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New poll finds Palestinians deeply distrust their leaders

A new public opinion survey showed the overwhelming majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are disillusioned with their leaders and desperate for presidential elections.


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Source: New poll finds Palestinians deeply distrust their leaders

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April 11: Deuteronomy 28; John 3:1–21; Psalm 93; Proverbs 14:1–2


 
   

   
     


       
          Old Testament:
       

        Deuteronomy 28
     



     

     
       

         

Deuteronomy 28 (Listen)


Blessings for Obedience


28 “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.


“The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. The LORD will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. And he will bless you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. The LORD will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in his ways. 10 And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The LORD will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, 14 and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.


Curses for Disobedience


15 “But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. 16 Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. 17 Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 18 Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. 19 Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.


20 “The LORD will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me. 21 The LORD will make the pestilence stick to you until he has consumed you off the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 22 The LORD will strike you with wasting disease and with fever, inflammation and fiery heat, and with drought1 and with blight and with mildew. They shall pursue you until you perish. 23 And the heavens over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you shall be iron. 24 The LORD will make the rain of your land powder. From heaven dust shall come down on you until you are destroyed.


25 “The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them. And you shall be a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth. 26 And your dead body shall be food for all birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away. 27 The LORD will strike you with the boils of Egypt, and with tumors and scabs and itch, of which you cannot be healed. 28 The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind, 29 and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways.2 And you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to help you. 30 You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall ravish her. You shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it. You shall plant a vineyard, but you shall not enjoy its fruit. 31 Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat any of it. Your donkey shall be seized before your face, but shall not be restored to you. Your sheep shall be given to your enemies, but there shall be no one to help you. 32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, but you shall be helpless. 33 A nation that you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually, 34 so that you are driven mad by the sights that your eyes see. 35 The LORD will strike you on the knees and on the legs with grievous boils of which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head.


36 “The LORD will bring you and your king whom you set over you to a nation that neither you nor your fathers have known. And there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone. 37 And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where the LORD will lead you away. 38 You shall carry much seed into the field and shall gather in little, for the locust shall consume it. 39 You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm shall eat them. 40 You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives shall drop off. 41 You shall father sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours, for they shall go into captivity. 42 The cricket3 shall possess all your trees and the fruit of your ground. 43 The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. 44 He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him. He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.


45 “All these curses shall come upon you and pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that he commanded you. 46 They shall be a sign and a wonder against you and your offspring forever. 47 Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you. 49 The LORD will bring a nation against you from far away, from the end of the earth, swooping down like the eagle, a nation whose language you do not understand, 50 a hard-faced nation who shall not respect the old or show mercy to the young. 51 It shall eat the offspring of your cattle and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed; it also shall not leave you grain, wine, or oil, the increase of your herds or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish.


52 “They shall besiege you in all your towns, until your high and fortified walls, in which you trusted, come down throughout all your land. And they shall besiege you in all your towns throughout all your land, which the LORD your God has given you. 53 And you shall eat the fruit of your womb, the flesh of your sons and daughters, whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you. 54 The man who is the most tender and refined among you will begrudge food to his brother, to the wife he embraces,4 and to the last of the children whom he has left, 55 so that he will not give to any of them any of the flesh of his children whom he is eating, because he has nothing else left, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in all your towns. 56 The most tender and refined woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because she is so delicate and tender, will begrudge to the husband she embraces,5 to her son and to her daughter, 57 her afterbirth that comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears, because lacking everything she will eat them secretly, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in your towns.


58 “If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the LORD your God, 59 then the LORD will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting. 60 And he will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. 61 Every sickness also and every affliction that is not recorded in the book of this law, the LORD will bring upon you, until you are destroyed. 62 Whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, you shall be left few in number, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God. 63 And as the LORD took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the LORD will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you. And you shall be plucked off the land that you are entering to take possession of it.


64 “And the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. 65 And among these nations you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but the LORD will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and a languishing soul. 66 Your life shall hang in doubt before you. Night and day you shall be in dread and have no assurance of your life. 67 In the morning you shall say, ‘If only it were evening!’ and at evening you shall say, ‘If only it were morning!’ because of the dread that your heart shall feel, and the sights that your eyes shall see. 68 And the LORD will bring you back in ships to Egypt, a journey that I promised that you should never make again; and there you shall offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer.”



