READING OF THE DAY: 26 SEPTEMBER, 2016

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Foreword: Before I give today’s Reading, I would like to point out something…how many times I have heard people say “Why is God doing this to me!?!?” and “Why is God allowing this to happen to me?”…Well, the key to the answer lay in THIS READING…and to answer those very questions I say this: “What makes you think GOD is doing this to you?” …and ..”Ever think the OTHER guy is doing this to make your faith in God weaken??”….okay…’nuff said…on with the reading…ūüôā

 
One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and the LORD said to Satan, “Whence do you come?”

Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming the earth and patrolling it.”

And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job, and that there is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?”

But Satan answered the LORD and said, “Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?

Have you not surrounded him and his family and all that he has with your protection?

You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock are spread over the land.

But now put forth your hand and touch anything that he has, and surely he will blaspheme you to your face.”

And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand upon his person.”

So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

And so one day, while his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the asses grazing beside them, and the Sabeans carried them off in a raid.

They put the herdsmen to the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

While he was yet speaking, another came and said, “Lightning has fallen from heaven and struck the sheep and their shepherds and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

While he was yet speaking, another came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three columns, seized the camels, carried them off, and put those tending them to the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

While he was yet speaking, another came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother, when suddenly a great wind came across the desert and smote the four corners of the house.

It fell upon the young people and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

Then Job began to tear his cloak and cut off his hair.

He cast himself prostrate upon the ground, and said, “Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I go back again.

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!”

In all this Job did not sin, nor did he say anything disrespectful of God.” –¬†Book of Job 1:6-22.

READING OF THE DAY: 25 SEPTEMBER, 2016

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“Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day.

And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.

Dogs even used to come and lick his sores.

When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.

The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.

And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me.

Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’

Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.

Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’

He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.’

But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’

He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'” –¬†Luke 16:19-31.

READING OF THE DAY: 23 SEPTEMBER, 2016

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“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every thing under the heavens.

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build.

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embraces.

A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak.

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What advantage has the worker from his toil?

I have considered the task which God has appointed for men to be busied about.

He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men’s ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.” –¬†Ecclesiastes 3:1-11.

READING OF THE DAY: 22 SEPTEMBER, 2016

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“You turn man back to dust, saying, “Return, O children of men.”

For a thousand years in your sight are as yesterday, now that it is past, or as a watch of the night.

You make an end of them in their sleep; the next morning they are like the changing grass, which at dawn springs up anew, but by evening wilts and fades.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.

Return, O LORD!

How long?

Have pity on your servants!

Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.

Prosper the work of our hands for us!

Prosper the work of our hands!” –¬†Psalms 90(89):3-4.5-6.12-13.14.17bc.

READING OF THE DAY: 21 SEPTEMBER, 2016

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“As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.

He said to him, “Follow me.”

And he got up and followed him.

While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples.

The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.

Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’

I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” –¬†Matthew 9:9-13.

READING OF THE DAY: 20 SEPTEMBER, 2016

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“Like a stream is the king’s heart in the hand of the LORD; wherever it pleases him, he directs it.

All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes, but it is the LORD who proves hearts.

To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Haughty eyes and a proud heart– the tillage of the wicked is sin.

The plans of the diligent are sure of profit, but all rash haste leads certainly to poverty.

He who makes a fortune by a lying tongue is chasing a bubble over deadly snares.

The soul of the wicked man desires evil; his neighbour finds no pity in his eyes.

When the arrogant man is punished, the simple are the wiser; when the wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

The just man appraises the house of the wicked: there is one who brings down the wicked to ruin.

He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will himself also call and not be heard.” –¬†Proverbs 21:1-6.10-13.

READING OF THE DAY: 19 SEPTEMBER, 2016

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“Jesus said to the crowd : “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed ; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.

For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.

Take care, then, how you hear.

To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.” –¬†Luke 8:16-18.