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The Wise Woman

Proverbs 31 (Listen The Words of King Lemuel 31:1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: 2   What are you doing, my son?1 What are you doing, son of my womb?     What are you doing, son of my vows? 3   Do not give your strength to women,     your ways to those who destroy kings. 4   It is not for kings, O Lemuel,     it is not for kings to drink wine,     or for rulers to take strong drink, 5   lest they drink and forget what has been decreed     and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. 6   Give strong drink to the one who is perishing,     and wine to those in bitter distress;2 7   let them drink and forget their poverty     and remember their misery no more. 8   Open your mouth for the mute,     for the rights of all who are destitute.3 9   Open your mouth, judge righteously,     defend the rights of the poor and needy. The Woman Who Fears the Lord 10   4 An excellent wife who can find?     She is far more precious than jewels. 11   The heart of her husband trusts in her,     and he will have no lack of gain. 12   She does him good, and not harm,     all the days of her life. 13   She seeks wool and flax,     and works with willing hands. 14   She is like the ships of the merchant;     she brings her food from afar. 15   She rises while it is yet night     and provides food for her household     and portions for her maidens. 16   She considers a field and buys it;     with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. 17   She dresses herself5 with strength     and makes her arms strong. 18   She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.     Her lamp does not go out at night. 19   She puts her hands to the distaff,     and her hands hold the spindle. 20   She opens her hand to the poor     and reaches out her hands to the needy. 21   She is not afraid of snow for her household,     for all her household are clothed in scarlet.6 22   She makes bed coverings for herself;     her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23   Her husband is known in the gates     when he sits among the elders of the land. 24   She makes linen garments and sells them;     she delivers sashes to the merchant. 25   Strength and dignity are her clothing,     and she laughs at the time to come. 26   She opens her mouth with wisdom,     and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 27   She looks well to the ways of her household     and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28   Her children rise up and call her blessed;     her husband also, and he praises her: 29   “Many women have done excellently,     but you surpass them all.” 30   Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,     but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31   Give her of the fruit of her hands,     and let her works praise her in the gates. FOOTNOTES [1] 31:2 Hebrew [2] 31:6 Hebrew [3] 31:8 Hebrew [4] 31:10 Verses 10–31 are an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet [5] 31:17 Hebrew [6] 31:21 Or (ESV

Aug 14
Pride Goes Before Destruction

Proverbs 8:13 (Listen 13   The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil.   Pride and arrogance and the way of evil     and perverted speech I hate. (ESV Proverbs 11:2 (Listen 2   When pride comes, then comes disgrace,     but with the humble is wisdom. (ESV Proverbs 15:25 (Listen 25   The LORD tears down the house of the proud     but maintains the widow’s boundaries. (ESV Proverbs 16:5 (Listen 5   Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD;     be assured, he will not go unpunished. (ESV Proverbs 16:18 (Listen 18   Pride goes before destruction,     and a haughty spirit before a fall. (ESV Proverbs 29:23 (Listen 23   One’s pride will bring him low,     but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. (ESV

Aug 07
Biblical Wisdom About Money

Proverbs 30:8–9 (Listen 8   Remove far from me falsehood and lying;     give me neither poverty nor riches;     feed me with the food that is needful for me, 9   lest I be full and deny you     and say, “Who is the LORD?”   or lest I be poor and steal     and profane the name of my God. (ESV

Jul 31
Sexual Immorality: Hope for the Broken

Proverbs 5:1–5 (Listen Warning Against Adultery 5:1   My son, be attentive to my wisdom;     incline your ear to my understanding, 2   that you may keep discretion,     and your lips may guard knowledge. 3   For the lips of a forbidden1 woman drip honey,     and her speech2 is smoother than oil, 4   but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,     sharp as a two-edged sword. 5   Her feet go down to death;     her steps follow the path to3 Sheol; FOOTNOTES [1] 5:3 Hebrew ; also verse 20 [2] 5:3 Hebrew [3] 5:5 Hebrew (ESV

Jul 24
The Wisdom of Friends

Proverbs 18:1 (Listen 18:1   Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;     he breaks out against all sound judgment. (ESV Proverbs 14:13 (Listen 13   Even in laughter the heart may ache,     and the end of joy may be grief. (ESV Proverbs 17:17 (Listen 17   A friend loves at all times,     and a brother is born for adversity. (ESV Proverbs 18:24 (Listen 24   A man of many companions may come to ruin,     but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (ESV Proverbs 11:14 (Listen 14   Where there is no guidance, a people falls,     but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. (ESV

Jul 17
Words & Wisdom

Proverbs 10:19 (Listen 19   When words are many, transgression is not lacking,     but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. (ESV Proverbs 13:3 (Listen 3   Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;     he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. (ESV Proverbs 15:28 (Listen 28   The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,     but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. (ESV Proverbs 12:18 (Listen 18   There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,     but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (ESV Proverbs 11:12 (Listen 12   Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,     but a man of understanding remains silent. (ESV

