August 13 (Daily Scripture)

Second Day of the Fast of Assumption

I Corinthians 14:26-40
Mark 2:23-3:5

I Corinthians 14:26-40
[26] What then, brethren? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
[27] If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn; and let one interpret.
[28] But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silence in church and speak to himself and to God.
[29] Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.
[30] If a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first be silent.
[31] For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged;
[32] and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.
[33] For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,
[34] the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says.
[35] If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
[36] What! Did the word of God originate with you, or are you the only ones it has reached?
[37] If any one thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord.
[38] If any one does not recognize this, he is not recognized.
[39] So, my brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues;
[40] but all things should be done decently and in order.

Mark 2:23-3:5
[23] One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain.
[24] And the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?”
[25] And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him:
[26] how he entered the house of God, when Abi’athar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?”
[27] And he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath;
[28] so the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Chapter 3
[1] Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand.
[2] And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him.
[3] And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come here.”
[4] And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.
[5] And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

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August 12 (Daily Scripture)

First Day of the Fast of Assumption

I Corinthians 14:18-25
Mark 2:13-20

I Corinthians 14:18-25
[18] I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all;
[19] nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
[20] Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature.
[21] In the law it is written, “By men of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.”
[22] Thus, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.
[23] If, therefore, the whole church assembles and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?
[24] But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,
[25] the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

Mark 2:13-20
[13] He went out again beside the sea; and all the crowd gathered about him, and he taught them.
[14] And as he passed on, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
[15] And as he sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.
[16] And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
[17] And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
[18] Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
[19] And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
[20] The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.

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August 11 (Daily Scripture)

Third Sunday after Transfiguration,
Eve of the Fast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God

Isaiah 7:1-9
I Corinthians 13:11-14:5
Mark 2:1-12

Isaiah 7:1-9
[1] In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzzi’ah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remali’ah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but they could not conquer it.
[2] When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with E’phraim,” his heart and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.
[3] And the LORD said to Isaiah, “Go forth to meet Ahaz, you and She’ar-jash’ub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Fuller’s Field,
[4] and say to him, `Take heed, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remali’ah.
[5] Because Syria, with E’phraim and the son of Remali’ah, has devised evil against you, saying,
[6] “Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it for ourselves, and set up the son of Ta’be-el as king in the midst of it,”
[7] thus says the Lord GOD: It shall not stand,
and it shall not come to pass.
[8] For the head of Syria is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin.
(Within sixty-five years E’phraim will be broken to pieces so that it will no longer be a people.)
[9] And the head of E’phraim is Sama’ria,
and the head of Sama’ria is the son of Remali’ah.
If you will not believe,
surely you shall not be established.’”

I Corinthians 13:11-14:5
[11] When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
[12] For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.
[13] So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Chapter 14
[1] Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
[2] For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
[3] On the other hand, he who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
[4] He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
[5] Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in tongues, unless some one interprets, so that the church may be edified.

Mark 2:1-12
[1] And when he returned to Caper’na-um after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
[2] And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them.
[3] And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
[4] And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay.
[5] And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”
[6] Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
[7] “Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
[8] And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question thus in your hearts?
[9] Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, `Rise, take up your pallet and walk’?
[10] But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he said to the paralytic —
[11] “I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.”
[12] And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

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August 10 (Daily Scripture)

200 Bishops of the Holy Council of Ephesus (AD 341)

Ezekiel 3:16-19
II Timothy 1:6-14
Luke 10:16-20

Ezekiel 3:16-19
[16] And at the end of seven days, the word of the LORD came to me:
[17] “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.
[18] If I say to the wicked, `You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
[19] But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you will have saved your life.

