Successful Scientists’ Retreat by Jeff Miller, Ph.D.



Successful Scientists’ Retreat

by  Jeff Miller, Ph.D.

January 6-7 marked an historic date in the history of Apologetics Press: the first annual A.P. scientist retreat. The six professional scientists currently writing for Apologetics Press gathered in Huntsville, Alabama to discuss potential avenues whereby the Kingdom of Christ can be advanced through a more concerted team effort. Geologist James Spencer and Drs. Joe Deweese (biochemist), Jerry Fausz (aerospace engineer), Mike Houts (nuclear engineer), Branyon May (astrophysicist), and myself (biomechanical engineer) spent several hours together brainstorming how our efforts for the Lord could be expanded (see http://apologeticspress.org/Auxiliary.aspx for more information on these scientists).

One important element of our discussions involved the importance of getting the truth out on the Creation/Evolution controversy. Why? Who cares? Does it really matter what a person believes with regard to how the Universe was created—in six days or six billion years? Our conclusion, with one accord, was an unequivocal, resounding, “Yes!” If sections of the Bible, which have no indication of being anything other than literal, historical truth, are taken to be symbolic, figurative, or poetic, what’s to keep a person from viewing the virgin birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as figurative—as some have done? Or what about the God-ordained plan of salvation, involving water baptism for the remission of sins? Further, an evolutionary stance on the Creation account pits the Bible against itself, since the Bible elsewhere confirms a literal, historical interpretation of the Genesis events—Jesus Himself putting His stamp of approval on such a position (e.g., Mark 10:6; Matthew 19:4; Romans 1:20; Luke 11:45-52; John 8:44; Exodus 20:11; Isaiah 40:21; see http://apologeticspress.org/pdfs/e-books_pdf/cre_comp.pdf for more information on theistic evolution). Will a person believe in God and His Word, as He requires of us (Hebrews 11:6), or capitulate to the pressures of today’s pseudoscience in his interpretation of Scripture? The truth is, there is no need to take the Genesis account as anything other than literal. True science supports the Bible without exception. We, the A.P. scientists, firmly stand on this truth.

The first joint effort of this team is to present a seminar featuring all six scientists. Though arranging our schedules to accommodate such an ambitious goal is a daunting task, we all believe such an effort would be well worth the difficulty, and we believe God will bless this venture with success. The Jacksonville church of Christ in Jacksonville, Alabama will host the first A.P. scientists’ seminar on February 26-29, 2012. Each speaker will present material, largely in his field of scientific expertise, that points to the fact that the evidence demands a Designer—not random chance, as the atheistic viewpoint contends. We hope to produce a companion book and DVD of the seminar in the coming months.

Also, like last year, the scientists plan to have a presence during the A.P. youth camps this summer. Be sure to enroll your 3rd-12th graders for camp before space runs out! Other exciting potential ideas were discussed during the retreat as well, including long-term joint projects. Stay tuned over the coming months for more exciting details concerning the A.P. scientist projects.

Successful Scientists Seminar by Jeff Miller, Ph.D.



Successful Scientists Seminar

by  Jeff Miller, Ph.D.

February 26-29 of this year marked the first-ever Apologetics Press Scientists Seminar. Held at the Jacksonville church of Christ, across the street from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, the seminar proved to be an unqualified success. The goal of the seminar was to show that the scientific evidence points to the presence of design in the Universe—not random chance, as evolutionary theories suggest.

The seminar kicked off with a general look at the concept of design and the Teleological Argument for the existence of God. Dr. Joe Deweese, a biochemist, presented evidence for design at the molecular level. James Spencer, a geologist, presented evidence of design in the waters of the Earth—specifically the microorganisms that cause natural attenuation. Dr. Jerry Fausz, an aerospace engineer, presented evidence pointing to design in the air. I presented evidence for design in human beings—specifically the human bio-thermal system. Dr. Branyon May, an astrophysicist, presented evidence for design in the cosmos, and Dr. Michael Houts, a nuclear engineer, wrapped up the seminar, looking at the concept of design as a whole.

The seminar was a testament to the fact that there are many qualified scientists who hold to the biblical view of Creation, because we believe that is where the scientific evidence leads. Belief in God and the Bible is not a “blind leap into the dark” without evidence. Rest assured, the Christian’s faith is based on evidence.

For more information on the A.P. scientists seminar, By Accident…or Design?, please click here, or contact our offices at 334-272-8558 to book a seminar in your area.

Struggling Leads to Strength by Eric Lyons, M.Min.



