July 18 – July 24, 2017

WORD

24He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away.  26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.  27And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?  Where, then, did these weeds come from?’  28He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’  29But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.  30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

36Then he left the crowds and went into the house.  And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”  37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.  40Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.  41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  Let anyone with ears listen!

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

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July 11 – July 17, 2017

WORD

19These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac, 20and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean.  21Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived.  22The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?”  So she went to inquire of the Lord.  23And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.”  24When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb.  25The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau.  26Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.  Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.  27When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents.  28Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished.  30Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!”  (Therefore he was called Edom.)  31Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.”  32Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?”  33Jacob said, “Swear to me first.”  So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.  34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way.  Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Genesis 25:19-34

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July 4 – July 10, 2017

WORD

8The voice of my beloved!  Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.  9My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.  Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice.  10My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; 11for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.  12The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.  13The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.  Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”

Song of Solomon 2:8-13

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June 27 – July 3, 2017

WORD

40Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.  41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

Matthew 10:40-42

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June 20 – June 26, 2017

WORD

8The child [Isaac] grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.  9But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac.  10So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.”  11The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son.  12But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you.  13As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.”

14So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away.  And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.  15When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.  16Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.”  And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept.  17And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar?  Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.  18Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”  19Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water.  She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.  20God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow.  21He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Genesis 21:8-21

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June 13 – June 19, 2017

WORD

1The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.  2He looked up and saw three men standing near him.  When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground.  3He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant.  4Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.  5Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.”  So they said, “Do as you have said.”  6And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.”  7Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it.  8Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

9They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?”  And he said, “There, in the tent.”  10Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.”  And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him.  11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.  12So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?”  13The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’  14Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.”  15But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid.  He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”

1The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised.  2Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him.  3Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him.  4And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.  5Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.  6Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.”  7And she said, “Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children?  Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7

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May 16 – May 29, 2017

WORD

22Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.  23For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’  What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.  24The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.  26From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, 27so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us.  28For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’  29Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.  30While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Acts 17:22-31

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May 9 – May 15, 2017

WORD

1“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in me.  2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.

4“And you know the way to the place where I am going.”  5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”  6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  7If you know me, you will know my Father also.  From now on you do know him and have seen him.”  8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”  9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?  Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.  How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?  The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.  11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.

12“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.  13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

John 14:1-14

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