Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

February 20, 2020

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

James 2:1-13

1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come into your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment, 3 and ye have respect for him that weareth the grand clothing and say unto him, "Sit thou here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "Stand thou there," or, "Sit here under my footstool," 4 are ye not then partial in yourselves and have become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren: Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which He hath promised to those who love Him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you and drag you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by which ye are called?

8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," ye do well. 9 But if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend on one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For He that said, "Do not commit adultery," said also, "Do not kill." Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak ye, and so do, as those who shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, who hath shown no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

Psalm 34:1-7

1 I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD;
the humble shall hear thereof and be glad.
3 O magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt His name together.

4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto Him and were lightened,
and their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him,
and delivereth them.

Words of Worship - John 6:63c, 68c

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Thou hast the words of eternal life, 

Mark 8:27-33 

27 And Jesus went out with His disciples into the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He asked His disciples, saying unto them, 

"Who do men say that I am?" 

28 And they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say Elijah, and others, one of the prophets." 29 And He said unto them, 

"But whom say ye that I am?" 

And Peter answered and said unto Him, "Thou art the Christ." 30 And He charged them that they should tell no man of Him. 

31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and by the chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And He spoke that saying openly. And Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him. 33 But when He had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, 

"Get thee behind Me, Satan; for thou savorest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men."

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 11:14 

Where no counsel is, the people fall; 
but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 22:2-10

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain king, who made a marriage for his son. And he sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding, and they would not come. Again he sent forth other servants, saying, 'Tell them that are bidden, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come unto the marriage."' But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise, and the remnant took his servants and treated them spitefully and slew them. But when the king heard thereof he was wroth, and he sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city. Then said he to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.' So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered all together as many as they found, both bad and good, and the wedding was furnished with guests.

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