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Scriptures of the Week
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New Testament :- Luke 11: 14-23
Jesus and Beelzebub
Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man
who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. But some of them said,
"By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons."
Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven. Jesus knew their thoughts
and said to them; " Any kingdom devided against itself will be ruined,
and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is devided against
himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I
drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out?
So then, they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the finger
of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you. When a strong man, fully
armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone
stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the
man trusted and divides up the spoils. He who is not with me is against
me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters."
Old Testament :- Haggai 1: 2-10
This is what the Lord Almighty says: "These people say, 'The time
has not yet come for the Lord's house to be built.' " Then the word
of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: "Is it a time for you
yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains
a ruin?" Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: "Give careful
thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little.
You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You
put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a
purse with holes in it." this is what the Lord Almighty says: "Give
careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber
and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honoured."
says the Lord. "You expect much, but see, it turned out to be little.
What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the Lord Almighty.
"Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy
with your own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld
their dew and the earth its crops. "
"One Body, One Spirit, One Strength"
Mighty One, you came in Jesus, bringing healing and hope, restoring health
and wholeness, and leading us in paths of righteousness. Lead us now into
your presence, that we may hear your word and wait with patience for your
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