Scripture Reading for the
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August 25

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Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will we not fear though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea,
3 though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God,
the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD,
what desolations He hath made on the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow and cutteth the spear in sunder;
He burneth the chariot with fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted on the earth.
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Luke 17:1-10

1 Then said He unto His disciples,

"It is impossible but that offenses will come, but woe unto him through whom they come! 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck and he cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to fall. 3 "Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, `I repent,' thou shalt forgive him." 5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, "Increase our faith."

6 And the Lord said,

"If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, 'Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea,' and it should obey you. 7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by when he is come from the field, 'Go and sit down to meat'? 8 But will you not rather say unto him, 'Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself and serve me until I have eaten and drunk, and afterward thou shalt eat and drink'? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not! 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done that which was our duty to do.'"

2 Timothy 2:16-26

16 But shun profane and vain babblings, for they will increase unto more ungodliness, 17 and their word will eat as doth a canker -- among whom are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already, and overthrowing the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal: "The Lord knoweth those who are His," and, "Let every one who nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." 

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth, and some to honor and some to dishonor. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified and meet for the Master's use, and prepared for every good work.

22 Flee also youthful lusts; but follow righteousness, faith, charity, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they engender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not engender strife, but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 in meekness instructing those in opposition. Perhaps God will give them repentance, that they may acknowledge the truth, 26 and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Isaiah 56:1-8

1 Thus saith the LORD, "Keep ye judgment, and do justice;
for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man that doeth this,
and the son of man that layeth hold on it;
who keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it,
and keepeth his hand from doing any evil."

3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying,
"The LORD hath utterly separated me from His people";
neither let the eunuch say,
"Behold, I am a dry tree."
4 For thus saith the LORD: "Unto the eunuchs that keep My Sabbaths,
and choose the things that please Me, and take hold of My covenant,
5 even unto them will I give in Mine house and within My walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.
6 Also the sons of the stranger that join themselves to the LORD to serve Him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants,
every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of My covenant,
7 even them will I bring to My holy mountain,
and make them joyful in My house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon Mine altar,
for Mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people."
8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith,
"Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him."

Words of Wisdom - Wisdom of Solomon 5:18-20

He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate 
and true judgment instead of a helmet. 
He shall take holiness for an invincible shield; 
His severe wrath shall He sharpen for a sword, and the world shall fight with Him

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