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From Jim McGuiggan... Deism: Ancient & Modern (1)


Deism: Ancient & Modern (1)

Once upon a time it became fashionable to believe that humans evolved out of non-living materials and inch by painful inch they moved through protoplasm to organisms to sea creatures to amphibians to land mammals to full-blown humans. At first scientists rejected the idea but then (with a little help from stupid and insolent religious leaders) the notion took off. The theory of evolution—the transmutation of species—prevailed; but there were those who thought that God somehow guided the process upward. But as time went by that wasn’t received well in scientific quarters because there was nothing of a scientific nature that could prove it. The non-theists insisted that as far as science was concerned there wasn’t a God in sight.

You understand, they weren’t saying there was no God, only that if there was, there was no scientific reason to believe he was acting in the evolutionary process. As far as they could tell it was happening on its own. Scientists had begun to explain that the most amazing things were nothing more than "the way things worked". They spoke of "natural laws" and they were able to explain about orbits and magnetic fields, geological formations and the paths of comets, what infection was and the astonishing nature of "white" light. The persuasive power of their explanations increased when they were able to predict things (how did they know when Haley’s Comet would appear in the sky?) and they were able to demonstrate other things before your very eyes. They modestly insisted that they were only uncovering the truth about how things worked. They were demonstrating that physical reality included things too small to be seen with the eye but with it all they were demonstrating that you didn’t need God to sustain or guide the physical universe. The physical "laws" do quite well without his supernatural interference. Believers would say, flowers can’t make themselves and non-theist scientists would reply that that was the only thing they saw. Flowers kept making themselves.

Some very influential religious leaders took that seriously and then argued that it made perfectly good sense. The universe was like a giant clock and God was the clockmaker. A good clockmaker doesn’t have to keep messing with his clock to make it run right—he makes it, steps back and lets it tick away and it functions perfectly well without him. This became the view of many leading thinkers and it had real advantages. For example, your religion and your belief that God exists never came under threat. No one that owned a splendid grandfather clock expected to wake in the night to find that the clockmaker had sneaked into the owner’s house to adjust it. Just so, no one should expect God to sneak into his clock universe to tinker with it. No need to worry then that we couldn’t find proofs of his existence in the physical universe. It was all very simple and satisfying. Well...not quite!

That view of God put a real strain on the notion of prayer. Exactly how would that work if God does absolutely nothing in the world? What’s the point of praying if the clockmaker never "interfered" or adjusted things or related to the praying one?

It certainly put a strain on the notion of "miracles". If God created the raw material (including its "laws" which are part of raw material) and had nothing further to do with its operation, then he certainly didn’t come around tinkering with it, a miracle here, a supernatural nudge there, or a suspension or transcending of "natural law" elsewhere. He didn’t do that, so miracles had to go! Ooooh, but what of the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, the resurrection, exaltation and coming again of the Christ? They all had to go!

And what of the Bible? Did God write that through humans? No, that idea had to go as well because that would be divine interference. And why not get rid of that notion, it was a troublesome matter anyway. More than that, given the clockmaker religion, it made good sense that the doctrine of divine inspiration should be dumped. Look, if man evolved then his intellect, views, culture, religion and values all must have evolved with him. The Hebrew-Christian Bible is the product of evolving humans and we can hardly expect those ancients to speak with the knowledge of Enlightenment scientists and thinkers. The Bible is pre-scientific and its religious claims and proposals reflect man’s general ignorance as well as his growth. So we can't depend on the Bible. When it tells us of a divinely guided history (say, from the election of Abraham through Israel’s election and on up to Jesus Christ) we have to recognise it for what it is—the beliefs of a pre-critical age that sometimes (not always!) talked nonsense. The cosmic clockmaker doesn’t do anything in the world so all talk about divinely guided history or divinely inspired Bibles is just so much ignorance.

