Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

August 14, 2021

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

Joshua 24:14-29

14 "Now therefore, fear the LORD, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river and in Egypt, and serve ye the LORD. 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land ye dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

16 And the people answered and said, "God forbid that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; 17 for the LORD our God, He it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went and among all the people through whom we passed. 18 And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, even the Amorites who dwelt in the land. Therefore will we also serve the LORD, for He is our God."

19 And Joshua said unto the people, "Ye cannot serve the LORD, for He is a holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins: 20 if ye forsake the LORD and serve strange gods, then He will turn and do you hurt, and consume you after He hath done you good." 21 And the people said unto Joshua, "Nay; but we will serve the LORD." 22 And Joshua said unto the people, "Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen for yourselves the LORD to serve Him." And they said, "We are witnesses." 23 "Now therefore put away," said he, "the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel." 24 And the people said unto Joshua, "The LORD our God will we serve, and His voice will we obey."

25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God, and took a great stone and set it up there under an oak that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. 27 And Joshua said unto all the people, "Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us, for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which He spoke unto us. It shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God." 28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.

29 And it came to pass after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being a hundred and ten years old.

Psalm 16

1 Preserve me, O God,
for in Thee do I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD,
"Thou art my Lord; my goodness extendeth not to Thee,
3 but to the saints that are on the earth,
and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight."

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied,
that hasten after another god;
their drink offerings of blood will I not offer,
nor take up their names upon my lips.

5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup;
Thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the LORD who hath given me counsel;
my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

8 I have set the LORD always before me;
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoiceth;
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;
neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy;
at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Words of Worship - Matthew 11:25b

"I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Matthew 19:13-15

13 Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should put His hands on them and pray. And the disciples rebuked them, 14 but Jesus said,

"Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto Me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."

15 And He laid His hands on them and departed thence.

Words of Wisdom - Wisdom of Solomon 10:21

For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the tongues of those who cannot speak eloquent.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 18:9

And if thine eye cause thee to fall, pluck it out and cast it from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.

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