Why Be An Atheist? by Dave Miller, Ph.D.


 Why Be An Atheist?

by  Dave Miller, Ph.D.

Why do we believe what we believe? Answers to this question are legion. However, the most basic human motivations that lie behind belief and practice may be identified in light of Bible teaching. Here are a few:

Greed/Materialism—“I can make money by believing this viewpoint.”

Jealousy—“If I hold this viewpoint I will be held in higher esteem than others.”

Loyalty—“I believe this viewpoint because my parents did.”

Ambition—“I will advance in my career if I believe this viewpoint.”

Selfishness—“I want to believe this viewpoint because it makes me feel better.”

Sensualism—“I believe this viewpoint because I can indulge myself sexually.”

Ignorance—“I’m not sure why I believe this viewpoint, but I do.”

Bias/Prejudice—“I don’t believe that viewpoint because of who else believes it.”

Indifference—“I hold this viewpoint, but it really doesn’t matter much to me.”

Foolish Pride—“The smart people don’t believe that viewpoint.”

If God exists and the Bible is His Word, then what we believe and why we believe it are crucial and eternally significant.

Intellectuals throughout history have considered themselves superior to others based on their alleged intellectual prowess. The atheistic elite of our day ooze arrogance in their condescending dismissal of those who believe in God. They seek to give the impression that they believe what they believe due solely to a rational, unbiased, sensible analysis of facts that have, in turn, led them to the beliefs that they hold. On the other hand, those who do not consent to their infidelity are depicted as ignorant, biased, and stupid. Consider the frantic judgment leveled by prominent evolutionist Richard Dawkins of Oxford University: “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).”1

Despite such high and holy self-righteous declarations, the fact is that the very nature of error is such that a person can continue to embrace it only by means of impure motives. If an honest atheist is willing to examine the facts, he will either cease being an atheist or he will cease being honest. Hence, those who have distinguished themselves for their ongoing vociferous defense of their infidelity most assuredly possess one or more motives deep down in their hearts that enable them to dismiss the actual evidence that disproves their viewpoint.

Interestingly, atheists occasionally divulge their inner motives without particularly intending to do so. For example, in a makeshift “debate” conducted in 2010 on the campus of Caltech between atheists Sam Harris and Michael Shermer on the one hand, and Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston on the other, Sam Harris made the following observations:

Most of our neighbors believe in…a personal God who hears our prayers and occasionally answers them…. The God that our neighbors believe in is essentially an invisible person. It’s a Creator deity who created the universe to have a relationship with one species of primates. Lucky us. And He’s got galaxy upon galaxy to attend to, but he’s especially concerned with what we do, and he’s especially concerned with what we do while naked. He almost certainly disapproves of homosexuality.2

While we humans often constitute a hodge-podge of conflicting motives and inclinations, nevertheless, in our conversations we often unwittingly expose one or more of our hidden motives for believing what we believe. To ridicule Christians for holding to an ethical framework that was authored by the Creator of the Universe (Who created human sexuality) implies that the accuser disagrees with those restrictions on sexual behavior. But notice further that Harris implied something else: his belief in atheism enables him to not be concerned about his sexual behavior. The same motives that infected pagans throughout history in which their heathenism enabled them to be released from sexual inhibitions—from the Moabites3 in 1500 B.C. to the Ephesians4 in A.D. 60—are the same for atheists. Unbelief allows a person to be free to engage in whatever sexual activity he desires, whenever and with whomever. The intellectual sophistication and academic elitism that accompanies modern atheism is nothing more than a smokescreen to indulge the flesh. The reason Hollywood hates Christianity is because they want to be able to give full vent to their illicit fleshly appetites without feeling the guilt that comes from flaunting the moral restraints given by the Creator. Christians in Ephesus in the first century fully understood these ulterior motives that underlie one’s belief system. They lived in a city that hosted one of the seven wonders of the ancient world—the Temple of Artemis—dedicated to the goddess with her vulgar adornments.5 Paul spoke right to the soul of the population when he penned the following inspired words to the church—an apt evaluation of the unbelief that grips both atheism and much of the religious error of the world:

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ! (Ephesians 4:17-20, ESV, emp. added).


1 Richard Dawkins (1989), “Book Review” (of Donald Johanson and Maitland Edey’s Blueprint), The New York Times, section 7, April 9, p. 3, emp. added.

2 Sam Harris (2010), “The Future of God Debate: Sam Harris and Michael Shermer vs. Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston,” Nightline Faceoff, ABC News, March 14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E99BdOfxAE; See also Dan Harris and Ely Brown (2010), “‘Nightline’ ‘Face-Off’: Does God Have a Future?” March 23, http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/FaceOff/nightline-face-off-god-future/story?id=10170505.

3 Numbers 25:1-2.

4 Acts 19.

5 James Edwards (2016), “Archaeology Gives New Reality to Paul’s Ephesus Riot,” Biblical Archaeology Review, 42[4]:28-30, July/August.


Whoever Digs a Pit Will Fall Into It by Kyle Butt, M.Div.



Whoever Digs a Pit Will Fall Into It

by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

One of the most outspoken atheists of the past couple of decades is a man named Dan Barker, who wrote his most recognized work, Losing Faith in Faith, after he “deconverted” from a form of evangelical Christianity to naturalistic atheism. In 1992, he was the public relations director for the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In his book, Baker uses a host of arguments to attack religious people who have attempted to “reconvert” him. In a chapter titled Why I Am An Atheist, Barker lists several reasons that religious people have offered to explain his “deconversion.” Sadly, many of those people attacked Barker’s character. The following is a brief list of some of the allegations they made against Barker.

  • “You are arrogant and hate God.”
  • “Your heart is in the wrong place.”
  • “You are cold, empty, and pessimistic.”
  • “You are an angry person.”
  • “You are too stupid, limited, or afraid to see what is obvious to everyone else.”

