Okay, I haven’t posted in a week and for that I plead…well…I plead nothing. I’ve been doing other things. The video blog which is intended to supplement this one is going well. I’m posting every day which means I have no excuse for ignoring this one. I have actually finished the walk through the Beatitudes there and have moved on to the next section of the Sermon on the Mount. I do want to go back and make actual posts here that go along with the videos but honestly, that will take some time and I don’t have a lot of that this week. I will EVENTUALLY get that stuff caught up and figure out a way to link it all together. I may go back and add the link to each video in the corresponding post. We’ll see.
I just finished recording tomorrow’s video (it takes FOREVER to upload them) and it is on Matthew 5:14-16. Here is that passage in both the CSB and The Message.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (CSB)
14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. (The Message)
I made a comment in the video (which will post tomorrow) that there are three Newsboys references in that Peterson’s rendition of that passage. When I was filming I wasn’t sure when his version came out in relation to the two Newsboys’ albums referenced. Well, Not Ashamed came out a year before The Message NT was released and Going Public came out the year after. I wonder.
Anyways, I am going to get this thing back on track if you all will be patient with me. It may take me a week to get things in sync but that is my eventual goal.
May God our Father give you grace and peace.