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JANUARY 31

Proverbs 17:17: "A friend loveth at all times [a true and faithful friend will stick by you in good times and bad], and a brother is born for adversity [to comfort and support his siblings--brothers and sisters--when they are in distress]."

JANUARY 30

Acts 13:38-39 [the apostle Paul, preaching in the synagogue at Antioch]: "Be it known unto you therefore,
men and brethren, that through this man [Jesus] is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins [pardon from sins through the blood that he shed on the cross]: And by him [by his suffering and death] all that believe [the gospel--that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day] are justified [made righteous in God's sight] from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses [works of the law or obedience to it]."

JANUARY 29

Psalm 56:3 [King David's prayer to God]: "What time [when] I am afraid, I will trust in thee [you]."

JANUARY 28

1 John 3:5-6: "And ye know that he [the Lord Jesus] was manifested [appeared among people, became a man] to take away our sins [release us from bondage to sin]; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him [remains united with the Savior in heart and mind and will] sinneth not [does not commit habitual and willful sin]: whosoever sinneth [continues to sin deliberately and intentionally] hath not seen him, neither known him [is not a true Christian].

[Note: Albert Barnes' commentary has an excellent explanation of these two verses, especially verse 6. If you want to read it, click on the link (www.godvine.com/bible/1-john/3-6) and scroll down to  "Barnes' Notes." You can go backward from there to read verse 5.]

JANUARY 27

Colossians 2:8: "Beware lest any man [be on your guard not to let anyone] spoil you [rob you of your faith and hope] through philosophy and vain deceit [false teachings], after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world [as in the ceremonial laws of the Jews], and not after Christ [what Jesus taught]."

JANUARY 26

Deuteronomy 5:18 [Moses to the Israelites, reminding them of the seventh commandment]: "Neither shalt thou [you shall not] commit adultery."

JANUARY 25

Luke 11:9-10 [Jesus, speaking to his disciples about prayer]: "And I say unto you, Ask [in faith, in Jesus' name,  according to the will of God], and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

JANUARY 24

1 John 3:14: "We know that we have passed from [spiritual] death unto [spiritual] life [i.e., that we have been born again], because we love the brethren [fellow Christians]. He that loveth not his [Christian] brother abideth in death [remains dead in his sins]."

JANUARY 23

Psalm 91:9-12: "Because thou hast made the LORD [God], which is my [the psalmist's] refuge [place of shelter], even the most High, thy habitation [home]; There shall no evil befall [happen to] thee, neither shall any plague come nigh [near] thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee [keep you safe, or protect you] in all thy ways [whatever you do]. They shall bear [lift or hold] thee up in their hands, lest thou [so you won't] dash thy foot against a stone [stumble and fall into sin and/or trouble]."

JANUARY 22

Romans 5:8-9: "But God commendeth [has shown or proven, given clear evidence of] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ [Jesus] died [shed his blood on the cross] for us [to pay for our sins]. Much more then, being now justified [made righteous in the sight of God] by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath [hell and damnation, punishment for sin] through him."

JANUARY 21

Psalm 40:8 [David's psalm, referring to Jesus' prayer to God]: "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart."

JANUARY 18-20

Genesis 9:18-29 [After the Flood--Noah Curses Canaan (Son of Ham)]

Verses 18-19: "And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread."

Verses 20-22: "And Noah began to be an husbandman [a farmer], and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren [brothers] without [outside]."

Verse 23: "And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness."

Verses 24-27: "And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.* And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant."

Verses 28-29: "And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died."

*According to John Gill's commentary on Genesis 9:22: "… what Noah's younger son did unto him, besides looking on him, we are not told, yet it was such as brought a curse on Canaan; and one would think it would be more than bare sight, nay, it is expressly said there was something done, but what is not said, ( Genesis 9:24 ) ." Here's the link, if you want to read more: www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/genesis-9-22.html.

[Note: An article entitled "The Table of Nations" explains in detail who the descendants of Noah's sons were and where they settled (Shem in Asia, Ham and Canaan in Africa, Japheth in Europe). It is very easy to read and includes a map. Here's the link, if you want to check it out:
www.bible-history.com/maps/2-table-of-nations.html.