Struggling Leads to Strength

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

Much truth is contained in the statement, “a smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.” One who does not undergo the intensity of physical training hardly can expect to become an outstanding athlete. For example, if a man desires to participate in weight training, but at the same time refuses to endure the resistance that comes with adding weight day after day, his chances of becoming stronger are very slim indeed. After all, the whole concept behind lifting weights is resistance. A person struggles with the weight in order to build muscle mass and become stronger physically. Similarly, one who seeks intelligence must struggle through the learning process. He must work at reading, writing, and figuring out problems. The same is true of faith. In order to grow and become stronger, Christians must face some resistance. That is to say, on occasion we must struggle in order to strengthen our spiritual bodies. Jesus told His apostles the night of His betrayal: “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Paul told Timothy: “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).

Sometimes people wonder why God allows trials and tribulations in this world. Why did He not create us so that everything we experience is painless? One of the answers to this oft’-asked question is that sometimes we can benefit greatly from experiencing mental and/or physical pain. We witness this same principle at work in the animal world. The emperor moth must struggle from its cocoon in order to properly develop its body and wings. If it does not struggle, the result is a flightless moth. In Hebrews 11, one reads of Abraham being tested (17), Moses suffering affliction (24-25), and others being mocked, scourged, and imprisoned (36). Did these trials benefit them in any way? James wrote: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4, emp. added). In writing to the Corinthian brethren Paul said, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). The struggles Paul endured while on the Earth were a momentary trifle compared with the eternal glory before him.

You will struggle in this life. When you do, look to the Lord and trust in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). Realize that different forms of suffering can make us stronger if we permit them to do so. We can be confident that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). This does not mean that everything that happens to us is good. But it does mean that if we are living godly lives, whatever does happen will work out for the best in the long run.

"THE GOSPEL OF MARK" Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial (14:27-31)








Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial (14:27-31)


1. How well do we know ourselves...?
   a. Confident that our faith is strong?
   b. Certain that we would never deny our Lord?

2. In our text (Mk 14:27-31) we find examples of over-confidence...
   a. Not just in Peter who denied the Lord
   b. But in all the apostles who stumbled and fled

[Let’s begin with a reading of our text, with the Lord and His disciples
having just completed the Last Supper and on their way to the Mount of  Olives...]


      1. Jesus speaks of desertion by His disciples - Mk 14:27
      2. As foretold by Zechariah - cf. Zec 13:7
      3. But also of His resurrection and reunion in Galilee - Mk 14:28; cf. Mk 16:7

      1. Peter asserts that even if all others stumble, not him! - Mk 14:29
      2. Jesus tells Peter that he will deny Him three times that night - Mk 14:30
      3. Peter angrily disagrees, even if it means death - Mk 14:31
      4. The rest of the disciples all say the same thing - Mk 14:31

[Jesus’ prediction soon came true (Mk 14:50,66-72).  What would we have
done if we were one of Jesus’ disciples at that time?  Before answering
too quickly, consider a few lessons from the text...]


      1. How well do we really know ourselves?
         a. The disciples seem so certain in their faithfulness
         b. Yet they all stumbled and Peter denied the Lord, just as He said
         c. Like Hazael, they really did not know their true selves- cf. 2Ki 8:12-13
         d. Indeed, can any of us know our true selves? - cf. Jer 17:9
      2. Then what can we do?
         a. Acknowledge that only God truly knows us - cf. Jer 17:10;Ps 139:1-16; He 4:13  
         b. Look to the Word of God to see ourselves as we really are  - He 4:12
         c. Look to God in prayer for help - Ps 19:12; 139:23-24; e.g., 2Th 3:5

      1. Notice how the disciples ignored Jesus’ words of comfort
         a. He spoke plainly of His resurrection - Mk 14:28
         b. Yet they focused on defending themselves - Mk 14:29-31
      2. Might we be guilty of the same?
         a. We have been given many comforting words - e.g., Ro 8:31-39
         b. We can enjoy comfort from both God and one another - cf. 2Co 1:3-4
         c. But we can overlook such comfort when focused on selfish concerns!