After denying these allegations, Barker stated: “A strong clue that a person is arguing from a position of weakness is when character, rather than content, is attacked. Bertrand Russell pointed out that ad hominem is a last-ditch defense of the losing side” (1992, p. 88). Therefore, according to Barker (who agrees with Russell), a person who uses arguments that attack character is a person who is fighting desperately on the losing side.

While the truth of Russell’s statement may be questioned (since there are many ill-informed ad hominem arguers who happen to be on the right side), it nonetheless is quite interesting that Barker falls headlong into his own pit by repeatedly attacking character rather than focusing on real evidence.

In fact, only a few pages earlier, Barker wrote an entire chapter titled “Ministers I Have Known,” in which he proceeded to attack the general character of ministers he has known. On page 78, Barker commented, “When I think of ministers I have known…I picture the overweight perspiring Foursquare preachers, waving their hankies, shouting and prancing about the stage, ruling their churches like little kingdoms.” Just one paragraph later, he included in this list the “skinny Mexican pastor in Nogales whose second wife was pregnant with his twelfth child!… And the televangelist I know who ran off with his secretary and was back on the air in less than two years.” The rest of the chapter consists of the same attack on the general character of ministers, as Barker views them. Near the end of the chapter, Barker wrote: “I have a friend who says if you were to take all the preachers in the world and lay them end to end, it would be a good idea just to leave them there.”

Now, let us apply Barker’s own reasoning to his chapter on ministers. The entire chapter attacks the character of ministers, and thus would be classified as an ad hominem argument (from the Latin meaning “to attack the man”). But, according to Barker, those who use such arguments are using “a last-ditch defense” and are on “the losing side.” In this instance, I agree wholeheartedly.

Again, in his treatment of those who are against abortion, Barker stated: “This is the real drive behind the antiabortionists: misogyny [hatred of women—KB]. I don’t believe that any one of them cares a hoot for a fetus” (p. 213, emp. added) Such a statement is definitely a bold, ad hominem attack on the motive and character of those who disagree with abortion. I, for one, can say with certainty that I do not hate women. However, I also can say with certainty that an unborn baby is innocent, and that God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17). It is on this basis that I must stand as an antiabortionist. Once again, using Barker’s own thoughts, he must be “arguing from a position of weakness.”

Please note that this article has not attacked Barker’s character. He is not referred to as a misogynist or anything of the kind; nor are any moral indiscretions alleged in an attempt to discredit his arguments. On the contrary, his own words have been used to show that, if his thinking is indeed correct about ad hominem arguments, then he is arguing from “a position of weakness rather than content,” and such an argument is a “last ditch defense of the losing side.”

[For a more in-depth refutation of Barker’s book, see: http://www.tektonics.org/JPH_BWTB.html]


Barker, Dan (1992), Losing Faith In Faith—From Preacher to Atheist (Madison, WI: Freedom from Religion Foundation).

Who Makes the World’s Best Fliers? by Eric Lyons, M.Min.



Who Makes the World’s Best Fliers?

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

For more than seven years, Dr. Robert Wood and a team of researchers from Harvard University have been studying flies and attempting to build a life-size, flying robot that can mimic the flight of living flies. The government is hopeful that robotic flies might one day be used as spies in surveillance missions, as well as to detect toxic chemicals used by terrorists. On July 19, 2007, MIT’s Technology Review announced that Wood’s “robotic fly has taken flight at Harvard University” (Ross, 2007). Dr. Ron Fearing of the University of California, Berkeley has been studying the dynamics of insect flight for years. In fact, he is Wood’s former Ph.D. advisor. He called Wood’s robotic flying insect “a major breakthrough” (as quoted in Ross).

What do brilliant scientists have to show for their seven plus years of research on flies? What was the “major project milestone” reported in Technology Review? Why was Wood joyfully “jumping up and down in the lab” (Ross)? Answer: his life-size robotic fly took off. It cannot maneuver in the air. It is unable to be controlled. It cannot avoid obstacles. It cannot slow down and land on a specific target. It does not have its own power source (and even if it did, it could provide no more than five minutes of power to fly). “At the moment, Wood’s fly is limited by a tether that keeps it moving in a straight, upward direction” (Ross). Yet, since “a lot of people thought it would never be able to take off,” such a feat is considered remarkable.

Admittedly, Woods and his colleagues have done a superb job in building a life-size robotic fly that can move upward on a tether by flapping its synthetic wings. It takes extremely intelligent individuals to develop their own fabrication process and manufacture a tiny robot that resembles and mimics (to some degree) living flies. Yet, these same men advocate that real flies, which have “long puzzled scientists and bedazzled engineers” with their “magical,” “sophisticated,” “intricate maneuvers,” are the end result of mindless time and chance, i.e., evolution (Dye, 2007). Such a proposition defies common sense!

Were Woods and his team of researchers to leave hundreds of tiny carbon-polymer pieces lying around in a lab for 100 years (or one billion years!), no reasonable person would conclude that, eventually, time and chance would assemble a robotic fly, much less one that maneuvers as well as a real fly. It has taken intelligent, hardworking scientists more than seven years just to make a robotic fly lift off the ground.

Who made the often imitated, but never duplicated living fly that can “change the direction of its flight by 90 degrees in about 50 thousandths of a second” (Dye)? Who designed the fruit fly’s “spiffy neuron-circuitry” that allows it to rotate from north to west and then zip westward “in one-fifth the blink of a human eye” (Dye)? Who made the fly, its sesame-seed size brain, and its complicated flight dynamics that scientists have been unable to “figure out” fully even after several years of study? Did mere time and chance create the common fly, which Dr. Michael Dickinson of the California Institute of Technology said has “the fastest visual system” and “most powerful muscles on the planet” (as quoted in Dye)? Should we conclude, as did Dr. Wood, that “[n]ature makes the world’s best fliers” (as quoted in Ross)? Certainly not! Only a superior Intelligence outside and above nature’s time and chance logically explains the existence of intricate design. Indeed, God is the builder and maker of all things (Hebrews 3:4).


Dye, Lee (2007), “Scientists Study the Amazing Flight of Flies,” ABC News, [On-line], URL: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=97651&page=1.

