June 1: Holy Bible

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June 1
Holy Bible

422.
They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
~Luke 21:24

423.
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God‘s coming to you.”
~Luke 19:41-44

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May 19: Quiet Time

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May 19

Quiet Time

381.
Even before sunrise,
I pray for your help,
and I put my hope
in what you have said.
–Psalms 119:147
382.
The next morning Jesus went out to a place where he could be alone.
–Luke 4:42

 

 

 

April 28: Fasting

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April 28
 Fasting

            

325.

When I heard this, I sat down and cried. Then for several days, I mourned; I went without eating to show my sorrow, and I prayed.

–Nehemiah 1:4

326.

When you go without eating, don’t try to look gloomy as those show-offs do when they go without eating. I can assure you that they already have their reward. Instead, comb your hair and wash your face. Then others won’t know that you are going without eating. But your Father sees what is done in private, and he will reward you.

–Matthew 6:16-18

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April 15: “Miracles of Jesus” (12/12) by Day Williams

XII.

Conclusion

Of virgin born, raised from the dead–
With multiple miracles in between–
Christ Jesus, Son of God, the Way, Truth, Life–
Is Mankind’s Savior, the sacrifice,

Unblemished Lamb, the man and God who bled
For sinners, whose transgressions were wiped clean,
Salvation gained through faith by man, child, wife,
For God’s one Son has paid the perfect price.

~Day Williams

S.D.G.

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“Christ with Arms Folded”

April 14: “Miracles of Jesus” (11/12) by Day Williams

 

XI.

“I’m going fishing,” Peter said, and others
Said to him, “We’ll go with you, but they caught
Nothing, then Jesus stood on shore, not far
From them, and asked, “Have you caught some fish, friends?”

They did not know who he was. “Throw your net
On the boat’s right side for a catch galore.”
When they did, they could not haul in the net,
The number of fish was so large. “It is

The Lord,” said a disciple. Peter dressed
Himself, jumped in the water, swam to shore,
Then helped drag in the net (he broke a sweat),
With its one hundred fifty-three large fish,

And they had breakfast with the Lord, who showed
Himself to them for forty days and taught
About God’s kingdom, telling them to wait
For the Holy Spirit to baptize them

With power, then he led them on a road
Near Bethany, blessed those whom he had brought
By lifting hands, and he ascended straight
To heaven, hidden by a cloud, God’s gem.

April 12: “Miracles of Jesus” (9/12) by Day Williams

IX.

Martha went out but Mary stayed, preparing
For His arrival, and when Martha greeted
Jesus, she said to him, “It would have turned
Out better; he would not be in his grave

If you had been here, but because you care,
Even now I know God will give you, Jesus,
Whatever you ask.” Jesus was concerned
And told her, “Lazarus will rise once more.”

“Yes,” Martha said, “he’ll rise, as we’re aware,
On the last day when everybody sees
You when they rise from graves–yet I still mourn.”
Jesus told her what she knew from talks before:

Mary, Lazarus, and Martha

Matthew Chapter Fifteen

MATTHEW CHAPTER FIFTEEN

1 Some Pharisees and teachers of the law

Came from Jerusalem and questioned Jesus,

2 “Why do your followers destroy our old

 

Traditions? They don’t wash their hands before

They eat!” 3 “Tell me,” asked Jesus, “why do you

Break God’s command for your tradition’s sake?

 

4 Because God said, ‘Revere your father and

Your mother’ and ‘Whoever curses his

Father or mother must be put to death.’

 

5 But you say if a man says to his father

Or mother, ‘Help you otherwise might have

Received from me is now a gift to God,’

 

6 He is not to ‘revere his father’ with

It. Thus you nullify the word of God

For your tradition’s sake. 7 You hypocrites!

 

Well did Isaiah prophesy of you:

8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but

Their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me

 

In vain; their teachings are but man-made laws.’”

10 Then Jesus called the crowd to him and said,

“Listen and understand. 11 What goes into

 

A man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but

What comes out of his mouth, that’s what makes him

‘Unclean.’” 12 Then the disciples came to him

 

And asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees

Were outraged when they heard this?” 13 He replied,

“Each plant my heavenly Father has not planted

 

Will be uprooted. 14 Leave them; they’re blind guides.

If a blind man leads a blind man, they’ll both

Fall in a pit.” 15 “Explain the parable

 

To us,” said Peter. 16 “Are you still so dull?”

Jesus asked. 17 “Don’t you see whatever goes

Into the mouth goes in the stomach, then

 

Out of the body? 18 But the things that come

Out of the mouth come from the heart, and these

Can make a man ‘unclean,’ 19 for from the heart

 

Come evil thoughts, lust, murder, slander, theft,

Adultery, false testimony, 20 which are

What make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with

 

Unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’” 21 Jesus

Then left that place, retiring into Tyre

And Sidon’s district. 22 A woman from that

 

Vicinity, a Canaanite, approached

Him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have

Mercy on me! My daughter’s suffering

 

Horribly, for a demon has possessed

Her.” 23 Jesus made no answer, and so his

Disciples came to him and urged, “Send her

 

Away, for she keeps crying after us.”

24 Jesus replied, “I was sent only to

The lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

 

25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord,

Help me!” she said. 26 He answered, “It’s not right

To take the children’s bread and toss it to

 

Their dogs.” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even dogs

Beneath the master’s table are allowed

To eat the crumbs that fall;” 28 Then Jesus said,

 

“Woman, you have great faith, and your request

Is granted.” And her daughter was restored

That moment. 29 Jesus left that place and went

 

Along the Sea of Galilee, then he

Went up a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great

Crowds came to him and brought the lame, the blind,

 

The crippled, those who could not speak and many

Others, and put them at his feet; and he

Healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they

 

Saw dumb men speak, the crippled well, the lame

Walking about and blind men seeing. They

Marveled and praised the God of Israel.

