A Call to Endurance

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Luke 21:5-19    English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple 5 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not […]

Certain Wealth

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1 Timothy 6:17-19   New International Version (NIV) 17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to […]

“This is a stick up!”

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Malachi 3:6-12   New International Version (NIV) Breaking Covenant by Withholding Tithes 6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to […]

Losing Self to the Glory of God

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Luke 18:9-14    New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, […]

Persistence Pays Off

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Psalm 65    New International Version (NIV) Psalm 65 For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song. 1 Praise awaits  you, our God, in Zion;     to you our vows will be fulfilled. 2 You who answer prayer,     to you all people will come. 3 When we were overwhelmed by sins,     you forgave  our transgressions. 4 Blessed […]

Remember to be Thankful

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Psalm 66:1-12    New International Version (NIV) Psalm 66 For the director of music. A song. A psalm. 1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth! 2     Sing the glory of his name;     make his praise glorious. 3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!     So great is your power     that your enemies cringe before you. 4 All […]

The World Needs You!

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Lamentations 1:1-6   New International Version (NIV) 1 How deserted lies the city,     once so full of people! How like a widow is she,     who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces     has now become a slave. 2 Bitterly she weeps at night,     tears are on her cheeks. Among all her lovers     there is no […]

“Bent Woman”

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Isaiah 58:9b-14   New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 9b If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, 10 if you offer your food to the hungry     and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness     and your gloom be like the noonday. […]

Which Master Will You Serve?

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Psalm 79:1-9   New International Version (NIV) Psalm 79 A psalm of Asaph. 1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;     they have defiled your holy temple,     they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble. 2 They have left the dead bodies of your servants     as food for the birds of the sky,     the flesh of your own people for […]

Welcome Sinners!

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Psalm 14    New International Version (NIV) Psalm 14 For the director of music. Of David. 1 The fool says in his heart,     “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;     there is no one who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven     on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, […]