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King Herod persecutes the followers of Jesus. Peter is arrested and imprisoned but is rescued by an angel. The chapter concludes with a description of Herod’s death.

Acts 12:5 Peter was kept in jail, but the people of the church were praying earnestly to God for him. More Persecution About this time King Herod began to persecute some members of the church.He had James, the brother of John, put to death by the sword.When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he went ahead and had Peter arrested. (This happened during the time of the Festival of Unleavened Bread.) After his arrest Peter was put in jail, where he was handed over to be guarded by four groups of four soldiers each. Herod planned to put him on trial in public after Passover. So Peter was kept in jail, but the people of the church were praying earnestly to God for him.

Peter Is Set Free from Prison The night before Herod was going to bring him out to the people, Peter was sleeping between two guards. He was tied with two chains, and there were guards on duty at the prison gate.Suddenly an angel of GOD stood there, and a light shone in the cell. The angel shook Peter by the shoulder, woke him up, and said, “Hurry! Get up!” At once the chains fell off Peter's hands.Then the angel said, “Tighten your belt and put on your sandals.” Peter did so, and the angel said, “Put your cloak around you and come with me.” Peter followed him out of the prison, not knowing, however, if what the angel was doing was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed by the first guard station and then the second, and came at last to the iron gate that opens into the city. The gate opened for them by itself, and they went out. They walked down a street, and suddenly the angel left Peter.Then Peter realized what had happened to him, and said, “Now I know that it is really true! GOD sent his angel to rescue me from Herod's power and from everything the Jewish people expected to happen.” Aware of his situation, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outside door, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer it. She recognized Peter's voice and was so happy that she ran back in without opening the door, and announced that Peter was standing outside. “You are crazy!” they told her. But she insisted that it was true. So they answered, “It is his angel.” Meanwhile Peter kept on knocking. At last they opened the door, and when they saw him, they were amazed. He motioned with his hand for them to be quiet, and he explained to them how GOD had brought him out of prison. “Tell this to James and the rest of the believers,” he said; then he left and went somewhere else. When morning came, there was a tremendous confusion among the guards—what had happened to Peter? Herod gave orders to search for him, but they could not find him. So he had the guards questioned and ordered them put to death. After this, Herod left Judea and spent some time in Caesarea.

The Death of Herod Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, so they went in a group to see him. First they convinced Blastus, the man in charge of the palace, that he should help them. Then they went to Herod and asked him for peace, because their country got its food supplies from the king's country. On a chosen day Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to the people. “It isn't a man speaking, but a god!” they shouted. At once the angel of YAHWEH struck Herod down, because he did not give honor to God. He was eaten by worms and died. Meanwhile the word of God continued to spread and grow. Barnabas and Saul finished their mission and returned from Jerusalem, taking John Mark with them.

Reflect

What action did the church take when Peter was arrested? How was Peter rescued? What did the angel say to him? What were Peter’s thoughts while he was leaving the prison? What does this reading teach you about belonging to a community of faith?

Peter is criticized by Jewish Christians for meeting with Gentiles, and he defends his actions. The remaining half of the chapter (beginning with verse 19) focuses on the expansion of the Gospel beyond Palestine. The church in Jerusalem sends Barnabas to Antioch (in Syria), and Barnabas invites Saul to join him.

Acts 11:15 [Peter said]: “When I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them just as on us at the beginning.”

Peter's Report to the Church at Jerusalem

1The apostles and the other believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.2When Peter went to Jerusalem, those who were in favor of circumcising Gentiles criticized him, saying,3“You were a guest in the home of uncircumcised Gentiles, and you even ate with them!”4So Peter gave them a complete account of what had happened from the very beginning:

5“While I was praying in the city of Joppa, I had a vision. I saw something coming down that looked like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it stopped next to me.6I looked closely inside and saw domesticated and wild animals, reptiles, and wild birds.7Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat!’8But I said, ‘Certainly not, Lord! No ritually unclean or defiled food has ever entered my mouth.’9The voice spoke again from heaven, ‘Do not consider anything unclean that God has declared clean.’10This happened three times, and finally the whole thing was drawn back up into heaven.11At that very moment three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where I was staying.12The Spirit told me to go with them without hesitation. These six fellow believers from Joppa accompanied me to Caesarea, and we all went into the house of Cornelius.13He told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, ‘Send someone to Joppa for a man whose full name is Simon Peter.14He will speak words to you by which you and all your family will be saved.’15And when I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them just as on us at the beginning.16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’17It is clear that God gave those Gentiles the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ; who was I, then, to try to stop God!”

18When they heard this, they stopped their criticism and praised God, saying, “Then God has given to the Gentiles also the opportunity to repent and live!”

The Church at Antioch

19 Some of the believers who were scattered by the persecution which took place when Stephen was killed went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, telling the message to Jews only.20But other believers, who were from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and proclaimed the message to Gentiles also, telling them the Good News about the Lord Jesus.21The Lord's power was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

22The news about this reached the church in Jerusalem, so they sent Barnabas to Antioch.23When he arrived and saw how God had blessed the people, he was glad and urged them all to be faithful and true to the Lord with all their hearts.24Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and many people were brought to the Lord.

25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul.26When he found him, he took him to Antioch, and for a whole year the two met with the people of the church and taught a large group. It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.

27About that time some prophets went from Jerusalem to Antioch.28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and by the power of the Spirit predicted that a severe famine was about to come over all the earth. (It came when Claudius was emperor.)29The disciples decided that they each would send as much as they could to help their fellow believers who lived in Judea.30They did this, then, and sent the money to the church elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Reflect

Why was Peter criticized? What did the Jewish Christians seek to impose on the Gentile Christians (verse 2)? How did Peter respond? How did the church leaders react to Peter’s speech? In what ways does your community of faith invite and welcome those who wish to become members?

Pray

Holy God, by your Holy Spirit, empower me to proclaim boldly the Good News of Jesus Christ and the message of your love and salvation. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those seeking to join a community of faith

Then he asked the people, “What does our Law allow us to do on the Sabbath? To help or harm? To save someone’s life or to destroy it?”

The Man with a Paralyzed Hand

(Matthew 12.9-14; Luke 6.6-11)

1Then Jesus went back to the synagogue, where there was a man who had a paralyzed hand.2Some people were there who wanted to accuse Jesus of doing wrong; so they watched him closely to see whether he would cure the man on the Sabbath.3Jesus said to the man, “Come up here to the front.”4Then he asked the people, “What does our Law allow us to do on the Sabbath? To help or to harm? To save someone's life or to destroy it?”

But they did not say a thing.5Jesus was angry as he looked around at them, but at the same time he felt sorry for them, because they were so stubborn and wrong. Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and it became well again.6So the Pharisees left the synagogue and met at once with some members of Herod's party, and they made plans to kill Jesus.

A Crowd by the Lake

7Jesus and his disciples went away to Lake Galilee, and a large crowd followed him. They had come from Galilee, from Judea,8from Jerusalem, from the territory of Idumea, from the territory on the east side of the Jordan, and from the region around the cities of Tyre and Sidon. All these people came to Jesus because they had heard of the things he was doing.9 The crowd was so large that Jesus told his disciples to get a boat ready for him, so that the people would not crush him.10He had healed many people, and all the sick kept pushing their way to him in order to touch him.11And whenever the people who had evil spirits in them saw him, they would fall down before him and scream, “You are the Son of God!”

12Jesus sternly ordered the evil spirits not to tell anyone who he was.

Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles

(Matthew 10.1-4; Luke 6.12-16)

13Then Jesus went up a hill and called to himself the men he wanted. They came to him,14and he chose twelve, whom he named apostles. “I have chosen you to be with me,” he told them. “I will also send you out to preach,15and you will have authority to drive out demons.”

16These are the twelve he chose: Simon (Jesus gave him the name Peter);17James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee (Jesus gave them the name Boanerges, which means “Men of Thunder”);18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Patriot,19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.

Reflect

How does Jesus respond to those who challenge his healing someone on the Sabbath (verse 4)? What causes the kind of stubbornness exhibited by the Pharisees in today’s reading? Do you see evidence of this kind of stubbornness today? Explain.

Pray

Lord Jesus, even in our sinful state, you look upon us with love and compassion, teaching us to abandon stubbornness and pride so that our actions reflect your goodness and mercy. Help me to overcome whatever prevents me from acting in a way that is pleasing to you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Emergency medical workers

After preaching to a large crowd of people and teaching about the Kingdom of God by means of several more parables, Jesus and the disciples cross Lake Galilee by boat. A storm erupts and Jesus orders the wind and waves to be still.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 4:41b

“Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Today’s Reading

A Lamp under a Bowl

(Luke 8.16-18)

21 Jesus continued, “Does anyone ever bring in a lamp and put it under a bowl or under the bed? Isn't it put on the lampstand?22 Whatever is hidden away will be brought out into the open, and whatever is covered up will be uncovered.23Listen, then, if you have ears!”

24 He also said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear! The same rules you use to judge others will be used by God to judge you—but with even greater severity.25 Those who have something will be given more, and those who have nothing will have taken away from them even the little they have.”

The Parable of the Growing Seed

26Jesus went on to say, “The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field.27He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens.28The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the head, and finally the head full of grain.29 When the grain is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

(Matthew 13.31,32,34; Luke 13.18,19)

30“What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus. “What parable shall we use to explain it?31It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground.32After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade.”

33Jesus preached his message to the people, using many other parables like these; he told them as much as they could understand.34He would not speak to them without using parables, but when he was alone with his disciples, he would explain everything to them.

Jesus Calms a Storm

(Matthew 8.23-27; Luke 8.22-25)

35On the evening of that same day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.”36So they left the crowd; the disciples got into the boat in which Jesus was already sitting, and they took him with them. Other boats were there too.37Suddenly a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water.38Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The disciples woke him up and said, “Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?”

39Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, “Be quiet!” and he said to the waves, “Be still!” The wind died down, and there was a great calm.40Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?”

41But they were terribly afraid and began to say to one another, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Reflect

What do the parables in today’s reading teach you about the Kingdom of God? Why did Jesus question the disciples’ faith (verse 40)? Have you ever experienced a crisis of faith? If so, what did you do? Why were the disciples still afraid, even after Jesus calmed the storm (verse 41)?

Pray

Lord Jesus, just as you calmed the wind and waves, you alone offer me the peace and calm that comes from knowing you. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the storms of life that come my way, remind me of your presence and surround me with your peace. Trusting in you, I am comforted by the security of your love. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Seafarers

Psalm 1: We begin the new year with Psalm 1 which, along with Psalm 2, serves as an introduction to the Psalter and the way of piety. In today’s reading, the righteous are distinguished from those who are wicked. The Law of the LORD is at the heart of righteousness.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 1:6a

The righteous are guided and protected by the LORD.

Today’s Reading

BOOK ONE

(Psalms 1–41)

True Happiness

1Happy are those

who reject the advice of evil people,

who do not follow the example of sinners

or join those who have no use for God.

2Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord,

and they study it day and night.

3 They are like trees that grow beside a stream,

that bear fruit at the right time,

and whose leaves do not dry up.

They succeed in everything they do.

4But evil people are not like this at all;

they are like straw that the wind blows away.

5Sinners will be condemned by God

and kept apart from God's own people.

6The righteous are guided and protected by the Lord,

but the evil are on the way to their doom.

Reflect

Verse 3 compares people who follow the Law to trees growing beside a stream. Such trees put down deep roots to allow them to be healthy and bear fruit even in times of little rain. Does this comparison resonate with your life of faith? Why or why not?

Pray

Holy God, like trees of your creation, you nurture and sustain your people to grow, deepen, and mature. Help me to set down deep roots, that my faith may bear fruit throughout the seasons of this new year. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those making a commitment to grow and deepen their faith

This psalm is about the wonders of God and the goodness of God’s Law. It describes how the laws of nature reveal God’s glory. Just as the law gives new life to creation, so it gives new life to people. God’s teachings help people to live rightly. This psalm ends with a prayer for forgiveness and an appeal for God’s favor.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 19:8a

The laws of the LORD are right, and those who obey them are happy.

Today’s Reading

God's Glory in Creation

1How clearly the sky reveals God's glory!

How plainly it shows what he has done!

2Each day announces it to the following day;

each night repeats it to the next.

3No speech or words are used,

no sound is heard;

4 yet their message goes out to all the world

and is heard to the ends of the earth.

God made a home in the sky for the sun;

5it comes out in the morning like a happy bridegroom,

like an athlete eager to run a race.

6It starts at one end of the sky

and goes across to the other.

Nothing can hide from its heat.

The Law of the Lord

7The law of the Lord is perfect;

it gives new strength.

The commands of the Lord are trustworthy,

giving wisdom to those who lack it.

8The laws of the Lord are right,

and those who obey them are happy.

The commands of the Lord are just

and give understanding to the mind.

9Reverence for the Lord is good;

it will continue forever.

The judgments of the Lord are just;

they are always fair.

10They are more desirable than the finest gold;

they are sweeter than the purest honey.

11They give knowledge to me, your servant;

I am rewarded for obeying them.

12None of us can see our own errors;

deliver me, Lord, from hidden faults!

13Keep me safe, also, from willful sins;

don't let them rule over me.

Then I shall be perfect

and free from the evil of sin.

14May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you,

O Lord, my refuge and my redeemer!

Reflect

The Hebrew word for “Law” means “teaching.” God’s teaching included written commandments given in the Torah (the first five books in the Bible), but prophets and priests were constantly reinterpreting this material. Obeying God’s teaching brings protection and wisdom. In practical terms, how does obeying God’s teaching bring protection and wisdom in your life?

Pray

Lord God, your teachings give me new life. Your Law is perfect, trustworthy, right, and just. May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O LORD, my refuge and my redeemer. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those engaged in Bible study

God’s Guiding Word

Mark 4:21-41: After preaching to a large crowd of people and teaching about the Kingdom of God by means of several more parables, Jesus and the disciples cross Lake Galilee by boat. A storm erupts and Jesus orders the wind and waves to be still.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 4:41b

“Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Today’s Reading

A Lamp under a Bowl

(Luke 8.16-18)

21 Jesus continued, “Does anyone ever bring in a lamp and put it under a bowl or under the bed? Isn't it put on the lampstand?22 Whatever is hidden away will be brought out into the open, and whatever is covered up will be uncovered.23Listen, then, if you have ears!”

24 He also said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear! The same rules you use to judge others will be used by God to judge you—but with even greater severity.25 Those who have something will be given more, and those who have nothing will have taken away from them even the little they have.”

The Parable of the Growing Seed

26Jesus went on to say, “The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field.27He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens.28The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the head, and finally the head full of grain.29 When the grain is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

(Matthew 13.31,32,34; Luke 13.18,19)

30“What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus. “What parable shall we use to explain it?31It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground.32After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade.”

33Jesus preached his message to the people, using many other parables like these; he told them as much as they could understand.34He would not speak to them without using parables, but when he was alone with his disciples, he would explain everything to them.

Jesus Calms a Storm

(Matthew 8.23-27; Luke 8.22-25)

35On the evening of that same day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.”36So they left the crowd; the disciples got into the boat in which Jesus was already sitting, and they took him with them. Other boats were there too.37Suddenly a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water.38Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The disciples woke him up and said, “Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?”

39Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, “Be quiet!” and he said to the waves, “Be still!” The wind died down, and there was a great calm.40Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?”

41But they were terribly afraid and began to say to one another, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Reflect

What do the parables in today’s reading teach you about the Kingdom of God? Why did Jesus question the disciples’ faith (verse 40)? Have you ever experienced a crisis of faith? If so, what did you do? Why were the disciples still afraid, even after Jesus calmed the storm (verse 41)?

Pray

Lord Jesus, just as you calmed the wind and waves, you alone offer me the peace and calm that comes from knowing you. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the storms of life that come my way, remind me of your presence and surround me with your peace. Trusting in you, I am comforted by the security of your love. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Seafarers


ntroduction

Mark 3:20-35: Members of Jesus’ family become concerned about him, and certain religious leaders claim that Jesus is possessed by a demon. When Jesus’ family asks to see him, he defines family in a way that extends beyond blood relations.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 3:35

“Whoever does what God wants is my brother, my sister, my mother.”

Today’s Reading

Jesus and Beelzebul

(Matthew 12.22-32; Luke 11.14-23; 12.10)

20Then Jesus went home. Again such a large crowd gathered that Jesus and his disciples had no time to eat.21When his family heard about it, they set out to take charge of him, because people were saying, “He's gone mad!”

22 Some teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem were saying, “He has Beelzebul in him! It is the chief of the demons who gives him the power to drive them out.”

23So Jesus called them to him and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?24If a country divides itself into groups which fight each other, that country will fall apart.25If a family divides itself into groups which fight each other, that family will fall apart.26So if Satan's kingdom divides into groups, it cannot last, but will fall apart and come to an end.

27“No one can break into a strong man's house and take away his belongings unless he first ties up the strong man; then he can plunder his house.

28“I assure you that people can be forgiven all their sins and all the evil things they may say. 29 But whoever says evil things against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, because he has committed an eternal sin.” (30Jesus said this because some people were saying, “He has an evil spirit in him.”)

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

(Matthew 12.46-50; Luke 8.19-21)

31Then Jesus' mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside the house and sent in a message, asking for him.32A crowd was sitting around Jesus, and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, and they want you.”

33Jesus answered, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”34He looked at the people sitting around him and said, “Look! Here are my mother and my brothers!35Whoever does what God wants is my brother, my sister, my mother.”

Reflect

How does Jesus respond to those who claim he is possessed by a demon? What are your thoughts concerning Jesus’ response to his family (verses 34, 35)? According to Jesus, what is required to be a member of Jesus’ family?

Pray

Lord Jesus, you welcome all who seek to follow you. I seek to do your will. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your family in the Kingdom of God. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Foster parents

Introduction

Mark 3:1-19: Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath, and his action angers the Pharisees who begin to make plans to kill Jesus. Large crowds follow Jesus, many coming to be healed. Jesus chooses twelve of his followers to be with him and names them apostles.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 3:4

Then he asked the people, “What does our Law allow us to do on the Sabbath? To help or harm? To save someone’s life or to destroy it?”

Today’s Reading

The Man with a Paralyzed Hand

(Matthew 12.9-14; Luke 6.6-11)

1Then Jesus went back to the synagogue, where there was a man who had a paralyzed hand.2Some people were there who wanted to accuse Jesus of doing wrong; so they watched him closely to see whether he would cure the man on the Sabbath.3Jesus said to the man, “Come up here to the front.”4Then he asked the people, “What does our Law allow us to do on the Sabbath? To help or to harm? To save someone's life or to destroy it?”

But they did not say a thing.5Jesus was angry as he looked around at them, but at the same time he felt sorry for them, because they were so stubborn and wrong. Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and it became well again.6So the Pharisees left the synagogue and met at once with some members of Herod's party, and they made plans to kill Jesus.

A Crowd by the Lake

7Jesus and his disciples went away to Lake Galilee, and a large crowd followed him. They had come from Galilee, from Judea,8from Jerusalem, from the territory of Idumea, from the territory on the east side of the Jordan, and from the region around the cities of Tyre and Sidon. All these people came to Jesus because they had heard of the things he was doing.9 The crowd was so large that Jesus told his disciples to get a boat ready for him, so that the people would not crush him.10He had healed many people, and all the sick kept pushing their way to him in order to touch him.11And whenever the people who had evil spirits in them saw him, they would fall down before him and scream, “You are the Son of God!”

12Jesus sternly ordered the evil spirits not to tell anyone who he was.

Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles

(Matthew 10.1-4; Luke 6.12-16)

13Then Jesus went up a hill and called to himself the men he wanted. They came to him,14and he chose twelve, whom he named apostles. “I have chosen you to be with me,” he told them. “I will also send you out to preach,15and you will have authority to drive out demons.”

16These are the twelve he chose: Simon (Jesus gave him the name Peter);17James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee (Jesus gave them the name Boanerges, which means “Men of Thunder”);18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Patriot,19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.

Reflect

How does Jesus respond to those who challenge his healing someone on the Sabbath (verse 4)? What causes the kind of stubbornness exhibited by the Pharisees in today’s reading? Do you see evidence of this kind of stubbornness today? Explain.

Pray

Lord Jesus, even in our sinful state, you look upon us with love and compassion, teaching us to abandon stubbornness and pride so that our actions reflect your goodness and mercy. Help me to overcome whatever prevents me from acting in a way that is pleasing to you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Emergency medical workers

psalm that celebrates the joy of being and living in God’s presence. let's express longing to be in Your Temple YAHWEH .we long to be in YOUR Temple GOD . With our whole being we sing for joy to YOU the living God.

Longing for God's House

How I love Your Temple, YAHWEH Almighty!

How I want to be there!

I long to be in YOUR Temple.

With my whole being I sing for joy

to the living God.

Even the sparrows have built a nest,

and the swallows have their own home;

they keep their young near your altars,

YAHWEH Almighty, my king and my God.

How happy are those who live in YOUR Temple,

always singing praise to YOU.

How happy are those whose strength comes from YOU,

who are eager to make the pilgrimage to Mount Zion.

As they pass through the dry valley of Baca,

it becomes a place of springs;

the autumn rain fills it with pools.

They grow stronger as they go;

they will see the God of gods on Zion.

Hear my prayer, God Almighty.

Listen, O God of Jacob!

Bless our king, O God,

the king YOU have chosen.

One day spent in Your Temple

is better than a thousand anywhere else;

I would rather stand at the gate of the house of my God

than live in the homes of the wicked.

YAHWEH You are our protector and glorious king,

blessing us with kindness and honor.

YOU do not refuse any good thing

to those who do what is right.

12Lord Almighty, how happy are those who trust in you!

Reflect

How many times does the word “happy” appear in this psalm? What brings about this happiness? What makes you happy? How is happiness experienced in your community of faith?

Pray Almighty God, with our whole being we sing for joy and praise your holy name. You are my source of strength, and my joy comes from trusting in you. Amen. Prayer Concern Those dealing with depression

John the Baptist being questioned by the religious authorities who wish to know if he is the Messiah. John responds by saying he is not. When John sees Jesus the next day, he testifies that Jesus is the Son of God.

Today’s Scripture: John 1:29

The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Today’s Reading

John the Baptist's Message

(Matthew 3.1-12; Mark 1.1-8; Luke 3.1-18)

19The Jewish authorities in Jerusalem sent some priests and Levites to John to ask him, “Who are you?”

20John did not refuse to answer, but spoke out openly and clearly, saying: “I am not the Messiah.”

21 “Who are you, then?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”

“No, I am not,” John answered.

“Are you the Prophet?” they asked.

“No,” he replied.

22“Then tell us who you are,” they said. “We have to take an answer back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

23 John answered by quoting the prophet Isaiah:

“I am ‘the voice of someone shouting in the desert:

Make a straight path for the Lord to travel!’”

24The messengers, who had been sent by the Pharisees,25then asked John, “If you are not the Messiah nor Elijah nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?”

26John answered, “I baptize with water, but among you stands the one you do not know.27He is coming after me, but I am not good enough even to untie his sandals.”

28All this happened in Bethany on the east side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.

The Lamb of God

29The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!30This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.’31I did not know who he would be, but I came baptizing with water in order to make him known to the people of Israel.”

32And John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and stay on him.33I still did not know that he was the one, but God, who sent me to baptize with water, had said to me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down and stay on a man; he is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’34I have seen it,” said John, “and I tell you that he is the Son of God.”

Reflect

What does John the Baptist say about Jesus? What does he say about himself? What can you learn from today’s reading about being a witness for Jesus?

Pray

YAHWEH , Yahshua is indeed the Lamb of God who takes away our sin. You willingly sacrificed your life for my sake and rose again to free me from bondage to sin and death and grant me eternal life. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for loving me so. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Evangelists

Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem where Jesus is born. Angels announce the news of his birth to shepherds in a nearby field. The shepherds hurry off and find the baby Jesus in a manger.

Today’s Scripture: Luke 2:11

“This very day in David’s town your Savior was born—Christ the Lord!”

Today’s Reading

The Birth of Jesus

(Matthew 1.18-25)

1At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire.2When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria.3Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown.

4Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David.5He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant,6and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby.7She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks.9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid,10but the angel said to them, “Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people.11This very day in David's town your Savior was born—Christ the Lord!12And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God:

14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!”

15When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us.”

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger.17When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child.18All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said.19Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them.20The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them.

Reflect

Luke’s account of Jesus’ humble birth is set against the backdrop of the political situation at that time. A census had been ordered by Emperor Augustus to regulate the collection of taxes, an indication of Rome’s domination over the people. The titles given to Jesus in the angel’s message to the shepherds (Savior and Lord) were also used at that time for the emperor. Shepherds were on the low end of the social scale, yet they are the first to hear the news of Jesus’ birth. Why do you think they were chosen to hear the angel’s message? For whom is Jesus’ birth good news today? Why?

Pray

Glory to God in the highest! YAHWEH , we join in singing the angels’ song and celebrate your birth. You are ou Savior, and the good news of your Son's birth fills us with great joy. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Christmas Eve worshipers

Today’s reading is in the form of a prologue that introduces the key themes of John’s Gospel. Jesus is described as the Word who already existed with God and whose life “brought light to people.” John the Baptist is described as one who bore witness to the light.

Today’s Scripture: John 1:14a

The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us.

Today’s Reading

The Word of Life

1In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2From the very beginning the Word was with God.3Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him.4The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people.5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.

6 God sent his messenger, a man named John,7who came to tell people about the light, so that all should hear the message and believe.8He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light.9This was the real light—the light that comes into the world and shines on all people.

10The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him.11He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him.12Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children.13They did not become God's children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father.

14The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son.

15John spoke about him. He cried out, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.’”

16Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another.17God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

Reflect

Jesus is presented as the Word who was with God when God created and gave life to everything. The opening words, “In the beginning,” hearken back to Genesis 1. The first thing God created was light. How many times does the word “light” appear in today’s reading? What does referring to Jesus as “light” mean to you?

Pray

Lord Jesus, you are the Living Word and source of life. You are the true Light that no darkness can overcome. Grace and truth come through you. Out of the fullness of your grace, I am blessed. Because I believe in you, I know that I am a beloved child of God. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming into the world. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who are in spiritual darkness

Mark 13:1-23: Jesus explains to the disciples what will happen to the Temple and to his followers in the future. He foretells the destruction of the Temple and the persecutions his followers will suffer.

Before the end comes, the gospel must be preached to all peoples.

As Jesus was leaving the Temple, one of his disciples said, “Look, Teacher! What wonderful stones and buildings!” Yahshua answered, “You see these great buildings? Not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.” 3 Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, across from the Temple, when Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him in private. “Tell us when this will be,” they said, “and tell us what will happen to show that the time has come for all these things to take place.” Yahshua said to them, “Watch out, and don't let anyone fool you. 6 Many men, claiming to speak for me, will come and say, “I am he!” and they will fool many people. 7 And don't be troubled when you hear the noise of battles close by and news of battles far away. Such things must happen, but they do not mean that the end has come. 8 Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another. There will be earthquakes everywhere, and there will be famines. These things are like the first pains of childbirth. 9 You yourselves must watch out. You will be arrested and taken to court. You will be beaten in the synagogues; you will stand before rulers and kings for my sake to tell them the Good News. 10 But before the end comes, the gospel must be preached to all peoples. 11 And when you are arrested and taken to court, do not worry ahead of time about what you are going to say; when the time comes, say whatever is then given to you. For the words you speak will not be yours; they will come from the Holy Spirit. 12 Men will hand over their own brothers to be put to death, and fathers will do the same to their children. Children will turn against their parents and have them put to death. 13 Everyone will hate you because of me. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved. 14 “You will see “The Awful Horror” standing in the place where he should not be. ” (Note to the reader: understand what this means!) Then those who are in Judea must run away to the hills. 15 Someone who is on the roof of a house must not lose time by going down into the house to get anything to take along. 16 Someone who is in the field must not go back to the house for a cloak. 17 How terrible it will be in those days for women who are pregnant and for mothers with little babies! 18 Pray to God that these things will not happen in the winter! 19 For the trouble of those days will be far worse than any the world has ever known from the very beginning when God created the world until the present time. Nor will there ever be anything like it again. 20 But the Lord has reduced the number of those days; if he had not, nobody would survive. For the sake of his chosen people, however, he has reduced those days. 21 Then, if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Messiah!” or, “Look, there he is!”—do not believe it. 22 For false Messiahs and false prophets will appear. They will perform miracles and wonders in order to deceive even God's chosen people, if possible. 23 Be on your guard! I have told you everything ahead of time.  

Reflect

The word “apocalypse” comes from the Greek word apokalypsis which means a revealing or unveiling. Mark 13 is sometimes referred to as the “Little Apocalypse” because Jesus foretells of future events. What are your thoughts when reading what Jesus tells his followers?

Prayer Concern Christians who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus

God’s Word: Sending Us Forth With a Thankful Heart Psalm 8 This psalm of praise describes the role of human beings in relation to all of creation. The psalm begins and ends with the same verse, celebrating God’s greatness in all the world. Our YAHWEH your greatness is seen in all the world. Your praise reaches up to the heavens; it is sung by children and babies. You are safe and secure from all Your enemies; YOU stop anyone who opposes YOU. When I look at the sky, which You have made, at the moon and the stars, which YOU set in their places— what are human beings, that YOU think of them; mere mortals, that YOU care for them? Yet YOU made them inferior only to Yourself; YOU crowned them with glory and honor. You appointed them rulers over everything You made; You placed them over all creation: sheep and cattle, and the wild animals; the birds and the fish and the creatures in the seas. Reflect Reread verses 5-8. What do these verses say about human beings? This description is similar to what is recorded in Genesis 1:26-28. According to verses 5 and 6, God has “crowned them with glory and honor” and “appointed them rulers over everything YAHWEH made” and “placed them over all creation.” Does such glory and honor carry responsibilities for human beings with regard to creation? Explain.Pray YAHWEH, Your greatness is seen in all the world. Teach us to be a faithful steward of Your creation. With a thankful heart, we sing praises to You and glorify Your holy name. Amen.Prayer Concern All earth’s creatures

God's folly is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength. John 3 Holy Bible = we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
[3] Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
[4] Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
[5] Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
[6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
[7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
[8] The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
[9] Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
[10] Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
[11] Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
[12] If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
[13] And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
[14] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
[15] That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
[18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

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this seem to be saying the obvious truth; GOD YOU d like all brethren to be anticonformists for most conformists things are against YOU GOD ,imoral, wicked ect / evidence <<< God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful. 28 He chose what the world looks down on and despises and thinks is nothing, in order to destroy what the world thinks is important.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom / The wisdom and power of God sets up a dichotomy whereby the worldly standards of wisdom and power are rejected. Paul reminds the Corinthians of their own humble social status, and that God chooses what the world looks down on and reverses the social order 1 Corinthians 1:30a God has brought you into union with Christ Jesus, and God has made Christ to be our wisdom.

now mankind cant say its bad to say were brainless for this is what YOU seem to say GOD, some humans say we cant say humans are mentally retarded for tis a judgement, no caus some humans say it not like a judgement by at a sad reality, a sad +ashamed constatation and YAHWEH YOU believe were mentally retarded right? so this is not an insult as YAHWEH dont insult YOU and some good intentioned humans dont try to insult offend but to show a truth, thats all, no need to motner sur ses grands chevaux , we say just liek GOD , as a reality, or as a what? not as a brain attack , evidence : <<< For the message about Christ's death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is God's power. The scripture says, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and set aside the understanding of the scholars.” So then, where does that leave the wise? or the scholars? or the skillful debaters of this world? God has shown that this world's wisdom is foolishness! For God in His wisdom made it impossible for people to know him by means of their own wisdom. Instead, by means of the so-called “foolish” message we preach, God decided to save those who believe. Jews want miracles for proof, and Greeks look for wisdom. As for us, we proclaim the crucified Christ, a message that is offensive to the Jews and nonsense to the Gentiles; but for those whom God has called, both Jews and Gentiles, this message is Christ, who is the power of God and the wisdom of God.For what seems to be God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and what seems to be God's weakness is stronger than human strength. Now remember what you were, my friends, when God called you. From the human point of view few of you were wise or powerful or of high social standing. God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful. He chose what the world looks down on and despises and thinks is nothing, in order to destroy what the world thinks is important. This means that no one can boast in God's presence. But God has brought you into union with Christ Jesus, and God has made Christ to be our wisdom. By him we are put right with God; we become God's holy people and are set free. So then, as the scripture says, “Whoever wants to boast must boast of what GOD has done.” Why does Paul say that Christ’s death on the cross is “God’s power”? What is the “foolish” message that Paul preaches and why does he say it is foolish? To whom is the message foolish? To whom is the message good news? Why does Paul say that Christ is our wisdom? Paul says that whoever wants to boast must boast of what GOD has done. What does this mean for you? Pray God of power and wisdom, remind us all of all that YOU have done so that we may proclaim the good news of Your salvation and boast about Your wondrous deeds and gracious love. Keep us humble and faithful so that we glorify YOU in all we say and do. Amen. Prayer Concern Those who need to hear and understand the Good News of Yahweh’s salvation

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Corinthians 2:1-16 God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom Corinthians 2:1-16: Paul reminds the Corinthians that, when he first arrived, he did not use eloquent words to preach “God’s secret truth” because the message of Christ’s death on the cross was of paramount importance. Paul contrasts the world’s wisdom with “God’s secret wisdom” and explains the role of the God’s Spirit in revealing God’s truth. Your faith, then, does not rest on human wisdom but on God’s power. Reading / When I came to you, my friends, to preach God's secret truth, I did not use big words and great learning. 2 For while I was with you, I made up my mind to forget everything except Jesus Christ and especially his death on the cross. 3 So when I came to you, I was weak and trembled all over with fear, 4 and my teaching and message were not delivered with skillful words of human wisdom, but with convincing proof of the power of God's Spirit. 5 Your faith, then, does not rest on human wisdom but on God's power. 6 Yet I do proclaim a message of wisdom to those who are spiritually mature. But it is not the wisdom that belongs to this world or to the powers that rule this world—powers that are losing their power. 7 The wisdom I proclaim is God's secret wisdom, which is hidden from human beings, but which he had already chosen for our glory even before the world was made. 8 None of the rulers of this world knew this wisdom. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as the scripture says, “What no one ever saw or heard, what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love him.” 10 But it was to us that God made known his secret by means of his Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, even the hidden depths of God's purposes. 11 It is only our own spirit within us that knows all about us; in the same way, only God's Spirit knows all about God. 12 We have not received this world's spirit; instead, we have received the Spirit sent by God, so that we may know all that God has given us. 13 So then, we do not speak in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual truths to those who have the Spirit. 14 Whoever does not have the Spirit cannot receive the gifts that come from God's Spirit. Such a person really does not understand them, and they seem to be nonsense, because their value can be judged only on a spiritual basis. 15 Whoever has the Spirit, however, is able to judge the value of everything, but no one is able to judge him. 16 As the scripture says, “Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice?”  

