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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.

Here is today’s message

Psalm 119:137-176 O Lord, you are just and your punishments are fair.

Your demands are just and right.

I am indignant and angry because of the way my enemies have disregarded your laws.

I have thoroughly tested your promises, and that is why I love them so much.

I am worthless and despised, but I don’t despise you laws.

Your justice is eternal for your laws, are perfectly fair.

In my distress and anguish your commandments comfort me.

Your laws are always fair; help me to understand them, and I shall live.

I am praying with great earnestness; answer me, O Lord, and I will obey your laws.

“Save me,” I cry, for I am obeying.

Early in the morning before the sun is up, I am praying and pointing out how much I trust in you.

I stay awake through the night to think about your  promises.

Because you are so loving and kind, listen to me and make me well again.

Here come these lawless men to attack me,

but you are near, O Lord; all your commandments are based on truth.

I have known from earliest days that your will never changes.

Look down upon my sorrows and rescue me, for I am obeying your commands.

Yes, rescue me and give me back my life again just as you have promised.

The wicked are far from salvation, for they do not care for your laws.

Lord, how great is your mercy; oh, give me back my life again.

My enemies are so many. They try to make me disobey, but I have not swerved from your will.

I loathed these traitors because they care nothing for your laws.

Lord, see how much I really love your demands. Now give me back my life and health because you are so kind.

There is utter truth in all your laws: your decrees are eternal.

Great men have persecuted me, though they have no reason to, but I stand in awe of only your words.

I rejoice in your laws like one who finds a great treasure.

How I hate all falsehood, but how I love your laws.

I will praise you seven times a day because of your wonderful laws.

Those who love your laws have great peace of heart and mind and do not stumble.

I long for your salvation, Lord, and so I have obeyed your laws.

I have looked for your commandments, and I love them very much;

yes, I have searched for them. You know this because everything I do is known to you.

O Lord, listen to my prayers; give me the common sense you promised.

Hear my prayers; rescue me as you said you would.

I praise you for letting me learn your laws.

I will sing about their wonder, for each of them is just.

Stand ready to help me because I have chosen to follow your will.

O Lord, I have longed for your salvation, and your law is my delight.

I you will let me live, I will praise you; let your laws assist me.

I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not turned away from your commandments.

Nehemiah 9:32-38 “And now, O great and awesome God, you who keep your promises of love and kindness–do not let all the hardships we have gone through become as nothing to you. Great trouble has come upon us and upon  our kings and princes and priests and prophets and ancestors from the days when the kings of Assyria first triumphed over us until now.

Every time you punished us you were being perfectly fair; we have sinned so greatly that you gave us only what we deserved.

Our kings, princes, priests, and ancestors didn’t obey your laws or listen to your warnings.

They did not worship you despite the wonderful things you did for them and the great goodness you showered upon them. You gave them a large, fat land, but they refused to turn from their wickedness.

So now we are slaves here in the land of plenty that you gave to our ancestors! Slaves among all this abundance!

The lush yield of the land passes into the hands of the kings whom you have allowed to conquer us because of our sins. They have power over our bodies and our cattle, and we serve them at their pleasure and are in great misery.

Because of all this, we again promise to serve the Lord! And we and our princes and Levites and priests put our names to this covenant.”

Psalm 19:7-14 God’s laws are perfect. They protect us, and make us wise,

and give us joy and light.

God’s laws are pure, eternal, just.

They are more desirable than gold. They are sweeter than honey dripping from a honeycomb.

For they warn us away from harm and give success to those who obey them.

But how can I ever know what sins are lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.

And keep me from deliberate wrongs; help me to stop doing them. Only then can I be free of guilt and innocent of some great crime.

May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts be pleasing even to you, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.

Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, never forget the things I’ve taught you.

If you want a long and satisfying life, closely follow my instructions.

Deuteronomy 8:1-2 “You must obey all the commandments I give you today. If you do, you will not only live, you will multiply and will go in and take over the land promised to your fathers by the Lord.

Do you remember how the Lord led you through the wilderness for all those forty years, humbling you and testing you to find out how you would respond, and whether or not you would really obey him?

Isaiah 53:1-6 But, oh, how few believe it! Who will listen? To whom will God reveal his saving power?

In God’s eyes he was like a tender green shoot, spouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. But in our eyes there was no attractiveness at all, nothing to make us want him.

We despised him and rejected him–a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we didn’t care.

Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighted him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, for his own sins!

But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed–and we were healed!

We–every one of us– have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us!

Luke 21:32-36 I solemnly declare to you that when these things happen, the end of this age has come.

And though all heaven and earth shall pass away, yet my words remain forever true.

“Watch out! Don’t let my sudden coming catch you unawares; don’t let me find you living in careless ease,

carousing and drinking, and occupied with the problems of this life, like all the rest of the world.

Keep a constant watch. And pray that if possible you may arrive in my presence without having to experience these horrors.”