And the claims that God produced floods, earthquakes, destroying winds, droughts and famines are all nonsense. Everyone now knew that God in his sovereignty (whatever that meant exactly) didn’t do such things. These were random events, just mindless happenings, they simply happened; no one caused them—least of all God.

Besides, as if more proof were needed, take a look at some of the claims the Bible makes. God ordered the slaughter of innocent children and their grandmothers? Who can believe that? What kind of God would take away a child’s grandmother—its favourite babysitter and playmate? Who would order the slaughter of witches and homosexuals and adulterers? What kind of God would claim he was raising up a fierce warrior nation to slaughter his (allegedly) elect people because they had grown tired of him and wanted to worship someone else? No, the Bible had to go and that was that.

For pity’s sake, we have to dump the Bible? Well...that was a hard pill for most people to swallow but what could they do? They wanted to hold on to Jesus Christ (or Moses) but there was nothing for it but to shape him in light of the established truth of religion and science. He became merely the finest man, a lovely human that cared for the oppressed and promoted gentleness and self-sacrifice even to the point of patiently enduring an unjust execution. And, of course, he's still dead. But his teaching was glorious—he taught us all to be nicer to each other and he confirmed what every gentle-woman or man knew in his/her bones was right and good—and knew it without divine revelation. But as far as the dogmas about him went, well they had to go. His astonishing claims, his insistence that only through him can the world have life, that he would judge the world—all that sort of stuff—that’s what his ignorant disciples claimed. He probably didn't make those claims; the disciples made them up.

So our clockwork religious leaders took from the Bible what they approved of and dumped the rest. The Bible wasn’t the judge of their views, they became the judges of the Bible. Of course they said the Bible was still the massive and throbbing centre of everything—especially since it was there that they came across Jesus Christ.

But when you insist on taking only what you think is worthwhile, people soon recognise who you really think is the massive and throbbing centre of everything.

The Age of Accountability by Dave Miller, Ph.D.

http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=1202

The Age of Accountability

by  Dave Miller, Ph.D.