Footnotes


[1] 28:22 Or sword


[2] 28:29 Or shall not succeed in finding your ways


[3] 28:42 Identity uncertain


[4] 28:54 Hebrew the wife of his bosom


[5] 28:56 Hebrew the husband of her bosom



(ESV)


       

     
   
     


       
          New Testament:
       

        John 3:1–21
     



     

     
       

         

John 3:1–21 (Listen)


You Must Be Born Again


Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus1 by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again2 he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.3 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You4 must be born again.’ The wind5 blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”


Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you6 do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.7 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.8


For God So Loved the World


16 “For God so loved the world,9 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”



Footnotes


[1] 3:2 Greek him


[2] 3:3 Or from above; the Greek is purposely ambiguous and can mean both again and from above; also verse 7


[3] 3:6 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit


[4] 3:7 The Greek for you is plural here


[5] 3:8 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit


[6] 3:11 The Greek for you is plural here; also four times in verse 12


[7] 3:13 Some manuscripts add who is in heaven


[8] 3:15 Some interpreters hold that the quotation ends at verse 15


[9] 3:16 Or For this is how God loved the world



(ESV)


       

     
   
     


       
          Psalm:
       

        Psalm 93
     



     

     
       

         

Psalm 93 (Listen)


The Lord Reigns



93   The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
    the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
  Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
  Your throne is established from of old;
    you are from everlasting.


  The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
    the floods have lifted up their voice;
    the floods lift up their roaring.
  Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
    mightier than the waves of the sea,
    the LORD on high is mighty!


  Your decrees are very trustworthy;
    holiness befits your house,
    O LORD, forevermore.


(ESV)


       

     
   
     


       
          Proverb:
       

        Proverbs 14:1–2
     



     

     
       

         

Proverbs 14:1–2 (Listen)



14   The wisest of women builds her house,
    but folly with her own hands tears it down.
  Whoever walks in uprightness fears the LORD,
    but he who is devious in his ways despises him.


(ESV)


       

     
   
 

Source: April 11: Deuteronomy 28; John 3:1–21; Psalm 93; Proverbs 14:1–2

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Christian Discussion / Widowhood Is a Beginning
« on: April 11, 2019, 11:03:55 PM »
Widowhood Is a Beginning

Margaret Nyman says widowhood is a beginning. It’s an opportunity to walk with the Lord in new ways, taking on new challenges.
Source: Widowhood Is a Beginning

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Christian Discussion / you don’t
« on: April 11, 2019, 11:03:54 PM »
you don’t

You don’t feel close here in this empty room, bare walls, bare space.
Source: you don’t

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Bible Questions / Study / Growth Mindset
« on: April 11, 2019, 05:01:30 AM »
Growth Mindset

Molly Baskette


We are all lifelong learners, Jesus says, and there's only one Teacher. So if you think you're wise, get over yourself.


Source: Growth Mindset

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Testimony / Inspirational / Sinner's Prayer
« on: April 11, 2019, 05:01:30 AM »
Sinner's Prayer

What is sin and are we all sinners? What is the remedy for this condition? What does Jesus have to do with it?
Source: Sinner's Prayer

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How new cancer 'vaccine' fights tumors throughout the body

A new cancer 'vaccine' that's injected directly into a single tumor can trigger the immune system to attack cancer cells throughout the body, a small new study suggests.


The post How new cancer 'vaccine' fights tumors throughout the body appeared first on Worthy Christian News.


Source: How new cancer 'vaccine' fights tumors throughout the body

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April 10: Deuteronomy 25–27; John 2:13–25; Psalm 92; Proverbs 13:24–25


 
   

   
     


       
          Old Testament:
       

        Deuteronomy 25–27
     



     

     
       

         

Deuteronomy 25–27 (Listen)


25 “If there is a dispute between men and they come into court and the judges decide between them, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty, then if the guilty man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with a number of stripes in proportion to his offense. Forty stripes may be given him, but not more, lest, if one should go on to beat him with more stripes than these, your brother be degraded in your sight.


“You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.


Laws Concerning Levirate Marriage


“If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband's brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her. And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel. And if the man does not wish to take his brother's wife, then his brother's wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, ‘My husband's brother refuses to perpetuate his brother's name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband's brother to me.’ Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak to him, and if he persists, saying, ‘I do not wish to take her,’ then his brother's wife shall go up to him in the presence of the elders and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face. And she shall answer and say, ‘So shall it be done to the man who does not build up his brother's house.’ 10 And the name of his house1 shall be called in Israel, ‘The house of him who had his sandal pulled off.’


Miscellaneous Laws


11 “When men fight with one another and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him and puts out her hand and seizes him by the private parts, 12 then you shall cut off her hand. Your eye shall have no pity.


