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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

 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of heaven divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. Perfect submission, perfect delight! Visions of rapture now burst on my sight; angels descending bring from above echoes of mercy, whispers of love. Watching and waiting, looking above, filled with His goodness, lost in His love. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Saviour all the day long. (The Hymnbook, No. 139)

MAY
1      Leviticus 8, 17; Hebrews 9:11-28; Matthew 5:17; Romans 8:1-17
2      Hebrews 10:1-25, 7:26-28, 9:11-14; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
3      Hebrews 10:26-39; 2 Peter 2; Matthew 12:31-32; Ephesians 4:30-32
4      Hebrews 11; Isaiah 7:9b; Revelation 6:9-11; 1 Peter 1:1-12
5      Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 2; Galatians 6:9
6      Hebrews 12:4-13; 2 Corinthians 4-5:10; Psalm 94

More like the Master I would be, More of His meekness, More humility; More zeal to labor, more courage to be true, More consecration for work He bids me do. More like the Master is my daily prayer; More strength to carry crosses I must bear; More earnest effort to bring His kingdom in; More of His Spirit, the wanderer to win. More like the Master I would live and grow; More of His love to others I would show; More self denial like His in Galilee; More like the Master I long to ever be. (Worship in Song, No. 277)

7       Hebrews 12:14-17; Ephesians 4:17-5:20
8       Hebrews 12:18-29 (see Exodus 19-20); Philippians 3:7-4:1; 2 Peter 3:10-18
9       Hebrews 13:1-6; Romans 12:9-21; 1 Corinthians 5:1-12, 6:9-11; Matthew 6:24
10     Hebrews 13:7-25; 1 Thessalonians 4-5
11     James 1:1-8; Romans 5:1-5; Job 28:20-28; Psalm 90:12; Proverbs 1:7-8, 21:30
12     James 1:9-11; Psalm 49; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 18:18-30; 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19
13     James 1:12-18; Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 10:12-13; Galatians 6:1-5

Out in the highways and byways of life, Many are weary and sad. Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife, making the sorrowing glad. Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love; Tell of His power to forgive. Others will trust Him if only you prove true every moment you live. Give as was given to you in your need; Love as the Master loved you. Be to the helpless a helper indeed; Unto your Mission be true. Make me a blessing, O Saviour, I pray. Make me a blessing to someone today. (Worship in Song, No. 342)

14     James 1:19-27; Psalm 119: 97-112; 4:4; Ephesians 4:17-32; Proverbs 15:1, 29:11
15     James 2:1-13; Leviticus 19:15; Proverbs 3, 14:21; Luke 10:25-37

16     James 2:14-26; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 7:21-27, 25
17     James 3:1-12; Proverbs 4; 12:19, 16:23-30, 18:6-8, 26:20-28, 27:2; Psalm 12, 141
18     James 3:13-18; Proverbs 29:23; Matthew 20:20-28, 23:1-12; Luke 22:24-30
19     James 4:1-12; Proverbs 10:18-21; Matthew 15:10-20; Titus 2:11-15; 1 John 2:1-17
20     James 4:13-17; Matthew 6:34; Proverbs 3:27-28, 16:9, 19:21, 27:1; Psalm 139

While passing through 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 through and through; Say, does it point them to the skies, Do others see Jesus in you? Then live for Christ both day and night. Be faithful, be brave, be true, And lead the lost to life and light; Let others see Jesus in you. Keep telling the story, be faithful and true, Let others see Jesus in you. (Baptist Hymnal, No. 348)

21     James 5:1-6; Leviticus 19:9-13, 24:14-15; Matthew 6:19-21; Hebrews 11:24-26
22     James 5:7-12; Job 1:1-2:10, 42; Romans 12:6-21
23     James 5:13-20; 1 Kings 17; 2 Kings 4:1-37; Acts 9:36-43; Romans 8:26-28
24     1 Peter 1; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:17-5:21
25     1 Peter 2:1-12; Romans 13:8-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19; Psalm 65:1-4
26     1 Peter 2:13-3:22; Ephesians 5:22-6:9; Romans 13
27     1 Peter 4; Philippians 1:27-30; Revelation 2:10

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, Much we need Thy tender care; In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, For our use Thy folds prepare; We are Thine, do Thou befriend us, Be the guardian of our way; Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, keep us when we go astray; Thou hast promised to receive us, Poor and sinful though we be; Blessed Lord and only Savior, With Thy love our bosoms fill: Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us, love us still. (The Methodist Hymnal, No. 121)

