Today's scripture is Genesis 6-8 and Luke 3
12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.
13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart:“Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
This covers John the Baptist and here is what John said as a crowd approached him:
“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
What a great greeting, and we see that John stands tall in his convictions. He has a sense of urgency cause Christ is coming and basically tells them to put up or shut up.
When the worst people approached him (of their time – tax collectors and soldiers) He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
Last year Thanksgiving took a hit as Black Friday now starts on Thursday as we give away more and more time with our families. Thanksgiving has become thanksgetting.
John also says, Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same. This made me think of Bono from US who is estimated to be worth 520,000,000. Who if he took half his worth, he could probably put a dent in hunger in Africa.
God Says “Good Job” to Jesus
When Christ is baptized God takes a second to say “I'm proud of you.” God is the only person who could say “I'm pleased in my son.” No matter what your title (Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Son, Daughter, Cousin, Uncle, Aunt, Boss). We need to look for the positive in people. We are so quick to find the negative. Help us to show your love, your patience to everyone we meet.
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