Reflect How does Paul describe himself in verses 1-5? What does he say enabled him to deliver his message to the Corinthians? Reread verse 2. Why is Jesus’ death on the cross central to Paul’s message? What is “God’s secret truth” and “God secret wisdom”? Why was this wisdom hidden from the rulers of the world? Is such wisdom still hidden today? What does Paul say about God’s Spirit? In what ways has God’s Spirit enlightened your understanding of “God’s secret truth” and “God’s secret wisdom”?

Prayer Concern / Seminary students

God’s Word: Sending Us Forth With a Thankful Heart

Psalm 24: This psalm begins by acknowledging that all the world belongs to God and continues with a question/answer format regarding who may enter the Temple and come into God’s presence. It concludes with praise for the LORD, “the great king.” The reference to the “LORD’s hill” (verse 3) would be Mount Zion in Jerusalem where the Temple was built.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 24:10

Who is this great king? The triumphant LORD – he is the great king!

Today’s Reading

1 The world and all that is in it belong to the LORD; the earth and all who live on it are his. 2 He built it on the deep waters beneath the earth and laid its foundations in the ocean depths. 3 Who has the right to go up the LORD's hill? Who may enter his holy Temple? 4 Those who are pure in act and in thought, who do not worship idols or make false promises. 5 The LORD will bless them and save them; God will declare them innocent. 6 Such are the people who come to God, who come into the presence of the God of Jacob. 7 Fling wide the gates, open the ancient doors, and the great king will come in. 8 Who is this great king? He is the LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, victorious in battle. 9 Fling wide the gates, open the ancient doors, and the great king will come in. 10 Who is this great king? The triumphant LORD —he is the great king!  

Reflect

Most likely this psalm was sung as a liturgical hymn when entering the Temple and as the Covenant Box was being carried in. The Covenant Box was regarded as the earthly throne of God. Verses 3, 8, and 10 may have been sung in a responsive manner, with the priests singing the questions and the worshipers responding. How do you envision the procession while this psalm is being sung? How is God being praised in this psalm? According to verses 4-6, who may “enter his holy Temple?”

Prayer Concern Church custodians

God’s Word: Offering Us True Joy

Introduction

Luke 1:26-56: The angel Gabriel is sent by God to Mary of Nazareth to announce that she is favored by God and chosen to be the mother of God’s Son. The angel tells Mary about Elizabeth’s pregnancy, and Mary then visits Elizabeth in Judea. The reading concludes with Mary’s song of praise, known in various faith traditions as the Magnificat (from the Latin “magnify”).

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39Soon afterward Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea.40She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth.41When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby moved within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit42 and said in a loud voice, “You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear!43Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord's mother comes to visit me?44For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness.45How happy you are to believe that the Lord's message to you will come true!”

Mary's Song of Praise

46Mary said,

“My heart praises the Lord;

47my soul is glad because of God my Savior,

48 for he has remembered me, his lowly servant!

From now on all people will call me happy,

49because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me.

His name is holy;

50from one generation to another

he shows mercy to those who honor him.

51He has stretched out his mighty arm

and scattered the proud with all their plans.

52 He has brought down mighty kings from their thrones,

and lifted up the lowly.

53He has filled the hungry with good things,

and sent the rich away with empty hands.

54He has kept the promise he made to our ancestors,

and has come to the help of his servant Israel.

55 He has remembered to show mercy to Abraham

and to all his descendants forever!”

56Mary stayed about three months with Elizabeth and then went back home.

Reflect

Today’s reading takes on the form of a dialogue between the angel Gabriel and Mary of Nazareth. Luke records three reactions on Mary’s part to the angel’s message. How does Mary react when the angel first speaks to her (verse 29)? What does the angel say next (verses 30-33)? What is Mary’s response (verse 34)? How does the angel reassure Mary (verses 35-37)? What do Mary’s final response (verse 38) and her song (verses 46-55) reveal about her?

Luke 1:57-80: Today’s reading picks up the storyline from verse 25. John the Baptist is born and Zechariah is once again able to speak. The Holy Spirit enables him to prophesy concerning his son, and he praises God.

“You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his road for him, to tell his people that they will be saved by having their sins forgiven.”

The Birth of John the Baptist

57The time came for Elizabeth to have her baby, and she gave birth to a son.58Her neighbors and relatives heard how wonderfully good the Lord had been to her, and they all rejoiced with her.

59 When the baby was a week old, they came to circumcise him, and they were going to name him Zechariah, after his father.60But his mother said, “No! His name is to be John.”

61They said to her, “But you don't have any relative with that name!”62Then they made signs to his father, asking him what name he would like the boy to have.

63Zechariah asked for a writing pad and wrote, “His name is John.” How surprised they all were!64At that moment Zechariah was able to speak again, and he started praising God.65The neighbors were all filled with fear, and the news about these things spread through all the hill country of Judea.66Everyone who heard of it thought about it and asked, “What is this child going to be?” For it was plain that the Lord's power was upon him.

Zechariah's Prophecy

67John's father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he spoke God's message:

68“Let us praise the Lord, the God of Israel!

He has come to the help of his people and has set them free.

69He has provided for us a mighty Savior,

a descendant of his servant David.

70He promised through his holy prophets long ago

71that he would save us from our enemies,

from the power of all those who hate us.

72He said he would show mercy to our ancestors

and remember his sacred covenant.

73-74With a solemn oath to our ancestor Abraham

he promised to rescue us from our enemies

and allow us to serve him without fear,

75so that we might be holy and righteous before him

all the days of our life.

76 “You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God.

You will go ahead of the Lord

to prepare his road for him,

77to tell his people that they will be saved

by having their sins forgiven.

78Our God is merciful and tender.

He will cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us

79 and to shine from heaven on all those who live in the dark shadow of death,

to guide our steps into the path of peace.”

80The child grew and developed in body and spirit. He lived in the desert until the day when he appeared publicly to the people of Israel.

Reflect

Just as Elizabeth had been filled with the Holy Spirit when she greeted Mary (Luke 1:41), Zechariah is “filled with the Holy Spirit” (verse 67) following the circumcision of his son, and he is now able to speak again. What caused Zechariah and Elizabeth’s neighbors to be “filled with fear” (verse 65)? In a manner similar to Mary’s song of praise (Luke 1:46-55), Zechariah’s prophecy tells of God’s faithfulness. What does Zechariah prophesy about his son? What ancient promises does he recall?


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believe whatever you please / do whatever you please : GOD's enemy's opinions, you can't believe whatever you please, GOD exists, you have a GOD, you must believe whatever HE pleases , do whatever HE pleases / so when you disagree ith humans who think like GOD and you say they ust not force you to think as they do, to be like them, yes, they are right, because you are wrong and they're right / they're trying to make you think lik your GOD and not like the evil one or as you wish  

Pray God of justice, help us to sow seeds of justice this day, and open our eyes and our hearts to the needs of others. In Your holy name we pray, Amen. Prayer Concern Those who speak out against the perversion of animal and human justice

Pray O God, keep us humble when pride and ambition threaten to lead US astray. Let peace prevail when I quarrel over foolish and vain things. Bless those who already demonstrate a servant’s heart, and create, in those of us who do not, a greater willingness to serve others. Amen. Prayer Concern Those clouded by ambition

Pray Loving God, empower all Your beings with the gift of your Holy Spirit so that we might proclaim the good news of Your love and salvation to others. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

pray YAHWEH , YOU call us as daughters and sons, ushering in Your Kingdom , and beckoning us to follow YOU. Strengthen OUR faith as WE seek to do Your will. Amen. We thank YOU , YAHWEH, for welcoming us as we are. You see deep into our heart. Grant us a servant’s heart, and teach us to welcome others in Your name as YOU have welcomed us . Amen. Prayer Concern living beings all around this planet who are victims of exploitation

Today’s reading is the beginning of a lengthy discourse between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. In Jesus’ day, a Jewish man conversing with a woman in public was a violation of social convention. Jesus teaches about life-giving water and worship and reveals to her that he is the Messiah. The Samaritan woman returns to town and tells the people about her encounter with Jesus. The people come to Jesus, listen to his message, and believe he is the Savior of the world.

Jesus leaves Samaria and returns to Galilee. A government official approaches Jesus and begs him to heal his son. The official believes Jesus’ words, and his son is healed. As recorded in John’s Gospel, this is the second miracle that Jesus performed.

Today’s Scripture: John 4:50

Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live!”

Today’s Reading

Jesus Heals an Official's Son

43After spending two days there, Jesus left and went to Galilee.44 For he himself had said, “Prophets are not respected in their own country.”45 When he arrived in Galilee, the people there welcomed him, because they had gone to the Passover Festival in Jerusalem and had seen everything that he had done during the festival.

46 Then Jesus went back to Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. A government official was there whose son was sick in Capernaum.47When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to go to Capernaum and heal his son, who was about to die.48Jesus said to him, “None of you will ever believe unless you see miracles and wonders.”

49“Sir,” replied the official, “come with me before my child dies.”

50Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live!”

The man believed Jesus' words and went.51On his way home his servants met him with the news, “Your boy is going to live!”

52He asked them what time it was when his son got better, and they answered, “It was one o'clock yesterday afternoon when the fever left him.”53Then the father remembered that it was at that very hour when Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” So he and all his family believed.

54This was the second miracle that Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.

Reflect

Why do you think the government official believed Jesus’ words even before he arrived home? What impact did the healing of his son have on his family? What does today’s reading teach you about faith?

Pray

Lord Jesus, I place my faith and trust in you, knowing that nothing is impossible for you. Help me to grow strong in my faith and reach out to those who need to hear your message of love and salvation. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Hospitalized living creatures & the beings they love

Today’s Scripture: John 4:14b

“The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life.”

Today’s Reading

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

1The Pharisees heard that Jesus was winning and baptizing more disciples than John. (2Actually, Jesus himself did not baptize anyone; only his disciples did.)3So when Jesus heard what was being said, he left Judea and went back to Galilee;4on his way there he had to go through Samaria.

5 In Samaria he came to a town named Sychar, which was not far from the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.6Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by the trip, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7A Samaritan woman came to draw some water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink of water.” (8His disciples had gone into town to buy food.)

9 The woman answered, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan—so how can you ask me for a drink?” (Jews will not use the same cups and bowls that Samaritans use.)

10Jesus answered, “If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water.”

11“Sir,” the woman said, “you don't have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where would you get that life-giving water?12It was our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well; he and his children and his flocks all drank from it. You don't claim to be greater than Jacob, do you?”

13Jesus answered, “Those who drink this water will get thirsty again,14but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life.”

15“Sir,” the woman said, “give me that water! Then I will never be thirsty again, nor will I have to come here to draw water.”

16“Go and call your husband,” Jesus told her, “and come back.”

17“I don't have a husband,” she answered.

Jesus replied, “You are right when you say you don't have a husband.18You have been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband. You have told me the truth.”

19“I see you are a prophet, sir,” the woman said.20“My Samaritan ancestors worshiped God on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God.”

21Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem.22You Samaritans do not really know whom you worship; but we Jews know whom we worship, because it is from the Jews that salvation comes.23But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God's Spirit people will worship the Father as he really is, offering him the true worship that he wants.24God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship him as he really is.”

25The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah will come, and when he comes, he will tell us everything.”

26Jesus answered, “I am he, I who am talking with you.”

27At that moment Jesus' disciples returned, and they were greatly surprised to find him talking with a woman. But none of them said to her, “What do you want?” or asked him, “Why are you talking with her?”

28Then the woman left her water jar, went back to the town, and said to the people there,29“Come and see the man who told me everything I have ever done. Could he be the Messiah?”30So they left the town and went to Jesus.

31In the meantime the disciples were begging Jesus, “Teacher, have something to eat!”

32But he answered, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33So the disciples started asking among themselves, “Could somebody have brought him food?”

34“My food,” Jesus said to them, “is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do.35You have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest.’ But I tell you, take a good look at the fields; the crops are now ripe and ready to be harvested!36The one who reaps the harvest is being paid and gathers the crops for eternal life; so the one who plants and the one who reaps will be glad together.37For the saying is true, ‘Someone plants, someone else reaps.’38I have sent you to reap a harvest in a field where you did not work; others worked there, and you profit from their work.”

39Many of the Samaritans in that town believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I have ever done.”40So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them, and Jesus stayed there two days.

41Many more believed because of his message,42and they told the woman, “We believe now, not because of what you said, but because we ourselves have heard him, and we know that he really is the Savior of the world.”

Reflect

How does Jesus initiate his conversation with the Samaritan woman? What is your understanding of the” life-giving water” that Jesus offers? Do you know someone who needs to hear about Jesus’ life-giving water? How did the disciples react when they saw Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman? What is your understanding of the “food” that Jesus speaks of (verse 34)?

Pray

Lord Jesus, you are the Savior of the world. You know everything about me and what is in my heart. By the power of your Holy Spirit, guide me in the way of truth. Thank you for the life-giving water and food you offer and for the gift of eternal life. Teach me to obey your Word and to spread your message of love and forgiveness to those I meet today. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Parts of the world experiencing drought

An angel of YAHWEH commands Philip to go toward Gaza. Along the road he encounters an Ethiopian official who asks Philip to interpret a passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah. Philip tells the Ethiopian the Good News about Jesus and baptizes him. The Spirit of the Lord then carries Philip away, and he preaches the Good News in every town from Azotus to Caesarea.

Acts 8:35 Philip began to speak; starting from this passage of scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus. Philip and the Ethiopian Official An angel of YAHWEH said to Philip, “Get ready and go south to the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This road is not used nowadays.) 27-28So Philip got ready and went. Now an Ethiopian eunuch, who was an important official in charge of the treasury of the queen of Ethiopia, was on his way home. He had been to Jerusalem to worship God and was going back home in his carriage. As he rode along, he was reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.29The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that carriage and stay close to it.”30Philip ran over and heard him reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. He asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

31The official replied, “How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?” And he invited Philip to climb up and sit in the carriage with him.32 The passage of scripture which he was reading was this:

“He was like a sheep that is taken to be slaughtered,

like a lamb that makes no sound when its wool is cut off.

He did not say a word.

33He was humiliated, and justice was denied him.

No one will be able to tell about his descendants,

because his life on earth has come to an end.”

34The official asked Philip, “Tell me, of whom is the prophet saying this? Of himself or of someone else?”35Then Philip began to speak; starting from this passage of scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus.36As they traveled down the road, they came to a place where there was some water, and the official said, “Here is some water. What is to keep me from being baptized?”

38The official ordered the carriage to stop, and both Philip and the official went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. The official did not see him again, but continued on his way, full of joy.40Philip found himself in Azotus; he went on to Caesarea, and on the way he preached the Good News in every town.

Reflect

Philip helps the Ethiopian official to understand the meaning of a Scripture passage. What books, people, or other resources do you turn to in order to help you understand the Scriptures?

Pray

Sovereign God open my eyes and my heart to the meaning of your Word for my life. May I seek your wisdom through the resources you give us and share my understanding of the Holy Scriptures with others. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Seminary professorsSaul was a Pharisee who sought to destroy the Church by persecuting those who believed in Jesus. Saul encounters Jesus on the road to Damascus, and Jesus chooses Saul for a special mission. Saul begins his ministry by preaching in Damascus; his life is threatened, but his followers help him escape.

Today’s Scripture: Acts 9:20

He went straight to the synagogues and began to preach that Jesus was the Son of God.

Today’s Reading

The Conversion of Saul

(Acts 22.6-16; 26.12-18)

1In the meantime Saul kept up his violent threats of murder against the followers of the Lord. He went to the High Priest2and asked for letters of introduction to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he should find there any followers of the Way of the Lord, he would be able to arrest them, both men and women, and bring them back to Jerusalem.

3As Saul was coming near the city of Damascus, suddenly a light from the sky flashed around him.4He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?”

5“Who are you, Lord?” he asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you persecute,” the voice said.6“But get up and go into the city, where you will be told what you must do.”

7The men who were traveling with Saul had stopped, not saying a word; they heard the voice but could not see anyone.8Saul got up from the ground and opened his eyes, but could not see a thing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.9For three days he was not able to see, and during that time he did not eat or drink anything.

10There was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. He had a vision, in which the Lord said to him, “Ananias!”

“Here I am, Lord,” he answered.

11The Lord said to him, “Get ready and go to Straight Street, and at the house of Judas ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying,12and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him so that he might see again.”

13Ananias answered, “Lord, many people have told me about this man and about all the terrible things he has done to your people in Jerusalem.14And he has come to Damascus with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who worship you.”

15The Lord said to him, “Go, because I have chosen him to serve me, to make my name known to Gentiles and kings and to the people of Israel.16And I myself will show him all that he must suffer for my sake.”

17So Ananias went, entered the house where Saul was, and placed his hands on him. “Brother Saul,” he said, “the Lord has sent me—Jesus himself, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here. He sent me so that you might see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”18 At once something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he was able to see again. He stood up and was baptized;19and after he had eaten, his strength came back.

Saul Preaches in Damascus

Saul stayed for a few days with the believers in Damascus.20He went straight to the synagogues and began to preach that Jesus was the Son of God.

21All who heard him were amazed and asked, “Isn't he the one who in Jerusalem was killing those who worship that man Jesus? And didn't he come here for the very purpose of arresting those people and taking them back to the chief priests?”

22But Saul's preaching became even more powerful, and his proofs that Jesus was the Messiah were so convincing that the Jews who lived in Damascus could not answer him.

23 After many days had gone by, the Jews met together and made plans to kill Saul,24but he was told of their plan. Day and night they watched the city gates in order to kill him.25But one night Saul's followers took him and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.

Reflect

Describe Saul’s encounter with Jesus. Why do you suppose Jesus chose him? What was to be Saul’s mission (verse 15)? How would you describe the mission of your community of faith?

Pray

Lord Jesus, you have called me to follow you. Anoint me with your Holy Spirit and empower me to bear witness to the Good News of your salvation. May my words and actions this day reflect your saving love and grace. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those whose lives are at risk because they preach the Gospel.


The followers of Jesus begin to preach the Good News throughout Judea and into Samaria. Philip goes to Samaria and converts many people, including Simon, a magician. Peter and John are sent to Samaria and, after placing their hands on the believers, the people receive the Holy Spirit.

When they believed Philip’s message about the good news of the Kingdom of God and about Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.The Gospel Is Preached in Samaria The believers who were scattered went everywhere, preaching the message.5Philip went to the principal city in Samaria and preached the Messiah to the people there.6The crowds paid close attention to what Philip said, as they listened to him and saw the miracles that he performed.7Evil spirits came out from many people with a loud cry, and many paralyzed and lame people were healed.8So there was great joy in that city.A man named Simon lived there, who for some time had astounded the Samaritans with his magic. He claimed that he was someone great,10and everyone in the city, from all classes of society, paid close attention to him. “He is that power of God known as ‘The Great Power,’” they said.11They paid this attention to him because for such a long time he had astonished them with his magic.12But when they believed Philip's message about the good news of the Kingdom of God and about Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.13Simon himself also believed; and after being baptized, he stayed close to Philip and was astounded when he saw the great wonders and miracles that were being performed.

The apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had received the word of God, so they sent Peter and John to them.15When they arrived, they prayed for the believers that they might receive the Holy Spirit.16For the Holy Spirit had not yet come down on any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.17Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18Simon saw that the Spirit had been given to the believers when the apostles placed their hands on them. So he offered money to Peter and John,19and said, “Give this power to me too, so that anyone I place my hands on will receive the Holy Spirit.”

20But Peter answered him, “May you and your money go to hell, for thinking that you can buy God's gift with money!21You have no part or share in our work, because your heart is not right in God's sight.22Repent, then, of this evil plan of yours, and pray to the Lord that he will forgive you for thinking such a thing as this.23For I see that you are full of bitter envy and are a prisoner of sin.”

24Simon said to Peter and John, “Please pray to the Lord for me, so that none of these things you spoke of will happen to me.”

25After they had given their testimony and proclaimed the Lord's message, Peter and John went back to Jerusalem. On their way they preached the Good News in many villages of Samaria.

Reflect Simon, the magician in today’s reading, used his magic to tell fortunes. He believed what Philip taught (verse 13) but later wanted to buy the gift of the Holy Spirit (verses 18, 19). What was his motive? How did Peter respond (verse 20)? What does today’s reading teach you about being a follower of Jesus?

Prayer Concern Those preparing for baptism

“Whoever welcomes in my name one of these children, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not only me but also the one who sent me.”

Who Is the Greatest? Matthew 18.1-5; Luke 9.46-48

They came to Capernaum, and after going indoors Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you arguing about on the road?” they would not answer him, because on the road they had been arguing among themselves about who was the greatest.35 Jesus sat down, called the twelve disciples, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all.”36Then he took a child and had him stand in front of them. He put his arms around him and said to them,37 “Whoever welcomes in my name one of these children, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not only me but also the one who sent me.”

Whoever Is Not against Us Is for Us

(Luke 9.49,50)

38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man who was driving out demons in your name, and we told him to stop, because he doesn't belong to our group.”

39“Do not try to stop him,” Jesus told them, “because no one who performs a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to say evil things about me.40 For whoever is not against us is for us.41 I assure you that anyone who gives you a drink of water because you belong to me will certainly receive a reward.

Temptations to Sin Matthew 18.6-9; Luke 17.1,2) “If anyone should cause one of these little ones to lose faith in me, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone tied around the neck and be thrown into the sea.43 So if your hand makes you lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a hand than to keep both hands and go off to hell, to the fire that never goes out. 45And if your foot makes you lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a foot than to keep both feet and be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye makes you lose your faith, take it out! It is better for you to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into hell.48 There ‘the worms that eat them never die, and the fire that burns them is never put out.’

Everyone will be purified by fire as a sacrifice is purified by salt.
“Salt is good; but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?

“Have the salt of friendship among yourselves, and live in peace with one another.”

Reflect

In Jesus’ day, children had no legal rights and were considered powerless and vulnerable, and welcoming a child rather than someone rich or famous would have been regarded as bringing no honor. Why does Jesus use the example of a child? How does Jesus overturn how power and greatness were viewed? What are the implications of verses 35-37? By what standards is greatness measured in our society today?

God’s Guiding Word Yehshua returns to the other side of the lake and is back in Jewish territory where he is met by a large crowd. An official from the local synagogue begs Jesus to heal his daughter. Within the crowd, a woman seeks to be healed and approaches Jesus and touches his cloak.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 5:34

Jesus said to her, “My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your trouble.”

Today’s Reading

Jairus' Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus' Cloak

(Matthew 9.18-26; Luke 8.40-56)

21Jesus went back across to the other side of the lake. There at the lakeside a large crowd gathered around him.22Jairus, an official of the local synagogue, arrived, and when he saw Jesus, he threw himself down at his feet23and begged him earnestly, “My little daughter is very sick. Please come and place your hands on her, so that she will get well and live!”

24Then Jesus started off with him. So many people were going along with Jesus that they were crowding him from every side.

25There was a woman who had suffered terribly from severe bleeding for twelve years,26 even though she had been treated by many doctors. She had spent all her money, but instead of getting better she got worse all the time.27She had heard about Jesus, so she came in the crowd behind him,28saying to herself, “If I just touch his clothes, I will get well.”

29She touched his cloak, and her bleeding stopped at once; and she had the feeling inside herself that she was healed of her trouble.30At once Jesus knew that power had gone out of him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31His disciples answered, “You see how the people are crowding you; why do you ask who touched you?”

32But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.33The woman realized what had happened to her, so she came, trembling with fear, knelt at his feet, and told him the whole truth.34Jesus said to her, “My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your trouble.”

35While Jesus was saying this, some messengers came from Jairus' house and told him, “Your daughter has died. Why bother the Teacher any longer?”

36Jesus paid no attention to what they said, but told him, “Don't be afraid, only believe.”37Then he did not let anyone else go on with him except Peter and James and his brother John.38They arrived at Jairus' house, where Jesus saw the confusion and heard all the loud crying and wailing.39He went in and said to them, “Why all this confusion? Why are you crying? The child is not dead—she is only sleeping!”

40They started making fun of him, so he put them all out, took the child's father and mother and his three disciples, and went into the room where the child was lying.41He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha, koum,” which means, “Little girl, I tell you to get up!”

42She got up at once and started walking around. (She was twelve years old.) When this happened, they were completely amazed.43But Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone, and he said, “Give her something to eat.”

Reflect

Today we read about two more healing miracles performed by Jesus. The healing of Jairus’ daughter is interrupted by the healing of the woman. According to Levitcal law, her illness made her ritually unclean (Leviticus 12:1-8; 15:19-30). What risk did she take by approaching Jesus? When Jesus arrived at Jairus’ house, why did the people make fun of him? What do these two healings teach you about faith?

Prayer Concern

Those willing to risk scorn from others because of their faith

Members of Jesus’ family become concerned about him, and certain religious leaders claim that Jesus is possessed by a demon. When Jesus’ family asks to see him, he defines family in a way that extends beyond blood relations.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 3:35

“Whoever does what God wants is my brother, my sister, my mother.”

Today’s Reading

Jesus and Beelzebul

(Matthew 12.22-32; Luke 11.14-23; 12.10)

20Then Jesus went home. Again such a large crowd gathered that Jesus and his disciples had no time to eat.21When his family heard about it, they set out to take charge of him, because people were saying, “He's gone mad!”

22 Some teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem were saying, “He has Beelzebul in him! It is the chief of the demons who gives him the power to drive them out.”

23So Jesus called them to him and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?24If a country divides itself into groups which fight each other, that country will fall apart.25If a family divides itself into groups which fight each other, that family will fall apart.26So if Satan's kingdom divides into groups, it cannot last, but will fall apart and come to an end.

27“No one can break into a strong man's house and take away his belongings unless he first ties up the strong man; then he can plunder his house.

28“I assure you that people can be forgiven all their sins and all the evil things they may say. 29 But whoever says evil things against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, because he has committed an eternal sin.” (30Jesus said this because some people were saying, “He has an evil spirit in him.”)

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

(Matthew 12.46-50; Luke 8.19-21)

31Then Jesus' mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside the house and sent in a message, asking for him.32A crowd was sitting around Jesus, and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, and they want you.”

33Jesus answered, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”34He looked at the people sitting around him and said, “Look! Here are my mother and my brothers!35Whoever does what God wants is my brother, my sister, my mother.”

Reflect

How does Jesus respond to those who claim he is possessed by a demon? What are your thoughts concerning Jesus’ response to his family (verses 34, 35)? According to Jesus, what is required to be a member of Jesus’ family?

Pray

Lord Jesus, you welcome all who seek to follow you. I seek to do your will. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your family in the Kingdom of God. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Foster parents

Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath, and his action angers the Pharisees who begin to make plans to kill Jesus. Large crowds follow Jesus, many coming to be healed. Jesus chooses twelve of his followers to be with him and names them apostles.

Leviticus 25:1-22: Moses is given instructions for a “sabbatical” year that is to be dedicated to GOD. Instructions are given for observing the Year of Restoration, the fiftieth year, which occurs at the end of seven 7-year cycles, a time when property is to be restored to the original owners. When you enter the land that GOD is giving you, you shall honor GOD by not cultivating the land every seventh year.

GOD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and commanded him to give the following regulations to the people of Israel. When you enter the land that the LORD is giving you, you shall honor GOD by not cultivating the land every seventh year. You shall plant your fields, prune your vineyards, and gather your crops for six years. the seventh year is to be a year of complete rest for the land, a year dedicated to GOD. Do not plant your fields or prune your vineyards. 5 Do not even harvest the grain that grows by itself without being planted, and do not gather the grapes from your unpruned vines; it is a year of complete rest for the land. 6 Although the land has not been cultivated during that year, it will provide food for you, your slaves, your hired men, the foreigners living with you, your domestic animals, and the wild animals in your fields. Everything that it produces may be eaten. Count seven times seven years, a total of forty-nine years. Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, the Day of Atonement, send someone to blow a trumpet throughout the whole land. In this way you shall set the fiftieth year apart and proclaim freedom to all the inhabitants of the land. During this year all property that has been sold shall be restored to the original owner or the descendants, and any who have been sold as slaves shall return to their families. You shall not plant your fields or harvest the grain that grows by itself or gather the grapes in your unpruned vineyards. 12 The whole year shall be sacred for you; you shall eat only what the fields produce of themselves. 13 In this year all property that has been sold shall be restored to its original owner. 14 So when you sell land to an Israelite or buy land, do not deal unfairly. 15 The price is to be set according to the number of years the land can produce crops before the next Year of Restoration. 16 If there are many years, the price shall be higher, but if there are only a few years, the price shall be lower, because what is being sold is the number of crops the land can produce. 17 Do not cheat an Israelite, but obey the LORD your God. 18 Obey all the LORD's laws and commands, so that you may live in safety in the land. 19 The land will produce its crops, and you will have all you want to eat and will live in safety. 20 But someone may ask what there will be to eat during the seventh year, when no fields are planted and no crops gathered. 21 The LORD will bless the land in the sixth year so that it will produce enough food for two years. 22 When you plant your fields in the eighth year, you will still be eating what you harvested during the sixth year, and you will have enough to eat until the crops you plant that year are harvested.  

Reflect The year of rest (seventh year) was intended to help the soil regain some of the nutrients lost in the previous growing season. Is it important that this practice be followed today? What does YAHWEH promise ? Envision what life would be like today if all nations observed the Year of Restoration (also known as a Jubilee year). What would be the benefits? Are there obstacles that prevent this from taking place?

