Reading: The sorrow of the world
Reference: 1 Kings 21:17-20, 25-27
I Kings 21:17: And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
I Kings 21:18: Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.
I Kings 21:19: And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
I Kings 21:20: And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord.
I Kings 21:25: But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
I Kings 21:26: And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.
I Kings 21:27: And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
Reading: Reward of those who love God
Reference: 1 Cor. 2:1-9
I Corinthians 2:1: And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
I Corinthians 2:2: For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
I Corinthians 2:3: And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
I Corinthians 2:4: And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
I Corinthians 2:5: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
I Corinthians 2:6: Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
I Corinthians 2:7: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
I Corinthians 2:8: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
I Corinthians 2:9: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Reading: He first loved us; love casts out fear
Reference: 1 John 4:14-21
I John 4:14: And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
I John 4:15: Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
I John 4:16: And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
I John 4:17: Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
I John 4:18: There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
I John 4:19: We love him, because he first loved us.
I John 4:20: If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
I John 4:21: And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
Reading: Dwelling in Christ
Reference: Eph. 3:14-21
Ephesians 3:14: For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Ephesians 3:15: Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
Ephesians 3:16: That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Ephesians 3:17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Ephesians 3:18: May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Ephesians 3:19: And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Ephesians 3:20: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Ephesians 3:21: Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Reading: Christ’s supreme sacrifice of love
Reference: Rom. 5:5-11
Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 5:6: For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 5:7: For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Romans 5:8: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:9: Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Romans 5:10: For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Romans 5:11: And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Reading: Nothing can separate us
Reference: Rom. 8:35-39
Romans 8:35: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Romans 8:36: As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Romans 8:37: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Romans 8:38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Romans 8:39: Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Reading: Faithfulness of God
Reference: Lam. 3:21-26
Lamentations 3:21: This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
Lamentations 3:22: It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Lamentations 3:23: They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:24: The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
Lamentations 3:25: The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Lamentations 3:26: It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
Reading: Providential care of our Father
Reference: Ps. 42:8-11
Psalms 42:8: Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
Psalms 42:9: I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
Psalms 42:10: As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
Psalms 42:11: Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Reading: Parable of the sower
Reference: Luke 8:9-15
Luke 8:9: And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
Luke 8:10: And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Luke 8:11: Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:12: Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Luke 8:13: They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
Luke 8:14: And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
Luke 8:15: But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Reading: Man shall not live by bread alone
Reference: Matt. 4:1-4
Matthew 4:1: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Matthew 4:2: And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Matthew 4:3: And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Matthew 4:4: But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Reading: The law is perfect converting the soul
Reference: Ps. 19:7-14
Psalms 19:7: The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
Psalms 19:8: The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalms 19:9: The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
Psalms 19:10: More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psalms 19:11: Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Psalms 19:12: Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Psalms 19:13: Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Psalms 19:14: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Reading: Keep the commandments of the Word
Reference: Deut. 4:1-6
Deuteronomy 4:1: Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you.
Deuteronomy 4:2: Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
Deuteronomy 4:3: Your eyes have seen what the Lord did because of Baal–peor: for all the men that followed Baal–peor, the Lord thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
Deuteronomy 4:4: But ye that did cleave unto the Lord your God are alive every one of you this day.
Deuteronomy 4:5: Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
Deuteronomy 4:6: Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
Reading: Faith cometh by hearing
Reference: Rom. 10:14-17
Romans 10:14: How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Romans 10:15: And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Romans 10:16: But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Reading: The whole armor of God
Reference: Eph. 6:10-18
Ephesians 6:10: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Ephesians 6:11: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:12: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:13: Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:14: Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Ephesians 6:15: And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Ephesians 6:16: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Ephesians 6:17: And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Ephesians 6:18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Reading: Thirsting for God
Reference: Ps. 63:1-6
Psalms 63:1: O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psalms 63:2: To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Psalms 63:3: Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Psalms 63:4: Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Psalms 63:5: My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
Psalms 63:6: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Reading: One Lord, one faith, one baptism
Reference: Eph. 4:1-6
Ephesians 4:1: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
Ephesians 4:2: With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Ephesians 4:3: Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:4: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Ephesians 4:5: One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Ephesians 4:6: One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Reading: Our life’s purpose
Reference: Phil. 3:7-16
Philippians 3:7: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Philippians 3:8: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Philippians 3:9: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Philippians 3:10: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Philippians 3:11: If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Philippians 3:12: Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Philippians 3:14: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:15: Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Philippians 3:16: Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
Reading: Jesus’s purpose
Reference: Matt. 18:10-14
Matthew 18:10: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 18:11: For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Matthew 18:12: How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
Matthew 18:13: And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Matthew 18:14: Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
Reading: David’s purpose
Reference: Ps. 40:1-10
Psalms 40:1: I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psalms 40:2: He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Psalms 40:3: And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Psalms 40:4: Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Psalms 40:5: Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Psalms 40:6: Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
Psalms 40:7: Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
Psalms 40:8: I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
Psalms 40:9: I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.
Psalms 40:10: I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Reading: Jesus is not divided
Reference: Matt. 12:22-30
Matthew 12:22: Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
Matthew 12:23: And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
Matthew 12:24: But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
Matthew 12:25: And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Matthew 12:26: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
Matthew 12:27: And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
Matthew 12:28: But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Matthew 12:29: Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
Matthew 12:30: He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.