Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Samuel’s Calling and Prophetic Activity 3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” [...]
Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13–35 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know [...]
Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:15-20 “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a [...]
Scripture Reading: Revelation 14:12 (NIV), Revelation 21:4 (NIV), Revelation 22:1-2, 5 (CEB) Revelation 14:12 (NIV) This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus. Revelation 21:4 (NIV) ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 22:1-2, 5 (CEB) Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, shining like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb through the middle of the [...]
Scripture Reading: Romans 5:3-4, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, Romans 8:28, Philippians 1:12-14 Romans 5:3-4 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Philippians 1:12-14 I want you to know, beloved, that what has happened to [...]
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:17,Matthew 6:31-33, Matthew 22:37-39 Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 22:37-39 He said to him, “‘You shall love [...]
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:31, Jeremiah 29:11, Zechariah 9:12 Isaiah 40:31 Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Jeremiah 29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Zechariah 9:12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 40: 1-3 (Common English Bible-CEB) I put all my hope in the Lord. He leaned down to me; he listened to my cry for help. He lifted me out of the pit of death, out of the mud and filth, and set my feet on solid rock. He steadied my legs. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise for our God.
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26-39 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in [...]
Scripture Reading: Psalm 74:12-17 Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the earth. You divided the sea by your might; you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters. You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness. You cut openings for springs and torrents; you dried up ever-flowing streams. Yours is the day, yours also the night; you established the luminaries and the sun. You have fixed all the bounds of the earth; you made summer and winter.