Sticky Business by Eric Lyons, M.Min.



Sticky Business

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

Advances in the science of biomimetics increasingly are reported in major scientific journals around the world. Scientists have attempted to mimic various designs or processes in the biological world for centuries, and 21st-century scientists show no signs of slowing down. In fact, it appears that now, more than ever, scientists are looking to nature for inspirations for their inventions. In June 2007, the journal New Scientist announced a new self-healing glue inspired by human bones (see Butt, 2007). In July 2007, MIT’s Technology Review reported the flight of a robotic fly at Harvard University, and how the government hopes eventually to use such “flies” in surveillance missions (see Ross, 2007; cf. Lyons, 2007). Nature, an international, weekly science journal, recently highlighted another impressive, life-inspired product—a biomimetic adhesive called “geckel,” that can adhere to both dry and wet surfaces (Haeshin, et al., 2007, 448[7151]:338-341).

The term “geckel” is derived from the names of the two creatures that inspired the new versatile adhesive: geckos and mussels. (Gecko + mussel = geckel.) Scientists closely examined the gecko’s “foot pads composed of specialized keratinous foot-hairs,” which “allow the gecko to cling onto vertical and even inverted surfaces” (Haeshin, et al., p. 338). By developing “nanotubes” that mimic “the bundles of fibers that make up the hairs on gecko feet” (Bullis, 2007), scientists have produced small tape samples that can be reused dozens of time. One obstacle to “gecko tape,” however, is water. Re-usable tape that mimics “gecko adhesion is greatly diminished upon full immersion” (Haeshin, et al., p. 338). Thus, scientists turned to the mussel.

Mussels have the ability to adhere to wet or fully immersed surfaces. Northwestern University biomedical-engineering professor Phillip Messersmith observed: “Mussels can stick to anything.... They adhere to a piece of wood, which is organic. They also adhere to the skin of whales” (as quoted in Patel-Predd, 2007). Their astounding stick-to-itiveness comes from a secretion of “specialized adhesive proteins” (Haeshin, et al., p. 338). After years of study, scientists have been able to manufacture a polymer that imitates the adhesive proteins of mussels.

Now, by combining what they have learned from gecko and mussel adhesion, researchers have developed a new adhesive, complete with nanotubes and a sticky protein polymer. Geckel is sticky, reusable, and can attach both to dry and wet surfaces. Scientists foresee it being used in many things, including medical tape and electronic equipment.

Sadly, many of the same scientists who spent thousands of hours studying the marvelous qualities of geckos and mussels believe these animals just evolved over millions of years. They believe that a big bang, plus spontaneous generation, plus time, plus chance equals awe-inspiring animals that hold the key to the invention of many impressive products. Researchers are designing new products based on living creatures that supposedly were not designed. Does this make any sense? None at all. The fact is, design demands a designer. Geckos and mussels, which scientists still cannot fully imitate, were designed by an intelligent Being—“The everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 40:28, ASV). “O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all...living things both small and great” (Psalm 104:24-25).


Bullis, Kevin (2007), “Climbing Walls with Carbon Nanotubes,” Technology Review, June 25, [On-line], URL: http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/18966/.

Butt, Kyle (2007), “Nature Sticks to Design,” Apologetics Press, [On-line], URL: http://apologeticspress.org/articles/3413.

Haeshin, Lee, Bruce Lee, and Phillip Messersmith (2007), “A Reversible Wet/Dry Adhesive Inspired by Mussels and Geckos,” Nature, 448[7151]:338-341, July 19.

Lyons, Eric (2007), “Who Makes the World’s Best Fliers?,” Apologetics Press, [On-line], URL: http://apologeticspress.org/articles/3436.

Patel-Predd, Prachi (2007), “Nanoglue Sticks Underwater,” Technology Review, July 18, [On-line], URL: http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/19061/.

Ross, Rachel (2007), “Robotic Insect Takes Off for the First Time,” Technology Review, July 19, [On-line], URL: http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/19068/.

Stephen Hawking Is Wrong, God Created the Universe by Kyle Butt, M.Div.



Stephen Hawking Is Wrong, God Created the Universe

by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

Stephen Hawking is a brilliant scientist. He has battled a crippling disease since he was 20, made a name for himself on a global scale through his scientific prowess, and been an inspiration to many. But in his latest book, The Grand Design, he is just plain wrong. Michael Holden wrote an article he titled: “‘God Did Not Create the Universe,’ Says Hawking,” in which he stated that Hawking’s new book, co-authored with Leonard Mlodinow, proposes the idea that the laws which hold the Universe together do not need an intelligent Designer.