      1. Notice the self-confidence of the disciples
         a. Peter angrily stating that he would die before denying the Lord - Mk 14:29-31
         b. The rest of the disciples said likewise - Mk 14:31
      2. Might we be guilty of the same?
         a. Quick to boast of our faithfulness to the Lord or His church?
         b. Remember the wisdom of Solomon about pride and a haughty spirit - Pr 16:18


1. As disciples of Jesus Christ, let us learn...
   a. From His first disciples
   b. From those who were even His apostles

2. What can we learn...?
   a. The limits of self-knowledge
   b. The danger of missing comfort due to selfishness
   c. The need to be careful of proud assertions

We can also learn of our Lord’s grace and mercy, for He was quick to
forgive those who denied Him and fled away.  So He will do for us when
we stumble, if we are willing to repent and return to Him...!             
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How Do You Find Strength to Endure The Storms of Life? by Ken Weliever, The Preacherman



How Do You Find Strength to Endure The Storms of Life?

“Some days life is hard. Some days life is harder,” observed Wilson Adams yesterday morning in his lecture “Come to Jesus for Strength to Endure.”

Norma Jean and I are attending the Southside Lectures in Pasadena, Texas, near Houston, and being encouraged and uplifted by the theme “Come to Jesus.

Wilson’s lesson spoke to the common lot of humankind. Job expressed it this way: “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). Everyone experiences trouble. Trial. Temptation. And adversity. That’s life. The key is not to look at it as something that happens to you. But to see it as an occasion to learn, grow and become stronger.

The text of Wilson’s lesson was Mark 4:35-39. It is the account of Jesus and the disciples crossing to the other side of Sea of Galilee following a busy day of teaching the multitudes. As they were crossing, without warning, a furious storm came down upon the lake. The waves swept over their little boat. It was taking on water. And the disciples were afraid.

Jesus, however, was asleep. Filled with fear, the disciple awoke the Master and implored, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? Lord save us!”

Jesus asked, “Why are you fearful? O you of little faith?”

Then he got up and said, “Peace, be still.”

The wind ceased. The sea became calm. The storm was over. And the disciples were safe.

Wilson made a great point that the context shows that Jesus’ had been presenting lessons on faith all day. The disciples heard them. But as he opined, “Life is not lived in the controlled environment of the classroom or a church building.” The disciples had to face their fears on the uncertain sea of life. Unfortunately, their faith wavered.

We are reminded that real life can be stormy.

Being a follower of Christ does not exempt us from problems. From Sickness. From Disease. From divorce. Or from death. We are not promised a life of ease. Life can get messy. Complicated. And emotionally challenging. When tough times come, Jesus question resounds, “Where is your faith?”

Our faith is not formed in crises. It is forged day by day as we deal with life’s little challenges. As our faith grows stronger, we are prepared to meet the threatening storm.

There are three take-a-ways that Wilson reminded us from this text.

(1) Calm in your life can quickly turn into a storm.

Skies are blue. The sun is shining. And all is well. Then you get a knock at the door. At phone call. A text message. And in an instant, your world is turned upside down. Are you growing in your faith to be prepared for that unexpected storm?

(2) God’s silence doesn’t mean that He’s uncaring about our problems.

Maybe God is testing our faith. Or saying to hold on for a minute. Maybe he’s trying to teach you patience. Or humility. Or trust. But God always throws you a lifeline. Either through prayer. Or a Bible verse. Or a caring brother in Christ.

(3) Only Jesus can give you strength to endure.

Even though fearful, at least the disciples went to Jesus for help. He’s the answer. He says “Peace be still.” He can soothe your soul. Calm your emotions. Ease your troubled mind. Relieve your conscience. And strengthen your resolve.

When ominous clouds arise, and you feel threatened by the impending storm, stay calm. Hold on to your faith. Don’t give way to your fears. And hear the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me, all you who are weary, and I will give you rest.”

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman





Those who deny that immersion in water is essential for salvation do so by ignoring the terms for pardon under the new covenant.

The new covenant was not in effect until after the death of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 9:14-17 And how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16 For where there is a testament, there must also be of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.(NKJV)

The new covenant terms of pardon were only in force after the death of Jesus.

After Jesus died He gave the new covenant terms for pardon. Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved..(NKJV)

New covenant conversions.
1. Acts 2:22-38. They believed and were baptized.
2. Acts 8:12. They believed and were baptized.
3. Acts 8:35-38. He believed and was baptized.
4. Act 9:1-18, Acts 22:16. He believed and was baptized.
5. Acts 10:34-48 They believed and were baptized.
6. Acts 16:14-15 They believed and were baptized.
7. Acts 16:30-34 They believed and were baptized.
8. Acts 19:3-5 They believed and were baptized.

