Saturday, 15 August 2020

1 Corinthians 2


1 Corinthians 2:1-16 NIV

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.  4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,  5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power.  6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.  7 No, we declare God's wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.  8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  9 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--  10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  11 For who knows a person's thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.  13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.  14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.  15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,  16 for, "Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

Friday, 14 August 2020

1 Corinthians 1


1 Corinthians 1:1-31 NIV

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,  2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ-- their Lord and ours:  3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.  5 For in him you have been enriched in every way-- with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge--  6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.  7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.  8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.  11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.  12 What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ."  13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?  14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius,  15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name.  16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.)  17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel-- not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.  18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."  20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.  22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,  23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,  24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.  26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-- and the things that are not-- to nullify the things that are,  29 so that no one may boast before him.  30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord."

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Revelation 7:9-17


Revelation 7:9-17 NIV

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  10 And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."  11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,  12 saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"  13 Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes-- who are they, and where did they come from?"  14 I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  15 Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.  16 'Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,' nor any scorching heat.  17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; 'he will lead them to springs of living water.' 'And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'"

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Matthew 28:16-20


Matthew 28:16-20 NIV

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Matthew 16:13-20


Matthew 16:13-20 NIV

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"  14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."  15 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"  16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."  17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.  18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.  19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."  20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Monday, 10 August 2020

Jonah 4:6-11


Jonah 4:6-11 NIV

Then the LORD God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant.  7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered.  8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live."  9 But God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" "It is," he said. "And I'm so angry I wish I were dead."  10 But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.  11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left-- and also many animals?"

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Psalm 145


Psalm 145:1-21 NIV A psalm of praise. Of David.

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.  2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.  3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.  4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.  5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty-- and I will meditate on your wonderful works.  6 They tell of the power of your awesome works-- and I will proclaim your great deeds.  7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.  8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.  9 The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.  10 All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you.  11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might,  12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.  13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.  14 The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.  15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.  16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.  17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.  18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.  19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.  20 The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.  21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.