Year B Lent (March 4th)

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John 12:36-43 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

36 While ye have Light, believe in the Light, that ye may be the children of Light.” These things spoke Jesus, and departed and hid Himself from them.

37 But though He had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not in Him,

38 that the saying of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who hath believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39 Therefore they could not believe, because as Isaiah said again:

40 “He hath blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.”

41 These things said Isaiah when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

42 Nevertheless, among the chief rulers also, many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;

43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Year B Lent (March 3rd)

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Genesis 22:1-19 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

22 And it came to pass after these things, that God tested Abraham and said unto him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Behold, here I am.”

And He said, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”

And Abraham rose up early in the morning and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he cleaved the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up and went unto the place of which God had told him.

Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

And Abraham said unto his young men, “Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”

And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand and a knife, and they went both of them together.

And Isaac spoke unto Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” And he said, “Behold the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” So they went both of them together.

And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.”

12 And He said, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him; for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from Me.”

13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked; and behold, behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh [that is, The Lord will provide]; as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”

15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time

16 and said, “By Myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son,

17 in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.

18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed My voice.”

19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

Year B Lent (March 2nd)

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Genesis 21:1-7 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

21 And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as He had spoken.

For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

And Abraham called the name of his son who was born unto him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.

And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac, being eight days old, as God had commanded him.

And Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born unto him.

And Sarah said, “God hath made me laugh, so that all who hear will laugh with me.”

And she said, “Who would have said unto Abraham that Sarah should have given children suck? For I have borne him a son in his old age.”

2nd Sunday of Lent

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Prayer of the Day
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen
In this we get to see Abraham receiving a new name.  Depending on when we were baptized, it’s the same with us in that the infant’s name is revealed at that point in time.  Maybe we should think of our rebirth as a time of newness for all involved
Psalm 22:23-31 (KJ21)

Psalm 22:23-31 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise Him! All ye the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him, all ye the seed of Israel.

24 For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath He hid His face from Him, but when He cried unto Him, He heard.

25 My praise shall be of Thee in the great congregation; I will pay My vows before them that fear Him.

26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied; they shall praise the Lord that seek Him. Your heart shall live for ever.

27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee.

28 For the kingdom is the Lord’S, and He is the governor among the nations.

29 All they that are fat upon the earth shall eat and worship; all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him, for none can keep alive his own soul.

30 A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

31 They shall come and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that He hath done this.

From the newness of rebirth in the Genesis story to the knowledge that we are all children of Abraham, if not biological, then spiritually.  For he was the one that led the way.  Kings and Queens have sprung from his lineage.  It’s a heady thing to try to come to terms with.  Even if it is just a story, just the knowledge that he was the one that started us on our path is somehow fitting to know.
This newness, or new name that we hold should be a complete break from our previous lives.  Yet we always seem to have a difficult time in trying to live that type of life.  As Paul said so well, I do the things I do not wish to  and yet I don’t do the things that I wish to.  That’s our human nature coming through.  It’s all about us, and our survival.  I’ve mentioned several times that it’s our rebellious streak, but it’s also about our survival.  It’s difficult giving up control, it’s frightening.  Yet in the end it turns out so much better because we don’t have to worry about the future and all it entails.

Year B Lent (February 28th)

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Romans 4:13-25 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

13 For the promise that he should be the heir of the world came not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

14 For if those who are of the law be heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect,

15 because the law worketh wrath; for where there is no law, there is no transgression.

16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be given by grace to the end that the promise might be made sure to all the seed, not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all

17 (as it is written: “I have made thee a father of many nations”), in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which are not, as though they were.

18 Abraham, against all hope, believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, “So shall thy seed be.”

19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, nor yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God,

21 and being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able also to perform.

22 And therefore “it was imputed to him for righteousness.”

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him,

24 but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed if we believe in Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,

25 who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.

Year B Lent (February 27th)

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Psalm 22:23-31 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise Him! All ye the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him, all ye the seed of Israel.

24 For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath He hid His face from Him, but when He cried unto Him, He heard.

25 My praise shall be of Thee in the great congregation; I will pay My vows before them that fear Him.

26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied; they shall praise the Lord that seek Him. Your heart shall live for ever.

27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee.

28 For the kingdom is the Lord’S, and He is the governor among the nations.

29 All they that are fat upon the earth shall eat and worship; all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him, for none can keep alive his own soul.

30 A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

31 They shall come and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that He hath done this.

Year B Lent (February 26th)

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Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

17 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram and said unto him, “I am the Almighty God. Walk before Me, and be thou perfect.

And I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.”

And Abram fell on his face; and God talked with him, saying,

“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee.

15 And God said unto Abraham, “As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

16 And I will bless her and give thee a son also by her. Yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.”

Year B Lent (February 25th)

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Proverbs 30:1-9 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

30 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spoke unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal:

Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.

I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

Who hath ascended up into heaven or hath descended? Who hath gathered the wind in His fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.

Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee and thou be found a liar.

Two things have I required of Thee; deny me them not before I die:

Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me only food sufficient for me,

lest I be full, and deny Thee, and say, “Who is the Lord?”— or lest I be poor and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

Year B Lent (February 24th)

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1 Peter 3:8-18 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one for another. Love each other as brethren, be sympathetic, be courteous,

not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing, knowing that ye are called thereto, that ye might inherit a blessing.

10 For, “He that would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.

11 Let him eschew evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

13 And who is he that will harm you if ye be followers of that which is good?

14 But if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye. “And be not afraid of their terror; neither be troubled.”

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man who asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

16 Have a good conscience, that, whereas they speak evil of you as of evildoers, they who falsely accuse may be ashamed by your good manner of life in Christ.

17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for welldoing than for evildoing.

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit,

Year B Lent (February 23rd)

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Job 4:1-21 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

“If we attempt to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking?

Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

Thy words have upheld him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

“Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? Or where were the righteous cut off?

Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity and sow wickedness reap the same.

By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of His nostrils are they consumed.

10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions are broken.

11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.

12 “Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,

14 fear came upon me and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.

16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof; an image was before mine eyes. There was silence and I heard a voice, saying,

17 ‘Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?

18 Behold, He put no trust in His servants, and His angels He charged with folly:

19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth?

20 They are destroyed from morning to evening; they perish for ever without any regarding it.

21 Doth not their excellence which is in them go away? They die, even without wisdom.’

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