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Isaiah 55:11 ETR In the same way, my words leave my mouth, and they don’t come back without results. My words make the things happen that I want to happen. They succeed in doing what I send them to do.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ETR All Scripture is given by God. And all Scripture is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching the right way to live.
Using the Scriptures, those who serve God will be prepared and will have everything they need to do every good work.
2 Peter 1:19-21 ETR This makes us more sure about what the prophets said. And it is good for you to follow closely what they said, which is like a light shining in a dark place. You have that light until the day begins and the morning star brings new light to your minds.
Most important of all, you must understand this: No prophecy in the Scriptures comes from the prophet’s own understanding.
No prophecy ever came from what some person wanted to say. But people were led by the Holy Spirit and spoke words from God.
How to hear and understand the Gospel
Job 38:1-2 Then the Lord spoke to Job from a whirlwind and said,
Job 40:6-7 Then the Lord spoke to Job again from the storm:
Job 42:4-7 You said to me, ‘Listen, and I will speak. I will ask you questions, and you will answer me.’
In the past I heard about you, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
Romans 10:14-17 But before people can pray to the Lord for help, they must believe in him. And before they can believe in the Lord, they must hear about him. And for anyone to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them.
And before anyone can go and tell them, they must be sent. As the Scriptures say, “How wonderful it is to see someone coming to tell good news!”
Acts 26:17-18 I will keep you safe from your own people and from the non-Jewish people, the ones I am sending you to.
You will make them able to understand the truth. They will turn away from darkness to the light. They will turn away from the power of Satan, and they will turn to God. Then their sins can be forgiven, and they can be given a place among God’s people—those who have been made holy by believing in me.’”
Romans 15:4-7 Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. Those things were written so that we could have hope. That hope comes from the patience and encouragement that the Scriptures give us.
All patience and encouragement come from God. And I pray that God will help you all agree with each other, as Christ Jesus wants.
Then you will all be joined together. And all together you will give glory to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other. This will bring honor to God.
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Be Careful About Making Promises
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 Be very careful when you go to worship God. It is better to listen to God than to give sacrifices like fools. Fools often do bad things, and they don’t even know it.
Be careful when you make promises to God, Be careful about what you say to him. Don’t let your feelings cause you to speak too soon. God is in heaven, and you are on the earth. So you need to say only a few things to him. This saying is true;
Bad dreams come from too many worries, and too many words come from the mouth of a fool.
If you make a promise to God, keep, your promise. Don’t be slow to do what you promised. God is not happy with fools. Give God what you promised to give him,
It is better to promise nothing than to promise something and not be able to do it.
So don’t let your words cause you to sin. Don’t say to the priest, “I didn’t mean what I said,” if you do this, God might become angry with your words and destroy everything you have worked for.
You should not let your useless dreams and bragging bring you trouble. You should respect God.
The Burning Bush
Exodus 3:1-6 Moses’ father-in-law was named Jethro. Jethro was a priest of Midian. Moses took care of Jethro’s sheep. One day Moses led the sheep to the west side of the desert. He went to a mountain called Horeb, the mountain of God.
On that mountain, Moses saw the angel of the LORD in a burning bush. Moses saw a bush that was burning without being destroyed.
So he decided to go closer to the bush and see how a bush could continue burning without being burned up.
The LORD saw Noses was coming to look at the bush. So he called to him from the bush. He said, “Moses, Moses!” Moses said, “Yes, Lord.”
Then God said, “Don’t come any closer, Take off your sandals. You are standing on holy ground.
I am the God of your ancestors. I am the God Abraham, the God Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Moses covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.
1 Samuel 15:17-23 Samuel said, “In the past you didn’t think that you were important, but the LORD choose you to be the king. So you became the leader of the tribes of Israel.
The LORD sent you on a special mission. He said, ‘Go and destroy all the Amalekites. They are evil people. Destroy them all! Fight them until they are completely finished.’
So why didn’t you listen to the LORD? You did what the LORD said is wrong because you wanted to keep what you took in battle.”
Saul said, “But I did obey the LORD! I went where the LORD sent me. I destroyed all the Amalekites. I brought back only one–their king Agag.
And the soldiers took the best sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”
But Samuel answered, “Which pleases the LORD more; burnt offerings and sacrifices or obeying his commands? It is better to obey the LORD than to offer sacrifices to him. It is better to listen to him than to offer the fat from rams.
Refusing to obey is as bad as the sin of sorcery. Being stubborn and doing what you want is like the sin of worshipping idols. You refused to obey the LORD’s command, so he now refuses to accept you as king.”
Proverbs 20:24-25 The LORD guides our steps, and we never know where he will lead us.
Think carefully before you promise to give something to God. Later, you might wish you had not made that promise.
Proverbs 10:18-22 People sometimes lie to hide their hatred, but saying bad things about someone is even more foolish.
A person who talks too much gets into trouble. A wise person learns to be quiet.
Words from good people are like pure silver, but thoughts from the wicked are worthless.
Good people say things that help others, but the wicked die from a lack of understanding.
It is the LORD’s blessing that brings wealth, and no hard work can add to it.
Ananias and Sapphira
Acts 5:1-11 There was a man named Ananias. His wife’s name was Sapphira. Ananias sold some land he had,
but he gave only part of the money to the apostles. He secretly kept some of the money for himself. His wife knew this, and she agreed with it.
Peter said, “Ananias, why did you let Satan fill your mind with such an idea? You kept part of the money for yourself and lied about it to the Holy Spirit!
Before you sold the field, it belonged to you, right? And even after you sold it, you could have used the money any way you wanted. How could you even think of doing such a thing? You lied to God, not to us!”
When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. Some young men came an wrapped his body. They carried it out and buried it. And everyone who heard about this was filled with fear.
About three hours later his wife came in. Sapphira did not know about what had happened to her husband.
Peter said to her, “Tell me how much money you got for your field. Was it this much?” Sapphira answered, “Yes, that was all we got for the field.”
Peter said to her, “Why did you and your husband agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! Do you hear those footsteps? The men who buried your husband are at the door. They will carry you out in the same way.”
At that moment Sapphira fell down by his feet and died. The young men came in and saw that she was dead. They carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
The whole church and all the other people who heard about this were filled with fear.
Dangers of Debt
Proverbs 6:1-5 My son, don’t make yourself responsible for the debts of others. Don’t make such deals with friends or strangers.
If you do, your words will trap you.
You will be under the power of other people, so you must go and free yourself. Beg them to free you from that debt,
Don’t wait to rest or sleep.
Escape from the trap like a deer running from a hunter. Free yourself like a bird flying from a trap.
1 Corinthians 11:7-16 But a man should not cover his head, because he is made like God and is God’s glory. But woman is man’s glory.
Man did not come from woman. Woman came from man.
And man was not made for woman. Woman was made for man.
So that is why a woman should have her head covered with something that shows she is under authority. Also, she should do this because of the angels.
But in the Lord the woman needs the man, and the man needs the woman,
This is true because woman came from man, but also man is born from woman, Really, everything comes from God.
Decide this for yourselves; Is it right for a woman to pray to God without something on her head?
Even nature itself teaches you that wearing long hair is shameful for a man.
But wearing long hair is a woman’s honor. Long hair is given to the woman to cover her head.
Some people may still want to argue about this. But we and the churches of God don’t accept what those people are doing.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Now, what would we learn from everything that is written in this book? The most important thing a person can do is to respect God and obey his commands, because he knows about everything people do–even the secret things.
He knows about all the good and all the bad, and he will judge people for everything they do,
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