Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

April 1, 2020

Text taken from the
Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
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The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

Daniel 3:14-28

14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke and said unto them, "Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that ye do not serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? 15 Now if ye be ready so that at the time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made, it is well; but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?" 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not fear to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."

19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Therefore he spoke, and commanded that they should heat the furnace seven times more than it was wont to be heated. 20 And he commanded the most mighty men who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their breeches, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire slew those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 

24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste and spoke, and said unto his counselors, "Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said unto the king, "True, O king." 25 He answered and said, "Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. 

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spoke and said, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the Most High God, come forth and come hither." Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came forth from the midst of the fire. 27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counselors, being gathered together, saw these men upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was a hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed nor had the smell of fire passed onto them. 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke and said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent His angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god except their own God.

Three Holy Children 29-34

29 "Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God of our fathers, 
and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. 
30 And blessed is Thy glorious and holy name, 
and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. 
31 Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thine holy glory, 
and to be praised and glorified above all for ever. 
32 Blessed art Thou that beholdest the depths, and sittest upon the cherubims, 
and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. 
33 Blessed art Thou on the glorious throne of Thy Kingdom, 
and to be praised and glorified above all for ever. 
34 Blessed art Thou in the firmament of heaven, 
and above all to be praised and glorified for ever. 

Words of Worship - Luke 8:15

But that on the good ground are they that, in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it and bring forth fruit with patience.

John 8:31-42

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed in Him,

"If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed. 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man. How sayest thou, `Ye shall be made free'?" 34 Jesus answered them,

"Verily, verily I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever, but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed, but ye seek to kill Me, because My Word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with My Father, and ye do that which ye have seen with your father."

39 They answered and said unto Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said unto them,

"If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill Me, a Man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard from God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father."

Then they said to Him, "We are not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God." 42 Jesus said unto them,

"If God were your Father, ye would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me. 

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 7:1

A good name is better than precious ointment, 
and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Mark 4:25

For he that hath, to him shall be given; and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath." 

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