To hear Brian Hardin read today’s Scripture selection, click here and then click the audio button in the top left. Isaiah 41:17-43:13 The Lord Helps the Poor 17 When the poor and needy
are dying of thirst
    and cannot find water,
I, the Lord God of Israel,
will come to their rescue.
    I won’t forget them.
18 I will make rivers flow
    on mountain peaks.
I will send streams
    to fill the valleys.
Dry and barren land
will flow with springs
    and become a lake.
19 I will fill the desert
    with all kinds of trees—
cedars, acacias, and myrtles;
olive and cypress trees;
    fir trees and pines.
20 Everyone will see this
    and know that I,
the holy Lord God of Israel,
    created it all. Idols Are Useless 21 I am the Lord,
    the King of Israel!
Come argue your case with me.
    Present your evidence.
22 Come near me, you idols.
Tell us about the past,
    and we will think about it.
Tell us about the future,
so we will know
    what is going to happen.
23 Prove that you are gods
by making your predictions
    come true.
Do something good or evil,
so we can be amazed
    and terrified.
24 You idols are nothing,
    and you are powerless.
To worship you
    would be disgusting. 25 I, the Lord, appointed a ruler
    in the north;
now he comes from the east
    to honor my name.
He tramples kings like mud,
    as potters trample clay.
26 Did any of you idols predict
    what would happen?
Did any of you get it right?
None of you told about this
    or even spoke a word.
27 I was the first to tell
the people of Jerusalem,
    “Look, it’s happening!”
I was the one who announced
    this good news to Zion. 28 None of these idols
are able to give advice
    or answer questions.
29 They are nothing,
    and they can do nothing—
they are less
    than a passing breeze. The Lord’s Servant 42 Here is my servant!     I have made him strong.
He is my chosen one;
    I am pleased with him.
I have given him my Spirit,
and he will bring justice
    to the nations.
He won’t shout or yell
    or call out in the streets.
He won’t break off a bent reed
    or put out a dying flame,
but he will make sure
    that justice is done.
He won’t quit or give up
until he brings justice
    everywhere on earth,
and people in foreign nations
    long for his teaching. I am the Lord God.
I created the heavens
    like an open tent above.
I made the earth and everything
    that grows on it.
I am the source of life
for all who live on this earth,
    so listen to what I say.
I chose you to bring justice,
    and I am here at your side.
I selected and sent you
    to bring light
and my promise of hope
    to the nations.
You will give sight
    to the blind;
you will set prisoners free
    from dark dungeons. My name is the Lord!
I won’t let idols or humans
    share my glory and praise.
Everything has happened
    just as I said it would;
now I will announce
    what will happen next. Sing Praises to the Lord 10 Tell the whole world to sing
    a new song to the Lord!
Tell those who sail the ocean
and those who live far away
    to join in the praise.
11 Tell the tribes of the desert
and everyone in the mountains
    to celebrate and sing.
12 Let them announce
    his praises everywhere.
13 The Lord is marching out
    like an angry soldier,
shouting with all his might
    while attacking his enemies. The Lord Will Help His People 14 For a long time, I, the Lord,
    have held my temper;
now I will scream and groan
    like a woman giving birth.
15 I will destroy the mountains
    and what grows on them;
I will dry up rivers and ponds. 16 I will lead the blind on roads
    they have never known;
I will guide them on paths
    they have never traveled.
Their road is dark and rough,
    but I will give light
to keep them from stumbling.
    This is my solemn promise. 17 Everyone who worships idols
as though they were gods
    will be terribly ashamed. God’s People Won’t Obey 18 You people are deaf and blind,
but the Lord commands you
    to listen and to see.
19 No one is as blind or deaf
as his messenger,
    his chosen servant,
20 who sees and hears so much,
    but pays no attention. 21 The Lord always does right,
and so he wanted his Law
    to be greatly praised.
22 But his people were trapped
and imprisoned in holes
    with no one to rescue them.
All they owned had been taken,
and no one was willing
    to give it back.
23 Why won’t his people
    ever learn to listen? 24 Israel sinned and refused
to obey the Lord
    or follow his instructions.
So the Lord let them be robbed
    of everything they owned.
25 He was furious with them
and punished their nation
    with the fires of war.
Still they paid no attention.
    They didn’t even care
when they were surrounded
    and scorched by flames. The Lord Has Rescued His People 43 Descendants of Jacob,
I, the Lord, created you
    and formed your nation.
Israel, don’t be afraid.
    I have rescued you.
I have called you by name;
    now you belong to me.
When you cross deep rivers,
I will be with you,
    and you won’t drown.
When you walk through fire,
you won’t be burned
    or scorched by the flames. I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
    the God who saves you.
I gave up Egypt, Ethiopia,
and the region of Seba
    in exchange for you.
To me, you are very dear,
    and I love you.
That’s why I gave up nations
    and people to rescue you. Don’t be afraid! I am with you.
From both east and west
    I will bring you together.
I will say to the north
    and to the south,
“Free my sons and daughters!
Let them return
    from distant lands.
They are my people—
I created each of them
    to bring honor to me.” The Lord Alone Is God The Lord said: Bring my people together.
They have eyes and ears,
    but they can’t see or hear.
Tell everyone of every nation
    to gather around.
None of them can honestly say,
    “We told you so!”
If someone heard them say this,
    then tell us about it now. 10 My people, you are my witnesses
    and my chosen servant.
I want you to know me,
to trust me,
and understand
    that I alone am God.
I have always been God;
    there can be no others. 11 I alone am the Lord;
    only I can rescue you.
12 I promised to save you,
    and I kept my promise.
You are my witnesses
that no other god did this.
    I, the Lord, have spoken.
13 I am God now and forever.
No one can snatch you from me
    or stand in my way. Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society Ephesians 2 From Death to Life 2 In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God. You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn’t obey God. Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else. 4-5 But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that he made us alive with Christ, and God’s wonderful kindness is what saves you. God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. God did this so that in the future world he could show how truly good and kind he is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. 10 God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That’s why he sent Christ to make us what we are. United by Christ 11 Don’t forget that you are Gentiles. In fact, you used to be called “uncircumcised” by those who take pride in being circumcised. 12 At that time you did not know about Christ. You were foreigners to the people of Israel, and you had no part in the promises that God had made to them. You were living in this world without hope and without God, 13 and you were far from God. But Christ offered his life’s blood as a sacrifice and brought you near God. 14 Christ has made peace between Jews and Gentiles, and he has united us by breaking down the wall of hatred that separated us. Christ gave his own body 15 to destroy the Law of Moses with all its rules and commands. He even brought Jews and Gentiles together as though we were only one person, when he united us in peace. 16 On the cross Christ did away with our hatred for each other. He also made peace between us and God by uniting Jews and Gentiles in one body. 17 Christ came and preached peace to you Gentiles, who were far from God, and peace to us Jews, who were near God. 18 And because of Christ, all of us can come to the Father by the same Spirit. 19 You Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens with everyone else who belongs to the family of God. 20 You are like a building with the apostles and prophets as the foundation and with Christ as the most important stone. 21 Christ is the one who holds the building together and makes it grow into a holy temple for the Lord. 22 And you are part of that building Christ has built as a place for God’s own Spirit to live. Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society Psalm 67 (A psalm and a song for the music leader. Use with stringed instruments.) Tell the Nations To Praise God 67 Our God, be kind and bless us!
    Be pleased and smile.
Then everyone on earth
    will learn to follow you,
    and all nations will see
    your power to save us. Make everyone praise you
    and shout your praises.
Let the nations celebrate
    with joyful songs,
    because you judge fairly
    and guide all nations.
Make everyone praise you
    and shout your praises. Our God has blessed the earth
    with a wonderful harvest!
Pray for his blessings
    to continue
    and for everyone on earth
    to worship our God. Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society Proverbs 23:29-35 -18- 29 Who is always in trouble?
    Who argues and fights?
    Who has cuts and bruises?
    Whose eyes are red?
30 Everyone who stays up late,
    having just one more drink.
31 Don’t even look
at that colorful stuff
    bubbling up in the glass!
It goes down so easily,
32     but later it bites
    like a poisonous snake.
33 You will see weird things,
    and your mind
    will play tricks on you.
34 You will feel tossed about
    like someone trying to sleep
    on a ship in a storm.
35 You will be bruised all over,
    without even remembering
    how it all happened.
And you will lie awake asking,
    “When will morning come,
    so I can drink some more?” Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society  

