Reading: Jesus commissions missionaries
Reference: Matt. 28:16–20
Matthew 28:16: Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
Matthew 28:17: And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
Matthew 28:18: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Reading: The heavenly song of praise
Reference: Rev. 5:9–14
Revelation of John 5:9: And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Revelation of John 5:10: And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Revelation of John 5:11: And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
Revelation of John 5:12: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Revelation of John 5:13: And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Revelation of John 5:14: And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Reading: God lifts up and gives joy
Reference: Ps. 30:1–6
Psalms 30:1: I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
Psalms 30:2: O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
Psalms 30:3: O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Psalms 30:4: Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Psalms 30:5: For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalms 30:6: And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
Reading: Praise the Lord when cast down
Reference: Ps. 43:1–5
Psalms 43:1: Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
Psalms 43:2: For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
Psalms 43:3: O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
Psalms 43:4: Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Psalms 43:5: Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Reading: God answers the night cry
Reference: Ps. 77:1–13
Psalms 77:1: I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.
Psalms 77:2: In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.
Psalms 77:3: I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.
Psalms 77:4: Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
Psalms 77:5: I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.
Psalms 77:6: I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.
Psalms 77:7: Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?
Psalms 77:8: Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?
Psalms 77:9: Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
Psalms 77:10: And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.
Psalms 77:11: I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
Psalms 77:12: I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
Psalms 77:13: Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
Reading: The faithful, little maid
Reference: 2 Kings 5:1–6
II Kings 5:1: Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
II Kings 5:2: And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.
II Kings 5:3: And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
II Kings 5:4: And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.
II Kings 5:5: And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.
II Kings 5:6: And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.
Reading: Faithful in captivity
Reference: Gen. 39:20–23
Genesis 39:20: And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
Genesis 39:21: But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Genesis 39:22: And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
Genesis 39:23: The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.
Reading: A ransom for all
Reference: 1 Tim. 2:1–8
I Timothy 2:1: I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
I Timothy 2:2: For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
I Timothy 2:3: For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
I Timothy 2:4: Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
I Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
I Timothy 2:6: Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
I Timothy 2:7: Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, ( I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
I Timothy 2:8: I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Reading: A Light to the gentiles
Reference: Luke 2:25–32
Luke 2:25: And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Luke 2:26: And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
Luke 2:27: And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
Luke 2:28: Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
Luke 2:29: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
Luke 2:30: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Luke 2:31: Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
Luke 2:32: A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Reading: God’s tool chest
Reference: 1 Cor. 1:22–29
I Corinthians 1:22: For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
I Corinthians 1:23: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
I Corinthians 1:24: But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
I Corinthians 1:25: Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
I Corinthians 1:26: For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
I Corinthians 1:27: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
I Corinthians 1:28: And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
I Corinthians 1:29: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
Reading: We are all related
Reference: Acts 17:22–31
Acts 17:22: Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
Acts 17:23: For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Acts 17:24: God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Acts 17:25: Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
Acts 17:26: And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
Acts 17:27: That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Acts 17:28: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Acts 17:29: Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
Acts 17:30: And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:31: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Reading: Jesus invites the Samaritan woman
Reference: John 4:5–14
John 4:5: Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
John 4:6: Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
John 4:7: There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
John 4:8: ( For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
John 4:9: Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
John 4:10: Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
John 4:11: The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
John 4:12: Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
John 4:13: Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
John 4:14: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Reading: Gentiles shall come to Thy light
Reference: Isa. 60:1–5
Isaiah 60:1: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
Isaiah 60:2: For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Isaiah 60:3: And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Isaiah 60:4: Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
Isaiah 60:5: Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
Reading: All nations shall be blessed
Reference: Gen. 22:11–18
Genesis 22:11: And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
Genesis 22:12: And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
Genesis 22:13: And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
Genesis 22:14: And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah–jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.
Genesis 22:15: And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
Genesis 22:16: And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
Genesis 22:17: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
Genesis 22:18: And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Reading: God’s children love others
Reference: 1 John 4:7–12
I John 4:7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
I John 4:8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
I John 4:9: In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
I John 4:10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
I John 4:11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
I John 4:12: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Reading: Changed to become sons of God
Reference: 1 John 3:1–3
I John 3:1: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
I John 3:2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
I John 3:3: And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Reading: As many as received Him
Reference: John 1:11–13
John 1:11: He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:13: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Reading: Born of incorruptible seed
Reference: 1 Pet. 1:22–25
I Peter 1:22: Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
I Peter 1:23: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
I Peter 1:24: For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
I Peter 1:25: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Reading: Faith overcomes the world
Reference: 1 John 5:1–5
I John 5:1: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
I John 5:2: By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
I John 5:3: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
I John 5:4: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
I John 5:5: Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
Reading: David’s vision of his sin
Reference: Ps. 51:1–7
Psalms 51:1: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Psalms 51:2: Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Psalms 51:3: For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Psalms 51:4: Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Psalms 51:5: Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
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.