The Spirit of the Matter
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Delivered By
Rev. Dr. Brent Hampton
Delivered On
November 8, 2015


Psalm 31:1-5
In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. 2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me. 3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name's sake lead me and guide me, 4 take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge. 5 Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.

Mark 12:38-44
12:38 As he taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like  to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect  in the marketplaces, 12:39 and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places  of honor at banquets! 12:40 They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance  say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation." 12:41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd  putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in  large sums. 12:42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which  are worth a penny. 12:43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I  tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those  who are contributing to the treasury. 12:44 For all of them have contributed out of their abundance;  but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had,  all she had to live on."

A Reading from the Non canonical Book of 2 Maccabees 11:1-7
Very soon after this, Lysias, the king's guardian and kinsman, who was in charge of the government, being vexed at what had happened, 2 gathered about eighty thousand infantry and all his cavalry and came against the Jews. He intended to make the city a home for Greeks, 3 and to levy tribute on the temple as he did on the sacred places of the other nations, and to put up the high priesthood for sale every year. 4 He took no account whatever of the power of God, but was elated with his ten thousands of infantry, and his thousands of cavalry, and his eighty elephants. 5 Invading Judea, he approached Beth-zur, which was a fortified place about five stadia from Jerusalem, and pressed it hard. 6 When Maccabeus and his men got word that Lysias was besieging the strongholds, they and all the people, with lamentations and tears, prayed the Lord to send a good angel to save Israel. 7 Maccabeus himself was the first to take up arms, and he urged the others to risk their lives with him to aid their kindred. Then they eagerly rushed off together.


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