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Righteousness and Mercy 

Matthew 5:6–7

Our passion for righteousness and mercy is one way we can measure our fervor for the Lord. There are innumerable ways we can pursue both of these actions. Thus, we are unable to complain to God that there have been no opportunities today or any other day to follow Christ and show mercy. Find one way you can show mercy today, perhaps by extending forgiveness to someone who has wronged you or by giving time or resources to the poor.

For further study:

2 Samuel 22:26–29































































































      Today's Bible Reading

February 21st, 2018

JOSHUA 2:1-24(GNT)

Growing with God’s Word in Faith


Joshua 2:1-24: Joshua sends out two spies to explore the land of Canaan. In the city of Jericho they encounter Rahab, a woman who hides them from the king of Jericho and asks them to spare her household when the Israelites enter the land.


[Rahab said]: “The LORD your God is God in heaven above and here on earth.”



1 Then Joshua sent two spies from the camp at Acacia with orders to go and secretly explore the land of Canaan, especially the city of Jericho. When they came to the city, they went to spend the night in the house of a prostitute named Rahab.2The king of Jericho heard that some Israelites had come that night to spy out the country,3so he sent word to Rahab: “The men in your house have come to spy out the whole country! Bring them out!”

4-6“Some men did come to my house,” she answered, “but I don't know where they were from. They left at sundown before the city gate was closed. I didn't find out where they were going, but if you start after them quickly, you can catch them.” (Now Rahab had taken the two spies up on the roof and hidden them under some stalks of flax that she had put there.)7The king's men left the city, and then the gate was shut. They went looking for the Israelite spies as far as the place where the road crosses the Jordan.

8Before the spies settled down for the night, Rahab went up on the roof9and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land. Everyone in the country is terrified of you.10 We have heard how the Lord dried up the Red Sea in front of you when you were leaving Egypt. We have also heard how you killed Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan.11We were afraid as soon as we heard about it; we have all lost our courage because of you. The Lord your God is God in heaven above and here on earth.12Now swear by him that you will treat my family as kindly as I have treated you, and give me some sign that I can trust you.13Promise me that you will save my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families! Don't let us be killed!”

14The men said to her, “May God take our lives if we don't do as we say! If you do not tell anyone what we have been doing, we promise you that when the Lord gives us this land, we will treat you well.”

15Rahab lived in a house built into the city wall, so she let the men down from the window by a rope.16“Go into the hill country,” she said, “or the king's men will find you. Hide there for three days until they come back. After that, you can go on your way.”

17The men said to her, “We will keep the promise that you have made us give.18This is what you must do. When we invade your land, tie this red cord to the window you let us down from. Get your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father's family together in your house.19If anyone goes out of the house, his death will be his own fault, and we will not be responsible; but if anyone in the house with you is harmed, then we will be responsible.20However, if you tell anyone what we have been doing, then we will not have to keep our promise which you have made us give you.”21She agreed and sent them away. When they had gone, she tied the red cord to the window.

22The spies went into the hills and hid. The king's men looked for them all over the countryside for three days, but they did not find them, so they returned to Jericho.23Then the two spies came down from the hills, crossed the river, and went back to Joshua. They told him everything that had happened,24and then said, “We are sure that the Lord has given us the whole country. All the people there are terrified of us.”


How did Rahab hide the spies? What did she tell the king’s men? What does she ask of the Israelite spies? Based on today’s reading, how would you describe Rahab? What are your thoughts regarding the actions she took? What caused her to express her faith in the God of the Israelites? How do you express your faith in God?


Lord God of heaven and earth, I place my trust in you, knowing that I am always under your watchful eye and in your loving care. Amen.


New converts


Joshua 3:1-17: The Israelites cross the Jordan into Canaan.















































































































































































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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