“Mary, Martha and Oscar”

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Colossians 1:15-23    New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Supremacy of Christ 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and […]

Bible Characters You May Not Remember: David as a Boy

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1 Samuel 16:14-23    New International Version (NIV) David in Saul’s Service 14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. 15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you.16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will […]

Bible Characters You May Remember: The Thief on the Cross

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Luke 23:32-43    New International Version (NIV) 32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father,forgive them, for they do not know what they are […]

God’s Hospitality

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Deuteronomy 24:17-22    New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 17 You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge. 18 Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this. 19 When you reap your harvest […]

Full Time Job

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Proverbs 3:11-12 New International Version (NIV) 11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,     and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,     as a father the son he delights in. Ephesians 6:1-4 New International Version (NIV) 6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with […]

Completing the Good Work

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Acts 2:14-24 New International Version (NIV) Peter Addresses the Crowd 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine […]

Bible Characters You May Not Remember: Jethro

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Exodus 18:13-27 New International Version (NIV) 13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone […]

Can I Get a Little Help?

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Psalm 67 New International Version (NIV) Psalm 67 For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song. 1 May God be gracious to us and bless us     and make his face shine on us— 2 so that your ways may be known on earth,     your salvation among all nations. 3 May the peoples praise you, God; […]

Follow the Shepherd

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Psalm 23 New International Version (NIV) Psalm 23 A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3     he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths     for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear […]