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Genesis 12:1-5

12 The LORD said to Abram, “ Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing.

3I will bless those who bless you,
those who curse you I will curse;
all the families of earth
will be blessed because of you. ”
4Abram left just as the LORD told him, and Lot went with him. Now Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. 5Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all of their possessions, and those who became members of their household in Haran; and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan,

Psalm 23

1The LORD is my shepherd.
I lack nothing.
2He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
he leads me to restful waters;
3he keeps me alive.
He guides me in proper paths
for the sake of his good name.

4Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger
because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff—
they protect me.

5You set a table for me
right in front of my enemies.
You bathe my head in oil;
my cup is so full it spills over!
6Yes, goodness and faithful love
will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in the LORD's house
as long as I remain alive.

Isaiah 55:1-3

1All of you who are thirsty,
come to the water!
Whoever has no money,
come, buy food and eat!
Without money, at no cost,
buy wine and milk!
2Why spend money for what isn’t food,
and your earnings
for what doesn’t satisfy?
Listen carefully to me
and eat what is good;
enjoy the richest of feasts.
3Listen and come to me;
listen, and you will live.
I will make
an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful loyalty to David.

Mark 1:9-13

9About the time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. 11And there was a voice from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness."
12At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.

John 1:1-5

1In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
2The Word was with God in the beginning.
3Everything came into being through the Word,
and without the Word
nothing came into being.
What came into being
4through the Word was life,
and the life was the light for all people.
5The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

1Brothers and sisters, I want to call your attention to the good news that I preached to you, which you also received and in which you stand. 2You are being saved through it if you hold on to the message I preached to you, unless somehow you believed it for nothing. 3I passed on to you as most important what I also received: Christ died for our sins in line with the scriptures, 4he was buried, and he rose on the third day in line with the scriptures. 5He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve, 6and then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at once—most of them are still alive to this day, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me, as if I was born at the wrong time.


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