Examples of those saved before the new covenant was in force.
1. 2 Kings 2:1-11. Whirlwind into heaven. Can men today be saved like Elijah? No, they cannot
2. Hebrews 11:5 Can men today be like Enoch? No, they cannot.
3. Can men today be saved like Moses and Abraham? No, they cannot.
4. Luke 7:37-50. Can men today be saved like this woman who was a sinner? No, they cannot.
5. Matthew 9:2 Can men today be saved like the paralytic? No, they cannot.
6. Luke 18:13-14 Can men today be justified like the Jewish tax collector? No, they cannot.
7. Luke 23:39-43 Can men today be saved like the thief on the cross? No, they cannot.

None of these people who were saved before the the new covenant was in force believed that God raised Jesus from the dead. None of them were baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.

1. FAITH: John 3:16
2. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9
3. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19
4. IMMERSION IN WATER: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21

It does not matter what men say. What did Jesus say? (Mark 16:16)   

The Feminist Influence by Sandra F. Cobble



The Feminist Influence

"They [women] will improve not only their own status, but will alter the structure of politics and government, and thereby change the structure of society," (Clout -- Woman Power and Politics; eds. Susan and Martin Tolchin) 247. We, in the church of our Lord, are generally well-aware of a woman's role in the church. However, in my estimation, many of us are unaware of the influence that the feminist movement is exerting in the world, on our congregations, and on us individually.

This article is written to provide information for those who may not have the time, or seen the need, to do the research themselves. Material ABOUT the feminist movement was NOT used. All research has been from feminist writings, written by feminists, for feminists. I leave the interpretation of the feminist's influence on the brotherhood to those more knowledgeable in this area.

In Feminist Quotations, a research source for feminist leaders, Elizabeth Oakes Smith is quoted as having told a Women's Rights Convention in 1852 that their aim was "nothing less than an entire subversion of the present order of society" 243. In the same book, Shulamith Firestone is quoted as saying in the 1970's that feminists have to question all of Western culture, the organization of culture itself, and even the very organization of nature, 247.

"Androgyny" and "patriarchy" are terms frequently encountered in feminists' writings. The former means having the sexual characteristics of both male and female. Jill Johnson says, "Any bioanalytically oriented person knows we were originally one sex" [FQ] 52. Alison M. Jaggar thinks androgyny will be physically possible in the future (Feminist Politics and Human Nature) 132. In fairness, however, most use the term only in regard to psychological, cultural, and religious characteristics. "The becoming of androgynous human persons," writes Mary Daly, "implies a radical change in the fabric of human consciousness and in styles of human behavior" (Beyond God The Father) 15.

When feminists use the term "patriarchy" they are NOT referring to the ancient patriarchal system of the Hebrews. They are referring to ANY AUTHORITY of male over female, and almost all agree that such authority MUST be abolished in ALL AREAS of personal, religious, and public life.

Ruth Hubbard says that the Judaeo-Christian view is flawed in making man the namer and ruler of all life (Discovering Reality) 48. Susan Brownmiller considers sexual intercourse against a wife's will to be rape. She is referring to a wife being talked into intercourse after she has declined, not to forced intercourse (Against Our Will) 427-28. Some view marriage either as obsolete or an abnormality. Others promote unscriptural forms of "marriage."

Women are demanding the "right" to speak and teach in religious assemblies. Advocating a "full ministerial role" for women, Bernand P. Prusak says that the Genesis myth was written by men to exclude women "from any public role" so that men might assume and retain dominance over civil and religious society (Religion and Sexism) 106-07.

"Patriarchy," writes Jane Flax, "has permeated both our concept of knowledge and the concrete content of bodies of knowledge" [DR] 269. According to Sandra Harding in the same book, masculine perspectives have shaped the most fundamental and formal aspects of systematic thought in philosophy and in the social and the natural sciences. She calls for a more adequate epistemology, metaphysics, methodology, and philosophy of science [DR] Introd. ix-xi. "Beliefs and values that have held sway for thousands of years," writes Daly, "will be questioned as never before" [Beyond] 13-14.

According to former congresswoman Bella Abzug, the "ultimate goal" of women's liberation is "full participation as equal partners with men" in shaping public policy (Gender Gap) 212. This goal includes full control of women's own bodies and complete economic independence. And this goal is world-wide in scope. According to Maxine P. Fisher, the U.N. Conferences on Women have resulted in an organization of women that transcends national boundaries, including those of the Third World (Women in the Third World) 153.

There are many vehicles through which the feminist movement is working to obtain their ultimate goal. One is the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA was NOT the goal -- it was only one of many vehicles. Jo Freeman points out that "the specific legal consequences of the ERA itself are not really worth the effort that has been put into it" (The Politics of Women's Liberation) 240. Involving tens of thousands of women directly in politics, the ERA battle gave women a "respect for their own ability to change the course of history" [Clout] 134.

