August 26 (Daily Scripture)

Fast Day

I Corinthians 15:58-16:11
Mark 4:10-20

I Corinthians 15:58-16:11
[58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Chapter 16
[1] Now concerning the contribution for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do.
[2] On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come.
[3] And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.
[4] If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.
[5] I will visit you after passing through Macedo’nia, for I intend to pass through Macedo’nia,
[6] and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may speed me on my journey, wherever I go.
[7] For I do not want to see you now just in passing; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.
[8] But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost,
[9] for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
[10] When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am.
[11] So let no one despise him. Speed him on his way in peace, that he may return to me; for I am expecting him with the brethren.

Mark 4:10-20
[10] And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables.
[11] And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables;
[12] so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven.”
[13] And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
[14] The sower sows the word.
[15] And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them.
[16] And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
[17] and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
[18] And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word,
[19] but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
[20] But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

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