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Daniel 7:1-18

Vision of the Four Beasts

1In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it.2Daniel said, “I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.3“And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another.4“The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it.5“And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’6“After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.7“After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.8“While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.

The Ancient of Days Reigns

9“I kept looking

Until thrones were set up,

And the Ancient of Days took His seat;

His vesture was like white snow

And the hair of His head like pure wool.

His throne was ablaze with flames,

Its wheels were a burning fire.

10“A river of fire was flowing

And coming out from before Him;

Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,

And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;

The court sat,

And the books were opened.

11“Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire.12“As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.

The Son of Man Presented

13“I kept looking in the night visions,

And behold, with the clouds of heaven

One like a Son of Man was coming,

And He came up to the Ancient of Days

And was presented before Him.

14“And to Him was given dominion,

Glory and a kingdom,

That all the peoples, nations and men of every language

Might serve Him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion

Which will not pass away;

And His kingdom is one

Which will not be destroyed.

The Vision Interpreted

15“As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed within me, and the visions in my mind kept alarming me.16“I approached one of those who were standing by and began asking him the exact meaning of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things:17‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth.18‘But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’

Psalm 149

1Praise the LORD!

Sing to the LORD a new song,

And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.

2Let Israel be glad in his Maker;

Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.

3Let them praise His name with dancing;

Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.

4For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;

He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.

5Let the godly ones exult in glory;

Let them sing for joy on their beds.

6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,

And a two-edged sword in their hand,

7To execute vengeance on the nations

And punishment on the peoples,

8To bind their kings with chains

And their nobles with fetters of iron,

9To execute on them the judgment written;

This is an honor for all His godly ones.

Praise the LORD!

Ephesians 1:11-23

11also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,12to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.13In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,14who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

15For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints,16do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,19and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might20which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.22And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Luke 6:20-31

20And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.21“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.22“Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.23“Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.24“But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.25“Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.26“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.

27“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.29“Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.30“Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.31“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

Malachi 4:1-2

Final Admonition

1“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the LORD of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”2“But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.

Psalm 98

1O sing to the LORD a new song,

For He has done wonderful things,

His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.

2The LORD has made known His salvation;

He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.

3He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth;

Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.

5Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,

With the lyre and the sound of melody.

6With trumpets and the sound of the horn

Shout joyfully before the King, the LORD.

7Let the sea roar and all it contains,

The world and those who dwell in it.

8Let the rivers clap their hands,

Let the mountains sing together for joy

9Before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth;

He will judge the world with righteousness

And the peoples with equity.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

6Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.7For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you,8nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you;9not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.10For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.11For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.12Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.13But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

Luke 21:5-19

5And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said,6As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.”

7They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”8And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them.9“When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”

Things to Come

10Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom,11and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

12“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.13“It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.14“So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;15for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.16“But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death,17and you will be hated by all because of My name.18“Yet not a hair of your head will perish.19“By your endurance you will gain your lives.

Jeremiah 23:1-6

The Coming Messiah: the Righteous Branch

1“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD.2Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD.3“Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.4“I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.

5“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,

“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;

And He will reign as king and act wisely

And do justice and righteousness in the land.

6“In His days Judah will be saved,

And Israel will dwell securely;

And this is His name by which He will be called,

‘The LORD our righteousness.’

Psalm 46

1God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change

And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

3Though its waters roar and foam,

Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.

Selah.

4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

5God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

6The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;

He raised His voice, the earth melted.

7The LORD of hosts is with us;

The God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Selah.

8Come, behold the works of the LORD,

Who has wrought desolations in the earth.

9He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;

He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;

He burns the chariots with fire.

10“Cease striving and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

11The LORD of hosts is with us;

The God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Selah.

Colossians 1:11-20

11strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

The Incomparable Christ

13For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.18He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.19For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Luke 23:33-43

33When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.34But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.35And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.”36The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine,37and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!”38Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

39One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!”40But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?41“And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”42And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”43And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Offering First Fruits

1“Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and live in it,2that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the LORD your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name.3“You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare this day to the LORD my God that I have entered the land which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us.’4“Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God.5“You shall answer and say before the LORD your God, ‘My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down to Egypt and sojourned there, few in number; but there he became a great, mighty and populous nation.6‘And the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, and imposed hard labor on us.7‘Then we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction and our toil and our oppression;8and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror and with signs and wonders;9and He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.10‘Now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which You, O LORD have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God;11and you and the Levite and the alien who is among you shall rejoice in all the good which the LORD your God has given you and your household.

