August 31, 2007

Psalm 145-147; 1 Corinthians 11

From today's Bible reading:

Psalm 145:

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.

You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.

My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Psalm 146:

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!

I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.

Psalm 147:

Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!

He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.

He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.

His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

he strengthens the bars of your gates

He makes peace in your borders

He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.

He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?

He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.

He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rules.

Praise the LORD!

1 Corinthians 11:

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.

a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God,

woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.

That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman.

all things are from God.

Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?

August 30, 2007

Psalm 142-144; 1 Corinthians 10

From today's Bible reading:

Psalm 142:

With my voice I cry out to the LORD; with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.

I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.

When my spirit faints within me, you know my way!

Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low!

Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name!

The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.

Psalm 143:

Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.

I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.

Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God!

Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!

Psalm 144:

Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle

he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge

O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?

Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!

Flash forth the lightning and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them!

May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace

1 Corinthians 10:

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God.

I do not want you to be participants with demons.

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons.

You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

"All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful.

"All things are lawful," but not all things build up.

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.

whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,

I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

August 29, 2007

Psalm 139-141; 1 Corinthians 10

From today's Bible reading:

Psalm 139:

O LORD, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.

you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand.

(God is a thinker!)

Search me, O God, and know my heart!

Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

Psalm 140:

Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually

They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's, and under their lips is the venom of asps.

I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.

Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.

Psalm 141:

O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you!

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

But my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!

1 Corinthians 10:

they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.

We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.

Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction

let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.

God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability

with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

August 28, 2007

Psalm 136-138; 1 Corinthians 9

From today's Bible reading:

Psalm 136:

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 137:

our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

How shall we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?

Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy!

Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!

Psalm 138:

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise

I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,

you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth,

All the kings of the earth ... shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.

For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life;

you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

1 Corinthians 9:

you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.3

you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?

Who serves as a soldier at his own expense?

Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit?

the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.

If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?

we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision.

I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting.

if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting.

For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship.

What then is my reward?

That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.

I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize

So run that you may obtain it.

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

August 27, 2007

Psalm 132-135; 1 Corinthians 8

From today's Bible reading:

Psalm 133:

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.

Psalm 134:

Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the house of the LORD!

Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!

Psalm 135:

Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD,

give praise, O servants of the LORD, who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God!

Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!

I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.

Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for the rain

He ... brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

Those who make [idols] become like [idols], so do all who trust in them!

1 Corinthians 8:

Now concerning food offered to idols...

If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.

if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist,

... and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.

sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.

August 26, 2007

Psalm 128-131; 1 Corinthians 7

From today's Bible reading:

Psalm 128:

Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways!

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.

May you see your children's children! Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 129:

The blessing of the LORD be upon you! We bless you in the name of the LORD!

Psalm 130:

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning,

O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.

And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Psalm 131:

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high;

I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.

1 Corinthians 7:

those who marry will have worldly troubles

the appointed time has grown very short.

the present form of this world is passing away.

I want you to be free from anxieties.

The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord.

the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided.

the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit.

the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.

whoever is firmly established in his heart, ... having his desire under control, ... he will do well.

So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.

August 25, 2007

Psalm 124-127; 1 Corinthians 7

From today's Bible reading:

Psalm 124:

We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 125:

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.

Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 126:

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy

The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!

He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 127:

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!

1 Corinthians 7:

each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.

the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does.

Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.

the wife should not separate from her husband

the husband should not divorce his wife.

God has called you to peace.

For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband?

Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.

neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.

he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord.

Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ.

You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.

August 24, 2007

Psalm 120-123; 1 Corinthians 6

From today's Bible reading:

Psalm 120:

In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.

Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace.

I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war!

Psalm 121:

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalm 122:

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD!"

Jerusalem--built as a city that is bound firmly together

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Psalm 123:

To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

1 Corinthians 6:

the saints will judge the world

we are to judge angels

the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God

you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

"All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful.

"All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything.

The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

Flee from sexual immorality.

Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God

You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Psalm 119; 1 Corinthians 5

From yesterday's Bible reading:

Psalm 119:

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules.

I hate the double-minded, but I love your law.

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.

It is time for the LORD to act, for your law has been broken.

I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.

My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.

Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.

1 Corinthians 5:

Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?

August 22, 2007

Psalm 119; 1 Corinthians 4

From today's Bible reading:

Psalm 119:

Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.

your promise gives me life.

I remember your name in the night, O LORD, and keep your law.

At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules.

I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.

The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes!

Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.

It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.

The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word.

My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.

In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

1 Corinthians 4:

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.

It is the Lord who judges me.

the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.

learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.

To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working

the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.

August 21, 2007

Psalm 119; 1 Corinthians 3

From today's Bible reading:

7:59 AM Psalm 119:
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
8:00 AM I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
8:01 AM With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
8:02 AM Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
8:03 AM Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.
My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!
8:04 AM Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!
8:05 AM I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
8:06 AM Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
8:08 AM Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, ... then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.
8:09 AM I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame, for I find my delight in your commandments

8:10 AM 1 Corinthians 3:
God gave the growth.
8:11 AM You are God's field, God's building.
no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
8:12 AM each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire
the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
8:13 AM If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.
If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
8:14 AM If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
the wisdom of this world is folly with God.
8:16 AM For all things are yours, ... all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

August 20, 2007

Psalm 116-118; 1 Corinthians 2

From today's Bible reading:

9:35 AM Psalm 116:
I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
9:36 AM Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
9:37 AM I believed, even when I spoke, "I am greatly afflicted"; I said in my alarm, "All mankind are liars."
9:38 AM What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

9:39 AM Psalm 117:
Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!

9:40 AM
Psalm 118:
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let those who fear the LORD say, "His steadfast love endures forever."
9:41 AM It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.
9:42 AM The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,
I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.
The LORD has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
9:44 AM This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
9:46 AM Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.

9:47 AM 1 Corinthians 2:
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.
I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
9:48 AM my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power
9:49 AM the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
9:50 AM The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?
we have the mind of Christ.

August 19, 2007

Psalm 112-115; 1 Corinthians 1

From today's Bible reading:

6:41 AM Psalm 112:
Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!
6:42 AM Light dawns in the darkness for the upright
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.
6:43 AM He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.

Psalm 113:
His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor.
6:44 AM Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD!
Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!
6:45 AM The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens!
Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?

6:46 AM Psalm 114:
What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?
6:47 AM Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob

Psalm 115:
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
6:48 AM Those who make [idols] become like [idols]; so do all who trust in them.
6:49 AM O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
6:50 AM You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us; ... he will bless those who fear the LORD, both the small and the great.
6:51 AM May the LORD give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth!
The heavens are the LORD's heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man.
The dead do not praise the LORD, nor do any who go down into silence.
6:52 AM But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!

6:54 AM 1 Corinthians 1:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
6:55 AM I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree
I appeal to you, brothers, ... that there be no divisions among you
I appeal to you, brothers, ... that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
6:56 AM Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel
6:57 AM ... not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?
6:58 AM Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
6:59 AM it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
7:00 AM Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles
to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
7:01 AM God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
7:02 AM no human being might boast in the presence of God.
7:03 AM And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God
Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption
... so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

August 18, 2007

Psalm 109-111; Romans 16

From today's Bible reading:

3:43 PM
Psalm 109:
Be not silent, O God of my praise!
3:46 PM I am gone like a shadow at evening; I am shaken off like a locust.

3:47 PM Psalm 110:
The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.

3:48 PM Psalm 111:
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
3:49 PM He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
3:50 PM The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

3:52 PM Romans 16:
watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.
be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.
3:53 PM The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
3:54 PM to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

August 17, 2007

Psalm 107-108; Romans 15

From today's Bible reading:

12:38 PM Psalm 107:
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
12:41 PM Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

12:42 PM Psalm 108:
My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!
I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
12:43 PM For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!

12:45 PM Romans 15:
May the God of peace be with you all.

August 16, 2007

Psalm 105-106; Romans 15

From today's Bible reading:

11:08 PM Psalm 105:
Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
11:09 PM He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations

11:12 PM Psalm 106:
Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD, or declare all his praise?
Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!
11:17 PM Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!
And let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD!

11:18 PM Romans 15:
whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction
through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
11:19 PM May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

August 15, 2007

Psalm 103-104; Romans 14

From today's Bible reading:

11:12 AM Psalm 103:
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
11:13 AM The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
11:14 AM He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him
as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
11:15 AM As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
11:16 AM The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
11:17 AM Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!

11:18 AM Psalm 104:
Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent
11:19 AM He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters
11:20 AM He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.
11:21 AM You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
11:22 AM At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills;
11:23 AM From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

11:27 AM Romans 14:
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.
if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.
So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
11:28 AM to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
11:29 AM So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
11:30 AM By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.
11:31 AM the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
11:32 AM Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.
whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

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