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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.18-21

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. But you have an ano...

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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: 1 John 2.12-14

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who ...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.7-11

Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. The one who says he is in the Light and ...

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Bible Reading 1 John 2.3-6

By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the sa...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.1-2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2 The first purpose for John writings this was found in 1 John 1:4 "These things we writ...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 1.8-10

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 1 John 1.8-10 Just as in John's day, we are confronted with people that attempt to mini...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 1.5-7

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us fr...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 1.1-4

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you ...

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Bible Reading: James 5.19-20

My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5.19-20 We have all lost our way a time or two (Guys, blame Google maps if you want). When have you come the closest to wandering from the faith? What or who he...

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Bible Reading: James 5.13-18

Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, th...

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Bible Reading: James 5.12

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath;but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. James 5.12 James here calls for simple, straightforward and honest speech. People of integrity have no need to swear by elaborate oaths to convince others of their truthfulness. Nor should they s...

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Bible Reading: James 5.7-11

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is sta...

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Bible Reading: James 5.1-6

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed you...

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Bible Reading: James 4.13-17

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this and that." But as i...

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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 4.6-10

But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourni...

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Bible Reading: James 4.2-5

You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to ...

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Bible Reading: James 4.1-2

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. James 4:1-2 Have you ever asked, maybe just to yourself: How did this conversation go so bad? or How did ...

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Bible Reading: James 3.17-18

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18 Our preceding verses talk about a worldly wisdom that only creates envy, ambition and strife. In other words it harms our relationships. ...

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Bible Reading: James 3.13-16

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is d...

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Bible Reading: James 3.9-12

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water ...

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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 3.1-5

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships als...

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Bible Reading: James 2.21-26

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness," and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justifie...

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Bible Reading: James 2.18-20

But someone may well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works." You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? James 2:18-20 When reading the book of James, it might seem at...

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Bible Reading: James 2.14-17

What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being b...

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Bible Reading: James 2.13

For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2.13 Mercy is victorious over judgment. That is truly the great victor cry of the redeemed in Christ. As we look forward to future grace we know that when we see the Lord, mercy will reign for believers and judgment becomes a time when eternal rewards are given, for our judgm...

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Bible Reading: James 2.10-12

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not commit murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:10-12 In 2012, a Neurol...

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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 2.1-4

My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say ...

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Bible Reading: James 1.26-27

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit the orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:26-27 In our devotion today we are reminded of the connectio...

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Bible Reading: James 1.21-25

Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doer of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at ...

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Bible Reading: James 1.19-20

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20 A simple way to remember these wise words: God has blessed us with one mouth and two ears; therefore we should listen twice as much as we speak. This scripture reminds us listening is an acti...

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Bible Reading: James 1.17-18

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. James 1:17-18 If you've ever taken a trip to a high arid place far away from our populou...

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Bible Reading: James 1.13-16

Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. James 1:13-16 ...

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Bible Reading: James 1.12

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1.12 James has already exhorted us to consider it all joy when we face all types of trials. Now he speaks of happiness belonging to one who sticks with their commitment to Jesus under the trials of life. Jam...

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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: James 1.5-8

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable ...

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Bible Reading: James 1.1

James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. James 1.1 Could you imagine being the earthly brother of Jesus? That was the case for James, but for James it was of most importance to declare that he was a bond-servant of Jesus. What they were in the flesh was not what James purposed to know, but instead...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 24.18-25

2 Samuel 24.18-25So Gad came to David that day and said to him, "Go up, erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite." 19David went up according to the word of Gad, just as the Lord had commanded. 20Araunah looked down and saw the king and his servants crossing over toward him; and Araunah went out and bowed his face to the ground before the ki...

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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 24.1-14

2 Samuel 24.1-14 Now again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, "Go, number Israel and Judah." 2 The king said to Joab the commander of the army who was with him, "Go about now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and register the people, that I may know the number of the people." 3 But Joab said to the ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 23.24-39

2 Samuel 23.24-39Asahel the brother of Joab was among the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 25Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, 26Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, 27Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, 28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, 29Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of G...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 23.8-23

2 Samuel 23.8-23These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains, he was called Adino the Eznite, because of eight hundred slain by him at one time; 9and after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there to battle and...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 23.1-7

2 Samuel 23.1-7 Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, the man who was raised on high declares, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, "The Spirit of theLordspoke by me, and His word was on my tongue. "The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, who rules in the f...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.31-51

2 Samuel 22.31-51 "As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. 32"For who is God, besides the Lord? And who is a rock, besides our God? 33"God is my strong fortress; And He sets the blameless in His way. 34"He makes my feet like hinds' feet, And sets me on my high places. 35"He trains my hands for battle, ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.21-30

2 Samuel 22:21-30TheLordhas rewarded me according to my righteousness;According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me."For I have kept the ways of theLord,And have not acted wickedly against my God."For all His ordinanceswerebefore me,Andas forHis statutes, I did not depart from them."I was also blameless toward Him,And I kept myself from my iniquity."Therefor...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.5-20

2 Samuel 22:5-20The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 6The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. 7"In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. 8The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they tre...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.1-4

2 Samuel 22.1-4David sangto theLordthe words of this song when theLord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.2He said: "TheLordis my rock,my fortressand my deliverer; 3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold,my refuge andmy savior from violent people you save me.4"I called to ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 21.15-22

2 Samuel 21:15-22 Now whenthe Philistines were at war again with Israel, David went down and his servants with him; and as they fought against the Philistines, David became weary.16Then Ishbi-benob, who wasamong the descendants of thegiant, the weight of whose spear was three hundredshekelsof bronze in weight,was girded with a newsword, and heintended to kill David.17ButAb...

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Biblel Reading: 2 Samuel 21.1-14

2 Samuel 21.1-14 Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David sought the presence of the Lord. And the Lord said, "It is for Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death." 2So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites,...

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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 20.1-12

2 Samuel 20.1-12 Now a worthless fellow happened to be there whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite; and he blew the trumpet and said, "We have no portion in David, Nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse; Every man to his tents, O Israel!" 2 So all the men of Israel withdrew from following David and followed Sheba the son of Bichri; but the men of Jud...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 19.24-43

2 Samuel 19.24-43 Then Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king; and he had neither cared for his feet, nor trimmed his mustache, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came home in peace. 25It was when he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, "Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?" 26So he answ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 19.8-23

2 Samuel 19.8-23 So the king arose and sat in the gate. When they told all the people, saying, "Behold, the king is sitting in the gate," then all the people came before the king. Now Israel had fled, each to his tent.All the people were quarreling throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and saved us from the hand of...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 19.1-7

2 Samuel 19.1-7Then it was told Joab, "Behold, the king is weeping and mourns for Absalom." 2The victory that day was turned to mourning for all the people, for the people heard it said that day, "The king is grieved for his son." 3So the people went by stealth into the city that day, as people who are humiliated steal away when they flee in battle. 4The king covered his f...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 18.19-33

2 Samuel 18:19-33Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, "Please let me run and bring the king news that theLordhas1freed him from the hand of his enemies." But Joab said to him, "You are not the man to carry news this day, but you shall carry news another day; however, you shall carry no news today because the king's son is dead." Then Joab said to the Cushite, "Go, tell the ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 18.1-18

2 Samuel 18.1-18 Then David numbered the people who were with him and set over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. 2David sent the people out, one third under the command of Joab, one third under the command of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and one third under the command of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the people, "I myself wi...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 17.15-29

2 Samuel 17:15-29Then Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, "This is what Ahithophel counseled Absalom and the elders of Israel, and this is what I have counseled. 16Now therefore, send quickly and tell David, saying, 'Do not spend the night at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means cross over, or else the king and all the people who are with him will be...

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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 16.15-23

2 Samuel 16:15-23 Then Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, entered Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.16Now it came about whenHushai the Archite, David's friend, came to Absalom, thatHushai said to Absalom, "Longlive the king!Long live the king!"17Absalom said to Hushai, "Is this yourloyalty to your friend?Why did you not go with your friend?"18Then Hushai said ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 16.5-14

2 Samuel 16.5-14 When King David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out cursing continually as he came.He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were at his right hand and at his left.Thus Shimei said when ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 16.1-4

2 Samuel 16.1-4 Now when David had passed a little beyond the summit, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred clusters of raisins, a hundred summer fruits, and a jug of wine. 2 The king said to Ziba, "Why do you have these?" And Ziba said, "The donkeys are for the king's hous...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 15.30-37

2 Samuel 15.30-37 And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot. Then all the people who were with him each covered his head and went up weeping as they went. 31Now someone told David, saying, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom." And David said, "O Lord, I pray, make the counsel of ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 15.13-29

2 Samuel 15:13-29Then a messenger came to David, saying, "The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom." 14David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, "Arise and let us flee, for otherwise none of us will escape from Absalom. Go in haste, or he will overtake us quickly and bring down calamity on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword." 15T...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 15.1-12

2 Samuel 15.1-12 Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him. 2Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate; and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, "From what city are you?" And he would say, "Your servant is from one of t...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 14.21-33

2 Samuel 14.21-33Then the king said to Joab, "Behold now, I will surely do this thing; go therefore, bring back the young man Absalom." Joab fell on his face to the ground, prostrated himself and blessed the king; then Joab said, "Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, O my lord, the king, in that the king has performed the request of his servant."...

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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 13-23-39

2 Samuel 13:23-39Now it came about after two full years that Absalomhad sheepshearers in Baal-hazor, which is near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king's sons. 24Absalom came to the king and said, "Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers; please let the king and his servants go with your servant."25But the king said to Absalom, "No, my son, we should not all go, fo...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 13.1-22

2 Samuel 13:1-22Now it was after this that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar, and Amnon the son of David loved her. 2Amnon was so frustrated because of his sister Tamar that he made himself ill, for she was a virgin, and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her. 3But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, Davi...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12.26-31

2 Samuel 12.26-31 Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royal city. 27 Joab sent messengers to David and said, "I have fought against Rabbah, I have even captured the city of waters. 28 Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and camp against the city and capture it, or I will capture the city myself and it will be named after m...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12.24-25

2 Samuel 12.24-25Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her; and she gave birth to a son, and he named him Solomon. Now the Lord loved him 25and sent word through Nathan the prophet, and he named him Jedidiah for the Lord's sake. I love the simplicity of the words of this hymn that speaks of God's grace, Grace, grace, God's grace, Grace ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12.15-23

2 Samuel 12.15b-23Then the Lord struck the child that Uriah's widow bore to David, so that he was very sick. 16 David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground. 17The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them. 18Then it hap...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12.7-15

2 Samuel 12.7-15 Nathan then said to David, "You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel, 'It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8I also gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you m...

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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 11-6.25

2 Samuel 11.6-25Then David sent to Joab,saying,"Send me Uriah the Hittite." So Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah came to him,David asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the people and the state of the war. Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet." And Uriah went out of the king'shouse, and a present from the king was sent out after him. B...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 11.1-5

2 Samuel 11:1-5Then it happenedin the spring, at the time when kings go outto battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon andbesieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. 2Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around onthe roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 10.1-19

2 Samuel 10:1-19Now it happened afterwards thatthe king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son became king in his place.2Then David said, "I will show kindness to Hanun the son ofNahash, just as his father showed kindness to me." So David sentsome of his servants to console him concerning his father. But when David's servants came to the land of the Ammonites,3the prince...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 9.1-13

2 Samuel 9.1-13 Then David said, "Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" 2Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" And he said, "I am your servant." 3The king said, "Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 8.1-18

2 Samuel 8:1-18Now after this it came about that David defeated the Philistines and subdued them; and David took control of the chief city from the hand of the Philistines. 2He defeated Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death and one full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to Dav...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 7.18-29

2 Samuel 7.18-29 Then David the king went in and sat before theLord, and he said, "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far? "And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O LordGod, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And this is the custom of man, O LordGod. "Again what more can David sa...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 7.1-17

2 Samuel 7.1-17 Now it came about when the king lived in his house, and the Lord had given him rest on every side from all his enemies, 2that the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains." 3Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with you." 4But in the same nigh...

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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 6.1-11

2 Samuel 6.1-11 Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim. 3They placed the ark of God on a new cart that they might bring it f...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 5.17-25

2 Samuel 5.17-25 When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; and when David heardof it,he went down to the stronghold. Now the Philistines came and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim.Then David inquired of theLord, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them into...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 5.1-16

2 Samuel 5.1-16 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, "Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2 Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the Lord said to you, 'You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.'" 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and Kin...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 4.1-12

2 Samuel 4:1-12 When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abnerhad died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.2Now Saul's son had two men who were leaders of raiding bands. One was named Baanah and the other Rekab; they were sons of Rimmon the Beerothite from the tribe of BenjaminBeerothis considered part of Benjamin,3because the people of Beeroth fled to...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 3.31-39

2 Samuel 3:31-39Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, "Tear your clothes and gird on sackcloth and lament before Abner." And King David walked behind the bier. 32Thus they buried Abner in Hebron; and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept. 33The king chanted a lament for Abner and said, "Should Abner ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 3.6-30

2 Samuel 3:6-30It came about while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David thatAbner was making himself strong in the house of Saul.7Now Saul had a concubine whose name wasRizpah, the daughter of Aiah; and[a]Ish-bosheth said to Abner, "Why have you gone in to my father's concubine?"8Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, "A...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 3.1-5

2 Samuel 3.1-5Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually. 2Sons were born to David at Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 3and his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, th...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 2.12-32

2 Samuel 2.12-32 Now Abner the son of Ner, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon with the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul. And Joab the son of Zeruiah and the servants of David went out and met them by the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, one on the one side of the pool and the other on the other side of the pool. Then Abner said to Joab, "Now let the young men arise ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 2.1-11

2 Samuel 2.1-11 Then it came about afterwards that David inquired of theLord, saying, "Shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah?" And theLord said to him, "Go up." So David said, "Where shall I go up?" And He said, "To Hebron."So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.And David brought up his me...

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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: 2 Samuel 1.1-16

2 Samuel 1.1-16Now it came about after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, that David remained two days in Ziklag. 2On the third day, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes torn and dust on his head. And it came about when he came to David that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself. 3Then David sai...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 31.1-13

1 Samuel 31.1-13Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel, and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2The Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines killed Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua the sons of Saul. 3The battle went heavily against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was badly wounded by th...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 30.21-31

1 Samuel 30.21-31 When David came to the two hundred men who were too exhausted to follow David, who had also been left at the brook Besor, and they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him, then David approached the people and greeted them. 22 Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, "Because they did not go with u...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 30.1-20

1 Samuel 30:1-20Then it happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; 2and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way. 3When David and his men cam...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 29.1-11

1 Samuel 29.1-11The Philistines gatheredall their forces at Aphek,and Israel camped by the spring in Jezreel.2As the Philistine rulers marched with their units of hundreds and thousands, David and his men were marching at the rearwith Achish.3The commanders of the Philistines asked, "What about these Hebrews?" Achish replied, "Is this not David,who was an officer of Saul k...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 28.1-25

1 Samuel 28.1-25 Now it came about in those days that the Philistines gathered their armed camps for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, "Know assuredly that you will go out with me in the camp, you and your men." 2David said to Achish, "Very well, you shall know what your servant can do." So Achish said to David, "Very well, I will make you [my bodygua...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 27.1-12

1 Samuel 27.1-12 Then David said to himself, "Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the Philistines. Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand."So David arose and crossed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achi...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 26.13-25

1 Samuel 26.13-25 Then David crossed over to theother side and stood on top of the mountain at a distancewitha large area between them. David called to the people and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, "Will you not answer, Abner?" Then Abner replied, "Who are you who calls to the king?" So David said to Abner, "Are you not a man? And who is like you in Israel? Why then have...

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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 25.43-44

1 Samuel 25.43-44David had also taken Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both became his wives. Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was from Gallim. One thing I love about scripture is that it hits both the highs and lows of people's lives. No doubt when you mention King David most people think of David's victory of Goliath that ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.43-44

1 Samuel 25.43-44David had also taken Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both became his wives. Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was from Gallim. One thing I love about scripture is that it hits both the highs and lows of people's lives. No doubt when you mention King David most people think of David's victory of Goliath that ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.32-42

1 Samuel 25:32-42Then David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, 33and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand. 34Nevertheless, as the Lord God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from harming you, unless you had come quickly to mee...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.18-31

1 Samuel 25:18-31Then Abigail hurried andtook two hundredloavesof bread and two jugs of wine and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loadedthemon donkeys.19She said to her young men, "Go on before me; behold, I am coming after you." But she did not tell her husband Nabal.20It ca...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.2-17

1 Samuel 25.2-17 Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel; and the man was very rich, and he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And it came about while he was shearing his sheep in Carmel 3 (now the man's name was Nabal, and his wife's name was Abigail. And the woman was intelligent and beautiful in appearance, but the man was harsh and evil in ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.1

1 Samuel 25.1 Then Samuel died; and all Israel gathered together and mourned for him, and buried him at his house in Ramah. And David arose and went down to the wilderness of Paran. This is a sad note to begin a new chapter Samuel dies. Life is short. We are not promised 70 years or even tomorrow. So, what will we do with our days that God has given us? Samuel lived a f...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 24.1-22

1 Samuel 24.1-22Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, "Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi."Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats.He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where therewasa cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now Davi...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 23.15-29

1 Samuel 23.15-29Now David became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. 16And Jonathan, Saul's son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God. 17Thus he said to him, "Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to y...

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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 22.1-23

1 Samuel 22:1-23So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father's household heard of it, they went down there to him. 2Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Now there were about four hundred men with him. 3And D...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 21.1-15

1 Samuel 21.1-15 Then David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest; and Ahimelech came trembling to meet David and said to him, "Why are you alone and no one with you?" David said to Ahimelech the priest, "The king has commissioned me with a matter and has said to me, 'Let no one know anything about the matter on which I am sending you and with which I have commissioned you; ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 20.30-42

1 Samuel 20:30-42Then Saul's anger burned against Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother's nakedness?31Foras long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Therefore now, send and bring him to...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 20.1-29

1 Samuel 20.1-29 Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said to Jonathan, "What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking my life?" 2 He said to him, "Far from it, you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me. So why should my father hide this thing from me?...

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Biblel Reading: 1 Samuel 19.1-24

1 Samuel 19.1-24 Now Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants to put David to death. But Jonathan, Saul's son, greatly delighted in David. So Jonathan told David saying, "Saul my father is seeking to put you to death. Now therefore, please be on guard in the morning, and stay in a secret place and hide yourself. I will go out and stand beside my father in the field ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 18.20-30

1 Samuel 18.20-30Now Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David. When they told Saul, the thing was agreeable to him. 21Saul thought, "I will give her to him that she may become a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David, "For a second time you may be my son-in-law today." 22Then Saul commanded his servants, "Speak to D...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 18.10-19

1 Samuel 18.10-19 Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul's hand. 11Saul hurled the spear for he thought, "I will pin David to the wall." But David escaped from his presence twice. 12Now Saul was afraid of...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 18.1-9

1 Samuel 18.1-9Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself. 2Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father's house. 3Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gav...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 17.1-58

1 Samuel 17.1-58(click to be taken to scripture text) The battle was not just the little guy, David versus the big guy, Goliath. There is much more going on. David calls Goliath, an uncircumcised Philistine (17.26). God had ordained a sign of His covenant with His people back in the day of Abraham. Circumcision would be a constant sign of remembrance that God had entered i...

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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 16.1-11

1 Samuel 16.1-11 Now the Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons." 2But Samuel said, "How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me." And the Lord said, "Take a heifer...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 15.10-23

1 Samuel 15:10-23 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11"I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands." And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the Lord all night. 12Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul; and it was told Samuel, saying, "Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 15.1-9

Then Samuel said to Saul, "TheLordsent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to thewords of theLord.2Thus says theLordof hosts, 'I willpunish Amalekforwhat he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt.3Now go and strike Amalek andutterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; bu...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.47-52

1 Samuel 14.47-52 Now when Saul had taken the kingdom over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, the sons of Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines; and wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment.He acted valiantly and defeated the Amalekites, and delivered Israel from the hands of those who plundered them. Now the sons of Sa...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.36-46

1 Samuel 14.36-46Then Saul said, "Let us go down after the Philistines by night and take spoil among them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them." And they said, "Do whatever seems good to you." So the priest said, "Let us draw near to God here." 37Saul inquired of God, "Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You give them into the hand of Israel?...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.24-35

Now the men of Israel were hard-pressed on that day, for Saul had put the people under oath, saying, "Cursed be the man who eats food before evening, and until I have avenged myself on my enemies." So none of the people tasted food. Allthe people ofthe land entered the forest, and there was honey on the ground. When the people entered the forest, behold, there wasa flow of...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.16-23

16 Now Saul's watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude melted away; and they went here and there. 17 Saul said to the people who were with him, "Number now and see who has gone from us." And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there. 18 Then Saul said to Ahijah, "Bring the ark of God here." For the ark of God was a...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.1-15

Now the day came that Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the young man who was carrying his armor, "Come and let us cross over to the Philistines' garrison that is on the other side." But he did not tell his father.Saul was staying in the outskirts ofGibeah under the pomegranate tree which is inMigron. And the people whowerewith himwereabout six hundred men,and Ahijah, the...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 13.15-23

Then Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people who were present with him, about six hundred men. 16Now Saul and his son Jonathan and the people who were present with them were staying in Geba of Benjamin while the Philistines camped at Michmash. 17And the raiders came from the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one co...

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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: 1 Samuel 12.1-18

Today, we pick back up with 1 Samuel... Then Samuel said to all Israel, "Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and I have appointed a king over you.2Now, here is the king walking before you, but I am old and gray, and behold my sons are with you. And I have walked before you from my youth even to this day.3Here I am; bear witness against me befo...

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Bible Reading: Matthew 28.16-20

I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. JerryBut the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority...

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Bible Reading: Matthew 24.14

I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. JerryThis gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24.14I remember the first time this verse landed on my heart. I was in college...

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Bible Reading: John 10.27-30

I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. JerryMy sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 1.20-21

I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. JerryAccording to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me...

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 26.1-10

I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. Jerry In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; He sets up walls and ramparts for security. "Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that remains faithful. "...

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Bible Reading: Hebrews 12.1-2

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the righ...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.1-4

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the req...

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Bible Reading: John 1.14-18

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'" For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was ...

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Bible Reading: John 1.6-13

There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He ca...

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Bible Reading: John 1.1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1.1-5 If you take a ...

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Bible Reading: Luke 2.15-20

When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which ha...

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Bible Reading: Luke 2.8-14

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people...

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Bible Reading: Luke 2.1-7

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem...

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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: Luke 1.39-45

Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your wo...

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Bible Reading: Luke 1.26-38

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutati...

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Bible Reading: Matthew 2.1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the...

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Bible Reading: Matthew 1.18-25

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a drea...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 4.4-7

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an he...

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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: Philippians 2.5-8

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 8.9

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 This verse reminds us of the Good News that Jesus came because of God's great love for us. Christ took our sin upon Himself and gave us a free gift of His righteousness (Philippians 2.6-8; 2 Corint...

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Bible Reading: Revelation 12.1-5

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail swept...

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Bible Reading: Luke 11.27-28

While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed." But He said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it." Luke 11.27-28 What is greater those who hear the Word of God and obey or being the mother of Jesus? Accordin...

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Bible Reading: Zechariah 3.8-10

Now listen, Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you-indeed they are men who are a symbol, for behold, I am going to bring in My servant the Branch. For behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it,' declares the LORD of hosts, 'and I will remove the iniquity of...

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 11.1-10

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by wh...

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 9.1-7

But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walk in darknessWill see a great light;Those who live in a dark land,The light will shine on t...

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Bible Reading: Micah 5.1-5

"Now muster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops;They have laid siege against us;With a rod they will smite the judge of Israel on the cheek.But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,Too little to be among the clans of Judah,From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.His goings forth are from long ago,From the days of eternity."Therefore He will give them up unt...

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Bible Reading: Hebrews 1.1-3

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purificatio...

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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: Isaiah 40.1-5

"Comfort, O comfort My people," says your God. "Speak kindly to Jerusalem; and call out to her, that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity has been removed, that she has received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins." A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. "Let every valley be lifted up, ...

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Bible Reading: Luke 10.38-42

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her...

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Bible Reading: Luke 10.30-37

Jesus replied and said, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Sa...

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Bible Reading: Luke 10.25-29

And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?" And he answered, "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." And He said t...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 11.1-15

1 Samuel 11:1-15 NowNahash the Ammonite came up andbesiegedJabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Makea covenant with us and we will serve you."2But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, "I will makeitwith you on this condition,that I will gouge out the right eye of every one of you, thus I will make ita reproach on all Israel."3The elders of Jabesh said to...

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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 10.9-16

1 Samuel 10.9-16 Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day. 10When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them. 11It came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now wit...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 10.1-8

1 Samuel 10.1-8 Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, "Has not the Lordanointed you a ruler over His inheritance?When you go from me today, then you will find two men close to Rachel's tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, 'The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. Now behold, your fath...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 9.15-27

1 Samuel 9:15-27 15Now a day before Saul's coming,theLordhadrevealedthisto Samuel saying,16"About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, andyou shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he will deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines. ForI have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me."17When Samuel saw Sa...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 9.1-14

1 Samuel 9:1-14 Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor. 2He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than an...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 8.10-22

1 Samuel 8.10-22 10So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who had asked of him a king. 11He said, "This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots. 12He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fiftie...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 8.1-9

1 Samuel 8:1-9 When Samuel grew old, he appointedhis sons as Israel's leaders. The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah,and they served at Beersheba.But his sonsdid not follow his ways. They turned asideafter dishonest gain and accepted bribesand pervertedjustice. So all the eldersof Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. The...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 7.7-17

1 Samuel 7.7-17Now when the Philistines heard that the sons of Israel had gathered to Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the sons of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. 8Then the sons of Israel said to Samuel, "Do not cease to cry to the Lord our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines." 9Samuel ...

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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 6.13-21

1 Samuel 6:13-2113Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheatin the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight.14The cart came to the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and there it stopped beside a large rock. The people chopped up the wood of the cart and sacrificed the cows as a burnt offeringto theLord.15The Levitestook dow...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 6.1-12

1 Samuel 6.1-12 Now the ark of theLordhad been in the country of the Philistines seven months. Andthe Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, "What shall we do with the ark of theLord? Tell us how we shall send it to its place." They said, "If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but you shall surely return to Him a guilt o...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 5.1-12

1 Samuel 5.1-12 Now the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set him in his place again.But...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 4.12-22

1 Samuel 4:12-22 Now a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes torn and dust on his head. 13When he came, behold, Eli was sitting on his seat by the road eagerly watching, because his heart was trembling for the ark of God. So the man came to tell it in the city, and all the city cried out. 14When Eli heard the noise of the...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 4.1-11

1 Samuel 4.1-11 Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and camped beside Ebenezer while the Philistines camped in Aphek. 2The Philistines drew up in battle array to meet Israel. When the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines who killed about four thousand men on the battlefield. 3When the people...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 3.15-21

1 Samuel 3:15-21 So Samuel lay down until morning. Then heopened the doors of the house of theLord. But Samuel was afraid to tellthe vision to Eli.Then Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son." And he said, "Here I am." He said, "What is the word that He spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me.May God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of al...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 3.1-14

I Samuel 3:1-14 Nowthe boy Samuel was ministering to theLordbefore Eli. Andword from theLordwas rare in those days,visions were infrequent. 2It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (nowhis eyesight had begun to grow dimandhe could not seewell),3andthe lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of theLordwhere the ark of G...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.27-36

1 Samuel 2.27-36 Then a man of God came to Eli and said to him, "Thus says the Lord, 'Did I not indeed reveal Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh's house? 28Did I not choose them from all the tribes of Israel to be My priests, to go up to My altar, to burn incense, to carry an ephod before Me; and did I not give to the house of...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.22-26

1 Samuel 2.22-26 Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 23He said to them, "Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from all these people? 24No, my sons; for the report is not good which I hear the Lord's people circulating. 25If one man ...

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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: 1 Samuel 2.12-17

1 Samuel 2.12-17 Now the sons of Eli wereworthless men; they did not know the Lord and the custom of the priests with the people. When any man was offering a sacrifice, the priest's servant would come while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand.Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.1-11

1 Samuel 2.1.11 Then Hannahprayed and said, "My heart exults in theLord; Myhorn is exalted in theLord, My mouthspeaks boldly against my enemies, BecauseI rejoice in Your salvation. 2"There is no one holy like theLord, Indeed,there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God. 3"Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 1.19-28

1 Samuel 1:19-28 Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, "Because I have asked him of the Lord." 21Then ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.12-18

1 Samuel 1.12-18 Now it came about, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli was watching her mouth. 13As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. 14Then Eli said to her, "How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you." 15But Hannah replied, "No, my lord,...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 1.1-11

1 Samuel 1.1-11Now there was a certain man from Ramathaim-zophim from the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives: the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. Now this man would go up fro...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 150

Psalm 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. 2Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.3Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. 4Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. 5Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resoundi...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 149

Psalm 149 PraisetheLord! Sing to theLordanew song, AndHis praisein the congregation of the godly ones. Let Israel be glad inhis Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in theirKing. Let them praise His name withdancing; Let them sing praises to Him withtimbrel and lyre. For theLordtakes pleasure in His people; He willbeautify the afflicted ones with salvation. Let thegodly o...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 148

Psalm 148 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 e...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 147

Psalm147 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming. 2The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel. 3He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. 4He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. 5Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite...

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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 145

Psalm 145I willextol You,my God, O King, And I willbless Your name forever and ever. 2Every day I will bless You, And I willpraise Your name forever and ever. 3Great is theLord, and highly to be praised, And Hisgreatness is unsearchable. 4Onegeneration shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. 5On theglorioussplendor of Your majesty Andon Your...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 144

Psalm 144Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, andmy fingers for battle; my lovingkindness and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me. O Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him? Man is like a mere breath; his days are like a ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 143

Psalm 143 Hear my prayer, OLord, Give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness! And do notenter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous. For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead. There...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 142

Psalm 142 I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord. 2I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. 3When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me. 4Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me;There is no escape for me; No...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 141

Psalm 141 O Lord, I call upon You; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to You! 2May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. 3Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. 4Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 140

Psalm 140 Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men 2Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars. 3They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah. 4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men Who have purposed to trip up my feet.5The proud have hidden a tr...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 139.19-24

Psalm 139:19-24 O that You wouldslay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore,men of bloodshed. For theyspeakagainst You wickedly, And Your enemies takeYour namein vain. Do I nothate those who hate You, OLord? And do I notloathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 139.13-18

Psalm 139.13-1813 For Youformed myinward parts; Youwove me in my mother's womb. 14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15Myframe was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, Andskillfully wrought in thedepths of the earth;16Youreyes have seen my unformed substance; And inYour bo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 139.1-12

Psalm 139:1-12 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all. 5You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon m...

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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 137

Psalm 137 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it we hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, and our tormentors mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion." How can we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill. ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 136

Psalm 136 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 3Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 4To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 5To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindne...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 135

Psalm 135Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O servants of the Lord, You who stand in the house of the Lord, In the courts of the house of our God!Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely. For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession. For I know that the Lord is great And that our Lo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 134

Psalm 134 Behold,bless theLord, allservants of theLord, Whoserveby night in the house of theLord! Lift up your hands to thesanctuary And bless theLord. May theLordbless you from Zion, He whomade heaven and earth. This short psalm is the last of the ascent songs, sung by God's people as they would go up to the temple to worship the Lord and bring their sacrifices. The p...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 133

Psalm 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, evenAaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lordcommanded the blessing-life forever.David in this Psalm uses some b...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 132

Psalm 132 Remember, OLord, on David's behalf, All his affliction; How he swore to theLord And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, "Surely I will not enter my house, Nor lie on my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, Until I find a place for theLord, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob." Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah, We fo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 131

Psalm 131 O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever. This psalm was written by David, it lik...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 130

Psalm 130 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than the watc...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 129

Psalm 129 Many times they havepersecuted me from myyouth up," Let Israel now say, "Many times they havepersecuted me from my youth up; Yet they havenot prevailed against me. "The plowers plowed upon my back; They lengthened their furrows." TheLordis righteous; He has cut in two thecords of the wicked. May all whohate Zion Beput to shame and turned backward; Let them be l...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 128

Psalm 128 How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table. Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord.The Lord bless you from Zion, An...

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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 126

Psalm 126 When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them." The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad. Restore our captivity, O Lord. As the streams in the south, Those who sow in...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 125

Psalm 125 Those who trust in theLord Are as Mount Zion, whichcannot be moved butabides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, SotheLordsurrounds His people From this time forth and forever. For thescepter of wickedness shall not rest upon theland of the righteous, So that the righteouswill not put forth their hands to do wrong. Do good, OLord, to those who are good...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 124

Psalm 124 "Had it not been the Lordwho was on our side," let Israel now say, "Had it not been the Lordwho was on our side when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the waters would have engulfed us, the stream would have swept over our soul; then the raging waters would have swept over our soul." Bl...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 123

Psalm 123 To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servantslookto the hand of their master, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyeslookto theLordour God, Until He is gracious to us. Be gracious to us, OLord, be gracious to us, For we are greatly filled with contempt. Our soul is greatly filled ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 122

Psalm 122 I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." Our feet are standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is built As a city that is compact together; To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord An ordinance for Israel To give thanks to the name of the Lord. For there thrones were set for judgment, The thrones of the ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 121

Psalm 121 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, No...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 120

Psalm 120 In my trouble I cried to the Lord, And He answered me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, From a deceitful tongue. What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue? Sharp arrows of the warrior, With the burning coals of the broom tree. Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech, For I dwell among the tents of Kedar! Too long ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.169-176

Psalm 119:169-176 Let mycrycome before You, OLord; Give me understandingaccording to Your word. Let mysupplication come before You; Deliver me according to Yourword. Let mylips utter praise, For Youteach me Your statutes. Let mytongue sing of Yourword, For all Yourcommandments are righteousness. Let Yourhand beready to help me, For I havechosen Your precepts. Ilong for Yo...

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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 119.153-160

Psalm 119: 153-160 Look upon my affliction and rescue me, For I do not forget Your law. Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word. Salvation is far from the wicked, For they do not seek Your statutes. Great are Your mercies, O Lord; Revive me according to Your ordinances. Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, Yet I do not turn aside from Your tes...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.145-152

Psalm 119:145-152I criedwith all my heart; answer me, OLord! I willobserve Your statutes. I cried to You;save me And I shall keep Your testimonies. Irise before dawn and cry for help; Iwait for Your words. My eyes anticipate thenight watches, That I maymeditate on Yourword. Hear my voiceaccording to Your lovingkindness; Revive me, OLord, according to Your ordinances. Those...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.137-144

Psalm 119.137-144 Righteous are You, O Lord, and upright are Your judgments. You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness and exceeding faithfulness. My zeal has consumed me, because my adversaries have forgotten Your words. Your word is very pure, therefore Your servant loves it. I am small and despised, yetI do not forget Your precepts. Your righteousness is an e...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.129-136

Psalm 119.129-136 Your testimonies arewonderful; Therefore my soul observes them. The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, After Your manner with those who love Your name. Establish my footsteps in Your word, And do not let...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.121-128

Psalm 119.121-128I have done justice and righteousness; Do not leave me to my oppressors. Be surety for Your servant for good; Do not let the arrogant oppress me. My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation And for Your righteous word. Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness And teach me Your statutes. I am Your servant; give me understanding, That I may k...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.113-120

Psalm 119.113-120 I hate those who are double-minded, But I love Your law. You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word. Depart from me, evildoers, That I may observe the commandments of my God. Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Uphold me that I may be safe, That I may have regard for Your statutes c...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.105-112

Psalm 119:105-112Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.I have sworn and I will confirm it, That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.I am exceedingly afflicted; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And teach me Your ordinances.My life is continually in my hand, Yet I do not forget Your law.The wicke...

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Bible Reading: Psalms 119.97-104

Psalm 119:97-104O how Ilove Your law! It is mymeditation all the day.Yourcommandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are evermine.I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are mymeditation.I understandmore than the aged, Because I haveobserved Your precepts.I haverestrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.I have notturne...

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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 119.81-88

Psalm 119: 81-88"My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word. My eyes fail with longing for Your word, While I say "When will You comfort me?" Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget Your statutes. How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgement on those who persecute me? The arrogant have dug pits for me, M...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.73-80

Psalm 119:73-80 73Your hands made me andfashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. 74May those whofear Yousee me and be glad, Because Iwait for Your word. 75I know, OLord, that Your judgments arerighteous, And thatin faithfulness You have afflicted me. 76O may Your lovingkindnesscomfort me, According to Yourword to Your servant. 77MayYour com...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.65-72

Psalm 119.65-72 You have dealt well with Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word. Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes. The arrogant have forged a lie against me; with allmyheart I will observe Your precepts. Their he...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.57.64

Psalm 119.57-64 TheLordis my portion; I have promised to keep Your words. I sought Your favor with allmyheart; Be gracious to me according to Your word. I considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies. I hastened and did not delay To keep Your commandments. The cords of the wicked have encircled me, ButI have not forgotten Your law. At midnight I shal...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.49-56

Psalm 119.49-56 Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope. 50This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me. 51The arrogant utterly deride me, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law. 52I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, O Lord, And comfort myself. 53Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked, Who forsake Y...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.41-48

Psalm 119.41-48 May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O Lord, Your salvation according to Your word; So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word. And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, For I wait for Your ordinances. So I will keep Your law continually, Forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your p...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.33-40

Psalm 119:33-40 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall observe it to the end. 34Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart. 35Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. 36Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to dishonest gain. 37Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me i...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.25-32

Psalm 119:25-32 Mysoul cleaves to the dust; Revive meaccording to Your word. 26I have told of my ways, and You have answered me; Teach me Your statutes. 27Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I willmeditate on Your wonders. 28Mysoulweeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Your word. 29Remove the false way from me, And graciously grant me Your law. 30I...

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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 119.9-16

Psalm 119: 9-16 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord; Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have told of All the ordinances of Your mouth. I have rejoiced i...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.1-8

Psalm 119:1-8 How blessed are those whose way isblameless, Whowalk in the law of theLord. 2How blessed are those whoobserve His testimonies, Whoseek Himwith alltheirheart. 3They alsodo no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways. 4You haveordained Your precepts, That we should keepthemdiligently. 5Oh that myways may be established Tokeep Your statutes! 6Then Ishall not be a...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 118

Psalm 118Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Oh let Israel say, "His lovingkindness is everlasting." Oh let the house of Aaron say, "His lovingkindness is everlasting." Oh let those who fear the Lordsay, "His lovingkindness is everlasting." Frommydistress I called upon the Lord; the Lordanswered meandset mein a large place. The L...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 117

Psalm 117 Praise theLord, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of theLordis everlasting. Praise theLord! I have a friend who is fond of saying, "Just the headlines please!" when he feels a story or conversation is becoming a little too long-winded for his liking. If you're also a fan of concise communication th...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 116

Psalm 116 I love the Lord, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I beseech You, save my life!" Gracious is the Lord, and ri...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 115

Psalm 115Not to us, O Lord, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth. Why should the nations say, "Where, now, is their God?" But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands. They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see; T...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 114

Psalm 114 When Israel went forth from Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2Judah became His sanctuary, Israel, His dominion. 3The sea looked and fled; The Jordan turned back. 4The mountains skipped like rams, The hills, like lambs. 5What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? 6O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, l...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 113

Psalm 113 PraisetheLord! Praise, Oservants of theLord, Praise the name of theLord. 2Blessed be the name of theLord From this time forth and forever. 3From the rising of the sun to its setting Thename of theLordis to be praised. 4TheLordishigh above all nations; Hisglory is above the heavens. 5Who is like theLordour God, Whois enthroned on high, 6Whohumbles Himself to behol...

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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 111

Psalm 111 Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly. 2Great are the works of the Lord; They are studied by all who delight in them. 3Splendid and majestic is His work, And His righteousness endures forever. 4He has made His wonders to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and compassionate. 5He has gi...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 110

Psalm 110TheLordsays to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand Until I makeYour enemies a footstool for Your feet." 2TheLordwill stretch forth Your strongscepter from Zion,saying, "Rule in the midst of Your enemies." 3Yourpeoplewill volunteer freely in the day of Yourpower; Inholy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to Youasthedew.4TheLordhas sworn and willnotchange H...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 109

Psalm 109 O God of my praise, do not be silent! For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without cause. In return for my love they act as my accusers; but I aminprayer. Thus they have repaid me evil for good and hatred for my love...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 108

Psalm 108 My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to You, OLord, among the peoples, And I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens, And Your truthreachesto the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 107

Psalm 107 (Please read scripture text from bible.) God is good. There are many reasons of why we could say this and agree with this. In this psalm, the unknown writer gives reason upon reason of why we should praise God. We should praise God for His goodness and love that endures forever. Those who have been redeemed by the Lord should especially be thankful for the Lor...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 106

Psalm 106 Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord, Or can show forth all His praise? How blessed are those who keep justice, Who practice righteousness at all times! Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people; Visit me with Your salvation, That I may see...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 105

Psalm 105 (Please read bible for entire scripture text.) Ohgive thanks to theLord,call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. 2Sing to Him,sing praises to Him; Speak of all Hiswonders. 3Glory in His holy name; Let theheart of those who seek theLordbe glad. 4Seek theLordandHis strength; Seek His face continually. 5Remember Hiswonders which He has done, His ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 104

Psalm 104 (Please read scripture text from bible.) As I sit here and write this I am looking out the lake house kitchen window in east Texas looking at the pine trees, the lake and deer. Its calm and peaceful out here, much the opposite of my window view in my kitchen in the bustling area of Frisco. As I look at this text, I am reminded that it's good to get away to ref...

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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 102

Psalm 102 (Read from bible. Scripture not provided.) Have you ever had a day when nothing seemed to go your way? After reading the first 11 verses of Psalm 102 it's clear that the author who penned these lines was not just having a bad day, but, as he describes, he was enduring a season of calamity. We don't have to wait long to see how he responds. In verse 12 the Psalm...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 101

Psalm 101 I willsing of lovingkindness andjustice, To You, OLord, I will sing praises. 2I willgive heed to theblameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in theintegrity of my heart. 3I will set noworthless thing before my eyes; I hate thework of those whofall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. 4Aperverse heart shall depart from me; I will ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 100

Psalm 100 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lordwith gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the LordHimself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we areHis people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving andHis courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lordis good; His lovin...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 99

Psalm 99 TheLordreigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthronedabovethe cherubim, let the earth shake! TheLord is great in Zion, AndHe is exalted above all the peoples. Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He. The strength of the King loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt theLordour...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 98

Psalm 98 O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him. 2The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 97

Psalm 97 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad. 2Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. 3Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about. 4His lightnings lit up the world; The earth saw and trembled. 5The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 96

Psalm 96 Sing to theLordanew song; Sing to theLord, all the earth. 2Sing to theLord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. 3Tell ofHis glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. 4Forgreat is theLordandgreatly to be praised; He is to befearedabove all gods. 5Forall the gods of the peoples areidols, ButtheLordmade...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 95

Psalm 95 O come, let ussing for joy to theLord, Let us shout joyfully tothe rock of our salvation. 2Let uscome before His presencewiththanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Himwithpsalms. 3For theLordis agreat God And a great Kingabove all gods,4In whose hand are thedepths of the earth, The peaks of the mountains are His also. 5The sea is His, for it was Hewho made it, An...

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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 93

Psalm 93The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The Lord has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. 2Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. 3The floods have lifted up, O Lord, The floods have lifted up their voice, The floods lift up their pounding waves. 4More than the sounds...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 92

Psalm 92 It isgood to give thanks to theLord And tosing praises to Your name, O Most High; 2Todeclare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Yourfaithfulnessby night, 3With theten-stringed lute andwith theharp, With resounding musicupon thelyre. 4For You, OLord, have made me glad bywhat Youhave done, I willsing for joy at theworks of Your hands. 5Howgreat are Your work...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 91

Psalm 91He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!" For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 90

Psalm 90 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were born OrYou gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. You turn man back into dust And say, "Return, O children of men." For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Orasa watch in the night. You ha...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 89

Psalm 89 (Please read scripture text from bible.) God created music. Just like everything else He has created it is all for Him and His glory (Colossians 1.16). As we read through the psalms we must remember they are songs and prayers written by different people that honor the Lord. Today's psalm is written by Ethan who was a wise Levitical musician in the service of King...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 88

Psalm 88O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You. 2Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry! 3For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol. 4I am reckoned among those who go down to the pit; I have become like a man without strength, 5Forsaken among the dead, Like the slain who lie in ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 87

Psalm 87Hisfoundation is in the holy mountains. 2TheLordloves the gates of Zion more than all theotherdwelling places of Jacob. 3Glorious things are spoken of you, Ocity of God.Selah. 4"I shall mentionRahab and Babylonamong those who know Me; Behold, Philistia andTyre withEthiopia: 'This one was born there.'" 5But of Zion it shall be said, "This one and that one were born ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 86

Psalm 86 Incline Your ear, OLord,andanswer me; For I amafflicted and needy. Preserve mysoul, for I am agodly man; O You my God, save Your servant whotrusts in You. Begracious to me, O Lord, Forto You I cry all day long. Make glad the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord,I lift up my soul. For You, Lord, aregood, andready to forgive, Andabundant in lovingkindness to al...

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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 84

Psalm 84 How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! 2My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. 4How blessed are those who dwell in Your ho...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 83

Psalm 83 O God,do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. 2For behold, Your enemiesmake an uproar, Andthose who hate You haveexalted themselves. 3Theymake shrewd plans against Your people, Andconspire together againstYourtreasured ones. 4They have said, "Come, andlet us wipe them outas a nation, That thename of Israel be remembered no more." 5For t...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 82

Psalm 82 God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah. Vindicate the weak and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; deliverthemout of the hand of the wicked. They do not know nor do they understand; they walk about in d...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 81

Psalm 81 Sing for joy to God ourstrength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. Raise asong, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob. He established it for a testimony in Joseph When he went throughout the land of ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 80

Psalm 80 Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth! 2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your power And come to save us! 3O God, restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. 4O Lord God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 79

Psalm 79 O God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance; They have defiled Your holy temple; They have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 2They have given the dead bodies of Your servants for food to the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth. 3They have poured out their blood like water round about Jerusalem; And there was no one to bury t...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 78

Psalm 78 (Please read scripture from your own bible.) Psalm 78 encompasses 72 verses. It is basically a call to remember the history of Israel so that future generations will not be unfaithful in their time of history. We will only look at the first eight verses but here is a simple outline for the complete Psalm: Instructions to learn from the mistakes of past gener...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 77

Psalm 77 My voicerisesto God, and I willcry aloud; My voicerisesto God, and He will hear me. 2In theday of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night myhand was stretched outwithout weariness; My soulrefused to be comforted. 3WhenI remember God, then I amdisturbed; WhenIsigh, thenmy spirit grows faint. Selah. 4You have held my eyelidsopen; I am so troubled that Icannot sp...

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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 75

Psalm 75 We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, For Your name is near; Men declare Your wondrous works. 2"When I select an appointed time, It is I who judge with equity.3"The earth and all who dwell in it melt; It is I who have firmly set its pillars. Selah. 4"I said to the boastful, 'Do not boast,' And to the wicked, 'Do not lift up the horn; 5Do not lift up your ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 74

(We recenlty made a change. There will be 5 devotionals provided each week. This allows you to read in other places in thescriptureson your own or if you miss some readings it allows you to catch up without any pressure.) Psalm 74 O God, why have Yourejectedusforever? Why does Your angersmoke against thesheep of Yourpasture? 2Remember Your congregation, which You hav...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 73

Psalm 73 (Read in own bible please.) It breaks my heart to be around so many people that have so little to do with God or with faith in Him. So often, we take comfort and refuge in the loving arms of the assembled peoples of the Lord; we rest ourselves within the embrace of the church. We rest in the Lord. While this is a good thing, we cannot forget to get back out there...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 72

Psalm 72 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's son. May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice. Let the mountains bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness. May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor. Let them fear You whi...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 71

Psalm 71 In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed. 2In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me. 3Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. 4Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the grasp of the w...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 70

Psalm 70O God, hasten to deliver me;O Lord, hasten to my help!2 Let those be ashamed and humiliatedWho seek my life;Let those be turned back and dishonoredWho delight in my hurt.3Let those be turned back because of their shameWho say, "Aha, aha!"4Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;And let those who love Your salvation say continually,"Let God be magnified."5Bu...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 69

Psalm 69 Save me, O God, For thewaters havethreatened my life. 2I have sunk in deepmire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and aflood overflows me. 3I amweary with my crying; my throat is parched; Myeyes fail while I wait for my God. 4Thosewho hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who woulddestroy meare powerful, being w...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 68

Psalm 68 (Please read from bible.) Time goes fast. Seasons change. People let us down. We get news that makes us sad and news that makes us happy. We like being spontaneous but we also look for structure. Amid it all we are in need of a God that is going to provide the love, security, and significance that we are all looking for. Only God can ultimately fill those needs w...

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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 66

Psalm 66 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; 2Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. 3Say to God, "How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You. 4"All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name." Selah.5Come and see the works of God, Who...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 65

Psalm 65 There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God,And to You the vow will be performed.2 O You who hear prayer,To You all men come.3 Iniquities prevail against me;As for our transgressions, You forgive them.4 How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to YouTo dwell in Your courts.We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,Your holy...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 64

Psalm 64Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy. Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers, from the tumult of those who do iniquity, who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow, to shoot from concealment at the blameless; suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear. They hold fast to them...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 63

Psalm 63O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,In a dry and weary land where there is no water.Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,To see Your power and Your glory.Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,My lips will praise You.So I will bless You as long as I live;I will lift up my hands in Your name.My...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 62

Psalm 62My soul waits in silence for God only;From Him is my salvation.He only is my rock and my salvation,My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.How long will you assail a man,That you may murder him, all of you,Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;They delight in falsehood;They bless with the...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 61

Psalm 61Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 60

Psalm 60O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us;You have been angry; O, restore us.You have made the land quake, You have split it open;Heal its breaches, for it totters.You have made Your people experience hardship;You have given us wine to drink that makes us stagger.You have given a banner to those who fear You,That it may be displayed because of the truth.That ...

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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 58

Psalm 58 (Please read scripture from your bible.)David uses this Psalm to address the leaders and their unrighteousness. He asks God to deal with the evil that is being done in their work. As we see he prays for God to break their teeth which would shut down communication of their injustices. Furthermore, he prays for God to destroy these evil judges. Wow, what a prayer!It...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 57

Psalm 57 (Please read scripture from your bible)This devotional is dedicated to the people commonly referred to as "first responders". They include police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, their families, and the many, many individuals who work in support of those on the front lines.As we read in today's selection of Psalm 57, when calamity befalls us ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 56

Psalm 56 (Please read scripture from your bible.)Over the last 14 years a verse in this Psalm has been quoted more in our home than any other verse in the bible. Often at night over the years one of my four kids will say they are scared when they are between 2 and 4 years of age. When they were afraid we would go in and share with them that the bible tells us, "When I am a...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 55

Psalm 55 (Please read scripture from your bible) A common theme in the Psalms is David's anguish and lack of peace when his enemies seek to destroy his reputation and even threaten his life. In Psalm 55 we see this man of God pouring out his heart to the Lord, asking for help and wishing that he had the wings of a dove so he could fly away and find rest (55.6) What made ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 54

Psalm 54Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your power. Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers have risen against me and violent men have sought my life; they have not set God before them. Selah. Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul. He will recompense the evil to my foes; destroy them in Your faithfu...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 52

Psalm 52Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.But God will break you down forever; He will snatch you up and tear you away ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 51

Psalm 51Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.Wash me thoroughly from my iniquityAnd cleanse me from my sin.For I know my transgressions,And my sin is ever before me.Against You, You only, I have sinnedAnd done what is evil in Your sight,So that You are justified when You speakAnd...

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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 49

Psalm 49 (No text provided. Please read with own Bible.) Growing up in North Carolina I developed a deep love for basketball, bacon, and cars to name just a few! The Carolinas were also known for tobacco but thankfully it did not interest me as much as the sports and food. My basketball days are over except for watching on it on TV, bacon is still as tasty but trying to e...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 48

Psalm 48Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,In the city of our God, His holy mountain.Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth,Is Mount Zion in the far north,The city of the great King.God, in her palaces,Has made Himself known as a stronghold.For, lo, the kings assembled themselves,They passed by together.They saw it, then they were amazed;They were ter...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 47

Psalm 47O clap your hands, all peoples;Shout to God with the voice of joy.For the LORD Most High is to be feared,A great King over all the earth.He subdues peoples under usAnd nations under our feet.He chooses our inheritance for us,The glory of Jacob whom He loves. Selah.God has ascended with a shout,The LORD, with the sound of a trumpet.Sing praises to God, sing praises;...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 46

Psalm 46God is our refuge and strength,A very present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should changeAnd though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;Though its waters roar and foam,Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,The holy dwelling places of the Most High.God ...

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Bible Teaching: Psalm 45

Psalm 45My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever. Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One, in Your splendor and Your majesty! And in Your majesty ride on victoriously, for the cause of truth and...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 44

Psalm 44 (Text unavailable. Please read on your own.) It is vital to put our trust in the right place. Our trust should not ultimately be in our own strength (vv.3,6). Rather, you are to trust the Lord: 'It's You who saved us' (v.7, MSG).' This psalm is addressed to God as King (v.4). That God is the King (and real leader) of Israel is a common idea in the psalms. Suffer...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 43

Psalm 43Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation;O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me?Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;Let them bring me to Your holy hillAnd to Your dwelling places.Then I will go t...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 42

Psalm 42As the deer pants for the water brooks,So my soul pants for You, O God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;When shall I come and appear before God?My tears have been my food day and night,While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in pro...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 41

Psalm 41How blessed is he who considers the helpless;The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.The LORD will protect him and keep him alive,And he shall be called blessed upon the earth;And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed;In his illness, You restore him to health.As for me, I said, "O LORD, be gracious to me;...

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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 39

Psalm 39I said, "I will guard my waysThat I may not sin with my tongue;I will guard my mouth as with a muzzleWhile the wicked are in my presence."I was mute and silent,I refrained even from good,And my sorrow grew worse.My heart was hot within me,While I was musing the fire burned;Then I spoke with my tongue:"LORD, make me to know my endAnd what is the extent of my days;Le...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 38

Psalm 38 (No text provided. Please read from your own bible.) Today's reading is a vivid reminder of the important aspect of being penitent. When we, as followers of Jesus Christ, fall short and commit acts of sin, it is crucial that we exhibit remorse and pray to our Father for forgiveness. Also vital is repentance. We are not only to be remorseful, but we must turn away...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 37

Psalm 37 (Text not provided. Please read from your own bible.) In Psalm 37:1-5, David contrasts the evil or unrighteous man and the righteous. It can be very tempting at times to look at others that don't know Christ and either fear them or envy their lifestyle. David had constant battles with his enemies, and certainly had reason to fret or worry for his own life, but he...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 36

Psalm 36Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes. For it flatters him in his own eyes concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He d...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 34

Psalm 34 (Text not provided. Please read from own bible.) This is one of my most favorite psalms. David invites the Israelites to come and "magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together" (34.3). The foundational and guiding principle to living for the glory of God is focused on by David as he is teaching those with him, maybe even those younger, surely a ri...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 33

Psalm 33 (Text not provided. Please read from own bible.) "Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones." The psalmist calls us to praise the Lord for His upright Word and faithful work. God's Word is dependable and His works are righteous and good. The psalmist assured his readers of this and because of that we should praise the Lord for who He is and what He has done....

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Bible Reading: Psalm 32

Psalm 32Blessed is the person whose lawless acts are forgiven.Their sins have been taken away.Blessed is the person whose sin the LORD never counts against them.That person doesn't want to cheat anyone.When I kept silent about my sin,my body became weakbecause I groaned all day long.Day and nightyou punished me.I became weaker and weakeras I do in the heat of summer.Then I...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 31

Psalm 31In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me.Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me.For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me.You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my str...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 30

Psalm 30I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up,And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.O LORD my God,I cried to You for help, and You healed me.O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,And give thanks to His holy name.For His anger is but for a mom...

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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 28

Psalm 28To You, O LORD, I call;My rock, do not be deaf to me,For if You are silent to me,I will become like those who go down to the pit.Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help,When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.Do not drag me away with the wickedAnd with those who work iniquity,Who speak peace with their neighbors,While evil is in the...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 27

Psalm 27The LORD is my light and my salvation;Whom shall I fear?The LORD is the defense of my life;Whom shall I dread?When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.Though a host encamp against me,My heart will not fear;Though war arise against me,In spite of this I shall be confident.One thing I have asked from the LOR...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 26

Psalm 26Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Examine me, O LORD, and try me; test my mind and my heart. For Your loving kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth. I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the...

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Bible Reading: Pslam 25

Psalm 25To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.O my God, in You I trust,Do not let me be ashamed;Do not let my enemies exult over me.Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.Make me know Your ways, O LORD;Teach me Your paths.Lead me in Your truth and teach me,For You are the God of my salvation;For You I w...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 24

Psalm 24The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains,The world, and those who dwell in it.For He has founded it upon the seasAnd established it upon the rivers.Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?And who may stand in His holy place?He who has clean hands and a pure heart,Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehoodAnd has not sworn deceitfully.He shall receive a blessi...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 22

Psalm 22 (Text is not provided, so please read from your own bible.) Have you ever been at the spot in life where you felt like the Lord was not hearing you or that maybe He had forgotten you? Sometimes during times of suffering, persecution or when we face the unjust wronging of others we might feel this way. David felt this way and lets us know right out of the gates in...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 21

Psalm 21O LORD, in Your strength the king will be glad, And in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice!You have given him his heart's desire, And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.For You meet him with the blessings of good things; You set a crown of fine gold on his head.He asked life of You, You gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever.His gl...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 20

Psalm 20May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!May He send you help from the sanctuaryAnd support you from Zion!May He remember all your meal offeringsAnd find your burnt offering acceptable!May He grant you your heart's desireAnd fulfill all your counsel!We will sing for joy over your victory,And in the name...

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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 18

Psalm 18 (Scripture text not provided) Have you ever been delivered out of a perilous situation? Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God had kept you from harm? For me, these incredible blessings are too numerous to count. There are, however, a few that really stand out. One was on the 4th of July, 2010. I had been on my...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 17

Psalm 17O LORD my God, in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, Or he will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver. O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands, If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary, Let the enemy pu...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 16

Psalm 16Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord;I have no good besides You."As for the saints who are in the earth,They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,Nor will I take their names upon my lip...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 15

Psalm 15O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?Who may dwell on Your holy hill?He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,And speaks truth in his heart.He does not slander with his tongue,Nor does evil to his neighbor,Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,But who honors those who fear the LORD;He swears to his own hurt and d...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 14

Psalm 14The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;There is no one who does good.The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of menTo see if there are any who understand,Who seek after God.They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;There is no one who does good, not even one.Do all the ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 13

Psalm 13How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?How long will You hide Your face from me?How long shall I take counsel in my soul,Having sorrow in my heart all the day?How long will my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,And my enemy will say, "I have overcome him,"And my adversaries wil...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 12

Psalm 12LORD, for the godly man ceases to be,For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.They speak falsehood to one another;With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,The tongue that speaks great things;Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail;Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?""Because of the ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 11

Psalm 11In the LORD I take refuge;How can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain;For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,They make ready their arrow upon the stringTo shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.If the foundations are destroyed,What can the righteous do?"The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven;His eyes behold, His eyelids tes...

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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: Psalm 9

Psalm 9I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;I will tell of all Your wonders.I will be glad and exult in You;I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.When my enemies turn back,They stumble and perish before You.For You have maintained my just cause;You have sat on the throne judging righteously.You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked;You ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 8

Psalm 8O Lord, our Lord,How majestic is Your name in all the earth,Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established [b]strengthBecause of Your adversaries,To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,The moon and the stars, which You have [d]ordained;What...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 7

Psalm 7O LORD my God, in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, Or he will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver. O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands, If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary, Let the enemy pur...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 6

Pslam 6O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger,Nor chasten me in Your wrath.Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away;Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed.And my soul is greatly dismayed;But You, O Lordhow long?Return, O Lord, rescue my soul;Save me because of Your lovingkindness.For there is no mention of You in death;In Sheol who will give You thanks?I am wear...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 5

Psalm 5Give ear to my words, O LORD,Consider my groaning.Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,For to You I pray.In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice;In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;No evil dwells with You.The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;You hate al...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 4

Psalm 4Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!You have relieved me in my distress;Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach?How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah.But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself;The LORD hears when I call to Him.Tremble, and do not sin;...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 3

Psalm 3O LORD, how my adversaries have increased!Many are rising up against me.Many are saying of my soul,"There is no deliverance for him in God." Selah.But You, O LORD, are a shield about me,My glory, and the One who lifts my head.I was crying to the LORD with my voice,And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.I lay down and slept;I awoke, for the LORD sustains me...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 2

Psalm 2Why are the nations in an uproarAnd the peoples devising a vain thing?The kings of the earth take their standAnd the rulers take counsel togetherAgainst the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,"Let us tear their fetters apartAnd cast away their cords from us!"He who sits in the heavens laughs,The Lord scoffs at them.Then He will speak to them in His angerAnd terri...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 1

PSALM 1How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,Nor stand in the path of sinners,Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!But his delight is in the law of the LORD,And in His law he meditates day and night.He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,Which yields its fruit in its seasonAnd its leaf does not wither;And in whatever he does, h...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13.1-8

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 13.11-14

Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13.11-14 The church is one body made of many d...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 13.5-10

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in youunless indeed you fail the test? But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test. Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even th...

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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: 2 Corinthians 12.19-21

All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved. For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers,...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12.11-18

I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles. For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12.7-10

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to [a]torment meto keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weak...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12.1-6

Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows-such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man-whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows- ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 11.21-33

To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison. But in whatever respect anyone else is boldI speak in foolishnessI am just as bold myself. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ?I speak as if insaneI more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times witho...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 11.16-21

Today we pick back up where we were before the Advent season with 2 Corinthians Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little. What I am saying, I am not saying as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting. Since many boast according to the flesh, I will boast also. For yo...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 11.7-15

Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge? I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you; and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept mysel...

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 26.1-10

In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; He sets up walls and ramparts for security. "Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that remains faithful. "The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. "Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock. "For H...

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Bible Reading: Romans 12.1-2

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12.1-2 Paul is ...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 4.6-9

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 3.10

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3.10 What if this was our desire this New Year? This was the Apostle Paul's desire. In fact, he counted everything a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Jesus, his Lord. Let us begin the New Year with the same prayer. As John th...

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Bible Reading: Revelation 22.14-21

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and...

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Bible Reading: Revelation 22.6-13

And he said to me, "These words are faithful and true"; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place. "And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book." I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fel...

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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: Isaiah 65.17-25

"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind."But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicingAnd her people for gladness."I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people;And there will no longer be heard in herThe voice of weeping and the sound of cryin...

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Bible Reading: Luke 2.21-35

And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 11.1-6

I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. 3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of de...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 10.7-17

You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ's, so also are we. For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame, for I do not wish to seem as...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 10.1-6

Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of ChristI who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 9.10-15

Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 9.1-9

For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints; for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them. But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting about you may not be made empty in this case, so that, as I was sa...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 8.16-24

But thanks be to God who puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus. For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. We have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread through all the churches; and not only this, but he has also been appointed by the church...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 8.7-15

But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also. I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 8.1-6

Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging fo...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 7.13-16

For this reason we have been comforted. And besides our comfort, we rejoiced even much more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I was not put to shame; but as we spoke all things to you in truth, so also our boasting before Titus proved to be the truth. His affection abounds all the mor...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 7.5-13

For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoi...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 7.1-4

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Make room for us in your hearts; we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one. I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together. Great...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 6.11-18

Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide. You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections. Now in a like exchangeI speak as to childrenopen wide to us also. Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what har...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 6.1-10

And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain for He says, "AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU." Behold, now is "THE ACCEPTABLE TIME," behold, now is "THE DAY OF SALVATION" giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, but in everything commend...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 5.20-21

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5.20-21In the motion picture "PATTON" the late actor George C. Scott, in his portrayal of the famed general...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 5.17-19

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us th...

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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 5.1-10

For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we d...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 4.13-18

But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I BELIEVED,THEREFORE I SPOKE," we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to ab...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 4.7-12

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 4.7-12

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 4.1-6

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishin...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 3.12-18

Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But t...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 3.7-11

But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in gl...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 3.1-6

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you? You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such conf...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 2.12-17

Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord, I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I went on to Macedonia. But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragranc...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 2.1-11

But I determined this for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again. For if I cause you sorrow, who then makes me glad but the one whom I made sorrowful? This is the very thing I wrote you, so that when I came, I would not have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice; having confidence in you all that my joy would be the joy of you all. For out of mu...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 1.23-24

But I call God as witness to my soul, that to spare you I did not come again to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm. 2 Corinthians 1.23-24 Paul loved the glory of God and found it his great joy in life to live for the glory of God in all he did (1 Corinthians 10.31). We exist to enjoy...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 1.15-22

In this confidence I intended at first to come to you, so that you might twice receive a blessing; that is, to pass your way into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be helped on my journey to Judea. Therefore, I was not vacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, so that with me there...

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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: 2 Corinthians 1.8-11

For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 1.1-7

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth with all the saints who are throughout Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction...

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Bible Reading: Titus 3.12-15

When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way so that nothing is lacking for them. Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful. All who are with me greet you. Greet...

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Bible Reading: Titus 3.8-11

This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a factious man after a ...

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Bible Reading: Titus 3.4-7

But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs accor...

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Bible Reading: Titus 3.1-3

Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. Titus 3:1-3 With...

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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: Titus 2.9-10

Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect. Titus 2.9-10 We must remember the importance of our influence through how we relate to authority. In 2.9-10 Paul is addressing to Titus the relationship ...

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Bible Reading: Titus 2.9-10

Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect. Titus 2.9-10 We must remember the importance of our influence through how we relate to authority. In 2.9-10 Paul is addressing to Titus the relationship ...

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Bible Reading: Titus 2.6-8

Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2.6-8 In this passage, Paul is exhorting Titus to set the example for his congregation. As a pastor, Titus ...

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Bible Reading: Titus 2.3-5

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2.3-5 Some of us...

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Bible Reading: Titus 2.1-2

But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Titus 2.1-2It's fair to say that in the first century AD Crete was no Disneyland. Far from being the "happiest place on earth," historians describe an island inhabited with people who lacked ethical principles,...

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Bible Reading: Titus 1.10-16

For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." This testimony is true. For this reas...

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Bible Reading: Titus 1.1-4

Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God o...

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Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3.14-18

If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand...

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Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but wi...

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Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3.1-5

Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to...

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Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2.13-17

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were...

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Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2.5-11

Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mout...

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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: 2 Thessalonians 1.11-12

To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Today, Paul tells the Thessalonians that God ch...

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Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1.1-10

Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; theref...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.25-28

Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 1 Thessalonians 5.25-28 Attitude is everything. Paul ends his letter with encouraging the church at Thessalonica to have an attitude of grace. He longed for the church to be loving like Jesus...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.23-24

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Today, Paul tells the Thessalonians that he is praying that God, who gives peace, will make them completely holy. ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.19-22

Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5.19-22 A former pastor of ours used to say, "It's a dangerous thing to teach the scriptures, and it is dangerous thing to hear the scriptures being taught". What he meant by that was that one wh...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Most of us wonder from time to time what God's will is for us. Paul clearly tells us what part of the Lord's will includes: rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks. May this be our goal today as we meditate on...

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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 5.1-11

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, a...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, wil...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4.9-12

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4.1-8

Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sex...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3.11-13

Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you; and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. 1 Thessalonians 3.11-13 The miss...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3.1-10

Therefore when we could endure it no longer, we thought it best to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith, so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this. For indeed when we were wit...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2.17-20

But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short whilein person, not in spiritwere all the more eager with great desire to see your face. For we wanted to come to youI, Paul, more than onceand yet Satan hindered us. For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2.13-16

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same suffering...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2.9-12

For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his ow...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2.1-8

For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entruste...

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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: 1 Thessalonians 1.5-8

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Mac...

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1.1-4

Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, kn...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 3.17-18

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18 Peter concludes his letter with a stern reminder. T...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 3.10-16

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God,...

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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: 2 Peter 2.17-22

These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is ensla...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 2.10-16

Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties, whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord. But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be d...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 2.4-10

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducin...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 2.1-3

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 1.16-21

For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, "This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased" and we ourselves heard this utterance ma...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 1.12-15

Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you. I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 1.9-11

For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 1.2-8

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of t...

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 1.1

Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1.1 The Magna Carta written back in June of 1215 is noted as one of the greatest constitutional documents ever written. It stood for peace and liberty. Though the attempt at such were not su...

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Bible Reading: Jude 24-25

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25Once in a while big things come in small packages. Consider the happenings of February 8, 1986. ...

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Bible Reading: Jude 17-23

But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, "In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts." These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, pr...

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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: Jude 1-4

Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you. Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was o...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 24.29-33

It came about after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being one hundred and ten years old. And they buried him in the territory of his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, on the north of Mount Gaash. Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, and ...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 24.16-28

The people answered and said, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did these great signs in our sight and preserved us through all the way in which we went and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed. The L...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 24.1-15

Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel and for their heads and their judges and their officers; and they presented themselves before God. Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the River, namely, Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 23.1-16

Now it came about after many days, when the LORD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies on every side, and Joshua was old, advanced in years, that Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders and their heads and their judges and their officers, and said to them, "I am old, advanced in years. And you have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these nati...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 22.26-34

"Therefore we said, 'Let us build an altar, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; rather it shall be a witness between us and you and between our generations after us, that we are to perform the service of the Lord before Him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings, so that your sons will not say to our sons in time to come, "You h...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 22.10-25

When they came to the region of the Jordan which is in the land of Canaan, the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh built an altar there by the Jordan, a large altar in appearance. And the sons of Israel heard it said, "Behold, the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have built an altar at the frontier of the land ...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 22.1-9

Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and said to them, "You have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have listened to my voice in all that I commanded you. You have not forsaken your brothers these many days to this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your God. And now the LO...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 21.1-45

Now the family heads of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the other tribal families of Israel at Shiloh in Canaan and said to them, "The LORD commanded through Moses that you give us towns to live in, with pasturelands for our livestock." So, as the LORD had commanded, the Israelites gave the Levites the following towns and past...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 20.1-9

Then the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses, that the manslayer who kills any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, and they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood. He shall flee to one of these cities, and shall stand at the entrance...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 19.40-51

The seventh lot fell to the tribe of the sons of Dan according to their families. The territory of their inheritance was Zorah and Eshtaol and Ir-shemesh, and Shaalabbin and Aijalon and Ithlah, and Elon and Timnah and Ekron, and Eltekeh and Gibbethon and Baalath, and Jehud and Bene-berak and Gath-rimmon, and Me-jarkon and Rakkon, with the territory over against Joppa. The ...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 19.17-39

The fourth lot fell to Issachar, to the sons of Issachar according to their families. Their territory was to Jezreel and included Chesulloth and Shunem, and Hapharaim and Shion and Anaharath, and Rabbith and Kishion and Ebez, and Remeth and En-gannim and En-haddah and Beth-pazzez. The border reached to Tabor and Shahazumah and Beth-shemesh, and their border ended at the Jo...

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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 18.11-28

Now the lot of the tribe of the sons of Benjamin came up according to their families, and the territory of their lot lay between the sons of Judah and the sons of Joseph. Their border on the north side was from the Jordan, then the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north, and went up through the hill country westward, and it ended at the wilderness of Beth-aven....

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Bible Reading: Joshua 18.1-10

Then the whole congregation of the sons of Israel assembled themselves at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there; and the land was subdued before them. There remained among the sons of Israel seven tribes who had not divided their inheritance. So Joshua said to the sons of Israel, "How long will you put off entering to take possession of the land which the Lord, the ...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 17.1-18

Now this was the lot for the tribe of Manasseh, for he was the firstborn of Joseph. To Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, were allotted Gilead and Bashan, because he was a man of war. So the lot was made for the rest of the sons of Manasseh according to their families: for the sons of Abiezer and for the sons of Helek and for the sons of Asriel and for...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 16.1-10

Then the lot for the sons of Joseph went from the Jordan at Jericho to the waters of Jericho on the east into the wilderness, going up from Jericho through the hill country to Bethel. It went from Bethel to Luz, and continued to the border of the Archites at Ataroth. It went down westward to the territory of the Japhletites, as far as the territory of lower Beth-horon even...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 15.21-63

Now the cities at the extremity of the tribe of the sons of Judah toward the border of Edom in the south were Kabzeel and Eder and Jagur, and Kinah and Dimonah and Adadah, and Kedesh and Hazor and Ithnan, Ziph and Telem and Bealoth, and Hazor-hadattah and Kerioth-hezron (that is, Hazor), Amam and Shema and Moladah, and Hazar-gaddah and Heshmon and Beth-pelet, and Hazar-shu...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 15.1-20

Now the lot for the tribe of the sons of Judah according to their families reached the border of Edom, southward to the wilderness of Zin at the extreme south. Their south border was from the lower end of the Salt Sea, from the bay that turns to the south. Then it proceeded southward to the ascent of Akrabbim and continued to Zin, then went up by the south of Kadesh-barnea...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 14.1-15

Now these are the territories which the sons of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the households of the tribes of the sons of Israel apportioned to them for an inheritance, by the lot of their inheritance, as the LORD commanded through Moses, for the nine tribes and the half-tribe. For Moses had gi...

