Ecclesiastes 9-11 (ESV) 9:1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. 2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to […]

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Ecclesiastes 8:10-17 (ESV) 10 Then I saw the wicked buried. They used to go in and out of the holy place and were praised in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity. 11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.12 Though a sinner […]

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Authority Under the Sun – Ecclesiastes 8:1-9

Ecclesiastes 8:1-9 (ESV) 1 Who is like the wise?     And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine,     and the hardness of his face is changed. 2 I say: Keep the king’s command, because of God’s oath to him. 3 Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for […]

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Ecclesiastes 7:19-29 (ESV) 19 Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. 20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. 21 Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. 22 Your heart knows that many times you yourself […]

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Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 (ESV) 15 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your […]

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Ecclesiastes 7:11-14 (ESV) 11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance,     an advantage to those who see the sun. 12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,     and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. 13 Consider the work of God:     who can make straight what he has made crooked? 14 In the […]

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The Glorious Incarnation – Luke 2:1-7

Luke 2:1-7 (ESV) 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration whenQuirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the […]

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Great Joy for All the People – Luke 2:8-20

Luke 2:8-20 (ESV) 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you […]

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Jesus: A King for All People – Matthew 1:1-16

Matthew 1:1-16 (ESV) 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and […]

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