In fact, Holden quoted Hawking as saying: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist” (as quoted in Holden, 2010, emp. added). While the book is not yet on the shelves, there are already glaring flaws with Hawking’s reasoning.

First, Hawking cannot explain why the law of gravity exists in the first place. He says “because there is a law of gravity,” but he can give no reason why such a law is present, and is constant. Without an adequate explanation for the origin of laws, such as gravity, any explanation of the origin of a Universe dependent on those laws is incomplete. Furthermore, regardless of what theoretical, mathematical calculations Hawking has concocted, the simple fact of the matter is, if there ever was a time when nothing existed, there would be nothing now. The mere fact that Hawking suggests that anything can “spontaneously create itself out of nothing,” is, with all due respect, ridiculously absurd and completely unscientific! It is impossible to get something from nothing—any way you slice it. Using Hawking’s way of thinking, we could suggest that this article you are reading “spontaneously created itself out of nothing.” Yet such a conclusion defies all known scientific laws.

In Acts 26:24, the Roman governor Festus said to the apostle Paul: “You are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” While that accusation did not accurately apply to Paul, it does, unfortunately, apply to Hawking’s concept of “spontaneous creation out of nothing.” The Psalmist wrote: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Sadly, Hawking’s brilliant mind has been turned to false, unscientific foolishness. Would to God that Hawking and all his fellow scientists would turn to the God of the Bible who speaks “the words of truth and reason” (Acts 26:25).


Holden, Michael (2010), “‘God Did Not Create the Universe’, Says Hawking,” http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100902/lf_nm_life/us_britain_hawking.

Sniffing Out Design by Kyle Butt, M.Div.



Sniffing Out Design

by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

Thoughts about sinus drainage and mucus are not pleasant. Who has not been frustrated by the feeling of a raw nose caused by excessive nose-blowing during a cold? Have you ever wondered why mucus in your nose (more commonly called snot) is there? It just so happens that snot provides a vital tool that enhances your body’s ability to smell.

For many years, researchers have attempted to design electronic “noses” that can differentiate between smells. Such noses have a host of potential uses, including being used in airports to identify chemicals used in explosives. Researchers, however, have failed to master the art of smell. The “e-nose” simply cannot perform to the level of a human nose. Recent research, however, is sniffing out new ways to make the e-nose more useful.

Researchers from the University of Warwick and Leicester University came up with a novel idea. They composed a substance that mimics the properties of naturally occurring nose mucus. This synthetic snot “substantially improved the performance of their electronic nose allowing it to tell apart smells such as milk and banana which had previously been challenging smells for the device” (“Artificial ‘Snot’...,” 2007). Furthermore, the artificial snot helped the electronic nose process the information quicker. The teams involved in the research reported their findings in the Proceedings of the Royal Society in April of 2007.

When asked about the new research, Anthony Turner of Cranfield University said that the study shows the importance of looking to biology to find useful innovations. He said: “It’s important to keep learning from it [biology—KB]” (Simonite, 2007). Notice that Turner attributes the innovations discovered by the researchers to biology. What does that imply? If intelligent men and women from campuses across the globe log thousands of man-hours to design an electronic nose, and base much of their research on naturally occurring substances and functions in a biologic nose, but the electronic nose fails to perform as well as a real nose, then we are forced to conclude that the naturally occurring nose was designed by a superior intellect to the ones now working on the electronic nose. Yet, when asked the origin of the biologic nose, many highly educated university professors would claim it evolved over millions of years by random, purposeless evolutionary processes. Ironically, they are forced to concede that the electronic nose has a design. Such disconnected thinking would be ridiculed in other disciplines, but somehow it finds a welcomed haven in the halls of evolutionary sciences. In truth, it is simple to sniff out the divine design of the nose.


“Artificial ‘Snot’ Enhances Electronic Nose” (2007), Science Daily, April 30, [On-line], URL: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070430093948.htm.

Simonite, Tom (2007), “Mucus Substitute Helps Artificial Nose Scent Success,” New Scientist, April 25, [On-line], URL: http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn11715-mucus-substitute-helps -artificial-nose-scent-success.html.