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

"THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed (17:1-26) by Mark Copeland



The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed (17:1-26)


  1. "Some brethren pray by the yard; but true prayer is measured by weight, and not by length." - Charles Spurgeon
  2. This statement is true, for the greatest prayer ever prayed is recorded in Jn 17...
    1. It takes about six minutes to reverently read it aloud
    2. There may not be much length, but there is certainly a great depth and weight!
  3. Though there are approximately 650 prayers recorded in the Bible...
    1. Not one of them can match our Lord's "High Priestly Prayer" in Jn 17
    2. Nor can any prayer recorded outside the Bible

[What is it about this prayer that makes it so great? At least four reasons can be given. From Jn 17:1 we learn it is great because of...]

      1. He who was with God in the beginning - Jn 1:1
      2. He who was God - Jn 1:1
      3. He who was in the beginning with God - Jn 1:2
      4. He who was the Creator of all things - Jn 1:3
      5. He was the light of men - Jn 1:4
      6. He who became flesh and dwelt among men - Jn 1:14
      1. The Word - Jn 1:1,14
      2. The Lamb of God - Jn 1:29
      3. The Son of God - Jn 1:34
      4. The King of Israel - Jn 1:49
      5. The promised Messiah - Jn 4:25-26
      6. The Bread of Life - Jn 6:35
      7. The Light Of the World - Jn 8:12
      8. The Great "I Am" - Jn 8:56-58
      9. The Good Shepherd - Jn 10:11
      10. The Resurrection and The Life - Jn 11:25

      [The prayer in Jn 17 is great because the greatest Person who ever lived is the One who offered it! It is also great because of...]

      1. Neil Armstrong said, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
        1. If he had made the statement while playing hopscotch with the neighborhood children, nobody would have paid him attention
        2. He made it as he stepped down from his spacecraft, the first man to walk on the moon
      2. The situation helped give weight to his words!
      1. Notice His first words: "Father, the hour has come" - Jn 17:1
      2. What 'hour' is that?
        1. His appointment with the cross - cf. Jn 16:31-32
        2. A time of separation, betrayal, suffering, and crucifixion
        3. A time in which God's eternal purpose is about to be carried out
        4. A time in which Jesus is about to bear the sins of the world on the cross!

        [The occasion, in which Jesus knows His crucifixion is imminent, gives great weight to the words of His prayer. Whatever preoccupied the mind of Jesus at this time must be very important! The prayer was also great because of...]

      1. It takes us back and forward in time
        1. Back to eternity past - Jn 17:5
        2. Forward into the future glory in heaven - Jn 17:24
      2. It deals with glory
        1. The glory of the Father and the Son - Jn 17:1
        2. The disciples glorifying God on earth - Jn 17:10
        3. The Son giving glory to His disciples - Jn 17:22
        4. The disciples beholding the glory of the Son - Jn 17:24
      3. It discusses love
        1. The Father's love for believers - Jn 17:23
        2. The Father's love for Jesus - Jn 17:23-24
      1. "Glorify Me" - Jn 17:1-5
      2. "Keep them" - Jn 17:6-12
      3. "Sanctify them" - Jn 17:13-19
      4. "That they all might be one" - Jn 17:20-23
      5. "That they may behold My glory" - Jn 17:24-26
      1. Jesus prays for Himself - Jn 17:1-5
      2. Jesus prays for His apostles - Jn 17:6-19
      3. Jesus prays for all believers - Jn 17:20-26

      [Even a brief examination of its contents reveal the greatness of this prayer, and why it is worthy of careful study. Finally, a fourth reason why this is the greatest prayer: because of...]

      1. Pertaining to "the world" (used 19 times!) and the effect it can have on believers
      2. A justifiable concern, for we live in a world which is:
        1. Deceived (blinded by Satan) - cf. 2Co 4:3-4
        2. Dangerous (promises fulfillment, but will pass away) - cf. 1Jn 2:15-17
        3. Defiled (defiling those who accept it) - cf. Jm 1:27
        4. Divided (this is self-evident, especially in regards to religion)
      1. As He told His apostles prior to this prayer - cf. Jn 16:33
      2. In this prayer, the victory in Jesus is revealed! The world may be:
        1. Deceived, but Jesus has shown us reality, in revealing the only true God - Jn 17:3
        2. Dangerous, but Jesus provides security as we are kept in God's name - Jn 17:11-12
        3. Defiled, but Jesus provides sanctification through God's word - Jn 17:17
        4. Divided, but Jesus offers unity through His glory - Jn 17:22
  1. These four reasons help us appreciate why Jesus' prayer in Jn 17 has been called...
    1. "The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed"
    2. "The High Priestly Prayer"
    3. "The Lord's Prayer" (not just that taught by Jesus in Mt 6 and Lk 11)
  2. It is indeed a great prayer...
    1. But it is a prayer in behalf of those who are Jesus' disciples
    2. If you are not a disciple, Jesus' prayer is that you first become one! - cf. Mt 28:18-20

Then as disciples of Jesus Christ, we should do all that we can to see that "The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed" be fulfilled in our lives...!

Note: The main idea and many points for this outline came from a book by Warren Wiersbe which I believe is now out of print.

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2021
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Don’t Undermine Your Message by Ken Weliever, The Preacherman




Don’t Undermine Your Message

My time this week has been consumed with our Vacation Bible School and enjoying a visit from our son, Kenny, and playing with our grandchildren, Miles and Katherine. As a result, I’ve not been watching very much news.

However, I noticed on facebook when I was posting ThePreachersWord that President Trump has set off another Twitter firestorm with some insulting comments about some news anchors. I checked the news last night and heard a little bit about it.

So, what’s new?

I suspect that such tweets and battles with the media will continue for at least the next four years.

For the record, I was not a supporter of Mr. Trump, either in the primaries or general election. Oh, and before I’m accused of supporting “the other side,” I didn’t support them (or her) either.

Actually, I agree with several policy issues proposed and instituted by our President. Sadly, however, his message is being muddled by petty fights with talking heads, rival politicians, and basically, anyone who attacks him.