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Isaiah 5:1-30: Today’s reading opens with a song about a vineyard in which the sins of the people of Jerusalem and Judah are compared to sour grapes. The remaining verses denounce a series of injustices and the punishment that God will mete out. Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 5:7a Israel is the vineyard of the GOD Almighty; the people of Judah are the vines he planted. Listen while I sing you this song, a song of my friend and his vineyard: My friend had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. 2 He dug the soil and cleared it of stones; he planted the finest vines. He built a tower to guard them, dug a pit for treading the grapes. He waited for the grapes to ripen, but every grape was sour. 3 So now my friend says, “You people who live in Jerusalem and Judah, judge between my vineyard and me. 4 Is there anything I failed to do for it? Then why did it produce sour grapes and not the good grapes I expected? 5 Here is what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge around it, break down the wall that protects it, and let wild animals eat it and trample it down. 6 I will let it be overgrown with weeds. I will not trim the vines or hoe the ground; instead, I will let briers and thorns cover it. I will even forbid the clouds to let rain fall on it. ” 7 Israel is the vineyard of the LORD Almighty; the people of Judah are the vines he planted. He expected them to do what was good, but instead they committed murder. He expected them to do what was right, but their victims cried out for justice. 8 You are doomed! You buy more houses and fields to add to those you already have. Soon there will be no place for anyone else to live, and you alone will live in the land. 9 I have heard the LORD Almighty say, “All these big, fine houses will be empty ruins. 10 The grapevines growing on five acres of land will yield only five gallons of wine. Ten bushels of seed will produce only one bushel of grain. ” 11 You are doomed! You get up early in the morning to start drinking, and you spend long evenings getting drunk. 12 At your feasts you have harps and tambourines and flutes—and wine. But you don't understand what the LORD is doing, 13 and so you will be carried away as prisoners. Your leaders will starve to death, and the common people will die of thirst. 14 The world of the dead is hungry for them, and it opens its mouth wide. It gulps down the nobles of Jerusalem along with the noisy crowd of common people. 15 Everyone will be disgraced, and all who are proud will be humbled. 16 But the LORD Almighty shows his greatness by doing what is right, and he reveals his holiness by judging his people. 17 In the ruins of the cities lambs will eat grass and young goats will find pasture. 18 You are doomed! You are unable to break free from your sins. 19 You say, “Let the LORD hurry up and do what he says he will, so that we can see it. Let Israel's holy God carry out his plans; let's see what he has in mind. ” 20 You are doomed! You call evil good and call good evil. You turn darkness into light and light into darkness. You make what is bitter sweet, and what is sweet you make bitter. 21 You are doomed! You think you are wise, so very clever. 22 You are doomed! Heroes of the wine bottle! Brave and fearless when it comes to mixing drinks! 23 But for just a bribe you let the guilty go free, and you keep the innocent from getting justice. 24 So now, just as straw and dry grass shrivel and burn in the fire, your roots will rot and your blossoms will dry up and blow away, because you have rejected what the LORD Almighty, Israel's holy God, has taught us. 25 The LORD is angry with his people and has stretched out his hand to punish them. The mountains will shake, and the bodies of those who die will be left in the streets like rubbish. Yet even then the LORD's anger will not be ended, but his hand will still be stretched out to punish. 26 The LORD gives a signal to call for a distant nation. He whistles for them to come from the ends of the earth. And here they come, swiftly, quickly! 27 None of them grow tired; none of them stumble. They never doze or sleep. Not a belt is loose; not a sandal strap is broken. 28 Their arrows are sharp, and their bows are ready to shoot. Their horses' hoofs are as hard as flint, and their chariot wheels turn like a whirlwind. 29 The soldiers roar like lions that have killed an animal and are carrying it off where no one can take it away from them. 30 When that day comes, they will roar over Israel as loudly as the sea. Look at this country! Darkness and distress! The light is swallowed by darkness. Verses 1-7 are known as “The Song of the Vineyard,” a traditional wine harvest song used here to describe God’s relationship with the people of Israel and Judah. How is that relationship described? What injustices are denounced in verses 8-24? What will be the consequences of those acts (verses 25-30)? Can you cite examples of injustice that take place today?

Yeshua speaks a third time about his death. James and John naively request to sit on either side of Jesus in heaven. When the other disciples get upset at their request, Jesus reminds them all that anyone who wishes to be great must be a servant (cf. Mark 9:35). Jesus heals a blind man named Bartimaeus who immediately begins to follow Jesus.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 10:45

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.”

Today’s Reading

Jesus Speaks a Third Time about His Death

(Matthew 20.17-19; Luke 18.31-34)

32Jesus and his disciples were now on the road going up to Jerusalem. Jesus was going ahead of the disciples, who were filled with alarm; the people who followed behind were afraid. Once again Jesus took the twelve disciples aside and spoke of the things that were going to happen to him.33“Listen,” he told them, “we are going up to Jerusalem where the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. They will condemn him to death and then hand him over to the Gentiles,34who will make fun of him, spit on him, whip him, and kill him; but three days later he will rise to life.”

The Request of James and John

(Matthew 20.20-28)

35Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus. “Teacher,” they said, “there is something we want you to do for us.”

36“What is it?” Jesus asked them.

37They answered, “When you sit on your throne in your glorious Kingdom, we want you to let us sit with you, one at your right and one at your left.”

38 Jesus said to them, “You don't know what you are asking for. Can you drink the cup of suffering that I must drink? Can you be baptized in the way I must be baptized?”

39“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup I must drink and be baptized in the way I must be baptized.40But I do not have the right to choose who will sit at my right and my left. It is God who will give these places to those for whom he has prepared them.”

41When the other ten disciples heard about it, they became angry with James and John.42 So Jesus called them all together to him and said, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the heathen have power over them, and the leaders have complete authority.43 This, however, is not the way it is among you. If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest;44and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of all.45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.”

Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

(Matthew 20.29-34; Luke 18.35-43)

46They came to Jericho, and as Jesus was leaving with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting by the road.47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!”

48Many of the people scolded him and told him to be quiet. But he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called the blind man. “Cheer up!” they said. “Get up, he is calling you.”

50So he threw off his cloak, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

“Teacher,” the blind man answered, “I want to see again.”

52“Go,” Jesus told him, “your faith has made you well.”

At once he was able to see and followed Jesus on the road.

Reflect

What was Jesus’ response to the request of James and John (verses 38-40)? Why do you think the other disciples became angry with James and John? How would you have felt in that situation? What reason does Jesus give for his statement that whoever wishes to become great must be a servant (verse 43)? Why was Bartimaeus healed (verse 52)? (See also Mark 9:23. You may wish to ponder again the role of faith.)


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Leviticus 25:23-38: The poor were those who were forced to sell their property or land so that they were no longer able to make a living from it. Today’s reading commands the people of God to look after the needs of the poor.

Today’s Scripture: Leviticus 25:23

Your land must not be sold on a permanent basis, because you do not own it; it belongs to God, and you are like foreigners who are allowed to make use of it.

Today’s Reading

23 Your land must not be sold on a permanent basis, because you do not own it; it belongs to God, and you are like foreigners who are allowed to make use of it. 24 When land is sold, the right of the original owner to buy it back must be recognized. 25 If any of you Israelites become poor and are forced to sell your land, your closest relative is to buy it back. 26 If you have no relative to buy it back, you may later become prosperous and have enough to buy it back yourself. 27 In that case you must pay to the one who bought it a sum that will make up for the years remaining until the next Year of Restoration, when you would in any event recover your land. 28 But if you do not have enough money to buy the land back, it remains under the control of the one who bought it until the next Year of Restoration. In that year it will be returned to its original owner. 29 If you sell a house in a walled city, you have the right to buy it back during the first full year from the date of sale. 30 But if you do not buy it back within the year, you lose the right of repurchase, and the house becomes the permanent property of the purchasers and their descendants; it will not be returned in the Year of Restoration. 31 But houses in unwalled villages are to be treated like fields; the original owner has the right to buy them back, and they are to be returned in the Year of Restoration. 32 However, Levites have the right to buy back at any time their property in the cities assigned to them. 33 If a house in one of these cities is sold by a Levite and is not bought back, it must be returned in the Year of Restoration, because the houses which the Levites own in their cities are their permanent property among the people of Israel. 34 But the pasture land around the Levite cities shall never be sold; it is their property forever. 35 If any Israelites living near you become poor and cannot support themselves, you must provide for them as you would for a hired worker, so that they can continue to live near you. 36 Do not charge Israelites any interest, but obey God and let them live near you. 37 Do not make them pay interest on the money you lend them, and do not make a profit on the food you sell them. 38 This is the command of the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt in order to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

Reflect

How were the laws of ancient Israel set up to help those who were poor or those who had become poor? How are the poor cared for in your community? Does your community of faith play a role?

Pray

Holy God, I am your servant. May I honor your today by sharing your love and helping someone in need. In your holy name I pray, Amen.

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The Temptation of Jesus

Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
   but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
   lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
   and him only shall you serve.’”
Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

Matthew 7:15-29 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Introduction

Matthew 7:15-29: Final warnings bring Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to a close, and his teachings amaze the crowd.

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 7:24

“So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.”

Today’s Reading

15 Be on your guard against false prophets; they come to you looking like sheep on the outside, but on the inside they are really like wild wolves. 16 You will know them by what they do. Thorn bushes do not bear grapes, and briers do not bear figs. 17 A healthy tree bears good fruit, but a poor tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a poor tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 And any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire. 20 So then, you will know the false prophets by what they do. 21 Not everyone who calls me “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do. 22 When the Judgment Day comes, many will say to me, “Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God's message, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles!” 23 Then I will say to them, “I never knew you. Get away from me, you wicked people!” 24 So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, and the wind blew hard against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock. 26 But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, the wind blew hard against that house, and it fell. And what a terrible fall that was! ” 28 When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowd was amazed at the way he taught. 29 He wasn't like the teachers of the Law; instead, he taught with authority.  

Reflect

What warnings are given in today’s reading? Which of these warnings (verses 15-27) do you find most challenging? Why? Why do you think the crowd was amazed at the way Jesus taught? What was the most important thing you learned from the last five days’ readings?

Pray

Lord Jesus, you teach with authority. May I always listen for your voice so that I hear and obey your words. Guide me today as I seek to do your will. Amen.

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God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Matthew 13:1-17: Today we begin reading the first part of chapter 13 which introduces a collection of Jesus’ teachings known as parables. The word parable comes from a Greek term that literally means “to throw alongside.” Jesus often taught by means of parables, using images from everyday life “alongside” the lesson as a way of illustrating or clarifying his message. Today’s reading is the parable of the sower, also known as the parable of the seeds or parable of four kinds of soil. Jesus answered, “The knowledge about the secrets of the Kingdom of heaven has been given to you.”

That same day Jesus left the house and went to the lakeside, where he sat down to teach. 2 The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it, while the crowd stood on the shore. 3 He used parables to tell them many things. “Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. 4 As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn't deep. 6 But when the sun came up, it burned the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dried up. 7 Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants bore grain: some had one hundred grains, others sixty, and others thirty. ” 9 And Jesus concluded, “Listen, then, if you have ears!” 10 Then the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?” 11 Jesus answered, “The knowledge about the secrets of the Kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 For the person who has something will be given more, so that he will have more than enough; but the person who has nothing will have taken away from him even the little he has. 13 The reason I use parables in talking to them is that they look, but do not see, and they listen, but do not hear or understand. 14 So the prophecy of Isaiah applies to them: ‘This people will listen and listen, but not understand; they will look and look, but not see, 15 because their minds are dull, and they have stopped up their ears and have closed their eyes. Otherwise, their eyes would see, their ears would hear, their minds would understand, and they would turn to me, says God, and I would heal them.’ 16 As for you, how fortunate you are! Your eyes see and your ears hear. 17 I assure you that many prophets and many of God's people wanted very much to see what you see, but they could not, and to hear what you hear, but they did not.  

Reflect

What is your understanding of the parable of the sower? Who is the sower? Who are the seeds? How can you be like seed “sown in the good soil” and what would you need to do to keep your seed nourished? How is being like seed “sown in the good soil” related to living a life of faith?

Pray

YAHWEH , give us ears to listen to YOU . we confess that sometimes we may be like seed that is sown in an exposed path or rocky ground or a thorn bush. But we want to be like seed that is sown in good soil. Plant the seed of Your Word in our heart. Teach us to nourish this seed through daily prayer and by studying the Holy Scriptures so that we grow in faith and bear fruit for your Kingdom. Amen.

Prayer Concern animals abused, murdered in farms , migrant farm workers all around the earth

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God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Psalm 119:33-48: Today’s reading begins with a prayer for understanding. The psalmist acknowledges that a desire to obey God’s commands is worth more than material wealth, and the psalmist expresses trust in God’s laws and judgments.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 119:45

I will live in perfect freedom, because I try to obey your teachings.

Teach me, YAHWEH, the meaning of your laws, and I will obey them at all times. Explain your law to me, and I will obey it; I will keep it with all my heart. Keep me obedient to your commandments, because in them I find happiness. Give me the desire to obey your laws rather than to get rich. 37 Keep me from paying attention to what is worthless; be good to me, as you have promised. 38 Keep your promise to me, your servant— the promise you make to those who obey you. 39 Save me from the insults I fear; how wonderful are your judgments! 40 I want to obey your commands; give me new life, for you are righteous. 41 Show me how much you love me, LORD, and save me according to your promise. 42 Then I can answer those who insult me because I trust in your word. 43 Enable me to speak the truth at all times, because my hope is in your judgments. 44 I will always obey your law, forever and ever. 45 I will live in perfect freedom, because I try to obey your teachings. 46 I will announce your commands to kings and I will not be ashamed. 47 I find pleasure in obeying your commands, because I love them. 48 I respect and love your commandments; I will meditate on your instructions.  

Reflect

God gave the Law to Moses after God had set the people free from slavery in Egypt. The Law was intended to help people remain free by worshiping the Lord and living right, including treating one another with justice. The psalmist realizes that perfect freedom comes by serving God. Do you feel that following God’s will provides freedom for you? Why or why not?

Pray

God of life and freedom, let your teachings breathe new life into me, that I may experience your perfect freedom by learning to live according to your will with justice, mercy and compassion. Amen.

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Jesus said only those people who have been given the gift of staying single can accept this teaching .Some people are unable to marry because of birth defects of because of what someone has done to their bodies .Others stay single for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. anyone who can accept this teaching should do so


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MessageSujet: Re: christian    Dim 9 Mar - 18:22

God’s Word: Showing Us How to Live

Titus 2:1-15: Titus is instructed to teach various church members how they are to live as God’s people. People are to give up ungodly living while awaiting the blessed Day when the glory of God will appear.

Today’s Scripture: Titus 2:11 For God has revealed his grace for the salvation of all people.

1 But you must teach what agrees with sound doctrine. 2 Instruct the older men to be sober, sensible, and self-controlled; to be sound in their faith, love, and endurance. 3 In the same way instruct the older women to behave as women should who live a holy life. They must not be slanderers or slaves to wine. They must teach what is good, 4 in order to train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, and to be good housewives who submit themselves to their husbands, so that no one will speak evil of the message that comes from God. 6 In the same way urge the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In all things you yourself must be an example of good behavior. Be sincere and serious in your teaching. 8 Use sound words that cannot be criticized, so that your enemies may be put to shame by not having anything bad to say about us. 9 Slaves are to submit themselves to their masters and please them in all things. They must not talk back to them 10 or steal from them. Instead, they must show that they are always good and faithful, so as to bring credit to the teaching about God our Savior in all they do. 11 For God has revealed his grace for the salvation of all people. 12 That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world, 13 as we wait for the blessed Day we hope for, when the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ will appear. 14 He gave himself for us, to rescue us from all wickedness and to make us a pure people who belong to him alone and are eager to do good. 15 Teach these things and use your full authority as you encourage and rebuke your hearers. Let none of them look down on you.  

Reflect

The household management instructions in verses 2-10 reflect the Greco-Roman culture of the first century. What are your thoughts about these instructions? Are any of them relevant for today? What specific instructions are directed to Titus (verses 7-Cool? Reread verses 11-14. What do they teach you about God’s salvation and how one is to live?

Pray

Holy God, my Lord and Savior, teach me to be an example of good behavior and to live a godly life in this world while awaiting the blessed Day when your glory will appear. Amen.

Prayer Concern

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1 Corinthians 3:1-23 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Introduction

1 Corinthians 3:1-23: Paul admonishes the Corinthians for their quarrelsome behavior, reminding them that they now have God’s Spirit, that Christ is their foundation, and that they should not claim to be wise according to the world’s standards.

Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:16

Surely you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you!

Today’s Reading

1 As a matter of fact, my friends, I could not talk to you as I talk to people who have the Spirit; I had to talk to you as though you belonged to this world, as children in the Christian faith. 2 I had to feed you milk, not solid food, because you were not ready for it. And even now you are not ready for it, 3 because you still live as the people of this world live. When there is jealousy among you and you quarrel with one another, doesn't this prove that you belong to this world, living by its standards? 4 When one of you says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos”—aren't you acting like worldly people? 5 After all, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? We are simply God's servants, by whom you were led to believe. Each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow. 7 The one who plants and the one who waters really do not matter. It is God who matters, because he makes the plant grow. 8 There is no difference between the one who plants and the one who waters; God will reward each one according to the work each has done. 9 For we are partners working together for God, and you are God's field. You are also God's building. 10 Using the gift that God gave me, I did the work of an expert builder and laid the foundation, and someone else is building on it. But each of you must be careful how you build. 11 For God has already placed Jesus Christ as the one and only foundation, and no other foundation can be laid. 12 Some will use gold or silver or precious stones in building on the foundation; others will use wood or grass or straw. 13 And the quality of each person's work will be seen when the Day of Christ exposes it. For on that Day fire will reveal everyone's work; the fire will test it and show its real quality. 14 If what was built on the foundation survives the fire, the builder will receive a reward. 15 But if your work is burnt up, then you will lose it; but you yourself will be saved, as if you had escaped through the fire. 16 Surely you know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you! 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys God's temple. For God's temple is holy, and you yourselves are his temple. 18 You should not fool yourself. If any of you think that you are wise by this world's standards, you should become a fool, in order to be really wise. 19 For what this world considers to be wisdom is nonsense in God's sight. As the scripture says, “God traps the wise in their cleverness”; 20 and another scripture says, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are worthless.” 21 No one, then, should boast about what human beings can do. Actually everything belongs to you: 22 Paul, Apollos, and Peter; this world, life and death, the present and the future—all these are yours, 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

Reflect

Paul takes on a parental tone, chiding the Corinthians for their behavior (verses 1-4). Why was this necessary? Referring to himself and to Apollos, Paul describes the role of one who is a servant of God (verses 5-9a); and using the metaphor of a building, Paul describes the different kinds of work in creating community (verses 9b-15). Why does Paul say that Jesus Christ is “the one and only foundation” (verse 11)? In what ways is your community of faith building on this foundation? What does being “God’s temple” (verse 16) mean for you?

Pray

Holy God, as your temple, your Spirit lives in me. You honor me with such a wonderful gift. By your Spirit, fill me with your wisdom so that I may serve you. Teach me to live in ways that glorify you so that, as your temple, I reflect your love. Amen.

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Psalm 119:17-32 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Introduction

Psalm 119:17-32: In today’s reading the psalmist acknowledges the pleasure derived from following God’s instructions. He prays for help to understand God’s laws and seeks to obey God’s commands.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 119:32

I will eagerly obey your commands, because you will give me more understanding.

Today’s Reading

17 Be good to me, your servant, so that I may live and obey your teachings. 18 Open my eyes, so that I may see the wonderful truths in your law. 19 I am here on earth for just a little while; do not hide your commands from me. 20 My heart aches with longing; I want to know your judgments at all times. 21 You reprimand the proud; cursed are those who disobey your commands. 22 Free me from their insults and scorn, because I have kept your laws. 23 The rulers meet and plot against me, but I will study your teachings. 24 Your instructions give me pleasure; they are my advisers. 25 I lie defeated in the dust; revive me, as you have promised. 26 I confessed all I have done, and you answered me; teach me your ways. 27 Help me to understand your laws, and I will meditate on your wonderful teachings. 28 I am overcome by sorrow; strengthen me, as you have promised. 29 Keep me from going the wrong way, and in your goodness teach me your law. 30 I have chosen to be obedient; I have paid attention to your judgments. 31 I have followed your instructions, LORD; don't let me be put to shame. 32 I will eagerly obey your commands, because you will give me more understanding.

Reflect

Reread verses 25-29. For what does the psalmist pray? What does the psalmist promise (verses 30-32)? In what ways do you seek to understand God’s teachings?

Pray

Lord God, as I meditate on your teachings, I eagerly seek to understand your laws and obey your commands. Open my eyes, so that I may see the wonderful truths in your law, and guide me this day to be obedient to your will. Amen.

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MessageSujet: Re: christian    Lun 10 Mar - 10:51

September 1, 2014

Psalm 37 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Introduction

Psalm 37: This psalm addresses the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people while evil people prosper. The psalmist indicates that he is old (verse 25), and it appears he has probably witnessed much in his lifetime. Despite the prevalence of evil, the psalmist exhorts his readers/listeners to trust in the Lord.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 37:23

The LORD guides us in the way we should go and protects those who please him.

Today’s Reading

1 Don't be worried on account of the wicked; don't be jealous of those who do wrong. 2 They will soon disappear like grass that dries up; they will die like plants that wither. 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; live in the land and be safe. 4 Seek your happiness in the LORD, and he will give you your heart's desire. 5 Give yourself to the LORD; trust in him, and he will help you; 6 he will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun. 7 Be patient and wait for the LORD to act; don't be worried about those who prosper or those who succeed in their evil plans. 8 Don't give in to worry or anger; it only leads to trouble. 9 Those who trust in the LORD will possess the land, but the wicked will be driven out. 10 Soon the wicked will disappear; you may look for them, but you won't find them; 11 but the humble will possess the land and enjoy prosperity and peace. 12 The wicked plot against good people and glare at them with hate. 13 But the Lord laughs at wicked people, because he knows they will soon be destroyed. 14 The wicked draw their swords and bend their bows to kill the poor and needy, to slaughter those who do what is right; 15 but they will be killed by their own swords, and their bows will be smashed. 16 The little that a good person owns is worth more than the wealth of all the wicked, 17 because the LORD will take away the strength of the wicked, but protect those who are good. 18 The LORD takes care of those who obey him, and the land will be theirs forever. 19 They will not suffer when times are bad; they will have enough in time of famine. 20 But the wicked will die; the enemies of the LORD will vanish like wild flowers; they will disappear like smoke. 21 The wicked borrow and never pay back, but good people are generous with their gifts. 22 Those who are blessed by the LORD will possess the land, but those who are cursed by him will be driven out. 23 The LORD guides us in the way we should go and protects those who please him. 24 If they fall, they will not stay down, because the LORD will help them up. 25 I am old now; I have lived a long time, but I have never seen good people abandoned by the LORD or their children begging for food. 26 At all times they give freely and lend to others, and their children are a blessing. 27 Turn away from evil and do good, and your descendants will always live in the land; 28 for the LORD loves what is right and does not abandon his faithful people. He protects them forever, but the descendants of the wicked will be driven out. 29 The righteous will possess the land and live in it forever. 30 The words of good people are wise, and they are always fair. 31 They keep the law of their God in their hearts and never depart from it. 32 Wicked people watch good people and try to kill them; 33 but the LORD will not abandon them to their enemy's power or let them be condemned when they are on trial. 34 Put your hope in the LORD and obey his commands; he will honor you by giving you the land, and you will see the wicked driven out. 35 I once knew someone wicked who was a tyrant; he towered over everyone like a cedar of Lebanon; 36 but later I passed by, and he wasn't there; I looked for him, but couldn't find him. 37 Notice good people, observe the righteous; peaceful people have descendants, 38 but sinners are completely destroyed, and their descendants are wiped out. 39 The LORD saves the righteous and protects them in times of trouble. 40 He helps them and rescues them; he saves them from the wicked, because they go to him for protection.  

Reflect

The psalmist begins in an imperative tone, instructing his readers/listeners not to be worried on account of the wicked and not to be jealous of those who do wrong (verse 1). After you have read this entire psalm, can you agree with that statement? Why or why not? Given the situation in our world today, do you find this psalm comforting or encouraging? Why or why not?

Pray

God of mercy and love, sometimes my faith is shaken when I witness evil in the world today and question why such acts happen. But I know, God, that you are always in control and that you see everything. You promise never to abandon those who put their faith and trust in you. Teach me to be patient and to wait upon you, trusting in your love. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Victims of terrorism and acts of war

what good things must i do to have eternal life . Jesus replied what do you ask me about what is good .only GOD is good. if you want to have eternal life you msut obe his commandments. -which ones ? - Jesus answered do not mruder, be faithful in marriage, do not steal do not tell lies about others.Respect your father and mother,love others as much as you love yourself. - i have obeyed all of these,what else must i do - Jesus said if you want to be perfect go sell everthing you own give the money to the poor and you will have riches in heaven .then come and be my follower

Jesus said no one should separate a coule that GOD has joined together.from the beginning GOD did not intend it to be that way ( we can't divorce ) if your wife has not commited some terrible sexual sin you msut not divorce her to marry someone else.if you do you are unfaithful .

Jesus said If you have faith when you pray you will given anything you ask for.

Jesus said it's terribly hard for rich people to get into the kingdom of heaven.
HOW COULD anyone ever be saved? Jesus said there are some thigns that people can not do but GOD can do anything.

Jesus said If you have faith when you pray you will given anything you ask for.

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September 17, 2014

1 Corinthians 4:1-21 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Introduction

1 Corinthians 4:1-21: Like a parent, Paul continues to admonish the Corinthians with words of both love and discipline. He describes the role of an apostle of Christ, what he and his fellow apostles have endured for the sake of the Gospel, and how the world regards them.

Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:20

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of words but of power.

Today’s Reading

1 You should think of us as Christ's servants, who have been put in charge of God's secret truths. 2 The one thing required of such servants is that they be faithful to their master. 3 Now, I am not at all concerned about being judged by you or by any human standard; I don't even pass judgment on myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not prove that I am really innocent. The Lord is the one who passes judgment on me. 5 So you should not pass judgment on anyone before the right time comes. Final judgment must wait until the Lord comes; he will bring to light the dark secrets and expose the hidden purposes of people's minds. And then all will receive from God the praise they deserve. 6 For your sake, my friends, I have applied all this to Apollos and me, using the two of us as an example, so that you may learn what the saying means, “Observe the proper rules.” None of you should be proud of one person and despise another. 7 Who made you superior to others? Didn't God give you everything you have? Well, then, how can you boast, as if what you have were not a gift? 8 Do you already have everything you need? Are you already rich? Have you become kings, even though we are not? Well, I wish you really were kings, so that we could be kings together with you. 9 For it seems to me that God has given the very last place to us apostles, like people condemned to die in public as a spectacle for the whole world of angels and of human beings. 10 For Christ's sake we are fools; but you are wise in union with Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! We are despised, but you are honored! 11 To this very moment we go hungry and thirsty; we are clothed in rags; we are beaten; we wander from place to place; 12 we wear ourselves out with hard work. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; 13 when we are insulted, we answer back with kind words. We are no more than this world's garbage; we are the scum of the earth to this very moment! 14 I write this to you, not because I want to make you feel ashamed, but to instruct you as my own dear children. 15 For even if you have ten thousand guardians in your Christian life, you have only one father. For in your life in union with Christ Jesus I have become your father by bringing the Good News to you. 16 I beg you, then, to follow my example. 17 For this purpose I am sending to you Timothy, who is my own dear and faithful son in the Christian life. He will remind you of the principles which I follow in the new life in union with Christ Jesus and which I teach in all the churches everywhere. 18 Some of you have become proud because you have thought that I would not be coming to visit you. 19 If the Lord is willing, however, I will come to you soon, and then I will find out for myself the power which these proud people have, and not just what they say. 20 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of words but of power. 21 Which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in a spirit of love and gentleness?

Reflect

If you were a member of the Corinthian church, how would you react to Paul’s words? Reread verses 14-16 and 21. What does this say to you about the relationship between Paul and the Corinthians and his feelings for them? The phrase “in union with Christ Jesus” is used by Paul six times (1:2; 1:5; 1:30; 4:10; 4:15; 4:17); and he will use it four more times throughout the remainder of the letter. What do you think is the significance of his reminding the Corinthians of this? Is this something we need to be reminded of in our various communities of faith today? Why or why not?

Pray

Gracious God, I know that at times I act in ways that are not in accord with your will. Thank you for reaching out like a loving parent and disciplining me so that I can be reconciled to you and live in union with Christ Jesus. Thank you for loving me and assuring me that I can always turn to you with a repentant heart and receive your forgiveness. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who serve as mediators to churches experiencing dissension


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Guideposts to End Times Survival

from The Joseph Plan

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.



Spiritual Warfare https://thejosephplan.org/category/spiritual-warfare/

The Apostasy of the Church https://thejosephplan.org/category/apostasy-of-the-church/

The Daughter of Babylon https://thejosephplan.org/category/americas-place-in-the-end-times-3/

America under judgment https://thejosephplan.org/?s=America

Islam is the enemy https://thejosephplan.org/category/islam-understanding-the-enemy/

Visions and Dreams https://thejosephplan.org/category/visions-and-dreams/

Prayers of God's Protection https://thejosephplan.org/category/spiritual-warfare/prayers-and-teachings-for-protection/

Contemplative Prayer https://thejosephplan.org/category/apostasy-of-the-church/centering-and-contemplative-prayer/

Prepare Now https://thejosephplan.org/category/making-physical-and-spiritual-plans/

Fukushima-God's judgment https://thejosephplan.org/category/fukushima-qualifies-as-an-end-times-event/

An Enduring Faith https://thejosephplan.org/category/an-enduring-faith/

Spiritual Warrior Training http://thejosephplan.org/spiritual-warfare-training/

Spiritual Warfare Outreach Training for pastors and study group ministries

http://thejosephplan.org/one-thousand-points-of-light-2/



Be IN the Faith and seek His answers each and every day.

You may contact the ministry at ministry@thejosephplan.org.

May God Bless and raise you up,

Pastor Thomas Holm

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Your words show WHAT IS IN YOUR HEARTs. Good people bring good things out of their heartss . evil people bring evil things out of their hearts .I promise you that on the day of judgement everyone will have to acocunt for every careless word that they have spoken.On that day they will be told that the are either innocent or guilty because of the things they have said.

vale la pena resaltar esto

go in peace glorifying YAHWEH by your lives

WE gotta surrender our lives to the FATHER

Palabras de vida

SURRENDER EVERYTHIGN to the LORD,everything

JESUS requires us as parents in CHRIST to raise up our child in the ways of OGD so that when they're older they will not depart from HIM. HEexpects us to tell us and to teach them the commandments of the LORD,to teach them who they are in CHRIST.There is something called the new covenant we are under

JESUS is the image of the invisible GOD

GOD gives, GOD takes away.Blessed be the name of the LORD.

you cannot ea at the table of GOD and at the table of demons

True freedom comes by turning from sin to JESUS CHRIST who gives the abundant life .JESUS said ' you shall know that the truth.And the truth shall set you free."

Oh GOD , you make us worthy members of your kingdom,here these our prayers that one day we may be with You forever in paradise.We ask this through CHRIST OUR Lord and king.

That all of us one day receive the fullness of life CHRIST promises his faithful followers.We pray to the LORD.

Let us pray that we one day might share in CHRIST our king in the glory of paradise

we have to have faith in YOU YAHWEH and enconmendarnos?, to YOU . we ask YOU to do the miracles .

we should love each other because were so precious

You are a bunch of evil snakes so how can you say anything good ? 

Jesus said if you are not on my side you are against me.

you can't love GOD if sin is seperating you from GOD . 
.the only way you can remove sin is to beleive that Jesus died in your place because he loved you for your sin 


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God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Introduction

Matthew 7:1-14: Chapter 7 concludes Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” and today’s reading includes what is often referred to as the “Golden Rule” (verse 12). A warning is given about judging others, and Jesus encourages his followers to ask, seek, and knock to emphasize a lifestyle of prayer and doing God’s will.

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 7:12

“Do for others what you want them to do for you; this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets.”

