Daily Scripture Reflection
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. Elijah was a human being like us; yet he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain upon the land. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the earth produced its fruits.
If you will give these instructions to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of faith and of the sound teaching you have followed. Avoid profane and silly myths. Train yourself for devotion, for while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life for both the present and for the future.
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. For this we toil and struggle, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the savior of all, especially of those who believe.
Your hands made me and fashioned me; give me insight to learn your commands.
Those who fear you rejoice to see me, because I hope in your word.
I know, Lord, that your edicts are just; though you afflict me, you are faithful.
May your love comfort me in accord with your promise to your servant.
Show me compassion that I may live, for your teaching is my delight.
Shame the proud for oppressing me unjustly, that I may study your precepts.
Let those who fear you turn to me, those who acknowledge your decrees.
May I be wholehearted toward your laws, that I may not be put to shame.
I will listen for the word of God; surely the Lord will proclaim peace
to his people, to the faithful, to those who trust in him.
Near indeed is salvation for the loyal; prosperity will fill our land.
Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss.
Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from heaven.
The Lord will surely grant abundance; our land will yield its increase.
Prosperity will march before the Lord, and good fortune will follow behind.
The earth is the Lord’s and all it holds, the world and those who live there.
For God founded it on the seas, established it over the rivers.
Who may go up the mountain of the Lord? Who can stand in his holy place?
The clean of hand and pure of heart, who are not devoted to idols,
who have not sworn falsely.
They will receive blessings from the Lord, and justice from their saving God.
Such are the people that love the Lord, that seek the face of the God of Jacob.
I hate every hypocrite; your teaching I love.
You are my refuge and shield; in your word I hope.
Depart from me, you wicked, that I may observe the commands of my God.
Sustain me by your promise that I may live; do not disappoint me in my hope.
Strengthen me that I may be safe, ever to contemplate your laws.
You reject all who stray from your laws, for vain is their deceit.
Like dross you regard all the wicked on earth; therefore I love your decrees.
My flesh shudders with dread of you; I hold your edicts in awe.
The way we may be sure that we know God is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to live as he lived
It is not that I have already taken hold of it (the power of the resurrection) or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ. I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.
Praise God in his holy sanctuary; give praise in the mighty dome of heaven.
Give praise for his mighty deeds; praise him for his great majesty.
Give praise with blasts upon the horn; praise him with harp and lyre.
Give praise with tambourines and dance; praise him with flutes and strings.
Give praise with crashing cymbals; praise him with sounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord! Hallelujah!
We were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children. With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us.
You recall our toil and drudgery. Working night and day in order not to burden any one of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers. As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children, exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you conduct yourselves as worthy of the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory.