Day 21

Readings:

  • Philippians 2:12-18
  • Mark 6:45-52
  • Psalm 97
  • Proverbs 12:13-28

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Philippians 2:12-18

Lights in the World

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

Mark 6:45-52

Jesus Walks on the Water

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Psalm 97

The Lord Reigns

The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;
        let the many coastlands be glad!
2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
        righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3 Fire goes before him
        and burns up his adversaries all around.
4 His lightnings light up the world;
        the earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
        before the Lord of all the earth.

6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
        and all the peoples see his glory.
7 All worshipers of images are put to shame,
        who make their boast in worthless idols;
        worship him, all you gods!

8 Zion hears and is glad,
        and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
        because of your judgments, O LORD.
9 For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth;
        you are exalted far above all gods.

10 O you who love the LORD, hate evil!
        He preserves the lives of his saints;
        he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
        and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
        and give thanks to his holy name!

Proverbs 12:13-28

13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
        but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,
        and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
        but a wise man listens to advice.
16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,
        but the prudent ignores an insult.
17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,
        but a false witness utters deceit.
18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
        but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
        but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
        but those who plan peace have joy.
21 No ill befalls the righteous,
        but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
        but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
        but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
        while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
25 Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,
        but a good word makes him glad.
26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
        but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
        but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
28 In the path of righteousness is life,
        and in its pathway there is no death.
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