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We all worship something; some worship laws, some worship politics and parties, some accept grace-given forgiveness and want to love others as we were loved

March 12, 2017

It’s as every bit relevant as it was then.

From Acts 17 (ESV)

Paul Addresses the Areopagus

22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27533AJ" data-link="(AJ)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>‘To the unknown god.’ <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27533AK" data-link="(AK)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>What therefore you worship <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27533AL" data-link="(AL)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27534AM" data-link="(AM)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>The God who made the world and everything in it, being <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27534AN" data-link="(AN)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>Lord of heaven and earth, <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27534AO" data-link="(AO)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>does not live in temples made by man,<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-ESV-27534c" data-link="[c]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[c25 nor is he served by human hands, <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27535AP" data-link="(AP)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>as though he needed anything, since he himself <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27535AQ" data-link="(AQ)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>gives to all mankind <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27535AR" data-link="(AR)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>life and breath and everything. 26 And <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27536AS" data-link="(AS)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>he made from one man every nation of mankind to live <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27536AT" data-link="(AT)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>on all the face of the earth, <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27536AU" data-link="(AU)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>having determined allotted periods and <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27536AV" data-link="(AV)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27537AW" data-link="(AW)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>that they should seek God, <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27537AX" data-link="(AX)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27537AY" data-link="(AY)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for

<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27538AZ" data-link="(AZ)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-ESV-27538d" data-link="[d]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[d]

as even some of <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27538BA" data-link="(BA)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-ESV-27538e" data-link="[e]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[e]

29 <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27539BB" data-link="(BB)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>Being then God’s offspring, <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27539BC" data-link="(BC)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27540BD" data-link="(BD)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>The times of ignorance <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27540BE" data-link="(BE)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>God overlooked, but <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27540BF" data-link="(BF)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>now he <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27540BG" data-link="(BG)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>commands all people everywhere to repent,31 because he has fixed <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27541BH" data-link="(BH)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>a day on which <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27541BI" data-link="(BI)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>he will judge the world <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27541BJ" data-link="(BJ)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27541BK" data-link="(BK)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>of this he has given assurance to all <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27541BL" data-link="(BL)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>by raising him from the dead.”

32 Now when they heard of <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27542BM" data-link="(BM)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>the resurrection of the dead, <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27542BN" data-link="(BN)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>some mocked. But others said, <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27542BO" data-link="(BO)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>“We will hear you again about this.” 33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-27544BP" data-link="(BP)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

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