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Bible Reading: Proverbs 7.24-27

Now therefore,mysons, listen to me,And pay attention to the words of my mouth. Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,Do not stray into her paths.For many are the victims she has cast down,And numerous are all her slain.Her house is the way to Sheol,Descending to the chambers of death. Proverbs 7.24-27 One of the most practical verses in all the Bible might be 1 Cor...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 3.27-35

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,When it is in your power to doit.Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back,Andtomorrow I will giveit,"When you have it with you.Do not devise harm against your neighbor,While he lives securely beside you.Do not contend with a man without cause,If he has doneyou no harm.Do not envy a man of violenceAnd do not choose an...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 2.1-5

My son, if you will receive my wordsAnd treasure my commandments within you,Make your ear attentive to wisdom,Incline your heart to understanding;For if you cry for discernment,Lift your voice for understanding;If you seek her as silverAnd search for her as for hidden treasures;Then you will discern the fear oftheLordAnd discover the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5 One o...

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Bible Reading: John 10.7, 9

So Jesus said to them again,"Truly, truly, Isayto you, I am the door of the sheep. John 10.7 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved,and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10.9 As we continue considering Jesus' seven "I am" statements found in the Gospel of John, we come across what to us might seem the most obscure. When Jesus refers to hims...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 3.23-24

This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. 1 John 3:23-24 What does it mean to believe in a "name"? It no doubt refers to more than just the word by whic...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.7-11

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

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Bible Reading: James 4.6-10

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

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Bible Reading: James 2.18-20

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

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Bible Reading: James 1.17-18

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.21-30

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 18.19-33

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 14.21-33

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 11-6.25

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 7.18-29

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 2.12-32

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

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 26.13-25

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

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 21.1-15

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

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.24-35

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

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Bible Reading: Luke 2.1-7

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

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Bible Reading: Galatians 4.4-7

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

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Bible Reading: Hebrews 1.1-3

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

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 6.1-12

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 143

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 132

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 123

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.129-136

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.57.64

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 117

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 108

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 99

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 90

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 81

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 72

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 60

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 51

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 41

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 30

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 20

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

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Bible Reading: Psalm 12

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12.19-21

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

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Bible Reading: Revelation 22.6-13

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 7.13-16

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 3.1-6

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

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Bible Reading: Titus 3.8-11

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3.14-18

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

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3.1-10

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

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Bible Reading: 2 Peter 2.4-10

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

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Bible Reading: Joshua 23.1-16

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

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Bible Reading: Joshua 18.1-10

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

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Bible Reading: Joshua 10.29-43

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

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Bible Reading: Joshua 6.15-21

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

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Bible Reading: Joshua 3.1-13

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

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Bible Reading: Galatians 6.1-5

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

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Bible Reading: Galatians 4.1-7

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

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Bible Reading: Galatians 2.1-10

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

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Bible Reading: Colossians 2.9-15

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

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Bible Reading: Philippians 2.25-30

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

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Bible Reading: Philippians 1.18-20

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

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 5.25-30

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

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 4.11-13

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

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 1.7-10

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

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Bible Reading: Ephesians 1.3-6

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

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Bible Reading: Romans 13.1-7

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want t...

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Bible Reading: Romans 10.18-21

But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have; "THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD." But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they? First Moses says, "I WILL MAKE YOU JEALOUS BY THAT WHICH IS NOT A NATION, BY A NATION WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WILL I ANGER YOU." And Isaiah is very bold and says, "I WAS...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.26-27

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27 Paul continues the theme of hope and comfort for be...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.26-27

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27 Paul continues the theme of hope and comfort for be...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.26-27

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27 Paul continues the theme of hope and comfort for be...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.26-27

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27 Paul continues the theme of hope and comfort for be...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.26-27

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27 Paul continues the theme of hope and comfort for be...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.26-27

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27 Paul continues the theme of hope and comfort for be...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.26-27

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27 Paul continues the theme of hope and comfort for be...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.26-27

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27 Paul continues the theme of hope and comfort for be...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.26-27

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27 Paul continues the theme of hope and comfort for be...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.26-27

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27 Paul continues the theme of hope and comfort for be...

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Bible Reading: Romans 7.21-25

I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?...

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Bible Reading: Romans 5.6-11

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wr...

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Bible Reading: Romans 3.19-20

Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; Because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:19-20 A new life experience recently gave me pause regarding the roll of law in...

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Bible Reading: Romans 1.24-25

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Romans 1:24-25 Paul continues to address the consequences of rejecting God and His truth here in Romans 1. God...

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Bible Reading: Acts 28.7-10

Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us courteously three days. And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him. After th...

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Bible Reading: Acts 23.12-22

When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. There were more than forty who formed this plot. They came to the chief priests and the elders and said, "We have bound ourselves under a solemn oath to taste nothing until we have killed Paul. "Now therefore, you and th...

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Bible Reading: Acts 19.11-20

God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out. But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, "I adjure you by ...

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Bible Reading: Acts 16.1-10

Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted this man to go with him; and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew that his fa...

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Bible Reading: Acts 13.34-41

"As for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: 'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.' "Therefore He also says in another Psalm, 'You will not allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.' "For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fat...

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Bible Reading: Acts 10.34-43

So Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the bap...

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Bible Reading: Acts 9.1-9

But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling ...

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Bible Reading: Acts 5.17-26

But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Lif...

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Bible Reading: Acts 3.11-16

While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement. But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, "Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has gl...

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Bible Reading: Philemon 17-25

If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me. But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account; I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well). Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Having confidence i...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 15.29-34

Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? Why are we also in danger every hour? I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raise...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.12-13

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 Yesterday, we read about a few of the differing gifts each per...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 9.8-14

I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things? For it is written in the Law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing." God is not concerned about oxen, is He? Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresh...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 7.8-9

But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 Paul continues his instruction regarding singleness and marriage in today's challenging passage. There are a couple of background notes that might help us ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 3.18-23

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, "He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness"; and again, "The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless." So then let no one boast i...

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Bible Reading: 1 Peter 3.19-22

in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves younot the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to...

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Bible Reading: 1 Peter 1.6-9

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and ...

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Bible Reading: Nehemiah 11.1-19

Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem, but the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while nine-tenths remained in the other cities. And the people blessed all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem. Now these are the heads of the provinces who lived in Jerusalem, but in the cities of Judah each lived on ...

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Bible Reading: Nehemiah 8.1-8

And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel. Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. He read from it before t...

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Bible Reading: Nehemiah 6.1-9

Now when it was reported to Sanballat, Tobiah, to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and that no breach remained in it, although at that time I had not set up the doors in the gates, then Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me, saying, "Come, let us meet together at Chephirim in the plain of Ono." But they were planning to harm m...

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Bible Reading: Nehemiah 2.1-4

And it came about in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, that wine was before him, and I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. So the king said to me, "Why is your face sad though you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart." Then I was very much afraid. I said to the king, "Let the king live for...

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