“Giving and Getting”

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Proverbs 11:24-25    New International Version (NIV) 24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;     another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 25 A generous person will prosper;     whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Matthew 6:1-4    New International Version (NIV) Giving to the Needy 6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen […]

“Willing to Share”

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Deuteronomy 15:7-8   New International Version (NIV) 7 If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.   1 Timothy 6:17-19   New International Version (NIV) 17 Command those who are rich in this […]

“God’s Indescribable Gift”

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Psalm 41:1-2    New International Version (NIV) Psalm 41 For the director of music. A psalm of David. 1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;     the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. 2 The Lord protects and preserves them—     they are counted among the blessed in the land—     he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. […]

“Are You Really Asking Me That?”

Job 38:1-7    New International Version (NIV) The Lord Speaks 38 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans     with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man;     I will question you,     and you shall answer me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who […]

“Claiming the Inheritance”

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Hebrews 4:12-16    New International Version (NIV) 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to […]

“One Body, One Bread”

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Psalm 133    New International Version (NIV) Psalm 133 A song of ascents. Of David. 1 How good and pleasant it is     when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,     running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard,     down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as […]

“The Power of Prayer”

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James 5:13-20    New International Version (NIV) The Prayer of Faith 13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered […]

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 […]