From First to Last

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Psalm 1    New International Version (NIV) Psalm 1 1 Blessed is the one     who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take     or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,     and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted […]

Taming the Tongue

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Proverbs 1:20-33    New International Version (NIV) Wisdom’s Rebuke 20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,     she raises her voice in the public square; 21 on top of the wall she cries out,     at the city gate she makes her speech: 22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?     How long will mockers delight in mockery […]

Faith Despite Obstacles

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Psalm 125    New International Version (NIV) Psalm 125 A song of ascents. 1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,     which cannot be shaken but endures forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,     so the Lord surrounds his people     both now and forevermore. 3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain     over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the […]

Labors of Love

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Ecclesiastes 5:18-20    New International Version (NIV) 18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and […]

The Presence of God

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1 Kings 19:11-13    New International Version (NIV) 11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shatteredthe rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not […]

Clarity of Vision

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Proverbs 4:20-27    New International Version (NIV) 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you […]

…until all on earth have bread

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Psalm 78:23-29    New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 23 Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven; 24 he rained down on them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven. 25 Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance. 26 He caused the east wind to blow […]

Alive in Christ

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Ephesians 2:1-10    New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) From Death to Life 2 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3 All of us once lived among […]

Breaking the Chains

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John 1:14-18    New International Version (NIV) 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of graceand truth. 15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who […]

Hoarding Your Inheritance

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Psalm 24   New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Psalm 24 Entrance into the Temple Of David. A Psalm. 1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,     the world, and those who live in it; 2 for he has founded it on the seas,     and established it on the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of […]