Read the Bible in a Year

Each day, we'll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year. This is part of The Colossians 13:16 Project, sponsored by Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia. You're invited to worship with us Sundays, at 11:00 a.m. or Saturdays, at 6:30 p.m. You may also want to consider joining one our adult Bible Studies: Thursdays at 12:00 noon and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. We also have a full range of programs for children. If you want more information about the church, check out the other blogs. And please feel free to leave any comments.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bible Readings for September 23, 2017


Today our passages are Isaiah  41:17–43:13; Ephesians 2:1-22; Psalm 67:1-7; and Proverbs 23:29-35. The readings are from the Contemporary English VersionIf you find these readings helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Steet, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal by using the link below.

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Isaiah 41:17-43:13 (Contemporary English Version)

The LORD Helps the Poor
 17When the poor and needy    are dying of thirst
   and cannot find water,
   I, the LORD God of Israel,
   will come to their rescue.
   I won't forget them.
    18I will make rivers flow
   on mountain peaks.
   I will send streams
   to fill the valleys.
   Dry and barren land
   will flow with springs
   and become a lake.
    19I will fill the desert
   with all kinds of trees--
   cedars, acacias, and myrtles;
   olive and cypress trees;
   fir trees and pines.
    20Everyone will see this
   and know that I,
   the holy LORD God of Israel,
   created it all.
   
Idols Are Useless
 21I am the LORD,    the King of Israel!
   Come argue your case with me.
   Present your evidence.
    22Come near me, you idols. [a] Tell us about the past,
   and we will think about it.
   Tell us about the future,
   so we will know
   what is going to happen.
    23Prove that you are gods
   by making your predictions
   come true.
   Do something good or evil,
   so we can be amazed
   and terrified. [b] 24You idols are nothing,
   and you are powerless. [c] To worship you
   would be disgusting.
    25I, the LORD, appointed a ruler
   in the north;
   now he comes from the east
   to honor my name.
   He tramples [d] kings like mud, as potters trample clay. [e] 26Did any of you idols predict
   what would happen?
   Did any of you get it right?
   None of you told about this
   or even spoke a word.
    27I was the first to tell
   the people of Jerusalem,
   "Look, it's happening!" [f] I was the one who announced
   this good news to Zion.
    28None of these idols
   are able to give advice
   or answer questions.
    29They are nothing, [g] and they can do nothing--
   they are less
   than a passing breeze.
   

Isaiah 42

The LORD's Servant
 1Here is my servant!    I have made him strong.
   He is my chosen one;
   I am pleased with him.
   I have given him my Spirit,
   and he will bring justice
   to the nations.
    2He won't shout or yell
   or call out in the streets.
    3He won't break off a bent reed
   or put out a dying flame,
   but he will make sure
   that justice is done.
    4He won't quit or give up
   until he brings justice
   everywhere on earth,
   and people in foreign nations
   long for his teaching.
    5I am the LORD God.
   I created the heavens
   like an open tent above.
   I made the earth and everything
   that grows on it.
   I am the source of life
   for all who live on this earth,
   so listen to what I say.
    6I chose you to bring justice,
   and I am here at your side.
   I selected and sent you [h] to bring light
   and my promise of hope
   to the nations.
    7You will give sight
   to the blind;
   you will set prisoners free
   from dark dungeons.
    8My name is the LORD!
   I won't let idols or humans
   share my glory and praise.
    9Everything has happened
   just as I said it would;
   now I will announce
   what will happen next.
   
Sing Praises to the LORD
 10Tell the whole world to sing    a new song to the LORD!
   Tell those who sail the ocean
   and those who live far away
   to join in the praise.
    11Tell the tribes of the desert
   and everyone in the mountains [i] to celebrate and sing.
    12Let them announce
   his praises everywhere.
    13The LORD is marching out
   like an angry soldier,
   shouting with all his might
   while attacking his enemies.
   
The LORD Will Help His People
 14For a long time, I, the LORD,    have held my temper;
   now I will scream and groan
   like a woman giving birth.
    15I will destroy the mountains
   and what grows on them;
   I will dry up rivers and ponds.
    16I will lead the blind on roads
   they have never known;
   I will guide them on paths
   they have never traveled.
   Their road is dark and rough,
   but I will give light
   to keep them from stumbling.
   This is my solemn promise.
    17Everyone who worships idols
   as though they were gods
   will be terribly ashamed.
   
God's People Won't Obey
 18You people are deaf and blind,    but the LORD commands you
   to listen and to see.
    19No one is as blind or deaf
   as his messenger,
   his chosen servant,
    20who sees and hears so much,
   but pays no attention.
    21The LORD always does right,
   and so he wanted his Law
   to be greatly praised. [j] 22But his people were trapped
   and imprisoned in holes
   with no one to rescue them.
   All they owned had been taken,
   and no one was willing
   to give it back.
    23Why won't his people
   ever learn to listen?
    24Israel sinned and refused
   to obey the LORD
   or follow his instructions.
   So the LORD let them be robbed
   of everything they owned.
    25He was furious with them
   and punished their nation
   with the fires of war.
   Still they paid no attention.
   They didn't even care
   when they were surrounded
   and scorched by flames.
   

Isaiah 43

The LORD Has Rescued His People
 1Descendants of Jacob,    I, the LORD, created you
   and formed your nation.
   Israel, don't be afraid.
   I have rescued you.
   I have called you by name;
   now you belong to me.
    2When you cross deep rivers,
   I will be with you,
   and you won't drown.
   When you walk through fire,
   you won't be burned
   or scorched by the flames.
    3I am the LORD, your God,
   the Holy One of Israel,
   the God who saves you.
   I gave up Egypt, Ethiopia, [k] and the region of Seba [l] in exchange for you.
    4To me, you are very dear,
   and I love you.
   That's why I gave up nations
   and people to rescue you.
    5Don't be afraid! I am with you.
   From both east and west
   I will bring you together.
    6I will say to the north
   and to the south,
   "Free my sons and daughters!
   Let them return
   from distant lands.
    7They are my people--
   I created each of them
   to bring honor to me."
   
   
The LORD Alone Is God
The LORD said:
 8Bring my people together.    They have eyes and ears,
   but they can't see or hear.
    9Tell everyone of every nation
   to gather around.
   None of them can honestly say,
   "We told you so!"
   If someone heard them say this,
   then tell us about it now.
    10My people, you are my witnesses
   and my chosen servant.
   I want you to know me,
   to trust me,
   and understand
   that I alone am God.
   I have always been God;
   there can be no others.
    11I alone am the LORD;
   only I can rescue you.
    12I promised to save you,
   and I kept my promise.
   You are my witnesses
   that no other god did this.
   I, the LORD, have spoken.
    13I am God now and forever.
   No one can snatch you from me
   or stand in my way.
   
Footnotes:
  1. Isaiah 41:22 Come near. . . idols: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  2. Isaiah 41:23 and terrified: Or "when we see it."
  3. Isaiah 41:24 powerless: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  4. Isaiah 41:25 tramples: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  5. Isaiah 41:25 trample clay: This was done to soften the clay and make it easier to shape.
  6. Isaiah 41:27 Look. . . happening: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  7. Isaiah 41:29 nothing: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  8. Isaiah 42:6 I selected. . . you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  9. Isaiah 42:11 desert. . . mountains: The Hebrew text includes the place names of Kedar in the desert and Sela in the mountains.
  10. Isaiah 42:21 greatly praised: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 21.
  11. Isaiah 43:3 Ethiopia: See the note at 11.11.
  12. Isaiah 43:3 Seba: A region in southwest Arabia. Egypt, Ethiopia, and Seba probably stood for all that was known of Africa in biblical times.

 

Ephesians 2:1-22 (Contemporary English Version)

Ephesians 2

From Death to Life
 1In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God. 2You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn't obey God. 3Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else.     4-5But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that he made us alive with Christ, and God's wonderful kindness is what saves you. 6God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. 7God did this so that in the future world he could show how truly good and kind he is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. 8You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. [a] This is God's gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. 9It isn't something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. 10God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That's why he sent Christ to make us what we are.
United by Christ
 11Don't forget that you are Gentiles. In fact, you used to be called "uncircumcised" by those who take pride in being circumcised. 12At that time you did not know about Christ. You were foreigners to the people of Israel, and you had no part in the promises that God had made to them. You were living in this world without hope and without God, 13and you were far from God. But Christ offered his life's blood as a sacrifice and brought you near God.     14Christ has made peace between Jews and Gentiles, and he has united us by breaking down the wall of hatred that separated us. Christ gave his own body 15to destroy the Law of Moses with all its rules and commands. He even brought Jews and Gentiles together as though we were only one person, when he united us in peace. 16On the cross Christ did away with our hatred for each other. He also made peace [b] between us and God by uniting Jews and Gentiles in one body. 17Christ came and preached peace to you Gentiles, who were far from God, and peace to us Jews, who were near God. 18And because of Christ, all of us can come to the Father by the same Spirit. 19You Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens with everyone else who belongs to the family of God. 20You are like a building with the apostles and prophets as the foundation and with Christ as the most important stone. 21Christ is the one who holds the building together and makes it grow into a holy temple for the Lord. 22And you are part of that building Christ has built as a place for God's own Spirit to live.
   
Footnotes:
  1. Ephesians 2:8 treats us much better than we deserve: The Greek word charis, traditionally rendered grace, is translated here and other places in the CEV to express the overwhelming kindness of God.
  2. Ephesians 2:16 He also made peace: Or The cross also made peace.

Psalm 67:1-7 (Contemporary English Version)

Psalm 67

(A psalm and a song for the music leader. Use with stringed instruments.)
Tell the Nations To Praise God
 1Our God, be kind and bless us!    Be pleased and smile.
    2Then everyone on earth
   will learn to follow you,
   and all nations will see
   your power to save us.
    3Make everyone praise you
   and shout your praises.
    4Let the nations celebrate
   with joyful songs,
   because you judge fairly
   and guide all nations.
    5Make everyone praise you
   and shout your praises.
    6Our God has blessed the earth
   with a wonderful harvest!
    7Pray for his blessings
   to continue
   and for everyone on earth
   to worship our God.


Proverbs 23:29-35 (Contemporary English Version)

-18-
 29 Who is always in trouble?    Who argues and fights?
   Who has cuts and bruises?
   Whose eyes are red?
    30Everyone who stays up late,
   having just one more drink.
    31Don't even look
   at that colorful stuff
   bubbling up in the glass!
   It goes down so easily,
    32but later it bites
   like a poisonous snake.
    33You will see weird things,
   and your mind
   will play tricks on you.
    34You will feel tossed about
   like someone trying to sleep
   on a ship in a storm.
    35You will be bruised all over,
   without even remembering
   how it all happened.
   And you will lie awake asking,
   "When will morning come,
   so I can drink some more?"


Verse of the Day

“But that's not all! We gladly suffer, because we know that suffering helps us to endure. And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope” - Romans 5:3-4
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Image result for Hasan MinhajThought for the Day

American comedian and actor, Hasan Minhaj wrote, “There's all sorts of terrible things that happen around the world. And comedy's one of those few things where you can discuss those things.”


A Joke for Today

Image result for cowboys at a cafeWhile enjoying an early morning breakfast in a northern Arizona cafe, four elderly ranchers were discussing everything from cattle, horses, and weather to how things used to be in the "good old days."

Eventually the conversation moved on to their spouses. One gentleman turned to the fellow on his right and asked, "Roy, aren't you and your bride celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary soon?"

"Yup, we sure are," Roy replied.

"Well, are you gonna do anything special to celebrate?" another man asked.

The old gentleman pondered this for a moment, then replied, "For our 25th anniversary, I took the misses to Tucson. For our 50th, I'm thinking about going down there again to pick her up."

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bible Readings for September 22, 2017


Today our passages are Isaiah 39:1–41:16; Ephesians 1:1-23; Psalm 66:1-20; and Proverbs 23:26-28. The readings are from the Contemporary English VersionIf you find these readings helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Steet, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal by using the link below.

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Isaiah 39-41:16 (Contemporary English Version)


Isaiah 39

Isaiah Speaks the LORD's Message to Hezekiah
(2 Kings 20.12-19)
 1Merodach Baladan, the son of Baladan, was now king of Babylonia. And when he learned that Hezekiah was well, he sent messengers with letters and a gift for him. 2Hezekiah welcomed the messengers and showed them all the silver, the gold, the spices, and the fine oils that were in his storehouse. He even showed them where he kept his weapons. Nothing in his palace or in his entire kingdom was kept hidden from them.     3I asked Hezekiah, "Where did these men come from? What did they want?"
   "They came all the way from Babylonia," Hezekiah answered.
    4"What did you show them?" I asked.
   Hezekiah answered, "I showed them everything in my kingdom."
    5Then I told Hezekiah:
   I have a message for you from the LORD All-Powerful. 6One day everything you and your ancestors have stored up will be taken to Babylonia. The LORD has promised that nothing will be left. 7Some of your own sons will be taken to Babylonia, where they will be disgraced and made to serve in the king's palace.
    8Hezekiah thought, "At least our nation will be at peace for a while." So he told me, "The message you brought from the LORD is good."
   

Isaiah 40

Encourage God's People
 1Our God has said:    "Encourage my people!
   Give them comfort.
    2Speak kindly to Jerusalem
   and announce:
   Your slavery is past;
   your punishment is over.
   I, the LORD, made you pay
   double for your sins."
    3Someone is shouting:
   "Clear a path in the desert!
   Make a straight road
   for the LORD our God.
    4Fill in the valleys;
   flatten every hill
   and mountain.
   Level the rough
   and rugged ground.
    5Then the glory of the LORD
   will appear for all to see.
   The LORD has promised this!"
    6Someone told me to shout,
   and I asked,
   "What should I shout?"
   We humans are merely grass,
   and we last no longer
   than wild flowers.
    7At the LORD's command,
   flowers and grass disappear,
   and so do we.
    8Flowers and grass fade away,
   but what our God has said
   will never change.
   
Your God Is Here!
 9There is good news    for the city of Zion.
   Shout it as loud as you can [a] from the highest mountain.
   Don't be afraid to shout
   to the towns of Judah,
   "Your God is here!"
    10Look! The powerful LORD God
   is coming
   to rule
   with his mighty arm.
   He brings with him
   what he has taken in war,
   and he rewards his people.
    11The LORD cares for his nation,
   just as shepherds care
   for their flocks.
   He carries the lambs
   in his arms,
   while gently leading
   the mother sheep.
   
Who Compares with God?
 12Did any of you measure    the ocean by yourself
   or stretch out the sky
   with your own hands?
   Did you put the soil
   of the earth in a bucket
   or weigh the hills and mountains
   on balance scales?
    13Has anyone told the LORD [b] what he must do
   or given him advice?
    14Did the LORD ask anyone
   to teach him wisdom
   and justice?
   Who gave him knowledge
   and understanding?
    15To the LORD, all nations
   are merely a drop in a bucket
   or dust on balance scales;
   all of the islands
   are but a handful of sand.
    16The cattle
   on Lebanon's mountains
   would not be enough
   to offer
   as a sacrifice to God,
   and the trees would not
   be enough for the fire.
    17God thinks of the nations
   as far less than nothing.
    18Who compares with God?
   Is anything like him?
    19Is an idol at all like God?
   It is made of bronze
   with a thin layer of gold,
   and decorated with silver.
    20Or special wood may be chosen [c] because it doesn't rot--
   then skilled hands
   take care to make an idol
   that won't fall on its face.
   
God Rules the Whole Earth
 21Don't you know?    Haven't you heard?
   Isn't it clear that God
   created the world? [d] 22God is the one who rules
   the whole earth,
   and we that live here
   are merely insects.
   He spread out the heavens
   like a curtain or an open tent.
    23God brings down rulers
   and turns them into nothing.
    24They are like flowers
   freshly sprung up
   and starting to grow.
   But when God blows on them,
   they wilt
   and are carried off
   like straw in a storm.
    25The holy God asks,
   "Who compares with me?
   Is anyone my equal?"
    26Look at the evening sky!
   Who created the stars?
   Who gave them each a name?
   Who leads them like an army?
   The LORD is so powerful
   that none of the stars
   are ever missing.
   