GOD , teach me to ask, seek, and knock in accord with your will. May my actions this day reflect your love as I treat others in ways that mirror life in God’s Kingdom. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Victims of prejudice

God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Psalm 119:1-16: Today we begin reading Psalm 119, the longest psalm in the Bible (176 verses). This psalm celebrates the Law of the LORD and is a beautiful example of Hebrew poetry. In Hebrew, the first word of each of the psalm’s twenty-two sections begins with one of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, using all of the letters from alpha to taw. For the next eleven days we will be reading two sections of the psalm each day. The opening of Psalm 119 is similar to that of Psalm 1—those who are happy are those who follow the Law of the LORD.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 119:12

1 Happy are those whose lives are faultless, who live according to the law of YAHWEH. 2 Happy are those who follow his commands, who obey him with all their heart. 3 They never do wrong; they walk in YAHWEH's ways. 4LORD, you have given us your laws and told us to obey them faithfully. 5 How I hope that I shall be faithful in keeping your instructions! 6 If I pay attention to all your commands, then I will not be put to shame. 7 As I learn your righteous judgments, I will praise you with a pure heart. 8 I will obey your laws; never abandon me! 9 How can young people keep their lives pure? By obeying your commands. 10 With all my heart I try to serve you; keep me from disobeying your commandments. 11 I keep your law in my heart, so that I will not sin against you. 12 I praise you, O LORD; teach me your ways. 13 I will repeat aloud all the laws you have given. 14 I delight in following your commands more than in having great wealth. 15 I study your instructions; I examine your teachings. 16 I take pleasure in your laws; your commands I will not forget.Today’s passage reflects on the ways in which God’s law encourages the living of a “pure” life. Here “pure” is an image for a life that is in keeping with God’s will. What does it mean to you to live “a pure life” and how does that apply to your spiritual life?

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Isaiah 11:1-16: Today’s reading is a prophecy of hope for the Israelites who have been oppressed by the Assyrians. It is in the form of an oracle about a new king who will arise and who will be a descendant of David. This king’s reign will usher in a time of peace and the restoration of Israel and Judah, and those who had been living in exile will return home.

Scripture: Isaiah 11:2, 3a The spirit of YAHWEH will give him wisdom and the knowledge and skill to rule his people. He will know GOD's will and honor him, and find pleasure in obeying him. The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David's descendants. The spirit of GOD will give him wisdom and the knowledge and skill to rule his people. He will know GOD will and honor him, and find pleasure in obeying him. He will not judge by appearance or hearsay; he will judge the poor fairly and defend the rights of the helpless. At his command the people will be punished, and evil persons will die. He will rule his people with justice and integrity. Wolves and sheep will live together in peace, and leopards will lie down with young goats. Calves and lion cubs will feed together, and little children will take care of them. Cows and bears will eat together, and their calves and cubs will lie down in peace. Lions will eat straw as cattle do. Even a baby will not be harmed if it plays near a poisonous snake. On Zion, God's sacred hill, there will be nothing harmful or evil. The land will be as full of knowledge of GOD as the seas are full of water. A day is coming when the new king from the royal line of David will be a symbol to the nations. They will gather in his royal city and give him honor. When that day comes, GOD will once again use his power and bring back home those of his people who are left in Assyria and Egypt, in the lands of Pathros, Ethiopia, Elam, Babylonia, and Hamath, and in the coastlands and on the islands of the sea. GOD will raise a signal flag to show the nations that he is gathering together again the scattered people of Israel and Judah and bringing them back from the four corners of the earth. The kingdom of Israel will not be jealous of Judah any more, and Judah will not be the enemy of Israel. Together they will attack the Philistines on the west and plunder the people who live to the east. They will conquer the people of Edom and Moab, and the people of Ammon will obey them. GOD will dry up the Gulf of Suez, and he will bring a hot wind to dry up the Euphrates, leaving only seven tiny streams, so that anyone can walk across. 16 There will be a highway out of Assyria for those of his people Israel who have survived there, just as there was for their ancestors when they left Egypt.The chapter opens with an oracle concerning a king who will be a descendant of David. Christians interpret this passage as referring to Jesus, the Messiah (see Luke 1:32). How is this king described (verses 2-5)? How is his kingdom described (verses 6-9)? How do you envision a world in which peace reigns?


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August 30, 2014

Titus 3:1-15 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Showing Us How to Live

Introduction

Titus 3:1-15: Titus is told to remind the people in his care to obey the governing authorities and that Christ came to save God’s people. Believers are encouraged to do good deeds and avoid arguing with those who cause divisions within the community.

Today’s Scripture: Titus 3:6, 7

God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that by his grace we might be put right with God and come into possession of the eternal life we hope for.

Today’s Reading

1 Remind your people to submit to rulers and authorities, to obey them, and to be ready to do good in every way. 2 Tell them not to speak evil of anyone, but to be peaceful and friendly, and always to show a gentle attitude toward everyone. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, and wrong. We were slaves to passions and pleasures of all kinds. We spent our lives in malice and envy; others hated us and we hated them. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior was revealed, 5 he saved us. It was not because of any good deeds that we ourselves had done, but because of his own mercy that he saved us, through the Holy Spirit, who gives us new birth and new life by washing us. 6 God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that by his grace we might be put right with God and come into possession of the eternal life we hope for. 8 This is a true saying. I want you to give special emphasis to these matters, so that those who believe in God may be concerned with giving their time to doing good deeds, which are good and useful for everyone. 9 But avoid stupid arguments, long lists of ancestors, quarrels, and fights about the Law. They are useless and worthless. 10 Give at least two warnings to those who cause divisions, and then have nothing more to do with them. 11 You know that such people are corrupt, and their sins prove that they are wrong. 12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me in Nicopolis, because I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Do your best to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos to get started on their travels, and see to it that they have everything they need. 14 Our people must learn to spend their time doing good, in order to provide for real needs; they should not live useless lives. 15 All who are with me send you greetings. Give our greetings to our friends in the faith. God's grace be with you all.  

Reflect

Why was Titus instructed to remind the people to obey government rulers and authorities? What are your thoughts about this advice? Verses 4-7 reflect an ancient hymn that may have been part of a baptismal liturgy. What is the hope that is expressed in these verses? How have you experienced God’s kindness and love? How have you experienced new birth and new life?

Pray

Kind and loving God, in your mercy you have saved me and given me new birth and new life. By the power of your Holy Spirit, you have washed and cleansed me. By your grace I am put right with you through Jesus Christ my Savior and have been given the hope of eternal life. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Municipal leaders and local public officials

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God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Introduction

Matthew 13:18-32: Yesterday’s reading was about the parable of the sower. In today’s reading, Jesus explains the parable. Today’s reading includes the parable of the weeds and the parable of the mustard seed.

Matthew 13:23a “And the seeds sown in the good soil stand for those who hear the message and understand it.”

Today’s Reading

Listen, then, and learn what the parable of the sower means. Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path. The Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in them. The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who receive the message gladly as soon as they hear it. But it does not sink deep into them, and they don't last long. So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once. The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear the message; but the worries about this life and the love for riches choke the message, and they don't bear fruit. And the seeds sown in the good soil stand for those who hear the message and understand it: they bear fruit, some as much as one hundred, others sixty, and others thirty. ” 24 Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. 25 One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up. 27 The man's servants came to him and said, “Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?” 28 “It was some enemy who did this,” he answered. “Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?” they asked him. 29 “No,” he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. 30 Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn. ’ ” 31 Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man takes a mustard seed and sows it in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up, it is the biggest of all plants. It becomes a tree, so that birds come and make their nests in its branches. ”  

Reflect

Yesterday’s reading was about good seed that is planted in good soil. Today’s reading includes a parable about weeds being sown among the good seed. Who sows the weeds? How does Jesus explain the parable of the sower? What is your understanding of the parable of the mustard seed?

Pray

GOD, we want to hear your message and understand it. Nurture my faith so that it grows like a mustard seed and gives glory to you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those planting urban gardens

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Corinthians 11:17-34 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Helping Us to Pursue Justice and Peace

Introduction

1 Corinthians 11:17-34: The apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that they are dishonoring the Lord because of the way they practice the Lord’s Supper. He reminds them of Jesus’ words on the night Jesus was betrayed and exhorts them to undergo self-examination before partaking of the meal.

Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:28

So then, you should each examine yourself first, and then eat the bread and drink from the cup.

Today’s Reading

17 In the following instructions, however, I do not praise you, because your meetings for worship actually do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I have been told that there are opposing groups in your meetings; and this I believe is partly true. ( 19 No doubt there must be divisions among you so that the ones who are in the right may be clearly seen.) 20 When you meet together as a group, it is not the Lord's Supper that you eat. 21 For as you eat, you each go ahead with your own meal, so that some are hungry while others get drunk. 22 Don't you have your own homes in which to eat and drink? Or would you rather despise the church of God and put to shame the people who are in need? What do you expect me to say to you about this? Shall I praise you? Of course I don't! 23 For I received from the Lord the teaching that I passed on to you: that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took a piece of bread, 24 gave thanks to God, broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in memory of me.” 25 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup and said, “This cup is God's new covenant, sealed with my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in memory of me.” 26 This means that every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 27 It follows that if one of you eats the Lord's bread or drinks from his cup in a way that dishonors him, you are guilty of sin against the Lord's body and blood. 28 So then, you should each examine yourself first, and then eat the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For if you do not recognize the meaning of the Lord's body when you eat the bread and drink from the cup, you bring judgment on yourself as you eat and drink. 30 That is why many of you are sick and weak, and several have died. 31 If we would examine ourselves first, we would not come under God's judgment. 32 But we are judged and punished by the Lord, so that we shall not be condemned together with the world. 33 So then, my friends, when you gather together to eat the Lord's Supper, wait for one another. 34 And if any of you are hungry, you should eat at home, so that you will not come under God's judgment as you meet together. As for the other matters, I will settle them when I come.

Reflect

What prompted Paul to write the Corinthian church with these instructions? Why does Paul call for self-examination (verse 28)? In your faith tradition, how do you prepare to receive the Lord’s Supper? Verses 23-25 are often referred to as the “Words of Institution.” What do these words mean to you? Many Christian faith traditions observe the first Sunday in October as World Communion Sunday. How does celebrating the Lord’s Supper demonstrate Christian unity?

Pray

Lord Jesus, on the night you were betrayed you offered your body, broken for us, and you instituted God’s new covenant sealed with your own precious blood. When I partake of this holy meal, may I do so in a way that honors you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

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Today’s reading picks up the storyline from verse 20. Jesus is named and circumcised on the eighth day according to the Law of Moses (see Leviticus 12:3) to indicate belonging to the Lord and as a sign of the covenant God made with Abraham (see Genesis 17:11-12). Mary and Joseph perform the ceremony of purification and bring Jesus to Jerusalem to be dedicated to the Lord. At the Temple, they encounter Simeon and Anna, two elderly and devout people who testify to God’s faithfulness in speaking about Jesus. After completing everything required by the Law, Mary and Joseph return to Nazareth with Jesus.

The child grew and became strong; he was full of wisdom, and God’s blessings were upon him.

Jesus Is Named

A week later, when the time came for the baby to be circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name which the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple

22The time came for Joseph and Mary to perform the ceremony of purification, as the Law of Moses commanded. So they took the child to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,23 as it is written in the law of the Lord: “Every first-born male is to be dedicated to the Lord.”24 They also went to offer a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons, as required by the law of the Lord.

25At that time there was a man named Simeon living in Jerusalem. He was a good, God-fearing man and was waiting for Israel to be saved. The Holy Spirit was with him26and had assured him that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's promised Messiah.27Led by the Spirit, Simeon went into the Temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus into the Temple to do for him what the Law required,28Simeon took the child in his arms and gave thanks to God:

29“Now, Lord, you have kept your promise,

and you may let your servant go in peace.

30With my own eyes I have seen your salvation,

31which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples:

32 A light to reveal your will to the Gentiles

and bring glory to your people Israel.”

33The child's father and mother were amazed at the things Simeon said about him.34Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, “This child is chosen by God for the destruction and the salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against35and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart.”

36-37 There was a very old prophet, a widow named Anna, daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had been married for only seven years and was now eighty-four years old. She never left the Temple; day and night she worshiped God, fasting and praying.38That very same hour she arrived and gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were waiting for God to set Jerusalem free.

The Return to Nazareth

39 When Joseph and Mary had finished doing all that was required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to their hometown of Nazareth in Galilee.40The child grew and became strong; he was full of wisdom, and God's blessings were upon him.

Reflect

Leviticus 12 outlines the purification ritual for women after childbirth which Mary and Joseph follow according to the Law of Moses. Mary and Joseph’s sacrifice of two doves or pigeons (verse 24) indicates their status as poor. In what ways do we offer sacrifices today? How are Simeon and Anna described? For what were they waiting (verses 25-26, 38)? What does Simeon say to Mary (verses 34-35)? Upon hearing his words, what might Mary have thought?

Pray

Lord God, you keep your promises, and your promised Messiah has come to bring us your salvation. He is the light who reveals your will for us. Glory to you, O Lord! Amen.

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God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom God has the last word” and is in control.

We may make our plans, but God has the last word. We may make our plans, but God has the last word. 2 You may think everything you do is right, but the LORD judges your motives. 3 Ask the LORD to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out. 4 Everything the LORD has made has its destiny; and the destiny of the wicked is destruction. 5 The LORD hates everyone who is arrogant; he will never let them escape punishment. 6 Be loyal and faithful, and God will forgive your sin. Obey the LORD and nothing evil will happen to you. 7 When you please the LORD, you can make your enemies into friends. 8 It is better to have a little, honestly earned, than to have a large income, dishonestly gained. 9 You may make your plans, but God directs your actions. 10 The king speaks with divine authority; his decisions are always right. 11 The LORD wants weights and measures to be honest and every sale to be fair. 12 Kings cannot tolerate evil, because justice is what makes a government strong. 13 A king wants to hear the truth and will favor those who speak it. 14 A wise person will try to keep the king happy; if the king becomes angry, someone may die. 15 The king's favor is like the clouds that bring rain in the springtime—life is there. 16 It is better—much better—to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver. 17 Those who are good travel a road that avoids evil; so watch where you are going—it may save your life. 18 Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall. 19 It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of their loot. 20 Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the LORD and you will be happy. 21 A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is. 22 Wisdom is a fountain of life to the wise, but trying to educate stupid people is a waste of time. 23 Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive. 24 Kind words are like honey—sweet to the taste and good for your health. 25 What you think is the right road may lead to death. 26 A laborer's appetite makes him work harder, because he wants to satisfy his hunger. 27 Evil people look for ways to harm others; even their words burn with evil. 28 Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships. 29 Violent people deceive their friends and lead them to disaster. 30 Watch out for people who grin and wink at you; they have thought of something evil. 31 Long life is the reward of the righteous; gray hair is a glorious crown. 32 It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities. 33 People cast lots to learn God's will, but God himself determines the answer.  

Reflect

The first and last verses (1 and 33) seem to serve as “bookends” to the chapter, each expressing the same sentiment. What are your thoughts about God having the “last word” (verse 1)? Have you ever made plans that you felt were changed or stopped by God? If so, what was the result?

Pray

Almighty God, sometimes I move forward, making plans without discerning your will. When you thwart my plans, remind me that it is because you know what is best for me. Teach me to trust in you and in your will for my life. Remind me to turn to you and seek guidance from you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those facing difficult decisions

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God’s Word: Helping Us to Pursue Justice and Peace

Introduction

Psalm 7: In this psalm, the writer appeals to God for justice as a result of being falsely accused. The writer expresses confidence in God’s righteousness, and the psalm concludes with an affirmation that the wicked will be punished and that God’s justice will triumph.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 7:17

I thank the LORD for his justice; I sing praises to the LORD, the Most High.

Today’s Reading

1 O LORD, my God, I come to you for protection; rescue me and save me from all who pursue me, 2 or else like a lion they will carry me off where no one can save me, and there they will tear me to pieces. 3-4 O LORD, my God, if I have wronged anyone, if I have betrayed a friend or without cause done violence to my enemy — if I have done any of these things— 5 then let my enemies pursue me and catch me, let them cut me down and kill me and leave me lifeless on the ground! 6 Rise in your anger, O LORD! Stand up against the fury of my enemies; rouse yourself and help me! Justice is what you demand, 7 so bring together all the peoples around you, and rule over them from above. 8 You are the judge of all people. Judge in my favor, O LORD; you know that I am innocent. 9 You are a righteous God and judge our thoughts and desires. Stop the wickedness of evildoers and reward those who are good. 10 God is my protector; he saves those who obey him. 11 God is a righteous judge and always condemns the wicked. 12 If they do not change their ways, God will sharpen his sword. He bends his bow and makes it ready; 13 he takes up his deadly weapons and aims his burning arrows. 14 See how wicked people think up evil; they plan trouble and practice deception. 15 But in the traps they set for others, they themselves get caught. 16 So they are punished by their own evil and are hurt by their own violence. 17 I thank the LORD for his justice; I sing praises to the LORD, the Most High.  

Reflect

What does the psalm writer ask of God? Is the writer seeking revenge or justice? Or both? Have you ever experienced a time when you needed to rely on God’s justice?

Pray

Righteous God, you are the judge of all people. You know my thoughts and desires. Forgive me when I stray and act in ways that are displeasing to you. Order my steps this day and guide me in the way of truth. I praise you, Lord Most High, for your mercy and steadfast love. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who are being falsely accused

It is Kate's and my prayer that this letter finds you and yours well and safely IN Jesus Christ. He is our protector, defender and only He is our provider.

I am writing today to address the need for each of us to be part of a small group of Christian trusted friends. The Lord has recently put it on my heart that now is the time for each of us to reach out and make sure we are connected.

Connected with a small group of Christians that we can fellowship with and depend on when this world of ours soon becomes unhinged.

Now is the time for all of us to be hooked up with other, like minded, bible believing Christians, if we can.

Small groups can be a blessing. The most obvious blessing is being able to study the Word of God together and help each other grow.

According to 1 John 1:3, fellowship is both vertical and horizontal. When we are saved, we are brought into fellowship not only with God, but with all others who share this same salvation in Christ (Ephesians 2:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:13).

It can be the place to discuss what really in going on in this world. It can be where you learn spiritual warfare together. It can become the "prayer team" with spiritual power. All can be helped by growing in discernment.

Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Belonging to a small group of believers can provide each with safety and comfort. The world continues and there will always be problems that we should be discussing with trusted friends.

Recently the Lord has put it on Kate's and my hearts that we needed to be ready to move. We currently live in a small mining town in the mountains of eastern Arizona. It is a rough mining community, but has served as a place of quiet for us to do the studies and write for The Joseph Plan and my books. For all that we will be eternally grateful.

But it is time for us to relocate and become part of a group of like minded Christians, a group that would like to have a preacher and teacher with my abilities.

It sounds like I'm applying for a job. In a way I am, but not a paid position. Yes, we are poor. Yes, we have needs. But we do have a small income to support ourselves and I am willing to do what I need to do, to finish covering our expenses. Our primary need would be housing.

I am asking each of you to pray about this. I see my primary responsibilities as being a bible teacher, preacher, prayer warrior and the man spreading the Word through The Joseph Plan.

A small group can be such a wonderful experience for each of us and I believe being a part of one may be the key to survival in the near future.

If you are of a common mind and have a suggestion for us please write. I ask all of you to pray about this for the Lord to be our guide. Borders are not a barrier.

Just drop me a note at: ministry@thejosephplan.org.

Let's talk and see if anything can develop. All of this needs to be diligently put into prayer for counsel. We can find out together what He has planned.

For these trying days ahead, let's all put our trust and guidance in the one true source of miracles and care. Thank-you Jesus.

Have you read the latest post entitled- "The mid-east conflict explained"? http://thejosephplan.org/the-mid-east-conflict-explained/

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Introduction

Isaiah 2:1-22: For the next eight days we will be reading excerpts from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The prophet lived in Jerusalem in the latter half of the eighth century B.C. As God’s prophet, his messages were to the people of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) and its capital Jerusalem. At the core of these messages is a call to a life of righteousness and justice because of the nation’s sin and disobedience toward God. While chapter 1 describes God reprimanding the people of Judah, today’s reading is a vision of the future Jerusalem along with a condemnation of sinful behavior.

Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 2:3b

He will teach us what he wants us to do; we will walk in the paths he has chosen.

Today’s Reading

1 Here is the message which God gave to Isaiah son of Amoz about Judah and Jerusalem: 2 In days to come the mountain where the Temple stands will be the highest one of all, towering above all the hills. Many nations will come streaming to it, 3 and their people will say, “Let us go up the hill of the LORD, to the Temple of Israel's God. He will teach us what he wants us to do; we will walk in the paths he has chosen. For the LORD's teaching comes from Jerusalem; from Zion he speaks to his people.” 4 He will settle disputes among great nations. They will hammer their swords into plows and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will never again go to war, never prepare for battle again. 5 Now, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light which the LORD gives us! 6 O God, you have forsaken your people, the descendants of Jacob! The land is full of magic practices from the East and from Philistia. The people follow foreign customs. 7 Their land is full of silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses, and there is no end to their chariots. 8 Their land is full of idols, and they worship objects that they have made with their own hands. 9 Everyone will be humiliated and disgraced. Do not forgive them, LORD! 10 They will hide in caves in the rocky hills or dig holes in the ground to try to escape from the LORD's anger and to hide from his power and glory! 11 A day is coming when human pride will be ended and human arrogance destroyed. Then the LORD alone will be exalted. 12 On that day the LORD Almighty will humble everyone who is powerful, everyone who is proud and conceited. 13 He will destroy the tall cedars of Lebanon and all the oaks in the land of Bashan. 14 He will level the high mountains and hills, 15 every high tower, and the walls of every fortress. 16 He will sink even the largest and most beautiful ships. 17-18 Human pride will be ended, and human arrogance will be destroyed. Idols will completely disappear, and the LORD alone will be exalted on that day. 19 People will hide in caves in the rocky hills or dig holes in the ground to try to escape from the LORD's anger and to hide from his power and glory, when he comes to shake the earth. 20 When that day comes, they will throw away the gold and silver idols they have made, and abandon them to the moles and the bats. 21 When the LORD comes to shake the earth, people will hide in holes and caves in the rocky hills to try to escape from his anger and to hide from his power and glory. 22 Put no more confidence in mortals. What are they worth?  

Reflect

Reread verses 2-4. What were your thoughts as you read these words? What sinful customs had the people practiced (verses 6-Cool? How do the concluding verses describe God’s judgment?

Pray

Almighty God, teach us what you want us to do so that we walk in your righteous paths. Help us to put aside human pride and arrogance so that we walk humbly in your light. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who mediate disputes

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Introduction

Psalm 82: This psalm is in the form of a prophetic oracle of judgment whereby God rebukes unjust earthly rulers. The psalm concludes with a call upon God to exercise divine authority over all the nations of the world.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 82:8

Come, O God, and rule the world; all the nations are yours.

Today’s Reading

1 God presides in the heavenly council; in the assembly of the gods he gives his decision: 2 “You must stop judging unjustly; you must no longer be partial to the wicked! 3 Defend the rights of the poor and the orphans; be fair to the needy and the helpless. 4 Rescue them from the power of evil people. 5 How ignorant you are! How stupid! You are completely corrupt, and justice has disappeared from the world. 6 “You are gods,” I said; “all of you are children of the Most High.” 7 But you will die like mortals; your life will end like that of any prince.” 8 Come, O God, and rule the world; all the nations are yours.  

Reflect

Today’s reading describes a trial in heaven. The “heavenly council” (verse 1) is derived from an ancient Near East concept of attendant beings who surround the supreme god and who glorify, praise, and carry out the will of the supreme god. Reread verses 2-7. What does God say to those who have been appointed to govern the people? Do these verses speak to situations in our world today? If so, how?

Pray

Come, O God, and rule the world. You are the Sovereign God of the universe. Guide us in the ways of your justice, mercy, and love. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who are helpless and in need

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Introduction

Psalm 85: This psalm is a prayer for reconciliation with God. The psalmist recounts God’s blessings and asks God’s forgiveness for the sins of the people. He promises to listen to God, and envisions a future in which the land will be fruitful, and goodness and peace will unite in justice.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 85:11

Human loyalty will reach up from the earth, and God’s righteousness will look down from heaven.

Today’s Reading

1LORD, you have been merciful to your land; you have made Israel prosperous again. 2 You have forgiven your people's sins and pardoned all their wrongs. 3 You stopped being angry with them and held back your furious rage. 4 Bring us back, O God our savior, and stop being displeased with us! 5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will your anger never cease? 6 Make us strong again, and we, your people, will praise you. 7 Show us your constant love, O LORD, and give us your saving help. 8 I am listening to what the LORD God is saying; he promises peace to us, his own people, if we do not go back to our foolish ways. 9 Surely he is ready to save those who honor him, and his saving presence will remain in our land. 10 Love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will embrace. 11 Human loyalty will reach up from the earth, and God's righteousness will look down from heaven. 12 The LORD will make us prosperous, and our land will produce rich harvests. 13 Righteousness will go before the LORD and prepare the path for him.  

Reflect

Reread verses 1-5. These verses suggest that the psalm was written about the time the people of Israel returned home to Judah from exile in Babylon (after 539 BC). After they returned from exile, new problems developed, and the people once again needed to pray for deliverance. When in your life have you prayed for God’s deliverance? How did God respond to your prayers?

Pray

Loving God, thank you for delivering me from darkness into light. Forgive me for times I have failed to do your will. Help me live into your ways of peace, justice and mercy, and to be a faithful disciple of Christ. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Refugees


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Jesus, at age 12, travels with his parents to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. On the return home, Mary and Joseph are unaware that Jesus has remained in Jerusalem, debating with the Jewish teachers in the Temple.

Today’s Scripture: Luke 2:52

Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people.

Today’s Reading

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41 Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival.42When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the festival as usual.43When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not know this;44they thought that he was with the group, so they traveled a whole day and then started looking for him among their relatives and friends.45They did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him.46On the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions.47All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers.48His parents were astonished when they saw him, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you.”

49He answered them, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?”50But they did not understand his answer.

51So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.52 Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people.

Reflect

Why did Jesus stay behind in Jerusalem? What did the teachers think of him? Why were his parents astonished when they found him? How did Jesus respond to his parents’ concern?

Pray

Lord Jesus, draw me close to you and teach me to be obedient to your will. Help me to keep on growing in wisdom and knowledge of you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Parents of missing children
WHATS GOING ON UPSTAIRS, ARE YOU EVEN THINKING?

Psalm 73: In today’s reading the psalm writer expresses concern about the prosperity of the wicked and questions the value of faithful behavior. The psalm concludes with an affirmation of remaining close to God.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 73:26

My mind and my body may grow weak, but God is my strength; he is all I ever need.

Today’s Reading

1 God is indeed good to Israel, to those who have pure hearts. 2 But I had nearly lost confidence; my faith was almost gone 3 because I was jealous of the proud when I saw that things go well for the wicked. 4 They do not suffer pain; they are strong and healthy. 5 They do not suffer as other people do; they do not have the troubles that others have. 6 And so they wear pride like a necklace and violence like a robe; 7 their hearts pour out evil, and their minds are busy with wicked schemes. 8 They laugh at other people and speak of evil things; they are proud and make plans to oppress others. 9 They speak evil of God in heaven and give arrogant orders to everyone on earth, 10 so that even God's people turn to them and eagerly believe whatever they say. 11 They say, “God will not know; the Most High will not find out.” 12 That is what the wicked are like. They have plenty and are always getting more. 13 Is it for nothing, then, that I have kept myself pure and have not committed sin? 14 O God, you have made me suffer all day long; every morning you have punished me. 15 If I had said such things, I would not be acting as one of your people. 16 I tried to think this problem through, but it was too difficult for me 17 until I went into your Temple. Then I understood what will happen to the wicked. 18 You will put them in slippery places and make them fall to destruction! 19 They are instantly destroyed; they go down to a horrible end. 20 They are like a dream that goes away in the morning; when you rouse yourself, O Lord, they disappear. 21 When my thoughts were bitter and my feelings were hurt, 22 I was as stupid as an animal; I did not understand you. 23 Yet I always stay close to you, and you hold me by the hand. 24 You guide me with your instruction and at the end you will receive me with honor. 25 What else do I have in heaven but you? Since I have you, what else could I want on earth? 26 My mind and my body may grow weak, but God is my strength; he is all I ever need. 27 Those who abandon you will certainly perish; you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you. 28 But as for me, how wonderful to be near God, to find protection with the Sovereign LORD and to proclaim all that he has done!  

Reflect

Of whom was the psalm writer jealous (verse 3)? How are the wicked described (verses 4-12)? Have you ever had similar thoughts? Why does the psalm writer choose to remain loyal to God? What influences your decision to be faithful to God?

Pray

How wonderful it is to be near you, O God, and to find protection with you and proclaim all that you have done. You are my strength. Guide me with your instruction so that I grow in knowledge of you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those experiencing a spiritual crisis

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Psalm 72: This psalm is an intercessory prayer for the king, with petitions for the king’s righteous judgment, long life, and worldwide rule that is marked by justice.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 72:1

Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God; share with him your own justice.

Today’s Reading

1 Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God; share with him your own justice, 2 so that he will rule over your people with justice and govern the oppressed with righteousness. 3 May the land enjoy prosperity; may it experience righteousness. 4 May the king judge the poor fairly; may he help the needy and defeat their oppressors. 5 May your people worship you as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come. 6 May the king be like rain on the fields, like showers falling on the land. 7 May righteousness flourish in his lifetime, and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light. 8 His kingdom will reach from sea to sea, from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth. 9 The peoples of the desert will bow down before him; his enemies will throw themselves to the ground. 10 The kings of Spain and of the islands will offer him gifts; the kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him offerings. 11 All kings will bow down before him; all nations will serve him. 12 He rescues the poor who call to him, and those who are needy and neglected. 13 He has pity on the weak and poor; he saves the lives of those in need. 14 He rescues them from oppression and violence; their lives are precious to him. 15 Long live the king! May he be given gold from Sheba; may prayers be said for him at all times; may God's blessings be on him always! 16 May there be plenty of grain in the land; may the hills be covered with crops, as fruitful as those of Lebanon. May the cities be filled with people, like fields full of grass. 17 May the king's name never be forgotten; may his fame last as long as the sun. May all nations ask God to bless them as he has blessed the king. 18 Praise the LORD, the God of Israel! He alone does these wonderful things. 19 Praise his glorious name forever! May his glory fill the whole world. Amen! Amen! 20 This is the end of the prayers of David son of Jesse.  

Reflect

The petitions in this psalm read almost like a job description for a king. What verses indicate how a king should rule? Are any of these petitions relevant for leaders today? What petitions resonate most with you? Why? You may wish to compare Psalm 72 with the way the prophet Samuel had described the treatment the Israelites would receive from a king (see 1 Samuel 8:11-18). What differences can you identify?

Pray

Righteous and loving God, I will praise your glorious name forever. May all nations seek your blessing, may your justice flourish throughout the earth, and may your glory fill the whole world. Amen.

Prayer Concern

World leaders

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God’s Word: Helping Us to Pursue Justice and Peace

Psalm 9: This psalm speaks of God’s righteousness and justice and the ways in which God cares for those who are poor and needy. The psalm concludes with a petition for God to pronounce judgment on the wicked.

Scripture: Psalm 9:10

Those who know you, GOD , will trust you; you do not abandon anyone who comes to you.

1 I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the wonderful things you have done. 2 I will sing with joy because of you. I will sing praise to you, Almighty God. 3 My enemies turn back when you appear; they fall down and die. 4 You are fair and honest in your judgments, and you have judged in my favor. 5 You have condemned the heathen and destroyed the wicked; they will be remembered no more. 6 Our enemies are finished forever; you have destroyed their cities, and they are completely forgotten. 7 But the LORD is king forever; he has set up his throne for judgment. 8 He rules the world with righteousness; he judges the nations with justice. 9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a place of safety in times of trouble. 10 Those who know you, LORD, will trust you; you do not abandon anyone who comes to you. 11 Sing praise to the LORD, who rules in Zion! Tell every nation what he has done! 12 God remembers those who suffer; he does not forget their cry, and he punishes those who wrong them. 13 Be merciful to me, O LORD! See the sufferings my enemies cause me! Rescue me from death, O LORD, 14 that I may stand before the people of Jerusalem and tell them all the things for which I praise you. I will rejoice because you saved me. 15 The heathen have dug a pit and fallen in; they have been caught in their own trap. 16 The LORD has revealed himself by his righteous judgments, and the wicked are trapped by their own deeds. 17 Death is the destiny of all the wicked, of all those who reject God. 18 The needy will not always be neglected; the hope of the poor will not be crushed forever. 19 Come, LORD! Do not let anyone defy you! Bring the heathen before you and pronounce judgment on them. 20 Make them afraid, O LORD; make them know that they are only mortal beings.  

