October 24th 2021
The Lord says,
"Come, everyone who is thirsty - here is water!
Come, you that have no money - buy grain and eat!
Come! Buy wine and milk - it will cost you nothing!
Why spend money on what does not satisfy?
Why spend your wages and still be hungry?
Listen to me and do what I say,
and you will enjoy the best food of all.
Listen now, my people, and come to me;
come to me, and you will have life!
I will make a lasting covenant with you
and give you the blessings I promised to David.
I made him a leader and commander of nations,
and through him I showed them my power.
Now you will summon foreign nations;
at one time they did not know you,
but now they will come running to join you!
I, the Lord your God, the holy God of Israel,
will make all this happen;
I will give you honor and glory."
Turn to the Lord and pray to him,
now that he is near.
Let the wicked leave their way of life
and change their way of thinking.
Let them turn to the Lord, our God;
he is merciful and quick to forgive.
My thoughts, says the Lord,
are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways and thoughts above yours.
My word is like the snow and the rain
that come down from the sky to water the earth.
They make the crops grow
and provide seed for planting and food to eat.
So also will be the word that I speak
- it will not fail to do what I plan for it;
it will do everything I send it to do.
2 Timothy 3:14 and 4:1-5
But as for you, continue in the truths that you were taught and firmly believe. You know who your teachers were...
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
who will judge the living and the dead
and because he is coming to rule as King,
I solemnly urge you to preach the message,
to insist upon proclaiming it (whether the time is right or not),
to convince, reproach, and encourage,
as you teach with all patience.
The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but will follow their own desires
and will collect for themselves more and more teachers
who will tell them what they are itching to hear.
They will turn away from listening to the truth
and give their attention to legends.
But you must keep control of yourself in all circumstances;
endure suffering, do the work of a preacher of the Good News
and perform your whole duty as a servant of God.