Reading: Follow after righteousness
Reference: 1 Tim. 6:11-18
I Timothy 6:11: But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
I Timothy 6:12: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
I Timothy 6:13: I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
I Timothy 6:14: That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
I Timothy 6:15: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
I Timothy 6:16: Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
I Timothy 6:17: Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
I Timothy 6:18: That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
Reading: God’s requirements for right living
Reference: Mic. 6:6-8
Micah 6:6: Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
Micah 6:7: Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
Micah 6:8: He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Reading: Teaching our children right living
Reference: Deut. 6:4-9
Deuteronomy 6:4: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
Deuteronomy 6:5: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 6:6: And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Deuteronomy 6:7: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deuteronomy 6:8: And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
Deuteronomy 6:9: And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Reading: Dwelling together in unity
Reference: Ps. 133:1-3
Psalms 133:1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalms 133:2: It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
Psalms 133:3: As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Reading: Depart from evil and do good
Reference: Ps. 34:11-18
Psalms 34:11: Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Psalms 34:12: What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
Psalms 34:13: Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psalms 34:14: Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalms 34:15: The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
Psalms 34:16: The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
Psalms 34:17: The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
Psalms 34:18: The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Reading: Clean hands and a pure heart
Reference: Ps. 24:1-6
Psalms 24:1: The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Psalms 24:2: For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Psalms 24:3: Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
Psalms 24:4: He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
Psalms 24:5: He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Psalms 24:6: This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Reading: Ten Commandments
Reference: Exod. 20:1-17
Exodus 20:1: And God spake all these words, saying,
Exodus 20:2: I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exodus 20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Exodus 20:5: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Exodus 20:6: And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Exodus 20:7: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Exodus 20:8: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exodus 20:9: Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
Exodus 20:10: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
Exodus 20:11: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:12: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Exodus 20:13: Thou shalt not kill.
Exodus 20:14: Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:15: Thou shalt not steal.
Exodus 20:16: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Exodus 20:17: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Reading: Forsake not commandments
Reference: Prov. 6:20-23
Proverbs 6:20: My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Proverbs 6:21: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
Proverbs 6:22: When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
Proverbs 6:23: For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
Reading: Stand fast
Reference: 2 Thess. 2:13-17
II Thessalonians 2:13: But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
II Thessalonians 2:14: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Thessalonians 2:15: Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
II Thessalonians 2:16: Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
II Thessalonians 2:17: Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
Reference: Acts 14:21-23
Acts 14:21: And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
Acts 14:22: Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Acts 14:23: And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
Reading: Life and death
Reference: Phil. 1:19-26
Philippians 1:19: For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Philippians 1:20: According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
Philippians 1:21: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:22: But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
Philippians 1:23: For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
Philippians 1:24: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
Philippians 1:25: And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
Philippians 1:26: That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
Reference: Acts 20:18-38
Acts 20:18: And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,
Acts 20:19: Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
Acts 20:20: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
Acts 20:21: Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 20:22: And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
Acts 20:23: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
Acts 20:24: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:25: And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
Acts 20:26: Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
Acts 20:27: For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
Acts 20:28: Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Acts 20:29: For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Acts 20:30: Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Acts 20:31: Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
Acts 20:32: And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Acts 20:33: I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
Acts 20:34: Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Acts 20:35: I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Acts 20:36: And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.
Acts 20:37: And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him,
Acts 20:38: Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
Reference: Luke 21:10-19
Luke 21:10: Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
Luke 21:11: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Luke 21:12: But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
Luke 21:13: And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Luke 21:14: Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
Luke 21:15: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Luke 21:16: And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
Luke 21:17: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
Luke 21:18: But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Luke 21:19: In your patience possess ye your souls.
Reference: Rom. 8:18-28
Romans 8:18: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:19: For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Romans 8:20: For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Romans 8:21: Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Romans 8:22: For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Romans 8:23: And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Romans 8:24: For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Romans 8:25: But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Romans 8:26: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:27: And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Reading: Humility and repentance
Reference: 2 Chron. 7:11-14
II Chronicles 7:11: Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord, and the king’s house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.
II Chronicles 7:12: And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
II Chronicles 7:13: If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
II Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Reading: Another humble beginning
Reference: 1 Sam. 9:21-27
I Samuel 9:21: And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
I Samuel 9:22: And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.
I Samuel 9:23: And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.
I Samuel 9:24: And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.
I Samuel 9:25: And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.
I Samuel 9:26: And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.
I Samuel 9:27: And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.
Reading: Like a little child
Reference: Matt. 18:1-5
Matthew 18:1: At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Matthew 18:2: And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
Matthew 18:3: And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:4: Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:5: And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Reading: Fruits of a proud heart
Reference: Isa. 3:16-24
Isaiah 3:16: Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
Isaiah 3:17: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
Isaiah 3:18: In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,
Isaiah 3:19: The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
Isaiah 3:20: The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
Isaiah 3:21: The rings, and nose jewels,
Isaiah 3:22: The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
Isaiah 3:23: The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.
Isaiah 3:24: And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.
Reading: What God hates
Reference: Prov. 6:12-19
Proverbs 6:12: A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
Proverbs 6:13: He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
Proverbs 6:14: Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
Proverbs 6:15: Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
Proverbs 6:16: These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Proverbs 6:17: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Proverbs 6:18: An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Proverbs 6:19: A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Reading: A proud man humbled
Reference: Dan. 4:28-37
Daniel 4:28: All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel 4:29: At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
Daniel 4:30: The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
Daniel 4:31: While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
Daniel 4:32: And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
Daniel 4:33: The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.
Daniel 4:34: And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
Daniel 4:35: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Daniel 4:36: At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.
Daniel 4:37: Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.