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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 


May 2022

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April 2022

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1Mark 14:1-16

2Mark 14:17-42; John 13

3Mark 14:43-15:47

4 Matthew 16:21-28; 27:62-66; 28:11-15

I know that my Redeemer lives! What joy the blest assurance gives! He lives, He lives, who once was dead; He lives, my everlasting Head! He lives to bless me with His love; He lives, to plead for me above; He lives, my hungry soul to feed; He lives, to help in time of need. He lives, all glory to His name; He lives, my Savior, still the same; What joy, the blest assurance gives; I know that my Redeemer lives! (The Methodist Hymnal, #445)

5 Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-35; John 20:1-23

6 John 20:24-31

7 John 21 

8 Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:1-11; John 14

9 Psalm 109:1-8; Acts 1:12-26

10 Acts 2

11 Acts 3; Deuteronomy 19:15, 18-19; Romans 1:16

Holy Spirit, breathe on me until my heart is clean. Let sunshine fill its inmost part, with not a cloud between. Holy Spirit, breathe on me; my stubborn will subdue. Teach me in words of living flame what Christ would have me do. Holy Spirit, breathe on me; fill me with power divine. Kindle a flame of love and zeal within this heart of mine. Breathe on me, breathe on me, Holy Spirit, breathe on me. Take Thou my heart; cleanse every part. Holy Spirit, breathe on me. (Worship in Song, #272) 

12 Acts 4:1-5:11; Leviticus 19:11; John 8:44-45; Colossians 3:5-10

13 Acts 5:12-6:7; I Corinthians 12

14 Acts 6:8-8:3; Galatians 1:13, 23 

15 Acts 8:4-40; Isaiah 56:4-8

16 Acts 9:1-31; Galatians 1:11-24

17 Acts 9:32-11:30; 1 Timothy 6:17-19;
2 Corinthians 9:6-11

18 Acts 12:1-14,28; 9:15-16; 2 Timothy 3; Job 36:15

And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood! Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me to Him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God, should die for me? He left His Father’s throne above, so free, so infinite His grace! Emptied Himself of all but love, and bled for Adam’s helpless race. ”Tis mercy all, immense and free! For, O my God, it found out me. Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God should die for me? (Worship in Song, #221)

19 Acts 15:1-35; Romans 1:1-6; 3:21-31 

20 Acts 15:36-16:40; 2 Corinthians 11;
Hebrews 10:32-39; 13:3; Revelation 2:10

21 Acts 17; 1 Thessalonians 2-3

22Acts 18; Romans 16:3-5a; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 1 Peter 1:22

23 Acts 19; Exodus 34:10-17; Leviticus 19:4;
Psalm 135

24 Acts 20; 2 Timothy 2:1-13; 4:1-5

25 Acts 21-23:11; Matthew 5:10-12;
Psalm 119:153-160

“Almost persuaded” now to believe; “Almost persuaded” Christ to receive; Seems now some soul to say, “Go, Spirit, go Thy way. Some more convenient day on Thee I’ll call.” “Almost persuaded,“ come, come today. “Almost persuaded,” turn not away. Jesus invites you here; Angels are lin-g’ling near; Prayers rise from hearts so dear. O wanderer come! “Almost persuaded,” harvest is past! “Almost persuaded,” doom comes at last! “Almost” cannot avail; “Almost” is but to fail! Sad, sad, that bitter wail, “Almost,” but lost! (Worship in Song, #233)

26 Acts 23:12-24:27; Psalm 91

27 Acts 25-26; Psalm 7

28 Acts 27-28:10; Psalm 69

29 Acts 28:11-31; 2 Corinthians 11:21b-12:10; Romans 5:1-5; 2 Timothy 1:8-2:13

30 Colossians 1:1-14; John 3:16-21; 8:12;
12:44-46; Ephesians 5:8-20; Psalm 112


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March 2022

 Cast thy burden on the Lord, Lean thou only on His word; Ever will He be thy stay, Tho’ the heavens shall melt away. Ever in the raging storm, Thou shalt see His cheering form; hear his pledge of coming aid: “It is I; be not afraid.” Cast thy burdens at His feet; linger near His mercy seat; He will lead thee by the hand gently to the better land. He will gird thee by His power, in the weary, fainting hour; Lean thou strong upon His Word; Cast thy burden to the Lord. (Baptist Hymnal, #254)