II Timothy 1:6-14
[6] Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;
[7] for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
[8] Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God,
[9] who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago,
[10] and now has manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
[11] For this gospel I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,
[12] and therefore I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
[13] Follow the pattern of the sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus;
[14] guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

Luke 10:16-20
[16] “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
[17] The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”
[18] And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
[19] Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you.
[20] Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

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August 9 (Daily Scripture)

Fast Day

I Corinthians 5:9-6:10
Matthew 18:23-35

I Corinthians 5:9-6:10
[9] I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men;
[10] not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
[11] But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber — not even to eat with such a one.
[12] For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
[13] God judges those outside. “Drive out the wicked person from among you.”

Chapter 6
[1] When one of you has a grievance against a brother, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?
[2] Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
[3] Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, matters pertaining to this life!
[4] If then you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who are least esteemed by the church?
[5] I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no man among you wise enough to decide between members of the brotherhood,
[6] but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?
[7] To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
[8] But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren.
[9] Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts,
[10] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Matthew 18:23-35
[23] “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
[24] When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents;
[25] and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
[26] So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, `Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’
[27] And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
[28] But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, `Pay what you owe.’
[29] So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’
[30] He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
[31] When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.
[32] Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me;
[33] and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’
[34] And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.
[35] So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

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August 8 (Daily Scripture)

Sts. Adam, Abel, Seth, Enos, Enoch, Noah, Melchizadek, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Eleazar, Joshua, Samuel, Samson, Jephthah, Barak, Gideon, and other Patriarchs of the Old Testament

Genesis 4:1-8
Genesis 5:3-11
Genesis 5:23-24
Genesis 5:32
Genesis 9:28-29
Genesis 14:14-20
Genesis 25:7-11
Genesis 35:27-29
Genesis 49:32-50:13
Genesis 50:24-26
Numbers 20:23-29
Deuteronomy 34:5-12
Joshua 24:29-33
I Samuel 15:34-35
I Samuel 25:1
Hebrews 11:1-31
Luke 20:34-40

Genesis 4:1-8
[1] Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.”
[2] And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground.
[3] In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground,
[4] and Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,
[5] but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
[6] The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen?
[7] If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is couching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
[8] Cain said to Abel his brother, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him.

Genesis 5:3-11
[3] When Adam had lived a hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
[4] The days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years; and he had other sons and daughters.
[5] Thus all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.
[6] When Seth had lived a hundred and five years, he became the father of Enosh.
[7] Seth lived after the birth of Enosh eight hundred and seven years, and had other sons and daughters.
[8] Thus all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.
[9] When Enosh had lived ninety years, he became the father of Kenan.
[10] Enosh lived after the birth of Kenan eight hundred and fifteen years, and had other sons and daughters.
[11] Thus all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died.

Genesis 5:23-24
[23] Thus all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
[24] Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Genesis 5:32
[32] After Noah was five hundred years old, Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Genesis 9:28-29
[28] After the flood Noah lived three hundred and fifty years.
[29] All the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.

Genesis 14:14-20
[14] When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
[15] And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and routed them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.
[16] Then he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his goods, and the women and the people.
[17] After his return from the defeat of Ched-or-lao’mer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
[18] And Mel-chiz’edek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High.
[19] And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
maker of heaven and earth;
[20] and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

Genesis 25:7-11
[7] These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life, a hundred and seventy-five years.
[8] Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.
[9] Isaac and Ish’mael his sons buried him in the cave of Mach-pe’lah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre,
[10] the field which Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife.
[11] After the death of Abraham God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac dwelt at Beer-la’hai-roi.

Genesis 35:27-29
[27] And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kir’iath-ar’ba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.
[28] Now the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years.
[29] And Isaac breathed his last; and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days; and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

Genesis 49:32-50:13
[32] the field and the cave that is in it were purchased from the Hittites.”
[33] When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed, and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

Chapter 50
[1] Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him, and kissed him.
[2] And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel;
[3] forty days were required for it, for so many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.
[4] And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
[5] My father made me swear, saying, `I am about to die: in my tomb which I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me.’ Now therefore let me go up, I pray you, and bury my father; then I will return.”
[6] And Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.”
[7] So Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
[8] as well as all the household of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s household; only their children, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen.
[9] And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen; it was a very great company.
[10] When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and sorrowful lamentation; and he made a mourning for his father seven days.
[11] When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians.” Therefore the place was named A’bel-mizraim; it is beyond the Jordan.
[12] Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them;
[13] for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field at Mach-pe’lah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite, to possess as a burying place.

