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          Daily Word Scripture

Parables of the Kingdom

Matthew 13:1–11

John Calvin comments on today’s passage, reminding us that the lack of clarity in the parables is not due to the parables themselves. The problem is really the hearts of sinful people. “The word of God, in its own nature, is always bright, but its light is choked by the darkness of men.” Our own sin can stand in the way of understanding the Bible. If you would understand the Word of God, make sure that you are dealing with the sin in your life.

For further study:

Psalm 78:1–8

































































































































































      Today's Bible Reading

May 24th, 2018

ACTS 4:23-31(GNT)

Growing with God’s Word and Being Renewed by the Holy Spirit


Acts 4:23-31: Peter and John return to the other followers and report what the Council had said. The believers join together and pray for boldness to speak the Lord’s message. 


When they finished praying, the place where they were meeting was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to proclaim God’s message with boldness.



23As soon as Peter and John were set free, they returned to their group and told them what the chief priests and the elders had said.24 When the believers heard it, they all joined together in prayer to God: “Master and Creator of heaven, earth, and sea, and all that is in them!25 By means of the Holy Spirit you spoke through our ancestor David, your servant, when he said,

‘Why were the Gentiles furious;

why did people make their useless plots?

26The kings of the earth prepared themselves,

and the rulers met together

against the Lord and his Messiah.’

27 For indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together in this city with the Gentiles and the people of Israel against Jesus, your holy Servant, whom you made Messiah.28They gathered to do everything that you by your power and will had already decided would happen.29And now, Lord, take notice of the threats they have made, and allow us, your servants, to speak your message with all boldness.30Reach out your hand to heal, and grant that wonders and miracles may be performed through the name of your holy Servant Jesus.”

31When they finished praying, the place where they were meeting was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to proclaim God's message with boldness.


Describe the believers’ prayer (verses 24-30). What happened immediately after they prayed? Have you ever experienced the power of the Holy Spirit while praying? 


Almighty God, you are master and creator of heaven, earth, and sea and all that is in them. Empower me to speak your message with boldness. God of wonder and miracles, I pray in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.


Prayer warriors


Acts 6:1-15: Seven men are chosen to help the twelve apostles.




































































































































































































March 2, 2017

Matthew 4:12-25 (Good News Translation)

God’s Faithful Word of Prayer


Matthew 4:12-25: Jesus moves north to Capernaum and begins his public ministry in Galilee. He calls his first four disciples and travels throughout Galilee, teaching, preaching, and healing the sick.

Today's Scripture: Matthew 4:17

From that time Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!”

Today's Reading

Jesus Begins His Work in Galilee

(Mark 1.14,15; Luke 4.14,15)

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he went away to Galilee.13 He did not stay in Nazareth, but went to live in Capernaum, a town by Lake Galilee, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali.14This was done to make come true what the prophet Isaiah had said,

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,

on the road to the sea, on the other side of the Jordan,

Galilee, land of the Gentiles!

16The people who live in darkness

will see a great light.

On those who live in the dark land of death

the light will shine.”

17 From that time Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!”

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

(Mark 1.16-20; Luke 5.1-11)

18As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers who were fishermen, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew, catching fish in the lake with a net.19Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.”20At once they left their nets and went with him.

21He went on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat with their father Zebedee, getting their nets ready. Jesus called them,22and at once they left the boat and their father, and went with him.

Jesus Teaches, Preaches, and Heals

(Luke 6.17-19)

23 Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing people who had all kinds of disease and sickness.24The news about him spread through the whole country of Syria, so that people brought to him all those who were sick, suffering from all kinds of diseases and disorders: people with demons, and epileptics, and paralyzed people—and Jesus healed them all.25Large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Ten Towns, from Jerusalem, Judea, and the land on the other side of the Jordan.


What does Jesus’ message (verse 17) mean to you? What invitation did Jesus extend to Simon Peter and Andrew (verse 19)? In what ways does your community of faith invite and welcome people?


Lord Jesus, you have called me to follow you. Teach me to share the Good News and extend your Kingdom so that all may know of your love and salvation. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who serve on evangelism committees

Tomorrow's Reading

Matthew 6:1-18: Jesus teaches about giving, prayer, and fasting.

November 19, 2017


God’s Faithful Word of Praise and Thanksgiving


Psalm 81: This celebratory psalm recounts God’s deliverance of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt and concludes with an affirmation of God’s love and care for those who obey him.


Shout for joy to God our defender; sing praise to the God of Jacob!



1Shout for joy to God our defender;

sing praise to the God of Jacob!

2Start the music and beat the tambourines;

play pleasant music on the harps and the lyres.

3 Blow the trumpet for the festival,

when the moon is new and when the moon is full.

4This is the law in Israel,

an order from the God of Jacob.

5He gave it to the people of Israel

when he attacked the land of Egypt.

I hear an unknown voice saying,

6“I took the burdens off your backs;

I let you put down your loads of bricks.

7 When you were in trouble, you called to me, and I saved you.

From my hiding place in the storm, I answered you.

I put you to the test at the springs of Meribah.

8Listen, my people, to my warning;

Israel, how I wish you would listen to me!

9 You must never worship another god.

10I am the Lord your God,

who brought you out of Egypt.

Open your mouth, and I will feed you.

11“But my people would not listen to me;

Israel would not obey me.

12So I let them go their stubborn ways

and do whatever they wanted.

13How I wish my people would listen to me;

how I wish they would obey me!

14I would quickly defeat their enemies

and conquer all their foes.

15Those who hate me would bow in fear before me;

their punishment would last forever.

16But I would feed you with the finest wheat

and satisfy you with wild honey.”


This psalm, most likely written for a festival, would have been accompanied by music. What instruments are mentioned? What festivals are celebrated or commemorated in your community of faith? The psalm recalls how God delivered the Israelites from slavery (verses 6-10). What did God do? Verse 10 begins with the first words from Exodus 20:2, and verse 9 echoes Exodus 20:3. Why are these words important? What is promised to those who obey God?


I sing for joy, Lord God, because you are my defender and deliverer. I feast today on your Word and worship you. I praise your holy name. Amen.


Those planning worship celebrations within their communities of faith


Psalm 84: A psalm celebrating the joy of worship.

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