30

MAR

MATTHEW 21:1-11

1. When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2. saying to them, ``Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3. ``If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, `The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." 4. This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5. ``SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, `BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'" 6. The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7. and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, ``Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!" 10. When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, ``Who is this?" 11. And the crowds were saying, ``This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee."

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23

MAR

JOHN 8:48-58

48. The Jews answered and said to Him, ``Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?" 49. Jesus answered, ``I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50. ``But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51. ``Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death." 52. The Jews said to Him, ``Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, `If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.' 53. ``Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be? " 54. Jesus answered, ``If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, `He is our God'; 55. and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. 56. ``Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." 57. So the Jews said to Him, ``You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" 58. Jesus said to them, ``Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."

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16

MAR

JOHN 8:31-47

31. So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ``If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32. and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." 33. They answered Him, ``We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, `You will become free'?" 34. Jesus answered them, ``Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35. ``The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36. ``So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37. ``I know that you are Abraham's descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38. ``I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father." 39. They answered and said to Him, ``Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, ``If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40. ``But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41. ``You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, ``We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God." 42. Jesus said to them, ``If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43. ``Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. 44. ``You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45. ``But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46. ``Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47. ``He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

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9

MAR

JOHN 8:21-30

21. Then He said again to them, ``I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." 22. So the Jews were saying, ``Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, `Where I am going, you cannot come'?" 23. And He was saying to them, ``You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24. ``Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." 25. So they were saying to Him, ``Who are You?" Jesus said to them, ``What have I been saying to you from the beginning? 26. ``I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world." 27. They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father. 28. So Jesus said, ``When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29. ``And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him." 30. As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.

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2

MAR

JOHN 8:12-20

12. Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ``I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." 13. So the Pharisees said to Him, ``You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true." 14. Jesus answered and said to them, ``Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15. ``You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. 16. ``But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. 17. ``Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true. 18. ``I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me." 19. So they were saying to Him, ``Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, ``You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also." 20. These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come.

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24

FEB

LUKE 4:14-21

14. And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. 15. And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. 16. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18. ``THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, 19. TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD." 20. And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21. And He began to say to them, ``Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

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17

FEB

1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20

12. All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 13. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14. Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. 15. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16. Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, ``THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH." 17. But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 18. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 19. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20. For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

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10

FEB

ACTS 9:1-22

1. Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 2. and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3. As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4. and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ``Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" 5. And he said, ``Who are You, Lord?" And He said, ``I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6. but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do." 7. The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. 9. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10. Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, ``Ananias." And he said, ``Here I am, Lord." 11. And the Lord said to him, ``Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, 12. and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight." 13. But Ananias answered, ``Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem; 14. and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name." 15. But the Lord said to him, ``Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16. for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake." 17. So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, ``Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18. And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19. and he took food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, 20. and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ``He is the Son of God." 21. All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, ``Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?" 22. But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

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3

FEB

2 CORINTHIANS 3:7-18

7. But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, 8. how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? 9. For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. 10. For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. 11. For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. 12. Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, 13. and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. 14. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. 15. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; 16. but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

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