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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Your word, O Lord, is truth; consecrate us in the truth - Daily Bible Readings September 27,2015


1ST READING
 
Let us never try to manipulate the grace of God and the way He apportions it to us. Let us trust God’s wisdom as to how He apportions His gifts and blessings to His people. Let us always rejoice that He does so and share what we have received with others. The Gospel will be best served through our manifestation of all that He has given to us.
 
Numbers 11:25-29
25 The Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses, the Lord bestowed it on the seventy elders; and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied. 26 Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad, were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp. They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent; yet the spirit came to rest on them also, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 So, when a young man quickly told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp,” 28 Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses’ aide, said, “Moses, my lord, stop them.” 29 But Moses answered him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets! Would that the Lord might bestow his spirit on them all!”
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14
R: The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
7 [8] The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. (R) 9 [10] The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true, all of them just. (R) 11 [12]Though your servant is careful of them, very diligent in keeping them, 12 [13] yet who can detect failings? Cleanse me from my unknown faults! (R) 13 [14] From wanton sin especially, restrain your servant; let it not rule over me. Then shall I be blameless and innocent of serious sin. (R)
 
2nd READING
 
Wealth in this life can be comforting and enjoyable. Just make sure this does not distract you from what God wants you to do in your life. Wealth can be time consuming, especially when we focus on guarding, maintaining and caring for it so that we do not lose it. However, losing the world’s wealth is nothing compared to losing the gift of eternal life. Let us always keep our hearts fixed on Jesus.
James 5:1-6
Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries. Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire. You have stored up treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter. You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous one; he offers you no resistance.
 
GOSPEL
 
Our sins are a danger to our salvation in more ways than one. They are a direct danger in that it excludes us from receiving the grace of God. They are also an indirect danger in the sense spoken of in today’s Gospel. If we cause another to sin, then this will be held against us. This is a serious thing as shown by the image that Jesus uses — that of jumping into a lake, with a millstone tied around our necks, than to lead another to sin.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Your word, O Lord, is truth; consecrate us in the truth.
 
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
38 At that time, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him  because he does not follow us.” 39 Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward. 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, 48 where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’”
 
think: The Gospel will be best served through our manifestation of all that God has given to us.
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
Thank You Lord for: __________________
 
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God’s special verse/thought for me today_
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Proverbs 9-12
 
 SABBATH PAUSE
My weekly time with God
THANK YOU LIST
Things to be grateful for from the past week
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SPECIAL NEEDS
Things to ask God for in the coming week
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HIDDEN TREASURE
Most important word God told me this week
 
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