Daily Readings

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 - Your shining light glorifies your Father

Daily Readings - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Patterned after Christ
Reading: Your shining light glorifies your Father
Reference: Matt. 5:14-16

Matthew 5:14: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Matthew 5:15: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Matthew 5:16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
(KJV)
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Tue, 01 Aug 2017 - Guard against a root of bitterness

Daily Readings - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Patterned after Christ
Reading: Guard against a root of bitterness
Reference: Heb. 12:12-17

Hebrews 12:12: Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
Hebrews 12:13: And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Hebrews 12:14: Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Hebrews 12:15: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Hebrews 12:16: Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
Hebrews 12:17: For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
(KJV)
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Mon, 31 Jul 2017 - Blameless in speech and attitude

Daily Readings - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Patterned after Christ
Reading: Blameless in speech and attitude
Reference: James 3:1-12

James 3:1: My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
James 3:2: For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
James 3:3: Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
James 3:4: Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
James 3:5: Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
James 3:6: And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
James 3:7: For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
James 3:8: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
James 3:9: Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
James 3:10: Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
James 3:11: Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
James 3:12: Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
(KJV)
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Sun, 30 Jul 2017 - We will be judged by our works

Daily Readings - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Christian Responsibility
Reading: We will be judged by our works
Reference: Matt. 25:41-46

Matthew 25:41: Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:42: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Matthew 25:43: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Matthew 25:44: Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Matthew 25:45: Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Matthew 25:46: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
(KJV)
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Sat, 29 Jul 2017 - Responsibility to teach our children

Daily Readings - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Christian Responsibility
Reading: Responsibility to teach our children
Reference: Deut. 6:20-25

Deuteronomy 6:20: And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you?
Deuteronomy 6:21: Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:
Deuteronomy 6:22: And the Lord shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
Deuteronomy 6:23: And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
Deuteronomy 6:24: And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
Deuteronomy 6:25: And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.
(KJV)
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Fri, 28 Jul 2017 - Neglect of responsibility

Daily Readings - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Christian Responsibility
Reading: Neglect of responsibility
Reference: Prov. 26:12-16

Proverbs 26:12: Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Proverbs 26:13: The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
Proverbs 26:14: As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
Proverbs 26:15: The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
Proverbs 26:16: The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
(KJV)
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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 - The great responsibility

Daily Readings - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Christian Responsibility
Reading: The great responsibility
Reference: Mark 16:14-16

Mark 16:14: Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
Mark 16:15: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
(KJV)
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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 - Man-made responsibility

Daily Readings - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Christian Responsibility
Reading: Man-made responsibility
Reference: Judg. 17:1-13

Judges 17:1: And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
Judges 17:2: And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son.
Judges 17:3: And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.
Judges 17:4: Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.
Judges 17:5: And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
Judges 17:6: In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Judges 17:7: And there was a young man out of Beth–lehem–judah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.
Judges 17:8: And the man departed out of the city from Beth–lehem–judah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
Judges 17:9: And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Beth–lehem–judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.
Judges 17:10: And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in.
Judges 17:11: And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.
Judges 17:12: And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
Judges 17:13: Then said Micah, Now know I that the Lord will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.
(KJV)
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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 - Stewardship responsibilities

Daily Readings - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Christian Responsibility
Reading: Stewardship responsibilities
Reference: Luke 6:30-38

Luke 6:30: Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
Luke 6:31: And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Luke 6:32: For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Luke 6:33: And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
Luke 6:34: And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
Luke 6:35: But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Luke 6:36: Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Luke 6:37: Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Luke 6:38: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
(KJV)
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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 - Responsibility to seek fellowship

Daily Readings - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Christian Responsibility
Reading: Responsibility to seek fellowship
Reference: Heb. 10:23-25

Hebrews 10:23: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; ( for he is faithful that promised;)
Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
(KJV)
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Sun, 23 Jul 2017 - Oneness with God

Daily Readings - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Oneness in Christ
Reading: Oneness with God
Reference: John 17:17-24

John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 17:18: As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
John 17:19: And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
John 17:20: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
John 17:21: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
John 17:22: And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
John 17:23: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
John 17:24: Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
(KJV)
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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 - Oneness with others

Daily Readings - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Oneness in Christ
Reading: Oneness with others
Reference: 1 Sam. 18:1-4

I Samuel 18:1: And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
I Samuel 18:2: And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
I Samuel 18:3: Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
I Samuel 18:4: And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
(KJV)
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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 - Working together

Daily Readings - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Oneness in Christ
Reading: Working together
Reference: Acts 15:23-29

Acts 15:23: And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
Acts 15:24: Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
Acts 15:25: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
Acts 15:26: Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 15:27: We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
Acts 15:28: For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
Acts 15:29: That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
(KJV)
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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 - Restoration of oneness

Daily Readings - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Oneness in Christ
Reading: Restoration of oneness
Reference: Job 42:1-6

Job 42:1: Then Job answered the Lord, and said,
Job 42:2: I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
Job 42:3: Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
Job 42:4: Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 42:5: I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Job 42:6: Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
(KJV)
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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 - The peril of going alone

Daily Readings - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Oneness in Christ
Reading: The peril of going alone
Reference: 1 Sam. 13:7-14

I Samuel 13:7: And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
I Samuel 13:8: And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
I Samuel 13:9: And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.
I Samuel 13:10: And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
I Samuel 13:11: And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;
I Samuel 13:12: Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
I Samuel 13:13: And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
I Samuel 13:14: But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.
(KJV)
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Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - Oneness is broken

Daily Readings - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Oneness in Christ
Reading: Oneness is broken
Reference: Gen. 4:3-15

Genesis 4:3: And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
Genesis 4:4: And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Genesis 4:5: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Genesis 4:6: And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Genesis 4:7: If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Genesis 4:8: And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Genesis 4:9: And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
Genesis 4:10: And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Genesis 4:11: And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
Genesis 4:12: When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
Genesis 4:13: And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Genesis 4:14: Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
Genesis 4:15: And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
(KJV)
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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 - Disagreements discussed

Daily Readings - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Oneness in Christ
Reading: Disagreements discussed
Reference: Acts 15:1-11

Acts 15:1: And certain men which came down from Judæa taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
Acts 15:2: When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
Acts 15:3: And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
Acts 15:4: And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
Acts 15:5: But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
Acts 15:6: And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
Acts 15:7: And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
Acts 15:8: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
Acts 15:9: And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Acts 15:10: Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
Acts 15:11: But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
(KJV)
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Sun, 16 Jul 2017 - Look upon Zion.

Daily Readings - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Chief Cornerstone
Reading: Look upon Zion.
Reference: Isa. 33:20-24; Gospel Hymns for Worship, No. 72

Isaiah 33:20: Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
Isaiah 33:21: But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
Isaiah 33:22: For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.
Isaiah 33:23: Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
Isaiah 33:24: And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.
(KJV)
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Sat, 15 Jul 2017 - Stand fast in one spirit

Daily Readings - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Chief Cornerstone
Reading: Stand fast in one spirit
Reference: Phil. 1:27-30

Philippians 1:27: Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Philippians 1:28: And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
Philippians 1:29: For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
Philippians 1:30: Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
(KJV)
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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 - Christ is the head

Daily Readings - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Chief Cornerstone
Reading: Christ is the head
Reference: Col. 1:12-19

Colossians 1:12: Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Colossians 1:13: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Colossians 1:14: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Colossians 1:15: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Colossians 1:16: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Colossians 1:17: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Colossians 1:18: And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Colossians 1:19: For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
(KJV)
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