Scripture Reading for the
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July 26

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Psalm 20

1 The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble!
The name of the God of Jacob defend thee!
2 May He send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion.
3 May He remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice.

4 May He grant thee according to thine own heart,
and fulfill all thy counsel.
5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners;
the LORD fulfill all thy petitions!

6 Now I know that the LORD saveth His anointed;
He will hear him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. 8 They are brought down and fallen;
but we are risen and stand upright.

9 Save us, LORD!
Let the King hear us when we call.

Luke 9:18-27

18 And it came to pass as He was alone praying, His disciples were with Him, and He asked them, saying,

"Who say the people that I am?"

19 They answering said, "John the Baptist; but some say Elijah, and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again." 20 He said to them,

"But who say ye that I am?"

Peter answering said, "The Christ of God!" 21 And He strictly charged them and commanded them to tell no man this thing, 22 saying,

"The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and scribes, and be slain and be raised the third day."

23 And He said to them all,

"If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged if he gain the whole world, and lose himself or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed when He shall come in His own glory and in His Father's and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you in truth, there are some standing here that shall not taste of death till they see the Kingdom of God."

1 Thessalonians 2:14-20 

14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God in Judea which are in Christ Jesus; for ye also have suffered like things from your own countrymen, even as they have from the Jews, 15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us. They please not God and are contrary to all men, 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles, that they might be saved, thus heaping up their sins always. But the wrath has come upon them to the uttermost! 

17 But we, brethren, being taken away from you for a short time (in presence, but not in heart), endeavored the more abundantly and with great desire to see your face. 18 Therefore we would have come unto you -- even I, Paul, time and again -- but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? 20 For ye are our glory and joy.

Isaiah 1:1-9

1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!
For the LORD hath spoken:
"I have nourished and brought up children,
and they have rebelled against Me.
3 The ox knoweth his owner and the ass his master's crib;
but Israel doth not know, My people doth not consider."

4 Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity,
a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters!
They have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger,
they have gone away backward.

5 Why should ye be stricken anymore? Ye will revolt more and more.
The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head, there is no soundness in it,
but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;
they have not been closed, neither bound up,
neither mollified with ointment.

7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire;
your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard,
as a shed in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
9 Unless the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom,
and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Words of Wisdom - Isaiah 58:10-11

and if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry 
and satisfy the afflicted soul, 
then shall thy light rise in obscurity 
and thy darkness be as the noonday.
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, 
and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones; 
and thou shalt be like a watered garden, 
and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.

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