July 14 - 1 Corinthians 2, 1 Kings 15.1-32 and Joel 2.12-32
The Message about the Crucified Christ1 Corinthians 2 When I came to you, my friends, to preach God's secret truth, I did not use big words and great learning. 2For while I was with you, I made up my mind to forget everything except Jesus Christ and especially his death on the cross. 3So when I came to you, I was weak and trembled all over with fear, 4and my teaching and message were not delivered with skillful words of human wisdom, but with convincing proof of the power of God's Spirit. 5Your faith, then, does not rest on human wisdom but on God's power.
I do proclaim a message of wisdom to those who are
spiritually mature. But it is not the wisdom that belongs
to this world or to the powers that rule this
world--powers that are losing their power. 7The
wisdom I proclaim is God's secret wisdom, which is hidden
from human beings, but which he had already chosen for
our glory even before the world was made. 8None
of the rulers of this world knew this wisdom. If they had
known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of
glory. 9However, as the scripture says,
King Abijah of Judah
1 Kings 15 In the
eighteenth year of the reign of King Jeroboam of Israel,
Abijah became king of Judah, 2and he ruled
three years in Jerusalem. His mother was Maacah, the
daughter of Absalom. 3He committed the same
sins as his father and was not completely loyal to the LORD his God, as his great-grandfather
David had been. 4But for David's sake the LORD his God gave Abijah a son to rule
after him in Jerusalem and to keep Jerusalem secure. 5The
LORD did this because David had
done what pleased him and had never disobeyed any of his
commands, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite. 6The
war which had begun between Rehoboam and Jeroboam
continued throughout Abijah's lifetime. 7And
everything else that Abijah did is recorded in The
History of the Kings of Judah.
King Asa of Judah
the twentieth year of the reign of King Jeroboam of
Israel, Asa became king of Judah, 10and he
ruled forty-one years in Jerusalem. His grandmother was
Maacah, the daughter of Absalom. 11Asa did
what pleased the LORD, as his
ancestor David had done. 12He expelled from
the country all the male and female prostitutes serving
at the pagan places of worship, and he removed all the
idols his predecessors had made. 13He removed
his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother,
because she had made an obscene idol of the fertility
goddess Asherah. Asa cut down the idol and burned it in
Kidron Valley. 14Even though Asa did not
destroy all the pagan places of worship, he remained
faithful to the LORD all his life. 15He
placed in the Temple all the objects his father had
dedicated to God, as well as the gold and silver objects
that he himself dedicated.
King Nadab of Israel
the second year of the reign of King Asa of Judah, King
Jeroboam's son Nadab became king of Israel, and he ruled
for two years. 26Like his father before him,
he sinned against the LORD and led
Israel into sin.
A Call to RepentanceJoel 2 12"But even now," says the LORD,
"repent sincerely and return to me
with fasting and weeping and mourning.
13Let your broken heart show your sorrow;
tearing your clothes is not enough."
Come back to the LORD your God.
He is kind and full of mercy;
he is patient and keeps his promise;
he is always ready to forgive and not punish.
14Perhaps the LORD your God will change his mind
and bless you with abundant crops.
Then you can offer him grain and wine.
15Blow the trumpet on Mount Zion;
give orders for a fast and call an assembly!
16Gather the people together;
prepare them for a sacred meeting;
bring the old people;
gather the children
and the babies too.
Even newly married couples
must leave their homes and come.
17The priests, serving the LORD
between the altar and the entrance of the Temple,
must weep and pray:
"Have pity on your people, LORD.
Do not let other nations despise us and mock us
by saying, 'Where is your God?'"
God Restores Fertility to the Land
the LORD showed concern for his
The Day of the LORD
I will pour out my Spirit on everyone:
This reading is from The Holy
Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American
Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.
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