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Isaiah 55:11 GNT So also will be the word that I speak—it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 GNT All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,
so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.
2 Peter 1:19-21 GNT So we are even more confident of the message proclaimed by the prophets. You will do well to pay attention to it, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place until the Day dawns and the light of the morning star shines in your hearts.
Above all else, however, remember that none of us can explain by ourselves a prophecy in the Scriptures.
For no prophetic message ever came just from the human will, but people were under the control of the Holy Spirit as they spoke the message that came from God.
How to hear and understand the Gospel
The Lord Answers Job
Job 38:1-3 GNT Then out of the storm the Lord spoke to Job.
Job 40:6-7 GNT Then out of the storm the Lord spoke to Job once again.
Job 42:4-7 GNT You told me to listen while you spoke and to try to answer your questions.
Romans 10:14-17 GNT But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed?
And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out? As the scripture says, “How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!”
But not all have accepted the Good News. Isaiah himself said, “Lord, who believed our message?”
So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ.
Acts 26:17-18 GNT I will rescue you from the people of Israel and from the Gentiles to whom I will send you.
You are to open their eyes and turn them from the darkness to the light and from the power of Satan to God, so that through their faith in me they will have their sins forgiven and receive their place among God’s chosen people.’
Romans 15:4-7 GNT Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us.
And may God, the source of patience and encouragement, enable you to have the same point of view among yourselves by following the example of Christ Jesus,
so that all of you together may praise with one voice the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is Today’s Message
Don’t Make Rash Promises
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 Be careful about going to the Temple. It is better to go there to learn than to offer sacrifices like foolish people who don’t know right from wrong.
Think before you speak, and don’t make any rash promises to God. He is in heaven and you are on earth, so don’t say any more than you have to.
The more you worry, the more likely you are to have bad dreams, and the more you talk, the more likely you are to say something foolish.
So when you make a promise to God, keep it as quickly as possible. He has no use for a fool. Do what you promise to do.
Better not to promise at all then to make a promise and not keep it.
Don’t let your own words lead you to sin, so that you have to tell God’s priest that you didn’t mean it. Why make God angry with you? Why let him destroy what you have worked for?
No matter how much you dream, how much useless work you do, or how much you talk, you must still stand in awe of God.
God Calls Moses
Exodus 3:1-6 One day while Moses was taking care of the sheep and goats of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, he led the flock across the desert and came to Sinai, the holy mountain.
There the angel of the LORD appeared to him as a flame coming from the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but that it was not burning up.
“This is strange,” he thought. “Why isn’t the bush burning up? I will go closer and see.”
When the LORD saw that Moses was coming closer, he called to him from the middle of the bush and said, “Moses! Moses!” He answered, “Yes, here I am.”
God said, “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground.
I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” So Moses covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
1 Samuel 15:17-23 Samuel answered, “Even though you consider yourself of no importance, you are the leader of the tribes of Israel. The LORD anointed you king of Israel,
and he sent you out with orders to destroy those wicked people of Amalek. He told you to fight until you had killed them all.
Why, then, did you not obey him? Why did you rush to grab the loot, and so do what displeases the LORD?”
“I did obey the LORD,” Saul replied. “I went out as he told me to, brought back King Agag, and killed all the Amalekites.
But my men did not kill the best sheep and cattle that they captured; instead, they brought them here to Gilgal to offer as a sacrifice to the LORD your God.”
Samuel said, “Which does the LORD prefer; obedience or offerings and sacrifices? It is better to obey him than to sacrifice the best sheep to him.
Rebellion against him is as bad as witchcraft, and arrogance is as sinful as idolatry. Because you rejected the LORD’s command, he has rejected you as king.”
Proverbs 20: 24-25 The LORD has determined our path; how than can anyone understand the direction his own life is taking?
Think carefully before you promise an offering to God. You might regret it later.
Proverbs 10:18-22 Anyone who hides hatred is a liar. Anyone who speaks gossip is a fool.
The more you talk, the more likely you are to sin. If you are wise, you will keep quiet.
A good person’s words are like pure silver; a wicked person’s ideas are worthless.
A good person’s words will benefit many people, but you can kill yourself with stupidity.
It is the LORD’s blessing that makes you wealthy. Hard work can make you no richer.
Ananias and Sapphira
Acts 5:1-11 But there was a man named Ananias, who with his wife Sapphira sold some property that belonged to them.
But with his wife’s agreement he kept part of the money for himself and turned the rest over to the apostles.
Peter said to him, “Ananias, why did you let Satan take control of you and make you lie to the Holy Spirit by keeping part of the money you received for the property?
Before you sold the property, it belonged to you; and after you sold it, the money was yours. Why, then, did you decide to such a thing? You have not lied to people–you have lied to God!”
As soon as Ananias heard this, he fell down dead; and all who heard about it were terrified.
The young men came in, wrapped up his body, carried him out, and buried him.
About three hours later his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in.
Peter asked her, “Tell me, was this the full amount you and your husband received for your property?” “Yes,” she answered, “the full amount.”
So Peter said to her, “Why did you and your husband decide to put the Lord’s Spirit to the test? The men who buried your husband are at the door right now, and they will carry you out too!”
At once she fell down at his feet and died. The young men came in and saw that she was dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
The whole church and all the others who heard of this were terrified.
Proverbs 6:1-5 My child, have you promised to be responsible for someone else’s debts?
Have you been caught by your own words, trapped by your own promises?
Well then, my child, you are in that person’s power, but this is how to get out of it; hurry to him, and beg him to release you.
Don’t let yourself go to sleep or even stop to rest.
Get out of the trap like a bird or a deer escaping from a hunter.
1 Corinthians 11:7-16 A man has no need to cover his head, because he reflects the image and glory of God. But woman reflects the glory of man;
for man was not created from woman, but woman from man.
Nor was man created for woman’s sake, but woman was created for man’s sake.
On account of the angels, then, a woman should have a covering over her head to show that she is under her husband’s authority.
In our life in the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.
For as woman was made from man, in the same way man is born of woman, and it is God who brings everything into existence.
Judge for yourselves whether it is proper for a woman to pray to God in public worship with nothing on her head.
Why, nature itself teaches you that long hair on a man is a disgrace,
but on a woman it is a thing of beauty. Her long hair has been given her to serve as a covering.
But if anyone wants to argue about it, all I have to say is that neither we nor the churches of God have any other custom in worship.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 After all this, there is only one thing to say: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for.
God is going to judge everything we do, whether good or bad, even things done in secret.
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