Reflect

Today’s reading begins with an expression of praise. For what does the psalm writer praise God? What does the psalm writer ask of God? For what will you praise God today? What will you ask of God?

Pray

Lord God, you rule the world with righteousness and judge the nations with justice. Open my heart and eyes to the needs of others, and keep me ever mindful that only your justice will bring healing and wholeness for myself and for all people. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those experiencing economic injustice

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The Joseph Plan is a very small ministry, operated by my wife Kate and myself, for over the last three years. The Lord is using it mightily.

Att: All pastors and/or Christian ministers. Please be sure to read the last paragraphs of this letter.

Big Book Store announcement: The Book Store has grown and adopted a new philosophy for how we do business. It is now completely donation based.

That is right!  

When shopping for a book in the book store, you can set the price you can afford. You can set your own price.

I prayed over this decision for many days. It is a two edged sword. It has obvious advantages for all of you from countries with poor exchange rates. It also addresses the issue of someone who has the heart to help us, but has very limited funds. As always, we still have the policy of providing many of our books free to anyone who financially cannot afford to purchase one.

Take a look. www.thejosephplan/book-store/

The potential disadvantage is that it may reduce the amount of support Kate and I receive to maintain the ministry activities and simply to pay our bills. As you may be aware of, The Joseph Plan and Kate and I are totally independent of any formal church or denomination and receive no financial backing from any outside sources. We depend totally on God moving through the hearts of those we serve and bless for our sustenance and expenses.

In addition to my three books in the store, we are now offering four new books by Pastor Howard Wright. I can guarantee, you will be blessed in reading any of them.

Have you joined our $5.00 a month support effort? We have a donation portal on the sidebar and at the bottom of every page onsite. We are not a 501c3 and thus not under the direct control of a God-less government.

We also have an immediate need to raise $400.00 to allow us to receive some needed medical care this coming week. The same donation portal can be used or you can contact me by replying to this letter. We do need some help. Please pray about this.

Please pray for peace for Israel daily. We may be witnessing the beginning of the Psalm 83 war and you know what that may mean. I will have more onsite as this develops.

Have you recognized the need to learn Spiritual Warfare? If so we have a wonderful free teaching onsite that is free. Over fifty people a day are signing up for this training. You can sign up in the blue message bar at the top of each page. Join God's Army of Spiritual Warriors!

Or you can see it here: http://thejosephplan.org/spiritual-warfare-training/

All pastors and ministers or Christian group leaders are invited to check out- "Thousand Points of Light".

God is raising Spiritual Warfare Training ministries all over the world to help in training the body of Christ. Would you like your church, ministry or group to be one of God's "Thousand Points of Light"?

You can check it out here: http://thejosephplan.org/one-thousand-points-of-light-2/

I also ask that you keep The Joseph Plan in your prayers each and every day. Please pray and plead "The Blood" upon it for protection. The level of attack is increasing weekly. With your help we will overcome.

Thank-you Jesus.

Pastor Thomas and Kate Holm

http://thejosephplan.org/

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MessageSujet: Re: christian    Sam 10 Mai - 12:18

“I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

Today’s Reading

Jesus Teaches about Divorce

(Matthew 19.1-12; Luke 16.18)

1Then Jesus left that place, went to the province of Judea, and crossed the Jordan River. Crowds came flocking to him again, and he taught them, as he always did.

2Some Pharisees came to him and tried to trap him. “Tell us,” they asked, “does our Law allow a man to divorce his wife?”

3Jesus answered with a question, “What law did Moses give you?”

4 Their answer was, “Moses gave permission for a man to write a divorce notice and send his wife away.”

5Jesus said to them, “Moses wrote this law for you because you are so hard to teach.6 But in the beginning, at the time of creation, ‘God made them male and female,’ as the scripture says.7 ‘And for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, 8and the two will become one.’ So they are no longer two, but one.9No human being must separate, then, what God has joined together.”

10When they went back into the house, the disciples asked Jesus about this matter.11 He said to them, “A man who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against his wife.12In the same way, a woman who divorces her husband and marries another man commits adultery.”

Jesus Blesses Little Children

(Matthew 19.13-15; Luke 18.15-17)

13Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people.14When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.15 I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”16Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them.

The Rich Man

(Matthew 19.16-30; Luke 18.18-30)

17As Jesus was starting on his way again, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?”

18“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good except God alone.19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely; do not cheat; respect your father and your mother.’”

20“Teacher,” the man said, “ever since I was young, I have obeyed all these commandments.”

21Jesus looked straight at him with love and said, “You need only one thing. Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.”22When the man heard this, gloom spread over his face, and he went away sad, because he was very rich.

23Jesus looked around at his disciples and said to them, “How hard it will be for rich people to enter the Kingdom of God!”

24The disciples were shocked at these words, but Jesus went on to say, “My children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!25It is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”

26At this the disciples were completely amazed and asked one another, “Who, then, can be saved?”

27Jesus looked straight at them and answered, “This is impossible for human beings but not for God; everything is possible for God.”

28Then Peter spoke up, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.”

29“Yes,” Jesus said to them, “and I tell you that those who leave home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and for the gospel,30will receive much more in this present age. They will receive a hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields—and persecutions as well; and in the age to come they will receive eternal life.31 But many who are now first will be last, and many who are now last will be first.”

Reflect

Why did the disciples seek to prevent the people from bringing the children to Jesus? How did Jesus respond? Recall yesterday’s reading (Mark 9:42) when Jesus warned against anyone who “should cause one of these little ones to lose faith” in him. In today’s reading, Jesus speaks of receiving the Kingdom of God like a child. What does this mean to you? Why does Jesus say to his disciples “how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God” (verse 24)? Today’s reading concludes with a proverb (verse 31) that appears in other places (Matthew 19:30; 20:16; Luke 13:30) and hearkens back to Mark 9:35 and Jesus’ teaching on being “the servant of all.” What does verse 31 mean to you?

Pray

Loving God, grant me a childlike faith, totally trusting in you. I yield my life to you. Your kingdom come, O Lord. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Children in nursery schools and day care

When the disciples argue as to who among them is the greatest, Jesus teaches that one must be “the servant of all.” He uses the example of a child to contrast the disciples’ quest for power. The hand, foot, and eye represent agents of temptation, and Jesus issues some hard sayings to emphasize the cost of losing faith.

God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Proverbs 1:1-33: For the next five days, we will be reading selected chapters from the book of Proverbs, a collection of moral teachings in the form of wise sayings. The sayings affirm that wisdom comes from God. Today’s reading includes advice on how to be wise and live right. Proverbs 1:7a To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for YAHWEH. Proverbs 11:1-31: Today’s reading focuses on the rewards of honesty and living right. Those who are righteous will prosper. Proverbs 11:20 GOD hates evil-minded people, but loves those who do right.

GOD hates people who use dishonest scales. He is happy with honest weights. People who are proud will soon be disgraced. It is wiser to be modest. If you are good, you are guided by honesty. People who can't be trusted are destroyed by their own dishonesty. Riches will do you no good on the day you face death, but honesty can save your life. Honesty makes a good person's life easier, but the wicked will cause their own downfall. Righteousness rescues those who are honest, but those who can't be trusted are trapped by their own greed. When the wicked die, their hope dies with them. Confidence placed in riches comes to nothing. The righteous are protected from trouble; it comes to the wicked instead. You can be ruined by the talk of godless people, but the wisdom of the righteous can save you. A city is happy when honest people have good fortune, and there are joyful shouts when the wicked die. A city becomes great when the righteous give it their blessing; but a city is brought to ruin by the words of the wicked. It is foolish to speak scornfully of others. If you are smart, you will keep quiet. No one who gossips can be trusted with a secret, but you can put confidence in someone who is trustworthy. A nation will fall if it has no guidance. Many advisers mean security. If you promise to pay a stranger's debt, you will regret it. You are better off if you don't get involved. A gracious woman is respected, but a woman without virtue is a disgrace. Lazy people will never have money, but aggressive people will get rich. You do yourself a favor when you are kind. If you are cruel, you only hurt yourself. Wicked people do not really gain anything, but if you do what is right, you are certain to be rewarded. Anyone who is determined to do right will live, but anyone who insists on doing wrong will die. YAHWEH hates evil-minded people, but loves those who do right. You can be sure that evil people will be punished, but the righteous will escape. Beauty in a woman without good judgment is like a gold ring in a pig's snout. What good people want always results in good; when the wicked get what they want, everyone is angry. Some people spend their money freely and still grow richer. Others are cautious, and yet grow poorer. Be generous, and you will be prosperous. Help others, and you will be helped. People curse someone who hoards grain, waiting for a higher price, but they praise the one who puts it up for sale. If your goals are good, you will be respected, but if you are looking for trouble, that is what you will get. Those who depend on their wealth will fall like the leaves of autumn, but the righteous will prosper like the leaves of summer. Those who bring trouble on their families will have nothing at the end. Foolish people will always be servants to the wise. Righteousness gives life, but violence takes it away. Those who are good are rewarded here on earth, so you can be sure that wicked and sinful people will be punished.  

How many verses in today’s reading speak of honesty? What can you learn from these verses? According to verse 11, those who are righteous cause the whole community to be blessed, but words of the wicked can bring ruin. What are your thoughts about this?

Pray Righteous God, help us each day to be guided by honesty in all we do and say. we want to be found trustworthy. Thank YOU for Your steadfast love and mercy. Amen.

Proverbs 8:1-36: Everyone is invited to respond to Wisdom’s invitation and to follow her instructions and search for knowledge.

Proverbs 8:11

I am Wisdom, I am better than jewels; nothing you want can compare with Me.

Today’s Reading

1 Listen! Wisdom is calling out. Reason is making herself heard. 2 On the hilltops near the road and at the crossroads she stands. 3 At the entrance to the city, beside the gates, she calls: 4 “I appeal to all of you; I call to everyone on earth. 5 Are you immature? Learn to be mature. Are you foolish? Learn to have sense. 6 Listen to my excellent words; all I tell you is right. 7 What I say is the truth; lies are hateful to me. 8 Everything I say is true; nothing is false or misleading. 9 To those with insight, it is all clear; to the well-informed, it is all plain. 10 Choose my instruction instead of silver; choose knowledge rather than the finest gold. 11 I am Wisdom, I am better than jewels; nothing you want can compare with me. 12 I am Wisdom, and I have insight; I have knowledge and sound judgment. 13 To honor the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil ways and false words. 14 I make plans and carry them out. I have understanding, and I am strong. 15 I help kings to govern and rulers to make good laws. 16 Every ruler on earth governs with my help, officials and nobles alike. 17 I love those who love me; whoever looks for me can find me. 18 I have riches and honor to give, prosperity and success. 19 What you get from me is better than the finest gold, better than the purest silver. 20 I walk the way of righteousness; I follow the paths of justice, 21 giving wealth to those who love me, filling their houses with treasures. 22 The LORD created me first of all, the first of his works, long ago. 23 I was made in the very beginning, at the first, before the world began. 24 I was born before the oceans, when there were no springs of water. 25 I was born before the mountains, before the hills were set in place, 26 before God made the earth and its fields or even the first handful of soil. 27 I was there when he set the sky in place, when he stretched the horizon across the ocean, 28 when he placed the clouds in the sky, when he opened the springs of the ocean 29 and ordered the waters of the sea to rise no further than he said. I was there when he laid the earth's foundations. 30 I was beside him like an architect, I was his daily source of joy, always happy in his presence— 31 happy with the world and pleased with the human race. 32 Now, young people, listen to me. Do as I say, and you will be happy. 33 Listen to what you are taught. Be wise; do not neglect it. 34 Those who listen to me will be happy— those who stay at my door every day, waiting at the entrance to my home. 35 Those who find me find life, and the LORD will be pleased with them. 36 Those who do not find me hurt themselves; anyone who hates me loves death. ”  

Reflect

Wisdom is personified as a woman (verses 1-3) and as being present with God at the beginning of creation (verses 22-31). What was her role? Reread verses 11-21. How does Wisdom describe herself? What does she do? According to verses 32-36, what is the value of following Wisdom’s advice?

Pray

All-wise God, open my ears to hear and give me the desire to respond to Wisdom’s invitation to seek after your will and the true knowledge that comes from you. Such knowledge is truly more precious than silver or gold. Amen.

Prayer Concern

First-year students attending colleges or universities who are adjusting to campus life

1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David and king of Israel. 2 Here are proverbs that will help you recognize wisdom and good advice, and understand sayings with deep meaning. 3 They can teach you how to live intelligently and how to be honest, just, and fair. 4 They can make an inexperienced person clever and teach young people how to be resourceful. 5 These proverbs can even add to the knowledge of the wise and give guidance to the educated, 6 so that they can understand the hidden meanings of proverbs and the problems that the wise raise. 7 To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the LORD. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn. 8 My child, pay attention to what your father and mother tell you. 9 Their teaching will improve your character as a handsome turban or a necklace improves your appearance. 10 My child, when sinners tempt you, don't give in. 11 Suppose they say, “Come on; let's find someone to kill! Let's attack some innocent people for the fun of it! 12 They may be alive and well when we find them, but they'll be dead when we're through with them! 13 We'll find all kinds of riches and fill our houses with loot! 14 Come and join us, and we'll all share what we steal. ” 15 My child, don't go with people like that. Stay away from them. 16 They can't wait to do something bad. They're always ready to kill. 17 It does no good to spread a net when the bird you want to catch is watching, 18 but people like that are setting a trap for themselves, a trap in which they will die. 19 Robbery always claims the life of the robber—this is what happens to anyone who lives by violence. 20 Listen! Wisdom is calling out in the streets and marketplaces, 21 calling loudly at the city gates and wherever people come together: 22 “Foolish people! How long do you want to be foolish? How long will you enjoy making fun of knowledge? Will you never learn? 23 Listen when I reprimand you; I will give you good advice and share my knowledge with you. 24 I have been calling you, inviting you to come, but you would not listen. You paid no attention to me. 25 You have ignored all my advice and have not been willing to let me correct you. 26 So when you get into trouble, I will laugh at you. I will make fun of you when terror strikes— 27 when it comes on you like a storm, bringing fierce winds of trouble, and you are in pain and misery. 28 Then you will call for wisdom, but I will not answer. You may look for me everywhere, but you will not find me. 29 You have never had any use for knowledge and have always refused to obey the LORD. 30 You have never wanted my advice or paid any attention when I corrected you. 31 So then, you will get what you deserve, and your own actions will make you sick. 32 Inexperienced people die because they reject wisdom. Stupid people are destroyed by their own lack of concern. 33 But whoever listens to me will have security. He will be safe, with no reason to be afraid. ”  

Reflect

Why is having reverence for the Lord a prerequisite to knowledge? What is the value of proverbs (verses 3-6)? What is the value of heeding wisdom’s call (verse 33)? What advice in today’s reading do you find most meaningful?

Pray

All-wise God, may all I do and say this day demonstrate my reverence for you. Open my heart, mind, and ears to hear wisdom’s call and teach me to abide in your Word. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Bible study leaders

God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Introduction

Psalm 119:113-128: Today’s reading begins with more pleas for justice and protection from those who disobey God’s teachings. The psalmist seeks to be obedient to the Law of the LORD and prays for God’s saving help and for God to take action against those who disobey God’s laws.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 119:124

Psalm 119:124

Today’s Reading

113 I hate those who are not completely loyal to you, but I love your law. 114 You are my defender and protector; I put my hope in your promise. 115 Go away from me, you sinful people. I will obey the commands of my God. 116 Give me strength, as you promised, and I shall live; don't let me be disappointed in my hope! 117 Hold me, and I will be safe, and I will always pay attention to your commands. 118 You reject everyone who disobeys your laws; their deceitful schemes are useless. 119 You treat all the wicked like rubbish, and so I love your instructions. 120 Because of you I am afraid; I am filled with fear because of your judgments. 121 I have done what is right and good; don't abandon me to my enemies! 122 Promise that you will help your servant; don't let the arrogant oppress me! 123 My eyes are tired from watching for your saving help, for the deliverance you promised. 124 Treat me according to your constant love, and teach me your commands. 125 I am your servant; give me understanding, so that I may know your teachings. 126LORD, it is time for you to act, because people are disobeying your law. 127 I love your commands more than gold, more than the finest gold. 128 And so I follow all your instructions; I hate all wrong ways.  

Reflect

What verses speak of the psalmist’s trust and hope in God? What verses speak of the psalmist’s frustration? Are there verses in today’s reading that resonate with you?

Pray

Lord God, as I seek to be obedient to your will, give me patience and understanding. Teach me to wait upon you, trusting in your judgments and mercy. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those experiencing impatience

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Isaiah 29:15-24: Today’s reading includes words of hope for Israel’s future. Sinners will be destroyed, and the people’s disgrace will be removed.

Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 29:19

Poor and humble people will once again find the happiness which the LORD, the holy God of Israel, gives.

Today’s Reading

15 Those who try to hide their plans from the LORD are doomed! They carry out their schemes in secret and think no one will see them or know what they are doing. 16 They turn everything upside down. Which is more important, the potter or the clay? Can something you have made say, “You didn't make me”? Or can it say, “You don't know what you are doing”? 17 As the saying goes, before long the dense forest will become farmland, and the farmland will go back to forest. 18 When that day comes, the deaf will be able to hear a book being read aloud, and the blind, who have been living in darkness, will open their eyes and see. 19 Poor and humble people will once again find the happiness which the LORD, the holy God of Israel, gives. 20 It will be the end of those who oppress others and show contempt for God. Every sinner will be destroyed. 21 God will destroy those who slander others, those who prevent the punishment of criminals, and those who tell lies to keep honest people from getting justice. 22 So now the LORD, the God of Israel, who rescued Abraham from trouble, says, “My people, you will not be disgraced any longer, and your faces will no longer be pale with shame. 23 When you see the children that I will give you, then you will acknowledge that I am the holy God of Israel. You will honor me and stand in awe of me. 24 Foolish people will learn to understand, and those who are always grumbling will be glad to be taught. ”  

Reflect

What is the fate of those who hide their plans from the LORD and carry out their schemes in secret? After the time of judgment has passed, what will the LORD do to restore Israel? Where in the world is restoration needed today?

Pray

Holy God, I stand in awe of you. I acknowledge you as my God and praise your holy name. Help me to honor you today in all I do and say. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Nations devastated by war


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MessageSujet: Re: christian    Sam 10 Mai - 12:19

Mark’s Gospel opens with John the Baptist calling people to turn from their sins and be baptized. Jesus is baptized by John and is then led by the Spirit into the desert where he is tempted by Satan. Jesus begins his public ministry by calling his first disciples.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 1:15

“The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!”

Today’s Reading

The Preaching of John the Baptist

(Matthew 3.1-12; Luke 3.1-18; John 1.19-28)

1This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 It began as the prophet Isaiah had written:

“God said, ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you

to open the way for you.’

3 Someone is shouting in the desert,

‘Get the road ready for the Lord;

make a straight path for him to travel!’”

4So John appeared in the desert, baptizing and preaching. “Turn away from your sins and be baptized,” he told the people, “and God will forgive your sins.”5Many people from the province of Judea and the city of Jerusalem went out to hear John. They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River.

6 John wore clothes made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey7He announced to the people, “The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals8I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

(Matthew 3.13—4.11; Luke 3.21,22; 4.1-13)

9Not long afterward Jesus came from Nazareth in the province of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan10As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw heaven opening and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my own dear Son. I am pleased with you.”

12At once the Spirit made him go into the desert13where he stayed forty days, being tempted by Satan. Wild animals were there also, but angels came and helped him.

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

(Matthew 4.12-22; Luke 4.14,15; 5.1-11)

14After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God15 “The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!”

16As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, catching fish with a net17Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.”18At once they left their nets and went with him.

19He went a little farther on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat getting their nets ready20As soon as Jesus saw them, he called them; they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went with Jesus.

Reflect

What is your understanding of the “Good News”? What impact does the “Good News” have on your life? What prompted Jesus’ first four disciples to follow him? What does being a follower of Jesus mean for you today?

Pray

Lord Jesus, you ushered in the Kingdom of God with the Good News of salvation. Thank you for inviting me to follow you and leading me in the way of love as a beloved child of God. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who have not yet heard the Good News.

Jesus and his disciples go to Capernaum where he preaches in the synagogue and heals a man with an evil spirit. Jesus heals many people and news about him spreads throughout the province of Galilee.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 1:22

The people who heard him were amazed at the way he taught, for he wasn’t like the teachers of the Law; instead he taught with authority.

Today’s Reading

A Man with an Evil Spirit

(Luke 4.31-37)

21Jesus and his disciples came to the town of Capernaum, and on the next Sabbath Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach22 The people who heard him were amazed at the way he taught, for he wasn't like the teachers of the Law; instead, he taught with authority.

23Just then a man with an evil spirit came into the synagogue and screamed24“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Are you here to destroy us? I know who you are—you are God's holy messenger!”

25Jesus ordered the spirit, “Be quiet, and come out of the man!”

26The evil spirit shook the man hard, gave a loud scream, and came out of him27The people were all so amazed that they started saying to one another, “What is this? Is it some kind of new teaching? This man has authority to give orders to the evil spirits, and they obey him!”

28And so the news about Jesus spread quickly everywhere in the province of Galilee.

Jesus Heals Many People

(Matthew 8.14-17; Luke 4.38-41)

29Jesus and his disciples, including James and John, left the synagogue and went straight to the home of Simon and Andrew30Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever, and as soon as Jesus arrived, he was told about her31He went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began to wait on them.

32After the sun had set and evening had come, people brought to Jesus all the sick and those who had demons33All the people of the town gathered in front of the house34Jesus healed many who were sick with all kinds of diseases and drove out many demons. He would not let the demons say anything, because they knew who he was.

Jesus Preaches in Galilee

(Luke 4.42-44)

35Very early the next morning, long before daylight, Jesus got up and left the house. He went out of town to a lonely place, where he prayed36But Simon and his companions went out searching for him37and when they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

38But Jesus answered, “We must go on to the other villages around here. I have to preach in them also, because that is why I came.”

39 So he traveled all over Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and driving out demons.

Jesus Heals a Man

(Matthew 8.1-4; Luke 5.12-16)

40A man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to Jesus, knelt down, and begged him for help. “If you want to,” he said, “you can make me clean.”

41Jesus was filled with pity, and reached out and touched him. “I do want to,” he answered. “Be clean!”42At once the disease left the man, and he was clean43Then Jesus spoke sternly to him and sent him away at once44 after saying to him, “Listen, don't tell anyone about this. But go straight to the priest and let him examine you; then in order to prove to everyone that you are cured, offer the sacrifice that Moses ordered.”

45But the man went away and began to spread the news everywhere. Indeed, he talked so much that Jesus could not go into a town publicly. Instead, he stayed out in lonely places, and people came to him from everywhere.

Reflect

Today’s reading includes several stories of Jesus healing people. Do any of these stories resonate with you? If so, why? Mark seems to pack a lot of action into his first chapter, and the action moves at a swift pace. News about Jesus spreads quickly, and Peter says to Jesus, “Everyone is looking for you” (verse 37). Why were the people amazed? What amazes you about Jesus?

Pray

You are amazing, Lord Jesus! You teach with authority, announcing the Good News of God’s love and salvation. I no longer need to “look” for you because you are always near. Order my steps this day and keep me close to you. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those in need of healing

Jesus heals a paralyzed man and calls a tax collector to be one of his followers. The Pharisees question Jesus’ association with outcasts and question him about Sabbath observances.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 2:17b

[Jesus said]: “People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick. I have not come to call respectable people, but outcasts.”

Today’s Reading

Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man

(Matthew 9.1-8; Luke 5.17-26)

1A few days later Jesus went back to Capernaum, and the news spread that he was at home.2So many people came together that there was no room left, not even out in front of the door. Jesus was preaching the message to them3when four men arrived, carrying a paralyzed man to Jesus.4Because of the crowd, however, they could not get the man to him. So they made a hole in the roof right above the place where Jesus was. When they had made an opening, they let the man down, lying on his mat.5Seeing how much faith they had, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”

6Some teachers of the Law who were sitting there thought to themselves,7“How does he dare talk like this? This is blasphemy! God is the only one who can forgive sins!”

8At once Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said to them, “Why do you think such things?9Is it easier to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’?10I will prove to you, then, that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man,11“I tell you, get up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

12While they all watched, the man got up, picked up his mat, and hurried away. They were all completely amazed and praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Jesus Calls Levi

(Matthew 9.9-13; Luke 5.27-32)

13Jesus went back again to the shore of Lake Galilee. A crowd came to him, and he started teaching them.14As he walked along, he saw a tax collector, Levi son of Alphaeus, sitting in his office. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Levi got up and followed him.

15Later on Jesus was having a meal in Levi's house. A large number of tax collectors and other outcasts was following Jesus, and many of them joined him and his disciples at the table.16Some teachers of the Law, who were Pharisees, saw that Jesus was eating with these outcasts and tax collectors, so they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such people?”

17Jesus heard them and answered, “People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick. I have not come to call respectable people, but outcasts.”

The Question about Fasting

(Matthew 9.14-17; Luke 5.33-39)

18On one occasion the followers of John the Baptist and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came to Jesus and asked him, “Why is it that the disciples of John the Baptist and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but yours do not?”

19Jesus answered, “Do you expect the guests at a wedding party to go without food? Of course not! As long as the bridegroom is with them, they will not do that.20But the day will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

21“No one uses a piece of new cloth to patch up an old coat, because the new patch will shrink and tear off some of the old cloth, making an even bigger hole.22Nor does anyone pour new wine into used wineskins, because the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins will be ruined. Instead, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.”

The Question about the Sabbath

(Matthew 12.1-8; Luke 6.1-5)

23 Jesus was walking through some wheat fields on a Sabbath. As his disciples walked along with him, they began to pick the heads of wheat.24So the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look, it is against our Law for your disciples to do that on the Sabbath!”

25Jesus answered, “Have you never read what David did that time when he needed something to eat? He and his men were hungry,26 so he went into the house of God and ate the bread offered to God. This happened when Abiathar was the High Priest. According to our Law only the priests may eat this bread—but David ate it and even gave it to his men.”

27And Jesus concluded, “The Sabbath was made for the good of human beings; they were not made for the Sabbath.28So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Reflect

What prompted four people to bring the paralyzed man to Jesus? What does this story teach you about faith? Why did the Pharisees object to Jesus’ eating with tax collectors and outcasts? What was Jesus’ response? How do you suppose they reacted to Jesus’ words? In what ways does your community of faith reach out to those who are considered “outcasts” today?

Pray

Lord Jesus, you reach out in love to everyone, especially those whom society marginalizes. Thank you for reaching out to me and welcoming me into your Kingdom. Teach me to reach out with compassion and love to those who have been ostracized and to bring them the Good News of your salvation. Amen.

Prayer Concern

The homeless

This psalm is an intercessory prayer for the king, with petitions for the king’s righteous judgment, long life, and worldwide rule that is marked by justice. This psalm is often read on the Feast of the Epiphany (which is today) in conjunction with Matthew 2:1-12 which describes the visit of the wise men from the East who pay homage to Jesus, the newborn king. Take note of verses 10 and 11 in today’s reading.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 72:1

Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God; share with him your own justice.

Today’s Reading

A Prayer for the King

1Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God;

share with him your own justice,

2so that he will rule over your people with justice

and govern the oppressed with righteousness.

3May the land enjoy prosperity;

may it experience righteousness.

4May the king judge the poor fairly;

may he help the needy

and defeat their oppressors.

5May your people worship you as long as the sun shines,

as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come.

6May the king be like rain on the fields,

like showers falling on the land.

7May righteousness flourish in his lifetime,

and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light.

8 His kingdom will reach from sea to sea,

from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.

9The peoples of the desert will bow down before him;

his enemies will throw themselves to the ground.

10The kings of Spain and of the islands will offer him gifts;

the kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him offerings.

11All kings will bow down before him;

all nations will serve him.

12He rescues the poor who call to him,

and those who are needy and neglected.

13He has pity on the weak and poor;

he saves the lives of those in need.

14He rescues them from oppression and violence;

their lives are precious to him.

15Long live the king!

May he be given gold from Sheba;

may prayers be said for him at all times;

may God's blessings be on him always!

16May there be plenty of grain in the land;

may the hills be covered with crops,

as fruitful as those of Lebanon.

May the cities be filled with people,

like fields full of grass.

17May the king's name never be forgotten;

may his fame last as long as the sun.

May all nations ask God to bless them

as he has blessed the king.

18Praise the Lord, the God of Israel!

He alone does these wonderful things.

19Praise his glorious name forever!

May his glory fill the whole world.

Amen! Amen!

20This is the end of the prayers of David son of Jesse.

Reflect

The petitions in this psalm read almost like a job description for a king. What verses indicate how a king should rule? Are any of these petitions relevant for leaders today? What petitions resonate most with you? Why?

Pray

Righteous and loving God, I will praise your glorious name forever and worship you alone. May all nations seek your blessing, may your justice flourish throughout the earth, and may your glory fill the whole world. Amen.

Prayer Concern

World leaders

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This celebratory psalm recounts God’s deliverance of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt and concludes with an affirmation of God’s love and care for those who obey him.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 81:1

Shout for joy to God our defender; sing praise to the God of Jacob!

Today’s Reading

A Song for a Festival

1Shout for joy to God our defender;

sing praise to the God of Jacob!

2Start the music and beat the tambourines;

play pleasant music on the harps and the lyres.

3 Blow the trumpet for the festival,

when the moon is new and when the moon is full.

4This is the law in Israel,

an order from the God of Jacob.

5He gave it to the people of Israel

when he attacked the land of Egypt.

I hear an unknown voice saying,

6“I took the burdens off your backs;

I let you put down your loads of bricks.

7 When you were in trouble, you called to me, and I saved you.

From my hiding place in the storm, I answered you.

I put you to the test at the springs of Meribah.

8Listen, my people, to my warning;

Israel, how I wish you would listen to me!

9 You must never worship another god.

10I am the Lord your God,

who brought you out of Egypt.

Open your mouth, and I will feed you.

11“But my people would not listen to me;

Israel would not obey me.

12So I let them go their stubborn ways

and do whatever they wanted.

13How I wish my people would listen to me;

how I wish they would obey me!

14I would quickly defeat their enemies

and conquer all their foes.

15Those who hate me would bow in fear before me;

their punishment would last forever.

16But I would feed you with the finest wheat

and satisfy you with wild honey.”

Reflect

This psalm, most likely written for a festival, would have been accompanied by music. What instruments are mentioned? What festivals are celebrated or commemorated in your community of faith? The psalm recalls how God delivered the Israelites from slavery (verses 6-10). What did God do? Verse 10 begins with the first words from Exodus 20:2, and verse 9 echoes Exodus 20:3. Why are these words important? What is promised to those who obey God?

Pray

I sing for joy, Lord God, because you are my defender and deliverer. I feast today on your Word and worship you. I praise your holy name. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Churches celebrating their anniversaries

Deuteronomy 1:9-33: The book of Deuteronomy is presented as Moses’ last words to the generation of Israelites who are ready to enter the Promised Land. The people had traveled from Mount Sinai and are now camped in the plains of Moab. In today’s reading, Moses recounts the appointment of judges to help bear the responsibility of leadership and reminds the people of God’s care.

Today’s Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:11

May the LORD, the God of your ancestors, make you increase a thousand times more and make you prosperous, as he promised!

