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Month: October 2021

It is fashionable for religious leaders to predict the day and the hour Christ’s second coming, but the truth is none of us know. So be ready every day.

It is fashionable for religious leaders to predict the day and the hour Christ’s second coming, but the truth is none of us know. So be ready every day.

BibleGateway: Mark 13:32-37 ESV Text: Mark 13:32-37 Mark 13:32–37 (Listen) No One Knows That Day or Hour 32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake.1 For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants2 in charge, each with his work, and commands…

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Nothing in this world lasts forever and the greatest accomplishments of mankind will fade away. What never fades or changes? God’s word.

Nothing in this world lasts forever and the greatest accomplishments of mankind will fade away. What never fades or changes? God’s word.

BibleGateway: Mark 13:1-31 ESV Text: Mark 13:1-31 Mark 13:1–31 (Listen) Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple 13:1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” Signs of the End of the Age 3 And as he sat on the…

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In our weakness we all fall into the sin of hypocricy, but let’s not be like the Pharisees who made it a way of life! Savior, forgive us!

In our weakness we all fall into the sin of hypocricy, but let’s not be like the Pharisees who made it a way of life! Savior, forgive us!

BibleGateway: Matthew 23:13-39 ESV Text: Matthew 23:13-39 Matthew 23:13–39 (Listen) 13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.1 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell2 as yourselves. 16 “Woe…

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Our sinful nature wants to see us rise proudly above others, but the Christian heart sees its sinfulness and humbly falls before the Savior in repentance.

Our sinful nature wants to see us rise proudly above others, but the Christian heart sees its sinfulness and humbly falls before the Savior in repentance.

BibleGateway: Matthew 23:1-12 ESV Text: Matthew 23:1-12 Matthew 23:1–12 (Listen) Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees 23:1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,1 and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them…

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Joseph’s life—and the book of Genesis—ends with Joseph showing confidence in the Lord’s promises.

Joseph’s life—and the book of Genesis—ends with Joseph showing confidence in the Lord’s promises.

BibleGateway: Genesis 50:22-26 ESV Text: Genesis 50:22-26 Genesis 50:22–26 (Listen) The Death of Joseph 22 So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father’s house. Joseph lived 110 years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation. The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were counted as Joseph’s own.1 24 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he…

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After Jacob’s death, Joseph’s brothers feared he would suddenly turn on them, but Joseph had forgiven them and God had used even their evil deeds to accomplish His purpose.

After Jacob’s death, Joseph’s brothers feared he would suddenly turn on them, but Joseph had forgiven them and God had used even their evil deeds to accomplish His purpose.

BibleGateway: Genesis 49:29-50:21 ESV Text: Genesis 49:29-50:21 Genesis 49:29–50:21 (Listen) 29 Then he commanded them and said to them, “I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 in the cave that is in the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. 31 There…

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We pay special attention to Judah’s blessing, for it was from Judah’s tribe that the Messiah would come, the One to whom the nations would come.

We pay special attention to Judah’s blessing, for it was from Judah’s tribe that the Messiah would come, the One to whom the nations would come.

BibleGateway: Genesis 49:1-28 ESV Text: Genesis 49:1-28 Genesis 49:1–28 (Listen) Jacob Blesses His Sons 49:1 Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come. 2   “Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob,    listen to Israel your father. 3   “Reuben, you are my firstborn,    my might, and the firstfruits of my strength,    preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.4   Unstable as water, you shall not have preeminence,    because you went up to your father’s…

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Once again, making an outward show of religion does not matter to God; what comes from the heart does.

Once again, making an outward show of religion does not matter to God; what comes from the heart does.

BibleGateway: Mark 12:41-44 ESV Text: Mark 12:41-44 Mark 12:41–44 (Listen) The Widow’s Offering 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.1 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who…

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The so-called “teachers of the law” did not teach God’s word correctly. We too need watch that we listen to teachers who teach the Scriptures correctly.

The so-called “teachers of the law” did not teach God’s word correctly. We too need watch that we listen to teachers who teach the Scriptures correctly.

BibleGateway: Mark 12:35-40 ESV Text: Mark 12:35-40 Mark 12:35–40 (Listen) Whose Son Is the Christ? 35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,   “‘The Lord said to my Lord,  “Sit at my right hand,    until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ 37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly. Beware…

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What is more important than an outward show of religion (such as sacrifices and offerings)? To love God and to keep His commandments from the heart.

What is more important than an outward show of religion (such as sacrifices and offerings)? To love God and to keep His commandments from the heart.

BibleGateway: Mark 12:13-34 ESV Text: Mark 12:13-34 Mark 12:13–34 (Listen) Paying Taxes to Caesar 13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances,1 but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should…

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