Sunday, January 31, 2016

Mark 1:2-3

as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”—
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Isaiah 40:3-4

A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.

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Isaiah 40

Comfort for God’s People

1 Comfort, comfort my people,
   says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
   and proclaim to her
   that her hard service has been completed,
   that her sin has been paid for,
   that she has received from the Lord’s hand
   double for all her sins.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
   and all people will see it together.
   For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
   And I said, “What shall I cry?”
   “All people are like grass,
   and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
   because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
   Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
   but the word of our God endures forever.”
9 You who bring good news to Zion,
   go up on a high mountain.
   You who bring good news to Jerusalem,
   lift up your voice with a shout,
   lift it up, do not be afraid;
   say to the towns of Judah,
   “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
     and he rules with a mighty arm.
     See, his reward is with him,
     and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
     He gathers the lambs in his arms
     and carries them close to his heart;
     he gently leads those that have young.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
     or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
     Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
     or weighed the mountains on the scales
     and the hills in a balance?
13 Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord,
     or instruct the Lord as his counselor?
14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
     and who taught him the right way?
     Who was it that taught him knowledge,
     or showed him the path of understanding?
15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
     they are regarded as dust on the scales;
     he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
16 Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
     nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17 Before him all the nations are as nothing;
     they are regarded by him as worthless
     and less than nothing.
18 With whom, then, will you compare God?
     To what image will you liken him?
19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
     and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
     and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
     selects wood that will not rot;
     they look for a skilled worker
     to set up an idol that will not topple.
21 Do you not know?
     Have you not heard?
     Has it not been told you from the beginning?
     Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
     and its people are like grasshoppers.
     He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
     and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
     and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 No sooner are they planted,
     no sooner are they sown,
     no sooner do they take root in the ground,
     than he blows on them and they wither,
     and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
25 “To whom will you compare me?
     Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
     Who created all these?
     He who brings out the starry host one by one
     and calls forth each of them by name.
     Because of his great power and mighty strength,
     not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
     Why do you say, Israel,
     “My way is hidden from the Lord;
     my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
     Have you not heard?
     The Lord is the everlasting God,
     the Creator of the ends of the earth.
     He will not grow tired or weary,
     and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
     and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
     and young men stumble and fall;

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Book of Isaiah


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Habakkuk 3:17-19

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he will set me on high places
so to conquer with his song.

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Habakkuk 3

3 God came from Teman,
   the Holy One from Mount Paran.
   His glory covered the heavens
   and his praise filled the earth.
4 His splendor was like the sunrise;
   rays flashed from his hand,
   where his power was hidden.
5 Plague went before him;
   pestilence followed his steps.
6 He stood, and shook the earth;
   he looked, and made the nations tremble.
   The ancient mountains crumbled
   and the age-old hills collapsed—
   but he marches on forever.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,
   the dwellings of Midian in anguish.
8 Were you angry with the rivers, Lord?
   Was your wrath against the streams?
   Did you rage against the sea
   when you rode your horses
   and your chariots to victory?
9 You uncovered your bow,
   you called for many arrows.
   You split the earth with rivers;
10 the mountains saw you and writhed.
     Torrents of water swept by;
     the deep roared
     and lifted its waves on high.
11 Sun and moon stood still in the heavens
     at the glint of your flying arrows,
     at the lightning of your flashing spear.
12 In wrath you strode through the earth
     and in anger you threshed the nations.
13 You came out to deliver your people,
     to save your anointed one.
     You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
     you stripped him from head to foot.
14 With his own spear you pierced his head
     when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
     gloating as though about to devour
     the wretched who were in hiding.
15 You trampled the sea with your horses,
     churning the great waters.
16 I heard and my heart pounded,
     my lips quivered at the sound;
     decay crept into my bones,
     and my legs trembled.
     Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
     to come on the nation invading us.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Malachi 3:1

“Behold, I send My messenger,
And he will prepare the way before Me.
And the Lord, whom you seek,
Will suddenly come to His temple,
Even the Messenger of the covenant,
In whom you delight.
Behold, He is coming,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Malachi 3

The Coming Messenger

5 And I will come near you for judgment;
   I will be a swift witness
   Against sorcerers,
   Against adulterers,
   Against perjurers,
   Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
   And against those who turn away an alien—
   Because they do not fear Me,”
   Says the Lord of hosts.
6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change;
   Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
7 Yet from the days of your fathers
   You have gone away from My ordinances
   And have not kept them.
   Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
   Says the Lord of hosts.
   “But you said,
   ‘In what way shall we return?’

Do Not Rob God

8 “Will a man rob God?
    Yet you have robbed Me!
    But you say,
    ‘In what way have we robbed You?’
    In tithes and offerings.
9 You are cursed with a curse,
   For you have robbed Me,
   Even this whole nation.
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
     That there may be food in My house,
     And try Me now in this,”
     Says the Lord of hosts,
     “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
     And pour out for you such blessing 
     That there will not be room enough to receive it.
11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
     So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
     Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
     Says the Lord of hosts;
12 “And all nations will call you blessed,
     For you will be a delightful land,”
     Says the Lord of hosts.

The People Complain Harshly

13 “Your words have been harsh against Me,”
     Says the Lord,
     “Yet you say,
     ‘What have we spoken against You?’
14 You have said,
     'It is useless to serve God;
     What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance,
     And that we have walked as mourners
     Before the Lord of hosts?
15 So now we call the proud blessed,
     For those who do wickedness are raised up;
     They even tempt God and go free.’”

A Book of Remembrance

16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
     And the Lord listened and heard them;
     So a book of remembrance was written before Him
     For those who fear the Lord
     And who meditate on His name.
17 “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
     “On the day that I make them My jewels.
     And I will spare them
     As a man spares his own son who serves him.”
18 Then you shall again discern
     Between the righteous and the wicked,
     Between one who serves God
     And one who does not serve Him.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Book of Malachi


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Matthew 6:1-4

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

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