1 Deuteronomy 6:4-8; Psalm 119:89-112;
2 Timothy 2:10-19

2 Mark 4:35-41; 2 Samuel 22; Psalm 65

3 Mark 5:1-20; Matthew 4:23-24; 8:16-17;
Acts 19:11-20; Revelation 20:1-10

4 Mark 5:21-43; Psalm 103

5 Mark 6:1-29; Luke 9:7-9; 14:25-33; Acts 21:10-14

6 Mark 6:30-56; Ephesians 3:20-21; Psalm 37

7 Mark 7:1-23; Jeremiah 17:9; Micah 6;
James 1:21-27

Savior, like a Shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; In thy pleasant pastures feed us, for Thy use our folds prepare. Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free. Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us loved us still; Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us, loved us still. (The Hymnbook, #380)

8 Mark 7:24-8:10; Colossians 1:15-23;
Ephesians 1:2-23

9 Mark 8:11-38; John 10

10 Mark 9:1-13; Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 11:7-15;
17:1-13 

11 Mark 9:14-29; James 5:13-20; Philippians 4:6-7; Ephesians 6:18

12 Mark 9:30-41; Numbers 11:26-30; Matthew 18:1-9

13 Mark 9:42-50; 1 Corinthians 5; 1 Peter 1:13-25

14 Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:1-16; 1 Corinthians 7;
1 John 1:9-10 

Work, for the night is coming, Work through the morning hours; Work while the dew is sparkling, Work mid springing flowers; Work when the day grows brighter, Work in the glowing sun; Work, for the night is coming, when man’s work is done. Work for the night is coming, under the sunset skies; while their bright tints are glowing, work for the daylight flies. Work till the last beam fadeth, fadeth to shine no more; Work while the night is darkening, when man’s work is o’er. (The Hymnbook, #297)

15 Mark 10:17-31; 2 Chronicles 1:1-12;
Proverbs 11:24-28; 1 Timothy 6:17

16Mark 10:32-45; Philippians 2:1-18; John 13:1-17

17 Mark 10:46-52; Hebrews 11:6; Matthew 7:7-12;
Luke 19:1-10; Psalm 27

18 Mark 11:1-19; Jeremiah 7; Romans 12:12; Colossians 4:2

19 Mark 11:20-33; Luke 17:1-4; Matthew 5:21-24; Matthew 18:21-35

20 Mark 12; Proverbs 25:14; Matthew 6:1-4;
Psalm 37:25-26; 112; Proverbs 11:25

21 Matthew 23; Proverbs 6:16-19; Micah 6:8

Saviour, teach me day by day Love’s sweet lesson to obey; Sweeter lesson cannot be, Loving Him who first loved me. With a child’s glad heart of love, at Thy bidding may I move. Prompt to serve and follow Thee, Loving Him who first loved me. Teach me thus Thy steps to trace, strong to follow in thy grace, Learning how to love from Thee, Loving Him who first loved me. (The Hymnbook, #457)

22 Mark 13; Isaiah 13:9-11; Revelation 6:12-17 

23 Matthew 24; Revelation 16:15

24 Matthew 25

25 1 Thessalonians 4-5:11

26 John 10

27 John 11

28 John 12:1-11; Deuteronomy 15:1-11

All glory, laud, and honor, To Thee, Redeemer, King. To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring! The people of the Hebrews with palms before Thee went; Our praise and prayer and anthems before Thee we present. Thou art the king of Israel, Thou David’s royal Son, Who in the Lord’s name comest, The King and blessed One! To Thee, before Thy Passion, they sang their hymns of praise; To Thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise. All glory, laud and honor to Thee, Redeemer, King, To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring! (The Hymnbook, #187)

29 Matthew 21:1-17; John 12:12-19 

30 John 12:20-50; 3:16-21; Romans 10:9-13

31 Mark 14:10-42: John 17; Mark 14:43-72


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February 2022

1Psalm 20; Proverbs 15:29; Jeremiah 33:2-3; Psalm 37:4

2 Psalm 21; Proverbs 3

3 Psalm 22; Hebrews 5:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11 

4 Psalm 23; John 10

5 Psalm 24; Hebrews 12:14-19

6 Psalm 25; James 1:1-12 In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear.And safe is such confiding, for nothing changes here. The storm may roar without me, my heart may low be laid, but God is round about me, and can I be dismayed? Wherever He may guide me, no want shall turn me back. My Shepherd is beside me, and nothing can I lack. His wisdom ever waketh, His sight is never dim; He knows the way I taketh, and I will walk with him. (The Hymnbook, #417)