Calvinistic teaching claims that all humans have inherited a corrupt spiritual nature due to the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden. Due to this marred and perverse nature, the human heart is desperately deceitful, and man’s nature is evil. This doctrine generally is referred to as “total depravity.” Calvinists insist that “[e]vil pervades every faculty of his [man’s—DM] soul and every sphere of his life. He is unable to do a single thing that is good” (Palmer, 1972). He cannot do, understand, or desire the good: “[t]he corruption extends to every part of man, his body and soul” (Steele and Thomas, 1963, emp. in orig.).
Calvinism further maintains that, due to this inherited spiritual depravity, babies are born with a corrupt nature. Babies, therefore, are born depraved and, by definition, are in a “lost” state. The only way for babies to be saved is for them to be one of the elect—a predetermined few whom God arbitrarily decided to save while condemning all others. Hence, free will does not enter into the question of salvation. The Calvinist maintains that people cannot choose to receive salvation from God. They are in a lost condition due to their corrupt spiritual nature, and do not have the ability even to desire salvation, let alone to attain it.
While several lines of argumentation from the Bible can be advanced to refute the Calvinist’s viewpoint with regard to depravity, one in particular merits notice: the Bible’s teaching regarding the spiritual condition of children. Long ago, the prophet Ezekiel, after contrasting the behavior of a father with his son, stated unequivocally: “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son” (18:20; cf. vss. 2-19). Jesus, Himself, demonstrated the spiritually safe condition of children when He stated: “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Adults must become like children if they wish to be saved! Children hardly can be spiritually depraved! Christ followed up this declaration with a comparable observation: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).
Since all people are the “offspring of God” (Acts 17:29), they come into this world innocent of sin. That is why Paul, in pointing out that God preplanned to bring Christ into the world through Jacob rather than Esau, stated that the decision was made prior to the birth of the boys: “[F]or the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil” (Romans 9:11, emp. added). Likewise, God declared that the King of Tyre, like everyone else, had come into the world guiltless, but had become sinful due to his own choices: “You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:15). If, at conception, God “forms the spirit of man within him” (Zechariah 12:1), why would anyone wish to insist that man’s spirit is, nevertheless, corrupt?
Another interesting realization is gleaned from Paul’s argumentation in Romans—a book unquestionably designed to expound the foundational premise of salvation available in Christ through the Gospel. In chapter seven, Paul contrasts the pre-Christian condition of the sinner with the post-cross availability of full forgiveness. The Law of Moses was, in fact, a tremendous law. It was authored by God Himself. It was specifically designed for the perpetual good of the people to whom it was addressed, i.e., the Israelites (Deuteronomy 6:24; 10:13). Like all law from God, it enabled people to recognize sin as sin (Romans 3:20; 7:7). In short, the law was “holy, and the commandment holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12). However, law did/does not contain within itself the ability to absolve those who violate its precepts. An outside force, one that is above and beyond the law, is necessary to rectify the effects of law infractions (i.e., sin). The Bible refers to this force as “propitiation” (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17; 1 John 2:2; 4:10) or “atonement” (Romans 5:11, KJV). Of course, this propitiation is the blood of Jesus.
As Paul expounded these spectacular spiritual realities, he imparted a significant truth regarding the innocence of children, i.e., their non-depraved status. Paul stated: “For apart from the law sin was dead” (Romans 7:8). He meant that prior to him becoming subject to the law, he was not guilty of any sin. He continued: “I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died” (Romans 7:9). When was Paul “alive once without the law”? The only time in a person’s life when he or she is spiritually alive in the absence of law is before he or she is a responsible, accountable adult. A person is not subject to the law of God until he or she is mature enough to understand and to be responsible for behavior. Here is the “age of accountability” to which so many have made reference over the years. Paul was saying that at the time he was a child he was “alive,” i.e., spiritually safe. But when he reached adulthood, and had to face the law’s assessment of his adult decision-making, sin “revived,” i.e., it sprang into existence in his life (see Arndt and Gingrich, 1957, p. 53), “began to live and flourish” (Alford, 1852, 2:380), and he “died,” i.e., he became spiritually dead in sin. This “age of accountability” is not pinpointed in Scripture as a specific age—for obvious reasons: it naturally differs from person to person since it depends upon a variety of social and environmental factors. Children mature at different rates and ages as their spirits are fashioned, shaped, and molded by parents, teachers, and life’s experiences.
It is imperative that every person of an accountable mind and age realize the responsibility that exists. Current culture is characterized by a tendency to evade responsibility for one’s action. Lawbreakers blame parents, genes, and society for their actions. But if the Bible teaches anything, it teaches that every single accountable human being will one day stand before God and give account for his or her own actions. “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” and “each of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:10,12).

REFERENCES

Alford, Henry (1852), Alford’s Greek Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1980 reprint).
Arndt, William and F.W. Gingrich (1957), A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press).
Palmer, Edwin (1972), The Five Points of Calvinism (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker).
Steele, David and Curtis Thomas (1963), The Five Points of Calvinism (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker).

From Mark Copeland... Two Kinds Of Food (John 6:27)

                          "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN"

                        Two Kinds Of Food (6:27)

INTRODUCTION

1. Among the miracles of Jesus that attracted great attention was the
   feeding of 5000 with five loaves of bread and two fish - Jn 6:1-13
   a. Many came to believe in Him as the Prophet to come - Jn 6:14; cf.
      Deut 18:15
   b. Some wanted to take Him by force and make Him king - Jn 6:15
   c. People sought to follow Him - Jn 6:22,24-25

2. Jesus, who knew the hearts of men (Jn 2:25), perceived their selfish
   motives...
   a. They were interested only in the food, not what the miracle
      indicated - Jn 6:26
   b. Prompting Jesus to warn them about the food for which they labor
      - Jn 6:27

[The words of Jesus in our text (Jn 6:27) reveal there are "Two Kinds Of
Food", one that perishes and another that endures.  As we seek to apply
Jesus' admonition to our own lives, let's consider...]