Neither is the abortion issue the primary goal. It, along with many other issues, is only a vehicle. According to Barbara Sichtemann, the abortion campaign mobilized many women not directly affected and influenced the higher echelons of politics. "But it was only one branch" of the real organizing force behind the women's movement (Femininity) 93.

According to Bella Abzug, once women prove that their vote can be decisive, they will win recognition for their views [Gap] 213-14. Realizing that they need the full support of other women to make their vote decisive, feminist leaders determine the concerns that are important to specific groups and legislate for these concerns. ANY issue of interest to women can serve as a vehicle to promote feminist interests.

In the process of legislating for these concerns, feminist leaders gather small groups of women together for discussion. This common meeting ground provides them opportunities to educate women in feminist thinking. This is not done in a direct manner. It is done in a very subtle manner -- so that the ones being influenced are unaware that they are being influenced. And they in turn influence others. This method of communicating feminist goals and gaining support is spoken of throughout Feminist writings.

These women are not the stereotyped "Women Libbers" that many of us may picture. They are the woman next door, the business persons we meet every day, our children's teachers, the responsible media journalist. Many are good women. Many are well-educated and articulate. Many of them, deservedly so, hold high public office. They are respected members of the community. And because they are to be respected, their influence can be devastating to our Christian beliefs and practices!

Sandra F. Cobble

Published in The Old Paths Archive

Bible Reading for May 5 and 6 by Gary Rose



Bible Reading for May 5 and 6

World  English  Bible


May 5

Deuteronomy 25, 26

Deu 25:1 If there be a controversy between men, and they come to judgment, and the judges judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked;

Deu 25:2 and it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his wickedness, by number.

Deu 25:3 Forty stripes he may give him, he shall not exceed; lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then your brother should seem vile to you.

Deu 25:4 You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the grain.

Deu 25:5 If brothers dwell together, and one of them die, and have no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married outside to a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in to her, and take her to him as wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her.

Deu 25:6 It shall be, that the firstborn whom she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother who is dead, that his name not be blotted out of Israel.

Deu 25:7 If the man doesn't want 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 raise up to his brother a name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband's brother to me.

Deu 25:8 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him: and if he stand, and say, I don't want to take her;

Deu 25:9 then his brother's wife shall come to him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from 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.

Deu 25:10 His name shall be called in Israel, The house of him who has his shoe untied.

Deu 25:11 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draws near to deliver her husband out of the hand of him who strikes him, and puts forth her hand, and takes him by the secrets;

Deu 25:12 then you shall cut off her hand, your eye shall have no pity.

Deu 25:13 You shall not have in your bag diverse weights, a great and a small.

Deu 25:14 You shall not have in your house diverse measures, a great and a small.

Deu 25:15 You shall have a perfect and just weight. You shall have a perfect and just measure, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

Deu 25:16 For all who do such things, even all who do unrighteously, are an abomination to Yahweh your God.

Deu 25:17 Remember what Amalek did to you by the way as you came forth out of Egypt;

Deu 25:18 how he met you by the way, and struck the hindmost of you, all who were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he didn't fear God.

Deu 25:19 Therefore it shall be, when Yahweh your God has given you rest from all your enemies all around, in the land which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance to possess it, that you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under the sky; you shall not forget.

Deu 26:1 It shall be, when you are come in to the land which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance, and possess it, and dwell therein,

Deu 26:2 that you shall take of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you shall bring in from your land that Yahweh your God gives you; and you shall put it in a basket, and shall go to the place which Yahweh your God shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there.

Deu 26:3 You shall come to the priest who shall be in those days, and tell him, I profess this day to Yahweh your God, that I am come to the land which Yahweh swore to our fathers to give us.

Deu 26:4 The priest shall take the basket out of your hand, and set it down before the altar of Yahweh your God.

Deu 26:5 You shall answer and say before Yahweh your God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father; and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there, few in number; and he became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous.

Deu 26:6 The Egyptians dealt ill with us, and afflicted us, and laid on us hard bondage:

Deu 26:7 and we cried to Yahweh, the God of our fathers, and Yahweh heard our voice, and saw our affliction, and our toil, and our oppression;

Deu 26:8 and Yahweh brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terror, and with signs, and with wonders;

Deu 26:9 and he has brought us into this place, and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Deu 26:10 Now, behold, I have brought the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, Yahweh, have given me. You shall set it down before Yahweh your God, and worship before Yahweh your God.

