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Daily Scripture Reading for the
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(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

December 26, 2017

Text taken from the
Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
(New Authorized VersionTM NAVTM)

The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

Acts 6:8-15

8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 9 Then there arose certain from the synagogue which is called the Synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and those of Cilicia and of Asia, and they disputed with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. 11 Then they suborned men who said, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God." 12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and came upon him and caught him, and brought him to the council. 13 And they set up false witnesses who said, "This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered to us." 15 And all who sat on the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as though it were the face of an angel.

Acts 7:54-60

54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed with their teeth at him. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 and cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man whose name was Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen as he called upon God and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" 60 And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, charge not this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Psalm 31

1 In Thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed;
deliver me in Thy righteousness.
2 Bow down Thine ear to me, deliver me speedily;
be Thou my strong rock, a house of defense to save me.
3 For Thou art my rock and my fortress;
therefore for the sake of Thy name, lead me and guide me.
4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me,
for Thou art my strength.
5 Into Thine hand I commit my spirit;
Thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.

6 I have hated them that have regard for lying vanities;
but I trust in the LORD.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy,
for Thou hast considered my trouble. Thou hast known my soul in adversities,
8 And hast not delivered me into the hands of the enemy;
Thou hast set my feet in a large room.

9 Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble;
mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. 10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing;
my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
11 I am a reproach among all mine enemies,
but especially among my neighbors,
and a fear to mine acquaintances;
they that see me in the streets flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind;
I am like a broken vessel.
13 For I have heard the slander of many;
fear was on every side;
while they took counsel together against me,
they schemed to take away my life.

14 But I have trusted in Thee, O LORD;
I said, "Thou art my God."
15 My times are in Thy hand;
deliver me from the hand of mine enemies and from them that persecute me.
16 Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant;
save me for Thy mercies' sake.

17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD, for I have called upon Thee;
let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be put to silence,
which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19 O how great is Thy goodness which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee,
which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men!
20 Thou shalt hide them in the safety of Thy presence from the pride of man;
Thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the LORD,
for He hath shown me His marvelous kindness in a stronghold city!
22 For I said in my haste, "I am cut off from before Thine eyes!"
Nevertheless Thou heard the voice of my supplications when I cried unto Thee.

23 O love the LORD, all ye His saints!
For the LORD preserveth the faithful, but plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart,
all ye that hope in the LORD.

Words of Worship - Psalm 118:26-27

Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD!
We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
God is the LORD, who hath shown us light;
bind the sacrifice with cords,
even unto the horns of the altar.

Matthew 10:16-23

16 "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues, 18 and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak, for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaketh in you. 21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child; and the children shall rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 And ye shall be hated by all men for My name's sake, but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another; for verily I say unto you, ye shall not have gone through the cities of Israel till the Son of Man be come.  


Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 2:16

To fear the Lord is fullness of wisdom,
and filleth men with her fruits.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 5:46-48

For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in Heaven is perfect.


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