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Remember God’s Goodness

Psalm 106 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,     for his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,     or declare all his praise? 3 Blessed are they who observe justice,     who do righteousness at all times! 4 Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;     help me when you save them, 5 that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones,     that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,     that I may glory…

Hope in God

Psalm 42 1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,     so pants my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God,     for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food     day and night, while they say to me all the day long,     “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember,     as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng     and lead them in procession to the house of God with…

Great Is The Lord

Psalm 96 1 Sing to the Lord a new song;       Sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name;       Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. 3 Tell of His glory among the nations,       His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. 4 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;       He is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,       But the Lord made the heavens. 6 Splendor and…

A New Audience

Matthew 6:1-8; 16-18 Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand…

Love Your Enemies

Matthew 5:43-48 You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the…

The Parable of the Lost Son

Luke 15:11-32 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be…

Radical Responses

Matthew 5:33-42 Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or…

Pursuing Purity

Matthew 5:27-32 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it…

Beyond the Letter

Matthew 5:17-26 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them…

Salt and Light

Matthew 5:13-16 You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way,…