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Bible Reading: Proverbs 1.20-33

Wisdom shouts in the street, Shelifts her voice in the square; At the head of the noisystreetsshe cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings: "How long, Onaive ones, will you lovebeing simple-minded? Andscoffers delight themselves in scoffing And foolshate knowledge? "Turn to my reproof, Behold, I willpour out my spirit on you; I will make m...

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Bible Reading: John 8.12; 9.5

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,"I am the Light of the world;he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." John 8.12 "While I am in the world, I amthe Light of the world." John 9.5 In today's verses, Jesus declares His divinity and His redemptive purpose and made a promise to His followers. Jesus' words: "I am the light of the ...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 4.1-3

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of whic...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.15-17

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 Jo...

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Bible Reading: James 4.11-12

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But youwho are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:11-12 James repe...

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Bible Reading: James 3.5-8

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and bir...

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Bible Reading: James 2.5-9

Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called? If, however, you are fulfilling the royal ...

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Bible Reading: James 1.9-11

But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. Jame...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 24.15-17

2 Samuel 24.15-17 So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time, and seventy thousand men of the people from Dan to Beersheba died. When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, "It is enough! Now relax your hand!" And the angel ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 20.13-26

2 Samuel 20.13-26As soon as he was removed from the highway, all the men passed on after Joab to pursue Sheba the son of Bichri. Now he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel, even Beth-maacah, and all the Berites; and they were gathered together and also went after him. They came and besieged him in Abel Beth-maacah, and they cast up a siege ramp against the city, ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 17.1-14

2 Samuel 17.1-14 Furthermore, Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Please let me choose 12,000 men that I may arise and pursue David tonight. I will come upon him while he is weary and exhausted and terrify him, so that all the people who are with him will flee. Then I will strike down the king alone, and I will bring back all the people to you. The return of everyone depends on t...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 14.1-20

2 Samuel 14.1-20 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived thatthe king's heartwas inclinedtoward Absalom.So Joab sent toTekoa andbrought a wise woman from there and said to her, "Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning garments now, and do notanoint yourself with oil, but be like a woman who has been mourning for the dead many days;then go to the king and speak to...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 11.26-27

2 Samuel 11.26-27 Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord. Our first verse turns attention to Bathsheba after Uriah has been ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 6.12-23

2 Samuel 6.12-23 Now it was told King David, saying, "TheLordhas blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God."David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom intothe city of David with gladness.And so it was, that when thebearers of the ark of theLordhad gone six paces, he sacrificed anox and a fatling.AndDa...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 1.17-27

2 Samuel 1:17-27 Then Davidchanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son,and he toldthemto teach the sons of Judahthe song ofthe bow; behold, it is written inthe book of Jashar."Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How have the mighty fallen! "Tellitnot in Gath, Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, Orthe daughters of the Philistines will re...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 26.1-12

1 Samuel 26.1-12 Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, "Is not David hiding on the hill of Hachilah,which isbeforeJeshimon?"So Saul arose and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having with himthree thousand chosen men of Israel, to search for David in the wilderness of Ziph.Saul camped in the hill of Hachilah, which is beforeJeshimon,beside the road, and Davi...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 23.1-14

1 Samuel 23.1-14 Then they told David, saying, "Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are plundering the threshing floors." So David inquired of the Lord, saying, "Shall I go and attack these Philistines?" And the Lord said to David, "Go and attack the Philistines and deliver Keilah." But David's men said to him, "Behold, we are afraid here in Judah. How ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 16.12-23

1 Samuel 16.12-23 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the Lord said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he." Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. Now the Spirit...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 13.1-14

Saul wasthirtyyears old when he began to reign, and he reignedforty two years over Israel. Now Saul chose for himself 3,000 men of Israel, of which 2,000 were with Saul inMichmash and in the hill country of Bethel, while 1,000 were with Jonathan atGibeah of Benjamin. But he sent away the rest of the people, each to his tent.Jonathan smotethe garrison of the Philistines th...

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Bible Reading: Luke 1.46-56

And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. "For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. "For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name. "And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him. "He has ...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 2.9-11

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 In December in the midst of the consumerism arou...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 148.1-14

Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord from the heavens;Praise Him in the heights!Praise Him, all His angels;Praise Him, all His hosts!Praise Him, sun and moon;Praise Him, all stars of light!Praise Him, highest heavens,And the waters that are above the heavens!Let them praise the name of the Lord,For He commanded and they were created.He has also established them forever and ever...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 10.17-27

1 Samuel 10.17-27 Thereafter Samuel called the people together to the Lord at Mizpah; and he said to the sons of Israel, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, 'I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the power of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.' But you have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 7.1-6

1 Samuel 7.1-6 And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took the ark of the Lord and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the Lord. From the day that the ark remained at Kiriath-jearim, the time was long, for it was twenty years; and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. Then Samuel spoke to all the ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.18-21

1 Samuel 2.18-21 Now Samuel was ministering before the Lord, as a boy wearing a linen ephod. And his mother would make him a little robe and bring it to him from year to year when she would come up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, "May the Lord give you children from this woman in place of the one she dedica...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 146

