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Holy Scripture Reading, James 2: 11-13, NIVUK.

James 2:11-13 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

11 “For he who said, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’[a] also said, ‘You shall not murder.’[b] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a law-breaker.

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

Footnotes:

  1. James 2:11 Exodus 20:14; Deut. 5:18
  2. James 2:11 Exodus 20:13; Deut. 5:17

Holy Scripture Reading, Romans 8: 32, NIVUK.

Romans 8:32New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

32 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things”

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Holy Scripture Reading, Psalm 42: 8, NIVUK.

Psalm 42:8 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
“By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me –
a prayer to the God of my life.”
New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

*Always a prayer to the God of my life! –  Sing my spirit and soul!

Holy Scripture Reading, Psalm 16: 8, ESVUK.

Verse of the Day
“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”
Psalm 16:8 ESVUK
Today’s passage is from the English Standard Version Anglicised.

“These Are The Times That Try Men’s Soul’s”, Thomas Paine.

Common Sense
The American Crisis
The Rights of Man
Age of Reason

 

The Crisis
by Thomas Paine

The American Crisis is a collection of articles written by Thomas Paine during the American Revolutionary War. In 1776 Paine wrote Common Sense, an extremely popular and successful pamphlet arguing for Independence from England. The essays collected here constitute Paine’s ongoing support for an independent and self-governing America through the many severe crises of the Revolutionary War. General Washington found the first essay so inspiring, he ordered that it be read to the troops at Valley Forge.

The American Crisis: December 23, 1776
The American Crisis: Philadelphia, Jan. 13, 1777
The American Crisis: Philadelphia, April 19, 1777
The American Crisis: Philadelphia, Sept. 12, 1777
The American Crisis: Lancaster, March 21, 1778
The American Crisis: Philadelphia, Oct. 20, 1778.
The American Crisis: Philadelphia, Nov. 21, 1778
The American Crisis: Philadelphia, March, 1780
The American Crisis: Philadelphia, Oct. 4, 1780
The American Crisis: Philadelphia, March 5, 1782
The American Crisis: Philadelphia May 31, 1782
The American Crisis: Philadelphia, Oct. 29, 1782
The American Crisis: Philadelphia, April 19, 178

*However, sadly later Paine’s anti-religious views got the best of him, and he died very unpopular. But “The Times That Try Men’s Soul’s” still lives among us today!  But indeed our times are surely in the hand and providence of Almighty God!  What will become however of the West and America, is still a real question for us today!  Man has some aspect of responsible freedom, but never really free-will, apart from God.

Holy Scripture Reading, John 4: 1-26, NASB.

Today’s Bible Reading
August 19
John 4:1-26; NASB
1 “Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), 3 He left Judea and went away again into Galilee. 4 And He had to pass through Samaria. 5 So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; 6 and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” 16 He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband ‘; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” 19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” “

Holy Scripture Reading, 1 John 5: 12, ESVUK.

Verse of the Day
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
1 John 5:12 ESVUK
Today’s passage is from the English Standard Version Anglicised.