9

JUL

CONFIDENCE AND PRAISE - EPHESIANS 1:1-14

1. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4. even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5. he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6. to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8. which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9. making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10. as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12. so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14. who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

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2

JUL

IN TO THE WORLD - MARK 6:1-13

1. He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3. Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5. And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching. 7. And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— 9. but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10. And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12. So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.

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26

JUN

LIVING FAITH - MARK 5:21-43

21. And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23. and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24. And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26. and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29. And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31. And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32. And he looked around to see who had done it. 33. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” 35. While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36. But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37. And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40. And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42. And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

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25

FEB

PROVERBS 11:30-30

30. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.

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24

FEB

MATTHEW 7:24-25

24. ``Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25. ``And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

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23

FEB

PSALM 73:2-26

2. But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped. 3. For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4. For there are no pains in their death, And their body is fat. 5. They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind. 6. Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them. 7. Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot. 8. They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high. 9. They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth. 10. Therefore his people return to this place, And waters of abundance are drunk by them. 11. They say, ``How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?" 12. Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth. 13. Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence; 14. For I have been stricken all day long And chastened every morning. 15. If I had said, ``I will speak thus," Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children. 16. When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight 17. Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end. 18. Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. 19. How they are destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors! 20. Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their form. 21. When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within, 22. Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. 23. Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. 24. With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory. 25. Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. 26. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

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22

FEB

ACTS 20:24-24

24. ``But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.

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21

FEB

JAMES 3:2-2

2. For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.

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20

FEB

MARK 9:33-35

33. They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them, ``What were you discussing on the way?" 34. But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest. 35. Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, ``If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."

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