Psalm 146Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord, O my soul!I will praise the Lord while I live;I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.Do not trust in princes,In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;In that very day his thoughts perish.How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,Whose hope is in the Lord his God,Wh...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 138

Psalm 138 I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods. I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. All the kings of the ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 127

Psalm 127 Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arr...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.161-168

Psalm 119.161-168 Princes persecute me without cause, But my heart stands in awe of Your words. I rejoice at Your word, As one who finds great spoil. I hate and despise falsehood, But I love Your law. Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous ordinances. Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble. I hope for Your ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.89-96

Psalm 119.89-96 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances, For all things are Your servants. If Your law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, Fo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.17-24

Psalm 119.17-24 Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me. My soul is crushed with longing After Your ordinances at all times. You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed, Who wander from Your commandments. Take...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 112

Psalm 112 Praise the Lord!How blessed is the man who fears the Lord,Who greatly delights in His commandments.His descendants will be mighty on earth;The generation of the upright will be blessed.Wealth and riches are in his house,And his righteousness endures forever.Light arises in the darkness for the upright;He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.It is well with...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 103

Psalm 103 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. The Lord performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 94

Psalm 94 O Lord, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth! Rise up, O Judge of the earth, Render recompense to the proud. How long shall the wicked, O Lord, How long shall the wicked exult? They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves. They crush Your people, O Lord, And afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 85

Psalm 85 Lord, you werefavorable to your land; yourestored the fortunes of Jacob. Youforgave the iniquity of your people; youcovered all their sin.Selah You withdrew all your wrath; youturned from your hot anger. Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generat...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 76

Psalm 76 God isknown in Judah; His name isgreat in Israel. Histabernacle is inSalem; Hisdwelling place also is in Zion. There Hebroke the flaming arrows, The shield and the sword and theweapons of war. Selah. You are resplendent, More majestic than the mountains of prey. Thestouthearted were plundered, They sank into sleep; And none of the warriors could use his hands....

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Bible Reading: Psalm 67

Psalm 67 God be gracious to us andbless us, Andcause His face to shineupon usSelah. ThatYour way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let thepeoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Let thenations be glad and sing for joy; For You willjudge the peoples with uprightness Andguide the nations on the earth.Selah. Let thepeoples prais...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 59

Psalms 59 (Please read from your bible.) Today's psalm was written by David as King Saul was seeking to kill him. Much of the injustice in my own life is of my own making, but David was righteous in this regard, never seeking a short cut to put himself over Saul as God's designated king of Israel, even though Saul regularly treated him unfairly. It is our nature to be an...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 50

Psalm 50 (Text not provided. Please read from your Bible) Every year the president gives the State of the Union address. It was originally designed to be a message for congress but with the advent of television it has become another way for the president to speak to the country at large. Leading up to the speech, many pundits try to guess the content and tone of the speec...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 40

Psalm 40I waited patiently for the Lord;And He inclined to me and heard my cry.He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;Many will see and fearAnd will trust in the Lord.How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,And has ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 29

Psalm 29Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty,Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name;Worship the Lord in holy array.The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;The God of glory thunders,The Lord is over many waters.The voice of the Lord is powerful,The voice of the Lord is majestic.The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;Yes, ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 19

Psalm 19The heavens are telling of the glory of God;And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.Day to day pours forth speech,And night to night reveals knowledge.There is no speech, nor are there words;Their voice is not heard.Their line has gone out through all the earth,And their utterances to the end of the world.In them He has placed a tent for the sun,Which ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 10

Psalm 10Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted;Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire,And the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord.The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him.All his thoughts are, "The...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 13.1-4

This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses. I have previously said when present the second time, and though now absent I say in advance to those who have sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that if I come again I will not spare anyone, since you are seeking for proof of the Christ who spea...

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Bible Reading: Revelation 19.11-16

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armi...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 5.11-15

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 1.12-14

For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you. For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand until the end; just as you also partially did understan...

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Bible Reading: Titus 2.11-15

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself...

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Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2.1-4

Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes fi...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.12-15

But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1.9-10

For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 In today's passage Paul commends the new believers in Thessalonica for living out t...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 3.1-9

This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own...

