Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

February 25, 2020

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James 4:1-10

1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? Do they not come even from your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not; ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain. Ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain, "The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy"? 6 But He giveth more grace; therefore He saith,

"God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble."

7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded. 9 Be afflicted and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.

Psalm 55

1 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
and hide not Thyself from my supplication.
2 Attend unto me and hear me; I mourn in my complaint and moan,
3 because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked;
for they cast iniquity upon me,
and in wrath they hate me.

4 My heart is sorely pained within me,
and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
and horror hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
For then would I fly away and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness;
8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest."

9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues,
for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof;
mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof;
deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me;
then I could have borne it.
Neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me;
then I would have hid myself from him.
13 But it was thou, a man mine equal,
my guide and mine acquaintance.
14 We took sweet counsel together,
and walked unto the house of God in company.

15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down alive into hell;
for wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.

16 As for me, I will call upon God,
and the LORD shall save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon will I pray and cry aloud,
and He shall hear my voice.
18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
for there were many with me.
19 God shall hear and afflict them,
even He that abideth of old.
Because they have not changed,
therefore they fear not God.
20 He hath put forth his hands against those that are at peace with him;
he hath broken his covenant.
21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
but war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet were they drawn swords.

22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee.
He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
23 But Thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction;
bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in Thee.

Words of Worship - Galatians 6:14

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 

Mark 9:30-37 

30 And they departed thence and passed through Galilee, and He would not that any man should know it. 31 For He taught His disciples and said unto them, 

"The Son of Man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him; and after He is killed, He shall rise the third day." 

32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask Him. 

33 And He came to Capernaum; and being in the house, He asked them, 

"What was it that ye disputed among yourselves on the way?" 

34 But they held their peace, for on the way they had disputed among themselves as to who should be the greatest. 35 And He sat down, and called the twelve and said unto them, 

"If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant of all." 

36 And He took a child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said unto them, 

37 "Whosoever shall receive one of such children in My name, receiveth Me; and whosoever shall receive Me, receiveth not Me, but Him that sent Me."

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 4:11-12

Again, if two lie down together, then they have heat, 
but how can one be warm alone? 
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; 
and a three-strand cord is not quickly broken. 

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 23:25-26

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

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