The LORD Gives Strength
 27You people of Israel, say,    "God pays no attention to us!
   He doesn't care if we
   are treated unjustly."
   But how can you say that?
    28Don't you know?
   Haven't you heard?
   The LORD is the eternal God,
   Creator of the earth.
   He never gets weary or tired;
   his wisdom cannot be measured.
    29The LORD gives strength
   to those who are weary.
    30Even young people get tired,
   then stumble and fall.
    31But those who trust the LORD
   will find new strength.
   They will be strong like eagles
   soaring upward on wings;
   they will walk and run
   without getting tired.
   

Isaiah 41

The LORD Controls Human Events
 1Be silent and listen,    every island in the sea.
   Have courage and come near,
   every one of you nations.
   Let's settle this matter!
    2Who appointed this ruler
   from the east? [e] Who puts nations and kings
   in his power? [f] His sword and his arrows
   turn them to dust
   blown by the wind.
    3He goes after them so quickly
   that his feet
   barely touch the ground--
   he doesn't even get hurt.
    4Who makes these things happen?
   Who controls human events?
   I do! I am the LORD.
   I was there at the beginning;
   I will be there at the end.
    5Islands and foreign nations
   saw what I did
   and trembled
   as they came near.
   
What Can Idols Do?
 6Worshipers of idols    comfort each other,
   saying, "Don't worry!"
    7Woodcarvers, goldsmiths,
   and other workers [g] encourage one another and say,
   "We've done a great job!"
   Then they nail the idol down,
   so it won't fall over.
   
The LORD's Chosen Servant
 8Israel, you are my servant.    I chose you,
   the family
   of my friend Abraham.
    9From far across the earth
   I brought you here and said,
   "You are my chosen servant.
   I haven't forgotten you."
    10Don't be afraid. I am with you.
   Don't tremble with fear.
   I am your God.
   I will make you strong,
   as I protect you with my arm
   and give you victories.
    11Everyone who hates you
   will be terribly disgraced;
   those who attack
   will vanish into thin air.
    12You will look around
   for those brutal enemies,
   but you won't find them
   because they will be gone.
    13I am the LORD your God.
   I am holding your hand,
   so don't be afraid.
   I am here to help you.
    14People of Israel, don't worry,
   though others may say,
   "Israel is only a worm!"
   I am the holy God of Israel,
   who saves and protects you.
    15I will let you be like a log
   covered with sharp spikes. [h] You will grind and crush
   every mountain and hill [i] until they turn to dust.
    16A strong wind will scatter them
   in all directions.
   Then you will celebrate
   and praise me, your LORD,
   the holy God of Israel.
   
Footnotes:
  1. Isaiah 40:9 There. . . can: Or "City of Jerusalem, you have good news. Shout it as loud as you can."
  2. Isaiah 40:13 the LORD: Or "the LORD's Spirit."
  3. Isaiah 40:20 Or. . . chosen: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text. Two kinds of idols seem to be described: bronze idols covered with gold (verse 19) and wooden idols (verse 20).
  4. Isaiah 40:21 Isn't. . . world: Or "Hasn't it been clear since the time of creation?"
  5. Isaiah 41:2 ruler from the east: Probably Cyrus (see 44.28; 45.1; 48.14).
  6. Isaiah 41:2 Who puts. . . power: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  7. Isaiah 41:7 and other workers: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  8. Isaiah 41:15 I will let. . . sharp spikes: In ancient times a heavy object was sometimes dragged over wheat or barley to separate the grain from the husk. This was called threshing.
  9. Isaiah 41:15 mountain and hill: These stand for the power and pride of Israel's enemies.

Ephesians 1:1-23 (Contemporary English Version)

Ephesians 1

 1From Paul, chosen by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.    To God's people who live in Ephesus and [a] are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. 2I pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!
   
Christ Brings Spiritual Blessings
 3Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the spiritual blessings that Christ has brought us from heaven! 4Before the world was created, God had Christ choose us to live with him and to be his holy and innocent and loving people. 5God was kind [b] and decided that Christ would choose us to be God's own adopted children. 6God was very kind to us because of the Son he dearly loves, and so we should praise God. 7-8Christ sacrificed his life's blood to set us free, which means that our sins are now forgiven. Christ did this because God was so kind to us. God has great wisdom and understanding, 9and by what Christ has done, God has shown us his own mysterious ways. 10Then when the time is right, God will do all that he has planned, and Christ will bring together everything in heaven and on earth.     11God always does what he plans, and that's why he appointed Christ to choose us. 12He did this so that we Jews would bring honor to him and be the first ones to have hope because of him. 13Christ also brought you the truth, which is the good news about how you can be saved. You put your faith in Christ and were given the promised Holy Spirit to show that you belong to God. 14The Spirit also makes us sure that we will be given what God has stored up for his people. Then we will be set free, and God will be honored and praised.
   
Paul's Prayer
 15I have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people. 16So I never stop being grateful for you, as I mention you in my prayers. 17I ask the glorious Father and God of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you his Spirit. The Spirit will make you wise and let you understand what it means to know God. 18My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God's people.     19I want you to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers. It is the same wonderful power he used 20when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side [c] in heaven. 21There Christ rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. He rules over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world as well. 22God has put all things under the power of Christ, and for the good of the church he has made him the head of everything. 23The church is Christ's body and is filled with Christ who completely fills everything. [d]
Footnotes:
  1. Ephesians 1:1 live in Ephesus and: Some manuscripts do not have these words.
  2. Ephesians 1:5 holy and innocent and loving people. !sr5God was kind: Or holy and innocent people. God was loving !sr5and kind.
  3. Ephesians 1:20 right side: The place of power and honor.
  4. Ephesians 1:23 and is filled with Christ who completely fills everything: Or which completely fills Christ and fully completes his work.

Psalm 66:1-20 (Contemporary English Version)

Psalm 66

(A song and a psalm for the music leader.)
Shout Praises to God
 1Tell everyone on this earth    to shout praises to God!
    2Sing about his glorious name.
   Honor him with praises.
    3Say to God, "Everything you do
   is fearsome,
   and your mighty power makes
   your enemies come crawling.
    4You are worshiped by everyone!
   We all sing praises to you."
    5Come and see the fearsome things
   our God has done!
    6When God made the sea dry up,
   our people walked across,
   and because of him,
   we celebrated there.
    7His mighty power rules forever,
   and nothing the nations do
   can be hidden from him.
   So don't turn against God.
    8All of you people,
   come praise our God!
   Let his praises be heard.
    9God protects us from death
   and keeps us steady.
    10Our God, you tested us,
   just as silver is tested.
    11You trapped us in a net
   and gave us heavy burdens.
    12You sent war chariots
   to crush our skulls.
   We traveled through fire
   and through floods,
   but you brought us
   to a land of plenty.
    13I will bring sacrifices
   into your house, my God,
   and I will do what I promised
    14when I was in trouble.
    15I will sacrifice my best sheep
   and offer bulls and goats
   on your altar.
    16All who worship God,
   come here and listen;
   I will tell you everything
   God has done for me.
    17I prayed to the Lord,
   and I praised him.
    18If my thoughts had been sinful,
   he would have refused
   to hear me.
    19But God did listen
   and answered my prayer.
    20Let's praise God!
   He listened when I prayed,
   and he is always kind.


Proverbs 23:26-28 (Contemporary English Version)

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 26 My son, pay close attention,    and gladly follow
   my example.
    27Bad women and unfaithful wives
   are like a deep pit--
    28they are waiting to attack you
   like a gang of robbers
   with victim after victim.


Verse of the Day

“[The Good News Is for Jews and Gentiles]Honor God by accepting each other, as Christ has accepted you.” - Romans 15:7
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Image result for Segolene RoyalThought for the Day

French politician and prominent member of the Socialist Party, Ségolène Royal wrote, “I want to be indifferent to vengeance. It's degrading. Not having a spirit of vengeance protects me, internally.”


Image result for little girl cartoonA Joke for Today

Little Emily was complaining to her mother that her stomach hurt. Her mother replied, “That’s because it's empty. Maybe you should try putting something in it." The next day, the pastor was over at Emily's family's house for lunch. He mentioned having his head hurt, to which Emily immediately replied, "That's because it's empty. Maybe you should try putting something in it."