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Isaiah 55:11 LRB It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 LRB All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

2 Peter 1:19-21 CR LRB Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote,  for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place–until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.

Above all, you must realize that no prophesy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding,

or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God

How to hear and understand the Gospel 

The LORD Challenges Job

Job 38:1-3 LRB Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind;

“Who is this that questions my wisdom with ignorant words?

Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.

The LORD Challenges Job Again

Job 40:6-7 LRB Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind;

“Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.

Job 42:4-7 LRB “You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’

I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

Conclusion: The LORD Blesses Job

After the LORD had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.

Romans 10:14-17 LRB But How, can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have not heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

But not everyone welcomes the Good News. For Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?”

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Acts 26:17-18 LRB And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles

to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’

Romans 15:4-7 LRB Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us  hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

May God who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.

Then all of you can join together with one voice giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, accept each other, just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

Here is Today’s Message

Approaching God with Care

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God.

Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are her on earth. So let your words be few.

Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool.

When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him.

It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.

Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourselves by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved.

Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead,

Moses and the Burning Bush

Exodus 3:1-6 One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God.

There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up.

“This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.”

When the LORD saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied.

“Do not come any closer,” the LORD warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.

I am the God of your father–the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.

1 Samuel 15:17-23 And Samuel told him, “Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The LORD has anointed you king of Israel.

And the LORD sent you on a mission and told you, ‘Go and completely  destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’

Why haven’t you obeyed the LORD? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the LORD’s sight?”

“But I did obey the LORD,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else.

Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.”

But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD; your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshipping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

Proverbs 20: 24-25 The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?

Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.

Proverbs 10:18-22 Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.

Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.

The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless.

The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Ananias and Sapphira

Acts 5:1-11 But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property.

He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest.

Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself.

The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”

As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified.

Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.

About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.

Peter asked her, “Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?” “Yes,” she replied, “that was the price.”

And Peter said, “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you out, too.”

Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.

Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened.

Lessons for Daily Life

Proverbs 6:1-5 My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger–

if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said–

follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now follow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased.

Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do.

Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.

1 Corinthians 11:7-16 A man should not wear anything on his head when worshipping, for man is made in God’s image and reflects God’s glory. And woman reflects man’s glory.

For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man.

And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man.

For this reason, and because the angels are watching, a woman should wear a covering on her head to show she is under authority.

But among the Lord’s people, woman are not independent of men, and men are not independent of woman.

For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God.

Judge for yourselves. Is it right for a woman to pray to God in public without covering her head?

Isn’t it obvious that it’s disgraceful for a man to haver long hair?

And isn’t long hair a woman’s pride and joy? For it has been given to her as a covering.

But if anyone wants to argue about this, I simply say that we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s other churches.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 That’s the whole story. Here mow is my final conclusion; Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.

God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.