In the middle of its first year-long retreat cycle, the Way of the Spirit program is looking ahead to 2013.
Three retreats over a year's time will empower Spirit-led service within and beyond faith communities in the Pacific… Continue
Added by Christine Betz Hall on 5th mo. 31, 2012 at 7:21pm —
Summer is coming and there will be a few weeks - about three - in late June and July when I will not be able to post daily Bible reading notes. So, in order not to lose my place in the schedule I am following, I will be posting two days of reading each day through June 23rd and then pick up with it again on July 16th.
2 Kings 4 – The widow of one of the company of prophets comes to Elisha and tells him that a creditor is trying to take her two children… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 31, 2012 at 8:12am —
I’m in the process of transferring an old, inherited Bible study blog to wordpress.
That’s Reading The Light Through the Pages. It was started by a Quaker but has always been open to a range of comments and contributors.
As the last active participant from the old site, I intend to aggressively recruit new people, likewise from a wide range, but with the… Continue
Added by Forrest Curo on 5th mo. 31, 2012 at 12:35am —
2 Kings 3 – Joram [or Jehoram in some versions], Ahab’s son, becomes king in Samaria and reigns 12 years [Jerusalem Bible notes says it was really only eight years—849 to 842 BC]. He did what was evil “though not like his father and mother, for he removed the pillar of Baal that his father had made” (3:2). Still, he “clung to the sin of Jeroboam” (3:3). It doesn’t say how – golden calves? high places?
King Mesha of Moab, a sheep breeder, used to… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 30, 2012 at 6:57am —
2 Kings 2 – The Lord is “about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind” (2:1). They are on their way from Gilgal. Elijah tells Elisha to wait for him, that he has been told to go to Bethel, but Elisha refuses to leave him. In Bethel, a group of prophets comes out and tells Elisha that Elijah will be taken up. Elisha says he knows, that they should keep silent.
They go on in the same pattern to Jericho and there they again meet prophets who say the same thing. Then… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 29, 2012 at 8:11am —
New Blog post on Plain Speech over on WordPress:
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Added by Bruce R. Arnold on 5th mo. 28, 2012 at 4:30pm —
Introduction to 2 Kings: The original scrolls of what we call 1 and 2 Kings did not make any division. Together, they tell the story of the kingdom’s division after Solomon’s death, around 931 BC, and the series of kings who ruled over the northern kingdom (Israel) and the southern kingdom (Judah). 2 Kings picks up the story around 853 BC with the rule of Ahaziah in the north and the continued rule of Jehoshaphat in the south. It will take us to the final… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 28, 2012 at 6:30am —
I wasn’t given
a savage tongue
to savage people
but to wake them up
If you’re happy in your nightmare
close your earlids tight because
there’s so much for you
to look forward to.
is a figment; rationality
is a figment; the Gotcha God
ain’t gonna get you but
the music’s getting scary and
mistakes have been made;
The Judgment is now; settle
out of court; cop a plea;…
Added by Forrest Curo on 5th mo. 27, 2012 at 12:40am —
1 Kings 22 - Israel and Syria (Aram) continue at war. Jehoshaphat of Judah, Asa’s son and another good king, comes to confer with Ahab; he wants their help in reclaiming Ramoth-gilead from the Syrians. JB note says this town was captured by the Syrians (same as Aramaeans) during or before the reign of David and had not been handed back in the Treaty of Aphek (chapter 20).
Jehoshaphat agrees, but wants Ahab first to consult the Lord. Ahab gathers 400 of the Lord’s… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 26, 2012 at 8:08am —
In the news recently, two events catch my attention -- especially in relation to one another and to Indiana Yearly Meeting’s misguided Minutes on Homosexuality .
