Reading: God’s covenant with his own
Reference: Ps. 89:1–4
Psalms 89:4: Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.
Reading: Spiritual focus
Reference: Prov. 4:23–27
Proverbs 4:27: Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Reading: Blameless in His sight
Reference: Col. 1:21–23
Colossians 1:23: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Reading: Set a watch, O Lord
Reference: Ps. 141:1–5
Psalms 141:5: Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.
Reading: Behold, I come quickly
Reference: Rev. 22:12–21
Revelation of John 22:21: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Reading: Take heed to thyself
Reference: 1 Tim. 4:13–16
I Timothy 4:16: Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
Reference: Mark 13:31–37
Mark 13:37: And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Reading: Abounding in the work of the Lord
Reference: 1 Cor. 15:51–58
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.
Reading: God’s goodness to those who wait
Reference: Isa. 64:1–5
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.
Reading: Love for the harvest
Reference: Matt. 9:35-38
Matthew 9:35: And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Matthew 9:36: But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Matthew 9:37: Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Matthew 9:38: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Reading: Love the brethren
Reference: 1 John 3:11-18
I John 3:11: For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
I John 3:12: Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
I John 3:13: Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
I John 3:14: We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
I John 3:15: Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
I John 3:16: Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
I John 3:17: But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
I John 3:18: My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Reading: Treasure in earthen vessels
Reference: 2 Cor. 4:7-11
II Corinthians 4:7: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
II Corinthians 4:8: We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
II Corinthians 4:9: Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
II Corinthians 4:10: Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
II Corinthians 4:11: For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
Reading: Excuses unacceptable
Reference: Luke 9:57-62
Luke 9:57: And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
Luke 9:58: And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Luke 9:59: And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Luke 9:60: Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Luke 9:61: And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
Luke 9:62: And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Reading: Comparing is unwise
Reference: 2 Cor. 10:12-18
II Corinthians 10:12: For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
II Corinthians 10:13: But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
II Corinthians 10:14: For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
II Corinthians 10:15: Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
II Corinthians 10:16: To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.
II Corinthians 10:17: But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
II Corinthians 10:18: For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
Reading: Counting the cost
Reference: Luke 14:25-33
Luke 14:25: And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
Luke 14:26: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:27: And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:28: For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Luke 14:29: Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Luke 14:30: Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
Luke 14:31: Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
Luke 14:32: Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
Luke 14:33: So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Reading: Forgiven most
Reference: Luke 7:40-47
Luke 7:40: And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
Luke 7:41: There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
Luke 7:42: And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Luke 7:43: Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
Luke 7:44: And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
Luke 7:45: Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
Luke 7:46: My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Luke 7:47: Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Reading: God’s sheep are well fed
Reference: Ezek. 34:11-16
Ezekiel 34:11: For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
Ezekiel 34:12: As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
Ezekiel 34:13: And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
Ezekiel 34:14: I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
Ezekiel 34:15: I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
Ezekiel 34:16: I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
Reading: They are kept who fear the Lord
Reference: Ps. 34:1-10
Psalms 34:1: I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalms 34:2: My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
Psalms 34:3: O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Psalms 34:4: I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalms 34:5: They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
Psalms 34:6: This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
Psalms 34:7: The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Psalms 34:8: O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalms 34:9: O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
Psalms 34:10: The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
Reading: Kept by a pillar of cloud and fire
Reference: Exod. 13:17-22
Exodus 13:17: And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:
Exodus 13:18: But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
Exodus 13:19: And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.
Exodus 13:20: And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.
Exodus 13:21: And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
Exodus 13:22: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
Reading: My sheep hear my voice
Reference: John 10:25-30
John 10:25: Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
John 10:26: But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
John 10:27: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
John 10:28: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 10:29: My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
John 10:30: I and my Father are one.