"THE GOSPEL OF MARK" The Last Supper (14:17-26) by Mark Copeland



The Last Supper (14:17-26)


1. We come now to a crucial time in the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth...
   a. His enemies are plotting His betrayal and death
   b. His disciples are gathered to observe the Passover

2. It is the occasion commonly referred to as "The Last Supper"...
   a. For within 24 hours, Jesus will be crucified
   b. His disciples scattered, hiding in fear for their lives

[Jesus knew what would soon take place (Mk 10:33).  As we continue our
study of Mark’s gospel, let’s first turn to Mk 14:17 and consider...]


      1. A Jewish feast observed annually - Deu 16:1-8
      2. Commemorating Israel’s deliverance from Egypt - Exo 12:1-28,43-49

      1. He knew His death was imminent ("before I suffer") - Lk 22:14-15
      2. He was with those He loved ("He loved them to the end") - Jn 13:1

[As Jesus observed the Passover with His disciples, Mark records two
things that occurred during the dinner.  First, in Mk 14:18-21 there is...]


      1. To all, Jesus said one of them would betray Him - Mk 14:18
      2. One by one they begin to ask, "Is it I?" - Mk 14:19
      3. He confirms it will be one of the twelve who dips with Him - Mk 14:20
      4. It is part of God’s plan, but woe to one who will betray Him - Mk 14:21

      1. With Judas Iscariot - Mt 26:25
      2. With John, prompted by Peter - Jn 13:23-26

[Judas Iscariot leaves the supper to betray Jesus (Jn 13:27-30).  As the
rest continue to eat the last supper, Mk 14:22-25 tells us of...]


      1. Using the unleavened bread to represent His body - Mk 14:22
      2. Using the cup (containing the fruit of the vine) to represent
         His blood, the blood of the New Covenant - Mk 14:23-24
      3. Stating He would no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until...
         a. "that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." - Mk 14:25
         b. "that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom." - Mt 26:29
         c. "it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God." - Lk 22:16
         d. "the kingdom of God shall come." - Lk 22:18
      4. There are two plausible explanations for what Jesus means:
         a. Jesus having fellowship with us as we observe the Lord's
            Supper in the church, which is His kingdom - 1Co 10:16-17
         b. The special communion we will have with Jesus in His
            Father's kingdom, spoken often in terms of a heavenly feast
            - cf. Isa 25:6-8; Mt 8:11; 22:2-14; Lk 14:15-24; Re 19:9

      1. As a memorial - 1Co 11:23-25
         a. Of His body whose death makes the new covenant possible - He 9:16
         b. Of His blood shed for the remission of sins - Mt 26:28; Ep 1:7
      2. As a proclamation - 1Co 11:26
         a. Of faith in the efficacy of His death ("you proclaim the Lord’s death")
         b. Of faith in the certainty of His return ("till He come")
      3. As a communion - 1Co 10:16-17
         a. Sharing in the blood of Christ
         b. Sharing in the body of Christ
      4. As an observance - 1Co 11:27-34
         a. With reverence  ("in a worthy manner")
         b. With self-examination ("let a man examine himself, and so let him eat and drink")
         c. With other Christians ("wait for one another")


1. "The Last Supper" ended...
   a. With the singing of a hymn - Mk 14:26
   b. With the walk to the Mount of Olives - ibid.

2. Today, "The Lord’s Supper" is observed...
   a. On the first day of the week - cf. Ac 20:7
   b. By disciples who commemorate His death, anticipate His return

3. As I think of the two suppers, Jesus earnestly desired...
   a. To eat the first with His disciples
   b. His disciples to eat the second together in His memory

Today, Jesus is our "Passover" sacrificed for us (cf. 1Co 5:7).

The Jews show gratitude for their deliverance from Egypt by observing
their Passover.

Do we show our gratitude for our deliverance from the bondage of sin by
faithfully observing the Lord’s Supper each Lord’s Day...?         
Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2016

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Rewriting Your Legacy by Ken Weliever, The Preacherman



Rewriting Your Legacy

Last year after suffering a shocking and humiliating defeat in the first game of the NCAA basketball tournament, last night the University of Virginia Cavaliers won their first NCAA basketball championship.

“It was a painful gift,” said Cavaliers’ coach Tony Bennett as he reflected on being the first #1 seeded team to lose to a #16 seeded team in the 2018 tournament.

Last year the Cavaliers were the favorites to win the title. But the unthinkable happened. The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) blew out the UVA by 20 points.

How do you recover and return from such an epic fall?

Bennett’s philosophy was summed up in a single sentence his wife shared with him from a Ted Talk that he’s been repeating to his players the whole year.

“If you learn to use it right, the adversity, it will buy you a ticket to a place you couldn’t have gone any other way.”

It’s called “a lesson in emotional intelligence.” It’s the ability to manage your emotions. To allow them to work for you instead of against you. Thus the “gift” of last year’s loss, became the “ticket” to this year’s victory.

It taught me a couple of things in losing that game,” Bennett said in a recent interview. “It sparked a fire in me that I want to compete at a higher level. I want this program to taste a level of success it never has.”

“But it also taught me something that I think is as important or more important,” he continues. “That, if we never do, I’m still okay. Because we were praised at the highest level last year [for our regular season accomplishments]…and it was enjoyable. And then, after losing, we were criticized at the highest level.”

“And neither of them really matter. I still love the game. We still have an opportunity to come back and play. And I think knowing that almost frees you up to go after it harder yet.”

As a result of this philosophy and their mental toughness, hard work, and old fashioned grit, Bennett and his team rewrote their legacy from losers to winners.

Bennett is known among his peers and players as a man of faith who once said, “When you have a relationship with the Lord, there’s a peace and perspective you have. The world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away.”

The son of retired coaching great, Dick Bennett, the Cavs coach has cited his faith and his father’s “Five Pillars” as impacting his coaching philosophy. Humility. Passion. Unity. Servanthood. And Thankfulness.

Wow! What a metaphor for life. For not only enduring adversity but for allowing your faith to make you bigger, better and stronger.

We could all learn something from Tony Bennett’s philosophy, faith and approach to the challenges we face.

We all suffer adversity in life. Obviously, some much greater than just losing a basketball game. The Old Testament patriarch Job opined that “man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1)

People of faith are not exempt from the troubles and trials of life. Physical ailments. Emotional heartache. Ruptured relationships. Broken homes. Spiritual temptations. Loss of love. Open ridicule. Financial hardships. And a public fall from grace. These and many more are obstacles we can all experience.

The question is not will problems arise, but how you will face them?

Will you “walk by faith and not by sight? (2 Cor. 5:17)

Will you “cast your burden on the Lord,” knowing He cares and will sustain you? (I Pet 5:7; Ps 55:22)

Will you lean on God’s power, learn from His promises, and look for His purpose? 2 Chron 32:7-8; Jas 1:18; 1 Pet 1:5).

The late Napoleon Hill, an American author and motivational speaker once wrote, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

Will you allow you setbacks to give you a “gift” and produce the “seed” for some benefit?

If you do, you can rewrite your legacy from loser to winner.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman





Without seeking wisdom from God; truth can become an illusion.

What is wisdom? Wisdom is the knowledge of what is true. Wisdom is being able to discern the truth and properly putting that knowledge into action.


James 1:5-8 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will  given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Without God's wisdom  it is difficult, sometimes impossible , to understand  even basic passages of Scripture. An example being: Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

Many find (Mark 16:16) troubling and hard to understand; because Jesus said "he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." Some think that would void the requirement of water baptism in order to be saved.

If your doctor informs you that if you rest in bed and take antibiotics you will live, but if you do not rest in bed you will die. IS YOUR DOCTOR SAYING THAT TAKING ANTIBIOTICS IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR YOU TO LIVE? Of course not, and Jesus is not saying baptism is not essential to be saved.


Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.


(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)    

What Are You Worth? by Sandra F. Cobble



What Are You Worth?

"I am that I am", God told Moses (Exodus 3:14). And Genesis 1:21 says, "So God created man in his own image; in the image of God Created he him; male and female created he them." If, then, we are created in the image and likeness of God, why do we count ourselves to be of little worth? Why do we practice self- deprecation? What should be our attitude toward ourselves?

It is widely taught in the denominational world that Adam WAS created in the image and likeness of God, but that he sinned, and thus the rest of mankind inherited his sinful nature which causes us to sin. Well ... what, then, was there in Adam's nature which caused HIM to sin? But the primary purpose of this article is not to examine doctrine. Many knowledgeable brethren have already done that.

This false doctrine does, however, cause many of us to think less of ourselves than we should. Some go so far as to refuse to use a capital "I" when writing in reference to themselves! And even sayings in which there is much merit, such as "God first, others next, self last" need to be examined to see if all the applications we make of them are true. Are these attitudes of self- deprecation ones we should have toward ourselves? Let us examine what the Scriptures teach.

