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Month: September 2021

Beware of the empty philosophers and the blind teachers of today. They might even know some science but that doesn’t necessarily mean they know God.

Beware of the empty philosophers and the blind teachers of today. They might even know some science but that doesn’t necessarily mean they know God.

BibleGateway: Matthew 16:1-12 ESV Text: Matthew 16:1-12 Matthew 16:1–12 (Listen) The Pharisees and Sadducees Demand Signs 16:1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered them,1 “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the…

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“He has done everything well,” the crowd said. Though they didn’t know the “everything,” they weren’t wrong! His life, death, and resurrection—all was done well for us!

“He has done everything well,” the crowd said. Though they didn’t know the “everything,” they weren’t wrong! His life, death, and resurrection—all was done well for us!

BibleGateway: Mark 7:31-37 ESV Text: Mark 7:31-37 Mark 7:31–37 (Listen) Jesus Heals a Deaf Man 31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after…

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By just 30 years of age the Lord had turned Joseph into a wise and compassionate leader.

By just 30 years of age the Lord had turned Joseph into a wise and compassionate leader.

BibleGateway: Genesis 41:41-57 ESV Text: Genesis 41:41-57 Genesis 41:41–57 (Listen) 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. 43 And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!”1 Thus he set him over…

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Joseph’s times, David’s times—all our times are in the hands of the Lord. What a comfort and a relief!

Joseph’s times, David’s times—all our times are in the hands of the Lord. What a comfort and a relief!

BibleGateway: Psalm 31 ESV Text: Psalm 31 Psalm 31 (Listen) Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 31:1   In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;    let me never be put to shame;    in your righteousness deliver me!2   Incline your ear to me;    rescue me speedily!  Be a rock of refuge for me,    a strong fortress to save me! 3   For you are my rock and my fortress;    and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;4   you take me out…

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The additional two years in prison would have helped Joseph practice the humility and patience he would need to be a good ruler over Egypt.

The additional two years in prison would have helped Joseph practice the humility and patience he would need to be a good ruler over Egypt.

BibleGateway: Genesis 41:1-40 ESV Text: Genesis 41:1-40 Genesis 41:1–40 (Listen) Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams 41:1 After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, 2 and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows, attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass. 3 And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. 4 And the ugly, thin…

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Surely Joseph thought this was the time he would get out of prison, but God had a different time in mind and His timing worked out for the best.

Surely Joseph thought this was the time he would get out of prison, but God had a different time in mind and His timing worked out for the best.

BibleGateway: Genesis 40:1-23 ESV Text: Genesis 40:1-23 Genesis 40 (Listen) Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners’ Dreams 40:1 Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3 and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined. 4 The captain of the…

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We are not saved by keeping the Law outwardly, but we are saved by trusting inwardly in Jesus. Compare the heart of a Pharisee to that of the Syrophoenician woman.

We are not saved by keeping the Law outwardly, but we are saved by trusting inwardly in Jesus. Compare the heart of a Pharisee to that of the Syrophoenician woman.

BibleGateway: Mark 7:17-30 ESV Text: Mark 7:17-30 Mark 7:17–30 (Listen) 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?”1 (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a…

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With our sins we dug a hole we could not get out of ourselves, but God raised us up by sending His Son to suffer for those sins in our place. Praise Him forever!

With our sins we dug a hole we could not get out of ourselves, but God raised us up by sending His Son to suffer for those sins in our place. Praise Him forever!

BibleGateway: Psalm 30 ESV Text: Psalm 30 Psalm 30 (Listen) Joy Comes with the Morning A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple. 30:1   I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up    and have not let my foes rejoice over me.2   O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,    and you have healed me.3   O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;    you restored me to life from among those who go down to…

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The Lord is almighty and enthroned as king forever, yet what does He do with all that strength? He uses it to bless His people and give them peace!

The Lord is almighty and enthroned as king forever, yet what does He do with all that strength? He uses it to bless His people and give them peace!

BibleGateway: Psalm 29 ESV Text: Psalm 29 Psalm 29 (Listen) Ascribe to the Lord Glory A Psalm of David. 29:1   Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,1     ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 2   Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;     worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.2 3   The voice of the LORD is over the waters;     the God of glory thunders,     the LORD, over many waters. 4   The voice of the LORD is powerful;     the voice of the…

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What do think of the revenge Dinah’s brothers took out on Shechem? What do you think of the reason (v. 31) they gave for doing it? Have you heard reasoning like that before?

What do think of the revenge Dinah’s brothers took out on Shechem? What do you think of the reason (v. 31) they gave for doing it? Have you heard reasoning like that before?

BibleGateway: Genesis 34:1-31 ESV Text: Genesis 34:1-31 Genesis 34 (Listen) The Defiling of Dinah 34:1 Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land. 2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her. 3 And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly…

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