I. THE FOOD WHICH PERISHES

   A. WHAT FOOD IS THIS...?
      1. Literally, it is the food we eat
         a. It quickly perishes, even with the benefit of preservatives
         b. It fails to satisfy for long, soon we are hungry and thirsty
            again - cf. Jn 4:13
      2. Figuratively, there are other "foods" which soon perish
         a. The food of human wisdom
         b. The food of folly
         c. The food of mirth and pleasure
         d. The food of great wealth and industrious labor
         -- Which Solomon found to provide no lasting fulfillment - cf.
            Ec 1:17; 2:1-2,3-11

   B. DO NOT LABOR FOR SUCH FOOD...
      1. This does not mean we are to make no effort to supply our needs
         a. A Christian is to provide for his family - 1Ti 5:8
         b. If a man does not work, neither should he eat - 2Th 3:10-12
      2. But that we not do so to the neglect of food which endures
         a. The "food" which perishes should not be our priority in life
            - cf. Mt 6:33
         b. A lesson that Martha needed to learn - Lk 10:38-42

[Sadly, many people expend much time, energy, and money for "food" which
soon perishes.  Jesus would have people direct their life's efforts
toward...]

II. THE FOOD WHICH ENDURES

   A. WHAT FOOD IS THIS...?
      1. In other texts, it is the Word of God
         a. By which man truly lives - cf. Mt 4:4
         b. Which Job treasured more than necessary food - Job 23:12
         c. Which David valued more than gold and fine food - Ps 19:10;
            119:72,103,11
         d. Which Jeremiah found to be the rejoicing of his heart - Jer 15:16
         e. Which causes rebirth, and endures forever - 1Pe 1:22-25
      2. In our text, it is Jesus, the Word of God
         a. Jesus, the Logos (Word) of God - Jn 1:1,14,18
         b. He is the true bread from the Father in heaven - Jn 6:31-35
         c. He is the bread of life who offers everlasting life  - Jn 6:
            47-51

   B. LABOR FOR THIS FOOD...
      1. Jesus must be the primary focus of our labors, in which we
         strive:
         a. To believe in Him, for therein is everlasting life - Jn 6:
            28-29,40
         b. To follow Him, for He has the words of eternal life - Jn 6:
            66-69
         c. To know Him, for that is eternal life - Jn 17:1-3
         d. To obey Him, for to those who obey He is the author of
            eternal life - He 5:9
      2. Are we laboring for the food which endures to everlasting life?
         a. Let Paul's attitude be our example - Php 3:7-15
            1) Seeking to know the Lord more and more
            2) Never content with our current understanding, always
               pressing further
         b. Let Peter's exhortation to diligence in growing in the
            knowledge of Jesus Christ set the standard - 2Pe 1:5-8;
            3:18
            1) Seeking to become like the Lord more and more
            2) Always abounding, always growing in grace and knowledge

CONCLUSION

1. Dear friends and brethren, for what "food" do you labor...?
   a. Is your focus in life on that which is temporary?
   b. Do you strive for that which cannot truly satisfy?
   -- If so, consider what Isaiah wrote 700 years before Christ came
      - Isa 55:1-4

2. Jesus is the true bread of life, the living water, who truly
   satisfies...
   a. He alone provides the hope of eternal life - Jn 6:40
   b. He alone offers the abundant life even now - Jn 10:11

Though written by Isaiah, these words may serve as the invitation Jesus
offers to all...

   "Why do you spend money for [what is] not bread, And your wages
   for [what] does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat
   [what is] good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
   Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live;
   And I will make an everlasting covenant with you - The sure mercies
   of David." (Isa 55:2-3)

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011

From Gary... Bible Reading September 30

 
Bible Reading  

September 30

The World English Bible

Sept. 30
Psalms 118-120

Psa 118:1 Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever.
Psa 118:2 Let Israel now say that his loving kindness endures forever.
Psa 118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say that his loving kindness endures forever.
Psa 118:4 Now let those who fear Yahweh say that his loving kindness endures forever.
Psa 118:5 Out of my distress, I called on Yah. Yah answered me with freedom.
Psa 118:6 Yahweh is on my side. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Psa 118:7 Yahweh is on my side among those who help me. Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
Psa 118:8 It is better to take refuge in Yahweh, than to put confidence in man.
Psa 118:9 It is better to take refuge in Yahweh, than to put confidence in princes.
Psa 118:10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of Yahweh, I cut them off.
Psa 118:11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me. In the name of Yahweh I indeed cut them off.
Psa 118:12 They surrounded me like bees. They are quenched like the burning thorns. In the name of Yahweh I cut them off.
Psa 118:13 You pushed me back hard, to make me fall, but Yahweh helped me.
Psa 118:14 Yah is my strength and song. He has become my salvation.
Psa 118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous. "The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly.
Psa 118:16 The right hand of Yahweh is exalted! The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly!"
Psa 118:17 I will not die, but live, and declare Yah's works.
Psa 118:18 Yah has punished me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
Psa 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness. I will enter into them. I will give thanks to Yah.
Psa 118:20 This is the gate of Yahweh; the righteous will enter into it.
Psa 118:21 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, and have become my salvation.
Psa 118:22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.
Psa 118:23 This is Yahweh's doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.
Psa 118:24 This is the day that Yahweh has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!
Psa 118:25 Save us now, we beg you, Yahweh! Yahweh, we beg you, send prosperity now.
Psa 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh! We have blessed you out of the house of Yahweh.
Psa 118:27 Yahweh is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.
Psa 118:28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you. You are my God, I will exalt you.
Psa 118:29 Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever.
Psa 119:1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to Yahweh's law.
Psa 119:2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes, who seek him with their whole heart.
Psa 119:3 Yes, they do nothing wrong. They walk in his ways.
Psa 119:4 You have commanded your precepts, that we should fully obey them.
Psa 119:5 Oh that my ways were steadfast to obey your statutes!
Psa 119:6 Then I wouldn't be disappointed, when I consider all of your commandments.
Psa 119:7 I will give thanks to you with uprightness of heart, when I learn your righteous judgments.
Psa 119:8 I will observe your statutes. Don't utterly forsake me.
Psa 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.
Psa 119:10 With my whole heart, I have sought you. Don't let me wander from your commandments.
Psa 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psa 119:12 Blessed are you, Yahweh. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:13 With my lips, I have declared all the ordinances of your mouth.
Psa 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies, as much as in all riches.
Psa 119:15 I will meditate on your precepts, and consider your ways.
Psa 119:16 I will delight myself in your statutes. I will not forget your word.
Psa 119:17 Do good to your servant. I will live and I will obey your word.
Psa 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things out of your law.
Psa 119:19 I am a stranger on the earth. Don't hide your commandments from me.
Psa 119:20 My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.
Psa 119:21 You have rebuked the proud who are cursed, who wander from your commandments.
Psa 119:22 Take reproach and contempt away from me, for I have kept your statutes.
Psa 119:23 Though princes sit and slander me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Psa 119:24 Indeed your statutes are my delight, and my counselors.
Psa 119:25 My soul is laid low in the dust. Revive me according to your word!
Psa 119:26 I declared my ways, and you answered me. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts! Then I will meditate on your wondrous works.
Psa 119:28 My soul is weary with sorrow: strengthen me according to your word.
Psa 119:29 Keep me from the way of deceit. Grant me your law graciously!
Psa 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth. I have set your ordinances before me.
Psa 119:31 I cling to your statutes, Yahweh. Don't let me be disappointed.
Psa 119:32 I run in the path of your commandments, for you have set my heart free.
Psa 119:33 Teach me, Yahweh, the way of your statutes. I will keep them to the end.
Psa 119:34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law. Yes, I will obey it with my whole heart.
Psa 119:35 Direct me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in them.
Psa 119:36 Turn my heart toward your statutes, not toward selfish gain.
Psa 119:37 Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things. Revive me in your ways.