First, the Scriptures teach that we are worthy of salvation! No, I do NOT mean to imply in any way that we, of ourselves, can do anything to merit salvation. But think a minute. How is worth determined? Is it not determined by the price the purchaser is willing to pay? And Peter says, "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, -- but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18,19). Paul, having spoken to the Jews of Antioch in Pisidia, said, "It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, AND JUDGE YOURSELVES UNWORTHY of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles" (Acts 13:46). If they judged themselves unworthy of everlasting life when they rejected the Savior, we judged ourselves WORTHY of everlasting life when we believed and obeyed the gospel by following our Lord and Savior in baptism for the remission of our sins. Why now should we think ourselves to be of little worth?

And when we heard and believed the Gospel, did we first run and tell others the good news? Or did we, ourselves, first obey, then go and tell others? Think about it! The saying, "God first, others next, self last" does embody a good principle in its proper context. Certainly we should prefer others before ourselves (Romans 12:10). And Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor AS thyself" (Matt. 22:37,38). If we think of ourselves to be of little worth, and love our neighbor as ourselves, does it not follow that we will also think him to be of as little worth as ourselves?

In Philippians 2:5-9 Paul writes, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Jesus KNEW and recognized that He was the Son of God. For Paul, in Galatians 4:4-7 writes, "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God sent forth the spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a SON; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." If we are to let the mind of Christ be in us, should we not also recognize that WE are sons of God? Should we not "be conformed to the image of His Son (Rom. 9:29)?

How can we who have been redeemed by God and who have been made His sons consider ourselves to be of little worth? And if we let the mind of Christ be in us, will we not then be willing to give of ourselves for others, even as did our Lord? If one should say, "Yes, Christians are NOW worth something, but it is only because we NOW belong to God", let us inquire, "Did you not belong to God BEFORE you became a Christian?" And did not the fact that HE considered you worth something -- more than all the world -- lead him to pay that purchase price for you? Would God have paid the price of redemption He DID pay for a worthless piece of junk? Shall we presume to deprecate that for which God paid such a great price?

Rene Descartes, French philosopher and mathematician, may have said more than he realized when he made his famous statement, "Cogito, ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am). God said, "I AM", and since I am made in His image, I am worth enough that He sent his Son to die for ME! So, whether or not I think, I am!

Sandra F. Cobble

Published in The Old Paths Archive

Bible Reading for May 3 and 4 by Gary Rose


Bible Reading for May 3 and 4

World  English  Bible

May 3

Deuteronomy 21, 22

Deu 21:1 If one be found slain in the land which Yahweh your God gives you to possess it, lying in the field, and it isn't known who has struck him;

Deu 21:2 then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure to the cities which are around him who is slain:

Deu 21:3 and it shall be, that the city which is nearest to the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take a heifer of the herd, which hasn't been worked with, and which has not drawn in the yoke;

Deu 21:4 and the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer to a valley with running water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley.

Deu 21:5 The priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them Yahweh your God has chosen to minister to him, and to bless in the name of Yahweh; and according to their word shall every controversy and every stroke be.

Deu 21:6 All the elders of that city, who are nearest to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

Deu 21:7 and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Deu 21:8 Forgive, Yahweh, your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and don't allow innocent blood to remain in the midst of your people Israel. The blood shall be forgiven them.

Deu 21:9 So you shall put away the innocent blood from the midst of you, when you shall do that which is right in the eyes of Yahweh.

Deu 21:10 When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and Yahweh your God delivers them into your hands, and you carry them away captive,

Deu 21:11 and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you have a desire to her, and would take her to you as wife;

Deu 21:12 then you shall bring her home to your house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

Deu 21:13 and she shall put the clothing of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in your house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that you shall go in to her, and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.

Deu 21:14 It shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shall let her go where she will; but you shall not sell her at all for money, you shall not deal with her as a slave, because you have humbled her.

Deu 21:15 If a man have two wives, the one beloved, and the other hated, and they have borne him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers who was hated;

Deu 21:16 then it shall be, in the day that he causes his sons to inherit that which he has, that he may not make the son of the beloved the firstborn before the son of the hated, who is the firstborn:

Deu 21:17 but he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the hated, by giving him a double portion of all that he has; for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

Deu 21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and, though they chasten him, will not listen to them;

Deu 21:19 then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out to the elders of his city, and to the gate of his place;

Deu 21:20 and they shall tell the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

Deu 21:21 All the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Deu 21:22 If a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and you hang him on a tree;

Deu 21:23 his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him the same day; for he who is hanged is accursed of God; that you don't defile your land which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance.

