Weekly Scripture

 

Luke 3:1-6 New Century Version (NCV)

The Preaching of John

It was the fifteenth year of the rule of Tiberius Caesar. These men were under Caesar: Pontius Pilate, the ruler of Judea; Herod, the ruler of Galilee; Philip, Herod’s brother, the ruler of Iturea and Traconitis; and Lysanias, the ruler of Abilene. Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests. At this time, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert. He went all over the area around the Jordan River preaching a baptism of changed hearts and lives for the forgiveness of sins.

As it is written in the book of Isaiah the prophet:

“This is a voice of one
who calls out in the desert:
‘Prepare the way for the Lord.
Make the road straight for him.

Every valley should be filled in,
and every mountain and hill should be made flat.
Roads with turns should be made straight,
and rough roads should be made smooth.

And all people will know about the salvation of God!’” Isaiah 40:3–5

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Philippians 1:3-11 New Century Version (NCV)

Paul’s Prayer

I thank my God every time I remember you,

always praying with joy for all of you.

I thank God for the help you gave me while I preached the Good News—help you gave from the first day you believed until now.

God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.

And I know that I am right to think like this about all of you, because I have you in my heart. All of you share in God’s grace with me while I am in prison and while I am defending and proving the truth of the Good News.

God knows that I want to see you very much, because I love all of you with the love of Christ Jesus.

This is my prayer for you: that your love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love;

10 that you will see the difference between good and bad and will choose the good; that you will be pure and without wrong for the coming of Christ;

11 that you will be filled with the good things produced in your life by Christ to bring glory and praise to God.

New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.