Deu 26:11 You shall rejoice in all the good which Yahweh your God has given to you, and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the foreigner who is in the midst of you.

Deu 26:12 When you have made an end of tithing all the tithe of your increase in the third year, which is the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the foreigner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, that they may eat within your gates, and be filled.

Deu 26:13 You shall say before Yahweh your God, I have put away the holy things out of my house, and also have given them to the Levite, and to the foreigner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all your commandment which you have commanded me: I have not transgressed any of your commandments, neither have I forgotten them:

Deu 26:14 I have not eaten of it in my mourning, neither have I put away of it, being unclean, nor given of it for the dead: I have listened to the voice of Yahweh my God; I have done according to all that you have commanded me.

Deu 26:15 Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel, and the ground which you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Deu 26:16 This day Yahweh your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances: you shall therefore keep and do them with all your heart, and with all your soul.

Deu 26:17 You have declared Yahweh this day to be your God, and that you would walk in his ways, and keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his ordinances, and listen to his voice:

Deu 26:18 and Yahweh has declared you this day to be a people for his own possession, as he has promised you, and that you should keep all his commandments;

Deu 26:19 and to make you high above all nations that he has made, in praise, and in name, and in honor; and that you may be a holy people to Yahweh your God, as he has spoken. 


May 6

Deuteronomy 27, 28

Deu 27:1 Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandment which I command you this day.

Deu 27:2 It shall be on the day when you shall pass over the Jordan to the land which Yahweh your God gives you, that you shall set yourself up great stones, and plaster them with plaster:

Deu 27:3 and you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you have passed over; that you may go in to the land which Yahweh your God gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised you.

Deu 27:4 It shall be, when you have passed over the Jordan, that you shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in Mount Ebal, and you shall plaster them with plaster.

Deu 27:5 There you shall build an altar to Yahweh your God, an altar of stones: you shall lift up no iron tool on them.

Deu 27:6 You shall build the altar of Yahweh your God of uncut stones; and you shall offer burnt offerings thereon to Yahweh your God:

Deu 27:7 and you shall sacrifice peace offerings, and shall eat there; and you shall rejoice before Yahweh your God.

Deu 27:8 You shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

Deu 27:9 Moses and the priests the Levites spoke to all Israel, saying, Keep silence, and listen, Israel: this day you have become the people of Yahweh your God.

Deu 27:10 You shall therefore obey the voice of Yahweh your God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command you this day.

Deu 27:11 Moses commanded the people the same day, saying,

Deu 27:12 These shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people, when you have passed over the Jordan: Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin.

Deu 27:13 These shall stand on Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

Deu 27:14 The Levites shall answer, and tell all the men of Israel with a loud voice,

Deu 27:15 Cursed be the man who makes an engraved or molten image, an abomination to Yahweh, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret. All the people shall answer and say, Amen.

Deu 27:16 Cursed be he who sets light by his father or his mother. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 27:17 Cursed be he who removes his neighbor's landmark. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 27:18 Cursed be he who makes the blind to wander out of the way. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 27:19 Cursed be he who wrests the justice due to the foreigner, fatherless, and widow. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 27:20 Cursed be he who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered his father's skirt. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 27:21 Cursed be he who lies with any manner of animal. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 27:22 Cursed be he who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 27:23 Cursed be he who lies with his mother-in-law. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 27:24 Cursed be he who strikes his neighbor in secret. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 27:25 Cursed be he who takes a bribe to kill an innocent person. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 27:26 Cursed be he who doesn't confirm the words of this law to do them. All the people shall say, Amen.

Deu 28:1 It shall happen, if you shall listen diligently to the voice of Yahweh your God, to observe to do all his commandments which I command you this day, that Yahweh your God will set you on high above all the nations of the earth:

Deu 28:2 and all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you, if you shall listen to the voice of Yahweh your God.

Deu 28:3 You shall be blessed in the city, and you shall be blessed in the field.

Deu 28:4 You shall be blessed in the fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the fruit of your animals, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock.

Deu 28:5 Your basket and your kneading trough shall be blessed.

Deu 28:6 You shall be blessed when you come in, and you shall be blessed when you go out.

Deu 28:7 Yahweh will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be struck before you. They will come out against you one way, and will flee before you seven ways.

Deu 28:8 Yahweh will command the blessing on you in your barns, and in all that you put your hand to; and he will bless you in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

Deu 28:9 Yahweh will establish you for a holy people to himself, as he has sworn to you; if you shall keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, and walk in his ways.

Deu 28:10 All the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of Yahweh; and they shall be afraid of you.

