Luke 2:1-21
Gospels / Luke

Luke 2:1-21

The Birth of Jesus In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to … Continue reading

Psalm 17
Psalms

Psalm 17

A prayer of David. 1 Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;     listen to my cry. Hear my prayer—     it does not rise from deceitful lips. 2 Let my vindication come from you;     may your eyes see what is right. 3 Though you probe my heart,     though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have … Continue reading

Luke 1:57-80
Gospels / Luke

Luke 1:57-80

The Birth of John the Baptist 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him … Continue reading

Psalm 16
Psalms

Psalm 16

1 Keep me safe, my God,     for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;     apart from you I have no good thing.” 3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,     “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” 4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and … Continue reading

1 John 4:7-21
1 John

1 John 4:7-21

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This … Continue reading

1 John 3:16-18
1 John

1 John 3:16-18

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear … Continue reading

Psalm 13
Psalms

Psalm 13

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?     How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts     and day after day have sorrow in my heart?     How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.     Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, 4 and … Continue reading

Habakkuk 3:8-15
Habakkuk

Habakkuk 3:8-15

8 Were you angry with the rivers, Lord?     Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea     when you rode your horses     and your chariots to victory? 9 You uncovered your bow,     you called for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers; 10     the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by;     the … Continue reading

Habakkuk 1:12 – 2:1
Habakkuk

Habakkuk 1:12 – 2:1

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint 12 Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish. 13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow … Continue reading

1 John 3:4-10
1 John

1 John 3:4-10

4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead … Continue reading

Psalm 11
Psalms

Psalm 11

1 In the Lord I take refuge.     How then can you say to me:     “Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;     they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows     at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed,     what can the righteous do?” 4 The Lord is in his holy temple; … Continue reading

Joshua 23 Joshua’s Farewell
Joshua

Joshua 23 Joshua’s Farewell

After a long time had passed and the Lord had given Israel rest from all their enemies around them, Joshua, by then a very old man, 2 summoned all Israel—their elders, leaders, judges and officials—and said to them: “I am very old. 3 You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the Lord your God … Continue reading

Joshua 20 Cities of Refuge
Joshua

Joshua 20 Cities of Refuge

Then the Lord said to Joshua: 2 “Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, 3 so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood. 4 When they flee to one of these cities, they are to stand in the entrance of the city gate and … Continue reading

Psalm 6
Psalms

Psalm 6

1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger     or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;     heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3 My soul is in deep anguish.     How long, Lord, how long? 4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me;     save me because of your unfailing love. 5 Among the dead no … Continue reading

Psalm 5
Psalms

Psalm 5

1 Listen to my words, Lord,     consider my lament. 2 Hear my cry for help,     my King and my God,     for to you I pray. 3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;     in the morning I lay my requests before you     and wait expectantly. 4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;     with you, evil people are … Continue reading

Christian / Reality Epiphany / The Mapps Quest

Carry Me

God has been working on my anger, stubbornness, and exaggeration issues.  I know this because in all the study I am doing the words jump out at me to be in line with the Spirit.  The fruits of the Spirit are: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23.  In contrast, scripture clearly describes what … Continue reading