Psa 119:38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, that you may be feared.
Psa 119:39 Take away my disgrace that I dread, for your ordinances are good.
Psa 119:40 Behold, I long for your precepts! Revive me in your righteousness.
Psa 119:41 Let your loving kindness also come to me, Yahweh, your salvation, according to your word.
Psa 119:42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in your word.
Psa 119:43 Don't snatch the word of truth out of my mouth, for I put my hope in your ordinances.
Psa 119:44 So I will obey your law continually, forever and ever.
Psa 119:45 I will walk in liberty, for I have sought your precepts.
Psa 119:46 I will also speak of your statutes before kings, and will not be disappointed.
Psa 119:47 I will delight myself in your commandments, because I love them.
Psa 119:48 I reach out my hands for your commandments, which I love. I will meditate on your statutes.
Psa 119:49 Remember your word to your servant, because you gave me hope.
Psa 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has revived me.
Psa 119:51 The arrogant mock me excessively, but I don't swerve from your law.
Psa 119:52 I remember your ordinances of old, Yahweh, and have comforted myself.
Psa 119:53 Indignation has taken hold on me, because of the wicked who forsake your law.
Psa 119:54 Your statutes have been my songs, in the house where I live.
Psa 119:55 I have remembered your name, Yahweh, in the night, and I obey your law.
Psa 119:56 This is my way, that I keep your precepts.
Psa 119:57 Yahweh is my portion. I promised to obey your words.
Psa 119:58 I sought your favor with my whole heart. Be merciful to me according to your word.
Psa 119:59 I considered my ways, and turned my steps to your statutes.
Psa 119:60 I will hurry, and not delay, to obey your commandments.
Psa 119:61 The ropes of the wicked bind me, but I won't forget your law.
Psa 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you, because of your righteous ordinances.
Psa 119:63 I am a friend of all those who fear you, of those who observe your precepts.
Psa 119:64 The earth is full of your loving kindness, Yahweh. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:65 Do good to your servant, according to your word, Yahweh.
Psa 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.
Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted, I went astray; but now I observe your word.
Psa 119:68 You are good, and do good. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:69 The proud have smeared a lie upon me. With my whole heart, I will keep your precepts.
Psa 119:70 Their heart is as callous as the fat, but I delight in your law.
Psa 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes.
Psa 119:72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.
Psa 119:73 Your hands have made me and formed me. Give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
Psa 119:74 Those who fear you will see me and be glad, because I have put my hope in your word.
Psa 119:75 Yahweh, I know that your judgments are righteous, that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Psa 119:76 Please let your loving kindness be for my comfort, according to your word to your servant.
Psa 119:77 Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight.
Psa 119:78 Let the proud be disappointed, for they have overthrown me wrongfully. I will meditate on your precepts.
Psa 119:79 Let those who fear you turn to me. They will know your statutes.
Psa 119:80 Let my heart be blameless toward your decrees, that I may not be disappointed.
Psa 119:81 My soul faints for your salvation. I hope in your word.
Psa 119:82 My eyes fail for your word. I say, "When will you comfort me?"
Psa 119:83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke. I don't forget your statutes.
Psa 119:84 How many are the days of your servant? When will you execute judgment on those who persecute me?
Psa 119:85 The proud have dug pits for me, contrary to your law.
Psa 119:86 All of your commandments are faithful. They persecute me wrongfully. Help me!
Psa 119:87 They had almost wiped me from the earth, but I didn't forsake your precepts.
Psa 119:88 Preserve my life according to your loving kindness, so I will obey the statutes of your mouth.
Psa 119:89 Yahweh, your word is settled in heaven forever.
Psa 119:90 Your faithfulness is to all generations. You have established the earth, and it remains.
Psa 119:91 Your laws remain to this day, for all things serve you.
Psa 119:92 Unless your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
Psa 119:93 I will never forget your precepts, for with them, you have revived me.
Psa 119:94 I am yours. Save me, for I have sought your precepts.
Psa 119:95 The wicked have waited for me, to destroy me. I will consider your statutes.
Psa 119:96 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commands are boundless.
Psa 119:97 How I love your law! It is my meditation all day.
Psa 119:98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for your commandments are always with me.
Psa 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.
Psa 119:100 I understand more than the aged, because I have kept your precepts.
Psa 119:101 I have kept my feet from every evil way, that I might observe your word.
Psa 119:102 I have not turned aside from your ordinances, for you have taught me.
Psa 119:103 How sweet are your promises to my taste, more than honey to my mouth!
Psa 119:104 Through your precepts, I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
Psa 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path.
Psa 119:106 I have sworn, and have confirmed it, that I will obey your righteous ordinances.
Psa 119:107 I am afflicted very much. Revive me, Yahweh, according to your word.
Psa 119:108 Accept, I beg you, the willing offerings of my mouth. Yahweh, teach me your ordinances.
Psa 119:109 My soul is continually in my hand, yet I won't forget your law.
Psa 119:110 The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I haven't gone astray from your precepts.
