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Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED SIXTY
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!”
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-EIGHT
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SIX
2 Corinthians 7:10
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTY
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FORTY-NINE
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FORTY-EIGHT
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FORTY-SEVEN
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FORTY-SIX
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
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1 Chronicles 16:11
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
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But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
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1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FORTY-ONE
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
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1 Timothy 2:5
There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-NINE
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-EIGHT
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN
Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.
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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-FIVE
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
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2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-THREE
1 Thessalonians 5:15
See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-TWO
Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED THIRTY
1 Corinthians 13:13
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-NINE
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT
Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SEVEN
After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SIX
Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR
1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWENTY
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED NINETEEN
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED EIGHTEEN
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FIFTEEN
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN
Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN
And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TWELVE
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED ELEVEN
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED TEN
Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED NINE
Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
WEEK ONE HUNDRED EIGHT
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
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2 Peter 1:3
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
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For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
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2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
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I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
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When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
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But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
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But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself."
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.
1 Peter 3:18
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
1 Corinthians 1:18
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come on you. The power of the Most High will cover you. The holy Child you give birth to will be called the Son of God."
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
1 Chronicles 29:11
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.
1 John 4:19
We love each other because he loved us first.
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.
1 John 1:7
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
Kahore hoki oku whakama ki te rongopai: ko te kaha hoki ia o te Atua hei whakaora mo nga tangata katoa e whakapono ana; mo te Hurai ki mua, mo te Kariki ano hoki.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Matthew 5:14, 16
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children."
The fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honour at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
1 Peter 1:3-4
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
But the angel reassured the shepherds. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all the people!"
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
"Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done."
"Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results."
2 Timothy 3:16
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right."
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
"Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection."
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky"
"I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."
"In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly."
"Even youth grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
1 John 4:4
"You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because they one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
"However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God."
"For God so loved the world that he have his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."
'He says, "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." The Lord Almightyis with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.'
"I can do all this through him who gives me strength."
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of man kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance."
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”
“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.”
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our inequities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will it, his good pleasing and perfect will."
"The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 'Before I formed you I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.'"
"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace."
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom."
1 Peter 5:6-7
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
"From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
"But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, who meditates on his law day and nigh. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers."
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
"The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, the Lord is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him!”