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  • December 14: Isaiah 61:3; Acts 20:32; Ephesians 2:20–22; Philippians 1:11; Philippians 1:28; Colossians 1:11; Colossians 2:6–7; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:1; Psalm 62:12; Isaiah 26:12; Matthew 6:3–4; Matthew 25:19; 1 Corinthians 3:11; 1 Corinthians 3:14–15; 2 Corinthians 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10

    Morning: Isaiah 61:3; Acts 20:32; Ephesians 2:20–22; Philippians 1:11; Philippians 1:28; Colossians 1:11; Colossians 2:6–7; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:1

    Be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

    May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might.—Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.—Oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.—Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

    “And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”—Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

    Fight the good fight of the faith.—And not frightened in anything by your opponents.

    Isaiah 61:3 (Listen)

      to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
        to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
      the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
        the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
      that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
        the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.1

    Footnotes

    [1] 61:3 Or that he may display his beauty

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    Acts 20:32 (Listen)

    32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

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    Ephesians 2:20–22 (Listen)

    20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by1 the Spirit.

    Footnotes

    [1] 2:22 Or in

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    Philippians 1:11 (Listen)

    11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

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    Philippians 1:28 (Listen)

    28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.

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    Colossians 1:11 (Listen)

    11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;

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    Colossians 2:6–7 (Listen)

    Alive in Christ

    Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

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    1 Timothy 6:12 (Listen)

    12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

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    2 Timothy 2:1 (Listen)

    A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

    You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,

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    Evening: Psalm 62:12; Isaiah 26:12; Matthew 6:3–4; Matthew 25:19; 1 Corinthians 3:11; 1 Corinthians 3:14–15; 2 Corinthians 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10

    For you will render to a man according to his work.

    For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ…. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.—For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

    “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”—“Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.”

    Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.—O Lord, you will ordain peace for us; you have done for us all our works.

    Psalm 62:12 (Listen)

    12     and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
      For you will render to a man
        according to his work.

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    Isaiah 26:12 (Listen)

    12   O LORD, you will ordain peace for us,
        for you have indeed done for us all our works.

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    Matthew 6:3–4 (Listen)

    But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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    Matthew 25:19 (Listen)

    19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

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    1 Corinthians 3:11 (Listen)

    11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

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    1 Corinthians 3:14–15 (Listen)

    14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

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    2 Corinthians 3:5 (Listen)

    Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,

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    2 Corinthians 5:10 (Listen)

    10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

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  • December 13: Psalm 27:14; Isaiah 35:3–4; Isaiah 41:10; Zephaniah 3:15; Zephaniah 3:17; Revelation 21:3–4; Exodus 14:15; 1 Chronicles 19:13; Nehemiah 4:9; Isaiah 35:3–4; Hosea 6:3; Matthew 7:21; Matthew 26:41; John 7:17; Romans 12:11; 1 Corinthians 16:13

    Morning: Psalm 27:14; Isaiah 35:3–4; Isaiah 41:10; Zephaniah 3:15; Zephaniah 3:17; Revelation 21:3–4

    The Lord, is in your midst.

    Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.—Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”—The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.—Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage.

    And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore.”

    Psalm 27:14 (Listen)

    14   Wait for the LORD;
        be strong, and let your heart take courage;
        wait for the LORD!

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    Isaiah 35:3–4 (Listen)

      Strengthen the weak hands,
        and make firm the feeble knees.
      Say to those who have an anxious heart,
        “Be strong; fear not!
      Behold, your God
        will come with vengeance,
      with the recompense of God.
        He will come and save you.”

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    Isaiah 41:10 (Listen)

    10   fear not, for I am with you;
        be not dismayed, for I am your God;
      I will strengthen you, I will help you,
        I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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    Zephaniah 3:15 (Listen)

    15   The LORD has taken away the judgments against you;
        he has cleared away your enemies.
      The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
        you shall never again fear evil.

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    Zephaniah 3:17 (Listen)

    17   The LORD your God is in your midst,
        a mighty one who will save;
      he will rejoice over you with gladness;
        he will quiet you by his love;
      he will exult over you with loud singing.