Psa 119:111 I have taken your testimonies as a heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
Psa 119:112 I have set my heart to perform your statutes forever, even to the end.
Psa 119:113 I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.
Psa 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield. I hope in your word.
Psa 119:115 Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Psa 119:116 Uphold me according to your word, that I may live. Let me not be ashamed of my hope.
Psa 119:117 Hold me up, and I will be safe, and will have respect for your statutes continually.
Psa 119:118 You reject all those who stray from your statutes, for their deceit is in vain.
Psa 119:119 You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross. Therefore I love your testimonies.
Psa 119:120 My flesh trembles for fear of you. I am afraid of your judgments.
Psa 119:121 I have done what is just and righteous. Don't leave me to my oppressors.
Psa 119:122 Ensure your servant's well-being. Don't let the proud oppress me.
Psa 119:123 My eyes fail looking for your salvation, for your righteous word.
Psa 119:124 Deal with your servant according to your loving kindness. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:125 I am your servant. Give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies.
Psa 119:126 It is time to act, Yahweh, for they break your law.
Psa 119:127 Therefore I love your commandments more than gold, yes, more than pure gold.
Psa 119:128 Therefore I consider all of your precepts to be right. I hate every false way.
Psa 119:129 Your testimonies are wonderful, therefore my soul keeps them.
Psa 119:130 The entrance of your words gives light. It gives understanding to the simple.
Psa 119:131 I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for your commandments.
Psa 119:132 Turn to me, and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.
Psa 119:133 Establish my footsteps in your word. Don't let any iniquity have dominion over me.
Psa 119:134 Redeem me from the oppression of man, so I will observe your precepts.
Psa 119:135 Make your face shine on your servant. Teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:136 Streams of tears run down my eyes, because they don't observe your law.
Psa 119:137 You are righteous, Yahweh. Your judgments are upright.
Psa 119:138 You have commanded your statutes in righteousness. They are fully trustworthy.
Psa 119:139 My zeal wears me out, because my enemies ignore your words.
Psa 119:140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.
Psa 119:141 I am small and despised. I don't forget your precepts.
Psa 119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness. Your law is truth.
Psa 119:143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me. Your commandments are my delight.
Psa 119:144 Your testimonies are righteous forever. Give me understanding, that I may live.
Psa 119:145 I have called with my whole heart. Answer me, Yahweh! I will keep your statutes.
Psa 119:146 I have called to you. Save me! I will obey your statutes.
Psa 119:147 I rise before dawn and cry for help. I put my hope in your words.
Psa 119:148 My eyes stay open through the night watches, that I might meditate on your word.
Psa 119:149 Hear my voice according to your loving kindness. Revive me, Yahweh, according to your ordinances.
Psa 119:150 They draw near who follow after wickedness. They are far from your law.
Psa 119:151 You are near, Yahweh. All your commandments are truth.
Psa 119:152 Of old I have known from your testimonies, that you have founded them forever.
Psa 119:153 Consider my affliction, and deliver me, for I don't forget your law.
Psa 119:154 Plead my cause, and redeem me! Revive me according to your promise.
Psa 119:155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they don't seek your statutes.
Psa 119:156 Great are your tender mercies, Yahweh. Revive me according to your ordinances.
Psa 119:157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries. I haven't swerved from your testimonies.
Psa 119:158 I look at the faithless with loathing, because they don't observe your word.
Psa 119:159 Consider how I love your precepts. Revive me, Yahweh, according to your loving kindness.
Psa 119:160 All of your words are truth. Every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever.
Psa 119:161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.
Psa 119:162 I rejoice at your word, as one who finds great spoil.
Psa 119:163 I hate and abhor falsehood. I love your law.
Psa 119:164 Seven times a day, I praise you, because of your righteous ordinances.
Psa 119:165 Those who love your law have great peace. Nothing causes them to stumble.
Psa 119:166 I have hoped for your salvation, Yahweh. I have done your commandments.
Psa 119:167 My soul has observed your testimonies. I love them exceedingly.
Psa 119:168 I have obeyed your precepts and your testimonies, for all my ways are before you.
Psa 119:169 Let my cry come before you, Yahweh. Give me understanding according to your word.
Psa 119:170 Let my supplication come before you. Deliver me according to your word.
Psa 119:171 Let my lips utter praise, for you teach me your statutes.
Psa 119:172 Let my tongue sing of your word, for all your commandments are righteousness.
Psa 119:173 Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.
Psa 119:174 I have longed for your salvation, Yahweh. Your law is my delight.
Psa 119:175 Let my soul live, that I may praise you. Let your ordinances help me.
Psa 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I don't forget your commandments.
Psa 120:1 In my distress, I cried to Yahweh. He answered me.
Psa 120:2 Deliver my soul, Yahweh, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.
Psa 120:3 What will be given to you, and what will be done more to you, you deceitful tongue?
Psa 120:4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
Psa 120:5 Woe is me, that I live in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
Psa 120:6 My soul has had her dwelling too long with him who hates peace.
Psa 120:7 I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.
 