Psalm 100

1Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.

2Serve the LORD with gladness;

Come before Him with joyful singing.

3Know that the LORD Himself is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4Enter His gates with thanksgiving

And His courts with praise.

Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

5For the LORD is good;

His lovingkindness is everlasting

And His faithfulness to all generations.

Philippians 4:4-9

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!5Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.9The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

God’s Provisions

John 6:25-35

25When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”

Words to the People

26Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.27“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”28Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”30So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?31“Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TOEAT.’”32Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.33“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”34Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”

35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

Isaiah 2:1-5

God’s Universal Reign

1The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2Now it will come about that

In the last days

The mountain of the house of the LORD

Will be established as the chief of the mountains,

And will be raised above the hills;

And all the nations will stream to it.

3And many peoples will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,

To the house of the God of Jacob;

That He may teach us concerning His ways

And that we may walk in His paths.”

For the law will go forth from Zion

And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

4And He will judge between the nations,

And will render decisions for many peoples;

And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.

Nation will not lift up sword against nation,

And never again will they learn war.

5Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Psalm 122

1I was glad when they said to me,

“Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

2Our feet are standing

Within your gates, O Jerusalem,

3Jerusalem, that is built

As a city that is compact together;

4To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD

An ordinance for Israel—

To give thanks to the name of the LORD.

5For there thrones were set for judgment,

The thrones of the house of David.

6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May they prosper who love you.

7“May peace be within your walls,

And prosperity within your palaces.”

8For the sake of my brothers and my friends,

I will now say, “May peace be within you.”

9For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,

I will seek your good.

Romans 13:11-14

11Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.12The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.13Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

Matthew 24:36-44

36“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.37“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.38“For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,39and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.40“Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.41“Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.

Be Ready for His Coming

42“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.43“But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.44“For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

Isaiah 11:1-10

1Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,

And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.

2The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,

The spirit of wisdom and understanding,

The spirit of counsel and strength,

The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

3And He will delight in the fear of the LORD,

And He will not judge by what His eyes see,

Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;

4But with righteousness He will judge the poor,

And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;

And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,

And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.

5Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,

And faithfulness the belt about His waist.

6And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,

And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,

And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;

And a little boy will lead them.

7Also the cow and the bear will graze,

Their young will lie down together,

And the lion will eat straw like the ox.

8The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,

And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.

9They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,

For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD

As the waters cover the sea.

10Then in that day

The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,

Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;

And His resting place will be glorious.

The Restored Remnant

Psalm 72:1-19

1Give the king Your judgments, O God,

And Your righteousness to the king’s son.

2May he judge Your people with righteousness

And Your afflicted with justice.

3Let the mountains bring peace to the people,

And the hills, in righteousness.

4May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,

Save the children of the needy

And crush the oppressor.

5Let them fear You while the sun endures,

And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

6May he come down like rain upon the mown grass,

Like showers that water the earth.

7In his days may the righteous flourish,

And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.

8May he also rule from sea to sea

And from the River to the ends of the earth.

9Let the nomads of the desert bow before him,

And his enemies lick the dust.

10Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents;

The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.

11And let all kings bow down before him,

All nations serve him.

12For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help,

The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.

13He will have compassion on the poor and needy,

And the lives of the needy he will save.

14He will rescue their life from oppression and violence,

And their blood will be precious in his sight;

15So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him;

And let them pray for him continually;

Let them bless him all day long.

16May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains;

Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon;

And may those from the city flourish like vegetation of the earth.

17May his name endure forever;

May his name increase as long as the sun shines;

And let men bless themselves by him;

Let all nations call him blessed.

18Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,

Who alone works wonders.

19And blessed be His glorious name forever;

And may the whole earth be filled with His glory.

Amen, and Amen.

Romans 15:4-13

4For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.5Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,6so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.8For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers,9and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written,

“THEREFORE I WILLGIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES,

AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME.”

10Again he says,

“REJOICE, O GENTILES, WITH HIS PEOPLE.”

11And again,

“PRAISE THE LORD ALL YOU GENTILES,

AND LET ALL THE PEOPLES PRAISE HIM.”

12Again Isaiah says,

“THERE SHALL COMETHE ROOT OF JESSE,

AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES,

IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE.”

13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 3:1-12

The Preaching of John the Baptist

1Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”3For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said,

“THE VOICE OF ONECRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,

‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,

MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!’”

4Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.5Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan;6and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?8“Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;9and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.10“The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

11“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.12“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

The Baptism of Jesus

Isaiah 35:1-10

1The wilderness and the desert will be glad,

And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom;

Like the crocus

2It will blossom profusely

And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy.

The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,

The majesty of Carmel and Sharon.

They will see the glory of the LORD,

The majesty of our God.

3Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.

4Say to those with anxious heart,

“Take courage, fear not.

Behold, your God will come with vengeance;

The recompense of God will come,

But He will save you.”

5Then the eyes of the blind will be opened

And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.

6Then the lame will leap like a deer,

And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.

For waters will break forth in the wilderness

And streams in the Arabah.

7The scorched land will become a pool

And the thirsty ground springs of water;

In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,

Grass becomes reeds and rushes.

8A highway will be there, a roadway,

And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.

The unclean will not travel on it,

But it will be for him who walks that way,

And fools will not wander on it.

9No lion will be there,

Nor will any vicious beast go up on it;

These will not be found there.

But the redeemed will walk there,

10And the ransomed of the LORD will return

And come with joyful shouting to Zion,

With everlasting joy upon their heads.

They will find gladness and joy,

And sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Psalm 140:5-10

5The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords;

They have spread a net by the wayside;

They have set snares for me.

Selah.

6I said to the LORD, “You are my God;

Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.

7“O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation,

You have covered my head in the day of battle.

8“Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;

Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted.

Selah.

9“As for the head of those who surround me,

May the mischief of their lips cover them.

10“May burning coals fall upon them;

May they be cast into the fire,

Into deep pits from which they cannot rise.

James 5:7-10

7Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.8You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.9Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.10As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Matthew 11:2-11

2Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples3and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?”4Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see:5theBLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and thePOOR HAVE THEGOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.6“And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

Jesus’ Tribute to John

7As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?8“But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces!9“But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.10“This is the one about whom it is written,

‘BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGERAHEAD OF YOU,

WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’

11“Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Isaiah 7:10-16

10Then the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying,11“Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”12But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!”13Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well?14“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.15“He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.16“For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.

Psalm 80:1-19

1Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel,

You who lead Joseph like a flock;

You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth!

2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your power

And come to save us!

3O God, restore us

And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.

4O LORD God of hosts,

How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?

5You have fed them with the bread of tears,

And You have made them to drink tears in large measure.

6You make us an object of contention to our neighbors,

And our enemies laugh among themselves.

7O God of hosts, restore us

And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.

8You removed a vine from Egypt;

You drove out the nations and planted it.

9You cleared the ground before it,

And it took deep root and filled the land.

10The mountains were covered with its shadow,

And the cedars of God with its boughs.

11It was sending out its branches to the sea

And its shoots to the River.

12Why have You broken down its hedges,

So that all who pass that way pick its fruit?

13A boar from the forest eats it away

And whatever moves in the field feeds on it.

14O God of hosts, turn again now, we beseech You;

Look down from heaven and see, and take care of this vine,

15Even the shoot which Your right hand has planted,

And on the son whom You have strengthened for Yourself.

16It is burned with fire, it is cut down;

They perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.

17Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,

Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.

18Then we shall not turn back from You;

Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.

19O LORD God of hosts, restore us;

Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.

Romans 1:1-7

The Gospel Exalted

1Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,2which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,3concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,4who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,5through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,6among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

7to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 1:18-25

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.19And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.20But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.21“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”22Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:23“BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITHCHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”24And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife,25but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

Isaiah 9:2-7

2The people who walk in darkness

Will see a great light;

Those who live in a dark land,

The light will shine on them.

3You shall multiply the nation,

You shall increase their gladness;

They will be glad in Your presence

As with the gladness of harvest,

As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

4For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders,

The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.

5For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult,

And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.

6For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;

And the government will rest on His shoulders;

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

7There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,

On the throne of David and over his kingdom,

To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness

From then on and forevermore.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

God’s Anger with Israel’s Arrogance

Psalm 96

1Sing to the LORD a new song;

Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

2Sing to the LORD, bless His name;

Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

3Tell of His glory among the nations,

His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.

4For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;

He is to be feared above all gods.

5For all the gods of the peoples are idols,

But the LORD made the heavens.

6Splendor and majesty are before Him,

Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

7Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,

Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

8Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name;

Bring an offering and come into His courts.

9Worship the LORD in holy attire;

Tremble before Him, all the earth.

10Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns;

Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved;

He will judge the peoples with equity.”

11Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

Let the sea roar, and all it contains;

12Let the field exult, and all that is in it.

Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy

13Before the LORD, for He is coming,

For He is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness

And the peoples in His faithfulness.

Titus 2:11-14

11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,14who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Luke 2:1-14

Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem

1Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.2This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.3And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.4Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,5in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.6While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.7And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.9And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;11for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.12“This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

Isaiah 62:6-12

6On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen;

All day and all night they will never keep silent.

You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;

7And give Him no rest until He establishes

And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

8The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm,

“I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies;

Nor will foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored.”

9But those who garner it will eat it and praise the LORD;

And those who gather it will drink it in the courts of My sanctuary.

10Go through, go through the gates,

Clear the way for the people;

Build up, build up the highway,

Remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples.

11Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth,

Say to the daughter of Zion, “Lo, your salvation comes;

Behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.”

12And they will call them, “The holy people,

The redeemed of the LORD”;

And you will be called, “Sought out, a city not forsaken.”

Psalm 97

1The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;

Let the many islands be glad.

2Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

3Fire goes before Him

And burns up His adversaries round about.

4His lightnings lit up the world;

The earth saw and trembled.

5The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD,

At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6The heavens declare His righteousness,

And all the peoples have seen His glory.

7Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images,

Who boast themselves of idols;

Worship Him, all you gods.

8Zion heard this and was glad,

And the daughters of Judah have rejoiced

Because of Your judgments, O LORD.

9For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth;

You are exalted far above all gods.

10Hate evil, you who love the LORD,

Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;

He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11Light is sown like seed for the righteous

And gladness for the upright in heart.

12Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones,

And give thanks to His holy name.

Titus 3:4-7

4But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,5He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,6whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,7so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Luke 2:8-20

8In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.9And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;11for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.12“This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

15When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”16So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.17When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.18And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.19But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.20The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

Jesus Presented at the Temple

Numbers 6:22-27

22Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,23“Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:

24The LORD bless you, and keep you;

25The LORD make His face shine on you,

And be gracious to you;

26The LORD lift up His countenance on you,

And give you peace.’

27“So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.”

Psalm 8

1O LORD, our Lord,

How majestic is Your name in all the earth,

Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!

2From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength

Because of Your adversaries,

To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

3When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

4What is man that You take thought of him,

And the son of man that You care for him?

5Yet You have made him a little lower than God,

And You crown him with glory and majesty!

6You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;

You have put all things under his feet,

7All sheep and oxen,

And also the beasts of the field,

8The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,

Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

9O LORD, our Lord,

How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Galatians 4:4-7

4But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,5so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.6Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”7Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

Luke 2:15-21

15When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”16So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.17When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.18And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.19But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.20The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

Jesus Presented at the Temple

21And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Isaiah 60:1-6

1“Arise, shine; for your light has come,

And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

2“For behold, darkness will cover the earth

And deep darkness the peoples;

But the LORD will rise upon you

And His glory will appear upon you.

3“Nations will come to your light,

And kings to the brightness of your rising.

4“Lift up your eyes round about and see;

They all gather together, they come to you.

Your sons will come from afar,

And your daughters will be carried in the arms.

5“Then you will see and be radiant,

And your heart will thrill and rejoice;

Because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you,

The wealth of the nations will come to you.

6“A multitude of camels will cover you,

The young camels of Midian and Ephah;

All those from Sheba will come;

They will bring gold and frankincense,

And will bear good news of the praises of the LORD.

Psalm 72:1-14

1Give the king Your judgments, O God,

And Your righteousness to the king’s son.

2May he judge Your people with righteousness

And Your afflicted with justice.

3Let the mountains bring peace to the people,

And the hills, in righteousness.

4May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,

Save the children of the needy

And crush the oppressor.

5Let them fear You while the sun endures,

And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

6May he come down like rain upon the mown grass,

Like showers that water the earth.

7In his days may the righteous flourish,

And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.

8May he also rule from sea to sea

And from the River to the ends of the earth.

9Let the nomads of the desert bow before him,

And his enemies lick the dust.

10Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents;

The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.

11And let all kings bow down before him,

All nations serve him.

12For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help,

The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.

13He will have compassion on the poor and needy,

And the lives of the needy he will save.

14He will rescue their life from oppression and violence,

And their blood will be precious in his sight;

Ephesians 3:1-12

Paul’s Stewardship

1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—2if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;3that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.4By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,5which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;6to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,7of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.8To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,9and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;10so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.11This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,12in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

Matthew 2:1-12

The Visit of the Magi

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,2“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.4Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.5They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:

6‘AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH,

ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH;

FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER

WHO WILLSHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.’”

7Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared.8And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.”9After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was.10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.11After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.12And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

The Flight to Egypt

Isaiah 49:1-7

1Listen to Me, O islands,

And pay attention, you peoples from afar.

The LORD called Me from the womb;

From the body of My mother He named Me.

2He has made My mouth like a sharp sword,

In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me;

And He has also made Me a select arrow,

He has hidden Me in His quiver.

3He said to Me, “You are My Servant, Israel,

In Whom I will show My glory.”

4But I said, “I have toiled in vain,

I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity;

Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD,

And My reward with My God.”

5And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,

To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him

(For I am honored in the sight of the LORD,

And My God is My strength),

6He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant

To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel;

I will also make You a light of the nations

So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

7Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One,

To the despised One,

To the One abhorred by the nation,

To the Servant of rulers,

“Kings will see and arise,

Princes will also bow down,

Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.”

Psalm 40:1-11

1I waited patiently for the LORD;

And He inclined to me and heard my cry.

2He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,

And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.

3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;

Many will see and fear

And will trust in the LORD.

4How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust,

And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

5Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done,

And Your thoughts toward us;

There is none to compare with You.

If I would declare and speak of them,

They would be too numerous to count.

6Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired;

My ears You have opened;

Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required.

7Then I said, “Behold, I come;

In the scroll of the book it is written of me.

8I delight to do Your will, O my God;

Your Law is within my heart.”

9I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation;

Behold, I will not restrain my lips,

O LORD, You know.

10I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;

I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;

I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.

11You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me;

Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Appeal to Unity

1Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

2To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,5that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,6even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you,7so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,8who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.9God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 1:29-42

29The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!30“This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’31“I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.”32John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.33“I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’34“I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus’ Public Ministry, First Converts

35Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples,36and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”37The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.38And Jesus turned and saw them following, and *said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?”39He *said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.40One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.41He *found first his own brother Simon and *said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ).42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

Radical Hospitality


Everyone counts at St. Paul, from the oldest to the youngest person. Everyone matters. No exceptions. We take seriously the biblical understanding of the church as the Body of Christ. In our best moments, the people of St. Paul function as interdependently as the parts of a human body working together.

We rejoice in sharing each others’ joys and sorrows. We take an interest in the texture of other peoples’ lives. And we welcome each other warmly as though each and every one of us is a special guest in the house of the Lord.

Radical Hospitality

Passionate Worship


Nothing a congregation does compares with the importance and passion of its worship life. Worshiping together with other believers is our most prized moment for giving honest thanks to God. It’s that focused occasion in a given week for all of us to stop pretending to be God.

Lutheran worship, if it is new to you, is not a spectator sport. Everyone participates in the exuberant praise, stirring music, grace-filled words, holy communion, and prayers that call upon the power of God.

Passionate Worship

Intentional Faith Formation


Lutheran Christians consider their lives to be unfinished products. They are constantly seeking to grow in faith and deepen the meaning of their days. Lifelong learning is a big deal at St. Paul. We delight in every opportunity to strengthen our relationship with God over the entire course of our lives.

Ours is a congregation that does not act as if it has all the answers. In fact, we think clarity in asking the right questions is more important than presuming to have some corner on the truth, especially given the complex issues of our day.

Intentional Faith Formation

Adventurous Mission & Service


St. Paul is a servant church. We take our cues for serving others from Jesus Christ, who in a single sentence summed up the importance of being available to others: I came not to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28).

As easy as it is to take care of oneself in this world, anyone with a heart full of grace and a soul inspired by love can be a servant. The people of St. Paul take pride in strengthening the lives of less fortunate people in our community and across the world, even when it means congregational adventure or personal sacrifice.

Adventurous Mission & Service

Extravagant Generosity


Grateful people are generous people. Interestingly enough, they also happen to be happy people. St. Paul centers its life around gratitude to God for the abundant blessings of life. We believe strongly in the idea that “you make a living by what you earn; you make a life by what you give away.”

Our congregation makes an extraordinary commitment to give generously to others. This generosity is fueled by the individual joy and commitment of all our people seeking to lead grateful (and happy) lives.

Extravagant Generosity