It has often been repeated, both by the President and his spokespersons, that if he’s attacked he will “punch back 10 times harder.” Too bad. Because it diminishes some good things he’s trying to accomplish.

However, the point of this post is not really about President Trump or politics. It’s about undermining OUR message. I’m talking about the message of the cross. The message of the gospel. The message that all Christians should be proclaiming either in word or in deed.

Unfortunately, Christians have not been exempt from the political polarization in the USA. The divide is apparent when a respected gospel preacher posts on facebook a condemnation of the ugly rhetoric of the President and the thread turns into a debate.

Let’s be reminded of what the Bible says about our actions, attitudes, and speech.

Eph 4:29
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Eph 4:31-32
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Matt 12:36-37
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Col 4:6
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

Rom 12:2
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Eph 4:1-4
I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


(1) Christians, called by God, ought to be living, talking, and acting in a way that’s compatible with our Faith.

(2) Christians must rise above the pettiness, coarseness, and carnality of the world. We must be transformed. Not conformed.

(3) Christians need to renounce the vulgarity, crudeness, and crassness of our culture. Instead, let’s exhibit qualities of kindness, gentleness, geniality, graciousness, patience, peacefulness, and love. Love to all men. And to each other, so the world may know that we belong to Christ.

(4) Christians are citizens of a heavenly kingdom. A spiritual Body. And a holy Temple. The kingdoms of earth will eventually fall. All of them. Someday. Let’s be numbered among the redeemed.

Brethren, let’s not undermine our message, with conduct that distracts from who we are, who our Master is, and what we are to be doing. With so many worldly distractions, let’s remember “‘the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”


–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman





If all men are speaking well of you, a self examination might be in order. You might find room for improvement.

Luke 6:26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their father used to treat the false prophets in the same way.

Jesus was speaking to His disciples. The disciples passed the woe test. All the apostles except John were executed or murdered for preaching the truth. All men did not speak well of them.

Mark 3:22 The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and He casts out demons by the ruler of demons."

Jesus passed His own woe test. All men did not speak well of Him.

Acts 7:1-59....59 They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

Stephen passed the woe test with flying colors. Stephen could have just as easily been a "Seeker Friendly Preacher," however, he chose to preach the truth and it cost him his life. All men did not speak well of him.

Secular society, as well as many religious people, will not speak well of men who preach and teach the truth.


(All Scripture quotes from:NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)    

Calvinism book Chapter 11 BAPTISM by C.A. Feenstra



Chapter 11


Q. Does GOD'S WORD teach that man is saved by the grace of God?

"For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men..." Titus 2:11

"Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Rom. 3:24

"But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in like manner as they." Acts 15:11

"But by the grace of God I am what I am..." I Cor. 15:10

"For by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory." Eph. 2:8-9

Q. According to GOD'S WORD, how is a man saved by grace?

"For by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory." Eph. 2:8-9

"Not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit..." Titus 3:5

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God ... Ye must be born anew." John 3:5, 7

"And he (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved..." Mark 16:15-16

Q.1 Does GOD'S WORD teach that baptism is for the remission of sins?

"And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38

Q.2 Does GOD'S WORD teach that all men must be baptized to be saved?

"And he (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved..." Mark 16:15-16

Q.3 Does GOD'S WORD teach that baptism washes away sins?

"And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name." Acts 22:16

Q.4 Does GOD'S WORD teach that baptism puts us into Christ?

"Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?" Rom. 6:3

"For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ." Gal. 3:27

Q.5 Does GOD'S WORD teach that by baptism we put on Christ?

"For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ." Gal. 3:27

"Abide in me, and I in you." John 15:4

Q.6 Does GOD'S WORD teach that God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit at baptism?

And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38

"And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to them that obey him." Acts 5:32

Q.7 Does GOD'S WORD teach that it is necessary for one to be baptized in order to enter the kingdom of God?

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:5

Q.8 Does GOD'S WORD teach that baptism saves?

"Which also after a true likeness doth now save you, even baptism, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the interrogation of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ..." I Pet. 3:21

Q.9 Does GOD'S WORD teach that when we are baptized we are added to the church by the Lord?

"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls...
And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Acts 2:41, 47 AV

"And he is the head of the body, the church..." Col. 1:18

"For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body..." I Cor. 12:13

Q.10 Does GOD'S WORD teach that in baptism our old man or nature is put to death and buried?

"Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death ... For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin; for he that hath died is justified from sin. But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him ... Even so reckon ye also yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God in Christ Jesus." Rom. 6:3-11

Q.11 Does GOD'S WORD teach that in baptism we are raised to walk in newness of life and to be alive unto God?

"We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life ... Even so reckon ye also yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God in Christ Jesus." Rom. 6:4, 11

Q.12 Does GOD'S WORD teach that baptism is a form of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and that when sinners obey this form of teaching, they are delivered and made free from their past sins?

"We who were baptized...
Our old man was crucified...
We were buried...
Like as Christ was raised … so we also might walk in newness of life ... Whereas ye were servants of sin, ye became obedient from the heart to that form (or pattern) of teaching whereunto ye were delivered; and being made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness. Rom. 6:3-8, 17-18

Q.13 Does GOD'S WORD teach that the gospel is the good news of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for sinners, and that in baptism man obeys this gospel in order to benefit from Christ's sacrifice?

"The gospel which I preached unto you ... by which also ye are saved ... That Christ died ... and that he was buried ... and that he hath been raised..." I Cor. 15:1-4

"And he (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved..." Mark 16:15-16

"What shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Pet. 4:17

"Inflaming fire, rendering vengeance ... to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus: who shall suffer punishment, even eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might..." II Thess." 1:7-9

Q.14 Does GOD'S WORD teach that what happens at baptism causes men to rejoice?

"And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing." Acts 8:38-39

"And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately. And he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his house, having believed in God." Acts 16:33-34

Q.15 Does GOD'S WORD teach that even sinless Jesus in taking the sinner's place, had to be baptized to fulfil all righteousness?

"Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? But Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffereth him. And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water." Matt. 3:13-16

Q.16 Does GOD'S WORD teach that Jesus, who was given all authority, commanded baptism?

"And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matt. 28:18-19

Q.17 Does GOD'S WORD teach that the apostles of Jesus commanded men to be baptized?

"And he (Peter) commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ." Acts 10:48

Q.18 Does GOD'S WORD teach that we reject the counsel of God when we refuse to have ourselves baptized?

"But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected for themselves the counsel of God, being not baptized of him." Luke 7:30

Q.19 Does GOD'S WORD teach that baptism is the answer of a good conscience toward God?

"The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." I Pet. 3:21 AV

Q.20 Does GOD'S WORD teach that baptism is the washing by which the Spirit regenerates and renews the repentant believer?

"Not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit..." Titus 3:5

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:5

Requirements of GOD'S WORD
Water - Acts 8:36YesYes
Much water - John 3:23YesNo
A going into the water - Acts 8:36YesNo
A going down into the water - Acts 8:38YesNo
Both the baptizer and the one to be baptized
going down into the water - Acts 8:38-39
A burial - Rom. 6:4YesNo
A planting - Rom. 6:4 AVYesNo
A resurrection - Col. 2:12YesNo
A birth - John 3:5-7YesNo
Body washed - Heb. 10:22YesNo
A coming up out of the water - Matt. 3:16, Acts 8:39YesNo

Q. Does GOD'S WORD teach that believing and repenting are always to preceed baptism?

"And he (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned." Mark 16:15-16

"And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38

"But when they (the Samaritans) believed Philip preaching good tidings ... they were baptized..." Acts 8:12

"And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? (And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.) And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him." Acts 8:36-38

"And he (the jailor) called for lights and sprang in, and, trembling for fear, fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house. And they spake the word of the Lord unto him, with all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately. And he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his house, having believed in God." Acts 16:29-34

Q. Where in GOD'S WORD do we find one example of a person who was baptized before he believed and repented?

Q. Does GOD'S WORD teach that households heard the WORD, believed, were baptized, and rejoiced because they were saved?

"And brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house. And they spake the word of the Lord unto him, with all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately. And he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his house, having believed in God." Acts 16:30-34

"And Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized." Acts 18:8

Q. Since babies today cannot hear, believe, and rejoice, what proof do we have from GOD'S WORD that the babies in Philippi and Corinth could hear, believe, and rejoice?

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"And having found the disciples, we tarried there (at Tyre) seven days ... And when it came to pass that we had accomplished the days, we departed and went on our journey; and they all, with wives and children, brought us on our way till we were out of the city..." Acts 21:4-5

"They therefore that were scattered abroad, went about preaching the word. And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ. And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did ... But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Acts 8:4-6, 12

Q. Why did Luke the inspired writer mention "children" at such an unimportant event as when the Christians at Tyre brought Paul on his way, but did not mention "children" when the people in the city of Samaria heard the gospel, believed and were baptized?

Q. If small children were baptized in Samaria, why did he not refer to them with the "men and women" in Acts 8:12?

Q. According to GOD'S WORD, who only are those added to the Lord?

"And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women..." Acts 5:14

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Q. Since Matt. 28:18 teaches that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, where in GOD'S WORD do we find His command to us to sprinkle babies?

Q. From GOD'S WORD, can you give the names of some apostles and others who sprinkled babies?

Q. From GOD'S WORD, can you give the names of some babies who were sprinkled?

Q. Where in GOD'S WORD is baptism ever called a "sign and seal"?

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Q. According to GOD'S WORD, how many baptisms do we have in this present gospel age?

"There is... one baptism." Eph 4:4-5

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"Learn not to go beyond the things which are written." I Cor. 4:6

"Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son." II John 9

"Jesus... said
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my sayings, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I spake, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:44, 48

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Bible Reading for August 27 - 29 by Gary Rose


Bible Reading for August 27 - 29

World  English  Bible


Aug. 27

Psalms 7-10

Psa 7:1 Yahweh, my God, I take refuge in you. Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me,

Psa 7:2 lest they tear apart my soul like a lion, ripping it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

Psa 7:3 Yahweh, my God, if I have done this, if there is iniquity in my hands,

Psa 7:4 if I have rewarded evil to him who was at peace with me (yes, if I have delivered him who without cause was my adversary),

Psa 7:5 let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it; yes, let him tread my life down to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah.

Psa 7:6 Arise, Yahweh, in your anger. Lift up yourself against the rage of my adversaries. Awake for me. You have commanded judgment.

Psa 7:7 Let the congregation of the peoples surround you. Rule over them on high.

Psa 7:8 Yahweh administers judgment to the peoples. Judge me, Yahweh, according to my righteousness, and to my integrity that is in me.

Psa 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; their minds and hearts are searched by the righteous God.

Psa 7:10 My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.

Psa 7:11 God is a righteous judge, yes, a God who has indignation every day.

Psa 7:12 If a man doesn't relent, he will sharpen his sword; he has bent and strung his bow.

Psa 7:13 He has also prepared for himself the instruments of death. He makes ready his flaming arrows.

Psa 7:14 Behold, he travails with iniquity. Yes, he has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

Psa 7:15 He has dug a hole, and has fallen into the pit which he made.

Psa 7:16 The trouble he causes shall return to his own head. His violence shall come down on the crown of his own head.

Psa 7:17 I will give thanks to Yahweh according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of Yahweh Most High.

Psa 8:1 Yahweh, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth, who has set your glory above the heavens!

Psa 8:2 From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger.

Psa 8:3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;

Psa 8:4 what is man, that you think of him? What is the son of man, that you care for him?

Psa 8:5 For you have made him a little lower than God, and crowned him with glory and honor.

Psa 8:6 You make him ruler over the works of your hands. You have put all things under his feet:

Psa 8:7 All sheep and cattle, yes, and the animals of the field,

Psa 8:8 The birds of the sky, the fish of the sea, and whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

Psa 8:9 Yahweh, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psa 9:1 I will give thanks to Yahweh with my whole heart. I will tell of all your marvelous works.

