bookmark_borderJuly 31, 2020

Psalm 97 (CSB)

Psalm 97

THE MAJESTIC KING

The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice; 

let the many coasts and islands be glad. 

Clouds and total darkness surround him; 

righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 

Fire goes before him 

and burns up his foes on every side. 

His lightning lights up the world; 

the earth sees and trembles. 

The mountains melt like wax 

at the presence of the Lord—

at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. 

The heavens proclaim his righteousness; 

all the peoples see his glory. 

All who serve carved images, 

those who boast in worthless idols, will be put to shame. 

All the gods must worship him. 

Zion hears and is glad, 

Judah’s villages rejoice 

because of your judgments, Lord. 

For you, Lord, 

are the Most High over the whole earth; 

you are exalted above all the gods. 

10 You who love the Lord, hate evil! 

He protects the lives of his faithful ones; 

he rescues them from the power of the wicked. 

11 Light dawns, for the righteous, 

gladness for the upright in heart. 

12 Be glad in the Lord, you righteous ones, 

and give thanks to his holy name.,

Proverbs 17:21–24 (CSB)

21 A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow; 

the father of a fool has no joy. 

22 A joyful heart is good medicine, 

but a broken spirit dries up the bones. 

23 A wicked person secretly takes a bribe 

to subvert the course of justice. 

24 Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive, 

but a fool’s eyes roam to the ends of the earth.

John 6:41–59 (CSB)

41 Therefore the Jews started grumbling about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 

43 Jesus answered them, “Stop grumbling among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God.,Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to me—46 not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God. He has seen the Father.

47 “Truly I tell you, anyone who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die.51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

52 At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 

53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves. 54 The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day, 55 because my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the manna your ancestors ate—and they died. The one who eats this bread will live forever.”

59 He said these things while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

bookmark_borderJuly 30, 2020

Proverbs 17:18–20 (CSB)

18 One without sense enters an agreement 

and puts up security for his friend. 

19 One who loves to offend loves strife; 

one who builds a high threshold invites injury. 

20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed, 

and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.

John 6:16–40 (CSB)

THE FIFTH SIGN: WALKING ON WATER

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. Darkness had already set in, but Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 A high wind arose, and the sea began to churn. 19 After they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea. He was coming near the boat, and they were afraid. 20 But he said to them, “It is I., Don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him on board, and at once the boat was at the shore where they were heading. 

THE BREAD OF LIFE

22 The next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw there had been only one boat., They also saw that Jesus had not boarded the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone off alone. 23 Some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 

26 Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled. 27 Don’t work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal of approval on him.” 

28 “What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked. 

29 Jesus replied, “This is the work of God—that you believe in the one he has sent.”

30 “What sign, then, are you going to do so that we may see and believe you?” they asked. “What are you going to perform? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.,

32 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 

34 Then they said, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 

35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again. 36 But as I told you, you’ve seen me, and yet you do not believe. 37 Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 39 This is the will of him who sent me: that I should lose none of those he has given me but should raise them up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

bookmark_borderJuly 29, 2020

Psalm 96 (CSB)

Psalm 96

KING OF THE EARTH

Sing a new song to the Lord; 

let the whole earth sing to the Lord. 

Sing to the Lord, bless his name; 

proclaim his salvation from day to day. 

Declare his glory among the nations, 

his wondrous works among all peoples. 

For the Lord is great and is highly praised; 

he is feared above all gods. 

For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, 

but the Lord made the heavens. 

Splendor and majesty are before him; 

strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 

Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples, 

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 

Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; 

bring an offering and enter his courts. 

Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; 

let the whole earth tremble before him. 

10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns. 

The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. 

He judges the peoples fairly.” 

11 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; 

let the sea and all that fills it resound. 

12 Let the fields and everything in them celebrate. 

Then all the trees of the forest will shout for joy 

13 before the Lord, for he is coming—

for he is coming to judge the earth. 

He will judge the world with righteousness 

and the peoples with his faithfulness.

Proverbs 17:14–17 (CSB)

14 To start a conflict is to release a flood; 

stop the dispute before it breaks out. 

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just—

both are detestable to the Lord. 

16 Why does a fool have money in his hand 

with no intention of buying wisdom? 

17 A friend loves at all times, 

and a brother is born for a difficult time.

