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Week of 6/3-7 (B23;19)
Acts 1:9-11 (NKJV)
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He
was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And
while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up,
behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said,
"Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This
same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so
come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."
What a wonderful promise, dear Lord! Thank You for returning
Your Son whereby Your work on earth is short as You've promised.
Until that day, please help us walk uprightly with You as we abide in
Your Son. May Your/His Holy Spirit guide our daily steps. As we
walk in Your provisions, may You be honored and glorified in and
through our lives. May they be living sacrifices which are indeed
pleasing to You. In Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen.
Week of 6/10-14 (B24;19)
Titus 2:11-15 (NKJV)
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all
men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present
age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of
our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for
us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify
for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority.
Let no one despise you.
Holy Father, You call us to seek to be like You. As holy God,
we seek righteousness and godliness as we abide in Your Vine.
Thank you for being willing to exhort, rebuke and correct us given
who we are - sheep-like children who tend to wander. Thank You
for Proverbs 3:1-12. Thank You for the other places in Your Word
where You highlight one aspect of Your love: Fatherly discipline.
In humility, oh Lord Most High, we confess we need it! All praise to
Your matchless name. In Jesus Christ's - Your Son's - holy name
we pray, amen.
Week of 6/17-21 (B25;19)
Isaiah 6:1-13 (NKJV)
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a
throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the
temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings:
with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet,
and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:
"Holy, holy holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is
full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by
the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with
smoke. So I said, "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because
I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a
people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the
LORD of hosts."
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a
live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.
And he touched my mouth with it, and said, "Behold, this
has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and
your sin purged." Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,
"Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said,
"Here am I! Send me." And He said, "Go, and tell this
people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on
seeing, but do not perceive.' "Make the heart of this people
dull; and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they
see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and under-
stand with their heart, and return and be healed."
Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered: "Until
the cities are laid wast and without inhabitant, the houses
are without a man, the land is utterly desolate. The LORD
has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are
many in the midst of the land. But yet a tenth will be in it,
and will return and be for consuming, as a terebinth tree or
as an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. So
the holy seed shall be its stump."
Oh holy, holy, holy God Most High, the whole earth is full
of Your glory! May Your plan for mankind, before Your Son's
return, unfold. Please come quickly Lord Jesus, thus making
a short work of this earth. And Lord, may Your Ambassadors
in Christ Jesus Your Son be faithful proclaimers of Your eternal
Truths forever settled in heaven. Unto Your glory and praise
we declare and ask these things. And Lord, receive this prayer,
in Jesus Christ's holy name:
Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy
Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom
and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen
Week of 6/24-28 (B26;19)
Luke 8:4-15 (NKJV ; [bracket] inclusion ours)
And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come
to Him from every city, He [Jesus Christ] spoke by a parable:
"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell
by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the
air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up,
it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among
thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others
fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold."
When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear,
let him hear!"
Then His disciples asked Him, saying, "What does this parable
mean?" And He said, "To you it has been given to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in
parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by
the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes
away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be
saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear,
receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe
for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that
fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out
and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and
bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good
ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and
good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
Lord God, may we look to You for wisdom to avoid the dangerous
paths leading to apostasy. Lord, help us steer clear of the cares,
riches and pleasures of life which choke fruitfulness. In contrast,
Lord, help us be good ground which produces fruit unto Your
glory and praise. In Jesus Christ's holy name we pray, amen.
Week of 7/1-5 (B27;19)
Ezekiel 3:16-27 (NKJV)
Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of
the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, I have made you
a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from
My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the
wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor
speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life,
that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood
I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he
does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way,
he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness
and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumling block before him, he
shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die
in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not
be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.
Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the right-
eous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live
because he took warning; also you will have delivered your
soul." Then the hand of the LORD was upon me there, and
He said to me, "Arise, go out into the plain, and there I shall
talk with you." So I arose and went out into the plain, and
behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, like the glory
which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face.
Then the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and spoke
with me and said to me: "Go, shut yourself inside your house.
And you, O son of man, surely they will put ropes on you and
bind you with them, so that you cannot go out among them.
I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so
that you shall be mute and not be one to rebuke them, for
they are a rebellious house. But when I speak with you,
I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, 'Thus
says the Lord GOD.' He who hears, let him hear; and he
who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house.
Holy Father, thank You for the examples of the godly who
have gone before us. Help us to learn more about Your
Kingdom things as we contemplate the attributes they
model. Help us to be Your New Covenant Ambassadors
who correctly represent You - even warning against walking
in the ways of wickedness - as You have so clearly outlined
in Your illuminating Word. And THANK YOU for Your Spirit
who indwells Your people in Christ Jesus Your Son. His
supernatural empowering - unto fruitfulness - is indeed
pleasing unto Thee. Help us, Lord GOD, to walk therein.
Help us to abide in Your Vine. In Jesus Christ's precious
name we pray, amen.
Week of 7/8-12 (B28;19)
Hosea 14 (NKJV)
O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled
because of your iniquity; take words with you, and return to the
LORD. Say to Him, "Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously,
for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips. Assyria shall not save us,
we will not ride on horses, nor will we say anymore to the work of
our hands, 'You are our gods.' For in You the fatherless finds
mercy." "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My
anger has turned away from him. I will be like the dew to Israel; he
shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon. His
branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and
his fragrance like Lebanon. Those who dwell under his shadow
shall return; they shall be revived like grain, and grow like a vine.
Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon. "Ephraim shall say,
'What have I to do anymore with idols?' I have heard and observed
him. I am like a green cypress tree; your fruit is found in Me."
Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent?
Let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right; the
righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.
LORD, in the context of Your New Covenant, please help Your
people in Jesus Christ Your Son walk in humility. Help us to do
so, in part, by being willing to confess our sins when we turn from
Your Counsel. Help us to discern You still call Your people to walk
in righteousness as we abide in Your precious Holy Spirit. Help us
to avoid the mistakes of the past. We call on You to lead us in
YOUR ways as we abide in Your holy Vine, the Lamb of God.
Father, thank You for Your Spirit of Christ within us. Please, oh
Father God, hear this prayer* as it's sincerely sung: "Spirit of the
living God, fall afresh on me. Break me, melt me, mold me, fill
me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me." In Jesus Christ's
wonderful name we pray, unto Your glory and praise, amen.
* Daniel Iverson first penned this prayer almost 100 years ago.