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Give thanks to the Lord, for He
is good! His faithful love endures
2 Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has saved
you from your enemies.
3 For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, from east and west, from
north and south.
4 Some wandered in the desert, lost and homeless.
5 Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died.
6 "Lord help!" they cried in their trouble , and he rescued them from their
7 He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live.
8 Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for all his wonderful
deeds to them.
9 For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Psalm 107: 1-9
"Lord, If it's you, " Peter replied,
"tell me to come to you on the
29 "Come," he said. Then
Peter got down out of the boat,
walked on the water and came
30 But when he saw
the wind, he was afraid and,
beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord,
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
"You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"
32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you
are the Son of God."
The earth is the Lord's, and everything in
it. The world and all its people belong to him.
2 For he laid the earth's foundation on the
seas and built it on the ocean depths.
3 Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
who do not worship idols and never tell lies.
5They will receive the Lord's blessing and have right standing with God their
6 They alone may enter God's presence and worship the God of Israel.
7 Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory
8 Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord,
invincible in battle.
9 Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory
10Who is the King of glory? The Lord Almighty -- He is the King of glory.
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say
5 Let everyone see that you are
considerate in all you do. Remember, the
Lord is coming soon.
6 Don't worry about anything; instead,
pray about everything. Tell God what you
need, and thank him for all he has done.
7 If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful
than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and
minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close
this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think
about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that
are excellent and worthy of praise.
9 Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and
saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
I look to the mountains - does my help
come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord, who
made the heavens and the earth!
3He will not let you stumble and fall; the
one who watches over you will not
4Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never tires and never sleeps.
5The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your
6The sun will not hurt you by day, nor the moon at night.
7The Lord keeps you from all evil and preserves your life.
8The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and
6 So we are always confident,
knowing that while we are at home in the body we
are absent from the Lord.
7 For we walk by faith , not by sight.
8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be
absent from the body and to be present with
9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present
or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
10 For we must appear before the judgment seat
of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according
to what he has done, whether good or bad.
11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are
well known to God, and I also trust are well know in your consciences.
12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity
to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in
appearance and not in heart.
13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it
is for you.
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One
died for all , then all died;
15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for
themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even
though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him
this no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have
passed away; behold , all things have become new.
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through
Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not
imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading
through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become
the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:6-21
In the same way, you wives must accept the
authority of your husbands, even those who
refuse to accept the Good News. Your
godly lives will speak to them better than any
words. They will be won over
2by watching your pure, godly behavior.
3 Don't be concerned about the outward
beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles,
expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.
4You should be known for the beauty that
comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so
precious to God.
5That is the way the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They
trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands.
6 For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, when she called him
her master. You are daughters when you do what is right without fear of what
your husband might do.
7 In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat her
with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are,
but she is your equal partner in God's gift of new life. If you don't treat her
as you should, your prayers will not be heard.
8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind, full of sympathy toward each
other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.
9 Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate when people say unkind things
about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants
you to do, and he will bless you for it.
10 For the Scriptures say, "If you want a happy life and good days, keep
your tongue from speaking evil, and keep your lips from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others.
12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open
to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil."
13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?
14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it.
So don't be afraid and don't worry.
15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are
asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.
16 But you must do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your
conscience clear. Then if people speak evil against you, they will be ashamed
when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants,
than to suffer for doing wrong!
18 Christ also suffered when he died for our sins once for all time. He never
sinned, but he died for sinners that he might bring us safely home to God.
He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison--
20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while
Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in
that terrible flood.
21And this is a picture of baptism, which now saves you by the power of
Jesus Christ's resurrection. Baptism is not a removal of dirt from your
body; it is an appeal to God for a clean conscience.
22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next
to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers are bowing before him.
1 Peter 3
25 "Therefore I say to you , do not
worry about your life, what you will
eat or what you will drink; nor about
your body, what you will put on. Is
not life more than food and the
body more than clothing?
26 "Look at the birds of the air, for
they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father
feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lillies of the field ,
how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
29 "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed
like one of these.
30 "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and
tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you
of little faith?
31 "Therefore do not worry, saying what shall we eat? or What shall we drink?
or What shall we wear?
32 "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father
knows that you need all these things.
33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these
things shall be added to you.
34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.