John 6:1–15 (CSB)

THE FOURTH SIGN: FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND

After this, Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). A huge crowd was following him because they saw the signs that he was performing by healing the sick. Jesus went up a mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 

Now the Passover, a Jewish festival, was near. So when Jesus looked up and noticed a huge crowd coming toward him, he asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread so that these people can eat?” He asked this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 

Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii, worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for each of them to have a little.” 

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish—but what are they for so many?” 

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” 

There was plenty of grass in that place; so they sat down. The men numbered about five thousand. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks he distributed them to those who were seated—so also with the fish, as much as they wanted. 

12 When they were full, he told his disciples, “Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted.” 13 So they collected them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces from the five barley loaves that were left over by those who had eaten. 

14 When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This truly is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Therefore, when Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

bookmark_borderJuly 28, 2020

Psalm 95 (CSB)

Psalm 95

WORSHIP AND WARNING

Come, let’s shout joyfully to the Lord, 

shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation! 

Let’s enter his presence with thanksgiving; 

let’s shout triumphantly to him in song. 

For the Lord is a great God, 

a great King above all gods. 

The depths of the earth are in his hand, 

and the mountain peaks are his. 

The sea is his; he made it. 

His hands formed the dry land. 

Come, let’s worship and bow down; 

let’s kneel before the Lord our Maker. 

For he is our God, 

and we are the people of his pasture, 

the sheep under his care.,

Today, if you hear his voice: 

Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, 

as on that day at Massah in the wilderness 

where your ancestors tested me; 

they tried me, though they had seen what I did. 

10 For forty years I was disgusted with that generation; 

I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray; 

they do not know my ways.” 

11 So I swore in my anger, 

“They will not enter my rest.”

Proverbs 17:10–13 (CSB)

10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person 

more than a hundred lashes into a fool. 

11 An evil person desires only rebellion; 

a cruel messenger, will be sent against him. 

12 Better for a person to meet a bear robbed of her cubs 

than a fool in his foolishness. 

13 If anyone returns evil for good, 

evil will never depart from his house.

John 5:30–47 (CSB)

30 “I can do nothing on my own. I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

WITNESSES TO JESUS

31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies about me, and I know that the testimony he gives about me is true. 33 You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. 34 I don’t receive human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 John, was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

36 “But I have a greater testimony than John’s because of the works that the Father has given me to accomplish. These very works I am doing testify about me that the Father has sent me. 37 The Father who sent me has himself testified about me. You have not heard his voice at any time, and you haven’t seen his form. 38 You don’t have his word residing in you, because you don’t believe the one he sent. 39 You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, and yet they testify about me. 40 But you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life. 

41 “I do not accept glory from people, 42 but I know you—that you have no love for God within you. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and yet you don’t accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe, since you accept glory from one another but don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 47 But if you don’t believe what he wrote, how will you believe my words?”

bookmark_borderJuly 27, 2020

Psalm 94 (CSB)

Psalm 94

THE JUST JUDGE

Lord, God of vengeance—

God of vengeance, shine! 

Rise up, Judge of the earth; 

repay the proud what they deserve. 

Lord, how long will the wicked—

how long will the wicked celebrate? 

They pour out arrogant words; 

all the evildoers boast. 

Lord, they crush your people; 

they oppress your heritage. 

They kill the widow and the resident alien 

and murder the fatherless. 

They say, “The Lord doesn’t see it. 

The God of Jacob doesn’t pay attention.” 

Pay attention, you stupid people! 

Fools, when will you be wise? 

Can the one who shaped the ear not hear, 

the one who formed the eye not see? 

10 The one who instructs nations, 

the one who teaches mankind knowledge—

does he not discipline? 

11 The Lord knows the thoughts of mankind; 

they are futile. 

12 Lord, how happy is anyone you discipline 

and teach from your law 

13 to give him relief from troubled times 

until a pit is dug for the wicked. 

14 The Lord will not leave his people 

or abandon his heritage, 

15 for the administration of justice will again be righteous, 

and all the upright in heart will follow it. 

16 Who stands up for me against the wicked? 

Who takes a stand for me against evildoers? 

17 If the Lord had not been my helper, 

I would soon rest in the silence of death. 