Deu 28:11 Yahweh will make you plenteous for good, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers to give you.

Deu 28:12 Yahweh will open to you his good treasure in the sky, to give the rain of your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand: and you shall lend to many nations, and you shall not borrow.

Deu 28:13 Yahweh will make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath; if you shall listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I command you this day, to observe and to do them,

Deu 28:14 and shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Deu 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you this day, that all these curses shall come on you, and overtake you.

Deu 28:16 You shall be cursed in the city, and you shall be cursed in the field.

Deu 28:17 Your basket and your kneading trough shall be cursed.

Deu 28:18 The fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock shall be cursed.

Deu 28:19 You shall be cursed when you come in, and you shall be cursed when you go out.

Deu 28:20 Yahweh will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke, in all that you put your hand to do, until you are destroyed, and until you perish quickly; because of the evil of your doings, by which you have forsaken me.

Deu 28:21 Yahweh will make the pestilence cling to you, until he has consumed you from off the land, where you go in to possess it.

Deu 28:22 Yahweh will strike you with consumption, and with fever, and with inflammation, and with fiery heat, and with the sword, and with blight, and with mildew; and they shall pursue you until you perish.

Deu 28:23 Your sky that is over your head shall be brass, and the earth that is under you shall be iron.

Deu 28:24 Yahweh will make the rain of your land powder and dust: from the sky shall it come down on you, until you are destroyed.

Deu 28:25 Yahweh will cause you to be struck before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them, and shall flee seven ways before them: and you shall be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth.

Deu 28:26 Your dead body shall be food to all birds of the sky, and to the animals of the earth; and there shall be none to frighten them away.

Deu 28:27 Yahweh will strike you with the boil of Egypt, and with the tumors, and with the scurvy, and with the itch, of which you can not be healed.

Deu 28:28 Yahweh will strike you with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart;

Deu 28:29 and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways: and you shall be only oppressed and robbed always, and there shall be none to save you.

Deu 28:30 You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell therein: you shall plant a vineyard, and shall not use its fruit.

Deu 28:31 Your ox shall be slain before your eyes, and you shall not eat of it: your donkey shall be violently taken away from before your face, and shall not be restored to you: your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have none to save you.

Deu 28:32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people; and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day: and there shall be nothing in the power of your hand.

Deu 28:33 The fruit of your ground, and all your labors, shall a nation which you don't know eat up; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed always;

Deu 28:34 so that you shall be mad for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.

Deu 28:35 Yahweh will strike you in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore boil, of which you can not be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head.

Deu 28:36 Yahweh will bring you, and your king whom you shall set over you, to a nation that you have not known, you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone.

Deu 28:37 You shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all the peoples where Yahweh shall lead you away.

Deu 28:38 You shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather little in; for the locust shall consume it.

Deu 28:39 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.

Deu 28:40 You shall have olive trees throughout all your borders, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olive shall cast its fruit.

Deu 28:41 You shall father sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity.

Deu 28:42 All your trees and the fruit of your ground shall the locust possess.

Deu 28:43 The foreigner who is in the midst of you shall mount up above you higher and higher; and you shall come down lower and lower.

Deu 28:44 He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him: he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

Deu 28:45 All these curses shall come on you, and shall pursue you, and overtake you, until you are destroyed; because you didn't listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded you:

Deu 28:46 and they shall be on you for a sign and for a wonder, and on your seed forever.

Deu 28:47 Because you didn't serve Yahweh your God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of all things;

Deu 28:48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom Yahweh shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron on your neck, until he has destroyed you.

Deu 28:49 Yahweh will bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flies; a nation whose language you shall not understand;

Deu 28:50 a nation of fierce facial expressions, that shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young,

Deu 28:51 and shall eat the fruit of your livestock, and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed; that also shall not leave you grain, new wine, or oil, the increase of your livestock, or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish.

Deu 28:52 They shall besiege you in all your gates, until your high and fortified walls come down, in which you trusted, throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you in all your gates throughout all your land, which Yahweh your God has given you.

Deu 28:53 You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters, whom Yahweh your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you.

Deu 28:54 The man who is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children whom he has remaining;

Deu 28:55 so that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat, because he has nothing left him, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in all your gates.

Deu 28:56 The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not adventure to set the sole of her foot on the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,

Deu 28:57 and toward her young one who comes out from between her feet, and toward her children whom she shall bear; for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in your gates.