Deu 22:1 You shall not see your brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide yourself from them: you shall surely bring them again to your brother.

Deu 22:2 If your brother isn't near to you, or if you don't know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall be with you until your brother seek after it, and you shall restore it to him.

Deu 22:3 So you shall do with his donkey; and so you shall do with his garment; and so you shall do with every lost thing of your brother's, which he has lost, and you have found: you may not hide yourself.

Deu 22:4 You shall not see your brother's donkey or his ox fallen down by the way, and hide yourself from them: you shall surely help him to lift them up again.

Deu 22:5 A woman shall not wear men's clothing, neither shall a man put on women's clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to Yahweh your God.

Deu 22:6 If a bird's nest chance to be before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the hen sitting on the young, or on the eggs, you shall not take the hen with the young:

Deu 22:7 you shall surely let the hen go, but the young you may take to yourself; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.

Deu 22:8 When you build a new house, then you shall make a battlement for your roof, that you don't bring blood on your house, if any man fall from there.

Deu 22:9 You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest the whole fruit be forfeited, the seed which you have sown, and the increase of the vineyard.

Deu 22:10 You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

Deu 22:11 You shall not wear a mixed stuff, wool and linen together.

Deu 22:12 You shall make yourselves fringes on the four borders of your cloak, with which you cover yourself.

Deu 22:13 If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and hates her,

Deu 22:14 and accuses her of shameful things, and brings up an evil name on her, and says, I took this woman, and when I came near to her, I didn't find in her the tokens of virginity;

Deu 22:15 then shall the father of the young lady, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the young lady's virginity to the elders of the city in the gate;

Deu 22:16 and the young lady's father shall tell the elders, I gave my daughter to this man to wife, and he hates her;

Deu 22:17 and behold, he has accused her of shameful things, saying, I didn't find in your daughter the tokens of virginity; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. They shall spread the garment before the elders of the city.

Deu 22:18 The elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him;

Deu 22:19 and they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver, and give them to the father of the young lady, because he has brought up an evil name on a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.

Deu 22:20 But if this thing be true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the young lady;

Deu 22:21 then they shall bring out the young lady to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done folly in Israel, to play the prostitute in her father's house: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.

Deu 22:22 If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall both of them die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman: so you shall put away the evil from Israel.

Deu 22:23 If there is a young lady who is a virgin pledged to be married to a husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;

Deu 22:24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones; the lady, because she didn't cry, being in the city; and the man, because he has humbled his neighbor's wife: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.

Deu 22:25 But if the man find the lady who is pledged to be married in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her; then the man only who lay with her shall die:

Deu 22:26 but to the lady you shall do nothing; there is in the lady no sin worthy of death: for as when a man rises against his neighbor, and kills him, even so is this matter;

Deu 22:27 for he found her in the field, the pledged to be married lady cried, and there was none to save her.

Deu 22:28 If a man find a lady who is a virgin, who is not pledged to be married, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;

Deu 22:29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the lady's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has humbled her; he may not put her away all his days.

Deu 22:30 A man shall not take his father's wife, and shall not uncover his father's skirt. 


May 4

Deuteronomy 23, 24

Deu 23:1 He who is wounded in the stones, or has his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the assembly of Yahweh.

Deu 23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation shall none of his enter into the assembly of Yahweh.

Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation shall none belonging to them enter into the assembly of Yahweh forever:

Deu 23:4 because they didn't meet you with bread and with water in the way, when you came forth out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you.

Deu 23:5 Nevertheless Yahweh your God wouldn't listen to Balaam; but Yahweh your God turned the curse into a blessing to you, because Yahweh your God loved you.

Deu 23:6 You shall not seek their peace nor their prosperity all your days forever.

Deu 23:7 You shall not abhor an Edomite; for he is your brother: you shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you lived as a foreigner in his land.

Deu 23:8 The children of the third generation who are born to them shall enter into the assembly of Yahweh.

Deu 23:9 When you go forth in camp against your enemies, then you shall keep yourselves from every evil thing.