28     Jeremiah 10:21, 23:1-4; Matthew 9:36; John 10:1-18; 1 Peter 5
29     Matthew 17:1-8; 2 Peter 1; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:105; 2 Corinthians 4:6
30     2 Peter 2; Hebrews 6:4-6; Jude
31     Matthew 24; 2 Peter 3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
JUNE
1      Revelation 1:1-8; John 1:1-18; Revelation 21:6; 22:6-21
2      Revelation 1:9-20; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 5:14-15; 16:13-20; 17:1-7; 24
3      Acts 19:1-20; 20:13-36; Revelation 2:1-7; 1 John 4:1-6; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

Am I a soldier of the Cross, a follower of the Lamb, And shall I fear to own His cause, Or blush to speak His name? Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease, While others fought to win the prize,and sailed through bloody seas? Are there no foes for me to face? Must I not stem the flood? Is this vile world a friend to grace, to help me on to God? Sure, I must fight if I would reign, Increase my courage, Lord. Ill bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy Word. (Worship in Song, No. 194)

4      James 2:5; Revelation 2:8-11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Romans 5:3-5; James 1:1-12
5      Revelation 2:12-17 (see Num. 22-25); 2 Peter 2; Ephesians 3:14; Revelation 3:12
6      1 Kings 16:29-34, 18:1-4, 17-21, 19:1-4, 21:5-23; Revelation 2:18-29; 2 Peter 3:9
7      John 15:1-8; Luke 12:35-40; Revelation 3:1-6, 7:9-17; 2 Timothy 3:1-5
8      Revelation 3:7-13; Matthew 23:13-39; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Ephesians 2:19-22
9      Revelation 3:14-22; Matthew 19:16-30; James 1:9-11; Hebrews 12:1-13
10    Isaiah 6:1-5; Ezekiel 1; Revelation 4, 1:4-6; Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:15-23

Lead on, O King Eternal, The day of march has come; Henceforth in fields of conquest Thy tents shall be our home. Through days of preparation The grace has made us strong, And now, O King Eternal, We lift our battle song. Lead on, O King Eternal, We follow; not with fears, For gladness breaks like morning where’er Thy face appears. Thy cross is lifted o’er us; We journey in its light; The crown awaits the conquest; Lead on, O God of might. (Worship in Song, No. 28)

11     John 1:29-39; Revelation 5; Psalm 33; Philippians 2:1-11
12     Zechariah 1:8-17; 6:1-8; Revelation 6; Hebrews 11; Matthew 24
13     Revelation 7-8:5; 21:3-5; Psalm 23:1; John 10:11-18; Colossians 2:2-4, 12
14     Revelation 8:6-9:21; Romans 1:18-32; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
15     Revelation 10-11; Daniel 2:44; 7:14, 27; Psalm 2
16     Matthew 2; 4:1-11; Revelation 12-13:1a; Job 1:9-11; Luke 10:18; 1 Peter 5:8-9
17     Revelation 13:1b-18; Luke 21:8-19; Romans 5:3-4; 15:4-5; 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon his throne; Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee, And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity. Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave, and rose victoriously in the strife for those He came to save; His glories now we sing Who died and rose on high, Who died eternal life to bring, and lives, that death may die. Crown Him the Lord of love; Behold His hands and side, Those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified. All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me; Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity. (Worship in Song, No. 163)

18     Revelation 14; Jeremiah 25:15-38; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Galatians 6:7-8
19     Revelation 15-16; Luke 12:35-40; Joel 2:13-14; Hebrews 12:14-29
20     Revelation 13:1-9; Revelation 17; John 16:33; Psalm 33, 37
21     Revelation 18, 6:9-11; Hebrews 11
22     Revelation 19; Isaiah 63; Matthew 22:1-14; 25:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 2; John 3:19
23     Revelation 20; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 2:1-16; 2 Corinthians 5:10
24     Isaiah 60, 62; John 14:1-6; Revelation 21; 1 Corinthians 15

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, every tongue confess Him King of Glory now; ‘Tis the Father’s pleasure we shall call Him Lord, who from the beginning was the mighty Word. Brothers, this Lord Jesus shall return again, with His Father’s glory o’er the earth to reign; For all wreaths of empire meet upon His brow, and our hearts confess Him King of Glory now. (The Hymnbook, No. 143)

25     Genesis 3:21-24; Revelation 22, 7:3, 2:16, 3:11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
26     Esther 1; Proverbs 20:1-2, 23:19-21, 29-35; Ecclesiastes 2; Luke 14:7-35
27     Esther 2; Psalm 45
28     Esther 3; Proverbs 14:16, 26:8; Psalm 91
29     Esther 4; Ecclesiastes 3:7; Isaiah 43
30     Esther 5-6; Proverbs 26:1, 3:29-35; Psalm 62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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