Golden Text| Micah 4:5 NLT - we will follow the Lord our God forever and ever.
Responsive Reading| Isa 42:5,6 NLT - 5 God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth. And it is he who says, 6 “I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will take you by the hand and guard you, and I will give you to my people, Israel, as a symbol of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide the nations.
Isa 30 15,18,21 NLT - 15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. 18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. 21 Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Rom 6:17,22,23 PHIL - Thank God that you, who were at one time the servants of sin, honestly responded to the impact of Christ’s teaching when you came under its influence. CEB - 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, you have the consequence of a holy life, and the outcome is eternal life. 23 The wages that sin pays are death, but God’s gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1| Rev 1:19 NLT - 19 “Write down what you have seen—both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen.
2| Ps 16:8-11 NLT - . 8 I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. 9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.[b] My body rests in safety. 10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead[c] or allow your holy one[d] to rot in the grave. 11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
3| Ps 56:4,13 CEB - 4 in God, whose word I praise. I trust in God; I won’t be afraid. What can mere flesh do to me? 13because you have saved my life from death, saved my feet from stumbling so that I can walk before God in the light of life.
4| Ps 25:4,5 CEB - 4 Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths. 5 Lead me in your truth—teach it to me—because you are the God who saves me. I put my hope in you all day long.
5| Deu 5:33 CEB - 33 Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.
6| Gen 5:22-24 NLT - After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 23 Enoch lived 365 years, 24 walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.
7| Rev 4:1 MSG - “Ascend and enter. I’ll show you what happens next.”
8| Deu 30:16 NLT - 16 For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways.
9| I Kings 18:21 VOICE - 21 How much longer will you sit on the fence, refusing to make a decision between the Lord and Baal? If you believe the Eternal One is the True God, then devote yourselves entirely to Him. If you believe Baal is your master, then devote yourselves entirely to him.
10| II Kings 2:1,6-8,11 MSG - Just before God took Elijah to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on a walk out of Gilgal. 6 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here. God has sent me on an errand to the Jordan.” Elisha said, “Not on your life! I’m not letting you out of my sight!” And so the two of them went their way together. 7 Meanwhile, fifty men from the guild of prophets gathered some distance away while the two of them stood at the Jordan. 8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up, and hit the water with it. The river divided and the two men walked through on dry land. 11 And so it happened. They were walking along and talking. Suddenly a chariot and horses of fire came between them and Elijah went up in a whirlwind to heaven.
11| II Tim 4:5 PHIL - Go on steadily preaching the gospel and carry out to the full the commission that God gave you.
12| Isa 9:2 NLT - 2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. 13| Mark 1:14,15 NLT - 14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
14| John 5:24 NLT - 24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
15| Matt 10:8 NRSV - Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.
16| Luke 7:11,12-15 NLT - 12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
17| Col 3:3 NLT - your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
18| Acts 6:8,9,12,15 NLT - 8 Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people.9 But one day some men from the Synagogue of Freed Slaves, as it was called, started to debate with him. They were Jews from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and the province of Asia. 12 This roused the people, the elders, and the teachers of religious law. So they arrested Stephen and brought him before the high council. 15 At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s.
19| Acts 7:2,52,54-57,59,60 NLT - 2 This was Stephen's reply: "Brothers and honorable fathers, listen to me. Our glorious God appeared to our ancestor Abraham in Mesopotamia before he moved to Haran. 52 Name one prophet your ancestors didn't persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One -- the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. 54 The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen's accusation, and they shook their fists in rage. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily upward into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God's right hand. 56 And he told them, "Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God's right hand!" 57 Then they put their hands over their ears, and drowning out his voice with their shouts, they rushed at him. 59 And as they stoned him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 And he fell to his knees, shouting, "Lord, don't charge them with this sin!" And with that, he died.
20| Rom 8:1,2 PHIL - The truth is that no condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are “in” Christ Jesus. 2 For the new spiritual principle of life “in” Christ Jesus lifts me out of the old vicious circle of sin and death.
21| II Cor 4:13,14,16,17 - 13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”[c] 14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus,[d] will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[e] being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
22| Phil 3:13,14 PHIL My brothers, I do not consider myself to have grasped it fully even now. But I do concentrate on this: I forget all that lies behind me and with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead I go straight for the goal---my reward the honour of my high calling by God in Christ Jesus.
CEB - Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. 14 The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.
NLT - No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[d] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
23| Col 1:3,5,10 NLT - 3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 5 which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
24| II Peter 1:11 PHIL - Indeed if you live this sort of life a rich welcome awaits you as you enter the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
CEB – COMMON ENGLISH BIBLE
ESV – ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION
MSG – THE MESSAGE
NIV – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
NLT – NEW LIVING TRANSLATION
NRSV - NEW REVISED STANDARD VERSION
PHIL - JB PHILLIPS, NEW TESTAMENT IN MODERN ENGLISH
VOICE – THE VOICE