Children and Parents

    6 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

    4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

  • ephesians 6:10-18

    The Whole Armor of God

    10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

    13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

  • 2 CHRONICLES 1:7-12

    7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”

    8 Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. 9 O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! 10 Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”

    11 God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— 12 I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”

  • 2 CHRONICLES 7:11-16

    The Lord’s Response to Solomon

    11 So Solomon finished the Temple of the Lord, as well as the royal palace. He completed everything he had planned to do in the construction of the Temple and the palace. 12 Then one night the Lord appeared to Solomon and said,

    “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this Temple as the place for making sacrifices. 13 At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. 14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 15 My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. 16 For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.

  • 2 CHRONICLES 15:11-15

    11 On that day they sacrificed to the Lord 700 cattle and 7,000 sheep and goats from the plunder they had taken in the battle. 12 Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul. 13 They agreed that anyone who refused to seek the Lord, the God of Israel, would be put to death—whether young or old, man or woman. 14 They shouted out their oath of loyalty to the Lord with trumpets blaring and rams’ horns sounding. 15 All in Judah were happy about this covenant, for they had entered into it with all their heart. They earnestly sought after God, and they found him. And the Lord gave them rest from their enemies on every side.

  • PSALM 3

    A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom.

    1 O Lord, I have so many enemies;

        so many are against me.

    2 So many are saying,

        “God will never rescue him!” Interlude

    3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;

        you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

    4 I cried out to the Lord,

        and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude

    5 I lay down and slept,

        yet I woke up in safety,

        for the Lord was watching over me.

    6 I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies

        who surround me on every side.

    7 Arise, O Lord!

        Rescue me, my God!

    Slap all my enemies in the face!

        Shatter the teeth of the wicked!

    8 Victory comes from you, O Lord.

        May you bless your people. Interlude

  • PSALM 5:11-12

    11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;

        let them sing joyful praises forever.

    Spread your protection over them,

        that all who love your name may be filled with joy.

    12 For you bless the godly, O Lord;

        you surround them with your shield of love.

  • PSALM 18:1-3

    For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord. He sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang:

    1 I love you, Lord;

        you are my strength.

    2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;

        my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.

    He is my shield, the power that saves me,

        and my place of safety.

    3 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,

        and he saved me from my enemies.

  • PSALM 18:25-29

    25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful;

        to those with integrity you show integrity.

    26 To the pure you show yourself pure,

        but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

    27 You rescue the humble,

        but you humiliate the proud.

    28 You light a lamp for me.

        The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.

    29 In your strength I can crush an army;

        with my God I can scale any wall.

  • lamentations 3:22-27

    22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!

        His mercies never cease.

    23 Great is his faithfulness;

        his mercies begin afresh each morning.

    24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;

        therefore, I will hope in him!”

    25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,

        to those who search for him.

    26 So it is good to wait quietly

        for salvation from the Lord.

    27 And it is good for people to submit at an early age  

        to the yoke of his discipline:

  • ZEPHANIAH 3:14-17

    14 Sing, O daughter of Zion;

        shout aloud, O Israel!

    Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,

        O daughter of Jerusalem!

    15 For the Lord will remove his hand of judgment

        and will disperse the armies of your enemy.

    And the Lord himself, the King of Israel,

        will live among you!

    At last your troubles will be over,

        and you will never again fear disaster.

    16 On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be,

        “Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid!

    17 For the Lord your God is living among you.

        He is a mighty savior.

    He will take delight in you with gladness.

        With his love, he will calm all your fears.

        He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

  • PROVERBS 4:1-7

    1 My children, listen when your father corrects you.

        Pay attention and learn good judgment,

    2 for I am giving you good guidance.

        Don’t turn away from my instructions.

    3 For I, too, was once my father’s son,

        tenderly loved as my mother’s only child.

    4 My father taught me,

    “Take my words to heart.

        Follow my commands, and you will live.

    5 Get wisdom; develop good judgment.

        Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.

    6 Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.

        Love her, and she will guard you.

    7 Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!

        And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.

  • PSALM 128

    A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

    1 How joyful are those who fear the Lord—

        all who follow his ways!

    2 You will enjoy the fruit of your labor.

        How joyful and prosperous you will be!

    3 Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine,

        flourishing within your home.

    Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees

        as they sit around your table.

    4 That is the Lord’s blessing

        for those who fear him.

    5 May the Lord continually bless you from Zion.

        May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.

    6 May you live to enjoy your grandchildren.

        May Israel have peace!

  • 1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7

    4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

  • PROVERBS 23:22-25

    22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,

        and don’t despise your mother when she is old.

    23 Get the truth and never sell it;

        also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.

    24 The father of godly children has cause for joy.

        What a pleasure to have children who are wise.

    25 So give your father and mother joy!

        May she who gave you birth be happy.

  • ephesians 5:21-27

    Spirit-Guided Relationships: Wives and Husbands

    21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

    22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.

    25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.

  • EPHESIANS 5:28-33

    28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. 30 And we are members of his body.

    31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

  • ephesians 4:14-19

    14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

    Living as Children of Light

    17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.

  • EPHESIANS 4:25-31

    25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

    28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

    30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

    31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

  • 1 TIMOTHY 1:15-17

    15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.

  • 1 CORINTHIANS 3:5-9

    5 After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9 For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.

  • 2 CORINTHIANS 2:16-18

    16 To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?

    17 You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.