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  • March 18: Leviticus 1:4; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 1:6; 1 Peter 1:18–19; 1 Peter 2:5; 1 Peter 2:24; Jude 24–25; Genesis 3:6; Matthew 4:3–4; Matthew 4:8–10; Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews 4:15; James 1:12

    Morning: Leviticus 1:4; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 1:6; 1 Peter 1:18–19; 1 Peter 2:5; 1 Peter 2:24; Jude 24–25

    He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

    Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.—He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.

    He has blessed us in the Beloved.

    You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.— I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

    Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

    Leviticus 1:4 (Listen)

    He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

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    Romans 12:1 (Listen)

    A Living Sacrifice

    12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,1 by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.2

    Footnotes

    [1] 12:1 Or brothers and sisters
    [2] 12:1 Or your rational service

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    Ephesians 1:6 (Listen)

    to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

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    1 Peter 1:18–19 (Listen)

    18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

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    1 Peter 2:5 (Listen)

    you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

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    1 Peter 2:24 (Listen)

    24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

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    Jude 24–25 (Listen)

    Doxology

    24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time1 and now and forever. Amen.

    Footnotes

    [1] 1:25 Or before any age

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    Evening: Genesis 3:6; Matthew 4:3–4; Matthew 4:8–10; Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews 4:15; James 1:12

    One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

    So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

    And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”… Again, the devil… showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan!”

    For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

    Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial.

    Genesis 3:6 (Listen)

    So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,1 she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

    Footnotes

    [1] 3:6 Or to give insight

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    Matthew 4:3–4 (Listen)

    And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,

      “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
        but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

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    Matthew 4:8–10 (Listen)

    Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

      “‘You shall worship the Lord your God
        and him only shall you serve.’”

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    Hebrews 2:18 (Listen)

    18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

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    Hebrews 4:15 (Listen)

    15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

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    James 1:12 (Listen)

    12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

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  • March 17: Job 9:25–26; Job 14:1–2; Psalm 90:5–6; Psalm 102:26–27; Hebrews 13:8; James 4:14; 1 John 2:17; Psalm 145:21; Psalm 147:1; Psalm 147:7; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18–19; Colossians 3:16; Revelation 14:2

    Morning: Job 9:25–26; Job 14:1–2; Psalm 90:5–6; Psalm 102:26–27; Hebrews 13:8; James 4:14; 1 John 2:17

    What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

    “My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away; they see no good. They go by like skiffs of reed, like an eagle swooping on the prey.”—You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.—“Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. He comes out like a flower and withers.”

    And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.—They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.—Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

    Job 9:25–26 (Listen)

    25   “My days are swifter than a runner;
        they flee away; they see no good.
    26   They go by like skiffs of reed,
        like an eagle swooping on the prey.

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    Job 14:1–2 (Listen)

    Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All

    14   “Man who is born of a woman
        is few of days and full of trouble.
      He comes out like a flower and withers;
        he flees like a shadow and continues not.

    (ESV)

    Psalm 90:5–6 (Listen)

      You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
        like grass that is renewed in the morning:
      in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
        in the evening it fades and withers.

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    Psalm 102:26–27 (Listen)

    26   They will perish, but you will remain;
        they will all wear out like a garment.
      You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
    27     but you are the same, and your years have no end.

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    Hebrews 13:8 (Listen)

    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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    James 4:14 (Listen)

    14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

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    1 John 2:17 (Listen)

    17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

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    Evening: Psalm 145:21; Psalm 147:1; Psalm 147:7; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18–19; Colossians 3:16; Revelation 14:2

    I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

    Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.—Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

    My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

    Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting…. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!

    And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps.

    Psalm 145:21 (Listen)

    21   My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
        and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

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    Psalm 147:1 (Listen)

    He Heals the Brokenhearted

    147   Praise the LORD!
      For it is good to sing praises to our God;
        for it is pleasant,1 and a song of praise is fitting.

    Footnotes

    [1] 147:1 Or for he is beautiful

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    Psalm 147:7 (Listen)

      Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
        make melody to our God on the lyre!

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    1 Corinthians 14:15 (Listen)

    15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

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    Ephesians 5:18–19 (Listen)

    18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

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    Colossians 3:16 (Listen)

    16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

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    Revelation 14:2 (Listen)

    And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps,

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  • March 16: Psalm 69:20; Psalm 116:3; Psalm 142:4; Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 26:38–39; Luke 22:44; Hebrews 2:10; Exodus 20:11; Psalm 8:3–4; Psalm 19:1; Psalm 33:6; Psalm 33:9; Isaiah 40:15; Hebrews 11:3

    Morning: Psalm 69:20; Psalm 116:3; Psalm 142:4; Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 26:38–39; Luke 22:44; Hebrews 2:10

    Perfect through suffering.

    “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”—And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

    The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.—Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none.—Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.

    He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

    Psalm 69:20 (Listen)

    20   Reproaches have broken my heart,
        so that I am in despair.
      I looked for pity, but there was none,
        and for comforters, but I found none.

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    Psalm 116:3 (Listen)

      The snares of death encompassed me;
        the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
        I suffered distress and anguish.

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    Psalm 142:4 (Listen)

      Look to the right and see:
        there is none who takes notice of me;
      no refuge remains to me;
        no one cares for my soul.

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    Isaiah 53:3 (Listen)

      He was despised and rejected1 by men,
        a man of sorrows2 and acquainted with3 grief;4
      and as one from whom men hide their faces5
        he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

    Footnotes

    [1] 53:3 Or forsaken
    [2] 53:3 Or pains; also verse 4
    [3] 53:3 Or and knowing
    [4] 53:3 Or sickness; also verse 4
    [5] 53:3 Or as one who hides his face from us

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    Matthew 26:38–39 (Listen)

    38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch1 with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

    Footnotes

    [1] 26:38 Or keep awake; also verses 40, 41

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    Luke 22:44 (Listen)

    44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.1

    Footnotes

    [1] 22:44 Some manuscripts omit verses 43 and 44

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    Hebrews 2:10 (Listen)

    10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

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    Evening: Exodus 20:11; Psalm 8:3–4; Psalm 19:1; Psalm 33:6; Psalm 33:9; Isaiah 40:15; Hebrews 11:3

    The Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them.

    The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.—By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.—Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.

    By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

    When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

    Exodus 20:11 (Listen)

    11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

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    Psalm 8:3–4 (Listen)

      When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
        the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
      what is man that you are mindful of him,
        and the son of man that you care for him?

    (ESV)

    Psalm 19:1 (Listen)

    The Law of the Lord Is Perfect

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    19   The heavens declare the glory of God,
        and the sky above1 proclaims his handiwork.

    Footnotes

    [1] 19:1 Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6–8

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    Psalm 33:6 (Listen)

      By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
        and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

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    Psalm 33:9 (Listen)

      For he spoke, and it came to be;
        he commanded, and it stood firm.

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    Isaiah 40:15 (Listen)

    15   Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
        and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
        behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.

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    Hebrews 11:3 (Listen)

    By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

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Today's Bible Verse

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 18 Mar 2019 | 1:01 am

    Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.