September 18 – September 24, 2018

WORD

13Who is wise and understanding among you?  Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.  14But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth.  15Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish.  16For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.  17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.  18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

1Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from?  Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?  2You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder.  And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts.  You do not have, because you do not ask.  3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.  7Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.

James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a

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September 4 – September 10, 2018

WORD

24From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre.  He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there.  Yet he could not escape notice, 25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.  26Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.  27He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”  28But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”  29Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.”  30So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

31Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.  32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.  33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue.  34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”  35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.  36Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.  37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

Mark 7:24-37

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August 28 – September 3, 2018

WORD

1Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.  3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.)  5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?”  6Jesus said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 7in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’  8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”

14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.

21“For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly.  23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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August 21 – August 27, 2018

WORD

14Joshua said to the people, “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.   15Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  16Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; 17for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight.  He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land.  Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

Joshua 24:14-18

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August 14 – August 20, 2018

WORD

3Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places.  4The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.  5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.”  6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today.  7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.  8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted.  9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”  10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.  11God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word.  Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.  13I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you.  14If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”

1 Kings 3:3-14

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August 7 – August 13, 2018

WORD

25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.  26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not make room for the devil.  28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.  29Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.  30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.  31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2

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July 31 – August 6, 2018

WORD

15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

John 21:15-19

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July 24 – July 30, 2018

WORD

13Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.  14You are the light of the world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.  15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.  16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16

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July 17 – July 23, 2018

WORD

1Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father.  Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.  2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him.  And during supper 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.  5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.  6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  7Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”  8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”  Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.”  9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”  10Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean.  And you are clean, though not all of you.”  11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”  12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am.  14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.  16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.  17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

John 13:1-17

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July 10 – July 16, 2018

WORD

38As Jesus taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!  40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

41He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury.  Many rich people put in large sums.  42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.  43Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.  44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Mark 12:38-44

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