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Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Ruth 1:16 KJV Translation: And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: NKJV Translation: And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you: for where you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I will lodge: your people shall be my people, and your God my God: Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

2014 | EPIPHANY
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

 Old TestamentIsaiah 55:10–13
   PsalmPsalm 1
 New Testament 2 Corinthians 11:19–12:9
 Gospel  Luke 8:4–15


Christian Worship One Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Prayer for Today

Prayer Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
May the Lord bless you this Lord's Day, first day of the Jewish and biblical calendar. Regardless of what you believe, praise and bless YHWH for this day. In Jesus name. Amen.

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014 | LENT
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR A

Old Testament Exodus 17:1–7
 Psalm Psalm 95
 New Testament   Romans 5:1–11
 Gospel John 4:5–42


Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

CONTROL YOUR SPEECH

February 23 Lesson 13 CONTROL YOUR SPEECH
DEVOTIONAL READING: Proverbs 18:2–13BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: James 3:1–12

JAMES 3:1–12


KEY VERSE "Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be."—James 3:10
JESUS AND THE JUST REIGN OF GOD
Unit 3: Live Justly in the Reign of God LESSONS 10–13

LESSON AIMS
After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to:
1. List some of the dangers James identifies with improper speech.
2. Compare and contrast today’s text with Ephesians 5:4.
3. Identify one speech pattern to bring under control and recruit an accountability partner to help do so.

Introduction
      A.      Free Speech or Costly Speech
      B.      Lesson Background
I.      Sober Calling (JAMES 3:1, 2)
      A.      The Caution (v. 1)
      B.      The Problem (v. 2)
  II.      Daunting Challenge (JAMES 3:3–5)
      A.      Horses and Bits (v. 3)
      B.      Ships and Rudders (v. 4)
      C.      Tongues and Fire (v. 5)
  III.      G…

Control Your Speech

Lesson for February 23, 2014 Control Your SpeechJames 3:1-12This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD.______
By Sam E. StoneIn today’s text, James returns to a subject introduced earlier in his letter—proper use of the tongue (seeJames 1:19, 26). He identifies himself as a fellow believer with his readers. When he warns that teachers will be judged more strictly, James does not mean just “official teachers” (apostles, prophets, and teachers, as in 1 Corinthians 12:28-31), but others as well. His warning includes all who are involved in any teaching.
ConsistencyJames 3:1, 2Those who teach occupy an honorable position in the church (Ephesians 4:11-13; Acts 13:1). James counts himself among them. Self-examination should begin with those who teach. If one never says the wrong thing, he is perfect. A person may not intend to sin, but that doesn’t excuse him. If one never says the wrong thing, that person can contr…

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014 | EPIPHANY
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR A

 Old Testament   Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18
Psalm Psalm 119:33–40 (UMH 840)
   New Testament 1 Corinthians 3:10–11, 16–23
   Gospel Matthew 5:38–48


Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014 | EPIPHANY
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
YEAR A

PsalmPsalm 71 or Psalm 71:16–24
             First Reading       Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18
             Second Reading       1 Corinthians 3:10–11, 16–23
Gospel Matthew 5:38–48


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014 | EPIPHANY
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR A
On the same date: Polycarp of Smyrna, Pastor and Martyr

Old TestamentLeviticus 19:1–2, 9–18
 Psalm Psalm 119:33–40
Epistle 1 Corinthians 3:10–23
 Gospel Matthew 5:38–48


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014 | EPIPHANY
SEVENTH  SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR A

Old Testament Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18
 Psalm  Psalm 119:33–40
   New Testament1 Corinthians 3:10–11, 16–23
Gospel   Matthew 5:38–48


Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

February 23
FreedomLeviticus 14John 8:31–59; Song of Solomon 7:1–4

“Even though I know it’s wrong, I sometimes think, ‘If I hadn't accepted Christ, I would have so much more freedom.’ And then I venture down that road and realize just how terrible it is. It takes me to a very dark place.”

This deep, heart-wrenching statement by a friend made me realize there are countless people who probably feel this way about Jesus. And what if, unlike my friend, they hadn't figured out the latter part of this statement? They were probably walking a road closer to legalism than the road Christ envisions for our lives. Or they could be so far from actually experiencing grace and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that they have yet to see how incredible a life lived for Jesus can be.
Jesus promises freedom: “Then Jesus said to those Jews who had believed him, ‘If you continue in my word you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ ” (John 8:31–32). Wh…