Ishmael. However, both were enemies of the Old Testament Jews. The writer could not possibly be living with both these people as their territories were thousands of miles apart. Rather, he is using them as examples. What he is actually saying is that living among the professed Believers of his day and place was just like living among heathen unbelievers! As hard as it would be for a true child of Abraham to live among pagan gentiles, it was even more difficult for such a person to life among those who said they were Believers, but acted totally different! Believers today must not only live with unbelievers but also with professed Believers who live like unbelievers. Paul sometimes compared the Christians of his day with out-and-out gentiles. (see First Corinthians 5 and Ephesians 4) After almost forty years of ministry, I am convinced that most of the problems in Christian families and churches are caused by those who profess a love of Christ and His Word, but do not really listen to Him, and put into practice what He teaches - especially when it comes to love, patience, self-sacrifice, and forgiveness. Far too many Christians are not humble peacemakers but arrogant warmakers. Until The Gospel changes them, true Believers must be all the more patient and prayerful. This is the way of God. This is the way Joseph dealt with his brothers, the way David dealt with King Saul, and the way Jesus dealt with His enemies. Let us all go and do likewise!

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Service Times & Map

Sunday

Adult Bible Time: 9:00 AM

Children's Bible Time: 9:00 AM

Worship: 10:25 AM

Fellowship: 11:30 AM


Tuesday

Bible Break 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM


Wednesday Worship for Advent 12/7 to 12/21

6:00 PM - Light Supper

7:00 PM - Vesper Service

Trinity Orthodox Lutheran Church
4422 Snyder Boulevard
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
P: (520) 458-5897

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