7 Psalm 26; Psalm 1:1-3; James 4:4

8 Psalm 27; Psalm 90:13-16

9 Psalm 28; 2 Timothy 4:9-18

10 Psalm 29; 2 Chronicles 20:1-30

11 Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

12 Psalm 31; 27:5; Job 5:17-27

13 Psalm 32; James 5:13-19 The steps of those whom He approves are ordered by the Lord; And though they fall, held by His hand, they yet shall be restored. I have not seen, though since my youth full many years have fled, the saint forsaken, nor beheld His children begging bread. The children of the merciful find blessings kept in store; Depart from evil and do good, and live forevermore. Wait on the Lord and keep His way, And then, by Him approved, Thy heritage shall still remain when sinners are removed. Mark well the perfect, upright man, as still his years increase; Behold his life, and thou shalt see His journey end in peace. (The Hymnbook, #422)

14 Psalm 33; Jeremiah 33

15 Psalm 34; Jeremiah 32:17-44 

16 Job 21; Psalm 35 

17 Psalm 36; 1 Peter 2:9-12

18 Psalm 37; Proverbs 23:17-18

19 Psalm 38; Hebrews 12:1-13

20 Psalm 39; Luke 12:13-21 O grant us light, that we may know the wisdom Thou alone canst give; That truth may guide wher-e’er we go, And virtue bless wher’e’er we live. O grant us light, that we may learn how dead is life from Thee apart, How sure is joy for all who turn to Thee an undivided heart. O grant us light, in grief and pain, To lift our burdened hearts above, And count the very cross a gain, And bless our Father’s hidden love. O grant us light, when, soon or late, All earthly scenes shall pass away, In Thee to find the open gate To deathless home and endless day. (The Hymnbook, #335)

21 Psalm 40; Psalm 89 

22 Psalm 41; James 5:13-20

23 Psalm 42; 57:1-3; Job 35

24 Psalm 43; Psalm 84

25 Psalm 44; Romans 8:13-39

26 Psalm 45; Hebrews 1

27 Psalm 46; Psalm 9:9-10; Psalm 14 The heavens declare Thy glory Lord, In every star Thy wisdom shines; But when our eyes behold thy Word, we read Thy name in fairer lines. The rolling sun, the changing light, And nights and days, Thy power confess; But the blest Volume Thou hast writ reveals Thy justice and Thy Grace. Sun, moon, and stars convey Thy praise round the whole earth, and never stand; so when Thy truth began its race, it touched and glanced on every land. Nor shall Thy spreading gospel rest till through the world Thy truth has run; Till Christ has all the nations blest that see the light, or feel the sun. (The Hymnbook, # 259)

28       Psalm 47; I Chronicles 16

Sandy Sturch


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January 2022

1      Ecclesiastes 1; Psalm 49

2      Ecclesiastes 2; Matthew 6:19-34

            When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died, my riches gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.  Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God; All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.  Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all. (The Baptist Hymnal, #99)

3      Ecclesiastes 3; Matthew 16:24-28; 25:31-46; 1 Peter 4:1-11

4      Ecclesiastes 4; Proverbs 15:16; 27:10

5      Ecclesiastes 5; Psalm 66:13-14; Proverbs 20:25; 1 Timothy 6:6-10; James 1:9-11

6      Ecclesiastes 6; Philippians 1:3-30

7      Ecclesiastes 7; Proverbs 7:6-27; Romans 3:10-20; Psalm 119:9-11

8      Ecclesiastes 8; Psalm 92; Romans 11:33-36

9      Ecclesiastes 9; Psalm 34; Philippians 1:21

Give of your best to the Master; Give him first place in your heart; Give him first place in your service; consecrate every part. Give, and to you shall be given. God His beloved Son gave.  Gratefully seeking to serve Him, give Him the best that you have. Give of your best to the Master; naught else is worthy His love.  He gave Himself for your ransom, gave up His glory above; laid down His life without murmur, you from sin’s ruin to save. Give Him your heart’s adoration; Give Him the best that you have. (Worship in Song, #340)

