Weekly Scripture

Jeremiah 1:4-10 New Century Version (NCV)

The Lord Calls Jeremiah

The Lord spoke his word to me, saying:

“Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you.
    Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “But Lord God, I don’t know how to speak. I am only a boy.”

But the Lord said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I am only a boy.’ You must go everywhere I send you, and you must say everything I tell you to say. Don’t be afraid of anyone, because I am with you to protect you,” says the Lord.

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth. He said to me, “See, I am putting my words in your mouth. 10 Today I have put you in charge of nations and kingdoms. You will pull up and tear down, destroy and overthrow, build up and plant.”

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Psalm 71:1-6 New Century Version (NCV)

An Old Person’s Prayer

71 In you, Lord, is my protection.
    Never let me be ashamed.
Because you do what is right, save and rescue me;
    listen to me and save me.
Be my place of safety
    where I can always come.
Give the command to save me,
    because you are my rock and my strong, walled city.
My God, save me from the power of the wicked
    and from the hold of evil and cruel people.
Lord, you are my hope.
    Lord, I have trusted you since I was young.
I have depended on you since I was born;
    you helped me even on the day of my birth.
    I will always praise you.

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Luke 13:10-17 New Century Version (NCV)

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

10 Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day.

11 A woman was there who, for eighteen years, had an evil spirit in her that made her crippled. Her back was always bent; she could not stand up straight.

12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are free from your sickness.”

13 Jesus put his hands on her, and immediately she was able to stand up straight and began praising God.

14 The synagogue leader was angry because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. He said to the people, “There are six days when one has to work. So come to be healed on one of those days, and not on the Sabbath day.”

15 The Lord answered, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you untie your work animals and lead them to drink water every day—even on the Sabbath day?

16 This woman that I healed, a daughter of Abraham, has been held by Satan for eighteen years. Surely it is not wrong for her to be freed from her sickness on a Sabbath day!”

17 When Jesus said this, all of those who were criticizing him were ashamed, but the entire crowd rejoiced at all the wonderful things Jesus was doing.

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