June 26th, 2019


First Reading: Joshua 1:1-18

God's Charge to Joshua

 1Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' [a]servant, saying,

 2"Moses (A)My servant is dead; now therefore arise, (B)cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.

 3"(C)Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses.

 4"(D)From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory.

 5"(E)No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; (F)I will not fail you or forsake you.

 6"(G)Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

 7"Only be strong and very courageous; (H)be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.

 8"(I)This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; (J)for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

 9"Have I not commanded you? (K)Be strong and courageous! (L)Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

Joshua Assumes Command

 10Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,

 11"Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, 'Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within (M)three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, to possess it.'"

 12(N)To the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said,

 13"Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, '(O)The LORD your God gives you rest and will give you this land.'

 14"Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle shall remain in the land which Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but you shall cross before your brothers in battle array, all your valiant warriors, and shall help them,

 15until the LORD gives your brothers rest, as He gives you, and they also possess the land which the LORD your God is giving them. (P)Then you shall return to your own land, and possess that which Moses (Q)the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise."

 16They answered Joshua, saying, "All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.

 17"Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you; only (R)may the LORD your God be with you as He was with Moses.

 18"Anyone who rebels against your command and does not obey your words in all that you command him, shall be put to death; only be strong and courageous."

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Second Reading: Acts 8:1-25

Saul Persecutes the Church

 1(A)Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death And on that day a great persecution began against (B)the church in Jerusalem, and they were all (C)scattered throughout the regions of Judea and (D)Samaria, except the apostles.

 2Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him.

 3But (E)Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and (F)dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.

Philip in Samaria

 4Therefore, those (G)who had been scattered went about (H)preaching the word.

 5(I)Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them.

 6The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing.

 7For in the case of many who had (J)unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been (K)paralyzed and lame were healed.

 8So there was (L)much rejoicing in that city.

 9Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing (M)magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, (N)claiming to be someone great;

 10and they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, "(O)This man is what is called the Great Power of God."

 11And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his (P)magic arts.

 12But when they believed Philip (Q)preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being (R)baptized, men and women alike.

 13Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed (S)signs and (T)great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.

 14Now when (U)the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them (V)Peter and John,

 15who came down and prayed for them (W)that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

 16For He had (X)not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been (Y)baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

 17Then they (Z)began laying their hands on them, and they were (AA)receiving the Holy Spirit.

 18Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,

 19saying, "Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."

 20But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could (AB)obtain the gift of God with money!

 21"You have (AC)no part or portion in this matter, for your heart is not (AD)right before God.

 22"Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, (AE)if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.

 23"For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in (AF)the bondage of iniquity."

 24But Simon answered and said, "(AG)Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."

An Ethiopian Receives Christ

 25So, when they had solemnly (AH)testified and spoken (AI)the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were (AJ)preaching the gospel to many villages of the (AK)Samaritans.

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