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Genesis 12:1-5

1THE LORD said to Abram, "As for you, leave your land, your relatives and your father's household for a land which I will show you, 2and I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make your name famous and you shall be a blessing. 31 will bless those who bless you and upon him who insults you I will put My curse. Also in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." 4So Abram took his departure as the LORD had told him and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 when he left Haran 5and he took his wife Sarai and his brother's son Lot as well as the possessions they had secured and the personnel they had obtained in Haran and moved out to migrate to the land of Canaan, and to the land of Canaan they came.

Psalm 23

1THE LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not lack; 2He makes me to lie down in green pastures; 3He leads me beside restful water; He revives my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. 4Yes. though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no harm; for Thou art with me: Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my adversaries; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6Surely, goodness and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Isaiah 55:1-3

1PAUSE, every one who is thirsty, come to the waters, and he who has no money, come, buy and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without mon-ey and without price. 2Why do you spend your money for what is not bread and your labour for what never satisfies? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good; let your soul delight itself in abundance. 3Incline your ear and come to Me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the unfailing mercies to David.

Mark 1:9-13

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And the moment He came up from the water He saw the heavens parted and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down upon Him. 11 There also came a voice from heaven, "You are My Son, My Beloved: in You I am delighted." 12Without delay the Spirit drove Him into the desert 13where He remained 40 days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels waited on Him.

Luke 10:1-12

1After that the Lord commissioned seventy others, whom He sent ahead of Him two by two into every town and community that He planned to visit, 2and told them, "The harvest is rich but the workmen are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3Go forth. Notice that I am sending you as lambs into the mist of wolves. 4Carry no purse, or wallet, or sandals, neither stop to greet anyone formally along the road. 5Whatever home you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house.' 6If a person who is worthy of this greeting lives there, your peace will settle down on him; but if not, it will return to you. 7Stay at the same house, eating and drinking what they provide; for the workman deserves his wages. Do not move from house to house.
8"Whatever town you enter, if they welcome you, eat what is placed before you. 9Heal those who are ill there, and tell them, 'The kingdom of Cod has approached you.' 10but whatever town you enter and they fail to welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11'Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Know this, however, that the kingdom of God has approached you.' 12I tell you, it will be more endurable on that Day for Sodom than for that town.

John 1:1-5

1IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2This is the One who was in the beginning with God. 3Through Him everything came into being and without Him nothing that exists came into being. 41n Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. 5The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

I WOULD further remind you, brothers, of the good news which I preached to you, which you welcomed, in which you stand, 2and by which you are saved, if you keep hold of my message to you—unless. indeed, you believed in vain. 3For I transmitted to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that also He was buried, and that He rose on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; 5that also He was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve. 6Later He appeared to more than 500 brothers simultaneously. of whom the majority are still alive; but some have died. 7Afterward He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8and last of all He appeared to me also, as to one whose birth was like a miscarriage.


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