10    Ecclesiastes 10; Proverbs 15; James 3

11    Ecclesiastes 11; Proverbs 11:24; 1 Timothy 4:6-16

12    Ecclesiastes 12; Psalm 146

13    Psalm 1; 2 Timothy 3

14    Psalm 2; Proverbs 1:20-33

15    Psalm 3; Proverbs 3

16    Psalm 4; Ephesians 4:26-27; James 1:19-27

Soldiers of Christ, arise, And put your armor on, strong in strength which God supplies through His eternal Son. Strong in the Lord of Hosts and in His mighty power, Who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.  Leave no unguarded place, No weakness of the soul; Take every virtue, every grace, and fortify the whole. From strength to strength go on; wrestle, and fight, and pray; Tread all the powers of darkness down, and win the well-fought day. (The Hymnbook, # 362)

17    Psalm 5; 107

18    Psalm 6; Hebrews 12:1-13

19    Psalm 7; Jeremiah 12

20    Psalm 8; Genesis 1-2:3; Hebrews 2; Philippians 2:1-11

21    Psalm 9; Proverbs 23:17-18; Revelation 6:9-11

22    Psalm 10; Romans 3:9-20

23    Psalm 11; Jeremiah 17:5-18 James 1:12

I love the Lord, His strength is mine; He is my God, I trust His grace; My fortress high, my shield divine, My Saviour and my hiding place. From God the victory I receive; Most perfect is His holy way; His word is tried, they who believe Will find the Lord their shield and stay. For who is God, and strong to save, Beside the Lord, our God of might? ‘Tis He that makes me strong and brave, The Lord who guides my steps aright. (The Hymnbook, #370)

24    Psalm 12; James 3

25    Psalm 13; Habakkuk 3

26    Psalm 14; Romans 3:9-4:8

27    Psalm 15; Ephesians 4:17-5:21

28    Psalm 16; 73

29    Psalm 17; Job 23:10-12

30    Psalm 18

 

The heavens declare Thy glory Lord; In every star Thy wisdom shines; But when our eyes behold thy Word, we read Thy name in fairer lines. The rolling sun, the changing light, And nights and days, Thy power confess; But the blest Volume Thou hast writ Reveals Thy justice and Thy Grace.  Sun, moon, and stars convey Thy praise Round the whole earth, and never stand; so when Thy truth began its race, It touched and glanced on every land. Nor shall Thy spreading gospel rest till through the world Thy truth has run; Till Christ has all the nations blest that see the light, or feel the sun. (The Hymnbook, # 259)

31   Psalm 19; Psalm 119:97-112

 


December 2021

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1 Isaiah 40; Matthew 3:1-3; Mark 1:4

2 Matthew 24

3 1 Thessalonians 4-5

4 2 Peter 3

5 2 Thessalonians 2; 1 Corinthians 1:18; John 3:16-18

“Thy Kingdom come,” on bended knee the passing ages pray; and faithful souls have yearned to see on earth that Kingdom’s day. And lo! Already on the hills the flags of dawn appear. Gird up your loins, ye prophet souls, proclaim the day is near! The day in whose clear-shining light all wrong shall stand revealed; when justice shall be clothed with might and every hurt be healed; when knowledge, hand in hand with peace, shall walk the earth abroad; the day of perfect righteousness, the promised day of God. (The Hymnbook, #484)

6 Luke 1:37-80; 3:1-6

7  Matthew 3; 11:1-19

8 Mark 6:6b-29; Luke 14:26-27; Matthew 10:17-23

9 Isaiah 9:1-7; 11-12; Micah 5:2-5

10 Psalm 23; 28:6-9; Ezekiel 34:1-16; Zechariah 13:1-7; John 10:1-18

11 Psalm 46; Psalm 91

12 Psalm 143; 121

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free.  From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in Thee.  Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.  Born Thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King.  Born to reign in us forever, now Thy gracious Kingdom bring.  By Thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone; by Thine all-sufficient merit raise us to Thy glorious throne. (The Hymnbook, #151)

13 Isaiah 7:13-14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 11:6

14 Psalm 89

15 Hebrews 1-2

16 Hebrews 3-5:10

17  Hebrews 5:11-7

18 Hebrews 8-9

19 Hebrews 10

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie; above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; the hope and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.  O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray.  Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel. (The Hymnbook, #171)

20 Luke 1:38-56; Psalm 138

21 Luke 1:57-80; Joel 2:28-32; Jeremiah 31:27-34

22  Romans 10-11

23 Romans 12

24 Luke 2:1-20; Colossians 1:15-23

25  Psalm 47; Colossians 1:24-2:5

26 Isaiah 55

Rejoice, the Lord is King!  Your Lord and King adore!  Rejoice, give thanks, and sing, and triumph evermore. Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!  His Kingdom cannot fail, He rules o’er earth and heaven. The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus given.  Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!  He all His foes shall quell, shall all our sins destroy, and every bosom swell with pure seraphic joy. Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! (Hymnbook, #140)