18 If I say, “My foot is slipping,” 

your faithful love will support me, Lord. 

19 When I am filled with cares, 

your comfort brings me joy. 

20 Can a corrupt throne be your ally, 

a throne that makes evil laws? 

21 They band together against the life of the righteous 

and condemn the innocent to death. 

22 But the Lord is my refuge; 

my God is the rock of my protection. 

23 He will pay them back for their sins 

and destroy them for their evil. 

The Lord our God will destroy them.

Proverbs 17:7–9 (CSB)

Eloquent words are not appropriate on a fool’s lips; 

how much worse are lies for a ruler. 

A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; 

wherever he turns, he succeeds. 

Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, 

but whoever gossips about it separates friends.

John 5:19–29 (CSB)

19 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does these things. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing, and he will show him greater works than these so that you will be amazed. 21 And just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son also gives life to whom he wants. 22 The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all people may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

LIFE AND JUDGMENT

24 “Truly I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life. 

25 “Truly I tell you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has granted to the Son to have life in himself. 27 And he has granted him the right to pass judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done good things, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked things, to the resurrection of condemnation.

bookmark_borderJuly 23, 2020

Psalm 93 (CSB)

Psalm 93

GOD’S ETERNAL REIGN

The Lord reigns! He is robed in majesty; 

the Lord is robed, enveloped in strength. 

The world is firmly established; 

it cannot be shaken. 

Your throne has been established 

from the beginning; 

you are from eternity. 

The floods have lifted up, Lord, 

the floods have lifted up their voice; 

the floods lift up their pounding waves. 

Greater than the roar of a huge torrent—

the mighty breakers of the sea—

the Lord on high is majestic. 

Lord, your testimonies are completely reliable; 

holiness adorns your house 

for all the days to come.

Proverbs 17:7–10 (CSB)

Eloquent words are not appropriate on a fool’s lips; 

how much worse are lies for a ruler. 

A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; 

wherever he turns, he succeeds. 

Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, 

but whoever gossips about it separates friends. 

10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person 

more than a hundred lashes into a fool.

John 4:46–5:18 (CSB)

THE SECOND SIGN: HEALING AN OFFICIAL’S SON

46 He went again to Cana of Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a certain royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to him and pleaded with him to come down and heal his son, since he was about to die. 

48 Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”

49 “Sir,” the official said to him, “come down before my boy dies.” 

50 “Go,” Jesus told him, “your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and departed. 

51 While he was still going down, his servants met him saying that his boy was alive. 52 He asked them at what time he got better. “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him,” they answered. 53 The father realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household. 

54 Now this was also the second sign Jesus performed after he came from Judea to Galilee. 

THE THIRD SIGN: HEALING THE SICK

After this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Aramaic, which has five colonnades. Within these lay a large number of the disabled—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 

One man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and realized he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to get well?” 

“Sir,” the disabled man answered, “I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me.” 

“Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your mat and walk.” Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk. 

Now that day was the Sabbath, 10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “This is the Sabbath. The law prohibits you from picking up your mat.” 

11 He replied, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12 “Who is this man who told you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk’?” they asked. 13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, because Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. 

14 After this, Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well. Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.” 15 The man went and reported to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 Therefore, the Jews began persecuting Jesus because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 

HONORING THE FATHER AND THE SON

17 Jesus responded to them, “My Father is still working, and I am working also.” 18 This is why the Jews began trying all the more to kill him: Not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal to God.

bookmark_borderJuly 22, 2020

Psalm 92 (CSB)

Psalm 92

GOD’S LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS

A psalm. A song for the Sabbath day. 

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, 

to sing praise to your name, Most High, 

to declare your faithful love in the morning 

and your faithfulness at night, 

with a ten-stringed harp 

and the music of a lyre. 

For you have made me rejoice, Lord, 

by what you have done; 

I will shout for joy 

because of the works of your hands. 

How magnificent are your works, Lord, 

how profound your thoughts! 

A stupid person does not know, 

a fool does not understand this: 

though the wicked sprout like grass 

and all evildoers flourish, 

they will be eternally destroyed. 

But you, Lord, are exalted forever. 

For indeed, Lord, your enemies—

indeed, your enemies will perish; 

all evildoers will be scattered. 

10 You have lifted up my horn 

like that of a wild ox; 

I have been anointed with the finest oil. 