JANUARY 17

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: "Two [example: friends or marriage partners] are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow [companion]: but woe [great sorrow or distress] to him that is alone when he falleth [into sin, trouble, etc.]; for he hath not another to help him up."

JANUARY 16

Psalm 94:19: "In the multitude of my thoughts within me [including anxious, nagging, troublesome thoughts] thy comforts [comforting thoughts, pertaining to God, Jesus, heaven, hope, faith, love, etc.] delight my soul."

JANUARY 15

Psalm 147:3: "He [God] healeth the broken in heart [broken-hearted], and bindeth up their wounds."

JANUARY 14

Jude 1:3 [Jude, brother of James--and, most likely, of Jesus, too--writing to Christians]: "Beloved, when I gave all diligence [applied my mind earnestly] to write unto you of the common salvation [salvation that is common to both Jews and gentiles], it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [strongly encourage] you that ye should earnestly contend for [defend--by debate, reasoning, etc.] the faith [truth of the gospel] which was once delivered unto the saints [born-again Christians]."

JANUARY 13

1 Corinthians 1:10 [the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Corinthian church]: "Now I beseech [implore, beg] you, brethren [fellow believers], by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing [agree on the fundamental, or basic, Christian doctrines], and that there be no divisions [within the church] among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."

JANUARY 12

Galatians 2:16: "Knowing that a man is not justified [considered righteous in God's sight] by the works of the law [ceremonial or moral], but by the faith of Jesus Christ [by accepting his death as full payment for our sins], even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of [in] Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."

JANUARY 11

1 John 4:1: "Beloved, believe not every spirit [religious teacher who claims to be led by the Holy Spirit], but try the spirits [to see] whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."

[Note: Adam Clarke and Albert Barnes have good commentaries on this verse. If you want to read them, click on the link (http://www.godvine.com/bible/1-john/4-1) and scroll down to "Clarke's Commentary" and/or "Barnes' Notes."]

JANUARY 10

1 Corinthians 3:16-17: "Know ye not that ye [born-again Christians] are the temple [true church] of God, and that the Spirit of God [Holy Spirit] dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God [corrupts the Christian community with false doctrine], him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."

JANUARY 9

Proverbs 17:5: "Whoso[ever] mocketh [ridicules or treats with contempt] the poor reproacheth [blames] his Maker [God]: and he that is glad at calamities [misfortunes, disasters] shall not be unpunished [by God]."

JANUARY 8

Romans 12:1 [the apostle Paul, comparing service to God by born-again Christians in the New Testament to the Old Testament practice of sacrificing animals or bringing offerings to atone for sin]: "I beseech [implore, beg] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies [your entire selves] [as] a living sacrifice, holy [without blemish or defect], acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

JANUARY 7

Psalm 48:14: "For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto [until] death."

JANUARY 6

Proverbs 29:15: "The rod [discipline, as in spanking] and reproof [verbal correction when someone is doing wrong] give wisdom: but a child left to himself [a child who is spoiled, neglected, or allowed to do what he wants to do] bringeth his mother to shame."

JANUARY 5

Proverbs 29:18: "Where there is no vision [revelation from God, as in reading the Bible or listening to  preaching], the people perish [are destroyed, or left to 'run wild']: but he that keepeth the law [obeys God's word], happy is he."

JANUARY 4

Galatians 1:6-9 [the apostle Paul, in his letter to the churches in Galatia]: "I marvel [I'm amazed] that ye are so soon removed from him [God] that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel [one of works, as in religious rites and ceremonies]: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you [false teachers], and would pervert the gospel of Christ [i.e., simple reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation]. But though we [Paul and the other apostles], or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed [under a curse]. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."

JANUARY 3

2 Timothy 2:3 [the apostle Paul, in his second letter to Timothy]: "Thou therefore endure hardness [hardship], as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

JANUARY 2

Joshua 1:9 [the Lord said to Joshua]: "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed [discouraged]: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest [wherever you go]."

JANUARY 1

Romans 6:4 [Baptism by immersion, or baptism performed by totally submerging a person in water, following salvation is a picture of this]: "Therefore we are buried with him [Jesus] by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father [God], even so we also should walk in newness of life."
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