Year B Pentecost (May 25th)

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Joel 2:18-29 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

18 Then will the Lord be jealous for His land, and pity His people.

19 Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto His people: “Behold, I will send you corn and wine and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith; and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen.

20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea. And his stink shall come up, and his ill savor shall come up” because He hath done great things.

21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord will do great things!

22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field; for the pastures of the wilderness spring up, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.

23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He hath given you the early rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the early rain and the latter rain in the first month.

24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.

25 “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm and the caterpillar and the palmer worm, My great army which I sent among you.

26 And ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God that hath dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be ashamed.

27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else; and My people shall never be ashamed.

28 “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions;

29 and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit.

Day of Pentecost

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Prayer of the Day
Mighty God, you breathe life into our bones, and your Spirit brings truth to the world. Send us this Spirit, transform us by your truth, and give us language to proclaim your gospel, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen
When you’re walking around in the morning and hear someone babbling, you’re inclined to think that he or she is already drunk.  It was the same almost two thousand years ago.  Yet at the same time, this was far different.  For these babbles were also in other languages, languages that the “drunken” ones should not have been able to speak.  How could someone from a poor region with little schooling suddenly speak in another language without being in an accident?  I would think God would have something to do with it.  This is the only time (at least I think) that something like this has happened.  Personally I wouldn’t know what to think about it if I were there.
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (KJ21)

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

24 O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; the earth is full of Thy riches.

25 So also is this great and wide sea, wherein are innumerable creeping things, both small and great beasts.

26 There go the ships; there also is that leviathan, whom Thou hast made to play therein.

27 These all wait upon Thee, that Thou mayest give them their meat in due season.

28 What Thou givest them, they gather: Thou openest Thine hand, they are filled with good.

29 Thou hidest Thy face, they are troubled; Thou takest away their breath, they die and return to their dust.

30 Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit, they are created; and Thou renewest the face of the earth.

31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever; the Lord shall rejoice in His works.

32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth; He toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34 My meditation of Him shall be sweet; I will be glad in the Lord.

35 Bless thou the Lord, O my soul! Praise ye the Lord!
In Paul’s letter he goes into better detail with what was spoken about in Acts, where it’s the Holy Spirit that comes in and gives us the ability to not only pray but intercede, even when we do not have the words.  Isn’t that awesome?  When we’re at a loss for words in prayer, the Holy Spirit takes up the slack and knows exactly what’s needed.  And in the end we don’t have to worry about getting it right.
We see in John’s gospel one of the reasons why Jesus had to leave, for if he didn’t then he couldn’t send the Holy Spirit.  And if he couldn’t send the Holy Spirit then Pentecost would never have happened, and we wouldn’t be here today almost two thousand years later.

Year B Easter (May 23rd)

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Romans 8:22-27 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope, for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for it?

25 But if we hope for that which we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Year B Easter (May 22nd)

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Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

24 O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; the earth is full of Thy riches.

25 So also is this great and wide sea, wherein are innumerable creeping things, both small and great beasts.

26 There go the ships; there also is that leviathan, whom Thou hast made to play therein.

27 These all wait upon Thee, that Thou mayest give them their meat in due season.

28 What Thou givest them, they gather: Thou openest Thine hand, they are filled with good.

29 Thou hidest Thy face, they are troubled; Thou takest away their breath, they die and return to their dust.

30 Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit, they are created; and Thou renewest the face of the earth.

31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever; the Lord shall rejoice in His works.

32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth; He toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34 My meditation of Him shall be sweet; I will be glad in the Lord.

35 Bless thou the Lord, O my soul! Praise ye the Lord!

Year B Easter (May 21st)

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Acts 2:1-21 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men out of every nation under heaven.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together and were confounded, because every man heard them speaking in his own language.

And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, “Behold, are not all these who speak Galileans?

And how then do we each hear them speaking in our own tongue wherein we were born?

Parthians, Medes, Elamites and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretans and Arabians — we hear them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

12 And they were all amazed and were in doubt, saying one to another, “What meaneth this?”

13 Others mocking said, “These men are full of new wine.”

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and said unto them, “Ye men of Judea and all ye who dwell in Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words.

15 For these are not drunken as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day;

16 but this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days My Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

19 And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath — blood and fire and vapor of smoke.

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood before that great and notable Day of the Lord come.

21 And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Year B Easter (May 20th)

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Ezra 9:5-15 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God,

and said: “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to Thee, my God; for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

Since the days of our fathers we have been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.

And now for a little space grace hath been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a constant and sure abode in His holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving to set up the house of our God and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

10 “And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken Thy commandments,

11 which Thou hast commanded by Thy servants the prophets, saying, ‘The land unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness.

12 Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever, that ye may be strong and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever.’

13 And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great trespass, seeing that Thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this,

14 should we again break Thy commandments and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? Wouldest not Thou be angry with us until Thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?

15 O Lord God of Israel, Thou art righteous, for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day. Behold, we are before Thee in our trespasses, for we cannot stand before Thee because of this.”

Year B Easter (May 19th)

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

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is according to godliness,

in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began,

but hath in due times manifested His Word through preaching which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior,

To Titus, my own son in the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

if any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot or unruly.

For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God, not selfwilled, not quick to anger, not given to wine, not violent, not given to filthy lucre;

but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate,

holding fast the faithful Word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Year B Easter (May 18th)

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Exodus 28:29-38 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

29 And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel on the breastplate of judgment upon his heart when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.

31 “And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue;

32 and there shall be a hole in the top of it, in the middle thereof. It shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of a jacket of mail, that it be not rent.

33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue and of purple and of scarlet round about the hem thereof, and bells of gold between them round about:

34 a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.

35 And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers; and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the Lord and when he cometh out, that he die not.

36 “And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold and engrave upon it, like the engravings of a signet: Holiness to the Lord.

37 And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the miter; upon the forefront of the miter it shall be.

38 And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts. And it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord.

7th Sunday of Easter

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Prayer of the Day
Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the powerful name of Christ you protect us from evil. By your Spirit transform us and your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen
Here we see the disciples choosing someone to take the place of Judas.  What I find interesting is this is the last time we see anyone casting lots.  For after this it was the guiding of the Holy Spirit that helped in the decision making for future endeavors.
Psalm 1 (KJ21)

Psalm 1 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful;

but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

This section can be rather difficult to understand, that is unless we come to realize that if we’ve heard the gospel and then don’t believe, then it’s our fault.  If we haven’t heard the gospel, then it is our fault (in a way), but it’s actually the fault of the other believers nearby.  For we are called to at least give them the word, but not to force feed those same people.  For if we force it, then it’s our fault.  It has to be the unbeliever that comes to realization.  There is an old saying “You can lead a horse to water, but can’t make him drink.”  But there’s also a corollary to that: “yet we can give him salt.”  That’s what we should be: salt so the unbeliever will begin to thirst after what is real and true.
In the gospel we see the same themes from John’s first letter, and also hints from the Acts readings.  This is the great priestly prayer that Jesus gave before he was arrested.  It’s all about keeping the believer safe from the evil one’s barbs and snares while in the world.  I wonder how the ones who make vicious fun of the believer would think if they found out that they were in scripture from almost 2000 years ago.  Then again, they’d probably just blow it off.  The ones that are the meanest and the most arrogant are also the ones I would think that need the most help.

Year B Easter (May 16th)

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1 John 5:9-13 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater, for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son.

10 He that believeth in the Son of God hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son.

11 And this is the record: that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

12 He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son hath not life.

13 These things I have written unto you that believe in the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe in the name of the Son of God.

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