In New Jersey, Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail, plus 300 hours of community service, a counseling program related to cyber-bullying, a $10,000 fine to be donated to a group that assists victims of bias crimes, and three years probation. In 2010, Ravi had surreptitiously… Continue
Added by Doug Bennett on 5th mo. 25, 2012 at 8:11am —
1 Kings 21 - Naboth the Jezreelite has a vineyard next to Ahab’s palace. Ahab wants it for a vegetable garden and tells Naboth he will pay for it; but Naboth does not want to sell it. It is his family’s ancestral home. Ahab becomes “resentful and sullen” again over this and will not eat (21:4). Jezebel can’t understand why he doesn’t just take the land. “Do you now govern Israel?” (21:7) So she decides she will handle the matter. She plans to have Naboth falsely… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 25, 2012 at 8:00am —
Yesterday, I attended a volunteer tea at my daughter’s elementary school. It was the last chance since she will graduate sixth grade next week. I’d been once before and skipped a few years. However, this time, I wanted to savor the last invitation.…
Added by Cathy Barney on 5th mo. 25, 2012 at 6:00am —
At the end of last year, a man began arriving every First Day at our Meeting. I noticed him because he kept plain dress. As is true with many houses of worship these days, the preferred style of clothing for most of us is casual. The tall, bearded man I saw downstairs prior to First Hour was… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 24, 2012 at 9:30am —
1 Kings 20 – It is around 868 BC. Ben-hadad II, is king of Syria (Aram). He gathers 32 kings [Jerusalem Bible note says they were princely vassals] to march against the kingdom of Israel under king Ahab’s rule.
He sends a message to Ahab saying, “Your silver and gold are mine; you may keep your wives and children.” This is the Jerusalem Bible translation. The NRSV version is, “Your silver and gold are mine; your fairest wives and children also are mine”… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 24, 2012 at 8:29am —
Active obedience: those were the words that latched onto my heart and brain from Sunday’s message during worship.
Added by Cathy Barney on 5th mo. 23, 2012 at 11:56am —
1 Kings 19 – When Ahab tells Jezebel what Elijah did to all the prophets of Baal, she sends a threatening note to Elijah, and he becomes afraid. He flees to Beersheba, goes past there and into the wilderness. He asks God to let him die: “O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors” (19:4). An angel appears and encourages him to eat—leaves him a cake and some water. A second time the angel comes and tells him to eat again “otherwise the journey will be too much… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 23, 2012 at 7:59am —
1 Kings 18 – Three years after the drought begins, the Lord sends Elijah to Ahab. Now Ahab’s man in care of the palace is Obadiah, a man who reveres the Lord greatly; he has hidden 100 of the Lord’s prophets in a cave to protect them from Jezebel, who wants to kill them.
Ahab goes off with Obadiah in search of grass to sustain his horses and mules; they go off in different directions to look. Obadiah meets Elijah and recognizes him. and tells him to go and… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 22, 2012 at 8:42am —
This week's message from Paul Bock discussed the church at Antioch in the biblical book of Acts, and included an invitation for us to try communal prayer and fasting.
Added by Cherice on 5th mo. 21, 2012 at 5:55pm —
1 Kings 16 – For modern readers, the cast of characters in Kings can be very challenging. We have Ahijah the prophet from Shiloh – a good man who prophesies against Jeroboam and his line because of their unfaithfulness to the one God. Then there is the Ahijah from the tribe of Issachar – a different man apparently – whose son Baasha takes over the northern kingdom and has all of Jeroboam’s line killed. It is tempting to think they might have been related Ahijahs but… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 21, 2012 at 8:46am —
1 Kings 15 – In Judah, Abijah (also called Abijam) takes over and reigns for three years. “He committed all the sins that his father did before him; his heart was not true to the Lord his God, like the heart of his father David” (15:3). It is for David’s sake (memory of his devotion) that the monarchy is permitted to continue. The writer speaks of how David pleased the Lord in everything except the “matter of Uriah the Hittite” (15:5). This last “gloss,” the Jerusalem Bible… Continue
Added by Irene Lape on 5th mo. 19, 2012 at 8:05am —