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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 - Walking in the steps of Abraham

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Rewards of Obedience
Reading: Walking in the steps of Abraham
Reference: Rom. 4:1-12

Romans 4:1: What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
Romans 4:2: For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
Romans 4:3: For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Romans 4:4: Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Romans 4:5: But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Romans 4:6: Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Romans 4:7: Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Romans 4:8: Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Romans 4:9: Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
Romans 4:10: How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
Romans 4:11: And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
Romans 4:12: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
(KJV)
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Sun, 16 Apr 2017 - Jesus’ burial and resurrection

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Resurrection
Reading: Jesus’ burial and resurrection
Reference: Matt. 27:57-66;

Matthew 27:57: When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathæa, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
Matthew 27:58: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
Matthew 27:59: And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
Matthew 27:60: And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
Matthew 27:61: And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
Matthew 27:62: Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
Matthew 27:63: Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
Matthew 27:64: Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
Matthew 27:65: Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
Matthew 27:66: So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
(KJV)
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Sat, 15 Apr 2017 - The crucifixion

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Resurrection
Reading: The crucifixion
Reference: Matt. 27:1-56

Matthew 27:1: When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
Matthew 27:2: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Matthew 27:3: Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Matthew 27:4: Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
Matthew 27:5: And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Matthew 27:6: And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
Matthew 27:7: And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
Matthew 27:8: Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
Matthew 27:9: Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
Matthew 27:10: And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.
Matthew 27:11: And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
Matthew 27:12: And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
Matthew 27:13: Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
Matthew 27:14: And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
Matthew 27:15: Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
Matthew 27:16: And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
Matthew 27:17: Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
Matthew 27:18: For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
Matthew 27:19: When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
Matthew 27:20: But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
Matthew 27:21: The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
Matthew 27:22: Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
Matthew 27:23: And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
Matthew 27:24: When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
Matthew 27:25: Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Matthew 27:26: Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Matthew 27:27: Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
Matthew 27:28: And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
Matthew 27:29: And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Matthew 27:30: And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
Matthew 27:31: And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
Matthew 27:32: And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
Matthew 27:33: And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
Matthew 27:34: They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
Matthew 27:35: And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
Matthew 27:36: And sitting down they watched him there;
Matthew 27:37: And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Matthew 27:38: Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
Matthew 27:39: And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
Matthew 27:40: And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
Matthew 27:41: Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
Matthew 27:42: He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
Matthew 27:43: He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
Matthew 27:44: The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
Matthew 27:45: Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Matthew 27:46: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Matthew 27:47: Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
Matthew 27:48: And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
Matthew 27:49: The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Matthew 27:50: Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Matthew 27:51: And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Matthew 27:52: And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Matthew 27:53: And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Matthew 27:54: Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Matthew 27:55: And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
Matthew 27:56: Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.
(KJV)
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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 - Jesus’ betrayal and trial

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Resurrection
Reading: Jesus’ betrayal and trial
Reference: Matt. 26:30-75

Matthew 26:30: And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Matthew 26:31: Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
Matthew 26:32: But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
Matthew 26:33: Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
Matthew 26:34: Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Matthew 26:35: Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
Matthew 26:36: Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Matthew 26:37: And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
Matthew 26:38: Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Matthew 26:39: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matthew 26:40: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Matthew 26:41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:42: He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Matthew 26:43: And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
Matthew 26:44: And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Matthew 26:45: Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Matthew 26:46: Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
Matthew 26:47: And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Matthew 26:48: Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
Matthew 26:49: And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
Matthew 26:50: And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
Matthew 26:51: And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
Matthew 26:52: Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Matthew 26:53: Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Matthew 26:54: But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
Matthew 26:55: In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
Matthew 26:56: But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
Matthew 26:57: And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
Matthew 26:58: But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
Matthew 26:59: Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
Matthew 26:60: But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
Matthew 26:61: And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
Matthew 26:62: And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
Matthew 26:63: But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
Matthew 26:64: Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Matthew 26:65: Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
Matthew 26:66: What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
Matthew 26:67: Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
Matthew 26:68: Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?
Matthew 26:69: Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
Matthew 26:70: But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
Matthew 26:71: And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
Matthew 26:72: And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
Matthew 26:73: And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
Matthew 26:74: Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
Matthew 26:75: And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
(KJV)
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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 - Paul’s testimony of the resurrection

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Resurrection
Reading: Paul’s testimony of the resurrection
Reference: Acts 13:26-39

Acts 13:26: Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
Acts 13:27: For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
Acts 13:28: And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
Acts 13:29: And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
Acts 13:30: But God raised him from the dead:
Acts 13:31: And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
Acts 13:32: And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
Acts 13:33: God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
Acts 13:34: And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
Acts 13:35: Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Acts 13:36: For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
Acts 13:37: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
Acts 13:38: Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
Acts 13:39: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
(KJV)
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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 - The resurrection of the saints

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Resurrection
Reading: The resurrection of the saints
Reference: 1 Cor. 15:20-28, 35-58

I Corinthians 15:20: But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
I Corinthians 15:21: For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
I Corinthians 15:22: For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
I Corinthians 15:23: But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
I Corinthians 15:24: Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
I Corinthians 15:25: For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
I Corinthians 15:26: The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
I Corinthians 15:27: For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him.
I Corinthians 15:28: And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
I Corinthians 15:35: But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
I Corinthians 15:36: Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
I Corinthians 15:37: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
I Corinthians 15:38: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
I Corinthians 15:39: All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
I Corinthians 15:40: There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
I Corinthians 15:41: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
I Corinthians 15:42: So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
I Corinthians 15:43: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
I Corinthians 15:44: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
I Corinthians 15:45: And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
I Corinthians 15:46: Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
I Corinthians 15:47: The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
I Corinthians 15:48: As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
I Corinthians 15:49: And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
I Corinthians 15:50: Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
I Corinthians 15:51: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
I Corinthians 15:52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I Corinthians 15:53: For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
I Corinthians 15:54: So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
I Corinthians 15:55: O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
I Corinthians 15:56: The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
I Corinthians 15:57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
(KJV)
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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 - The Christian’s creed

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Resurrection
Reading: The Christian’s creed
Reference: 1 Cor. 15:1-19

I Corinthians 15:1: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
I Corinthians 15:2: By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
I Corinthians 15:3: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
I Corinthians 15:4: And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
I Corinthians 15:5: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
I Corinthians 15:6: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
I Corinthians 15:7: After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
I Corinthians 15:8: And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
I Corinthians 15:9: For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
I Corinthians 15:10: But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
I Corinthians 15:11: Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
I Corinthians 15:12: Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
I Corinthians 15:13: But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
I Corinthians 15:14: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
I Corinthians 15:15: Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
I Corinthians 15:16: For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
I Corinthians 15:17: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
I Corinthians 15:18: Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
I Corinthians 15:19: If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
(KJV)
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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 - God’s power manifested in Christ

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: The Resurrection
Reading: God’s power manifested in Christ
Reference: Eph. 1:7-23

Ephesians 1:7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 1:8: Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Ephesians 1:9: Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Ephesians 1:10: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Ephesians 1:11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Ephesians 1:12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Ephesians 1:13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Ephesians 1:14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:15: Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Ephesians 1:16: Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
Ephesians 1:17: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Ephesians 1:18: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 1:19: And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Ephesians 1:20: Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Ephesians 1:21: Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Ephesians 1:22: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Ephesians 1:23: Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
(KJV)
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Sun, 09 Apr 2017 - Restoration of the penitent

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Promise of Restoration
Reading: Restoration of the penitent
Reference: Ps. 51:6-12

Psalms 51:6: Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Psalms 51:7: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalms 51:8: Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Psalms 51:9: Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Psalms 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalms 51:11: Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psalms 51:12: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
(KJV)
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Sat, 08 Apr 2017 - Great is His mercy to me

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Promise of Restoration
Reading: Great is His mercy to me
Reference: Ps. 86:1-17

Psalms 86:1: Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
Psalms 86:2: Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
Psalms 86:3: Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
Psalms 86:4: Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
Psalms 86:5: For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Psalms 86:6: Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
Psalms 86:7: In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
Psalms 86:8: Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.
Psalms 86:9: All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
Psalms 86:10: For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
Psalms 86:11: Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
Psalms 86:12: I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
Psalms 86:13: For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
Psalms 86:14: O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
Psalms 86:15: But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Psalms 86:16: O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
Psalms 86:17: Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
(KJV)
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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 - He restoreth my soul

