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Today's Verse of the Day is From Habakkuk 2:20
KJV Translation:
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

NKJV Translation:
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

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Prayer
By: Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Heavenly Father, as we all awake to your grace and mercy, I personally want to thank you. As your Internet ministry goes around the world touching the hearts, minds and souls; drawing, and bringing the lost to you through your Son Jesus, brings elated joy to the angelic hosts of heaven and also to this your bond servant as well!
Thank you for those that cannot get out of their places because of infirmities, but read and become spiritually enriched in their souls, giving them a stronger faith to keep their faith in you. On this day, all can have their church servies along with Sunday school Lesson right on their PC's Mac's or Android systems.
Again, thank you for the souls that are getting your Word through the jail and prison systems by this ministry which is converting even the murderers, rapist, robbers, burgular's and pedophiles. Hallelujah! Thank you Father, because it is not me that saves them, but JESUS! I'm just a ordain "chosen" servant that does your will.
In
Jesus' name. Amen.

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1 Samuel 16:7


King James Version

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

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August 3
Lesson 10
COMFORT IN TIMES OF TROUBLE

DEVOTIONAL READING: Psalm 46
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 1:3–11


2 CORINTHIANS 1:3–11

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
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KEY VERSE
Our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.—2 Corinthians 1:7


 THE PEOPLE OF GOD SET PRIORITIES

Unit 3: Bearing One Another’s Burdens
LESSONS 10–14


LESSON AIMS

After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to:
1. Describe the nature of the suffering and the consolation that Paul discusses.
2. Explain the relationships between suffering, comfort, and prayer in the life of the Christian.
3. Write a letter of encouragement to a missionary supported by his or her church, including a prayer of consolation similar to what Paul describes.


LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      Xtreme Christianity?
      B.      Lesson Background
          I.      Reality of God’s Comfort (2 CORINTHIANS 1:3–7)
      A.      Thanking the Father (vv. 3, 4)
      Blessed, and Blessing Others
      B.      Standing with Christ (vv. 5–7)
          II.      Reliance on God’s Strength (2 CORINTHIANS 1:8–11)
      A.      Burdened Heavily (v. 8)
      B.      Delivered Providentially (vv. 9, 10)
      Despairing of Life
      C.      Celebrating Thankfully (v. 11)
Conclusion
      A.      Power to Overcome Suffering
      B.      Prayer
      C.      Thought to Remember

HOW TO SAY IT

Corinth
Kor-inth.
Corinthians
Ko-rin-thee-unz (th as in thin).
Ephesus
Ef-uh-sus.
Macedonia
Mass-eh-doe-nee-uh.
Titus
Ty-tus.
Troas
Tro-az.


Weatherly, Jon et al. “Comfort in Times of Trouble.” The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2013–2014. Ed. Ronald L. Nickelson & Jonathan Underwood. Vol. 61. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2013. 413–414. Print.

*Lesson based on International Sunday School Lesson

Lesson

August 3, 2014 

Comfort in Times of Trouble

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. It is published in the July 20 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com.
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By Sam E. Stone 
Last month’s lessons were all based on Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth. This month we study his second letter to the Corinthians. Apparently the apostle wrote his second epistle around AD 55. Some of the false teachers in the church continued to misrepresent him, seeking to diminish his influence there. This letter responded to these attacks coming from a brazen minority in the church.
J. W. McGarvey said, “These . . . charges and innuendoes were so . . . gross in their nature . . . that, for the good of the cause, Paul felt impelled to write this defense. Being strongly emotional from end to end, it is in style the most difficult of all Paul’s Epistles, and it is also the least systematic.”

Reality of God’s Comfort2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Paul begins by calling for “grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (v. 2), a typical greeting in New Testament times. He offers praise to God, calling him the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. Just as the Lord knew what Paul was going through, so his love and understanding includes every believer.
Jesus himself described the Holy Spirit as “the Comforter” (John 14:16 and 16:7, King James Version). Paul urged all who were sorrowing and troubled to find strength in God. Whatever difficulties we may face, God’s comfort is adequate. The word comfort occurs four times in 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.
Paul testified that he himself had found God’s comfort through God’s people (2 Corinthians 7:6, 7). God works through Christians to provide comfort for those so desperately needing it. Just as Christians share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, likewise they share in receiving comfort from other believers as well as from God himselfOur comfort abounds through ChristThe church is to live as Jesus did, and its work is, in a sense, supplemental to his (Colossians 1:24; John 17:14).
“The apostle attributes to the Corinthians the same feelings of sorrow and grief over the estrangement he himself experienced, and also trusts that they now enjoy the same comfort from God (W. C. G. Proctor). For this reason the apostle declared, Our hope for you is firm. Sharing in suffering, they will also share in comfort.

Reliance on God’s Strength2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Paul takes care not to “sugarcoat” the difficulties he has faced. Although he does not list them here, it is evident that the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia were serious. Some are mentioned elsewhere in 2 Corinthians, and others can be learned from the book of Acts. Paul was forthright, not mincing words when he described how serious these challenges had been to him. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.
From his trials the apostle learned the same lesson that President Abraham Lincoln once described: “I have often been driven to my knees in prayer because I had nowhere else to go.” All of us will face adversity at times. How we react to it is the key.
Through the challenges that he faced, Paul became the person God wanted him to be (compare 2 Corinthians 11:23-29). He learned what the psalmist declared, “For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:8, 9).
Paul could see the results of his hardships: This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on GodIn writing to the church in Rome, he reminded them, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28).
Paul’s readers were also a part of the solution. You help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many, he assured the Christians of Corinth.
God still answers prayer for believers today, just as surely as he did for those in the first century. And he uses us to help comfort others in their time of trouble.
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*Lesson based on International Sunday School Lesson, © 2009, by the Lesson Committee. Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©2011, unless otherwise indicated.

Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary





SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 13
YEAR A

             Old Testament       Genesis 32:22–31
             Psalm       Psalm 17:1–7, 15 (UMH 749)
             New Testament       Romans 9:1–5
             Gospel       Matthew 14:13–21


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

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary





SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014 | TRINITY
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
On the same date: Joanna, Mary, and Salome, Myrrhbearers

             Old Testament       Genesis 2:7–17
             Psalm       Psalm 33:1–11
             Epistle       Romans 6:19–23
             Gospel       Mark 8:1–9


Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

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





SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 13
YEAR A

             Psalm       Psalm 78:1–29 or Psalm 78:14–20, 23–25
             First Reading       Nehemiah 9:16–20
             Second Reading       Romans 8:35–39
             Gospel       Matthew 14:13–21


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

Revised Common Lectionary





SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 13
YEAR A


  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 32:22–31
             Psalm       Psalm 17:1–7, 15
  or

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Isaiah 55:1–5
             Psalm       Psalm 145:8–9, 14–21

             New Testament       Romans 9:1–5
             Gospel       Matthew 14:13–21


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

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary





SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 13
YEAR A

             Old Testament       Genesis 32:22–31
             Psalm       Psalm 17:1–7, 15 (UMH 749)
             New Testament       Romans 9:1–5
             Gospel       Matthew 14:13–21


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

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014 | PENTECOST
PROPER 13
YEAR A
On the same date: Joanna, Mary, and Salome, Myrrhbearers

             Old Testament       Isaiah 55:1–5
             Psalm       Psalm 136:1–9 (23–26)
             Epistle       Romans 9:1–5 (6–13)
             Gospel       Matthew 14:13–21


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

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary





SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014 | TRINITY
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
On the same date: Joanna, Mary, and Salome, Myrrhbearers

             Old Testament       Genesis 2:7–17
             Psalm       Psalm 33:1–11
             Epistle       Romans 6:19–23
             Gospel       Mark 8:1–9


Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Revised Common Lectionary





SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 13
YEAR A


  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 32:22–31
             Psalm       Psalm 17:1–7, 15
  or

Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Isaiah 55:1–5
             Psalm       Psalm 145:8–9, 14–21


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

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional





August 3
The Art of Discipline

Isaiah 5:1–6:13; Luke 1:67–2:21; Job 2:1–10

Jesus didn’t die for us so that we could continue to sin—He sacrificed Himself so that we could have sinless lives. God is patient, but His patience does not last forever. We wouldn’t test His patience so often if we had not lost sight of the notion of discipline, a concept that is at the forefront in the OT.

In the book of Isaiah, God describes His people using the image of a vineyard:
“And now let me tell you what I myself am about to do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall become a devastation. I will break down its wall, and it shall become a trampling. And I will make it a wasteland; it shall not be pruned and hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thornbushes.… For the vineyard of Yahweh of hosts is the house of Israel, and the man of Judah is the plantation of his delight. And he [Yahweh] waited for justice, but look! Bloodshed! For righteousness, but look! A cry of distress!” (Isa 5:5–7).

The vineyard described in this passage is eventually restored through Christ, who creates a new vine and new branches. Yet the vineyard still requires the same level of care and discipline (John 15:1–17).

It’s tempting to justify our behaviors by arguing that it is impossible to not sin, but is this true? Jesus came to make it possible for us to live as God has always desired for us to live—this is one of the many things that makes His birth so glorious (Luke 2:14; compare Isa 6:3). While no one other than Jesus has been sinless, Christians are meant to be people who are freed from sin (Rom 6:1–14). Thus, it may be unlikely to live a sinless life, but it’s not impossible: “All things are possible for God (Phil 4:13).

Discipline is one way that God teaches us to become more like Him—as He intended us to be (Gen 1:26). God disciplines believers because He cares too much about His people to allow us to throw away all the grace and goodness He offers. If sin had no repercussions, we would live the lives we desire, not the lives we are meant to live. And if we don’t live the lives we’re meant to live, we miss out on God’s blessing and lose sight of the goals He has for us, leading others astray in the process. When we openly sin (without repenting), we discourage others from wanting to live in God’s likeness.

God has called us to do everything we can, with the Spirit’s empowerment, to live sinless lives. We must repent daily and move closer toward that goal. As we seek that goal, we have greater opportunities to live so that others may know and find Him. In the meantime, we should expect His discipline to help shape us to become more like Him.

How is God currently disciplining you? What are you learning from it?

JOHN D. BARRY


Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012. Print.