On loving strangers and foreigners

Romans 12:13-16:

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another.

Hebrews 13:1-2:

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

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He sits in ambush in the villages
In hiding places he murders the innocent
He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
He has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
Forget not the afflicted.

But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
That you may take it into your hands;
To you the helpless commits himself;

Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
Forget not the afflicted.

O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
You will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
Forget not the afflicted.

from Psalm 10

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God’s Everlasting Love

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn?

Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;

we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:31-39 ESV

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Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl using the bathroom?

Because the pee is silent.

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God shows us his love

 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. Romans 5:7-9 ESV

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What weighs 400 pounds and flies?

Two 200-pound canaries.

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How to respond to Satan’s accusations

“Satan accuses Christians day and night. It is not just that he will work on our conscience to make us feel as dirty, guilty, defeated, destroyed, weak, and ugly as he possibly can; it is something worse: his entire play in the past is to accuse us before God day and night, bringing charges against us that we know we can never answer before  the majesty of God’s holiness.

What can we say in response? Will our defense be, ‘Oh, I’m not that bad?’ You will never beat Satan that way. Never. What you must say is, ‘Satan, I’m even worse than you think, but God loves me anyway. He has accepted me because of the blood of the Lamb.’”

— D. A. Carson, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus

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