Sept. 30
2 Corinthians 10

2Co 10:1 Now I Paul, myself, entreat you by the humility and gentleness of Christ; I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am of good courage toward you.
2Co 10:2 Yes, I beg you that I may not, when present, show courage with the confidence with which I intend to be bold against some, who consider us to be walking according to the flesh.
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we don't wage war according to the flesh;
2Co 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds,
2Co 10:5 throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6 and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience will be made full.
2Co 10:7 Do you look at things only as they appear in front of your face? If anyone trusts in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again with himself, that, even as he is Christ's, so also we are Christ's.
2Co 10:8 For though I should boast somewhat abundantly concerning our authority, (which the Lord gave for building you up, and not for casting you down) I will not be disappointed,
2Co 10:9 that I may not seem as if I desire to terrify you by my letters.
2Co 10:10 For, "His letters," they say, "are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech is despised."
2Co 10:11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such are we also in deed when we are present.
2Co 10:12 For we are not bold to number or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But they themselves, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are without understanding.
2Co 10:13 But we will not boast beyond proper limits, but within the boundaries with which God appointed to us, which reach even to you.
2Co 10:14 For we don't stretch ourselves too much, as though we didn't reach to you. For we came even as far as to you with the Good News of Christ,
2Co 10:15 not boasting beyond proper limits in other men's labors, but having hope that as your faith grows, we will be abundantly enlarged by you in our sphere of influence,
2Co 10:16 so as to preach the Good News even to the parts beyond you, not to boast in what someone else has already done.
2Co 10:17 But "he who boasts, let him boast in the Lord."
2Co 10:18 For it isn't he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends.