God is….

            the LORD your God is in your midst,

      a mighty one who will save;

                  he will rejoice over you with gladness;

      he will quiet you by his love;

                  he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

With the news as it is recently you may be feeling a little bit unsettled, my prayer is that you may gain some comfort in God’s words through Zephaniah.

Who was Zephaniah.? He was a minor prophet in the who “probably prophesied around 630 BC.”[1]

He was prophesying to Judah as they were being raided by the Scythians. But it is important to note that “as Zephaniah prophesied in God’s name, he denounced the religious sins of Judah and the corruption rampant among both civil and religious authorities.”[2] So they were being attacked but were not innocent.

However, God does not leave them in their distress. Through Zephaniah he shows them that,” Punishment and fear will become things of the past, as God rescues his people from shame, handicap and exile. Israel will know herself truly secure and loved by God, and honoured by all the nations of the world.”[3]

When the world feels like an unsafe place, and worry begins to eat at you because you feel that you deserve it, remember that…

            the LORD your God is in your midst,

      a mighty one who will save;

                  he will rejoice over you with gladness;

      he will quiet you by his love;

                  he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17


[1] Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, “Zephaniah, Book Of,” Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 2191.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Andrew Knowles, The Bible Guide, 1st Augsburg books ed. (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001), 385.

Love one another

Don’t think I ever heard Jesus say…

Love your Neighbors…unless they are homeless..

Love your Neighbors…unless they are undocumented.

Love your Neighbors…unless they are different.

Love your Neighbors…unless they are not Christian.

Love your Neighbors…unless they are Muslim.

Love your Neighbors…unless they inconvenience you.

Love your Neighbors…unless they are Poor.

Love your Neighbors…unless they are asking for help.

I am constantly am seeing Christian brothers and sisters post things about things they don’t like and calling them “these people” as if they are repulsive. It is a way of dehumanizing others.

Jesus never UNLESS he said LOVE.YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. – Mark 12:31

and he also said

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40.

So the next time you are rejecting “these people” think about who you are rejecting!!

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,  I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’  Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’  Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” -Matthew 25:41-46