Jul 10
The Wisdom of Work

Proverbs 6:6-11, 10:4-5, 10:26, 12:11, 13:4, 15:19, 19:15, 26:13-16, 24:30-34

Jul 03
Dealing With Offense

Proverbs 15:1 (Listen 15:1   A soft answer turns away wrath,     but a harsh word stirs up anger. (ESV Proverbs 15:28 (Listen 28   The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,     but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. (ESV Proverbs 17:14 (Listen 14   The beginning of strife is like letting out water,     so quit before the quarrel breaks out. (ESV Proverbs 14:29 (Listen 29   Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,     but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. (ESV Proverbs 16:32 (Listen 32   Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,     and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. (ESV Proverbs 19:11 (Listen 11   Good sense makes one slow to anger,     and it is his glory to overlook an offense. (ESV Proverbs 24:29 (Listen 29   Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;     I will pay the man back for what he has done.” (ESV Proverbs 25:21–22 (Listen 21   If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,     and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, 22   for you will heap burning coals on his head,     and the LORD will reward you. (ESV

Jun 26
The Wounded Heart

Proverbs 12:25 (Listen 25   Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,     but a good word makes him glad. (ESV

Jun 19
The Path of Wisdom

Proverbs 1:1–7 (Listen The Beginning of Knowledge 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: 2   To know wisdom and instruction,     to understand words of insight, 3   to receive instruction in wise dealing,     in righteousness, justice, and equity; 4   to give prudence to the simple,     knowledge and discretion to the youth— 5   Let the wise hear and increase in learning,     and the one who understands obtain guidance, 6   to understand a proverb and a saying,     the words of the wise and their riddles. 7   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;     fools despise wisdom and instruction. (ESV Proverbs 1:32–33 (Listen 32   For the simple are killed by their turning away,     and the complacency of fools destroys them; 33   but whoever listens to me will dwell secure     and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” (ESV Proverbs 3:1–8 (Listen Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart 3:1   My son, do not forget my teaching,     but let your heart keep my commandments, 2   for length of days and years of life     and peace they will add to you. 3   Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;     bind them around your neck;     write them on the tablet of your heart. 4   So you will find favor and good success1     in the sight of God and man. 5   Trust in the LORD with all your heart,     and do not lean on your own understanding. 6   In all your ways acknowledge him,     and he will make straight your paths. 7   Be not wise in your own eyes;     fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. 8   It will be healing to your flesh2     and refreshment3 to your bones. FOOTNOTES [1] 3:4 Or [2] 3:8 Hebrew [3] 3:8 Or (ESV

Jun 12
Greetings to My Extended Family in Rome

Romans 16 (Listen Personal Greetings 16:1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant1 of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well. 3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. 5 Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert2 to Christ in Asia. 6 Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia,3 my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles,4 and they were in Christ before me. 8 Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. 9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. 10 Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. 11 Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. 12 Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well. 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers5 who are with them. 15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. Final Instructions and Greetings 17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites,6 and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. 19 For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 21 Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen. 22 I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord. 23 Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.7 Doxology 25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. FOOTNOTES [1] 16:1 Or [2] 16:5 Greek [3] 16:7 Or [4] 16:7 Or [5] 16:14 Or ; also verse 17 [6] 16:18 Greek [7] 16:23 Some manuscripts insert verse 24: (ESV

Jun 05
A Holy Ambition

Romans 15:14–32 (Listen Paul the Minister to the Gentiles 14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers,1 that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written,   “Those who have never been told of him will see,     and those who have never heard will understand.” Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome 22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected,2 I will leave for Spain by way of you. 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing3 of Christ. 30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. FOOTNOTES [1] 15:14 Or ; also verse 30 [2] 15:28 Greek [3] 15:29 Some manuscripts insert (ESV

May 29
Singing in Harmony

Romans 15:1–13 (Listen The Example of Christ 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Christ the Hope of Jews and Gentiles 8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,   “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,     and sing to your name.” 10 And again it is said,   “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” 11 And again,   “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,     and let all the peoples extol him.” 12 And again Isaiah says,   “The root of Jesse will come,     even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;   in him will the Gentiles hope.” 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (ESV

May 22
Disagreeing in the Kingdom of God

Romans 14 (Listen Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another 14:1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master1 that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written,   “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,     and every tongue shall confess2 to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Do Not Cause Another to Stumble 13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. 20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.3 22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.4 FOOTNOTES [1] 14:4 Or [2] 14:11 Or [3] 14:21 Some manuscripts add [4] 14:23 Some manuscripts insert here 16:25–27 (ESV

May 15
Wake Up and Go Love Your Neighbor

Romans 13:8–14 (Listen Fulfilling the Law Through Love 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV

May 08
Submission to the Governing Authorities

Romans 12:18–13:7 (Listen 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it1 to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Submission to the Authorities 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. FOOTNOTES [1] 12:19 Greek (ESV