Psa 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in you. I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Psa 9:3 When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish in your presence.

Psa 9:4 For you have maintained my just cause. You sit on the throne judging righteously.

Psa 9:5 You have rebuked the nations. You have destroyed the wicked. You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

Psa 9:6 The enemy is overtaken by endless ruin. The very memory of the cities which you have overthrown has perished.

Psa 9:7 But Yahweh reigns forever. He has prepared his throne for judgment.

Psa 9:8 He will judge the world in righteousness. He will administer judgment to the peoples in uprightness.

Psa 9:9 Yahweh will also be a high tower for the oppressed; a high tower in times of trouble.

Psa 9:10 Those who know your name will put their trust in you, for you, Yahweh, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Psa 9:11 Sing praises to Yahweh, who dwells in Zion, and declare among the people what he has done.

Psa 9:12 For he who avenges blood remembers them. He doesn't forget the cry of the afflicted.

Psa 9:13 Have mercy on me, Yahweh. See my affliction by those who hate me, and lift me up from the gates of death;

Psa 9:14 that I may show forth all your praise. In the gates of the daughter of Zion, I will rejoice in your salvation.

Psa 9:15 The nations have sunk down in the pit that they made. In the net which they hid, their own foot is taken.

Psa 9:16 Yahweh has made himself known. He has executed judgment. The wicked is snared by the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah.

Psa 9:17 The wicked shall be turned back to Sheol, even all the nations that forget God.

Psa 9:18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor perish forever.

Psa 9:19 Arise, Yahweh! Don't let man prevail. Let the nations be judged in your sight.

Psa 9:20 Put them in fear, Yahweh. Let the nations know that they are only men. Selah.

Psa 10:1 Why do you stand far off, Yahweh? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

Psa 10:2 In arrogance, the wicked hunt down the weak. They are caught in the schemes that they devise.

Psa 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's cravings. He blesses the greedy, and condemns Yahweh.

Psa 10:4 The wicked, in the pride of his face, has no room in his thoughts for God.

Psa 10:5 His ways are prosperous at all times. He is haughty, and your laws are far from his sight. As for all his adversaries, he sneers at them.

Psa 10:6 He says in his heart, "I shall not be shaken. For generations I shall have no trouble."

Psa 10:7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression. Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.

Psa 10:8 He lies in wait near the villages. From ambushes, he murders the innocent. His eyes are secretly set against the helpless.

Psa 10:9 He lurks in secret as a lion in his ambush. He lies in wait to catch the helpless. He catches the helpless, when he draws him in his net.

Psa 10:10 The helpless are crushed. They collapse. They fall under his strength.

Psa 10:11 He says in his heart, "God has forgotten. He hides his face. He will never see it."

Psa 10:12 Arise, Yahweh! God, lift up your hand! Don't forget the helpless.

Psa 10:13 Why does the wicked person condemn God, and say in his heart, "God won't call me into account?"

Psa 10:14 But you do see trouble and grief. You consider it to take it into your hand. You help the victim and the fatherless.

Psa 10:15 Break the arm of the wicked. As for the evil man, seek out his wickedness until you find none.

Psa 10:16 Yahweh is King forever and ever! The nations will perish out of his land.

Psa 10:17 Yahweh, you have heard the desire of the humble. You will prepare their heart. You will cause your ear to hear,

Psa 10:18 to judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that man who is of the earth may terrify no more. 


Aug. 28

Psalm 11-15

Psa 11:1 In Yahweh, I take refuge. How can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain!"

Psa 11:2 For, behold, the wicked bend their bows. They set their arrows on the strings, that they may shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.

Psa 11:3 If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Psa 11:4 Yahweh is in his holy temple. Yahweh is on his throne in heaven. His eyes observe. His eyes examine the children of men.

Psa 11:5 Yahweh examines the righteous, but the wicked and him who loves violence his soul hates.

Psa 11:6 On the wicked he will rain blazing coals; fire, sulfur, and scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

Psa 11:7 For Yahweh is righteous. He loves righteousness. The upright shall see his face.

Psa 12:1 Help, Yahweh; for the godly man ceases. For the faithful fail from among the children of men.

Psa 12:2 Everyone lies to his neighbor. They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart.

Psa 12:3 May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts,

Psa 12:4 who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail. Our lips are our own. Who is lord over us?"

Psa 12:5 "Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise," says Yahweh; "I will set him in safety from those who malign him."

Psa 12:6 The words of Yahweh are flawless words, as silver refined in a clay furnace, purified seven times.

Psa 12:7 You will keep them, Yahweh. You will preserve them from this generation forever.

Psa 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when what is vile is exalted among the sons of men.

Psa 13:1 How long, Yahweh? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

Psa 13:2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart every day? How long shall my enemy triumph over me?

Psa 13:3 Behold, and answer me, Yahweh, my God. Give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;

Psa 13:4 Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed against him;" Lest my adversaries rejoice when I fall.

Psa 13:5 But I trust in your loving kindness. My heart rejoices in your salvation.

Psa 13:6 I will sing to Yahweh, because he has been good to me.

Psa 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt. They have done abominable works. There is none who does good.

Psa 14:2 Yahweh looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any who did understand, who did seek after God.

Psa 14:3 They have all gone aside. They have together become corrupt. There is none who does good, no, not one.

Psa 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and don't call on Yahweh?

Psa 14:5 There they were in great fear, for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Psa 14:6 You frustrate the plan of the poor, because Yahweh is his refuge.

Psa 14:7 Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When Yahweh restores the fortunes of his people, then Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Psa 15:1 Yahweh, who shall dwell in your sanctuary? Who shall live on your holy hill?

Psa 15:2 He who walks blamelessly does what is right, and speaks truth in his heart;

Psa 15:3 He who doesn't slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor casts slurs against his fellow man;

Psa 15:4 In whose eyes a vile man is despised, but who honors those who fear Yahweh; he who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and doesn't change;

Psa 15:5 he who doesn't lend out his money for usury, nor take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be shaken. 


