Friday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time, 12 Jun 2020 – 2 Timothy 3:1-17, Psalm 112 ~ Remain faithful to the things you know are true!

Friday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time, 12 Jun 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Merciful and gracious Father, you showed the fullness of your love when you gave your only Son for our salvation and sent down upon us the power of your Spirit. Complete within us the work of your love, that we who have communion in Christ may come to share fully the undying life he lives with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.
It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

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A Reading from the Pastoral Epistles: 2 Timothy 3:1-17 (NLT)

The Dangers of the Last Days

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.

Paul’s Charge to Timothy

But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.

But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
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Morning Prayer:

Almighty God: we offer you our worship and praise. Thank you for sending us your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver us from sin and death. In these difficult times pour out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. We pray especially –

+ that you would protect us from those who are lawless and abusive, hateful and hostile to you and your people….

+ that you would protect the gullible among us from liars and deceivers, sinful, greedy people who oppose the truth….

+ that you would protect the godly among us from evil people attempting to gain advantage from the chaos….

+ that your Spirit would remind us of the truths of your Word we have learned and believed since childhood….

+ that you would raise up wise people of faith and goodwill to call our nation to repentance and revival….

+ that we would trust the truths of Scripture to show us what’s wrong, correct our faults, and teach us how to live….

Almighty God: we offer you our worship and praise. Empower us to live for you during these difficult times Pour out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth, we pray in Jesus’ name – who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Psalm 112 (TLB)

Praise the Lord! For all who fear God and trust in him are blessed beyond expression. Yes, happy is the man who delights in doing his commands.

His children shall be honored everywhere, for good men’s sons have a special heritage. He himself shall be wealthy, and his good deeds will never be forgotten. When darkness overtakes him, light will come bursting in. He is kind and merciful— and all goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly.

Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid but can calmly face his foes. He gives generously to those in need. His deeds will never be forgotten. He shall have influence and honor.

Evil-minded men will be infuriated when they see all this; they will gnash their teeth in anger and slink away, their hopes thwarted.

Praise the Lord! For all who fear God and trust in him are blessed beyond expression. Yes, happy is the man who delights in doing his commands.
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Psalm 111-112 – MIQEDEM

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Closing

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.



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