Genesis 50:24-26
[24] And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die; but God will visit you, and bring you up out of this land to the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
[25] Then Joseph took an oath of the sons of Israel, saying, “God will visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.”
[26] So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

Numbers 20:23-29
[23] And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor, on the border of the land of Edom,
[24] “Aaron shall be gathered to his people; for he shall not enter the land which I have given to the people of Israel, because you rebelled against my command at the waters of Mer’ibah.
[25] Take Aaron and Elea’zar his son, and bring them up to Mount Hor;
[26] and strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Elea’zar his son; and Aaron shall be gathered to his people, and shall die there.”
[27] Moses did as the LORD commanded; and they went up Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.
[28] And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Elea’zar his son; and Aaron died there on the top of the mountain. Then Moses and Elea’zar came down from the mountain.
[29] And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.

Deuteronomy 34:5-12
[5] So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD,
[6] and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-pe’or; but no man knows the place of his burial to this day.
[7] Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
[8] And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
[9]
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands upon him; so the people of Israel obeyed him, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.
[10] And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,
[11] none like him for all the signs and the wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land,
[12] and for all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel.

Joshua 24:29-33
[29] After these things Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being a hundred and ten years old.
[30] And they buried him in his own inheritance at Tim’nath-se’rah, which is in the hill country of E’phraim, north of the mountain of Ga’ash.
[31] And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work which the LORD did for Israel.
[32] The bones of Joseph which the people of Israel brought up from Egypt were buried at Shechem, in the portion of ground which Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money; it became an inheritance of the descendants of Joseph.
[33] And Elea’zar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him at Gib’e-ah, the town of Phin’ehas his son, which had been given him in the hill country of E’phraim.

I Samuel 15:34-35
[34] Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gib’e-ah of Saul.
[35] And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

I Samuel 25:1
[1] Now Samuel died; and all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran.

Hebrews 11:1-31
[1] Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
[2] For by it the men of old received divine approval.
[3] By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.
[4] By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he received approval as righteous, God bearing witness by accepting his gifts; he died, but through his faith he is still speaking.
[5] By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was attested as having pleased God.
[6] And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
[7] By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith.
[8] By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
[9] By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
[10] For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
[11] By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
[12] Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
[13] These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
[14] For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
[15] If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.
[16] But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
[17] By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son,
[18] of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your descendants be named.”
[19] He considered that God was able to raise men even from the dead; hence, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
[20] By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau.
[21] By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.
[22] By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his burial.
[23] By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
[24] By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
[25] choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
[26] He considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward.
[27] By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king; for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
[28] By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the first-born might not touch them.
[29] By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land; but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.
[30] By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
[31] By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given friendly welcome to the spies.

Luke 20:34-40
[34] And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage;
[35] but those who are accounted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage,
[36] for they cannot die any more, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
[37] But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.
[38] Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to him.”
[39] And some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.”
[40] For they no longer dared to ask him any question.

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August 7 (Daily Scripture)

Fast Day

I Corinthians 2:12-3:10
Matthew 18:15-22

I Corinthians 2:12-3:10
[12] Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.
[13] And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit.
[14] The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
[15] The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
[16] “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Chapter 3
[1] But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ.
[2] I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready,
[3] for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving like ordinary men?
[4] For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apol’los,” are you not merely men?
[5] What then is Apol’los? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.
[6] I planted, Apol’los watered, but God gave the growth.
[7] So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
[8] He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor.
[9] For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
[10] According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it.

Matthew 18:15-22
[15] “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
[16] But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
[17] If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
[18] Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
[19] Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
[20] For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
[21] Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”
[22] Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

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