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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bible Readings for November 29, 2015

Today our passages are Daniel 6:1-28; 2 Peter 3:1-18; Psalm 119:129-152; and Proverbs 28:21-22. 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 Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal. 

Daniel 6:1-28 (Contemporary English Version)

Daniel 6

Daniel in a Pit of Lions
 1Darius divided his kingdom into a hundred and twenty states and placed a governor in charge of each one. 2In order to make sure that his government was run properly, Darius put three other officials in charge of the governors. One of these officials was Daniel. 3And he did his work so much better than the other governors and officials that the king decided to let him govern the whole kingdom.     4The other men tried to find something wrong with the way Daniel did his work for the king. But they could not accuse him of anything wrong, because he was honest and faithful and did everything he was supposed to do. 5Finally, they said to one another, " We will never be able to bring any charge against Daniel, unless it has to do with his religion."
    6They all went to the king and said:
   Your Majesty, we hope you live forever! 7All of your officials, leaders, advisors, and governors agree that you should make a law forbidding anyone to pray to any god or human except you for the next thirty days. Everyone who disobeys this law must be thrown into a pit of lions. 8Order this to be written and then sign it, so it cannot be changed, just as no written law of the Medes and Persians can be changed."
    9So King Darius made the law and had it written down.
    10Daniel heard about the law, but when he returned home, he went upstairs and prayed in front of the window that faced Jerusalem. In the same way that he had always done, he knelt down in prayer three times a day, giving thanks to God.
    11The men who had spoken to the king watched Daniel and saw him praying to his God for help. 12They went back to the king and said, " Didn't you make a law that forbids anyone to pray to any god or human except you for the next thirty days? And doesn't the law say that everyone who disobeys it will be thrown into a pit of lions?"
   " Yes, that's the law I made," the king agreed. " And just like all written laws of the Medes and Persians, it cannot be changed."
    13The men then told the king, " That Jew named Daniel, who was brought here as a captive, refuses to obey you or the law that you ordered to be written. And he still prays to his god three times a day." 14The king was really upset to hear about this, and for the rest of the day he tried to think how he could save Daniel.
    15At sunset the men returned and said, " Your Majesty, remember that no written law of the Medes and Persians can be changed, not even by the king."
    16So Darius ordered Daniel to be brought out and thrown into a pit of lions. But he said to Daniel, " You have been faithful to your God, and I pray that he will rescue you."
    17A stone was rolled over the pit, and it was sealed. Then Darius and his officials stamped the seal to show that no one should let Daniel out. 18All night long the king could not sleep. He did not eat anything, and he would not let anyone come in to entertain him.
    19At daybreak the king got up and ran to the pit. 20He was anxious and shouted, " Daniel, you were faithful and served your God. Was he able to save you from the lions?"
    21Daniel answered, " Your Majesty, I hope you live forever! 22My God knew that I was innocent, and he sent an angel to keep the lions from eating me. Your Majesty, I have never done anything to hurt you."
    23The king was relieved to hear Daniel's voice, and he gave orders for him to be taken out of the pit. Daniel's faith in his God had kept him from being harmed. 24And the king ordered the men who had brought charges against Daniel to be thrown into the pit, together with their wives and children. But before they even reached the bottom, the lions ripped them to pieces.
    25King Darius then sent this message to all people of every nation and race in the world:
   " Greetings to all of you!
    26I command everyone
   in my kingdom
   to worship and honor
   the God of Daniel.
   He is the living God,
   the one who lives forever.
   His power and his kingdom
   will never end.
    27He rescues people
   and sets them free
   by working great miracles.
   Daniel's God has rescued him
   from the power of the lions."
    28All went well for Daniel while Darius was king, and even when Cyrus the Persian ruled. [a]
  1. Daniel 6:28 Cyrus the Persian ruled: 539-530 B.C.

2 Peter 3:1-18 (Contemporary English Version)

2 Peter 3

The Lord Will Return
 1My dear friends, this is the second letter I have written to encourage you to do some honest thinking. I don't want you to forget 2what God's prophets said would happen. You must never forget what the holy prophets taught in the past. And you must remember what the apostles told you our Lord and Savior has commanded us to do.     3But first you must realize that in the last days some people won't think about anything except their own selfish desires. They will make fun of you 4and say, "Didn't your Lord promise to come back? Yet the first leaders have already died, and the world hasn't changed a bit."
    5They will say this because they want to forget that long ago the heavens and the earth were made at God's command. The earth came out of water and was made from water. 6Later it was destroyed by the waters of a mighty flood. 7But God has commanded the present heavens and earth to remain until the day of judgment. Then they will be set on fire, and ungodly people will be destroyed.
    8Dear friends, don't forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day. 9The Lord isn't slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.
    10The day of the Lord's return will surprise us like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a loud noise, and the heat will melt the whole universe. [a] Then the earth and everything on it will be seen for what they are. [b] 11Everything will be destroyed. So you should serve and honor God by the way you live. 12You should look forward to the day when God judges everyone, and you should try to make it come soon. [c] On that day the heavens will be destroyed by fire, and everything else will melt in the heat. 13But God has promised us a new heaven and a new earth, where justice will rule. We are really looking forward to that! 14My friends, while you are waiting, you should make certain that the Lord finds you pure, spotless, and living at peace. 15Don't forget that the Lord is patient because he wants people to be saved. This is also what our dear friend Paul said when he wrote you with the wisdom that God had given him. 16Paul talks about these same things in all his letters, but part of what he says is hard to understand. Some ignorant and unsteady people even destroy themselves by twisting what he said. They do the same thing with other Scriptures too.
    17My dear friends, you have been warned ahead of time! So don't let the errors of evil people lead you down the wrong path and make you lose your balance. 18Let the wonderful kindness and the understanding that come from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ help you to keep on growing. Praise Jesus now and forever! Amen. [d]
  1. 2 Peter 3:10 the whole universe: Probably the sun, moon, and stars, or the elements that everything in the universe is made of.
  2. 2 Peter 3:10 will be seen for what they are: Some manuscripts have "will go up in flames."
  3. 2 Peter 3:12 and you should try to make it come soon: Or "and you should eagerly desire for that day to come."
  4. 2 Peter 3:18 Amen: Some manuscripts do not have "Amen."

Psalm 119:129-152 (Contemporary English Version)

129Your teachings are wonderful,
   and I respect them all.
    130Understanding your word
   brings light
   to the minds
   of ordinary people.
    131I honestly want to know
   everything you teach.
    132Think about me and be kind,
   just as you are to everyone
   who loves your name.
    133Keep your promise
   and don't let me stumble
   or let sin control my life.
    134Protect me from abuse,
   so I can obey your laws.
    135Smile on me, your servant,
   and teach me your laws.
    136When anyone disobeys you,
   my eyes overflow with tears.
    137Our LORD, you always do right,
   and your decisions are fair.
    138All of your teachings are true
   and trustworthy.
    139It upsets me greatly
   when my enemies neglect
   your teachings.
    140Your word to me, your servant,
   is like pure gold;
   I treasure what you say.
    141Everyone calls me a nobody,
   but I remember your laws.
    142You will always do right,
   and your teachings are true.
    143I am in deep distress,
   but I love your teachings.
    144Your rules are always fair.
   Help me to understand them
   and live.
    145I pray to you, LORD!
   Please answer me.
   I promise to obey your laws.
    146I beg you to save me,
   so I can follow your rules.
    147Even before sunrise,
   I pray for your help,
   and I put my hope
   in what you have said.
    148I lie awake at night,
   thinking of your promises.
    149Show that you love me, LORD,
   and answer my prayer.
   Please do the right thing
   and save my life.
    150People who disobey your Law
   have made evil plans
   and want to hurt me,
    151but you are with me,
   and all of your commands
   can be trusted.
    152From studying your laws,
   I found out long ago
   that you made them
   to last forever.

Proverbs 28:21-22 (Contemporary English Version)

21It isn't right to be unfair,
   but some people can be bribed
   with only a piece of bread.
    22Don't be selfish
   and eager to get rich--
   you will end up worse off
   than you can imagine.

Verse of the Day

“[God's Love Never Fails]Praise the LORD! He is good. God's love never fails. Praise God in heaven! God's love never fails.” - Psalm 136:1,26
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

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Thought for the Day

American writer best known for young-adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, National Book Award-winning A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time, Madeleine L'Engle wrote, “Very few children have any problem with the world of the imagination; it's their own world, the world of their daily life, and it's our loss that so many of us grow out of it.”

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