Day 19

Readings:

  • Philippians 2:5-8
  • Mark 6:7-13
  • Psalm 95
  • Proverbs 11:18-31

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Philippians 2:5-8

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Mark 6:7-13

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

7 And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— 9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.

Psalm 95

Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
        let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
        let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the LORD is a great God,
        and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
        the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
        and his hands formed the dry land.

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
        let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
        and we are the people of his pasture,
        and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
8      do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
        as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
9 when your fathers put me to the test
        and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10 For forty years I loathed that generation
        and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
        and they have not known my ways.”
11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,
        “They shall not enter my rest.”

Proverbs 11:18-31

The wicked earns deceptive wages,
        but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
        but he who pursues evil will die.
20 Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD,
        but those of blameless ways are his delight.
21 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
        but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout
        is a beautiful woman without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
        the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
        another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
        and one who waters will himself be watered.
26 The people curse him who holds back grain,
        but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
        but evil comes to him who searches for it.
28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
        but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
        and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
        and whoever captures souls is wise.
31 If the righteous is repaid on earth,
        how much more the wicked and the sinner!
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