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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 119:97-136 Oh, how I love them. I think about them all day long.
They make me wiser than my enemies because they are my constant guide.
Yes, wiser than my teachers, for I am ever thinking of your rules.
They make me even wiser than the aged.
I have refused to walk the paths of evil, for I will remain obedient to your Word.
No, I haven’t turned away from what you taught me; your words are sweeter than honey.
And since only your rules can give me wisdom and understanding, no wonder I hate every false teaching.
Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again and again; I will obey these wonderful laws of yours.
I am close to death at the hands of my enemies; oh, give me back my life again, just as you promised me.
Accept my grateful thanks and teach me your desires.
My life hangs in the balance, but I will not give up obedience to your laws.
The wicked have set their traps for me along your path, but I will not turn aside.
Your laws are my joyous treasure forever.
I am determined to obey you until I die.
I hate those who are undecided whether or not to obey you; but my choice is clear–I love your law.
You are my refuge and my shield, and your promises are my only source of hope.
Begone, you evil-minded men! Don’t try to stop me from obeying God’s commands.
Lord, you promised to let me live! Never let it be said that God failed me.
Hold me safe above the heads of all my enemies; then I can continue to obey your laws.
But you have rejected all who reject your laws. They are only fooling themselves.
The wicked are the scum you skim off and throw away; no wonder I love to obey your laws!
I tremble in fear of you; I fear your punishments.
Don’t leave me to the mercy of my enemies, for I have done what is right; I’ve been perfectly fair.
Commit yourself to bless me! Don’t let the proud oppress me!
My eyes grow dim with longing for you to fulfill your wonderful promise to rescue me.
Lord, deal with me in loving-kindness, and teach me, your servant, to obey;
for I am your servant; therefore give me common sense to apply your rules to everything I do.
Lord, it is time for your to act. For these evil men have violated your laws,
while I love your commandments more than the finest gold.
Every law of God is right, whatever it concerns. I hate every other way.
Your laws are wonderful; no wonder I obey them.
As your plan unfolds, even the simple can understand it.
No wonder I wait expectantly for each of your commands.
Come and have mercy on me as is your way with those who love you.
Guide me with your laws so that I will not be overcome by evil.
Rescue me from the oppression of evil men; then I can obey you.
Look down in love upon me and teach me all your laws.
I weep because your laws are disobeyed.
2 Timothy 3:12-17 Yes, and those who decide to please Christ Jesus by living godly lives will suffer at the hands of those who hate him.
In fact, evil men and false teachers will become worse and worse, deceiving many, they themselves having been deceived by Satan.
But you must keep on believing the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know that you can trust those of us who have taught you.
You know how, when you were a small child, you were taught the holy Scriptures; and it is these that make you wise to accept God’s salvation by trusting in Christ Jesus.
The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. it straightens 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.
Proverbs 8:10-21 My instructions is far more valuable than silver or gold.”
For the value of wisdom is far above rubies, nothing can be compared with it.
Wisdom and good judgment live together, for wisdom knows where to discover knowledge and understanding
If anyone respects and fears God, he will hate evil. For wisdom hates pride, arrogance, corruption, and deceit of every kind.
I, Wisdom, give good advice and common sense. Because of my strength, kings reign in power, and rulers make just laws.
I love all who love me. Those who search for me shall surely find me.
Unending riches, honor, justice, and righteousness are mine to distribute.
My gifts are better than the purest gold or sterling silver!
My paths are those of justice and right.
Those who love and follow me are indeed wealthy. I fill their treasuries.
Deuteronomy 33:1-7 This is the blessing Moses, the man of God, gave to the people of Israel before his death:
The Lord came to us at Mount Sinai, And dawned upon us from Mount Seir; He shone from Mount Paran, Surrounded by ten thousands of holy angels, And with flaming fire at his right hand.
How he loves his people–His holy ones are in his hands. They followed in your steps, O Lord. They have received their directions from you.
The laws I have given Are your precious possession.
The Lord became king in Jerusalem, Elected by a convocation of the leaders of the tribes!
Let Reuben live forever And may his tribe increase!”
And Moses said of Judah: “O Lord, hear the cry of Judah And unite him with Israel; Fight for him against his enemies.”
Deuteronomy 33:26-27 There is none like the God of Jerusalem–He descends from the heavens In majestic splendor to help you,
The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms. He thrusts out your enemies before you; It is he who cries, ‘Destroy them!’