Aug. 29

Psalm 16-19

Psa 16:1 Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge.

Psa 16:2 My soul, you have said to Yahweh, "You are my Lord. Apart from you I have no good thing."

Psa 16:3 As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.

Psa 16:4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who give gifts to another god. Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, nor take their names on my lips.

Psa 16:5 Yahweh assigned my portion and my cup. You made my lot secure.

Psa 16:6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places. Yes, I have a good inheritance.

Psa 16:7 I will bless Yahweh, who has given me counsel. Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.

Psa 16:8 I have set Yahweh always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Psa 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices. My body shall also dwell in safety.

Psa 16:10 For you will not leave my soul in Sheol, neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.

Psa 16:11 You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy. In your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Psa 17:1 Hear, Yahweh, my righteous plea; Give ear to my prayer, that doesn't go out of deceitful lips.

Psa 17:2 Let my sentence come forth from your presence. Let your eyes look on equity.

Psa 17:3 You have proved my heart. You have visited me in the night. You have tried me, and found nothing. I have resolved that my mouth shall not disobey.

Psa 17:4 As for the works of men, by the word of your lips, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.

Psa 17:5 My steps have held fast to your paths. My feet have not slipped.

Psa 17:6 I have called on you, for you will answer me, God. Turn your ear to me. Hear my speech.

Psa 17:7 Show your marvelous loving kindness, you who save those who take refuge by your right hand from their enemies.

Psa 17:8 Keep me as the apple of your eye. Hide me under the shadow of your wings,

Psa 17:9 from the wicked who oppress me, my deadly enemies, who surround me.

Psa 17:10 They close up their callous hearts. With their mouth they speak proudly.

Psa 17:11 They have now surrounded us in our steps. They set their eyes to cast us down to the earth.

Psa 17:12 He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey, as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

Psa 17:13 Arise, Yahweh, confront him. Cast him down. Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword;

Psa 17:14 from men by your hand, Yahweh, from men of the world, whose portion is in this life. You fill the belly of your cherished ones. Your sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children.

Psa 17:15 As for me, I shall see your face in righteousness. I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with seeing your form.

Psa 18:1 By David the servant of Yahweh, who spoke to Yahweh the words of this song in the day that Yahweh delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said,>> I love you, Yahweh, my strength.

Psa 18:2 Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.

Psa 18:3 I call on Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised; and I am saved from my enemies.

Psa 18:4 The cords of death surrounded me. The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

Psa 18:5 The cords of Sheol were around me. The snares of death came on me.

Psa 18:6 In my distress I called on Yahweh, and cried to my God. He heard my voice out of his temple. My cry before him came into his ears.

Psa 18:7 Then the earth shook and trembled. The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken, because he was angry.

Psa 18:8 Smoke went out of his nostrils. Consuming fire came out of his mouth. Coals were kindled by it.

Psa 18:9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down. Thick darkness was under his feet.

Psa 18:10 He rode on a cherub, and flew. Yes, he soared on the wings of the wind.

Psa 18:11 He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion around him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Psa 18:12 At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, hailstones and coals of fire.

Psa 18:13 Yahweh also thundered in the sky. The Most High uttered his voice: hailstones and coals of fire.

Psa 18:14 He sent out his arrows, and scattered them; Yes, great lightning bolts, and routed them.

Psa 18:15 Then the channels of waters appeared. The foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, Yahweh, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

Psa 18:16 He sent from on high. He took me. He drew me out of many waters.

Psa 18:17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me.

Psa 18:18 They came on me in the day of my calamity, but Yahweh was my support.

Psa 18:19 He brought me forth also into a large place. He delivered me, because he delighted in me.

Psa 18:20 Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness. According to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me.

Psa 18:21 For I have kept the ways of Yahweh, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Psa 18:22 For all his ordinances were before me. I didn't put away his statutes from me.

Psa 18:23 I was also blameless with him. I kept myself from my iniquity.

Psa 18:24 Therefore Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

Psa 18:25 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful. With the perfect man, you will show yourself perfect.

Psa 18:26 With the pure, you will show yourself pure. With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd.

Psa 18:27 For you will save the afflicted people, but the haughty eyes you will bring down.

Psa 18:28 For you will light my lamp, Yahweh. My God will light up my darkness.

Psa 18:29 For by you, I advance through a troop. By my God, I leap over a wall.

Psa 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect. The word of Yahweh is tried. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.

Psa 18:31 For who is God, except Yahweh? Who is a rock, besides our God,

Psa 18:32 the God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect?

Psa 18:33 He makes my feet like deer's feet, and sets me on my high places.

Psa 18:34 He teaches my hands to war, so that my arms bend a bow of bronze.

Psa 18:35 You have also given me the shield of your salvation. Your right hand sustains me. Your gentleness has made me great.

Psa 18:36 You have enlarged my steps under me, My feet have not slipped.

Psa 18:37 I will pursue my enemies, and overtake them. Neither will I turn again until they are consumed.

Psa 18:38 I will strike them through, so that they will not be able to rise. They shall fall under my feet.

Psa 18:39 For you have girded me with strength to the battle. You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

Psa 18:40 You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me, that I might cut off those who hate me.

Psa 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save; even to Yahweh, but he didn't answer them.

Psa 18:42 Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind. I cast them out as the mire of the streets.

Psa 18:43 You have delivered me from the strivings of the people. You have made me the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Psa 18:44 As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me. The foreigners shall submit themselves to me.

Psa 18:45 The foreigners shall fade away, and shall come trembling out of their close places.

Psa 18:46 Yahweh lives; and blessed be my rock. Exalted be the God of my salvation,

Psa 18:47 even the God who executes vengeance for me, and subdues peoples under me.

Psa 18:48 He rescues me from my enemies. Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me. You deliver me from the violent man.

Psa 18:49 Therefore I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations, and will sing praises to your name.

Psa 18:50 He gives great deliverance to his king, and shows loving kindness to his anointed, to David and to his seed, forevermore.