11 My eyes look at my enemies; 

when evildoers rise against me, 

my ears hear them. 

12 The righteous thrive like a palm tree 

and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon. 

13 Planted in the house of the Lord, 

they thrive in the courts of our God. 

14 They will still bear fruit in old age, 

healthy and green, 

15 to declare, “The Lord is just; 

he is my rock, 

and there is no unrighteousness in him.”

Proverbs 17:4–6 (CSB)

A wicked person listens to malicious talk; 

a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 

The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker, 

and one who rejoices over calamity 

will not go unpunished. 

Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, 

and the pride of children is their fathers.

John 4:1–45 (CSB)

JESUS AND THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

When Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard he was making and baptizing more disciples than John (though Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were), he left Judea and went again to Galilee. He had to travel through Samaria; so he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from his journey, sat down at the well. It was about noon. 

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. 

“Give me a drink,” Jesus said to her, because his disciples had gone into town to buy food. 

“How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked him. For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. 

10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would ask him, and he would give you living water.”

11 “Sir,” said the woman, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get this ‘living water’? 12 You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.” 

13 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well, of water springing up in him for eternal life.”

15 “Sir,” the woman said to him, “give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.” 

16 “Go call your husband,” he told her, “and come back here.” 

17 “I don’t have a husband,” she answered. 

“You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband,’ ” Jesus said. 18 “For you’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 

19 “Sir,” the woman replied, “I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.” 

21 Jesus told her, “Believe me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 

26 Jesus told her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”

THE RIPENED HARVEST

27 Just then his disciples arrived, and they were amazed that he was talking with a woman. Yet no one said, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 

28 Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They left the town and made their way to him. 

31 In the meantime the disciples kept urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 

32 But he said, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” 

33 The disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought him something to eat?” 

34 “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work,” Jesus told them. 35 “Don’t you say, ‘There are still four more months, and then comes the harvest’? Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, because they are ready for harvest. 36 The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap what you didn’t labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited from their labor.” 

THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD

39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of what he said. 42 And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, since we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.” 

A GALILEAN WELCOME

43 After two days he left there for Galilee. 44 (Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45 When they entered Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen everything he did in Jerusalem during the festival. For they also had gone to the festival.

bookmark_borderJuly 21, 2020

Psalm 91 (CSB)

Psalm 91

THE PROTECTION OF THE MOST HIGH

The one who lives under the protection of the Most High 

dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. 

I will say concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and my fortress, 

my God in whom I trust: 

He himself will rescue you from the bird trap, 

from the destructive plague. 

He will cover you with his feathers; 

you will take refuge under his wings. 

His faithfulness will be a protective shield. 

You will not fear the terror of the night, 

the arrow that flies by day, 

the plague that stalks in darkness, 

or the pestilence that ravages at noon. 

Though a thousand fall at your side 

and ten thousand at your right hand, 

the pestilence will not reach you. 

You will only see it with your eyes 

and witness the punishment of the wicked. 

Because you have made the Lord—my refuge, 

the Most High—your dwelling place, 

10 no harm will come to you; 

no plague will come near your tent. 

11 For he will give his angels orders concerning you, 

to protect you in all your ways. 

12 They will support you with their hands 

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; 

you will trample the young lion and the serpent. 

14 Because he has his heart set on me, 

I will deliver him; 

I will protect him because he knows my name. 

15 When he calls out to me, I will answer him; 

I will be with him in trouble. 

I will rescue him and give him honor. 

16 I will satisfy him with a long life 

and show him my salvation.

Proverbs 17:1–3 (CSB)

Better a dry crust with peace 

than a house full of feasting with strife. 

A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son 

and share an inheritance among brothers. 

A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold, 

and the Lord is the tester of hearts.

John 3:22–36 (CSB)

JESUS AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went to the Judean countryside, where he spent time with them and baptized. 

23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People were coming and being baptized, 24 since John had not yet been thrown into prison. 

25 Then a dispute arose between John’s disciples and a Jew about purification. 26 So they came to John and told him, “Rabbi, the one you testified about, and who was with you across the Jordan, is baptizing—and everyone is going to him.” 

27 John responded, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I’ve been sent ahead of him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the groom. But the groom’s friend, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the groom’s voice. So this joy of mine is complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.” 