Treasures of the Word – September 23

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September 23


“Whom God made a propitiation through faith in his blood, to manifest his righteousness, because of having passed over, in his patience, past sins” (Romans 3:25).


Propitiation is a big word that means “to satisfy .” Because God is a Holy God, His wrath and righteousness burn against sin. And He has promised that sin will be punished. There must be a satisfactory payment for sin. God said, “If I punish man for his sin, he will die and go to hell. But if I don’t punish man for his sin, my justice will never be satisfied. ” The solution? God said that He Himself would be our substitute. He would bear the sin of mankind upon Himself in agony, shedding His blood: a just and substitute judgment for sin. His anger burned on the cross when his Only Begotten died as the propitiation for man’s sins, and this is love (see 1 John 4:10).


When was the last time you thanked God for not sending you to hell the way you deserved it? Maybe it’s time I did it, don’t you think?

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Matthew 22:15-22

Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in his talk. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Hero’di-ans, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the money for the tax.” And they brought him a coin. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard it, they marveled; and they left him and went away.


Following Through This content is drawn from: Luke 1:26-38 “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37 Don’t we all appreciate those in our lives whom we can count on? When they say they will be there or will do something, they mean it. Frustrations arise when we have dealings with unreliable people. We are never quite sure we can take them at their word. It was important to Jesus that His followers use honesty and integrity in all of their speech. They would need to be people of their word, people who could be counted on. Though there was much swearing of oaths in Jesus’ day, He let people know that impressive-sounding promises—even swearing by someone or something—would mean nothing if the promise was not kept. We might put it this way: Mean what you say and say what you mean. A half century later, James, quoting his older brother, wrote, “Let your ‘Yes’ be yes, and your ‘No’ be no, or you will be condemned” (5:12). Try as we might to be true to our word, we still falter. Look to Jesus for strength to carry this out and for forgiveness when you fail. We have a perfect Savior whose Word never has and never will fail. When you ask the Lord to help you be a person of your word, remember that His Word stands forever.