13 “You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. 14 You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. 15 A full and fair2 weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. 16 For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the LORD your God.


17 “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt, 18 how he attacked you on the way when you were faint and weary, and cut off your tail, those who were lagging behind you, and he did not fear God. 19 Therefore when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your enemies around you, in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget.


Offerings of Firstfruits and Tithes


26 “When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that the LORD your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there. And you shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our fathers to give us.’ Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God.


“And you shall make response before the LORD your God, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. And the Egyptians treated us harshly and humiliated us and laid on us hard labor. Then we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror,3 with signs and wonders. And he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O LORD, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the LORD your God and worship before the LORD your God. 11 And you shall rejoice in all the good that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.


12 “When you have finished paying all the tithe of your produce in the third year, which is the year of tithing, giving it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your towns and be filled, 13 then you shall say before the LORD your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion out of my house, and moreover, I have given it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all your commandment that you have commanded me. I have not transgressed any of your commandments, nor have I forgotten them. 14 I have not eaten of the tithe while I was mourning, or removed any of it while I was unclean, or offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the voice of the LORD my God. I have done according to all that you have commanded me. 15 Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the ground that you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.’


16 “This day the LORD your God commands you to do these statutes and rules. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. 17 You have declared today that the LORD is your God, and that you will walk in his ways, and keep his statutes and his commandments and his rules, and will obey his voice. 18 And the LORD has declared today that you are a people for his treasured possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments, 19 and that he will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that he has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised.”


The Altar on Mount Ebal


27 Now Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, “Keep the whole commandment that I command you today. And on the day you cross over the Jordan to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall set up large stones and plaster them with plaster. And you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over to enter the land that the LORD your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you. And when you have crossed over the Jordan, you shall set up these stones, concerning which I command you today, on Mount Ebal, and you shall plaster them with plaster. And there you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones. You shall wield no iron tool on them; you shall build an altar to the LORD your God of uncut4 stones. And you shall offer burnt offerings on it to the LORD your God, and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and shall eat there, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God. And you shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.”


Curses from Mount Ebal


Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, “Keep silence and hear, O Israel: this day you have become the people of the LORD your God. 10 You shall therefore obey the voice of the LORD your God, keeping his commandments and his statutes, which I command you today.”


11 That day Moses charged the people, saying, 12 “When you have crossed over the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. 13 And these shall stand on Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. 14 And the Levites shall declare to all the men of Israel in a loud voice:


15 “‘Cursed be the man who makes a carved or cast metal image, an abomination to the LORD, a thing made by the hands of a craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’ And all the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen.’


16 “‘Cursed be anyone who dishonors his father or his mother.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’


17 “‘Cursed be anyone who moves his neighbor's landmark.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’


18 “‘Cursed be anyone who misleads a blind man on the road.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’


19 “‘Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’


20 “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered his father's nakedness.’5 And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’


21 “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with any kind of animal.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’


22 “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with his sister, whether the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’


23 “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with his mother-in-law.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’


24 “‘Cursed be anyone who strikes down his neighbor in secret.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’


25 “‘Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’


26 “‘Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’



Footnotes


[1] 25:10 Hebrew its name


[2] 25:15 Or just, or righteous; twice in this verse


[3] 26:8 Hebrew with great terror


[4] 27:6 Hebrew whole


[5] 27:20 Hebrew uncovered his father's skirt



(ESV)


       

     
   
     


       
          New Testament:
       

        John 2:13–25
     



     

     
       

         

John 2:13–25 (Listen)


Jesus Cleanses the Temple


13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”


18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple,1 and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.


Jesus Knows What Is in Man


23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.



Footnotes


[1] 2:20 Or This temple was built forty-six years ago



(ESV)


       

     
   
     


       
          Psalm:
       

        Psalm 92
     



     

     
       

         

Psalm 92 (Listen)


How Great Are Your Works


A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.



92   It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
    to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
  to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
    and your faithfulness by night,
  to the music of the lute and the harp,
    to the melody of the lyre.
  For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
    at the works of your hands I sing for joy.


  How great are your works, O LORD!
    Your thoughts are very deep!
  The stupid man cannot know;
    the fool cannot understand this:
  that though the wicked sprout like grass
    and all evildoers flourish,
  they are doomed to destruction forever;
    but you, O LORD, are on high forever.
  For behold, your enemies, O LORD,
    for behold, your enemies shall perish;
    all evildoers shall be scattered.