Today’s Reading

9 Moses said to the people, “While we were still at Mount Sinai, I told you, ‘The responsibility for leading you is too much for me. I can't do it alone. 10 The LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky. 11 May the LORD, the God of your ancestors, make you increase a thousand times more and make you prosperous, as he promised! 12 But how can I alone bear the heavy responsibility for settling your disputes? 13 Choose some wise, understanding, and experienced men from each tribe, and I will put them in charge of you. ’ 14 And you agreed that this was a good thing to do. 15 So I took the wise and experienced leaders you chose from your tribes, and I placed them in charge of you. Some were responsible for a thousand people, some for a hundred, some for fifty, and some for ten. I also appointed other officials throughout the tribes. 16 At that time I instructed them, ‘Listen to the disputes that come up among your people. Judge every dispute fairly, whether it concerns only your own people or involves foreigners who live among you. 17 Show no partiality in your decisions; judge everyone on the same basis, no matter who they are. Do not be afraid of anyone, for the decisions you make come from God. If any case is too difficult for you, bring it to me, and I will decide it. ’ 18 At the same time I gave you instructions for everything else you were to do. 19 We did what the LORD our God commanded us. We left Mount Sinai and went through that vast and fearful desert on the way to the hill country of the Amorites. When we reached Kadesh Barnea, 20-21 I told you, ‘You have now come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God, the God of our ancestors, is giving us. Look, there it is. Go and occupy it as he commanded. Do not hesitate or be afraid. ’ 22 But you came to me and said, “Let's send men ahead of us to spy out the land, so that they can tell us the best route to take and what kind of cities are there.” 23 That seemed like a good thing to do, so I selected twelve men, one from each tribe. 24 They went into the hill country as far as Eshcol Valley and explored it. 25 They brought us back some fruit they found there, and reported that the land which the LORD our God was giving us was very fertile. 26 But you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God, and you would not enter the land. 27 You grumbled to one another: ‘The LORD hates us. He brought us out of Egypt just to hand us over to these Amorites, so that they could kill us. 28 Why should we go there? We are afraid. The men we sent tell us that the people there are stronger and taller than we are, and that they live in cities with walls that reach the sky. They saw giants there! ’ 29 But I told you, ‘Don't be afraid of those people. 30 The LORD your God will lead you, and he will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt 31 and in the desert. You saw how he brought you safely all the way to this place, just as a father would carry his son. ’ 32 But in spite of what I said, you still would not trust the LORD, 33 even though he always went ahead of you to find a place for you to camp. To show you the way, he went in front of you in a pillar of fire by night and in a pillar of cloud by day.  

Reflect

What instructions had Moses given to those appointed as judges (verses 16-18)? How are disputes resolved within your community of faith? In what ways did God care for the people throughout their journey (verses 29-33)? In what ways have you experienced God’s care?

Pray

God of promise, teach me to follow your commands and guide me this day. Draw me close to you in the safety of your love and care. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those preparing to travel

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Numbers 36:1-13: Today’s reading is a continuation of the saga of Zelophehad’s daughters. The Gilead clan leaders went to Moses because they were worried that, if Zelophehad’s daughters married outside their clan, the land would transfer to the husbands’ clans.

Today’s Scripture: Numbers 36:8

Every woman who inherits property in an Israelite tribe must marry a man belonging to that tribe. In this way all Israelites will inherit the property of their ancestors.

Today’s Reading

1 The heads of the families in the clan of Gilead, the son of Machir and grandson of Manasseh son of Joseph, went to Moses and the other leaders. 2 They said, “The LORD commanded you to distribute the land to the people of Israel by drawing lots. He also commanded you to give the property of our relative Zelophehad to his daughters. 3 But remember, if they marry men of another tribe, their property will then belong to that tribe, and the total allotted to us will be reduced. 4 In the Year of Restoration, when all property that has been sold is restored to its original owners, the property of Zelophehad's daughters will be permanently added to the tribe into which they marry and will be lost to our tribe. ” 5 So Moses gave the people of Israel the following command from the LORD. He said, “What the tribe of Manasseh says is right, 6 and so the LORD says that the daughters of Zelophehad are free to marry anyone they wish but only within their own tribe. 7 The property of every Israelite will remain attached to his tribe. 8 Every woman who inherits property in an Israelite tribe must marry a man belonging to that tribe. In this way all Israelites will inherit the property of their ancestors, 9 and the property will not pass from one tribe to another. Each tribe will continue to possess its own property. ” 10-11 So Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, did as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they married their cousins. 12 They married within the clans of the tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their property remained in their father's tribe. 13 These are the rules and regulations that the LORD gave the Israelites through Moses in the plains of Moab across the Jordan River from Jericho.  

Reflect

Reread verses 5-9. How is the law regarding the inheritance of property to be observed? What do today’s and yesterday’s readings teach about updating, rewriting, and renegotiating our legal corpus in contemporary times?

Pray

God, keep our heart and mind open to Your ways. Help us to adapt to whatever changes You have planned for us and to live according to Your will. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Estate planners

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Numbers 27:1-11: The daughters of Zelophehad speak up for their right to inherit their father’s property. Their case calls for a re-examination of the inheritance law concerning property.

Today’s Scripture: Numbers 27:7

[The LORD said]: “What the daughters of Zelophehad request is right; give them property among their father’s relatives. Let his inheritance pass on to them.”

Today’s Reading

1 Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah were the daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph. 2 They went and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and the whole community at the entrance of the Tent of the LORD's presence and said, 3 “Our father died in the wilderness without leaving any sons. He was not among the followers of Korah, who rebelled against the LORD; he died because of his own sin. 4 Just because he had no sons, why should our father's name disappear from Israel? Give us property among our father's relatives. ” 5 Moses presented their case to the LORD, 6 and the LORD said to him, 7 “What the daughters of Zelophehad request is right; give them property among their father's relatives. Let his inheritance pass on to them. 8 Tell the people of Israel that whenever a man dies without leaving a son, his daughter is to inherit his property. 9 If he has no daughter, his brothers are to inherit it. 10 If he has no brothers, his father's brothers are to inherit it. 11 If he has no brothers or uncles, then his nearest relative is to inherit it and hold it as his own property. The people of Israel are to observe this as a legal requirement, just as I, the LORD, have commanded you. ”  

Reflect

In Israel, property was usually passed on from father to son. How did the specific case of Zelophehad’s daughters effect change in the law? What does today’s reading teach you about the LORD’s justice?

Pray

Lord God, you care for all people. You are merciful and just in all your ways. Keep me mindful of those in need and help me to be an instrument of your love and grace. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those engaged in property disputes

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Leviticus 25:39-55: The Israelites are reminded that it is God who freed them from slavery in Egypt and that they are now the “LORD’s slaves,” called to serve God and obey his commands.

Today’s Scripture: Leviticus 25:55

Israelites cannot be permanent slaves, because the people of Israel are the LORD’s slaves. He brought them out of Egypt; he is the LORD their God.

Today’s Reading

39 If any Israelites living near you become so poor that they sell themselves to you as a slave, you shall not make them do the work of a slave. 40 They shall stay with you as hired workers and serve you until the next Year of Restoration. 41 At that time they and their children shall leave you and return to their family and to the property of their ancestors. 42 The people of Israel are the LORD's slaves, and he brought them out of Egypt; they must not be sold into slavery. 43 Do not treat them harshly, but obey your God. 44 If you need slaves, you may buy them from the nations around you. 45 You may also buy the children of the foreigners who are living among you. Such children born in your land may become your property, 46 and you may leave them as an inheritance to your children, whom they must serve as long as they live. But you must not treat any Israelites harshly. 47 Suppose a foreigner living with you becomes rich, while some Israelites become poor and sell themselves as slaves to that foreigner or to a member of that foreigner's family. 48 After they are sold, they still have the right to be bought back. A brother 49 or an uncle or a cousin or another close relative may buy them back; or if they themselves earn enough, they may buy their own freedom. 50 They must consult the one who bought them, and they must count the years from the time they sold themselves until the next Year of Restoration and must set the price for their release on the basis of the wages paid hired workers. 51-52 They must refund a part of the purchase price according to the number of years left, 53 as if they had been hired on an annual basis. Their master must not treat them harshly. 54 If they are not set free in any of these ways, they and their children must be set free in the next Year of Restoration. 55 Israelites cannot be permanent slaves, because the people of Israel are the LORD's slaves. He brought them out of Egypt; he is the LORD their God.  

Reflect

How were the people of God instructed to treat fellow Israelites who sold themselves as slaves? Today’s reading refers to the Israelites as “the LORD’s slaves.” What does being a slave of the LORD mean to you?

Pray

Holy God, I seek to obey your commands. Teach me your ways so that all I do and say this day is in accord with your will. I trust in your steadfast love and care. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Housekeeping personnel working in hotels


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that all membes of the church faithful to CHRIST rain embrace others with openess and forgiveness ,we pray to YOU GOD $ GOD hear our prayer ! That leaders of the world reign over their people with compassion , truth and integrity, we pray to YOU YAHWEH ù God hear our rayer.
who have been harmed received healing .That those who harm others change their ways,we pray to YOU GOD
Oh GOD , you make us worth ; YOU are the King of this universe / GOD the King You promise paradise.

when crosses come our way and sufferings come our way,we can remember the promise that JESUS said to the one on the cross wtih Him as he too suffered and carried his cross ,he promised him paradise if he would accept the cross

you gave Your life for others.So we must do the same,so JESUS will be able to say to us ' you will be with me in paradise'. CHRIST offers us much than any earthly king could offer. He offers us the fulness of life.

Blessings to you - always.

GOD LOVES YOU AND WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL

you are so blessed!

BLESSED are those ho morn

God has promised us eternal peace. Do not be afraid.

to be like JESUS CHRIST, that has been the question of my life

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 NKJV)

DIOS te doy las gracias por... PERO SOLA

Isaiah 25 v 9:In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."

Isaiah 12 v 2 – 3:
surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Psalm 84 v 11 – 12:
For God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

Psalm 37 v 39 – 40:
The salvation of the righteous comes from Yahweh ; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. YAHWEH helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

Psalm 62 v 1 – 2:
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.


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Almighty God, Your love and forgiveness know no bounds. May none of our words and actions be a hindrance to those who seek YOU. May all we do and say be a reflection of Your love and grace. Amen.

While still in Antioch in Syria, Paul and Barnabas become involved in an argument with followers who have come from Judea. An appeal is made to the church leaders in Jerusalem, and a meeting is held to discuss who can be part of God’s kingdom. A decision is then reached by the church leaders in Jerusalem regarding the extent to which Gentile converts were to observe Jewish laws. Along with Paul and Barnabas, Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas are sent to Antioch to meet with the believers there.

Acts 15:11a We believe and are saved by the grace of Yeshua.

The Meeting at Jerusalem Some men came from Judea to Antioch and started teaching the believers, “You cannot be saved unless you are circumcised as the Law of Moses requires.”2Paul and Barnabas got into a fierce argument with them about this, so it was decided that Paul and Barnabas and some of the others in Antioch should go to Jerusalem and see the apostles and elders about this matter. They were sent on their way by the church; and as they went through Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported how the Gentiles had turned to God; this news brought great joy to all the believers.4When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, the apostles, and the elders, to whom they told all that God had done through them.5But some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and told to obey the Law of Moses.”

6The apostles and the elders met together to consider this question.7 After a long debate Peter stood up and said, “My friends, you know that a long time ago God chose me from among you to preach the Good News to the Gentiles, so that they could hear and believe.8 And God, who knows the thoughts of everyone, showed his approval of the Gentiles by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he had to us.9He made no difference between us and them; he forgave their sins because they believed.10So then, why do you now want to put God to the test by laying a load on the backs of the believers which neither our ancestors nor we ourselves were able to carry?11No! We believe and are saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they are.”

12The whole group was silent as they heard Barnabas and Paul report all the miracles and wonders that God had performed through them among the Gentiles.13When they had finished speaking, James spoke up: “Listen to me, my friends!14Simon has just explained how God first showed his care for the Gentiles by taking from among them a people to belong to him.15The words of the prophets agree completely with this. As the scripture says,

16 ‘After this I will return, says the Lord,

and restore the kingdom of David.

I will rebuild its ruins

and make it strong again.

17And so all the rest of the human race will come to me,

all the Gentiles whom I have called to be my own.

18So says the Lord, who made this known long ago.’

19“It is my opinion,” James went on, “that we should not trouble the Gentiles who are turning to God.20 Instead, we should write a letter telling them not to eat any food that is ritually unclean because it has been offered to idols; to keep themselves from sexual immorality; and not to eat any animal that has been strangled, or any blood.21For the Law of Moses has been read for a very long time in the synagogues every Sabbath, and his words are preached in every town.”

The Letter to the Gentile Believers

22Then the apostles and the elders, together with the whole church, decided to choose some men from the group and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose two men who were highly respected by the believers, Judas, called Barsabbas, and Silas,23and they sent the following letter by them:

“We, the apostles and the elders, your brothers, send greetings to all our brothers of Gentile birth who live in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia.24We have heard that some who went from our group have troubled and upset you by what they said; they had not, however, received any instruction from us.25And so we have met together and have all agreed to choose some messengers and send them to you. They will go with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul,26who have risked their lives in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ.27We send you, then, Judas and Silas, who will tell you in person the same things we are writing.28The Holy Spirit and we have agreed not to put any other burden on you besides these necessary rules:29eat no food that has been offered to idols; eat no blood; eat no animal that has been strangled; and keep yourselves from sexual immorality. You will do well if you take care not to do these things. With our best wishes.”

30The messengers were sent off and went to Antioch, where they gathered the whole group of believers and gave them the letter.31When the people read it, they were filled with joy by the message of encouragement.32Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, spoke a long time with them, giving them courage and strength.33After spending some time there, they were sent off in peace by the believers and went back to those who had sent them.

35Paul and Barnabas spent some time in Antioch, and together with many others they taught and preached the word of the Lord.

Reflect

What problem was discussed in Jerusalem? What did Peter say? What was the response from James? What decision was reached in Jerusalem? How was the decision conveyed to the Gentile believers? How did the Gentile believers react? Are you aware of any burdensome obligations that are placed on people new to the faith?

Prayer Concern

New converts to Christianity

Jesus takes Peter, James, and John with him up to a high mountain where he is transfigured, and they see him conversing with Moses and Elijah. Afterward, they descend from the mountain and rejoin the other disciples. They are met by a crowd and a man whose son is possessed by an evil spirit. Jesus speaks a third time about his death.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 9:7b

“This is my own dear Son—listen to him!”

Today’s Reading

The Transfiguration

(Matthew 17.1-13; Luke 9.28-36)

2 Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain, where they were alone. As they looked on, a change came over Jesus,3and his clothes became shining white—whiter than anyone in the world could wash them.4Then the three disciples saw Elijah and Moses talking with Jesus.5Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Teacher, how good it is that we are here! We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”6He and the others were so frightened that he did not know what to say.

7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow, and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my own dear Son—listen to him!”8They took a quick look around but did not see anyone else; only Jesus was with them.

9As they came down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Don't tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has risen from death.”

10They obeyed his order, but among themselves they started discussing the matter, “What does this ‘rising from death’ mean?”11 And they asked Jesus, “Why do the teachers of the Law say that Elijah has to come first?”

12 His answer was, “Elijah is indeed coming first in order to get everything ready. Yet why do the Scriptures say that the Son of Man will suffer much and be rejected?13I tell you, however, that Elijah has already come and that people treated him just as they pleased, as the Scriptures say about him.”

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Evil Spirit

(Matthew 17.14-21; Luke 9.37-43a)

14When they joined the rest of the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and some teachers of the Law arguing with them.15When the people saw Jesus, they were greatly surprised, and ran to him and greeted him.16Jesus asked his disciples, “What are you arguing with them about?”

17A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, because he has an evil spirit in him and cannot talk.18Whenever the spirit attacks him, it throws him to the ground, and he foams at the mouth, grits his teeth, and becomes stiff all over. I asked your disciples to drive the spirit out, but they could not.”

19Jesus said to them, “How unbelieving you people are! How long must I stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you? Bring the boy to me!”20They brought him to Jesus.

As soon as the spirit saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a fit, so that he fell on the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.21“How long has he been like this?” Jesus asked the father.

“Ever since he was a child,” he replied.22“Many times the evil spirit has tried to kill him by throwing him in the fire and into water. Have pity on us and help us, if you possibly can!”

23“Yes,” said Jesus, “if you yourself can! Everything is possible for the person who has faith.”

24The father at once cried out, “I do have faith, but not enough. Help me have more!”

25Jesus noticed that the crowd was closing in on them, so he gave a command to the evil spirit. “Deaf and dumb spirit,” he said, “I order you to come out of the boy and never go into him again!”

26The spirit screamed, threw the boy into a bad fit, and came out. The boy looked like a corpse, and everyone said, “He is dead!”27But Jesus took the boy by the hand and helped him rise, and he stood up.

28After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn't we drive the spirit out?”

29“Only prayer can drive this kind out,” answered Jesus; “nothing else can.”

Jesus Speaks Again about His Death

(Matthew 17.22,23; Luke 9.43b-45)

30Jesus and his disciples left that place and went on through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where he was,31because he was teaching his disciples: “The Son of Man will be handed over to those who will kill him. Three days later, however, he will rise to life.”

32But they did not understand what this teaching meant, and they were afraid to ask him.

Reflect

After three disciples witness Jesus’ transfiguration, why does Jesus instruct them not to tell anyone what they saw? What don’t the disciples understand? What teaching does Jesus give about faith? With regard to healing, what are your thoughts about the role of faith? When Jesus tells the disciples for the second time that he is to die and be raised to life three days later, why do they have difficulty comprehending?

Pray

Lord Jesus, through faith I trust in you. Teach me to listen to you. Increase my faith day by day as I grow in knowledge of you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Children with terminal illnesses

Some Pharisees seek to trap Jesus by questioning him about divorce, and Jesus points to the Law of Moses (Deuteronomy 24:1-4), a law that required a man to write out legal papers, making it harder for a man to divorce his wife. Children are brought to Jesus and are blessed by him. An encounter with a rich man provides Jesus with an opportunity to teach his followers about the cost of discipleship.

Jesus is questioned by the Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem over issues of ritual purity. This is the second extended speech of Jesus in Mark (cf. 4:1-34). In it, he repeatedly emphasizes that purity comes from within a person; it is a state of the heart rather than the result of strict observance of ritual practices.

Jesus said It is what comes out of you that makes you unclean.”

The Teaching of the Ancestors Matthew 15.1-9 Some Pharisees and teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus.2They noticed that some of his disciples were eating their food with hands that were ritually unclean—that is, they had not washed them in the way the Pharisees said people should.

(3For the Pharisees, as well as the rest of the Jews, follow the teaching they received from their ancestors: they do not eat unless they wash their hands in the proper way;4nor do they eat anything that comes from the market unless they wash it first. And they follow many other rules which they have received, such as the proper way to wash cups, pots, copper bowls, and beds. )

5So the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law asked Jesus, “Why is it that your disciples do not follow the teaching handed down by our ancestors, but instead eat with ritually unclean hands?”

6 Jesus answered them, “How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you! You are hypocrites, just as he wrote:

‘These people, says God, honor me with their words,

but their heart is really far away from me.

7It is no use for them to worship me,

because they teach human rules

as though they were my laws!’

8“You put aside God's command and obey human teachings.”

9And Jesus continued, “You have a clever way of rejecting God's law in order to uphold your own teaching.10 For Moses commanded, ‘Respect your father and your mother,’ and, ‘If you curse your father or your mother, you are to be put to death.’11But you teach that if people have something they could use to help their father or mother, but say, ‘This is Corban’ (which means, it belongs to God),12they are excused from helping their father or mother.13In this way the teaching you pass on to others cancels out the word of God. And there are many other things like this that you do.”

The Things That Make a Person Unclean

(Matthew 15.10-20)

14Then Jesus called the crowd to him once more and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand.15There is nothing that goes into you from the outside which can make you ritually unclean. Rather, it is what comes out of you that makes you unclean.”

17When he left the crowd and went into the house, his disciples asked him to explain this saying.18“You are no more intelligent than the others,” Jesus said to them. “Don't you understand? Nothing that goes into you from the outside can really make you unclean,19because it does not go into your heart but into your stomach and then goes on out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared that all foods are fit to be eaten.)

20And he went on to say, “It is what comes out of you that makes you unclean.21For from the inside, from your heart, come the evil ideas which lead you to do immoral things, to rob, kill,22commit adultery, be greedy, and do all sorts of evil things; deceit, indecency, jealousy, slander, pride, and folly—23all these evil things come from inside you and make you unclean.”

Reflect

What gave rise to the question that the Pharisees asked Jesus? How did Jesus answer them? How do you understand his response? Name one or two practices or behaviors that can be judged either good or bad depending on an individual’s motivation for doing them. How will you honor God today?

Pray O God, how easy it is to get caught up in rules and regulations and to become concerned with external appearances. we humbly ask Your forgiveness and for Your patience. Remind us often that it is what is inside our heart and mind that leads to behaviors that are truly wrong. Make us mindful of our attitudes in order that our actions reflect Your grace, mercy, and purpose. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Victims of prejudice

Jesus questions his disciples about his identity, and Peter declares him to be the Messiah. Jesus speaks to the disciples for the first time about his forthcoming suffering and death and teaches them about discipleship and what being his follower entails.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 8:29b

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

Today’s Reading

Peter's Declaration about Jesus

(Matthew 16.13-20; Luke 9.18-21)

27Then Jesus and his disciples went away to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Tell me, who do people say I am?”

28 “Some say that you are John the Baptist,” they answered; “others say that you are Elijah, while others say that you are one of the prophets.”

29 “What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

30Then Jesus ordered them, “Do not tell anyone about me.”

Jesus Speaks about His Suffering and Death

(Matthew 16.21-28; Luke 9.22-27)

31Then Jesus began to teach his disciples: “The Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. He will be put to death, but three days later he will rise to life.”32He made this very clear to them. So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.33But Jesus turned around, looked at his disciples, and rebuked Peter. “Get away from me, Satan,” he said. “Your thoughts don't come from God but from human nature!”

34 Then Jesus called the crowd and his disciples to him. “If any of you want to come with me,” he told them, “you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me.35 For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for me and for the gospel, you will save it.36Do you gain anything if you win the whole world but lose your life? Of course not!37There is nothing you can give to regain your life.38If you are ashamed of me and of my teaching in this godless and wicked day, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

1And he went on to say, “I tell you, there are some here who will not die until they have seen the Kingdom of God come with power.”

Reflect

The word “Messiah” comes from a Hebrew word that means “the chosen one” or “anointed one.” The Greek word for Messiah is “Christos” (Christ). When Peter called Jesus the Messiah, he was declaring that Jesus was God’s chosen one. How would you answer Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?” When Jesus speaks of his suffering and death, he is rebuked by Peter. Many who were waiting for God’s promised Messiah were hoping for a military hero who would defeat their Roman oppressors. What does Peter’s rebuke indicate about his understanding of Jesus as Messiah? Why does Jesus then rebuke Peter?

Pray

Lord Jesus, I boldly confess that you are the Messiah, God’s Anointed One, the promised Savior who has come into the world. You suffered and died on a cross for my sake but rose again so that I might have eternal life and dwell with you in glory. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Catechetical students and teachers

Jesus feeds another crowd of people with seven loaves of bread and a few fish. Jesus is challenged by Pharisees who ask for a miracle. Jesus cautions his disciples about the veiled evil of the Pharisees and Herod. When they arrive in Bethsaida, Jesus heals a blind man.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 8:18a

[Jesus said]: “You have eyes – can’t you see? You have ears – can’t you hear?”

Today’s Reading

Jesus Feeds Four Thousand People

(Matthew 15.32-39)

1Not long afterward another large crowd came together. When the people had nothing left to eat, Jesus called the disciples to him and said,2“I feel sorry for these people, because they have been with me for three days and now have nothing to eat.3If I send them home without feeding them, they will faint as they go, because some of them have come a long way.”

4His disciples asked him, “Where in this desert can anyone find enough food to feed all these people?”

5“How much bread do you have?” Jesus asked.

“Seven loaves,” they answered.

6He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, gave thanks to God, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the crowd; and the disciples did so.7They also had a few small fish. Jesus gave thanks for these and told the disciples to distribute them too.8-9Everybody ate and had enough—there were about four thousand people. Then the disciples took up seven baskets full of pieces left over. Jesus sent the people away10and at once got into a boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.

The Pharisees Ask for a Miracle

(Matthew 16.1-4)

11 Some Pharisees came to Jesus and started to argue with him. They wanted to trap him, so they asked him to perform a miracle to show that God approved of him.12 But Jesus gave a deep groan and said, “Why do the people of this day ask for a miracle? No, I tell you! No such proof will be given to these people!”

13He left them, got back into the boat, and started across to the other side of the lake.

The Yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod

(Matthew 16.5-12)

14The disciples had forgotten to bring enough bread and had only one loaf with them in the boat.15 “Take care,” Jesus warned them, “and be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.”

16They started discussing among themselves: “He says this because we don't have any bread.”

17Jesus knew what they were saying, so he asked them, “Why are you discussing about not having any bread? Don't you know or understand yet? Are your minds so dull?18 You have eyes—can't you see? You have ears—can't you hear? Don't you remember19when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand people? How many baskets full of leftover pieces did you take up?”

“Twelve,” they answered.

20“And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand people,” asked Jesus, “how many baskets full of leftover pieces did you take up?”

“Seven,” they answered.

21“And you still don't understand?” he asked them.

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22They came to Bethsaida, where some people brought a blind man to Jesus and begged him to touch him.23Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. After spitting on the man's eyes, Jesus placed his hands on him and asked him, “Can you see anything?”

24The man looked up and said, “Yes, I can see people, but they look like trees walking around.”

25Jesus again placed his hands on the man's eyes. This time the man looked intently, his eyesight returned, and he saw everything clearly.26Jesus then sent him home with the order, “Don't go back into the village.”

Reflect

The Pharisees wanted Jesus to do a miracle as evidence that God was really with him. How did Jesus respond (verse 12)? In matters of faith, do people today still seek signs or proof? Reread verses 17-21. Why does Jesus sound frustrated with the disciples? Why do you suppose the disciples are still experiencing difficulty in understanding?

Pray

Lord God, as I read and study your holy Word, open my eyes and ears to see and hear what you would have me learn. Speak to me, and by the power of your Holy Spirit may I discern your will. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Religious instructors

A Gentile woman approaches Jesus, begging him to heal her daughter. After what seems to be a rebuke from Jesus, the woman challenges him to rethink the scope of his ministry and her daughter is healed. Jesus then travels to the territory of the Ten Towns and heals a deaf mute.

Today’s Scripture: Mark 7:37b

“How well he does everything!” they exclaimed. “He even causes the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak!”

Today’s Reading

A Woman's Faith

(Matthew 15.21-28)

24Then Jesus left and went away to the territory near the city of Tyre. He went into a house and did not want anyone to know he was there, but he could not stay hidden.25A woman, whose daughter had an evil spirit in her, heard about Jesus and came to him at once and fell at his feet.26The woman was a Gentile, born in the region of Phoenicia in Syria. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.27But Jesus answered, “Let us first feed the children. It isn't right to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs.”

28“Sir,” she answered, “even the dogs under the table eat the children's leftovers!”

29So Jesus said to her, “Because of that answer, go back home, where you will find that the demon has gone out of your daughter!”

30She went home and found her child lying on the bed; the demon had indeed gone out of her.

Jesus Heals a Deaf-Mute

31Jesus then left the neighborhood of Tyre and went on through Sidon to Lake Galilee, going by way of the territory of the Ten Towns.32Some people brought him a man who was deaf and could hardly speak, and they begged Jesus to place his hands on him.33So Jesus took him off alone, away from the crowd, put his fingers in the man's ears, spat, and touched the man's tongue.34Then Jesus looked up to heaven, gave a deep groan, and said to the man, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Open up!”

35At once the man was able to hear, his speech impediment was removed, and he began to talk without any trouble.36Then Jesus ordered the people not to speak of it to anyone; but the more he ordered them not to, the more they told it.37And all who heard were completely amazed. “How well he does everything!” they exclaimed. “He even causes the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak!”

Reflect

What is your reaction to Jesus’ words to the woman from Phoenicia (verse 27)? How does she respond (verse 28)? What does this story say to us today about the scope of ministry? Have you ever experienced limits or barriers to ministry?

Pray

Lord Jesus, your ministry has broken down those barriers that would divide us. Thank you for the unity that your followers share through faith in you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who risk moving beyond social, cultural, and religious barriers to proclaim God’s saving love

God’s Word: Helping Us to Pursue Justice and Peace

the writer expressed thanks and praise for God’s help in defeating his enemies. In today’s reading, the writer asks for God’s help against the wicked. In some traditions, the two psalms are combined as Psalm 9 inasmuch as the gratitude expressed in Psalm 9 is juxtaposed with the dismay in Psalm 10. While Psalm 10 opens with a lament about the remoteness of God, it concludes with the writer expressing trust that God hears the prayers of those who are oppressed.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 10:17

You will listen, O LORD, to the prayers of the lowly; you will give them courage.

Today’s Reading

1 Why are you so far away, O LORD? Why do you hide yourself when we are in trouble? 2 The wicked are proud and persecute the poor; catch them in the traps they have made. 3 The wicked are proud of their evil desires; the greedy curse and reject the LORD. 4 The wicked do not care about the LORD; in their pride they think that God doesn't matter. 5 The wicked succeed in everything. They cannot understand God's judgments; they sneer at their enemies. 6 They say to themselves, “We will never fail; we will never be in trouble.” 7 Their speech is filled with curses, lies, and threats; they are quick to speak hateful, evil words. 8 They hide themselves in the villages, waiting to murder innocent people. They spy on their helpless victims; 9 they wait in their hiding place like lions. They lie in wait for the poor; they catch them in their traps and drag them away. 10 The helpless victims lie crushed; brute strength has defeated them. 11 The wicked say to themselves, “God doesn't care! He has closed his eyes and will never see me!” 12 O LORD, punish those wicked people! Remember those who are suffering! 13 How can the wicked despise God and say to themselves, “He will not punish me”? 14 But you do see; you take notice of trouble and suffering and are always ready to help. The helpless commit themselves to you; you have always helped the needy. 15 Break the power of wicked and evil people; punish them for the wrong they have done until they do it no more. 16 The LORD is king forever and ever. Those who worship other gods will vanish from his land. 17 You will listen, O LORD, to the prayers of the lowly; you will give them courage. 18 You will hear the cries of the oppressed and the orphans; you will judge in their favor, so that mortal men may cause terror no more.  

Reflect

How does the psalm writer describe the wicked? What does the writer ask God to do? Have you ever felt as if God were far away? If so, how did you deal with those feelings? Reread verses 16-18. What does the writer affirm about God?

Pray

Lord God, you listen to the longings of those who suffer; you hear their cries for help and offer them hope. Whenever I feel as though I am away from your presence and surrounded by injustice, draw me close to you and remind me of your steadfast love and care. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Orphans and children in foster care

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Proverbs 12:1-28: Goodness/righteousness versus wickedness/evil as well as wisdom versus foolishness are key themes, along with statements about the impact of words.

The LORD hates liars, but is pleased with those who keep their word.

Today’s Reading

1 Any who love knowledge want to be told when they are wrong. It is stupid to hate being corrected. 2 The LORD is pleased with good people, but condemns those who plan evil. 3 Wickedness does not give security, but righteous people stand firm. 4 A good wife is her husband's pride and joy; but a wife who brings shame on her husband is like a cancer in his bones. 5 Honest people will treat you fairly; the wicked only want to deceive you. 6 The words of the wicked are murderous, but the words of the righteous rescue those who are threatened. 7 The wicked meet their downfall and leave no descendants, but the families of the righteous live on. 8 If you are intelligent, you will be praised; if you are stupid, people will look down on you. 9 It is better to be an ordinary person working for a living than to play the part of someone great but go hungry. 10 Good people take care of their animals, but wicked people are cruel to theirs. 11 A hard-working farmer has plenty to eat, but it is stupid to waste time on useless projects. 12 All that wicked people want is to find evil things to do, but the righteous stand firm. 13 The wicked are trapped by their own words, but honest people get themselves out of trouble. 14 Your reward depends on what you say and what you do; you will get what you deserve. 15 Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice. 16 When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Smart people will ignore an insult. 17 When you tell the truth, justice is done, but lies lead to injustice. 18 Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal. 19 A lie has a short life, but truth lives on forever. 20 Those who plan evil are in for a rude surprise, but those who work for good will find happiness. 21 Nothing bad happens to righteous people, but the wicked have nothing but trouble. 22 The LORD hates liars, but is pleased with those who keep their word. 23 Smart people keep quiet about what they know, but stupid people advertise their ignorance. 24 Hard work will give you power; being lazy will make you a slave. 25 Worry can rob you of happiness, but kind words will cheer you up. 26 The righteous person is a guide to his friend, but the path of the wicked leads them astray. 27 If you are lazy, you will never get what you are after, but if you work hard, you will get a fortune. 28 Righteousness is the road to life; wickedness is the road to death.  

Reflect

A number of verses in today’s reading deal with choosing words carefully and telling the truth (verses 17, 18, 19, 22) over against telling lies and speaking in ways that cause harm (6, 13). Have you ever been hurt by the words of another? Have you ever hurt another by something you said? Verse 18 speaks of the healing power of words. Have you ever been comforted or encouraged by someone’s words? What good word can you offer to someone today?

Pray

Gracious God, your Son Jesus has taught that words that come out of our mouths that are based on evil thoughts cause us to be unclean in your sight. Such words stir up trouble and hurt others. Guard my lips this day so that I speak lovingly and truthfully with words that are kind and offer encouragement and hope. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those engaged in political debates

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if you have faith my friend

the Bible is one that has the faith in our Savior Jesus Christ who died for the sins of men.

Yes JESUS loves us , the bible tells us so .

Yes JESUS loves us , this we know, for the bible tells us so .

help me to avoid acosasions of sin,our GOD,preserve us from ocasions of sin,preserve us from sin,preserve us from purgatory,preserve us from hell
preach the rosary (without the hail Marys) and spread the rosary,be apostles,speak,because we beleive we preach!and we preach because we believe, if you have faith my friends,you will preach the Holly Rosary,you will preach the chapelet,you will distribute the rosar and the bronze??chapelet,we will ask GOD through JESUS to answers our requests,to help us to avoid ocasions of sins,to avoid sin,not to go in purgatory,not to go into hell and let the LORD GOD give you all what you desire,

proffessional criminals that rob every chance they get.when they become robed,they become morally outraged.they know what's right and wrong,they just don't care,until it happens to them

GOD is the author of life and thefore only HE has soveeign rights over its use.aND THAT IS WHY BIRTH CONTROL?ABORTION?STERILIZATION,in vitro eutanazia or

Without actual grace we can not merit Heaven,nor can we do even anything supernaturally good.Without me you can do nothing.Certain people sa without me you can do well certain things.No,HE says specifically without me,you can do nothing

what happens in we don't pray?if we neglect prayer.We will certainly lost.We need air in our lungs in order to breath,and what happens if by some chance we are put in a place where's there's no air,we stop breathing and we suffocate and we die.prayer is the breath of the soul.if we stop breathing spiritually,in other words if we
in other words if we stop praying, we die spiritually.we'll fall into mortal sin.Prayer therefore is absolutely essential for us to save our souls.

we need GOD in out day-to-day life to fight temptations

due to the desire of lowly earthly thigns,continual prayer is necesary after baptism in order to enter Heaven.

ask and you shall receive,seek and you shall find,knock and it shall be opened to you


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1 Corinthians 13:1-13: The apostle Paul describes the gift of love and how love is to be shown toward others. While there are things we don’t yet fully understand, when we act in love we grow in our knowledge of God.

Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.

Love

I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell.2 I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains—but if I have no love, I am nothing.3I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burned —but if I have no love, this does me no good.Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud;5love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs;6love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.7Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.Love is eternal. There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but it will pass.9For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial;10but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways.12What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete—as complete as God's knowledge of me.Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.

Reread this passage and in verses 4-6 replace “Love/it” with “Jesus.” Reread this passage again and in verses 4-6 replace “Love/it is” with “I am.” How many times does the word “love” appear in 1 Corinthians 13? Why does Paul say that love is the greatest gift? What does today’s reading teach you about love?

Pray Holy God, Your love never fails. Teach us to love with patience and kindness and to love without jealousy or conceit. Thank You for Your eternal love. Amen. Prayer Concern Those who are harboring grudges

Saul goes to Jerusalem to meet with the disciples. Peter travels to Lydda and Joppa where he heals a paralyzed man and restores a woman to life.

She spent all her time doing good and helping the poor

Today’s Reading

Saul in Jerusalem

26Saul went to Jerusalem and tried to join the disciples. But they would not believe that he was a disciple, and they were all afraid of him.27Then Barnabas came to his help and took him to the apostles. He explained to them how Saul had seen the Lord on the road and that the Lord had spoken to him. He also told them how boldly Saul had preached in the name of Jesus in Damascus.28And so Saul stayed with them and went all over Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.29He also talked and disputed with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to kill him.30When the believers found out about this, they took Saul to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

31And so it was that the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had a time of peace. Through the help of the Holy Spirit it was strengthened and grew in numbers, as it lived in reverence for the Lord.

Peter in Lydda and Joppa

32Peter traveled everywhere, and on one occasion he went to visit God's people who lived in Lydda.33There he met a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had not been able to get out of bed for eight years.34“Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ makes you well. Get up and make your bed.” At once Aeneas got up.35All the people living in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

36In Joppa there was a woman named Tabitha, who was a believer. (Her name in Greek is Dorcas, meaning “a deer.”) She spent all her time doing good and helping the poor.37At that time she got sick and died. Her body was washed and laid in a room upstairs.38Joppa was not very far from Lydda, and when the believers in Joppa heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him with the message, “Please hurry and come to us.”39So Peter got ready and went with them. When he arrived, he was taken to the room upstairs, where all the widows crowded around him, crying and showing him all the shirts and coats that Dorcas had made while she was alive.40Peter put them all out of the room, and knelt down and prayed; then he turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.41Peter reached over and helped her get up. Then he called all the believers, including the widows, and presented her alive to them.42The news about this spread all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.43Peter stayed on in Joppa for many days with a tanner of leather named Simon.

Reflect

Why were the disciples in Jerusalem reluctant to receive Saul (verse 26)? Who spoke up for him? Is there someone who needs you to speak on their behalf? How is Dorcas described (verse 36)? What outreach ministries take place within your community of faith?

Pray

God, thank YOU for those who speak up for others and nurture them in faith. Like Barnabas, help us all all Your beings to be a source of encouragement to others and proclaim Your message of love and salvation. Amen.

Prayer Concern Volunteers who serve at church and community food pantries and soup kitchens

In today’s reading, the psalm writer expresses trust in God’s judgment and acknowledges that God judges with fairness. I will never stop speaking of the God of Jacob or singing praises to him.We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks to you! We proclaim how great you are and tell of the wonderful things you have done. 2 “I have set a time for judgment,” says God, “and I will judge with fairness. 3 Though every living creature tremble and the earth itself be shaken, I will keep its foundations firm. 4 I tell the wicked not to be arrogant; 5 I tell them to stop their boasting.” 6 Judgment does not come from the east or from the west, from the north or from the south; 7 it is God who is the judge, condemning some and acquitting others. 8 The LORD holds a cup in his hand, filled with the strong wine of his anger. He pours it out, and all the wicked drink it; they drink it down to the last drop. 9 But I will never stop speaking of the God of Jacob or singing praises to him. 10 He will break the power of the wicked, but the power of the righteous will be increased.  

Reflect

Verse 2 says that God has “set a time for judgment” and “will judge with fairness.” What are your thoughts when you read these words? What does this psalm teach you about God’s justice?

Pray

Righteous God, you rule with fairness and mercy. I will never stop speaking about you, and daily will I sing your praises and proclaim the wonderful things you have done. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Our judicial system

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Deuteronomy 16:18—17:13: Public officials are appointed, and they bear responsibility for the order and quality of life of the community. These officials are instructed to be fair-minded and impartial in their judgments. A court of appeal is also established, with the levitical priests having authority to render final decisions.

Today’s Scripture: Deuteronomy 16:20

Always be fair and just, so that you will occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you and so that you will continue to live there.

Today’s Reading

18 Appoint judges and other officials in every town that the LORD your God gives you. These men are to judge the people impartially. 19 They are not to be unjust or show partiality in their judgments; and they are not to accept bribes, for gifts blind the eyes even of wise and honest men, and cause them to give wrong decisions. 20 Always be fair and just, so that you will occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you and so that you will continue to live there. 21 When you make an altar for the LORD your God, do not put beside it a wooden symbol of the goddess Asherah. 22 And do not set up any stone pillar for idol worship; the LORD hates them.  1 Do not sacrifice to the LORD your God cattle or sheep that have any defects; the LORD hates this. 2 Suppose you hear that in one of your towns some men or women have sinned against the LORD and broken his covenant 3 by worshiping and serving other gods or the sun or the moon or the stars, contrary to the LORD's command. 4 If you hear such a report, then investigate it thoroughly. If it is true that this evil thing has happened in Israel, 5 then take them outside the town and stone them to death. 6 However, they may be put to death only if two or more witnesses testify against them; they are not to be put to death if there is only one witness. 7 The witnesses are to throw the first stones, and then the rest of the people are to stone them; in this way you will get rid of this evil. 8 It may be that some cases will be too difficult for the local judges to decide, such as certain cases of property rights or of bodily injury or those cases that involve a distinction between murder and manslaughter. When this happens, go to the one place of worship chosen by the LORD your God, 9 and present your case to the levitical priests and to the judge who is in office at that time, and let them decide the case. 10 They will give their decision, and you are to do exactly as they tell you. 11 Accept their verdict and follow their instructions in every detail. 12 Anyone who dares to disobey either the judge or the priest on duty is to be put to death; in this way you will remove this evil from Israel. 13 Then everyone will hear of it and be afraid, and no one else will dare to act in such a way.  

Reflect

Israel’s system of local government and courts was unique because it was based on God’s laws and the command to treat all people equally, whether they were rich or poor, powerful or weak. How does that system compare with the legal system today? Does today’s legal system operate on a system of fairness and impartiality?

Pray  Merciful and loving God, teach me to be fair and impartial in all my dealings with others. May I be guided by your laws and your righteousness. Amen.

Prayer Concern  Municipal judges

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Psalm 119:129-144: The psalmist expresses distraught over those who fail to obey God’s laws and seeks the blessing of God’s presence. He prays that he will not be overcome with evil and trusts in God’s righteousness.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 119:137

You are righteous, LORD, and your laws are just.

Today’s Reading

129 Your teachings are wonderful; I obey them with all my heart. 130 The explanation of your teachings gives light and brings wisdom to the ignorant. 131 In my desire for your commands I pant with open mouth. 132 Turn to me and have mercy on me as you do on all those who love you. 133 As you have promised, keep me from falling; don't let me be overcome by evil. 134 Save me from those who oppress me, so that I may obey your commands. 135 Bless me with your presence and teach me your laws. 136 My tears pour down like a river, because people do not obey your law. 137 You are righteous, LORD, and your laws are just. 138 The rules that you have given are completely fair and right. 139 My anger burns in me like a fire, because my enemies disregard your commands. 140 How certain your promise is! How I love it! 141 I am unimportant and despised, but I do not neglect your teachings. 142 Your righteousness will last forever, and your law is always true. 143 I am filled with trouble and anxiety, but your commandments bring me joy. 144 Your instructions are always just; give me understanding, and I shall live.  

Reflect

In verse 134, the psalmist asks God to protect him from oppression. In this case, such oppression results from injustice, which in turn results from failing to do God’s will. How can experiencing injustice firsthand or witnessing it in the world impact your faith?

Pray

Righteous God, I honestly want to know everything you teach. I trust in your goodness and mercy. Keep me close to you and don’t let me stumble, so I can obey your laws. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder

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The greatest weapon you have is The Divine Name. Repeat it and you shall be saved. Focus your mind only on the Immaculate one.

A common thread in all of these prayers for the dying is the request for God’s assistance and mercy. The closer we are to God in this life, in the way we live and partake of His sacraments and follow His Commandments, the more we may die assured of being with Him forever in the next! to this eternal life may we be led by Jesus Christ, Who is God forever and ever.

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Isaiah 33:10-24: Today’s reading includes a passage about Jerusalem’s glorious future and is similar to yesterday’s reading (Isaiah 32:1-20) about restoration and peace. The LORD’s power will be unleashed on sinful people, and a righteous king will rule the land.
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Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 33:23b
The LORD himself will be our king; he will rule over us and protect us.
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Today’s Reading
10 The LORD says to the nations, “Now I will act. I will show how powerful I am. 11 You make worthless plans and everything you do is useless. My spirit is like a fire that will destroy you. 12You will crumble like rocks burned to make lime, like thorns burned to ashes. 13 Let everyone near and far hear what I have done and acknowledge my power. ” 14 The sinful people of Zion are trembling with fright. They say, “God's judgment is like a fire that burns forever. Can any of us survive a fire like that?” 15 You can survive if you say and do what is right. Don't use your power to cheat the poor and don't accept bribes. Don't join with those who plan to commit murder or to do other evil things. 16 Then you will be safe; you will be as secure as if in a strong fortress. You will have food to eat and water to drink. 17 Once again you will see a king ruling in splendor over a land that stretches in all directions. 18 Your old fears of foreign tax collectors and spies will be only a memory. 19 You will no longer see any arrogant foreigners who speak a language that you can't understand. 20 Look at Zion, the city where we celebrate our religious festivals. Look at Jerusalem! What a safe place it will be to live in! It will be like a tent that is never moved, whose pegs are never pulled up and whose ropes never break. 21 TheLORD will show us his glory. We will live beside broad rivers and streams, but hostile ships will not sail on them. 22-23 All the rigging on those ships is useless; the sails cannot be spread! We will seize all the wealth of enemy armies, and there will be so much that even the lame can get a share. The LORD himself will be our king; he will rule over us and protect us. 24 No one who lives in our land will ever again complain of being sick, and all sins will be forgiven. Reflect Why is God’s judgment compared to “a fire that burns forever” (verse 14)? What does God say people are to do in order to survive such judgment? How is Jerusalem’s glorious future described? What does today’s reading teach you about God’s justice? Pray God, YOU are our king. Reign in our heart forever. YOU are like a fortress, and in YOU we are safe and secure. All who worship and praise YOU are shown Your glory. Thank YOU for Your mercy and steadfast love. Amen. Prayer Concern Cities and towns seeking to rebuild and be restored following destruction from war or natural disasters


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September 25, 2014

Matthew 13:33-52 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom

Introduction

Matthew 13:33-52: Today we conclude the reading of chapter 13 with more parables in which Jesus compares the Kingdom of heaven to a small amount of yeast that leavens a large batch of dough, a hidden treasure, a fine pearl, and a net filled with all kinds of fish. Jesus also explains the parable about weeds growing among good seed and depicts an image of the final judgment.

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 13:43a

God’s people will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom.

Today’s Reading

33 Jesus told them still another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A woman takes some yeast and mixes it with a bushel of flour until the whole batch of dough rises.” 34 Jesus used parables to tell all these things to the crowds; he would not say a thing to them without using a parable. 35 He did this to make come true what the prophet had said, “I will use parables when I speak to them; I will tell them things unknown since the creation of the world.” 36 When Jesus had left the crowd and gone indoors, his disciples came to him and said, “Tell us what the parable about the weeds in the field means.” 37 Jesus answered, “The man who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world; the good seed is the people who belong to the Kingdom; the weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One; 39 and the enemy who sowed the weeds is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvest workers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered up and burned in the fire, so the same thing will happen at the end of the age: 41 the Son of Man will send out his angels to gather up out of his Kingdom all those who cause people to sin and all others who do evil things, 42 and they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and gnash their teeth. 43 Then God's people will shine like the sun in their Father's Kingdom. Listen, then, if you have ears! 44 The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes and sells everything he has, and then goes back and buys that field. 45 Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls, 46 and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and buys that pearl. 47 Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. Some fishermen throw their net out in the lake and catch all kinds of fish. 48 When the net is full, they pull it to shore and sit down to divide the fish: the good ones go into the buckets, the worthless ones are thrown away. 49 It will be like this at the end of the age: the angels will go out and gather up the evil people from among the good 50 and will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and gnash their teeth. 51 “Do you understand these things?” Jesus asked them. “Yes,” they answered. 52 So he replied, “This means, then, that every teacher of the Law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of heaven is like a homeowner who takes new and old things out of his storage room.”  

Reflect

Over the last three days we read how Jesus used several parables to describe the Kingdom of heaven. Choose one and explain what it means to you. Use an example from your everyday life and complete this sentence: I think the Kingdom of heaven is like . . .

Pray

Lord Jesus, I want to shine like the sun in your Father’s Kingdom. Gather me into your Kingdom and teach me to live according to your will. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Harvest workers

how are we caring for the poor, how r we caring for the homeless , how are we caring for the poor? how are we caring for those in need ? who have lot what we have been giving . it is a gospel message . that' the trth and that's one of the things YAHWEH will judge us on. how did we care for another? how do we care for somebody who's in need? do we pass them by or do we show them who JESUS CHRIST truly is .
heavenly father, please forgive this child for her sins,forgive her for leaving that glorious path, be merciful to us,help us in the weeks? ahead,be strong in the thief?, Amen

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I love God.I am a Christian and I know as in right now He is the Only ONE that can get us out of the deep we are in now. I am awaiting His second coming.

I believe the Bible is THE ONLY SOURCE of any question, idea, or anything else a person may have. It is the only Book that millions of people hate, while simultaneously million others love. I am here to tell you that Jesus Christ is coming back again very soon, but before He can do that some things have to happen (and already happening). These things were written in the Bible so they will happen.
The U.S. Government is not what it seems. It is vile. It is infested with freemasons, the illuminati, and many more evil parties with the sole purpose of depopulation of the planet.
I am here to expose those murderous moguls.
I will upload more videos whenever I have time. With college, work, and so much things going on I dont have time right, but I will squeeze every second to get the message out.

YE CANNOT drink the cup of the YAHWEH ,and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table,and of the tablle of devils.' - 1st Corinthians 10 : 21

I couldn't agree with you more

Amen to that. I read the Bible and follow it, and don't pay heed to what people think it says. Mankind can twist any teaching, whether Christian or not, to justify crimes, while Jesus speaks against such crimes.

If you look only to the word of God for instruction and look only to Jesus Himself as an example for how to live you can never,ever be deceived. You are wise.


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October 4, 2014

Psalm 11 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Helping Us to Pursue Justice and Peace

Introduction

Psalm 11: In today’s reading, the psalm writer expresses trust in the LORD and affirms that God is a righteous judge.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 11:7

The LORD is righteous and loves good deeds; those who do them will live in his presence.

Today’s Reading

1 I trust in the LORD for safety. How foolish of you to say to me, “Fly away like a bird to the mountains, 2 because the wicked have drawn their bows and aimed their arrows to shoot from the shadows at good people. 3 There is nothing a good person can do when everything falls apart.” 4 The LORD is in his holy temple; he has his throne in heaven. He watches people everywhere and knows what they are doing. 5 He examines the good and the wicked alike; the lawless he hates with all his heart. 6 He sends down flaming coals and burning sulfur on the wicked; he punishes them with scorching winds. 7 The LORD is righteous and loves good deeds; those who do them will live in his presence.

Reflect

Verse 4 is at the heart of this psalm. What does this verse affirm about God? Reread verses 5-7. How is the destiny of the wicked and the righteous described? How will you experience God’s presence today?

Pray

Righteous and loving God, I yearn to live in your presence. Examine my heart and make me mindful of those I meet today who are in need of an encouraging word and a kind deed. In your holy name I pray, Amen.

Prayer Concern

All who reach out to others with acts of kindness


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MessageSujet: Re: christian    Sam 10 Mai - 12:39

only GOD forgives

its not God who gets away from us, ITS US WHO DECIDE TO GET away from him ( yo lo inventé

we love YAHWEH with all my heart and soul . He's the reason I can do any of this and it's all for His glory %

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

let us place our trust in YOU God

GOD, you're the answer to my prayer

Isaiah 3:1-15: Today’s reading begins with an oracle of judgment against Jerusalem and Judah and concludes with the way in which the LORD will judge the people.

Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 3:10

The righteous will be happy, and things will go well for them. They will get to enjoy what they have worked for.

Today’s Reading

1 Now the Lord, the Almighty LORD, is about to take away from Jerusalem and Judah everything and everyone that the people depend on. He is going to take away their food and their water, 2 their heroes and their soldiers, their judges and their prophets, their fortunetellers and their statesmen, 3 their military and civilian leaders, their politicians and everyone who uses magic to control events. 4 The LORD will let the people be governed by immature boys. 5 Everyone will take advantage of everyone else. Young people will not respect their elders, and worthless people will not respect their superiors. 6 A time will come when the members of a clan will choose one of their number and say to him, “You at least have something to wear, so be our leader in this time of trouble.” 7 But he will answer, “Not me! I can't help you. I don't have any food or clothes either. Don't make me your leader!” 8 Yes, Jerusalem is doomed! Judah is collapsing! Everything they say and do is against the LORD; they openly insult God himself. 9 Their prejudices will be held against them. They sin as openly as the people of Sodom did. They are doomed, and they have brought it on themselves. 10 The righteous will be happy, and things will go well for them. They will get to enjoy what they have worked for. 11 But evil people are doomed; what they have done to others will now be done to them. 12 Moneylenders oppress my people, and their creditors cheat them. My people, your leaders are misleading you, so that you do not know which way to turn. 13 The LORD is ready to state his case; he is ready to judge his people. 14 The LORD is bringing the elders and leaders of his people to judgment. He makes this accusation: “You have plundered vineyards, and your houses are full of what you have taken from the poor. 15 You have no right to crush my people and take advantage of the poor. I, the Sovereign LORD Almighty, have spoken. ”  

Reflect

How will the LORD deal with the people’s disobedience and why are they doomed (verses 1-9)? How will the LORD judge the people (verses 13-15)? What are your thoughts about these punishments?

Pray

Almighty God, you are righteous in all your judgments. Teach me to obey your laws so that I serve you in ways that reflect your love and glorify you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Victims of fraud

Ezekiel 34:1-31: Many of Israel’s leaders had not been good shepherds. Because of their evil and neglectful ways, the sheep (the people of Israel) were killed or scattered across the earth. These shepherds (leaders) will be punished, and God promises to rescue the people and care for them and be their shepherd.

Today’s Scripture: Ezekiel 34:31

“You, my sheep, the flock that I feed, are my people, and I am your God,” says the Sovereign LORD.

Today’s Reading

1 The LORD spoke to me. 2 “Mortal man,” he said, “denounce the rulers of Israel. Prophesy to them, and tell them what I, the Sovereign LORD, say to them: You are doomed, you shepherds of Israel! You take care of yourselves, but never tend the sheep. 3 You drink the milk, wear clothes made from the wool, and kill and eat the finest sheep. But you never tend the sheep. 4 You have not taken care of the weak ones, healed the ones that are sick, bandaged the ones that are hurt, brought back the ones that wandered off, or looked for the ones that were lost. Instead, you treated them cruelly. 5 Because the sheep had no shepherd, they were scattered, and wild animals killed and ate them. 6 So my sheep wandered over the high hills and the mountains. They were scattered over the face of the earth, and no one looked for them or tried to find them. 7 Now, you shepherds, listen to what I, the LORD, am telling you. 8 As surely as I am the living God, you had better listen to me. My sheep have been attacked by wild animals that killed and ate them because there was no shepherd. My shepherds did not try to find the sheep. They were taking care of themselves and not the sheep. 9 So listen to me, you shepherds. 10 I, the Sovereign LORD, declare that I am your enemy. I will take my sheep away from you and never again let you be their shepherds; never again will I let you take care only of yourselves. I will rescue my sheep from you and not let you eat them. 11 I, the Sovereign LORD, tell you that I myself will look for my sheep and take care of them 12 in the same way as shepherds take care of their sheep that were scattered and are brought together again. I will bring them back from all the places where they were scattered on that dark, disastrous day. 13 I will take them out of foreign countries, gather them together, and bring them back to their own land. I will lead them back to the mountains and the streams of Israel and will feed them in pleasant pastures. 14 I will let them graze in safety in the mountain meadows and the valleys and in all the green pastures of the land of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will find them a place to rest. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken. 16 I will look for those that are lost, bring back those that wander off, bandage those that are hurt, and heal those that are sick; but those that are fat and strong I will destroy, because I am a shepherd who does what is right. 17 Now then, my flock, I, the Sovereign LORD, tell you that I will judge each of you and separate the good from the bad, the sheep from the goats. 18 Some of you are not satisfied with eating the best grass; you even trample down what you don't eat! You drink the clear water and muddy what you don't drink! 19 My other sheep have to eat the grass you trample down and drink the water you muddy. 20 So now, I, the Sovereign LORD, tell you that I will judge between you strong sheep and the weak sheep. 21 You pushed the sick ones aside and butted them away from the flock. 22 But I will rescue my sheep and not let them be mistreated any more. I will judge each of my sheep and separate the good from the bad. 23 I will give them a king like my servant David to be their one shepherd, and he will take care of them. 24 I, the LORD, will be their God, and a king like my servant David will be their ruler. I have spoken. 25 I will make a covenant with them that guarantees their security. I will get rid of all the dangerous animals in the land, so that my sheep can live safely in the fields and sleep in the forests. 26 I will bless them and let them live around my sacred hill. There I will bless them with showers of rain when they need it. 27 The trees will bear fruit, the fields will produce crops, and everyone will live in safety on his own land. When I break my people's chains and set them free from those who made them slaves, then they will know that I am the LORD. 28 The heathen nations will not plunder them any more, and the wild animals will not kill and eat them. They will live in safety, and no one will terrify them. 29 I will give them fertile fields and put an end to hunger in the land. The other nations will not sneer at them any more. 30 Everyone will know that I protect Israel and that they are my people. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken. 31 “You, my sheep, the flock that I feed, are my people, and I am your God,” says the Sovereign LORD.

Reflect

The image of the LORD as a shepherd is common in the Bible (see Genesis 49:24; Psalm 23; Isaiah 40:11; John 10:11; Hebrews 13:20). Reread verses 11-15. The “dark, disastrous day” (verse 12) refers to the time when the people were led away as prisoners following the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem. What words of hope are given in these verses? What are your thoughts concerning the image of God as a shepherd?

Pray

Sovereign God, you are my shepherd. Thank you for your steadfast love and care, and for feeding me and nourishing me each day with your holy word. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Nomadic shepherds


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MessageSujet: Re: christian    Sam 10 Mai - 12:41

Let us join our prayers together as cherished children of GOD

that GOD will be our guide and our strenght as we put aside ou siniful pride and except the grace that comes from being a follower of CHRIST . We pray to Yahweh

Give them roots and give them wings . Parents and guardians have to give children strong deep roots of Christian values based on scriptures and the teaching of church We wanna pass on our children values, a system of right and wrong , a formed conscience . we wanna give them a strong firm foundation so they don't make some of the mistakeswe adults have made . Besides giving them roots it is important to give them wings , a freedom of letting go

Our presence hereat prayer suggests that we we too have been given roots in the faith , a start of beginning . We have also been given wings . The good GOD is breathing and living in each one of us , his grace is operative in us . He is apowering us with the golspel message to be offered and lived each day through our lives . JESUS has great trust and expectations for us as well , with that comes a lot of resonsibility . This great feas of the ascencion points that .

For all those who seek GOD's sustaining love and help , especially those whose intentions we pray for , and all those in our community who have asked for our prayers, We pray to Yahweh


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MessageSujet: Re: christian    Sam 10 Mai - 13:58

Our prophet,our honour
That's how they become famous by selling their soul to the devil.
All of this artist who have sold their souls to the devil in exchange for fortune and fame are gonna burn in hell for eternity.
Have you ever noticed that most secular music have catchy tune? Why? Cos' its the demons behind the music industry who are controlled by an illuminati elite.
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MessageSujet: Re: christian    Ven 30 Mai - 17:32

Bible John 3 = 19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Bible John 3 = A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.


God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
[32] But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
[33] Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
[34] Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Jesus is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. Behold the Lamb of God! Jesus is the Son of God; he is the King of Israel.

the gospel of john, Bible = And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2Corinthians 12:9b)
Radically answer the call of Christ

Dear GOD please make every anial and human on eath safe and not sick and make sure animals are ok
especially take good care of our animals amen


GOD we're so sorry fo stupid sins we do , which we could easily not do . We don't know why we do them . Please forgive us oh LORD.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica
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Take up Your Cross
37"He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.38"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me

Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
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MessageSujet: Re: christian    Mer 11 Juin - 12:15

) His disciples said: Teach us concerning the place where thou art, for it is necessary for us to seek after it. He said to them: He that hath ears, let him hear. There is a light within a man of light, and it gives light to the whole world. If it does not give light, there is darkness.

(25) Jesus said: Love thy brother as thy soul; keep him as the apple of thine eye.

Jesus said: The mote which is in thy brother's eye, thou seest; but the beam which is in thine eye, thou seest not. When thou dost cast out the beam from thine own eye, then wilt thou see to cast out the mote from thy brother's eye.

(27) Jesus said: If you fast not from the world, you will not find the kingdom; if you keep not the Sabbath as Sabbath, you will not see the Father.

Jesus said: Where there are three gods, they are gods; where there are two or one, I am with him.

(31) Jesus said: No prophet is acceptable in his village; a physician does not heal those who know him.

(32) Jesus said: A city that is built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it remain hidden.

(33) Jesus said: What thou shalt hear in thine ear, proclaim to the other ear on your roof-tops. For no man lights a lamp and sets it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden place; but he sets it upon the lamp-stand, that all who go in and come out may see its light.

(34) Jesus said: If a blind man lead a blind man, both fall into a pit.

Jesus said: Many times have you desired to hear these words which I speak unto you, and you have none other from whom to hear them. Days will come when you will seek after me, and you will not find me.

(39) Jesus said: The Pharisees and the scribes have receive the keys of knowledge; they have hidden them. They did not go in, and those who wanted to go in they did not allow. But you be ye wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

(40) Jesus said: A vine was planted apart from the Father, and since it is not established it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed.

(41) Jesus said: He who has in his hand, to him shall be given; and he who has not, from him shall be taken even the little that he has.

(42) Jesus said: Become passers-by.
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This "secret sayings" gospel does not tell the story of Jesus' life, but rather is a list of over 100 of his sayings, some of which are familiar to readers of the New Testament, others enigmatic and strange.

These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded.

1 And he said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death."

2 Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will rule over all."

3 Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) imperial rule is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father's) imperial rule is inside you and outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."

4 Jesus said, "The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live. For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one."

5 Jesus said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that won't be revealed."

6 His disciples asked him and said to him, "Do you want us to fast? How should we pray? Should we give to charity? What diet should we observe?"

Jesus said, "Don't lie, and don't do what you hate, because all things are disclosed before heaven. After all, there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered up that will remain undisclosed."

7 Jesus said, "Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human."

8 And he said, The human one is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!

9 Jesus said, Look, the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered (them). Some fell on the road, and the birds came and gathered them. Others fell on rock, and they didn't take root in the soil and didn't produce heads of grain. Others fell on thorns, and they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on good soil, and it produced a good crop: it yielded sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure.

10 Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and look, I'm guarding it until it blazes."

11 Jesus said, "This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"

12 The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you are going to leave us. Who will be our leader?"

Jesus said to them, "No matter where you are you are to go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."

13 Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to something and tell me what I am like."

Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a just angel."

Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher."

Thomas said to him, "Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like."

Jesus said, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended."

And he took him, and withdrew, and spoke three sayings to him.

When Thomas came back to his friends they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?"

Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the sayings he spoke to me, you will pick up rocks and stone me, and fire will come from the rocks and devour you."

14 Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will bring sin upon yourselves, and if you pray, you will be condemned, and if you give to charity, you will harm your spirits. When you go into any region and walk about in the countryside, when people take you in, eat what they serve you and heal the sick among them. After all, what goes into your mouth won't defile you; what comes out of your mouth will."

15 Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your Father."

16 Jesus said, "Perhaps people think that I have come to cast peace upon the world. They do not know that I have come to cast conflicts upon the earth: fire, sword, war. For there will be five in a house: there'll be three against two and two against three, father against son and son against father, and they will stand alone.

17 Jesus said, "I will give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart."

18 The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us, how will our end come?"

Jesus said, "Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death."

