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First Cup

First Cup

Dear Family in Christ,

           First Cup is designed to assist you in the habit of daily Bible reading and prayer. The name is to remind you that as you reach for your first cup of morning coffee or tea, reach also for your Bible and prayer list. The prayers at the beginning of each week are taken from hymns, sometimes found in obscure hymnals in my library. They are intended to be read as your beginning prayer, to focus your mind on the daily readings that follow. May this spiritual discipline strengthen you as you face each day.

Blessings and love in Christ,
Sandy Sturch & Claire Averyt

        Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth Thou hast for me; Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp, and set me free. Open my ears, that I may hear voices of truth Thou sendest clear; And while the wave notes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear. Open my mouth, and let me bear gladly the warm truth everywhere; Open my heart, and let me prepare love with Thy children thus to share. Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see; Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine! (The Hymnbook, No. 390)

 

JANUARY

1      Ecclesiastes 3:1-17; Psalm 119:81-112; 103

2      Hebrews 1; John 1:1-14; Galatians 3:26-4:4

3      Hebrews 2: Philippians 2:1-11; 2 Timothy 1:8-12

4      Hebrews 3; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; John 3:35-36

5      Hebrews 4:1-13; Exodus 20:8-11; Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 4:1-8

6      Hebrews 4:14-5:10; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Romans 6

        Mighty God, while angels bless Thee, may a mortal sing Thy name? Lord of men as well as angels, Thou art every creature’s theme. Lord of every land and nation, ancient of eternal days, Sounded thru the wide creation be Thy just and endless praise. Brightness of the Father’s glory, shall Thy praise unuttered lie? Break, my tongue, such guilty silence! Sing the Lord who came to die. From the highest throne of glory to the cross of deepest woe, All to ransom guilty captives; flow my praise, forever flow! (The Hymnbook, No. 10)

7      Hebrews 5:11-6:6; 1 Peter 2:2; I Corinthians 3:1-4; Matthew 7:21-23; 26:47-49

8      Hebrews 6:7-20; Isaiah 5:1-7; 44; 55:10-13; Matthew 13:1-30

9      Genesis 14:17-20; Psalm 110; Hebrews 7; Romans 8:26-27

10    1 Peter 2; Revelation 1:4-6; 5:6-10; 20:4-6

11    Hebrews 8 (see Exodus 25-31); Jeremiah 31; 2 Corinthians 5:17

12    Hebrews 9:1-10; Exodus 40; Leviticus 16; Romans 3:21-26

13    Leviticus 8, 17; Hebrews 9:11-28; Matthew 5:17; Romans 8:1-17

        ‘Tis the grandest theme thro’ the ages rung; ’tis the grandest theme for a mortal tongue; ‘Tis the grandest theme that the world e’er sung: Our God is able to deliver thee. ‘Tis the grandest theme in the earth or main; ’tis the grandest theme for a mortal strain; ‘Tis the grandest theme, tell the world again: Our God is able to deliver thee. (The Baptist Hymnal, No. 198)

14    Hebrews 10:1-25; 7:26-28; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

15    Hebrews 10:26-39; 2 Peter 2; Matthew 12:31-32; Ephesians 4:30-32

16    Hebrews 11; Isaiah 7:9b; Revelation 6:9-11; 1 Peter 1:1-12

17    Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 2; Galatians 6:9

18    Hebrews 12:4-13; 2 Corinthians 4-5:10; Psalm 94

19    Hebrews 12:14-17; Ephesians 4:17-5:20

20    Hebrews 12:18-29 (see Exodus 19-20); Philippians 3:7-4:1; 2 Peter 3:10-18

        Oh soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free! Thro’ death into life everlasting He passed, and we follow Him there. Over us sin no more hath dominion- For more than conqu’rors we are! His Word shall not fail you–He promised; Believe Him, and all will be well. Then go to a world that is dying, His perfect salvation to tell! Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. (Worship in Song, No. 207)

21    Hebrews 13:1-6; Romans 12:9-21; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 6:9-11; Matthew 6:24

22    Hebrews 13:7-25; 1 Thessalonians 4-5

23    James 1:1-8; Romans 5:1-5; Job 28:20-28; Psalm 90:12; Proverbs 1:7; 8; 21:30

24    James 1:9-11; Psalm 49; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 18:18-30; 1Timothy 6:6-10; 17-19

25    James 1:12-18; Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 10:12-13; Galatians 6:1-16 26        James 1:19-27; Psalm 4:4; Ephesians 4:17-32; Proverbs 15:1; 29:11

27    James 2:1-13; Leviticus 19:15; Proverbs 3; 14:21; Luke 10:25-37

        While passing thro’ this world of sin, and others your life shall view, Be clean and pure without, within, let others see Jesus in you. Your life’s a book before their eyes, they’re reading it thro’ and thro’; Say, does it point them to the skies, do others see Jesus in you? Let others see Jesus in you, let others see Jesus in you; Keep telling the story, be faithful and true, let others see Jesus in you. (The Baptist Hymnal, No. 348)