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Promise of Restoration
Reading: He restoreth my soul
Reference: Ps. 23:1-6

Psalms 23:1: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalms 23:2: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalms 23:3: He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalms 23:4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalms 23:5: Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psalms 23:6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
(KJV)
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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 - God’s promise of restoration

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Promise of Restoration
Reading: God’s promise of restoration
Reference: Jer. 32:36-42

Jeremiah 32:36: And now therefore thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence;
Jeremiah 32:37: Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:
Jeremiah 32:38: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
Jeremiah 32:39: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:
Jeremiah 32:40: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
Jeremiah 32:41: Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
Jeremiah 32:42: For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.
(KJV)
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Wed, 05 Apr 2017 - He will forgive and cleanse

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Promise of Restoration
Reading: He will forgive and cleanse
Reference: 1 John 1:5-10

I John 1:5: This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
I John 1:6: If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
I John 1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
I John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
I John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I John 1:10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
(KJV)
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Tue, 04 Apr 2017 - Restoration brings thanksgiving

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Promise of Restoration
Reading: Restoration brings thanksgiving
Reference: Jer. 30:17-22

Jeremiah 30:17: For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Jeremiah 30:18: Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.
Jeremiah 30:19: And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
Jeremiah 30:20: Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.
Jeremiah 30:21: And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the Lord.
Jeremiah 30:22: And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
(KJV)
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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 - A humble, contrite heart required

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: Promise of Restoration
Reading: A humble, contrite heart required
Reference: Isa. 57:15-18

Isaiah 57:15: For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Isaiah 57:16: For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
Isaiah 57:17: For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
Isaiah 57:18: I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
(KJV)
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Sun, 02 Apr 2017 - God is the source of all help

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: In the Hands of the Potter
Reading: God is the source of all help
Reference: Ps. 18:31-50

Psalms 18:31: For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?
Psalms 18:32: It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
Psalms 18:33: He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
Psalms 18:34: He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
Psalms 18:35: Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Psalms 18:36: Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
Psalms 18:37: I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
Psalms 18:38: I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.
Psalms 18:39: For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
Psalms 18:40: Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
Psalms 18:41: They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.
Psalms 18:42: Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
Psalms 18:43: Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
Psalms 18:44: As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
Psalms 18:45: The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.
Psalms 18:46: The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
Psalms 18:47: It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
Psalms 18:48: He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
Psalms 18:49: Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
Psalms 18:50: Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.
(KJV)
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Sat, 01 Apr 2017 - I am God, there is none else

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: In the Hands of the Potter
Reading: I am God, there is none else
Reference: Isa. 46:3-13

Isaiah 46:3: Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:
Isaiah 46:4: And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Isaiah 46:5: To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?
Isaiah 46:6: They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship.
Isaiah 46:7: They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
Isaiah 46:8: Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
Isaiah 46:9: Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isaiah 46:10: Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Isaiah 46:11: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
Isaiah 46:12: Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
Isaiah 46:13: I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
(KJV)
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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 - The creation of man

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: In the Hands of the Potter
Reading: The creation of man
Reference: Gen. 1:26-31; 2:7, 21-23

Genesis 1:26: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:27: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 1:28: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:29: And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 1:30: And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Genesis 1:31: And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 2:7: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Genesis 2:21: And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Genesis 2:22: And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Genesis 2:23: And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
(KJV)
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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 - Mercy is in God’s hand

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: In the Hands of the Potter
Reading: Mercy is in God’s hand
Reference: Rom. 9:14-23

Romans 9:14: What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
Romans 9:15: For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Romans 9:16: So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Romans 9:17: For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Romans 9:18: Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Romans 9:19: Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Romans 9:20: Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Romans 9:21: Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
Romans 9:22: What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
Romans 9:23: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
(KJV)
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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 - We are clay, Thou art the Potter

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 00:00
Lesson: In the Hands of the Potter
Reading: We are clay, Thou art the Potter
Reference: Isa. 64:1-9

Isaiah 64:1: Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
Isaiah 64:2: As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
Isaiah 64:3: When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
Isaiah 64:4: For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
Isaiah 64:5: Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
Isaiah 64:6: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Isaiah 64:7: And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
Isaiah 64:8: But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Isaiah 64:9: Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
(KJV)
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