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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

 

Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin. Each victory will help you some other to win. Fight manfully onward; dark passions subdue, look ever to Jesus, He will carry you through. To him that o’er cometh, God giveth a crown. Through faith we shall conquer, tho’ often cast down. He, who is our Savior, our strength will renew. Look ever to Jesus: He will carry you through. Ask the Savior to help you, comfort, strengthen and keep you. He is willing to aid you, He will carry you through. (Worship in Song, No. 436)

 
AUGUST
1      1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Romans 6; 1 Peter 1:13-23; Galatians 5:16-25
2      1 Corinthians 7; Colossians 3:18-19; I Peter 3:1-7
3      1 Corinthians 8; Isaiah 44:9-20; Romans 14:1-8; Psalm 135:15-21
4      1 Corinthians 9; Philippians 4:10-20; Luke10:1-23
5      Exodus 16:1-17:7; 32; Hebrews 2; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; James 1:12-15

Behold th’ amazing gift of love the Father hath bestowed on us, the sinful sons of men, to call us sons of God! Concealed as yet this honor lies, by this dark world unknown, a world that knew not when He came, even God’s eternal Son. Our souls, we know, when He appears, shall bare His image bright; for all His glory, full disclosed, shall open to our sight. A hope so great, and so divine, may trials well endure; And purge the soul from sense and sin, as Christ Himself is pure. (The Hymnbook, No. 120)

 
6      Deuteronomy 32:16-21; 1 Corinthians 10:14-22; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
7      1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1; Romans 14:1-15:13; 1 Timothy 4:4-8
8      Exodus 12:1-28; Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:2-34; Colossians 3:1-17
9      Acts 1:6-8; Romans 1:11; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Ephesians 4:1-7; Romans 12
10    1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 3; Matthew 5:43-48
11    Genesis 11:1-9; Mark 16:14-20; 1 Corinthians 14; 1 John 4:1-6; Ephesians 4:8-16
12    Matthew 27:57-28:20; John 20:19-31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Acts 22:2b-21

Jesus lives, and so shall I! Death, thy sting is gone forever! He for me hath designed to die; Lives the bands of death to sever. He shall raise me from the dust; Jesus is my hope and trust. Jesus lives and by His grace, vict’ry o’er my passions giving, I will change my heart and ways. Ever to His glory living. Me He raises from the dust: Jesus is my hope and trust. None of all His saints is lost: Jesus is my hope and trust! (Christian Gellert, 1715-1769)

13    1 Corinthians 15:12-34; 2 Timothy 2:1-13; Micah 4:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
14    1 Corinthians 15:35-58; Genesis 1:1-2:3; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Philippians 3:7-11
15    1 Corinthians 16:1-4; Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Acts 4:32-35; 2 Corinthians 8:16-21
16    1 Corinthians 16:5-24; John 15:1-17
17    2 Corinthians 1:1-11; Psalm 71; 34
18    2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11 (see 1 Cor. 5); 1 John 2:1-11, 3:7-10; 1 Peter 5:8-11; Psalm 130
19    1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 2:12-16; John 3:16-18, 5:24; Romans 5:12-21

Standing on the promises of Christ, my King! Through eternal ages let His praises ring. “Glory in the Highest!” I will shout and sing, standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promises that cannot fail! When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living Word of God I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promises of Christ, the Lord, bound to Him eternally by loves’ strong cord, Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s Sword, standing on the promises of God. (Worship in Song, No. 472)

20    2 Corinthians 2:17-3:18; Exodus 34:1-28; Jeremiah 31:31-37; Hebrews 8
21    2 Corinthians 4; Hebrews 11:1, 6; Romans 8:18-27
22    2 Corinthians 5:1-10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Romans 14:10-12; Colossians 1
23    2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2; Romans 5:1-6:14, 4:7-8
24    2 Corinthians 6:3-7:1; Ephesians 5:1-21; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; Psalm 1
25    2 Corinthians 7:2-16; Proverbs 28:13-14; Psalm 32
26    2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Philippians 4:10-20; James 2:14-17; Matthew 6:25-34

Be not dismayed what-e’er betide: God will take care of you. Beneath His wings of love abide; God will take care of you. Through days of toil when heart doeth fail; God will take care of you. When dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you. All that you need, He will provide; God will take care of you. Nothing you ask will be denied, God will take care of you. God will take care of you, through every day, o’er all the way. He will take care of you. (Worship in Song, No. 450)

27    2 Corinthians 8:16-9:15; Proverbs 11:24-25; 22:9; Luke 6:38
28    1 Corinthians 1:20-31; 2 Corinthians 10; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Galatians 6:14
29    2 Corinthians 11:1-15; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 7:15-20; 2 Peter 2:1-3
30    2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10; Hebrews 11:32-34; Romans 8:26-39; Philippians 3
31    2 Corinthians 12:11-21; Ephesians 5:1-21; Galatians 5:13-26; Colossians 3:5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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