Deu 23:10 If there is among you any man who is not clean by reason of that which happens him by night, then shall he go outside of the camp. He shall not come within the camp:

Deu 23:11 but it shall be, when evening comes on, he shall bathe himself in water; and when the sun is down, he shall come within the camp.

Deu 23:12 You shall have a place also outside of the camp, where you shall go forth abroad:

Deu 23:13 and you shall have a paddle among your weapons; and it shall be, when you sit down abroad, you shall dig therewith, and shall turn back and cover that which comes from you:

Deu 23:14 for Yahweh your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you, and to give up your enemies before you; therefore your camp shall be holy, that he may not see an unclean thing in you, and turn away from you.

Deu 23:15 You shall not deliver to his master a servant who is escaped from his master to you:

Deu 23:16 he shall dwell with you, in the midst of you, in the place which he shall choose within one of your gates, where it pleases him best: you shall not oppress him.

Deu 23:17 There shall be no prostitute of the daughters of Israel, neither shall there be a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

Deu 23:18 You shall not bring the hire of a prostitute, or the wages of a dog, into the house of Yahweh your God for any vow: for even both these are an abomination to Yahweh your God.

Deu 23:19 You shall not lend on interest to your brother; interest of money, interest of food, interest of anything that is lent on interest:

Deu 23:20 to a foreigner you may lend on interest; but to your brother you shall not lend on interest, that Yahweh your God may bless you in all that you put your hand to, in the land where you go in to possess it.

Deu 23:21 When you shall vow a vow to Yahweh your God, you shall not be slack to pay it: for Yahweh your God will surely require it of you; and it would be sin in you.

Deu 23:22 But if you shall forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in you.

Deu 23:23 That which is gone out of your lips you shall observe and do; according as you have vowed to Yahweh your God, a freewill offering, which you have promised with your mouth.

Deu 23:24 When you come into your neighbor's vineyard, then you may eat of grapes your fill at your own pleasure; but you shall not put any in your vessel.

Deu 23:25 When you come into your neighbor's standing grain, then you may pluck the ears with your hand; but you shall not move a sickle to your neighbor's standing grain.

Deu 24:1 When a man takes a wife, and marries her, then it shall be, if she find no favor in his eyes, because he has found some unseemly thing in her, that he shall write her a bill of divorce, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

Deu 24:2 When she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.

Deu 24:3 If the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorce, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, who took her to be his wife;

Deu 24:4 her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before Yahweh: and you shall not cause the land to sin, which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance.

Deu 24:5 When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out in the army, neither shall he be assigned any business: he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer his wife whom he has taken.

Deu 24:6 No man shall take the mill or the upper millstone to pledge; for he takes a man's life to pledge.

Deu 24:7 If a man be found stealing any of his brothers of the children of Israel, and he deal with him as a slave, or sell him; then that thief shall die: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.

Deu 24:8 Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that you observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so you shall observe to do.

Deu 24:9 Remember what Yahweh your God did to Miriam, by the way as you came forth out of Egypt.

Deu 24:10 When you do lend your neighbor any manner of loan, you shall not go into his house to get his pledge.

Deu 24:11 You shall stand outside, and the man to whom you do lend shall bring forth the pledge outside to you.

Deu 24:12 If he be a poor man, you shall not sleep with his pledge;

Deu 24:13 you shall surely restore to him the pledge when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his garment, and bless you: and it shall be righteousness to you before Yahweh your God.

Deu 24:14 You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he be of your brothers, or of your foreigners who are in your land within your gates:

Deu 24:15 in his day you shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down on it; for he is poor, and sets his heart on it: lest he cry against you to Yahweh, and it be sin to you.

Deu 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

Deu 24:17 You shall not wrest the justice due to the foreigner, or to the fatherless, nor take the widow's clothing to pledge;

Deu 24:18 but you shall remember that you were a bondservant in Egypt, and Yahweh your God redeemed you there: therefore I command you to do this thing.

Deu 24:19 When you reap your harvest in your field, and have forgot a sheaf in the field, you shall not go again to get it: it shall be for the foreigner, for the fatherless, and for the widow; that Yahweh your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Deu 24:20 When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the foreigner, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

Deu 24:21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it after yourselves: it shall be for the foreigner, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

Deu 24:22 You shall remember that you were a bondservant in the land of Egypt: therefore I command you to do this thing.

May  3

Luke 18

Luk 18:1 He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,

Luk 18:2 saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn't fear God, and didn't respect man.