10   But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
    you have poured over me1 fresh oil.
11   My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
    my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.


12   The righteous flourish like the palm tree
    and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13   They are planted in the house of the LORD;
    they flourish in the courts of our God.
14   They still bear fruit in old age;
    they are ever full of sap and green,
15   to declare that the LORD is upright;
    he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.



Footnotes


[1] 92:10 Compare Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain



(ESV)


       

     
   
     


       
          Proverb:
       

        Proverbs 13:24–25
     



     

     
       

         

Proverbs 13:24–25 (Listen)



24   Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
    but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.1
25   The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
    but the belly of the wicked suffers want.



Footnotes


[1] 13:24 Or who loves him disciplines him early



(ESV)


       

     
   
 

Source: April 10: Deuteronomy 25–27; John 2:13–25; Psalm 92; Proverbs 13:24–25

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Christian Discussion / When Anguish and Joy Come Hand in Hand
« on: April 11, 2019, 05:01:24 AM »
When Anguish and Joy Come Hand in Hand

As Margaret Nyman watched her husband dying, she described it by saying, “Sometimes anguish and joy are hand in hand.”
Source: When Anguish and Joy Come Hand in Hand

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Christian Discussion / THE REDEMPTION PROJECT-A new TV series on CNN
« on: April 11, 2019, 05:01:23 AM »
THE REDEMPTION PROJECT-A new TV series on CNN

a new series that explores the transformative power of forgiveness, grace, and redemption premieres on television.
Source: THE REDEMPTION PROJECT-A new TV series on CNN

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Bible Questions / Study / Why Did Jesus Bother?
« on: April 09, 2019, 11:04:37 AM »
Why Did Jesus Bother?

Tony Robinson


When our plans and predictions go bust and our expectations aren't fulfilled, God is still God.


Source: Why Did Jesus Bother?

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Bible Questions / Study / Speak Life
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:14:19 AM »
Speak Life

Marchaé Grair


There is no gospel that leads to the killing of the soul. The Spirit calls for us to speak the words that set people free, not the words that keep them in their chains.


Source: Speak Life

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Bible Questions / Study / A Change of Heart
« on: April 07, 2019, 11:00:46 AM »
A Change of Heart

Richard L. Floyd


The metaphorical heart is a matter of life and death. The heart is implicated in the choices of lovers and fools, and who among us hasn't been both at some time in our life?


Source: A Change of Heart

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Bible Questions / Study / Extravagance
« on: April 07, 2019, 05:08:20 AM »
Extravagance

Tony Robinson


Extravagance can scare us. It scared Judas. And extravagance—God's extravagance—can save us. Mary understood this and did not fear the extravagant mercy of God.


Source: Extravagance

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Bible Questions / Study / Souls in Prison
« on: April 06, 2019, 06:28:44 PM »
Souls in Prison

Kaji Douša


Maybe we start to accept the things we really should not, growing accustomed to being so enclosed that we risk forgetting what it means to be free—if we ever knew it.


Source: Souls in Prison

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Bible Questions / Study / Inseparable
« on: April 04, 2019, 05:08:23 AM »
Inseparable

Kenneth L. Samuel


The season of Lent is the season of love’s endurance. Love can endure disappointment, pain and even disloyalty. But love never endures the separation of termination.


Source: Inseparable

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Bible Questions / Study / From the Complaint Department
« on: April 03, 2019, 05:05:05 PM »
From the Complaint Department

Mary Luti


How long, O Lord? We need the world you promise. We need you to vindicate our sticking with you all this time, to redeem our suffering and crown our deaths with life.


Source: From the Complaint Department

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Bible Questions / Study / Rogue
« on: April 02, 2019, 05:05:01 AM »
Rogue

Quinn G. Caldwell


God, your world is full of wonders and mysteries. Let me not be too quick to dismiss them, and let me, at least sometimes, believe them before it’s wise.


Source: Rogue

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Bible Questions / Study / Saying So
« on: April 01, 2019, 05:19:50 AM »
Saying So

Emily C. Heath


I didn’t learn about testimony from church. I learned about it from people in recovery who told me their stories when I was newly sober.


Source: Saying So

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Bible Questions / Study / Sola Gratia
« on: March 31, 2019, 11:18:04 AM »
Sola Gratia

Jennifer Brownell


Maybe you struggle to be assured that grace is boundless and that you are sufficient just as you are. If so, take heart. You are not alone. I am with you. Many people are with you. And God, no matter what, is with you.


Source: Sola Gratia

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