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    Revelation 21:3–4 (Listen)

    And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place1 of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,2 and God himself will be with them as their God.3 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

    Footnotes

    [1] 21:3 Or tabernacle
    [2] 21:3 Some manuscripts peoples
    [3] 21:3 Some manuscripts omit as their God

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    Evening: Exodus 14:15; 1 Chronicles 19:13; Nehemiah 4:9; Isaiah 35:3–4; Hosea 6:3; Matthew 7:21; Matthew 26:41; John 7:17; Romans 12:11; 1 Corinthians 16:13

    “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.”

    “Be strong, and let us use our strength for our people and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.”—And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”—“If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God.”—“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord.”

    “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”—Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.—Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

    Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not!”

    Exodus 14:15 (Listen)

    15 The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.

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    1 Chronicles 19:13 (Listen)

    13 Be strong, and let us use our strength for our people and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.”

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    Nehemiah 4:9 (Listen)

    And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.

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    Isaiah 35:3–4 (Listen)

      Strengthen the weak hands,
        and make firm the feeble knees.
      Say to those who have an anxious heart,
        “Be strong; fear not!
      Behold, your God
        will come with vengeance,
      with the recompense of God.
        He will come and save you.”

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    Hosea 6:3 (Listen)

      Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD;
        his going out is sure as the dawn;
      he will come to us as the showers,
        as the spring rains that water the earth.”

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    Matthew 7:21 (Listen)

    I Never Knew You

    21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

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    Matthew 26:41 (Listen)

    41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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    John 7:17 (Listen)

    17 If anyone's will is to do God's1 will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

    Footnotes

    [1] 7:17 Greek his

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    Romans 12:11 (Listen)

    11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,1 serve the Lord.

    Footnotes

    [1] 12:11 Or fervent in the Spirit

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    1 Corinthians 16:13 (Listen)

    13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

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  • December 12: Matthew 18:6; Matthew 25:40; Romans 14:16; 1 Corinthians 8:9; 2 Corinthians 8:21; Galatians 5:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 Peter 2:15; 1 Peter 4:15–16; Isaiah 60:1–2; Luke 12:35–36; Romans 13:11; Ephesians 5:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:6–8; 1 Peter 1:13

    Morning: Matthew 18:6; Matthew 25:40; Romans 14:16; 1 Corinthians 8:9; 2 Corinthians 8:21; Galatians 5:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 Peter 2:15; 1 Peter 4:15–16

    So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.

    Abstain from every form of evil.—We aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man.—For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

    But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

    For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.—But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.—“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”—“As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

    Matthew 18:6 (Listen)

    but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,1 it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

    Footnotes

    [1] 18:6 Greek causes . . . to stumble; also verses 8, 9

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    Matthew 25:40 (Listen)

    40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,1 you did it to me.’

    Footnotes

    [1] 25:40 Or brothers and sisters

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    Romans 14:16 (Listen)

    16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.

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    1 Corinthians 8:9 (Listen)

    But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

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    2 Corinthians 8:21 (Listen)

    21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man.

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    Galatians 5:13 (Listen)

    13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

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    1 Thessalonians 5:22 (Listen)

    22 Abstain from every form of evil.

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    1 Peter 2:15 (Listen)

    15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

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    1 Peter 4:15–16 (Listen)

    15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

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    Evening: Isaiah 60:1–2; Luke 12:35–36; Romans 13:11; Ephesians 5:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:6–8; 1 Peter 1:13

    “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

    The hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.— So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

    Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.

    Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.—“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master.”

    Isaiah 60:1–2 (Listen)

    The Future Glory of Israel

    60   Arise, shine, for your light has come,
        and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
      For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
        and thick darkness the peoples;
      but the LORD will arise upon you,
        and his glory will be seen upon you.

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    Luke 12:35–36 (Listen)

    You Must Be Ready

    35 “Stay dressed for action1 and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.

    Footnotes

    [1] 12:35 Greek Let your loins stay girded; compare Exodus 12:11

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    Romans 13:11 (Listen)

    11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

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    Ephesians 5:14 (Listen)

    14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

      “Awake, O sleeper,
        and arise from the dead,
      and Christ will shine on you.”

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    1 Thessalonians 5:6–8 (Listen)

    So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

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    1 Peter 1:13 (Listen)

    Called to Be Holy

    13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,1 and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    Footnotes

    [1] 1:13 Greek girding up the loins of your mind

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Today's Bible Verse

  • Jude 1:20-21 14 Dec 2018 | 1:01 am

    But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.