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Bible Reading: Jude 5-16

Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe. And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 19.1-16

Then the second lot fell to Simeon, to the tribe of the sons of Simeon according to their families, and their inheritance was in the midst of the inheritance of the sons of Judah. So they had as their inheritance Beersheba or Sheba and Moladah, and Hazar-shual and Balah and Ezem, and Eltolad and Bethul and Hormah, and Ziklag and Beth-marcaboth and Hazar-susah, and Beth-leb...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 13.15-33

So Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of the sons of Reuben according to their families. Their territory was from Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of the Arnon, with the city which is in the middle of the valley and all the plain by Medeba; Heshbon, and all its cities which are on the plain: Dibon and Bamoth-baal and Beth-baal-meon, and Jahaz and Kedemoth and ...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 9.16-27

It came about at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were neighbors and that they were living within their land. Then the sons of Israel set out and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon and Chephirah and Beeroth and Kiriath-jearim. The sons of Israel did not strike them because the leaders...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 5.10-12

While the sons of Israel camped at Gilgal they observed the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Jericho. On the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the so...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 2.1-14

Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." So they went and came into the house of a harlot whose name was Rahab, and lodged there. It was told the king of Jericho, saying, "Behold, men from the sons of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land." And the king of Jericho sent word to Ra...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 5.7-15

You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still ...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 3.26-29

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise. G...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 1.10-12

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 4.2-4

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Colossians 4.2-4 It's summer time. Many of us schedule vac...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 2.16-23

Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated wi...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 3.7-11

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own de...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 1.21-26

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. Convinced of this, I know that ...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 6.5-9

Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 4.32-5.2

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 4.32-5:2The management guru Malcolm Gladwell has said that we must "delibe...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 3.14-21

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend w...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 1.15-21

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart...

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Bible Reading: Romans 15.7-13

Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, "Therefore I will give praise to You among the Gentiles, and I will sing to Your na...

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Bible Reading: John 13.5-13

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, "Lord, do You wash my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter." Peter said to Him, "Never shall You wash my feet!" Jesus answered h...

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Bible Reading: Romans 14.1-4

Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge...

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Bible Reading: Romans 11.17-24

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be g...

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Bible Reading: Romans 9.14-18

What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I raised you up, to d...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.22-25

For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes fo...

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Bible Reading: Romans 7.4-6

Likewise, my brothers, you have also died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, havin...

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Bible Reading: Romans 6.1-7

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the g...

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Bible Reading: Romans 3.31-4.3

Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law. What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousnes...

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Bible Reading: Romans 2.12-16

For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselv...

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Bible Reading: Romans 1.17

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "But the righteous man shall live by faith." Romans 1:17 In today's verse, Paul continues in his exposition of the gospel and how it justifies us (making us right before God), including a quote from Habakkuk 2:4 "the righteous man shall live by faith." For background, God used Habakkuk ...

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Bible Reading: Acts 27.39-28.6

When day came, they could not recognize the land; but they did observe a bay with a beach, and they resolved to drive the ship onto it if they could. And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders; and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach. But striking a reef where two...

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Bible Reading: Acts 23.23-35

And he called to him two of the centurions and said, "Get two hundred soldiers ready by the third hour of the night to proceed to Caesarea, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen." They were also to provide mounts to put Paul on and bring him safely to Felix the governor. And he wrote a letter having this form: "Claudius Lysias, to the most excellent governor Felix...

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Bible Reading: Acts 20.13-24

But we, going ahead to the ship, set sail for Assos, intending from there to take Paul on board; for so he had arranged it, intending himself to go by land. And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene. Sailing from there, we arrived the following day opposite Chios; and the next day we crossed over to Samos; and the day following we came to Milet...

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Bible Reading: Acts 17.22-34

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in...

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Bible Reading: Acts 15.1-11

Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue. Therefore, ...

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Bible Reading: Acts 12.6-11

On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter's side and woke him up, saying, "Get up quickly." And his chains fell off his hands. ...

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Bible Reading: Acts 9.32-35

Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed." Immediately he got up. And all who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord...

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Bible Reading: Acts 7.35-43

"This Moses whom they disowned, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush. This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. This is the Moses who said to the sons of ...

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Bible Reading: Acts 5.12-16

At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's portico. But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem. And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number, to such an extent that the...

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Bible Reading: Acts 3.1-10

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he bega...

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Bible Reading: Philemon 8-16

Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is proper, yet for love's sake I rather appeal to yousince I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment, who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. I have ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 15.20-28

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over t...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.27-31

Now you are Christ's body and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 10.1-13

For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 7.25-31

Now concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you marry, you have not sin...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 4.8-13

You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you. For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Peter 4.1-6

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to doliving in debauchery, lust, drunkenness,...

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Bible Reading: 1 Peter 1.10-12

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now ha...

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Bible Reading: Nehemiah 12.27-43

Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps and lyres. So the sons of the singers were assembled from the district around Jerusalem, and from the villages...

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Bible Reading: Nehemiah 9.5-6

Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, "Arise, bless the Lord your God forever and ever! O may Your glorious name be blessed and exalted above all blessing and praise! "You alone are the Lord. You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and a...

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Bible Reading: John 13.5-13

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, "Lord, do You wash my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter." Peter said to Him, "Never shall You wash my feet!" Jesus answered h...

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Bible Reading: Nehemiah 5.6-11

Then I was very angry when I had heard their outcry and these words. I consulted with myself and contended with the nobles and the rulers and said to them, "You are exacting usury, each from his brother!" Therefore, I held a great assembly against them. I said to them, "We according to our ability have redeemed our Jewish brothers who were sold to the nations; now would yo...

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Bible Reading: Nehemiah 1.7-11

We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have bee...

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