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Isaiah 55:11 TLB so also is my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It shall accomplish all I want it to and prosper everywhere I send it
2 Timothy 3:16-17 TLB The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration of God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it strengthens us out and helps us do what is right.
It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.
2 Peter 1:19-21 TLB So we have seen and proved that what the prophets said came true. You will do well to pay close attention to everything they have written, for, like lights shining into dark corners, their words help us to understand many things that otherwise would be dark and difficult. But when you consider the wonderful truth of the prophets’ words, then the light will dawn in your souls and Christ the Morning Star will shine in your hearts.
For no prophesy recorded in Scripture was ever thought up by the prophet himself.
It was the Holy Spirit within these godly men who gave them true messages from God.
How to hear and understand the Gospel
Job 38:1-3 TLB Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind;
Why are you using your ignorance to deny my providence?
Now get ready to fight, for I am going to demand some answers from you, and you must reply.
Job 40:6-7 TLB Then the Lord spoke to Job again from the whirlwind;
“Stand up like a man and brace yourself for battle. Let me ask you a question, and give me the answer.
Job 42:4-7 TLB You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! Let me put the question to you! See if you can answer them!’
“But now I say,’ ‘I had heard about you before, but know I have seen you,
and I loathe myself and repent in dust and ashes.'”
Therefore I relent and find comfort on dust and ashes.
After the LORD had finished speaking with Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and with your two friends, for you have not been right in what you have said about me, as my servant Job was.
Romans 10:14-17 TLB But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
And how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends him? That is what the Scriptures are talking about when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace with God and bring glad tidings of good things.” In other words, how welcome are those who come preaching God’s Good News!
But not everyone who hears the Good News has welcomed it, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed me when I told them?”
Yet faith comes from listening to this Good News– the Good News about Christ.
Acts 26:17-18 TLB And I will protect you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am going to send you to the Gentiles
to open their eyes to there true condition so that they may repent and live in the light of God instead of in Satan’s darkness, so that they may receive forgiveness for their sins and God’s inheritance along with all people everywhere whose sins are cleansed away, who are set apart by faith in me.’
Romans 15:4-7 TLB These things that were written in the Scriptures so long ago are to teach us patience and to encourage us so that we will look forward expectantly to the time when God will conquer sin and death.
May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other–each with the attitude of Christ toward the other.
And then all of us can praise the Lord together with one voice, giving glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus.
So warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.
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Psalm 119:1-48 Happy are all who perfectly follow the laws of God.
Happy are all who search for God and always do his will,
rejecting compromise with evil and walking only in his paths.
You have given us your laws to obey–
on, how I want to follow them consistently.
Then I will not be disgraced, for I will have a clean record.
After you have corrected me,* I will thank you by living as I should!
I will obey! Oh, don’t forsake me and let me slip back into sin again.*
How can a young man stay pure? By reading your Word and following its rules.
I have tried my best to find you–don’t let me wander off from your instructions.
I have thought much about your works and stored them in my heart so that they would hold me back from sin.
Blessed Lord, teach me your rules.
I have recited your laws
and rejoiced in them more than in riches.
I will meditate upon them and give them my full respect.
I will delight in them and not forget them.
Bless me with life so that I can continue to obey you.
Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.
I am but a pilgrim here on earth; how I need a map–and your commands are my chart and guide.
I long for your instructions more than I can tell.
You rebuke those cursed proud ones who refuse your commands–
don’t let them scorn me for obeying you.
For even princes sit and talk against me, but I will continue in your plans.
Your laws are both my light and my counselors.
I am completely discouraged–I lie in the dust. Revive me by your Word.
I told you my plans and you replied, Now give me your instructions.
Make me understand what you want; for then I shall see your miracles.
I weep with grief; my heart is heavy with sorrow; encourage and cheer me with your words.
Keep me far from every wrong; help me,
underserving as I am, to obey your laws for I have chosen to do right.
I cling to your commands and follow them as closely as I can Lord, don’t let me make a mess of things.
If you will only help me to want your will, then I will follow your laws even more closely.
Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord.
As long as I live wholeheartedly obey.
Make me walk along the right paths, for I know how delightful they really are.
Help me to prefer obedience to making money!
Turn me away from wanting any other plan than yours.*Revive my heart toward you.
Reassure me that your promises are for me, for I trust and revere you.
How I dread being mocked for obeying, your laws are right and good,
I long to obey them! Therefore in fairness renew my life,
for this was you promise–yes, Lord,
to save me! Now spare me by your kindness and your love, Then I will have an answer for those who taunt me, for I trust your promises.
May I never forget your words, for they are my only hope.
Therefore I will keep on obeying you forever and forever,
free within the limits of your laws.
I will speak to kings about their value, and they will listen with interests and respect.
How I love your laws! How I enjoy your commands!
“Come, come to me,” I call to them, for I love them and will let them fill my life.
2 Chronicles 15:10-15 They all came to Jerusalem in June of the fifteenth year of King Asa’s reign
and sacrificed to the Lord seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep–it was part of the plunder they had captured in the battle.
Then they entered into a contract to worship only the Lord God of their fathers
and agreed that anyone who refused to do this must die–whether old or young, man or woman.
They shouted out their oath of loyalty to God with trumpets blaring and horns sounding.
All were happy for this covenant with God, for they had entered into it with all their hearts and wills and wanted him above everything else, and they found him! And he gave them peace throughout the nation.
Deuteronomy 12:12-13 You shall rejoice there before the Lord with your sons and daughters and servants; and remember to invite the Levites to feast with you, for they have no land of their own.
“You are not to sacrifice your burnt offerings just anywhere;
Micah 6:6-8 How can we make up to your for what we’ve done?” you ask. “Shall we bow before the Lord with offerings of yearling calves?” Oh no!
For if you offered him thousands of rams and ten thousands of river of olive oil–would that please him? Would he be satisfied? If you sacrificed your oldest child, would that make him glad? Then would he forgive your sins? Of course not!
No, he has told you what he wants, and this is all it is: to be fair, just, merciful, and to walk humbly with your God.