Deu 28:58 If you will not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and fearful name, YAHWEH YOUR GOD;

Deu 28:59 then Yahweh will make your plagues wonderful, and the plagues of your seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.

Deu 28:60 He will bring on you again all the diseases of Egypt, which you were afraid of; and they shall cling to you.

Deu 28:61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, Yahweh will bring them on you, until you are destroyed.

Deu 28:62 You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of the sky for multitude; because you didn't listen to the voice of Yahweh your God.

Deu 28:63 It shall happen that as Yahweh rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you, so Yahweh will rejoice over you to cause you to perish, and to destroy you; and you shall be plucked from off the land where you go in to possess it.

Deu 28:64 Yahweh will scatter you among all peoples, from the one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, which you have not known, you nor your fathers, even wood and stone.

Deu 28:65 Among these nations you shall find no ease, and there shall be no rest for the sole of your foot: but Yahweh will give you there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and pining of soul;

Deu 28:66 and your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall fear night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life.

Deu 28:67 In the morning you shall say, Would it were evening! and at evening you shall say, Would it were morning! for the fear of your heart which you shall fear, and for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.

Deu 28:68 Yahweh will bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the way of which I said to you, You shall see it no more again: and there you shall sell yourselves to your enemies for bondservants and for bondmaids, and no man shall buy you. 


May  5

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. 


May 6

Luke 20

Luk 20:1 It happened on one of those days, as he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the Good News, that the priests and scribes came to him with the elders.

Luk 20:2 They asked him, "Tell us: by what authority do you do these things? Or who is giving you this authority?"

Luk 20:3 He answered them, "I also will ask you one question. Tell me:

Luk 20:4 the baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men?"

Luk 20:5 They reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why didn't you believe him?'

Luk 20:6 But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet."

Luk 20:7 They answered that they didn't know where it was from.

Luk 20:8 Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."

Luk 20:9 He began to tell the people this parable. "A man planted a vineyard, and rented it out to some farmers, and went into another country for a long time.

Luk 20:10 At the proper season, he sent a servant to the farmers to collect his share of the fruit of the vineyard. But the farmers beat him, and sent him away empty.

Luk 20:11 He sent yet another servant, and they also beat him, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.

Luk 20:12 He sent yet a third, and they also wounded him, and threw him out.

Luk 20:13 The lord of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. It may be that seeing him, they will respect him.'

Luk 20:14 "But when the farmers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'

Luk 20:15 They threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do to them?

Luk 20:16 He will come and destroy these farmers, and will give the vineyard to others." When they heard it, they said, "May it never be!"

Luk 20:17 But he looked at them, and said, "Then what is this that is written, 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the chief cornerstone?'

Luk 20:18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but it will crush whomever it falls on to dust."

Luk 20:19 The chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on him that very hour, but they feared the people-for they knew he had spoken this parable against them.

Luk 20:20 They watched him, and sent out spies, who pretended to be righteous, that they might trap him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor.

Luk 20:21 They asked him, "Teacher, we know that you say and teach what is right, and aren't partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God.

Luk 20:22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"

Luk 20:23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, "Why do you test me?

Luk 20:24 Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?" They answered, "Caesar's."

Luk 20:25 He said to them, "Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

Luk 20:26 They weren't able to trap him in his words before the people. They marveled at his answer, and were silent.

Luk 20:27 Some of the Sadducees came to him, those who deny that there is a resurrection.

Luk 20:28 They asked him, "Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies having a wife, and he is childless, his brother should take the wife, and raise up children for his brother.

Luk 20:29 There were therefore seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died childless.

Luk 20:30 The second took her as wife, and he died childless.

Luk 20:31 The third took her, and likewise the seven all left no children, and died.

Luk 20:32 Afterward the woman also died.

Luk 20:33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them will she be? For the seven had her as a wife."

Luk 20:34 Jesus said to them, "The children of this age marry, and are given in marriage.

Luk 20:35 But those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage.

Luk 20:36 For they can't die any more, for they are like the angels, and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.

Luk 20:37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord 'The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'

Luk 20:38 Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to him."

Luk 20:39 Some of the scribes answered, "Teacher, you speak well."

Luk 20:40 They didn't dare to ask him any more questions.

Luk 20:41 He said to them, "Why do they say that the Christ is David's son?

Luk 20:42 David himself says in the book of Psalms, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand,

Luk 20:43 until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet." '

Luk 20:44 "David therefore calls him Lord, so how is he his son?"

Luk 20:45 In the hearing of all the people, he said to his disciples,

Luk 20:46 "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts;

Luk 20:47 who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these will receive greater condemnation."