 

32 Then Jesus called his followers to him

And said, “I have compassion for these people;

They have already been with me three days and

 

Have nothing left to eat. I do not want

To let them go home hungry, or they may

Collapse along the way.” 33 His followers

 

Replied, “Where could we get sufficient bread

In this deserted place to feed a crowd

Like this?” 34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus

 

Asked. “Seven, and a few small fish,” they said.

35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground.

36 Then he picked up the seven loaves and fish,

 

And when he’d given thanks, he broke them and

Gave them to the disciples, who in turn

Gave pieces to the people. 37 Everyone ate

 

‘Til full– 38 four thousand men, besides the women

And children. Afterward the followers

Collected seven basketfuls of pieces

 

Left over. 39 After Jesus had dismissed

The crowd, he went aboard the vessel and

Crossed to the area of Magadan.

 

S.D.G.

 

 

Matthew Chapter Ten

MATTHEW CHAPTER TEN

1 He called his twelve disciples to him and

Gave them authority to drive out evil

Spirits and heal all kinds of sickness and

 

Disease. 2 These are the twelve apostles’ names:

First, Simon (who’s called Peter) and his brother

Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and John,

 

His brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew;

Thomas; the tax collector, Matthew; James

Alphaeus’ son, and Thaddaeus; 4 and Simon

 

The Zealot and Judas Iscariot,

The traitor. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with

The following instructions: “Do not go

 

Among the Gentiles or Samaritans.

6 Go rather to the lost sheep in the house

Of Israel. 7 Go and announce to them

 

That Heaven’s Kingdom is near. 8 Heal the sick,

Raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.

Freely you have received, so freely give.

 

9 Do not take any gold or silver or

Copper along with you, 10 and take no bag

For the excursion, and no extra clothes

 

Or sandals or a staff; the worker’s worth

His keep. 11 Whatever town or village that

You enter, search for some respected man

 

There; stay with him until you leave. 12 As you

Enter the home, give it your blessing. 13 If

The home deserves it, let your peace come rest

 

On it; if it is not, then let your peace

Return to you. 14 If none will welcome you

Or listen to your words, shake off the dust

 

From your feet as you leave that home or town.

15 Believe me, Sodom and Gomorrah will

Fare better on the day of judgment than

 

That town. 16 I send you out like sheep among

Wolves, so be shrewd as snakes, as innocent

As doves, 17 but be on guard against men; they

 

Will hand you over to the courts and flog

You in their synagogues. 18 On my account

You will be brought in front of governors

 

And kings as witnesses to them and to

The Gentiles, 19 but when they arrest you, don’t

Worry about how you should speak or what

 

To say, 20 for you’ll be told then what to say,

For it will not be you who speaks– instead,

The Spirit of your Father will be speaking

 

Through you: 21 A brother will betray a brother

To death; a father will betray his child,

And children will rebel against their parents

 

And have them killed. 22 All men will hate you due

To me, but he who stands firm to the end

Will be saved. 23 When you’re persecuted in

 

One place, flee to another. I tell you

The truth, you will not finish going through

The towns of Israel before the Son

 

Of Man arrives. 24 A student’s not above

His teacher and a servant’s not above

His master. 25 It suffices for the student

 

That he be like his teacher, that the servant

Be like his master. If the household head

Is called ‘The Evil Prince,’ what sort of names

 

Will they give to his servants? 26 But don’t be

Afraid of them. There’s nothing now concealed

That will not be exposed, or hidden that

 

Will not be known. 27 The things I tell you in

The darkness, you should speak in daylight; what

Is whispered in your ear, proclaim from roofs.

 

28 Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body

But cannot kill the soul. Instead, be scared

Of him who can destroy both soul and body

 

In fires of hell. 29 Two sparrows sell for one

Penny, don’t they? Yet not a single one

Of them can fall to earth without your Father

 

Knowing. 30 The very hairs upon your head

Are numbered, 31 so don’t be afraid; you’re worth

More than a flock of sparrows. 32 Every man

 

Who publicly acknowledges me, I’ll

Acknowledge in front of my Father in

Heaven, 33 but every man who shall disown

 

Me publicly, I will disown to my

Father in heaven. 34 Don’t suppose that I

Have come to bring peace to the earth. I did

 

Not come to bring peace, but a sword, 35 for I

Have come to turn ‘a man against his father,

A girl against her mother, and a daughter-

 

In-law against her mother-in-law’− 36 right

In his own home a man will have his worst

Enemies. 37 Anyone who loves his father

 

Or mother more than me does not deserve

To be mine; anyone who loves his son

Or daughter more than me does not deserve

 

To be mine; 38 and the one who does not take

His cross and follow me does not deserve

Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it; he

 

Who gives it up for me will find it. 40 Those

Who welcome you are welcoming me. When

They welcome me, they welcome God who sent

 

Me. 41 Anyone who greets a prophet just

Because he is a prophet will receive

The same reward a prophet gains; he who

 

Receives a righteous man because he is

A righteous man will gain a righteous man’s

Reward, 42 and if you, as my follower,

 

Give even a cold cup of water to

A little child, believe me, serves the Lord,

And he will surely not lose his reward.”

S.D.G.