May 01
Loving Your Friends & Your Enemies

Romans 12:9–21 (Listen Marks of the True Christian 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,1 serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.2 Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it3 to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. FOOTNOTES [1] 12:11 Or [2] 12:16 Or [3] 12:19 Greek (ESV

Apr 24
On the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13–35 (Listen On the Road to Emmaus 13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles1 from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. FOOTNOTES [1] 24:13 Greek ; a was about 607 feet or 185 meters (ESV

Apr 17
Gifts of Grace

Romans 12:3–8 (Listen Gifts of Grace 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members,1 and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,2 with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. FOOTNOTES [1] 12:4 Greek ; also verse 5 [2] 12:8 Or (ESV

Apr 10
By the Mercies of God

Romans 12:1–2 (Listen A Living Sacrifice 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,1 by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.2 2 Do not be conformed to this world,3 but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.4 FOOTNOTES [1] 12:1 Or [2] 12:1 Or [3] 12:2 Greek [4] 12:2 Or (ESV

Apr 03
Hope, Humility, & Glory

Romans 11:1–12 (Listen The Remnant of Israel 11:1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham,1 a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” 4 But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. 7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, 8 as it is written,   “God gave them a spirit of stupor,     eyes that would not see     and ears that would not hear,   down to this very day.” 9 And David says,   “Let their table become a snare and a trap,     a stumbling block and a retribution for them; 10   let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,     and bend their backs forever.” Gentiles Grafted In 11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion2 mean! FOOTNOTES [1] 11:1 Or [2] 11:12 Greek (ESV

Mar 27
How Beautiful Are the Feet That Bring Good News

Romans 10:13–21 (Listen 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?1 And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. 18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for   “Their voice has gone out to all the earth,     and their words to the ends of the world.” 19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,   “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;     with a foolish nation I will make you angry.” 20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,   “I have been found by those who did not seek me;     I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.” 21 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” FOOTNOTES [1] 10:14 Or (ESV

Mar 20
The Message of Salvation to All

Romans 9:30–10:13 (Listen Israel’s Unbelief 30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness1 did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written,   “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;     and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 10:1 Brothers,2 my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.3 The Message of Salvation to All 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” FOOTNOTES [1] 9:31 Greek [2] 10:1 Or [3] 10:4 Or (ESV

Mar 13
The Anatomy of Repentance

Psalm 51 (Listen Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. 51:1   Have mercy on me,1 O God,     according to your steadfast love;   according to your abundant mercy     blot out my transgressions. 2   Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,     and cleanse me from my sin! 3   For I know my transgressions,     and my sin is ever before me. 4   Against you, you only, have I sinned     and done what is evil in your sight,   so that you may be justified in your words     and blameless in your judgment. 5   Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,     and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6   Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,     and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. 7   Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;     wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8   Let me hear joy and gladness;     let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9   Hide your face from my sins,     and blot out all my iniquities. 10   Create in me a clean heart, O God,     and renew a right2 spirit within me. 11   Cast me not away from your presence,     and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12   Restore to me the joy of your salvation,     and uphold me with a willing spirit. 13   Then I will teach transgressors your ways,     and sinners will return to you. 14   Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,     O God of my salvation,     and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. 15   O Lord, open my lips,     and my mouth will declare your praise. 16   For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;     you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 17   The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;     a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 18   Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;     build up the walls of Jerusalem; 19   then will you delight in right sacrifices,     in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;     then bulls will be offered on your altar. FOOTNOTES [1] 51:1 Or [2] 51:10 Or (ESV

Mar 06
God's Sovereign Mercy Part II

Romans 9:16–29 (Listen 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion,1 but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25 As indeed he says in Hosea,   “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’     and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” 26   “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’     there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’” 27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel2 be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29 And as Isaiah predicted,   “If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring,     we would have been like Sodom     and become like Gomorrah.” FOOTNOTES [1] 9:16 Greek [2] 9:27 Or (ESV

Feb 27
God's Sovereign Mercy

Romans 9:1–13 (Listen God’s Sovereign Choice 9:1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,1 my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. 6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9 For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” FOOTNOTES [1] 9:3 Or (ESV

Feb 20
For I Am Sure

Romans 8:31–39 (Listen God’s Everlasting Love 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be1 against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.2 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,   “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;     we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. FOOTNOTES [1] 8:31 Or [2] 8:34 Or (ESV

Feb 13
The Sovereignty and Supremacy of God in All Things

Romans 8:28 (Listen 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,1 for those who are called according to his purpose. FOOTNOTES [1] 8:28 Some manuscripts , or (ESV

Feb 06
The Intercession of the Spirit

Romans 8:24–30 (Listen 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because1 the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,2 for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. FOOTNOTES [1] 8:27 Or [2] 8:28 Some manuscripts , or (ESV

Jan 30
Future Glory

Romans 8:16–25 (Listen 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Future Glory 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (ESV

Jan 23