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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

October

1    Romans 9; Jeremiah 18; Isaiah 29:13-16; 64:5-9
2    Isaiah 65; Romans 10
3    Romans 11; Psalm 139
4    Romans 12; Leviticus 19:18; Proverbs 20:22; I Peter 2:11-12
5    Romans 13; Titus 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

A charge to keep have I, a God to glorify; a never dying soul to save and fit it for the sky. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill; Oh, may it all my powers engage to do my Master’s will! Arm me with jealous care, as in Thy sight to live; and, oh, Thy servant, Lord, prepare a strict account to give. Help me to watch and pray, and on Thyself rely, assured if I my trust betray I shall forever die. (Worship in Song, #190)

6    Romans 14; Psalm 34:14; Hebrews 12:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:9-13
8    1 Peter 1; 1 Chronicles 29:15; Psalm 39:12; Hebrews 13:13-16; Ephesians 2:1-13
9    1 Peter 2:1-12; Romans 13:8-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; Psalm 65:1-4
10  1 Peter 2:13-3:22; Ephesians 5:22-6:9; Romans 13
11   1 Peter 4; Philippians 1:27-30; Revelation 2:10
12   Jeremiah 10:21; 23:1-4; Matthew 9:36; John 10:1-18; 1 Peter 5

I heard an old, old story, how a Saviour came from glory, how He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me. I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood’s atoning, then I repented of my sins and won the victory. I heard about His healing, of His cleansing power revealing, how He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see. And then I cried “Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit”; and somehow Jesus came and brought to me the victory. Oh, victory in Jesus, my Saviour forever! He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood. He loved me ‘ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him. He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood. (Worship in Song, #434)

13   Matthew 17:1-8; 2 Peter 1; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:105; 2 Corinthians 4:6
14   2 Peter 2; Hebrews 6:4-6
15   Ezekiel 12:21-28; 2 Peter 3; 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
16   1 Timothy 1; Romans 5:21; 7:7-8:17; Hebrews 5:11-14; James 3:1; 1 Peter 2:1-3
17   1 Timothy 2; Genesis 3; Proverbs 31; 11:16, 22; 14:1
18   1 Timothy 3; Romans 12; Hebrews 13:17
19   1 Timothy 4; 1:7; John 13:1-17; 1 Corinthians 11:1

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labor increases; to added affliction He addeth His mercy, to multiplied trials, His multiplied peace. His love has no limit, His grace has no measure, His power has no boundary known unto men; For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again! (Hymns for the Family of God, #112)

20   1 Timothy 5:1-6:2; 1 Corinthians 7:8; James 1:27; Ephesians 6:5-9; Psalm 68:4-5
21   1 Timothy 6:3-21; Ecclesiastes 4:4-8; Luke 12; Revelation 3:14-22
22   2 Timothy 1; Mark 8:34-38; Romans 1:8-17; Philippians 1:12-30; 1 Peter 4:12-19
23   2 Timothy 2; Romans 6:1-14; Ephesians 4:1-3
24   2 Timothy 3; Jeremiah 12:10-11; 23:1-4; John 10:1-16; Acts 20:25-31
25   2 Timothy 4; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 3:7-4:1
26   Titus 1; 1 Timothy 1:1-7; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; Philippians 1:9-11

Fight the good fight with all thy might! Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right; Lay hold on life, and it shall be thy joy and crown eternally. Run thou the race through God’s good grace, lift up thine eyes, and seek His face; life with its way before us lies, Christ is they path, and Christ the prize. Faint not nor fear, His arms are near, He changeth not and thou art dear; Only believe, and then thou shall see that Christ is all in all to thee. (The Baptist Hymnal, #406)

27   Titus 2; Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 11:18-21; Psalm 25; Proverbs 9:9; 22:17-21
28   Titus 3; Romans 13; 1 Peter 2:17
29   Philemon 1; 1 Peter 3:15-16; Luke 9:26; Matthew 6:14; Luke 17:1-4; Romans 16
30   Revelation 1:1-8; John 1:1-18; Revelation 21:6; 22:6-21
31    Revelation 1:9-20; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 5:14-16; 16:13-20