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Sunday, August 12: Ephesians 4:24-5:2 (New International Version)

 

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak
truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of
one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun
go down while you are still angry, and do not give the
devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must
steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful
with their own hands, that they may have something
to share with those in need.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up according to
their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do
not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were
sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness,
rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form
of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving
each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and
walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself
up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

 

Scriptures for August 13-19:

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 (New International Version)

hen David rested with his ancestors and was buried
in the City of David. He had reigned forty years over
Israel—seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in
Jerusalem. So Solomon sat on the throne of his father
David, and his rule was firmly established.

Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking
according to the instructions given him by his father
David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned
incense on the high places.

The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was
the most important high place, and Solomon offered a
thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord
appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and
God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to
your servant, my father David, because he was faithful
to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have
continued this great kindness to him and have given him
a son to sit on his throne this very day.

“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in
place of my father David. But I am only a little child and
do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is
here among the people you have chosen, a great people,
too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a
discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish
between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this
great people of yours?”

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God
said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long
life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of
your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,
I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and
discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone
like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you
what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that
in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you
walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands
as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”

 

Psalm 111 (New International Version)

Praise the Lord.

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,
    giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people;
    he ordained his covenant forever—
    holy and awesome is his name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise.

 

Ephesians 5:15-20 (New International Version)

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but
as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because
the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but
understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on on
wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with
the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns,
and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your
heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father
for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

John 6:51-58 (New International Version)

I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread
is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the
flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life
in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has
eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my
flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my
flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as
the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the
one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread
that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died,
but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 

 
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