Monday, September 30, 2019

Galatians 2:10

They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.

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Galatians 2

Defending the Gospel

1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me.

2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain.

3 Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.

4 And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage),

5 to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

6 But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.

7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter

8 (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles),

9 and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

10 | They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.

No Return to the Law

11 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;

12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.

13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?

15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

17 “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!

18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Reformed Degenerate

Tobit 6:4

But the angel said to the young man, “Catch hold of the fish and hang on to it!”
So the young man grasped the fish and drew it up on the land.

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Tobit 6

1 So she stopped weeping.

Journey to Rages

The young man went out and the angel went with him;

2 and the dog came out with him and went along with them. So they both journeyed along, and when the first night overtook them they camped by the Tigris river.

3 Then the young man went down to wash his feet in the Tigris river. Suddenly a large fish leaped up from the water and tried to swallow the young man’s foot, and he cried out.

5 Then the angel said to him, “Cut open the fish and take out its gall, heart, and liver. Keep them with you, but throw away the intestines. For its gall, heart, and liver are useful as medicine.”

6 So after cutting open the fish the young man gathered together the gall, heart, and liver; then he roasted and ate some of the fish, and kept some to be salted.

The two continued on their way together until they were near Media.

7 Then the young man questioned the angel and said to him, “Brother Azariah, what medicinal value is there in the fish’s heart and liver, and in the gall?”

8 He replied, “As for the fish’s heart and liver, you must burn them to make a smoke in the presence of a man or woman afflicted by a demon or evil spirit, and every affliction will flee away and never remain with that person any longer.

9 And as for the gall, anoint a person’s eyes where white films have appeared on them; blow upon them, upon the white films, and the eyes will be healed.”

Raphael’s Instructions

10 When he entered Media and already was approaching Ecbatana,

11 Raphael said to the young man, “Brother Tobias.” “Here I am,” he answered. Then Raphael said to him, “We must stay this night in the home of Raguel. He is your relative, and he has a daughter named Sarah.

12 He has no male heir and no daughter except Sarah only, and you, as next of kin to her, have before all other men a hereditary claim on her. Also it is right for you to inherit her father’s possessions. Moreover, the girl is sensible, brave, and very beautiful, and her father is a good man.”

13 He continued, “You have every right to take her in marriage. So listen to me, brother; tonight I will speak to her father about the girl, so that we may take her to be your bride. When we return from Rages we will celebrate her marriage. For I know that Raguel can by no means keep her from you or promise her to another man without incurring the penalty of death according to the decree of the book of Moses. Indeed he knows that you, rather than any other man, are entitled to marry his daughter. So now listen to me, brother, and tonight we shall speak concerning the girl and arrange her engagement to you. And when we return from Rages we will take her and bring her back with us to your house.”

14 Then Tobias said in answer to Raphael, “Brother Azariah, I have heard that she already has been married to seven husbands and that they died in the bridal chamber. On the night when they went in to her, they would die. I have heard people saying that it was a demon that killed them.

15 It does not harm her, but it kills anyone who desires to approach her. So now, since I am the only son my father has, I am afraid that I may die and bring my father’s and mother’s life down to their grave, grieving for me—and they have no other son to bury them.”

16 But Raphael said to him, “Do you not remember your father’s orders when he commanded you to take a wife from your father’s house? Now listen to me, brother, and say no more about this demon. Take her. I know that this very night she will be given to you in marriage.

17 When you enter the bridal chamber, take some of the fish’s liver and heart, and put them on the embers of the incense. An odor will be given off;

18 the demon will smell it and flee, and will never be seen near her any more. Now when you are about to go to bed with her, both of you must first stand up and pray, imploring the Lord of heaven that mercy and safety may be granted to you. Do not be afraid, for she was set apart for you before the world was made. You will save her, and she will go with you. I presume that you will have children by her, and they will be as brothers to you. Now say no more!” When Tobias heard the words of Raphael and learned that she was his kinswoman, related through his father’s lineage, he loved her very much, and his heart was drawn to her.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Wisdom of Solomon 15:2

For even if we sin we are thine, knowing thy power;
but we will not sin, because we know that we are accounted thine.

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Wisdom of Solomon 15

But thou, our God, art kind and true,
   patient, and ruling all things in mercy.
2 | For even if we sin we are thine, knowing thy power;
   but we will not sin, because we know that we are accounted thine.
For to know thee is complete righteousness,
   and to know thy power is the root of immortality.
For neither has the evil intent of human art misled us,
   nor the fruitless toil of painters,
   a figure stained with varied colours,
whose appearance arouses yearning in fools,
   so that they desire the lifeless form of a dead image.
Lovers of evil things and fit for such objects of hope
   are those who either make or desire or worship them.
For when a potter kneads the soft earth
   and laboriously moulds each vessel for our service,
   he fashions out of the same clay
   both the vessels that serve clean uses
   and those for contrary uses, making all in like manner;
   but which shall be the use of each of these
   the worker in clay decides.
8 With the misspent toil, he forms a futile god from the same clay —
   this man who was made of earth a short time before
   and after a little while goes to the earth from which he was taken,
   when he is required to return the soul that was lent him.
But he is not concerned that he is destined to die
   or that his life is brief,
   but he competes with workers in gold and silver,
   and imitates workers in copper;
   and he counts it his glory that he moulds counterfeit gods.
10 His heart is ashes, his hope is cheaper than dirt,
     and has life is of less worth than clay,
11 because he failed to know the one who formed him
     and inspired him with an active soul
     and breathed into him a living spirit.
12 But he considered our existence an idle game,
     and life a festival held for profit,
     for he says one must get money however one can, even by base means.
13 For this man, more than all others, knows that he sins
     when he makes from earthy matter fragile vessels and graven images.
14 But most foolish, and more miserable than an infant,
     are all the enemies who oppressed thy people.
15 For they thought that all their heathen idols were gods,
     though these have neither the use of their eyes to see with,
     nor nostrils with which to draw breath,
     nor ears with which to hear,
     nor fingers to feel with,
     and their feet are of no use for walking.
16 For a man made them,
     and one whose spirit is borrowed formed them;
     for no man can form a god which is like himself.
17 He is mortal, and what he makes with lawless hands is dead,
     for he is better than the objects he worships,
     since he has life, but they never have.
18 The enemies of thy people worship even the most hateful animals,
     which are worse than all others, when judged by their lack of intelligence;
19 and even as animals they are not so beautiful in appearance that one would desire them,
     but they have escaped both the praise of God and his blessing.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Matthew 10:4

and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

John 11:38-39

Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sarah Hodges

John 4:14

but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Psalm 95:10-13

Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns;
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved;
He shall judge the peoples righteously.”
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
before the Lord.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Galatians 6:7-9

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

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