Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hebrews 12:4


In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

John 1:19-20


Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 
He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Genesis 19:27-29


Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Exodus 30:1-6


Make an altar of acacia wood for burning incense. It is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high—its horns of one piece with it. Overlay the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and make a gold molding around it. Make two gold rings for the altar below the molding—two on each of the opposite sides—to hold the poles used to carry it. Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Put the altar in front of the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law—before the atonement cover that is over the tablets of the covenant law—where I will meet with you.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Psalm 50:10-11


Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

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Psalm 50


To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
   According to Your lovingkindness; 
   According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
   Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
   And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
   And my sin is always before me.
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
   And done this evil in Your sight—
   That You may be found just when You speak, 
   And blameless when You judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
   And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
   And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
   Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness,
   That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins,
   And blot out all my iniquities.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
     And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
     And sinners shall be converted to You.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
     The God of my salvation,
     And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
     And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
     You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
     A broken and a contrite heart—
     These, O God, You will not despise.
18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
     Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
     With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
     Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Revelation 3:20


Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 

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Revelation 3



The Dead Church

1 And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,


‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 

2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.


3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 


4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 


5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.


6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’


The Faithful Church


7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,


‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:


8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 


9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 


10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 


11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 


12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.


13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’


The Lukewarm Church


14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,


‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 


15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 


16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[g] I will vomit you out of My mouth. 


17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 


18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 


19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 


20 | Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 


21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.


22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Job 38:17


Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Daniel 3:16-18


Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king,
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

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Daniel 3




The Image of Gold

1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 

2 And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 

3 So the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered together for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 

4 Then a herald cried aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 

5 that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; 

6 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”

7 So at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Daniel’s Friends Disobey the King

8 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews. 

9 They spoke and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 

10 You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the gold image; 

11 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 

12 There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.”

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king. 

14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? 

15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”

16 | Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 

17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 

18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Saved in Fiery Trial

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 

20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 

21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 

22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 

23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”

They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

Nebuchadnezzar Praises God

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. 

27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.

28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel[b] and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! 

29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Job 38:16


Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Isaiah 60:19-20


The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the Lord will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.

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Daniel 3:16-18


Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

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Isaiah 60



The Gentiles Bless Zion

1 Arise, shine;
   For your light has come!
   And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
   And deep darkness the people;
   But the Lord will arise over you,
   And His glory will be seen upon you.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
    And kings to the brightness of your rising.
4 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
   They all gather together, they come to you;
   Your sons shall come from afar,
   And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
5 Then you shall see and become radiant,
   And your heart shall swell with joy;
   Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
   The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
6 The multitude of camels shall cover your land,
   The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
   All those from Sheba shall come;
   They shall bring gold and incense,
   And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.
7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you,
   The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
   They shall ascend with acceptance on My altar,
   And I will glorify the house of My glory.
8 “Who are these who fly like a cloud,
   And like doves to their roosts?
9 Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me;
   And the ships of Tarshish will come first,
   To bring your sons from afar,
   Their silver and their gold with them,
   To the name of the Lord your God,
   And to the Holy One of Israel,
   Because He has glorified you.
10 “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
     And their kings shall minister to you;
    For in My wrath I struck you,
    But in My favor I have had mercy on you.
11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually;
     They shall not be shut day or night,
     That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles,
     And their kings in procession.
12 For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish,
     And those nations shall be utterly ruined.
13 “The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
     The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together,
     To beautify the place of My sanctuary;
     And I will make the place of My feet glorious.
14 Also the sons of those who afflicted you
     Shall come bowing to you,
     And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet;
     And they shall call you The City of the Lord,
     Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
15 “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
     So that no one went through you,
     I will make you an eternal excellence,
     A joy of many generations.
16 You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles,
     And milk the breast of kings;
     You shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior
     And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 “Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
     Instead of iron I will bring silver,
     Instead of wood, bronze,
     And instead of stones, iron.
    I will also make your officers peace, 
    And your magistrates righteousness.
18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land,
     Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders;
     But you shall call your walls Salvation,
     And your gates Praise.
    
God the Glory of His People

21 Also your people shall all be righteous;
     They shall inherit the land forever,
     The branch of My planting,
     The work of My hands,
     That I may be glorified.
22 A little one shall become a thousand,
     And a small one a strong nation.

     I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Job 38:15


The wicked are denied their light,
 and their upraised arm is broken.

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