27 Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Luke 2:21-40

28 Luke 2:41-52; Proverbs 3:1-6

29 John 1:1-34; Ephesians 1:1-14

30 John 3; 5:24; 1 John 3

31 Psalm 90; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10


November 2021

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1 Acts 19:1-20; 20:13-38; Revelation 2:1-7;
1 John 4:1-6; 2 John 4-11

2 James 2:5; Revelation 2:8-11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 

Romans 5:3-5; James 1:1-12

3 Revelation 2:12-17 (see Num. 22-25); 2 Peter 2

4 1 Kings 16:29-34; 18:1-4, 17-21; 19:1-4; 21:5-23; 

Revelation 2:18-29; 2 Peter 3:9

5 John 15:1-8; Luke 12:35-40; Revelation 3:1-6;
7:9-17; 2 Timothy 3:1-5

6 Revelation 3:7-13; Matthew 23:13-39;
1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Ephesians 2:19-22

7 Revelation 3:14-22; Matthew 19:16-30;
James 1:9-11; Hebrews 12:1-13

O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend. I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side, nor wander from the pathway if Thou will be my Guide. O Jesus, Thou hast promised to all who follow Thee that where Thou art in glory, there shall Thy servant be. And Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; Oh give me grace to follow my Master and my Friend. (Hymns for the Family of God, #402)

8 Isaiah 6:1-5; Ezekiel 1; Revelation 4; 1:4-6;
Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:15-23 

9 John 1:29-39; Revelation 5; Psalm 33;
Philippians 2:1-11 

10 Zechariah 1:8-17; 6:1-8; Revelation 6;
Hebrews 11; Matthew 10:17-42 

11 Revelation 7:1-8:5; 21:3-5; Psalm 23:1;
John 10:11-18; Colossians 2:2-4, 12

12 Revelation 8:6 – 9:21; Romans 1:18-32;
2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

13 Revelation 10-11; Daniel 2:44; 7:14, 27; Psalm 2

14 Matthew 2; 3:13-4:11; Revelation 12-13:1a;
Job 1:9-11; Luke 10:18; 1 Peter 5:8-11

Work for the night is coming, work through the morning hours; work while the dew is sparkling, work ‘mid the springing flowers. Work when the day grows brighter, work in the glowing sun; work for the night is coming, when man’s work is done. Work till the last beam fadeth, fadeth to shine no more; work while the night is dark’ning, when man’s work is o’er. (The Hymnbook, #297)

15 Revelation 13:1b-18; Luke 21:8-19; Romans 5:1-5; 15:4-6; 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

16 Revelation 14; Jeremiah 25:15-38;
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Galatians 6:7-8

17 Revelation 15-16; Luke 12:35-40; Joel 2:13-14; 

Hebrews 12:14-29 

18 Revelation 13:1-9; 17; John 16:33; Psalm 33; 37 

19 Revelation 18; 6:9-11; Hebrews 11

20 Revelation 19; Matthew 22:1-14; 25:1-13; 

2 Thessalonians 2; John 3:16-21, 36

21 Revelation 20; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 2:1-16; 

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

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, who rose victorious to 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! (Hymns for the Family of God, #345)

22 Isaiah 60; 62; John 14:1-6; Revelation 21

23 Genesis 3:21-24; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26-29; 3:5, 11-13, 21; 7:1-3; 22:1-21

24 Joel 1; Psalm 80:8-19; Zechariah 14; Matthew 24

25 Joel 2:1-27; Jeremiah 31

26 Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:17-21; Romans 10:5-13

27 Joel 3

28 Amos 1-2; Leviticus 20:11-12

O Master, let me walk with Thee in lowly paths of service free. Tell me Thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care. Help me the slow of heart to move by some clear, winning word of love. Teach me the wayward feet to stay, and guide them in the homeward way. Teach me Thy patience! Still with Thee in closer, dearer company, In work that keeps faith sweet and strong, In trust that triumphs over wrong. In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future’s broadening way, in peace that only Thou canst give, With Thee, O Master, let me live. (Worship in Song, #43)

29 Amos 3-4; Deuteronomy 11:8-32

30 Amos 5:6-6:7; 9:8; Jeremiah 44:24-28; Matthew 7:21-27; Revelation 3:14-22