Luk 18:3 A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, 'Defend me from my adversary!'

Luk 18:4 He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,

Luk 18:5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.' "

Luk 18:6 The Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.

Luk 18:7 Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?

Luk 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

Luk 18:9 He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.

Luk 18:10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.

Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

Luk 18:12 I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.'

Luk 18:13 But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'

Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Luk 18:15 They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

Luk 18:16 Jesus summoned them, saying, "Allow the little children to come to me, and don't hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Luk 18:17 Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."

Luk 18:18 A certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

Luk 18:19 Jesus asked him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one-God.

Luk 18:20 You know the commandments: 'Don't commit adultery,' 'Don't murder,' 'Don't steal,' 'Don't give false testimony,' 'Honor your father and your mother.' "

Luk 18:21 He said, "I have observed all these things from my youth up."

Luk 18:22 When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me."

Luk 18:23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.

Luk 18:24 Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!

Luk 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."

Luk 18:26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"

Luk 18:27 But he said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

Luk 18:28 Peter said, "Look, we have left everything, and followed you."

Luk 18:29 He said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the Kingdom of God's sake,

Luk 18:30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life."

Luk 18:31 He took the twelve aside, and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed.

Luk 18:32 For he will be delivered up to the Gentiles, will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit on.

Luk 18:33 They will scourge and kill him. On the third day, he will rise again."

Luk 18:34 They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn't understand the things that were said.

Luk 18:35 It happened, as he came near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road, begging.

Luk 18:36 Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant.

Luk 18:37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.

Luk 18:38 He cried out, "Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!"

Luk 18:39 Those who led the way rebuked him, that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "You son of David, have mercy on me!"

Luk 18:40 Standing still, Jesus commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him,

Luk 18:41 "What do you want me to do?" He said, "Lord, that I may see again."

Luk 18:42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you."

Luk 18:43 Immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God. 


May 4

Luke 19

Luk 19:1 He entered and was passing through Jericho.

Luk 19:2 There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.

Luk 19:3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of the crowd, because he was short.

Luk 19:4 He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way.

Luk 19:5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house."

Luk 19:6 He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully.

Luk 19:7 When they saw it, they all murmured, saying, "He has gone in to lodge with a man who is a sinner."

Luk 19:8 Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much."

Luk 19:9 Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.

Luk 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost."

Luk 19:11 As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately.

Luk 19:12 He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Luk 19:13 He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.'

Luk 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, 'We don't want this man to reign over us.'

Luk 19:15 "It happened when he had come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by conducting business.

Luk 19:16 The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.'

Luk 19:17 "He said to him, 'Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'

Luk 19:18 "The second came, saying, 'Your mina, Lord, has made five minas.'

Luk 19:19 "So he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.'

Luk 19:20 Another came, saying, 'Lord, behold, your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief,

Luk 19:21 for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn't lay down, and reap that which you didn't sow.'

Luk 19:22 "He said to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn't lay down, and reaping that which I didn't sow.

Luk 19:23 Then why didn't you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?'

Luk 19:24 He said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has the ten minas.'

Luk 19:25 "They said to him, 'Lord, he has ten minas!'

Luk 19:26 'For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given; but from him who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away from him.

Luk 19:27 But bring those enemies of mine who didn't want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me.' "

Luk 19:28 Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

Luk 19:29 It happened, when he drew near to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,

Luk 19:30 saying, "Go your way into the village on the other side, in which, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it.

Luk 19:31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say to him: 'The Lord needs it.' "

Luk 19:32 Those who were sent went away, and found things just as he had told them.

Luk 19:33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?"

Luk 19:34 They said, "The Lord needs it."

Luk 19:35 They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them.

Luk 19:36 As he went, they spread their cloaks in the way.

Luk 19:37 As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen,

Luk 19:38 saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!"

Luk 19:39 Some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"

Luk 19:40 He answered them, "I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out."

Luk 19:41 When he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,

Luk 19:42 saying, "If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes.

Luk 19:43 For the days will come on you, when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, surround you, hem you in on every side,

Luk 19:44 and will dash you and your children within you to the ground. They will not leave in you one stone on another, because you didn't know the time of your visitation."

Luk 19:45 He entered into the temple, and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,

Luk 19:46 saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of robbers'!"

Luk 19:47 He was teaching daily in the temple, but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people sought to destroy him.

Luk 19:48 They couldn't find what they might do, for all the people hung on to every word that he said.