19 Jesus said, "Congratulations to the one who came into being before coming into being. If you become my disciples and pay attention to my sayings, these stones will serve you. For there are five trees in Paradise for you; they do not change, summer or winter, and their leaves do not fall. Whoever knows them will not taste death."

20 The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what Heaven's imperial rule is like."

He said to them,< It's like a mustard seed, (it's) the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a large branch and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.

21 Mary said to Jesus, "What are your disciples like?"

He said, They are like little children living in a field that is not theirs. when the owners of the field come, they will say, "Give us back our field." They take off their clothes in front of them in order to give it back to them, and they return their field to them. For this reason I say, if the owners of a house know that a thief is coming, they will be on guard before the thief arrives and will not let the thief break into their house (their domain) and steal their possessions. As for you, then, be on guard against the world. Prepare yourselves with great strength, so the robbers can't find a way to get to you, for the trouble you expect will come. Let there be among you a person who understands. When the crop ripened, he came quickly carrying a sickle and harvested it. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!

22 Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, "These nursing babies are like those who enter the (Father's) domain."

They said to him, "Then shall we enter the (Father's) domain as babies?"

Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the (Father's) domain]."

23 Jesus said, "I shall choose you, one from a thousand and two from ten thousand, and they will stand as a single one."

24 His disciples said, "Show us the place where you are, for we must seek it."

He said to them, "Anyone here with two ears had better listen! There is light within a person of light, and it shines on the whole world. If it does not shine, it is dark."

25 Jesus said, "Love your friends like your own soul, protect them like the pupil of your eye."

26 Jesus said, "You see the sliver in your friend's eye, but you don't see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend's eye."

27 "If you do not fast from the world, you will not find the (Father's) domain. If you do not observe the sabbath as a sabbath you will not see the Father."

28 Jesus said, "I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty. But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways."

29 Jesus said, "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, that is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of the body, that is a marvel of marvels.

Yet I marvel at how this great wealth has come to dwell in this poverty."

30 Jesus said, "Where there are three deities, they are divine. Where there are two or one, I am with that one."

31 Jesus said, "No prophet is welcome on his home turf; doctors don't cure those who know them."

32 Jesus said, "A city built on a high hill and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."

33 Jesus said, "What you will hear in your ear, in the other ear proclaim from your rooftops. After all, no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, nor does one put it in a hidden place. Rather, one puts it on a lampstand so that all who come and go will see its light."

34 Jesus said, "If a blind person leads a bind person, both of them will fall into a hole."

35 Jesus said, "One can't enter a strong person's house and take it by force without tying his hands. Then one can loot his house."

36 Jesus said, "Do not fret, from morning to evening and from evening to morning, about what you are going to wear. "

37 His disciples said, "When will you appear to us, and when will we see you?"

Jesus said, "When you strip without being ashamed, and you take your clothes and put them under your feet like little children and trample then, then [you] will see the son of the living one and you will not be afraid."

38 Jesus said, "Often you have desired to hear these sayings that I am speaking to you, and you have no one else from whom to hear them. There will be

days when you will seek me and you will not find me."

39 Jesus said, "The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them. They have not entered nor have they allowed those who want to enter to do so. As for you, be as sly as snakes and as simple as doves."

40 Jesus said, "A grapevine has been planted apart from the Father. Since it is not strong, it will be pulled up by its root and will perish."

41 Jesus said, "Whoever has something in hand will be given more, and those who have nothing will be deprived of even the little they have."

42 Jesus said, "Be passersby."

43 His disciples said to him, "Who are you to say these things to us?"

"You don't understand who I am from what I say to you. Rather, you have become like the Judeans, for they love the tree but hate its fruit, or they love the fruit but hate the tree."

44 Jesus said, "Whoever blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven, either on earth or in heaven."

45 Jesus said, "Grapes are not harvested from thorn trees, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they yield no fruit. Good persons produce good from what they've stored up; bad persons produce evil from the wickedness they've stored up in their hearts, and say evil things. For from the overflow of the heart they produce evil."

46 Jesus said, "From Adam to John the Baptist, among those born of women, no one is so much greater than John the Baptist that his eyes should not be averted. But I have said that whoever among you becomes a child will recognize the (Father's) imperial rule and will become greater than John."

47 Jesus said, "A person cannot mount two horses or bend two bows. And a slave cannot serve two masters, otherwise that slave will honor the one and offend the other.

"Nobody drinks aged wine and immediately wants to drink young wine. Young wine is not poured into old wineskins, or they might break, and aged wine is not poured into a new wineskin, or it might spoil. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, since it would create a tear."

48 Jesus said, "If two make peace with each other in a single house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move from here!' and it will move."

49 Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the (Father's) domain. For you have come from it, and you will return there again."

50 Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where have you come from?' say to them, 'We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established [itself], and appeared in their image.' If they say to you, 'Is it you?' say, 'We are its children, and we are the chosen of the living Father.' If they ask you, 'What is the evidence of your Father in you?' say to them, 'It is motion and rest.'"

51 His disciples said to him, "When will the rest for the dead take place, and when will the new world come?"

He said to them, "What you are looking forward to has come, but you don't know it."

52 His disciples said to him, "Twenty-four prophets have spoken in Israel, and they all spoke of you." He said to them, "You have disregarded the living one who is in your presence, and have spoken of the dead."

53 His disciples said to him, "is circumcision useful or not?"

He said to them, "If it were useful, their father would produce children already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become profitable in every respect."

54 Jesus said, "Congratulations to the poor, for to you belongs Heaven's domain."

55 Jesus said, "Whoever does not hate father and mother cannot be my disciple, and whoever does not hate brothers and sisters, and carry the cross as I do, will not be worthy of me."

56 Jesus said, "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered a carcass, and whoever has discovered a carcass, of that person the world is not

worthy."

57 Jesus said, The Father's kingdom is like a person who has [good] seed. His enemy came during the night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The person did not let the workers pull up the weeds, but said to them, "No, otherwise you might go to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them." For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be conspicuous, and will be pulled up and burned.

58 Jesus said, "Congratulations to the person who has toiled and has found life."

59 Jesus said, "Look to the living one as long as you live, otherwise you might die and then try to see the living one, and you will be unable to see."

60 (He saw) a Samaritan carrying a lamb and going to Judea. He said to his disciples, "(...) that person (...) around the lamb." They said to him, "So that he may kill it and eat it." He said to them, "He will not eat it while it is alive, but only after he has killed it and it has become a carcass."

They said, "Otherwise he can't do it."

He said to them, "So also with you, seek for yourselves a place for rest, or you might become a carcass and be eaten."

61 Jesus said, "Two will recline on a couch; one will die, one will live."

Salome said, "Who are you mister? You have climbed onto my couch and eaten from my table as if you are from someone."

Jesus said to her, "I am the one who comes from what is whole. I was granted from the things of my Father."

"I am your disciple."

"For this reason I say, if one is (whole), one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness."

62 Jesus said, "I disclose my mysteries to those [who are worthy] of [my] mysteries. Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing."

63 Jesus said, There was a rich man who had a great deal of money. He said, "I shall invest my money so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouses with produce, that I may lack nothing." These were the things he was thinking in his heart, but that very night he died. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!

64 Jesus said, A person was receiving guests. When he had prepared the dinner, he sent his slave to invite the guests. The slave went to the first and said, "My master invites you." The first replied, "Some merchants owe me money; they are coming to me tonight. I have to go and give them instructions. Please excuse me from dinner." The slave went to another and said, "My master has invited you." The second said to the slave, "I have bought a house, and I have been called away for a day. I shall have no time." The slave went to another and said, "My master invites you." The third said to

the slave, "My friend is to be married, and I am to arrange the banquet. I shall not be able to come. Please excuse me from dinner." The slave wen to another and said, "My master invites you." The fourth said to the slave, "I have bought an estate, and I am going to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. Please excuse me." The slave returned and said to his master, "Those whom you invited to dinner have asked to be excused." The master said to his slave, "Go out on the streets and bring back whomever you find to have dinner."

Buyers and merchants [will] not enter the places of my Father.

65 He said, A [...] person owned a vineyard and rented it to some farmers, so they could work it and he could collect its crop from them. He sent his slave so the farmers would give him the vineyard's crop. They grabbed him, beat him, and almost killed him, and the slave returned and told his master. His master said, "Perhaps he didn't know them." He sent another slave, and the farmers beat that one as well. Then the master sent his son and said, "Perhaps they'll show my son some respect." Because the farmers knew that he was the heir to the vineyard, they grabbed him and killed him. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!

66 Jesus said, "Show me the stone that the builders rejected: that is the keystone."

67 Jesus said, "Those who know all, but are lacking in themselves, are utterly lacking."

68 Jesus said, "Congratulations to you when you are hated and persecuted;

and no place will be found, wherever you have been persecuted."

69 Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who have been persecuted in their hearts: they are the ones who have truly come to know the Father. Congratulations to those who go hungry, so the stomach of the one in want may be filled."

70 Jesus said, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you [will] kill you."

71 Jesus said, "I will destroy [this] house, and no one will be able to build it [...]."

72 A [person said] to him, "Tell my brothers to divide my father's possessions with me."

He said to the person, "Mister, who made me a divider?"

He turned to his disciples and said to them, "I'm not a divider, am I?"

73 Jesus said, "The crop is huge but the workers are few, so beg the harvest boss to dispatch workers to the fields."

74 He said, "Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the well."

75 Jesus said, "There are many standing at the door, but those who are alone will enter the bridal suite."

76 Jesus said, The Father's kingdom is like a merchant who had a supply of merchandise and found a pearl. That merchant was prudent; he sold the merchandise and bought the single pearl for himself.

So also with you, seek his treasure that is unfailing, that is enduring, where no moth comes to eat and no worm destroys."

77 Jesus said, "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."

78 Jesus said, "Why have you come out to the countryside? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see a person dressed in soft clothes, [like your] rulers and your powerful ones? They are dressed in soft clothes, and they cannot understand truth."

79 A woman in the crowd said to him, "Lucky are the womb that bore you and the breasts that fed you."

He said to [her], "Lucky are those who have heard the word of the Father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when you will say, 'Lucky are the womb that has not conceived and the breasts that have not given milk.'"

80 Jesus said, "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered the body, and whoever has discovered the body, of that one the world is not worthy."

81 Jesus said, "Let one who has become wealthy reign, and let one who has power renounce (it)."

82 Jesus said, "Whoever is near me is near the fire, and whoever is far from me is far from the (Father's) domain."

83 Jesus said, "Images are visible to people, but the light within them is hidden in the image of the Father's light. He will be disclosed, but his image is hidden by his light."

84 Jesus said, "When you see your likeness, you are happy. But when you see your images that came into being before you and that neither die nor become visible, how much you will have to bear!"

85 Jesus said, "Adam came from great power and great wealth, but he was not worthy of you. For had he been worthy, [he would] not [have tasted] death."

86 Jesus said, "[Foxes have] their dens and birds have their nests, but human beings have no place to lay down and rest."

87 Jesus said, "How miserable is the body that depends on a body, and how miserable is the soul that depends on these two."

88 Jesus said, "The messengers and the prophets will come to you and give you what belongs to you. You, in turn, give them what you have, and say to yourselves, 'When will they come and take what belongs to them?'"

89 Jesus said, "Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Don't you understand that the one who made the inside is also the one who made the outside?"

90 Jesus said, "Come to me, for my yoke is comfortable and my lordship is gentle, and you will find rest for yourselves."

91 They said to him, "Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you."

He said to them, "You examine the face of heaven and earth, but you have not come to know the one who is in your presence, and you do not know how to examine the present moment.

92 Jesus said, "Seek and you will find. In the past, however, I did not tell you the things about which you asked me then. Now I am willing to tell them, but you are not seeking them."

93 "Don't give what is sacred to dogs, for they might throw them upon the manure pile. Don't throw pearls [to] pigs, or they might ... it [...]."

94 Jesus [said], "One who seeks will find, and for [one who knocks] it will be opened."

95 [Jesus said], "If you have money, don't lend it at interest. Rather, give [it] to someone from whom you won't get it back."

96 Jesus [said], The Father's kingdom is like [a] woman. She took a little leaven, [hid] it in dough, and made it into large loaves of bread. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!

97 Jesus said, The [Father's] imperial rule is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind her [along] the road. She didn't know it; she hadn't noticed a problem. When she reached her house, she put the jar down and discovered that it was empty.

98 Jesus said, The Father's imperial rule is like a person who wanted to kill someone powerful. While still at home he drew his sword and thrust it into the wall to find out whether his hand would go in. Then he killed the powerful one.

99 The disciples said to him, "Your brothers and your mother are standing outside."

He said to them, "Those here who do what my Father wants are my brothers and my mother. They are the ones who will enter my Father's kingdom."

100 They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, "The Roman emperor's people demand taxes from us."

He said to them, "Give the emperor what belongs to the emperor, give God what belongs to God, and give me what is mine."

101 "Whoever does not hate [father] and mother as I do cannot be my [disciple], and whoever does [not] love [father and] mother as I do cannot be my [disciple]. For my mother [...], but my true [mother] gave me life."

102 Jesus said, "Damn the Pharisees! They are like a dog sleeping in the cattle manger: the dog neither eats nor [lets] the cattle eat."

103 Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who know where the rebels are going to attack. [They] can get going, collect their imperial resources, and be prepared before the rebels arrive."

104 They said to Jesus, "Come, let us pray today, and let us fast."

Jesus said, "What sin have I committed, or how have I been undone? Rather, when the groom leaves the bridal suite, then let people fast and pray."

105 Jesus said, "Whoever knows the father and the mother will be called the child of a whore."

106 Jesus said, "When you make the two into one, you will become children of Adam, and when you say, 'Mountain, move from here!' it will move."

107 Jesus said, The (Fahter's) imperial rule is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety- nine and looked for the

one until he found it. After he had toiled, he said to the sheep, 'I love you more than the ninety-nine."

108 Jesus said, "Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me; I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to him."

109 Jesus said, The (Father's) imperial rule is like a person who had a treasure hidden in his field but did not know it. And [when] he died he left it to his [son].

The son [did] not know (about it either). He took over the field and sold it. The buyer went plowing, [discovered] the treasure, and began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished.

110 Jesus said, "Let one who has found the world, and has become wealthy, renounce the world."

111 Jesus said, "The heavens and the earth will roll up in your presence, and whoever is living from the living one will not see death." Does not Jesus say, "Those who have found themselves, of them the world is not worthy"?

112 Jesus said, "Damn the flesh that depends on the soul. Damn the soul that depends on the flesh."

113 His disciples said to him, "When will the (Father's) imperial rule come?"

"It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Rather, the Father's kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don't see it."

114 Simon Peter said to them, "Make Mary leave us, for females don't deserve life."

Jesus said, "Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven."

Translated by Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer

This text and translation of the Gospel of Thomas is taken from The Complete Gospels (3rd edition), edited by Robert J. Miller and publisehd by Polebridge Press. In addition to the Gospel of Thomas, The Complete Gospels includes new translations of all known gospels from the early Christian era, among them the Gospel of Mary, the Sayings Gospel Q, the Signs Gospel, the Secret Book of James, and the Gospel of Peter.
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MessageSujet: Re: christian    Mer 11 Juin - 12:19

THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE
(BG 8502.1)

Introduced by KAREN L. KING
Translated by GEORGE W. MACRAE and R. McL. WILSON
Edited by DOUGLAS M. PARROTT

Fragment of The Gospel of MaryThe extant text of The Gospel of Mary can easily be divided into two parts. The first section (7,1-9,24) describes the dialogue between the (risen) Savior and the disciples. He answers their questions concerning matter and sin. Relying on an exegesis of Romans 7, as Anne Pasquier has shown, the Savior argues, in effect, that sin is not a moral category, but a cosmological one; it is due to the improper mixing of the material and the spiritual. In the end all things will be resolved into their proper root. After finishing his discourse, the Savior gives them a final greeting, admonishes them to beware of any who may try to lead them astray and commissions them to go and preach the gospel of the kingdom. After he departs, however, the disciples are grieved and in considerable doubt and consternation. Mary Magdalene comforts them and turns their hearts toward the Good and a consideration of the Savior's words.

The second section of the text (10,1-23; 15,1-19,2) contains a description by Mary of special revelation given to her by the Savior. At Peter's request, she tells the disciples about things that were hidden from them. The basis for her knowledge is a vision of the Lord and a private dialogue with him. Unfortunately four pages of the text are missing here so that only the beginning and end of Mary's revelation are extant.

The revelation is in the form of a dialogue. The first question Mary asks the Savior is how one sees a vision. The Savior replies that the soul sees through the mind which is between the soul and the spirit. At this point the text breaks off. When the text resumes at 15,1, Mary is in the midst of describing the Savior's revelation concerning the rise of the soul past the four powers. The four powers are most probably to be identified as essential expressions of the four material elements. The enlightened soul, now free of their bonds, rises past the four powers, overpowering them with her gnosis, and attains eternal, silent rest.

After Mary finishes recounting her vision to the disciples, Andrew and then Peter challenge her on two grounds. First of all, Andrew says, these teachings are strange. Secondly, Peter questions, would the Savior really have told such things to a woman and kept them from the male disciples. Levi admonishes Peter for contending with the woman as against the adversaries and acknowledges that the Savior loved her more than the other disciples. He entreats them to be ashamed, to put on the perfect man, and to go forth and preach as the Savior had instructed them to do. They immediately go forth to preach and the text ends.

The confrontation of Mary with Peter, a scenario also found in The Gospel of Thomas, Pistis Sophia, and The Gospel of the Egyptians, reflects some of the tensions in second-century Christianity. Peter and Andrew represent orthodox positions that deny the validity of esoteric revelation and reject the authority of women to teach. The Gospel of Mary attacks both of these positions head-on through its portrayal of Mary Magdalene. She is the Savior's beloved, possessed of knowledge and teaching superior to that of the public apostolic tradition. Her superiority is based on vision and private revelation and is demonstrated in her capacity to strengthen the wavering disciples and turn them toward the Good.

The text belongs to the genre of the gnostic dialogue. It has, however, also been classified as an apocalypse due to several characteristics it shares with other texts of that genre: revelation dialogue, vision, an abbreviated cosmogony, a description of otherworldly regions and the rise of the soul (though there is no heavenly journey as such), final instructions, and a short narrative conclusion. The difficulty in determining genre is due in part to the fact that the text has undergone secondary redaction. Most scholars agree that the two parts of the text described above were originally separate pieces (oral or written) that were artificially combined to form the present whole. The role of Mary at the end of the first section and the altercation among the disciples at the end provide the narrative connection.

The Gospel of Mary was originally written in Greek some time in the second century. Unfortunately the two extant copies of The Gospel of Mary are extremely fragmentary. The earliest text comprises only a single, fragmentary leaf written in Greek, dated to the early third century (P. Rylands 111463 [22:16,1-19,4]). A longer portion of the text is extant in an early fifth-century Coptic codex (P . Berolinensis 8502,1), though considerable portions of the text are missing there too. Of eighteen pages, only eight are extant (7-10 and 15-19,5). Though the text of the Greek fragment varies considerably from the Coptic version, it parallels the Coptic pages 17,5-21 and 18,5-19,5 and hence does not provide any new material.



THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE

BG 7, 1-19, 5

[. ..] (pp. 1-6 missing) will matter then be [destroyed] or not?" The Savior said, "All natures, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots. For the nature of matter is resolved into the (roots) of its nature alone. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Peter said to him, "Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?" , The Savior said, " There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called 'sin.' That is why the Good came into your midst, to the (essence) of every nature, in order to restore it to its root." Then he continued and said, "That is why you' [become sick] and die, for [. ..] of the one who [. ..He who] , understands, let him understand. [Matter gave birth to] a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from (something) contrary to nature. Then there arise a disturbance in the whole body. That is why I said to you, 'Be of good courage,' and if you are discouraged (be) encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.'

When the blessed one had said this, he greeted them all, saying, "Peace be with you. Receive my peace to yourselves. Beware that no one lead you astray, saying, 'Lo here!' or 'Lo' there!' For the Son of Man is within you. Follow after him! Those who seek him will find him. Go then and preach the gospel of the kingdom. Do not lay down any rules beyond what I appointed for you, and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it." When he had said this, he departed.

But they were grieved. They wept greatly, saying, "How shall we go to the gentiles and preach the gospel of the kingdom of the Son of Man? If they did not spare him, how will they spare us?" Then Mary stood up, greeted them all, and said to her brethren, "Do not weep and do not grieve nor be irresolute, for his grace will be entirely with you and will protect you. But rather let us praise his greatness, for he has prepared us and made us into men." When Mary said this, she turned their hearts to the Good, and they began to discuss the words of the [Savior].

Peter said to Mary, 'Sister, I we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of women. Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember - which you know (but) we do not, nor have we heard them." Mary answered and said, "What is hidden from you will proclaim to you." And she began to speak to them these words: "I," she said, " I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to him, 'Lord, I saw you today in a vision.' He answered and said to me, 'Blessed are you, that you did not waver at the sight of me. For where the mind is, there is the treasure. 'I said to him, 'Lord, now does he who sees the vision see it (through) the soul (or) through the spirit?' The Savior answered and said. 'He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind which [is] between the two - that is [what] sees the vision and it is [. ..].' (pp. 11-14 missing)

"[. ..] it. And desire that, 'I did not see you descending, but now I see you ascending. Why do you lie, since you belong to me?' The soul answered and said, 'I saw you. You did not see me nor recognize me. I served you as a garment, and you did not know me.' When it had said this, it went away rejoicing greatly.

"Again it came to the third power, which is called ignorance. [It (the power)] questioned the soul saying, 'Where are you going? In wickedness are you bound. But you are bound; do not judge!' And the soul said, 'why do you judge me although I have not judged? I was bound though I have not bound. I was not recognized. But I have recognized that the All is being dissolved, both the earthly (things) and the heavenly.'

When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, (which) took seven forms. The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven [powers] of wrath. They ask the soul, 'Whence do you come, slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space?' The soul answered and said, 'What binds me has been slain, and what surrounds me has been overcome, and my desire has been ended, and ignorance has died. In a [world] I was released from a world, [and] in a type from a heavenly type, and (from) the fetter of oblivion which is transient. From this time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of the season, of the aeon, in silence.'

When Mary had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this point that the Savior had spoken with her. But Andrew answered and said to the brethren, "Say what you (wish to) say I about what she has said. I at least do not believe that the Savior said this. For certainly these teachings are strange ideas." Peter answered and spoke concerning these same things. He questioned them about the Savior: "Did he really speak with a woman without our knowledge (and) not openly? Are we to turn about and all listen to her? Did he prefer her to us?"

Then Mary wept and said to Peter, "My brother Peter, what do you think? Do you think that I thought this up myself in my heart, or that I am lying about the Savior?" Levi answered and said to Peter, "Peter, you have always been hot-tempered. Now I see you contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Savior made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Savior knows her very well. That is why he loved her more than us. Rather let us be ashamed and put on the perfect man and acquire him for ourselves as he commanded us, and preach the gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior said. When [ ...] and they began to go forth [to] proclaim and to preach.

THE GOSPEL OF MARY (BG 8502,1)

[The] Gospel according to Mary

Selection made from James M. Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library, revised edition. HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1990. To Stacy

http://www.webcom.com/gnosis/naghamm/nhlcodex.html

Mary Magdalene was chosen by our Lord as a type of the Church and would be one of the first fruits taken to be with her Lord. She was the constant companion of Iesus' Ministry, to him she ministered of her substance, she anointed him for his Ministry, and for his Burial, She was the last at the Cross, and the first at the Tomb, and to her alone He gave the commission*, "Go tell Peter," and wheresoever the Gospel was to be preached, her love and devotion to her Master were to be declared. ~Gospel of the Holy Twelve

*The basis by which the papacy proclaims its holy lineage is that Peter was first to witness the risen Christ. ~Ed.
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This prayer follows two of Daniel’s visions. These visions show God’s control of historical events and provide hope for those who remain faithful in times of persecution. Upon reading Jeremiah’s writings foreseeing Jerusalem’s 70-year ruin, Daniel fasts and wears sackcloth. In this passage, he prays to God on behalf of the people.Daniel 9:4b Darius the Mede ruled over the kingdom of Babylonia. In the first year of his reign I was studying the sacred books and thinking about the seventy years that Jerusalem would be in ruins, according to what GOD had told the prophet Jeremiah. I prayed earnestly to God, pleading with him, fasting, wearing sackcloth, and sitting in ashes.I prayed to YAHWEH our God and confessed the sins of my people. I said, “God, YOU are great, and we honor YOU. YOU are faithful to your covenant and show constant love to those who love YOU and do what YOU command. “We have sinned, we have been evil, we have done wrong. We have rejected what YOU commanded us to do and have turned away from what YOU showed us was right.We have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our rulers, our ancestors, and our whole nation.You, YAHWEH, always do what is right, but we have always brought disgrace on ourselves. This is true of all of us who live in Judea and in Jerusalem and of all the Israelites whom YOU scattered in countries near and far because they were unfaithful to YOU.Our kings, our rulers, and our ancestors have acted shamefully and sinned against YOU .You are merciful and forgiving, although we have rebelled against You. We did not listen to You, O our God, when YOU told us to live according to the laws which YOU gave us through Your servants the prophets.All Israel broke Your laws and refused to listen to what YOU said. We sinned against You, and so You brought on us the curses that are written in the Law of Moses, Your servant. You did what YOU said YOU would do to us and our rulers. You punished Jerusalem more severely than any other city on earth, giving us all the punishment described in the Law of Moses. But even now, O our God, we have not tried to please YOU by turning from our sins or by following Your truth.You, O God, were prepared to punish us, and YOU did, because YOU always do what is right, and we did not listen to YOU. O our God, YOU showed Your power by bringing Your people out of Egypt, and Your power is still remembered. We have sinned; we have done wrong.You have defended us in the past, so do not be angry with Jerusalem any longer. It is Your city, Your sacred hill. All the people in the neighboring countries look down on Jerusalem and on Your people because of our sins and the evil our ancestors did. O God, hear my prayer and pleading. Restore Your Temple, which has been destroyed; restore it so that everyone will know that YOU are God.Listen to us, O God; look at us and see the trouble we are in and the suffering of the city that bears Your name. We are praying to YOU because YOU are merciful, not because we have done right.YAHWEH, hear us. YAHWEH, forgive us. YAHWEH, listen to us, and act! In order that everyone will know that YOU are God, do not delay! This city and these people are Yours. Reflect What was the main purpose of Daniel’s prayer for his people? What are some of the reasons God allowed the people to endure suffering, such as the exile or later persecutions? How do you understand God’s relationship with human suffering today? How can God be present with us in our suffering? How does God’s grace play a role in suffering?

Pray Great and awesome God, forgive our society for the ways in which we have turned away from Your love and justice for all. Let Your face shine upon Your people, that we may know Your forgiveness and mercy, and that we may ultimately do Your will. Amen. Prayer Concern Those seeking justice

Evangile selon Saint Marc

Chapitre 1

1 Commencement de l'évangile de Jésus-Christ, Fils de Dieu :
2 - selon ce qui est écrit dans le prophète Isaïe : Voici que j'envoie mon messager devant vous, pour vous frayer le chemin.
3 Voix de celui qui crie dans le désert : Préparez le chemin du Seigneur, aplanissez ses sentiers -
4 Jean le Baptiste parut dans le désert, prêchant un baptême de repentir pour la rémission des péchés.
5 Tout le pays de Judée et tous les habitants de Jérusalem s'en venaient vers lui et, confessant leurs péchés, ils se faisaient baptiser par lui dans le fleuve du Jourdain.
6 Et Jean avait un vêtement de poils de chameau et, autour de ses reins, une ceinture de cuir; et il mangeait des sauterelles et du miel sauvage. Et il prêchait ainsi :
7 " Il vient après moi, celui qui est plus puissant que moi, dont je ne suis pas digne de délier, en me baissant, la courroie de ses sandales.
8 Moi, je vous ai baptisés avec l'eau, mais lui vous baptisera avec l'Esprit-Saint. "
9 Or, il arriva en ces jours-là que Jésus vint de Nazareth de Galilée et se fit baptiser par Jean dans le Jourdain.
10 Et, comme il remontait de l'eau, il vit les cieux entr'ouverts et l'Esprit qui descendait sur lui, comme une colombe.
11 Et il y eut une voix des cieux : " Tu es mon Fils bien-aimé, en toi j'ai mis mes complaisances. "
14 Après que Jean eut été livré, Jésus vint en Galilée, prêchant l'évangile de Dieu et disant :
15 " Le temps est accompli, et le royaume de Dieu est proche; repentez-vous et croyez à l'évangile. "
16 Comme il passait le long de la mer de Galilée, il vit Simon et André, frère de Simon, qui jetaient le filet dans la mer, car ils étaient pêcheurs.
17 Et Jésus leur dit : " Venez à ma suite, et je vous ferai devenir pêcheurs d'hommes. "
18 Aussitôt, laissant les filets, ils le suivirent.
19 Et ayant un peu avancé, il vit Jacques, fils de Zébédée, et Jean son frère, eux aussi dans une barque, en train d'arranger les filets.
20 Il les appela aussitôt; et, laissant leur père Zébédée dans la barque avec les journaliers, ils partirent à sa suite.
21 Ils se rendirent à Capharnaüm, et dès que, le jour du sabbat, il fut entré dans la synagogue, il se mit à enseigner.
22 Et ils étaient stupéfaits de son enseignement, car il les enseignait comme ayant autorité, et non comme les scribes.
23 Or il y avait justement dans leur synagogue un homme (possédé) d'un esprit impur, qui s'écria :
24 " Ah ! Qu'avons-nous affaire ensemble, Jésus de Nazareth? Vous êtes venu pour nous perdre? Je sais qui vous êtes, le saint de Dieu. "
25 Et Jésus lui commanda avec force : " Tais-toi et sors de lui ! "
26 Et l'esprit impur l'abattit, poussa un grand cri et sortit de lui.
27 Et tous furent saisis de stupeur à ce point qu'ils se demandaient entre eux : " Qu'est ceci? Un enseignement nouveau avec autorité ! Et il commande aux esprits impurs, et ils lui obéissent ! "
28 Et sa renommée se répandit aussitôt dans toute la région de la Galilée.
29 En sortant de la synagogue, il vint aussitôt dans la maison de Simon et d'André, avec Jacques et Jean.
30 Or la belle-mère de Simon était au lit, ayant la fièvre; aussitôt ils lui parlèrent d'elle.
31 Il s'approcha et la fit lever, en lui prenant la main; et la fièvre la quitta, et elle se mit à les servir.
32 Le soir venu, après le coucher du soleil, on lui amenait tous les malades et les démoniaques;
33 et toute la ville était rassemblée devant la porte.
34 Et il guérit beaucoup de malades affligés de diverses infirmités, et il chassa beaucoup de démons; mais il ne laissait pas les démons parler, parce qu'ils le connaissaient.
35 Le matin, s'étant levé longtemps avant le jour, il sortit, s'en alla dans un lieu désert, et là il priait.
36 Simon et ceux qui étaient avec lui se mirent à sa recherche;
37 et l'ayant trouvé, ils lui dirent : " Tout le monde vous cherche. "
38 Il leur dit : " Allons ailleurs dans les bourgs voisins, afin que j'y prêche aussi; car c'est pour cela que je suis sorti. "
39 Et il alla, prêchant dans leurs synagogues, par la Galilée entière, et chassant les démons.
40 Un lépreux vient à lui, le supplie, fléchit le genou et lui dit : " Si vous voulez, vous pouvez me guérir. "
41 Emu de compassion, il étendit la main, le toucha et lui dit : " Je le veux, sois guéri. "
42 Et aussitôt la lèpre le quitta, et il fut guéri.
43 Et lui parlant sévèrement, il le fit partir aussitôt,
44 lui disant : " Garde-toi d'en parler à personne; mais va te montrer au prêtre, et offre pour ta guérison ce que Moïse a prescrit, en attestation pour eux. "
45 Mais lui, étant parti, se mit à faire force discours et à divulguer la chose : de sorte que (Jésus) ne pouvait plus entrer ostensiblement dans une ville, mais se tenait dehors, dans des lieux déserts, et l'on venait à lui de toutes parts.


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