28    James 2:14-26; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 7:21-27; 25

29    James 3:1-12; Proverbs 4; 12:19; 16:23-30; 18:6-8; 26:20-28; 27:2; Psalm 12; 141

30    James 3:13-18; Proverbs 29:23; Matthew 20:20-28; 23:1-12; Luke 22:24-30

31    James 4:1-12; Proverbs 10:18-21; Matthew 15:10-20; Titus 2:11-15; 1 John 2:1-17

 

FEBRUARY

1      James 4:13-17; Matthew 6:34; Proverbs 3:27-28; 16:9; 19:21; 27:1; Psalm 139

2      James 5:1-6; Leviticus 19:9-13; 24:14-15; Matthew 6:19-21; Hebrews 11:24-26

3      James 5:7-12; Job 1:1-2:10; 42; Romans 12:6-21

        Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, that calls me from a world of care And bids me at my Father’s throne, make all my wants and wishes known! In seasons of distress and grief my soul has often found relief, And oft escaped the tempter’s snare, by thy return, sweet hour of prayer. Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, Thy wings shall my petition bear to Him whose truth and faithfulness engage the waiting soul to bless; And since He bids me seek His face, believe His Word, and trust His grace, I’ll cast on Him my ev’ry care, and wait for thee, sweet hour or prayer. (Worship in Song, No. 475)

4      James 5:13-20; 1 Kings 17; 2 Kings 4:1-37; Acts 9:36-43; Romans 8:26-28

5      1 Peter 1; 1 Chronicles 29:15; Psalm 39:12; Hebrews 13:13-16; Ephesians 2:1-13

6      1 Peter 2:1-12; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; Psalm 65:1-4

7      1 Peter 2:13-3:22; Ephesians 5:22-6:9; Romans 13

8      1 Peter 4; Philippians 1:27-30; Revelation 2:10

9      Jeremiah 10:21; 23:1-4; Matthew 9:36; John 10:1-18; 1 Peter 5

10    Matthew 17:1-8; 2 Peter 1; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:105; 2 Corinthians 4:6

        The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin; The Light of the world is Jesus. Like sunshine at noonday His glory shone in; the Light of the world is Jesus. No darkness have we who in Jesus abide; The Light of the world is Jesus. We walk in the Light when we follow our Guide; the Light of the world is Jesus. Come to the Light; ‘tis shining for thee. Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me. Once I was blind, but now I can see. The Light of the world is Jesus. (Worship in Song, No. 96)

11    2 Peter 2; Hebrews 6:4-6

12    Ezekiel 12:21-28; 2 Peter 3; 2 Corinthians 6:1-2

13    1 John 1-2:14; Matthew 5:14-16; John 3:19-21; 8:12; 12:35-50

14    1 John 2:15-27; John 15:1-17; Titus 2:11-14

15    1 John 2:28-3:24; Psalm 119:1-16; 66:16-20; Romans 8:1-17

16    1 John 4:1- 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Matthew 7:15-20; 2 Peter 2:1-3

17    1 John 4:7-21; Romans 12:9-21; 1 Corinthians 13

        My Father is rich in houses and lands; He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands! Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold, His coffers are full—He has riches untold. I once was an outcast stranger on earth, a sinner by choice, an alien by birth! But I’ve been adopted; my name’s written down. I’m heir to a mansion, a robe, and a crown! I’m a child of the King! A child of the King! With Jesus, my Saviour, I’m a child of the King! (Worship in Song, No. 377)

18    1 John 5; Jeremiah 7:1-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; James 5:13-20

19    2 John; Romans 16:17-20; Colossians 1:21-23; 2:6-8; Hebrews10:35-38

20    3 John; Romans 12:13; 1 Timothy 5:9-10; I Peter 4:8-10; Philemon 8-22

21    Jude; John 10:1-18; Psalm 23

22    Mark 1:1-13; Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 Peter 5:8; Romans 16:20

23    Mark 1:14-20; Luke 4:43; 17:20-21; Luke 5:1-11; John 1:35-51; Matthew 10:37-39

24    Mark 1:21-45; Luke 4:14-44; John 20:29-31; 1 Peter 1:3-16

        Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word; Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard. Tell how the angels, in chorus, sang as they welcomed His birth, “Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good tidings to earth.”   Fasting alone in the desert, tell of the days that are past, How for our sins He was tempted, yet was triumphant at last. Tell of the years of His labor, tell of the sorrow He bore, He was despised and afflicted, homeless, rejected and poor. Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word. Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard. (Baptist Hymnal, No. 211)

25    Mark 2:1-17; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 11:28-30; 1Timothy 1:12-17; Psalm 91

26    Mark 2:18-3:6; Exodus 20:8-10; Jeremiah 17:19-27; Matthew 5:17-20

27    Mark 3:7-34; Matthew 12:22-37; Romans 8:12-17; Galatians 3:26-29

28    Mark 4:1-34; Matthew 13:24-30

 

 

 

 

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