Proverbs 3:9-10: "Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine."


Acts 23:4-5: "And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest? Then said Paul, I wist [knew] not, brethren, that he [Ananias] was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people."


Romans 14:20-23: "For meat [food] destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy [Christian] brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin."


2 John 1:10-11: "If there come any [professed teacher of religion] unto you, and bring not this doctrine [of Christ, or that Jesus is the Son of God, Messiah, and Savior of mankind], receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."


Matthew 18:1-4: "At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I [Jesus, the Messiah] say unto you, Except ye be converted [unless you stop thinking that my kingdom is temporal, or worldly, and not eternal], and become as little children [humble and teachable], ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."


Acts 11:25-26: "Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul [Paul]: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples [followers of Christ] were called Christians first in Antioch."


Luke 6:35: "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he [God] is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil."


Proverbs 27:10: "Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off."


1 Samuel 12:23 [Samuel, addressing the people of Israel]: "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray [by no longer praying] for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:"


Colossians 3:16: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing [counseling against wrong practices] one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."


1 Timothy 2:5-6: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."


Isaiah 59:1-2: "Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities [wickedness, or intentional wrongdoings] have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear [your prayers]."


Philippians 2:25-28 [Paul's letter to the Philippian church]: "Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother [in Christ], and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh [near] unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be  the less sorrowful."


Psalm 33:20: "Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield."


Job 1:22 [After God removed his "hedge" of protection around Job and allowed Satan to test him by causing the loss of all of his oxen (500), she asses (500), and camels (3,000) plus the death of all of his sheep (7,000), most of his servants ("a very great household"), and all of his children (7 sons and 3 daughters)]: "In all this Job sinned not, nor charged [blamed] God foolishly."


Proverbs 17:6: "Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers."


Romans 5:18: "Therefore as by the offence of one [Adam] judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [Jesus Christ] the free gift [of eternal life] came upon all men [everyone who received it] unto justification of life."


Psalm 55:22: "Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."


Philippians 2:3: "Let nothing be done through strife [disagreement] or vainglory [boastfulness]; but in lowliness of mind [humility] let each esteem [honor] [each] other better than themselves."


Ecclesiastes 10:18: "By much slothfulness [laziness] the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through."


2 Peter 1:5-9: "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance [self-control]; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness [love to other Christians]; and to brotherly kindness charity [love to all mankind]. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged [cleansed] from his old sins."


Matthew 15:32-38: "Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children."


1 Timothy 6:6-7: "But godliness with contentment [satisfaction with life] is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."


Matthew 7:15-20: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn [cut] down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."


Genesis 18:23-33 [Abraham and God, discussing Sodom and Gomorrah]:

Verses 23-26: "And Abraham drew near [to the Lord], and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure [perhaps] there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth [God] do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes."

Verses 27-32: "And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake."

Verse 33: "And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place."

[Note: Adam Clarke has an excellent commentary on this: http://www.godvine.com/bible/genesis/18-32. To read it, click on the link and scroll down to "Clarke's Commentary."]


Proverbs 31:9: "Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy."

JUNE 4 - Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:14-30 [Jesus speaking]:

Verses 14-19: "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents [a sum of money], to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway [immediately] took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them."

Verses 20-21: "And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

Verses 22-23: "He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

Verses 24-30: "Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful [lazy] servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury [interest]. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

[Note: For a good explanation of this parable, read this article: http://www.gotquestions.org/parabletalents.html.]


Acts 2:46-47: "And they [born-again Christians], continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."


Romans 16:17-18: "Now I [Paul] beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple [unsuspecting]."


Ephesians 5:19: "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;"

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