March 19 – March 25, 2019

WORD

1I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink.  For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.  5Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.

6Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did.  7Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.”  8We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.  9We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents.  10And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer.  11These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come.  12So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.  13No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

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March 12 – March 18, 2019

WORD

1After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4But the word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.

7Then he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” 8But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” 9He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 11And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him… 17When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.”

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

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March 5 – March 11, 2019

WORD

1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.  He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.  3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.”  4Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”  5Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.  6And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please.  7If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”  8Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’”  9Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,10for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 11and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”  12Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”  13When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Luke 4:1-13

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February 26 – March 4, 2019

WORD

27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

Luke 10:27

20Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

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February 19 – February 25, 2019

WORD

35But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised?  With what kind of body do they come?”  36Fool!  What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.  37And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.  38But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.

42So it is with the resurrection of the dead.  What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable.  43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory.  It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.  44It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body.  If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.  45Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  46But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual.  47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.  48As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven.  49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.  50What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50

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February 12 – February 18, 2019

WORD

12Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. 15We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. 17If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. 19If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.  20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.

1 Corinthians 15:12-20

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February 5 – February 11, 2019

WORD

1Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore.  Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.  4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”  5Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.  Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”  6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.  7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them.  And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.  8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”  9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.  Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”  11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Luke 5:1-11

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January 29 – February 4, 2019

WORD

21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.  They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”  23He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’  And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’”  24And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.  25But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.  27There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”  28When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.  29They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.  30But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

Luke 4:21-30

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