Monthly Archives: October 2013

Open Mindedness


Hebrews 3:1-10

Jesus Greater Than Moses

1Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share
in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus,
whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
2He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just
as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3Jesus has
been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just
as the builder of a house has greater honor than the
house itself. 4For every house is built by someone,
but God is the builder of everything. 5“Moses was
faithful as a servant in all God’s house,”a bearing
witness to what would be spoken by God in the future.
6But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house.
And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our
confidence and the hope in which we glory.

Warning Against Unbelief

7So, as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today, if you hear his voice,

8do not harden your hearts

as you did in the rebellion,

during the time of testing in the wilderness,

9where your ancestors tested and tried me,

though for forty years they saw what I did.

10That is why I was angry with that generation;

I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,

and they have not known my ways.’

11So I declared on oath in my anger,

‘They shall never enter my rest.’?”b

12See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has
a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the
living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long
as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened
by sin’s deceitfulness. 14We have come to share in Christ,
if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very
end. 15As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts

as you did in the rebellion.”c

16Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those
Moses led out of Egypt? 17And with whom was he angry for forty
years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished
in the wilderness? 18And to whom did God swear that they would
never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19So we see
that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

 Isaiah 55:8-9

6Seek the Lord while he may be found;

call on him while he is near.

7Let the wicked forsake their ways

and the unrighteous their thoughts.

Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,

and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

8“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.

9“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

12You will go out in joy

and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and hills

will burst into song before you,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands.

13Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,

and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.

This will be for the Lord’s renown,

for an everlasting sign,

that will endure forever.”

Mark 9:23

23“?‘If you can’?” said Jesus.
“Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Mark 9:31

31because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them,
“The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.
They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”

Matthew 21:28-32

The Parable of the Two Sons

28“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons.
He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in
the vineyard.’

29“?‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind
and went.

30“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing.
He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

31“Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the
prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For
John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you
did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did.
And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

John 9:1-39

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples 
asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he
was born blind?”

3“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this
happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4As
long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night
is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am
the light of the world.”

6After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the
saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7“Go,” he told him, “wash in
the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and
washed, and came home seeing.

8His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked,
“Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9Some claimed
that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

10“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

11He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on
my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed,
and then I could see.”

12“Where is this man?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said.

Ephesians 3:20-21

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every family
in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious
riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner
being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I
pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power,
together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long
and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that
surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the
fullness of God.

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the
church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Isaiah 30:18-22

18Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;

therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.

For the Lord is a God of justice.

Blessed are all who wait for him!

19People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more.
How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears,
he will answer you. 20Although the Lord gives you the bread of
adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden
no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21Whether you turn
to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you,
saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” 22Then you will desecrate your
idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold;
you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them,
“Away with you!”

Proverbs 18:1-24

1An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends

and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.

2Fools find no pleasure in understanding

but delight in airing their own opinions.

3When wickedness comes, so does contempt,

and with shame comes reproach.

4The words of the mouth are deep waters,

but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.

5It is not good to be partial to the wicked

and so deprive the innocent of justice.

6The lips of fools bring them strife,

and their mouths invite a beating.

7The mouths of fools are their undoing,

and their lips are a snare to their very lives.

8The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;

they go down to the inmost parts.

9One who is slack in his work

is brother to one who destroys.

10The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;

the righteous run to it and are safe.

11The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;

they imagine it a wall too high to scale.

12Before a downfall the heart is haughty,

but humility comes before honor.

13To answer before listening—

that is folly and shame.

14The human spirit can endure in sickness,

but a crushed spirit who can bear?

15The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,

for the ears of the wise seek it out.

16A gift opens the way

and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

17In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,

until someone comes forward and cross-examines.

18Casting the lot settles disputes

and keeps strong opponents apart.

19A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;

disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

20From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;

with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

21The tongue has the power of life and death,

and those who love it will eat its fruit.

22He who finds a wife finds what is good

and receives favor from the Lord.

23The poor plead for mercy,

but the rich answer harshly.

24One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,

but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

1 Corinthians 8:2-3

1Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess
knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. 2Those
who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.

3But whoever loves God is known by God.