Mary’s story. Mary’s song.

Zephaniah 3:14-17 New International Version (NIV) 14 Sing, Daughter Zion;     shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,     Daughter Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away your punishment,     he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;     never again will you fear any harm. 16 On that day     they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, […]

Luke and the Songs of the Season

Jeremiah 33:14-16 New International Version (NIV) 14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. 15 “‘In those days and at that time     I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;     he will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days […]

Philippians 4:10-20 New International Version (NIV) Thanks for Their Gifts 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what […]

Philippians 4:8-9 New International Version (NIV) 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will […]

Finding Joy in the Journey: Prayer and Thanksgiving

Philippians 4 New International Version (NIV) Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity 4 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! 2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mindin the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask […]

Finding Joy in the Journey: Rejoicing Always

Philippians 1:12-26 New International Version (NIV) Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel 12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[a] that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard[b] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most […]

Philippians 3:12-4:4 New International Version (NIV) 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting […]

Philippians 3:1-11 New International Version (NIV) No Confidence in the Flesh 3 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the […]

Philippians 2:19-30 New International Version (NIV) Timothy and Epaphroditus 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you […]