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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 13.1-14

Now Joshua was old and advanced in years when the LORD said to him, "You are old and advanced in years, and very much of the land remains to be possessed. This is the land that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and all those of the Geshurites; from the Shihor which is east of Egypt, even as far as the border of Ekron to the north (it is counted as Canaanite); the...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 12.1-24

Now these are the kings of the land whom the sons of Israel defeated, and whose land they possessed beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise, from the valley of the Arnon as far as Mount Hermon, and all the Arabah to the east: Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and ruled from Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of the Arnon, both the middle of the valley a...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 11.16-23

Thus Joshua took all that land: the hill country and all the Negev, all that land of Goshen, the lowland, the Arabah, the hill country of Israel and its lowland from Mount Halak, that rises toward Seir, even as far as Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon at the foot of Mount Hermon. And he captured all their kings and struck them down and put them to death. Joshua waged war a...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 11.1-15

Then it came about, when Jabin king of Hazor heard of it, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon and to the king of Shimron and to the king of Achshaph, and to the kings who were of the north in the hill country, and in the Arabahsouth of Chinneroth and in the lowland and on the heights of Dor on the west to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and the Amorite and the H...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 10.29-43

Then Joshua and all Israel with him passed on from Makkedah to Libnah, and fought against Libnah. The LORD gave it also with its king into the hands of Israel, and he struck it and every person who was in it with the edge of the sword. He left no survivor in it. Thus he did to its king just as he had done to the king of Jericho. And Joshua and all Israel with him passed on...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 10.16-28

Now these five kings had fled and hidden themselves in the cave at Makkedah. It was told Joshua, saying, "The five kings have been found hidden in the cave at Makkedah." Joshua said, "Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and assign men by it to guard them, but do not stay there yourselves; pursue your enemies and attack them in the rear. Do not allow them to en...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 10.12-15

Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, "O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon." So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped i...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 10.1-11

Now it came about when Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had captured Ai, and had utterly destroyed it (just as he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had done to Ai and its king), and that the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were within their land, that he feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities,...

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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 9.1-15

Now it came about when all the kings who were beyond the Jordan, in the hill country and in the lowland and on all the coast of the Great Sea toward Lebanon, the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, heard of it, that they gathered themselves together with one accord to fight with Joshua and with Israel. When the inhabitants of...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 8.30-35

Then Joshua built an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, in Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the sons of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of uncut stones on which no man had wielded an iron tool; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings. He wrote there on the stones...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 8.18-29

Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Stretch out the javelin that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand." So Joshua stretched out the javelin that was in his hand toward the city. The men in ambush rose quickly from their place, and when he had stretched out his hand, they ran and entered the city and captured it, and they quickly set the city on fire. Whe...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 8.1-17

Now the LORD said to Joshua, "Do not fear or be dismayed. Take all the people of war with you and arise, go up to Ai; see, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land. You shall do to Ai and its king just as you did to Jericho and its king; you shall take only its spoil and its cattle as plunder for yourselves. Set an ambush for the city ...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 7.16-26

So Joshua arose early in the morning and brought Israel near by tribes, and the tribe of Judah was taken. He brought the family of Judah near, and he took the family of the Zerahites; and he brought the family of the Zerahites near man by man, and Zabdi was taken. He brought his household near man by man; and Achan, son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, from the tribe ...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 7.1-15

But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the LORD burned against the sons of Israel. Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them,...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 6.22-27

Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, "Go into the harlot's house and bring the woman and all she has out of there, as you have sworn to her." So the young men who were spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and her mother and her brothers and all she had; they also bought out all her relatives and placed them outside the camp of Israel. They b...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 6.15-21

Then on the seventh day they rose early at the dawning of the day and marched around the city in the same manner seven times; only on that day they marched around the city seven times. At the seventh time, when the priests blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, "Shout! For the Lord has given you the city. "The city shall be under the ban, it and all that is in it be...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 6.1-14

Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. The LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams' horns befo...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 5.13-15

Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, "Are you for us or for our adversaries?" He said, "No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed dow...

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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 5.1-9

Now it came about when all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard how the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the sons of Israel until they had crossed, that their hearts melted, and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the sons of Israel. At that time the L...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 4.15-24

Now the Lord said to Joshua, "Command the priests who carry the ark of the testimony that they come up from the Jordan." So Joshua commanded the priests, saying, "Come up from the Jordan." It came about when the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord had come up from the middle of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up to the dry gro...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 4.8-14

Thus the sons of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, just as the Lord spoke to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel; and they carried them over with them to the lodging place and put them down there. Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan at the place where the feet of...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 4.1-7

Now when all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, "Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe, and command them, saying, 'Take up for yourselves twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet are standing firm, and carry them over with you and lay them do...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 3.14-17

So when the people set out from their tents to cross the Jordan with the priests carrying the ark of the covenant before the people, and when those who carried the ark came into the Jordan, and the feet of the priests carrying the ark were dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks all the days of harvest), the waters which were flowing down fr...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 3.1-13

Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and he and all the sons of Israel set out from Shittim and came to the Jordan, and they lodged there before they crossed. At the end of three days the officers went through the midst of the camp; and they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, th...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 2.15-24

Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall, so that she was living on the wall. She said to them, "Go to the hill country, so that the pursuers will not happen upon you, and hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return. Then afterward you may go on your way." The men said to her, "We shall be free from this oat...

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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: Joshua 1.10-18

Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, "Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, 'Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, to possess it.'" To the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, Josh...

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Bible Reading: Joshua 1.1-9

Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' servant, saying, "Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as ...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 6.17-18

From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen. Galatians 6.17-18As we wrap up Galatians I want to ask the following questions So, what is your life obsessed with? Does the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ dominate your thoughts, feelings, time and life? I pr...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 6.11-16

See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. But ma...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 6.6-10

The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due ...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 6.1-5

Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, an...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 5.25-26

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5.25-26 Have you ever bought something and never used it? We are all guilty of probably doing this at one time or another. I have done that with books. I can get excited about a book and purchase it, but then never read it. The book is...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 5.22-24

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5.22-24If we our honest Christianity is a daily battle. It is a joyful battle, but a battle nonetheless. It is a b...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 5.16-21

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorali...

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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 5.2-6

Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the ho...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 4.21-31

Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise. These things are being taken figuratively: The women repr...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 4.12-20

I beg of you, brethren, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong; but you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time; and that which was a trial to you in my bodily condition you did not despise or loathe, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus Himself. Where then is tha...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 4.8.11

However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, that ...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 4.1-7

Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born ...

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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 3.19-25

Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one. Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart ...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 3.15-18

Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man's covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ. What I am saying is this: the Law, which ...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 3.10-14

For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM." Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LI...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 3.1-9

You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vainif i...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 2.20-21

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly. Galatians 2.20-21 This passage of scripture describes th...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 2.11-19

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away ...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 2.1-10

Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain. But not even Titus, who was with me,...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 1.13-24

For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His gra...

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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: Galatians 1.6-9

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have sa...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 1.1-5

Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according t...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 4.7-18

As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information. For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts; and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of your number. They will inform you a...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 4.5-6

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4.5-6 Paul has encouraged us to pray for an open door for the gospel to be shared. When the opportunities come for us and others may we pray that we ...

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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 3.22-4.1

Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who does...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 3.18-21

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart. Colossians 3:18-21 What a great word to insure a godly family. As Paul address...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 3.12-17

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ r...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 3.5-11

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, ...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 3.1-4

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Colossians 3.1-4M...

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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: Colossians 2.9-15

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with H...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 2.8

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Colossians 2.8 What captivates you? Maybe it is looking at a breathtaking sunset or a star filled sky on a clear, dark night. What has that effect on you where you are carr...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 2.1-7

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Chri...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 1.24-29

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions. Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 1.21-23

And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was pro...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 5.1

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5.1 Paul has been defending the grace of God to the Galatians. The grace of God has been under attack by erroneous teaching. At the center of this heresy is man and what he can do to earn favor before God. Paul has come holding up th...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 1.15-20

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authoritiesall things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 1.13-14

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14 There are some powerful words in these two verses to consider. Think of an awful situation which a human being needs to be delivered. Perhaps a sex slave comes to mind or being under captivity of a mil...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 1.9-12

For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all ...

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Bible Reading: Colossians 1.1-8

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because o...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 4.15-23

You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. But I have received everythin...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 4.10-14

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learn...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 4.4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, ...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 4.2-3

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Philippians 4.2-3 These women, Euodia and Syntyche seem to not be able to get along. These two...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 3.17-4.1

Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship ...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 3.12-16

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward ca...

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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 3.1-6

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you. Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, although I myself might have confidenc...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 2.25-30

But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need; because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would ...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 2.19-24

But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gos...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 2.12-18

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God a...

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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 CS Lewis writes, "In the Christian story God des...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 2.5-8

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 2.1-4

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as mo...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 1.27-30

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponentswhich is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. For to...

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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: Philippians 1.18-20

What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all bold...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 1.12-18

Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 1.9-11

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1.9-11 Paul loved the chur...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 1.1-8

Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the fi...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 19.1-6

The 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: Ephesians 6.21-24

But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 6.18-20

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak bold...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 6.14-17

Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 6.10-13

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ther...

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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 6.4

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6.4 By God's will marriage is for having children. We see this in Genesis 1.27-28, "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them; 'Be fruitful and multiply, an...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 6.1-3

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH. Ephesians 6:1-3 If you have not had a family devotional time, today would be a good day to jump start that wonderful habit. It would be good for you to sit down w...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 5.31-33

FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5.31-33As we ...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 5.25-30

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wi...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 5.22-24

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Ephesians 5.22-24We cannot study what the New Testament says about Christian marriage withou...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 5.15-21

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody w...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 5.6-14

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 5.3-5

But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God...

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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 4.28-31

He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spi...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 4.25-27

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. Ephesians 4:25-27 My 6 year son is horrible at lying. I realize this is the wrong answer, but my first reaction to one of his tall tales is alm...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 4.17-24

So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the pract...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 4.14-16

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, a...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 4.11-13

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness o...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 4.7-10

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it says, "WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN." (Now this expression, "He ascended," what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 4.1-6

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your c...

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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 3.8-13

To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly p...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 3.1-7

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you; that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other gener...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 2.17-22

And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being t...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 2.11-16

Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 2.8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 For most believers in Christ the first sentence in this passage is very famil...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 2.4-7

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness tow...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 2.1-3

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of w...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 1.22-23

And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1.22-23 I love what these two verses mean for the church. Paul is praying for the church and as we read yesterday he is asking for three things for our eyes to be opened to: "to know what is the hope...

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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: Ephesians 1.10-14

With a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 1.7-10

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all th...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 1.3-6

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, t...

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 1.1-2

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1.1-2 Year's ago before the digital photograph a picture was captured at the moment the camera's shutter opened, permanently being set into the film, yet it still had to ...

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Bible Reading: Romans 16.17-27

Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. For the report of your obedience has reached to all; ther...

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Bible Reading: Romans 16.1-16

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well. Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who for my life ri...

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Bible Reading: Romans 15.22-33

For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to you; but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you whenever I go to Spainfor I hope to see you in passing, and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first enjoyed your company for a while but now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the s...

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Bible Reading: Romans 15.14-21

And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another. But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the g...

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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: Romans 15.1-6

Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME." For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so...

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Bible Reading: John 8.21-30

Then He said again to them, "I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." So the Jews were saying, "Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?" And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I said t...

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Bible Reading: Luke 24.44-53

Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third...

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Bible Reading: Mark 16.1-8