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  1. Michael says:

    “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
    They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
    I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.”
    Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!”
    (Psalms 82:1–8 ESV)

  2. Michael says:

    “Were the truth deeply fixed in the minds of kings and other judges, that they are appointed to be the guardians of the poor, and that a special part of this duty lies in resisting the wrongs which are done to them, and in repressing all unrighteous violence, perfect righteousness would become triumphant through the whole world.

    Whoever thinks it not beneath him to defend the poor, instead of allowing himself to be carried hither and thither by favor, will have a regard only to what is right. We may farther learn from this passage, that although magistrates may not be solicited for succor, they are accounted guilty before God of negligence, if they do not, of their own accord, succor those who stand in need of their interference. When iniquity openly prevails, and when, on account of it, sighs and lamentations are everywhere heard, it is in vain for them to pretend that they cannot redress wrongs, unless complaints are addressed to them. Oppression utters a sufficiently loud cry of itself; and if the judge, sitting on a high watch-tower, seems to take no notice of it, he is here plainly warned, that such connivance shall not escape with impunity.”

    John Calvin on Psalm 82

  3. Em says:

    Reading Michael’s two posted here and TGIF and realizing that there isn’t much else to say…
    But God’s Word is full of affirmations – there is a great house cleaning ahead… In the meantime, lets lay the blame where it belongs – on the devil… why God chose to create man, set in motion this scenario we can only guess, but as another post this week highlighted, if there was anither, better way God would not be letting this scenario play out.
    Can we groan and praise simultaneously? The devil doesn’t think so and that indicates to me that we can…
    Praise the Name of the most high God ! ?

  4. Em says:

    Chewing on a comment made by one of my grandsons:
    “Demographic is destiny”
    So logical…. humanly soeaking, but Church? hmmm – sobering thot

  5. Dan from Georgia says:

    Literally like a half-minute ago a co-worker walked behind me and said “Phoenix Preacher! …. I like the sound of that!”

  6. Michael says:

    You must work with people of good taste… 🙂

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