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Mothers by Walter Stone

Mothers by Walter Stone

May 9, 2021

Proverbs 31: 10-31
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. ​Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” ​Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

[Other Readings: Romans 12: 1-2, 2 Timothy 3: 1-7, Ephesians 5: 23-29]

Don’t Quit by Walter Stone

Don’t Quit by Walter Stone

May 2, 2021

Psalms 57: 1-2 
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

[Other Readings: Psalms 91, Psalms 46: 1, James 1: 2-4, Deuteronomy 31: 6, Philippians 4: 13, Joshua 1: 9, Psalms 36: 5, Psalms 119: 90, Lamentations 3: 22-23, 1 Corinthians 1: 9, Hebrews 10: 23, Psalms 23, Jeremiah 29: 11, Romans 8: 37, 1 Corinthians 15: 57, 1 John 5: 4-5]

 

Growing - Part 1 by Dean Wasserfall

Growing - Part 1 by Dean Wasserfall

April 25, 2021

2 Peter 1: 3-11
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so near-sighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

[Other Readings: 2 Peter 1: 9, Philippians 1: 6, John 15: 1-8, James 1: 2-4, Titus 3: 4-8, Psalm 107: 1, Psalm 86: 5, Psalm 31: 19-20, Chronicles 16: 34, Romans 12: 21, Matthew 5: 15-16, Ephesians 4: 29, Jeremiah 6: 16, Jeremiah 9: 23-24, 2 Timothy 3: 16-17, Ephesians 1: 15-19, James 1: 5, Proverbs 1: 7, Proverbs 25: 28, James 1: 12, 1 Corinthians 10: 13, James 1: 26, Proverbs 18: 21, 2 Timothy 1: 7, James 1: 19-21]

The Post-Incarnate Christ by Walter Stone

The Post-Incarnate Christ by Walter Stone

April 18, 2021

Acts 1: 3-11 
He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

[Other Readings: Acts 2: 1-4, Hebrews 10: 10-14, Acts 7: 55-56, Luke 22: 66-69, Hebrews 1: 3, Hebrews 4: 14-15, Hebrews 3: 1-3, Hebrews 8: 1-3, Ephesians 2: 13, Ephesians 2: 18, 1 Timothy 2: 5, Matthew 16: 18, 1 Corinthians 12: 27, 1 Peter 2: 5, John 6: 44, John 14: 2-4, Ephesians 4: 12, Revelation 1: 6, 1 Peter 2: 5, Hebrews 12: 2, Mark 16: 19-20, Hebrews 1: 14]

 

The Incarnate Christ by Walter Stone

The Incarnate Christ by Walter Stone

April 11, 2021

John 1: 1-18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. ( John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

[Other Readings: Acts 20: 28, Romans 8: 32, 1 Corinthians 2: 8, Hebrews 2: 11-14, 1 Timothy 3: 16, Galatians 4: 4, 1 john 4: 2, 2 John 1: 7, Luke 2: 7, John 4: 6, Matthew 4: 2, Matthew 8: 10, John 11: 35, Galatians 2: 20, 1 Corinthians 9: 22, Philippians 2: 5-8, Ephesians 5: 2, John 20: 21, John 17,, Luke 19: 10]

Good Friday Message by Walter Stone

Good Friday Message by Walter Stone

April 2, 2021

Matthew 27: 19-54 
Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”. . . 
. . . So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

[Other Readings: Colossians 2: 13-14] 

The Preincarnate Christ by Walter Stone

The Preincarnate Christ by Walter Stone

March 28, 2021

Colossians 1:15-18
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 

[Other Readings: Hebrews 1: 3-4]

Go and Do the Same by Dean Wasserfall

Go and Do the Same by Dean Wasserfall

March 21, 2021

Luke 10: 25-37
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

[Other Readings: Luke 6: 43-45, Proverbs 18: 17, Leviticus 19, Deuteronomy 6, Matthew 19: 16-26, Proverbs 16: 2]

Who Is Jesus by Mark Moodey

Who Is Jesus by Mark Moodey

March 17, 2021

Matthew 16:13-17 
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 

[Other Readings: Revelation 19: 6-9, Revelation 19: 11-16]

Hope by Glenn Roberts

Hope by Glenn Roberts

March 7, 2021

1 Corinthians 13: 13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

[Other Readings: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3, Hebrews 11: 6, Proverbs 13:12, Hebrews 6: 19-20, Hebrews 13: 5-6, Habakkuk 3: 17-19, Lamentations 3: 24, Jeremiah 29: 11, Jeremiah 17: 7, Proverbs 23: 18, Psalms 119: 114, Romans 5: 5, Romans 12: 12]

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