THE ONE FROM HEAVEN

31 The one who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is earthly and speaks in earthly terms. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, and yet no one accepts his testimony. 33 The one who has accepted his testimony has affirmed that God is true. 34 For the one whom God sent speaks God’s words, since he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hands. 36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.

bookmark_borderJuly 16, 2020

Psalm 90 (CSB)

BOOK IV

(Psalms 90–106)

Psalm 90

ETERNAL GOD AND MORTAL MAN

A prayer of Moses, the man of God. 

Lord, you have been our refuge 

in every generation. 

Before the mountains were born, 

before you gave birth to the earth and the world, 

from eternity to eternity, you are God. 

You return mankind to the dust, 

saying, “Return, descendants of Adam.” 

For in your sight a thousand years 

are like yesterday that passes by, 

like a few hours of the night. 

You end their lives; they sleep. 

They are like grass that grows in the morning—

in the morning it sprouts and grows; 

by evening it withers and dries up. 

For we are consumed by your anger; 

we are terrified by your wrath. 

You have set our iniquities before you, 

our secret sins in the light of your presence. 

For all our days ebb away under your wrath; 

we end our years like a sigh. 

10 Our lives last seventy years 

or, if we are strong, eighty years. 

Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; 

indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away. 

11 Who understands the power of your anger? 

Your wrath matches the fear that is due you. 

12 Teach us to number our days carefully 

so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.,

13 Lord—how long? 

Turn and have compassion on your servants. 

14 Satisfy us in the morning with your faithful love 

so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days. 

15 Make us rejoice for as many days as you have humbled us, 

for as many years as we have seen adversity. 

16 Let your work be seen by your servants, 

and your splendor by their children. 

17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; 

establish for us the work of our hands—

establish the work of our hands!

Proverbs 16:30–33 (CSB)

30 The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions; 

the one who compresses his lips brings about evil. 

31 Gray hair is a glorious crown; 

it is found in the ways of righteousness. 

32 Patience is better than power, 

and controlling one’s emotions, than capturing a city. 

33 The lot is cast into the lap, 

but its every decision is from the Lord.

John 3:16–21 (CSB)

16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. 19 This is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. 21 But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”

bookmark_borderJuly 15, 2020

Psalm 89:38–52 (CSB)

38 But you have spurned and rejected him; 

you have become enraged with your anointed. 

39 You have repudiated the covenant with your servant; 

you have completely dishonored his crown.,

40 You have broken down all his walls; 

you have reduced his fortified cities to ruins. 

41 All who pass by plunder him; 

he has become an object of ridicule 

to his neighbors. 

42 You have lifted high the right hand of his foes; 

you have made all his enemies rejoice. 

43 You have also turned back his sharp sword 

and have not let him stand in battle. 

44 You have made his splendor cease 

and have overturned his throne. 

45 You have shortened the days of his youth; 

you have covered him with shame. 

Selah

46 How long, Lord? Will you hide forever? 

Will your anger keep burning like fire? 

47 Remember how short my life is. 

Have you created everyone for nothing? 

48 What courageous person can live and never see death? 

Who can save himself from the power of Sheol? 

Selah

49 Lord, where are the former acts of your faithful love 

that you swore to David in your faithfulness? 

50 Remember, Lord, the ridicule against your servants—

in my heart I carry abuse from all the peoples—

51 how your enemies have ridiculed, Lord, 

how they have ridiculed every step of your anointed. 

52 Blessed be the Lord forever. 

Amen and amen.

Proverbs 16:26–29 (CSB)

26 A worker’s appetite works for him 

because his hunger urges him on. 

27 A worthless person digs up evil, 

and his speech is like a scorching fire. 

28 A contrary person spreads conflict, 

and a gossip separates close friends. 

29 A violent person lures his neighbor, 

leading him on a path that is not good.

John 3:1–15 (CSB)

JESUS AND NICODEMUS

There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to him at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could perform these signs you do unless God were with him.” 

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again,, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

“How can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?” 

Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

“How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus. 

10 “Are you a teacher of Israel and don’t know these things?” Jesus replied. 11 “Truly I tell you, we speak what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you do not accept our testimony. 12  If I have told you about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven—the Son of Man.,

14 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.