Psa 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork.

Psa 19:2 Day after day they pour forth speech, and night after night they display knowledge.

Psa 19:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Psa 19:4 Their voice has gone out through all the earth, their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,

Psa 19:5 which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a strong man rejoicing to run his course.

Psa 19:6 His going forth is from the end of the heavens, his circuit to its ends; There is nothing hidden from its heat.

Psa 19:7 Yahweh's law is perfect, restoring the soul. Yahweh's testimony is sure, making wise the simple.

Psa 19:8 Yahweh's precepts are right, rejoicing the heart. Yahweh's commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Psa 19:9 The fear of Yahweh is clean, enduring forever. Yahweh's ordinances are true, and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the extract of the honeycomb.

Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned. In keeping them there is great reward.

Psa 19:12 Who can discern his errors? Forgive me from hidden errors.

Psa 19:13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins. Let them not have dominion over me. Then I will be upright. I will be blameless and innocent of great transgression.

Psa 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Yahweh, my rock, and my redeemer. 


Aug. 27

Romans 8

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don't walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.

Rom 8:3 For what the law couldn't do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh;

Rom 8:4 that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Rom 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace;

Rom 8:7 because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God's law, neither indeed can it be.

Rom 8:8 Those who are in the flesh can't please God.

Rom 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn't have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his.

Rom 8:10 If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Rom 8:12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

Rom 8:13 For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.

Rom 8:15 For you didn't receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!"

Rom 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God;

Rom 8:17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.

Rom 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us.

Rom 8:19 For the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

Rom 8:20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope

Rom 8:21 that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.

Rom 8:23 Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body.

Rom 8:24 For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees?

Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that which we don't see, we wait for it with patience.

Rom 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don't know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can't be uttered.

Rom 8:27 He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit's mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God.

Rom 8:28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.

Rom 8:29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Rom 8:30 Whom he predestined, those he also called. Whom he called, those he also justified. Whom he justified, those he also glorified.

Rom 8:31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Rom 8:32 He who didn't spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things?

Rom 8:33 Who could bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who justifies.

Rom 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:36 Even as it is written, "For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter."

Rom 8:37 No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

Rom 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 


Aug. 28

Romans 9

Rom 9:1 I tell the truth in Christ. I am not lying, my conscience testifying with me in the Holy Spirit,

Rom 9:2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart.

Rom 9:3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers' sake, my relatives according to the flesh,

Rom 9:4 who are Israelites; whose is the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service, and the promises;

Rom 9:5 of whom are the fathers, and from whom is Christ as concerning the flesh, who is over all, God, blessed forever. Amen.

Rom 9:6 But it is not as though the word of God has come to nothing. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel.

Rom 9:7 Neither, because they are Abraham's seed, are they all children. But, "In Isaac will your seed be called."

Rom 9:8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as a seed.

Rom 9:9 For this is a word of promise, "At the appointed time I will come, and Sarah will have a son.

Rom 9:10 Not only so, but Rebecca also conceived by one, by our father Isaac.

Rom 9:11 For being not yet born, neither having done anything good or bad, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him who calls,

Rom 9:12 it was said to her, "The elder will serve the younger."

Rom 9:13 Even as it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."

Rom 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? May it never be!

Rom 9:15 For he said to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy.

Rom 9:17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I caused you to be raised up, that I might show in you my power, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."

Rom 9:18 So then, he has mercy on whom he desires, and he hardens whom he desires.

Rom 9:19 You will say then to me, "Why does he still find fault? For who withstands his will?"

Rom 9:20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed ask him who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?"

Rom 9:21 Or hasn't the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor?

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath made for destruction,

Rom 9:23 and that he might make known the riches of his glory on vessels of mercy, which he prepared beforehand for glory,

Rom 9:24 us, whom he also called, not from the Jews only, but also from the Gentiles?

Rom 9:25 As he says also in Hosea, "I will call them 'my people,' which were not my people; and her 'beloved,' who was not beloved."

Rom 9:26 "It will be that in the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' There they will be called 'children of the living God.' "

Rom 9:27 Isaiah cries concerning Israel, "If the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant who will be saved;

Rom 9:28 for He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness, because the LORD will make a short work upon the earth."

Rom 9:29 As Isaiah has said before, "Unless the Lord of Armies had left us a seed, we would have become like Sodom, and would have been made like Gomorrah."

Rom 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, who didn't follow after righteousness, attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith;

Rom 9:31 but Israel, following after a law of righteousness, didn't arrive at the law of righteousness.

Rom 9:32 Why? Because they didn't seek it by faith, but as it were by works of the law. They stumbled over the stumbling stone;

Rom 9:33 even as it is written, "Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and a rock of offense; and no one who believes in him will be disappointed." 


Aug. 29

Romans 10

Rom 10:1 Brothers, my heart's desire and my prayer to God is for Israel, that they may be saved.

Rom 10:2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

Rom 10:3 For being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they didn't subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the fulfillment of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Rom 10:5 For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, "The one who does them will live by them."

Rom 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith says this, "Don't say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' (that is, to bring Christ down);

Rom 10:7 or, 'Who will descend into the abyss?' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.)"

Rom 10:8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart;" that is, the word of faith, which we preach:

Rom 10:9 that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Rom 10:10 For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Rom 10:11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed."

Rom 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich to all who call on him.

Rom 10:13 For, "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Rom 10:14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? How will they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15 And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Good News of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!"

Rom 10:16 But they didn't all listen to the glad news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?"

Rom 10:17 So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Rom 10:18 But I say, didn't they hear? Yes, most certainly, "Their sound went out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."

Rom 10:19 But I ask, didn't Israel know? First Moses says, "I will provoke you to jealousy with that which is no nation, with a nation void of understanding I will make you angry."

Rom 10:20 Isaiah is very bold, and says, "I was found by those who didn't seek me. I was revealed to those who didn't ask for me."

Rom 10:21 But as to Israel he says, "All day long I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people."