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July 10


2 Chronicles 15:1-19
1. The Spirit of God came on Azariah. He was the son of Oded.
2. Azariah went out to meet Asa. He said to him, "Asa and all you people of Judah and Benjamin, listen to me. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you really look for him, you will find him. But if you desert him, he will desert you.
3. "For a long time Israel didn't worship the true God. They didn't have a priest who taught them. So they didn't know God's law.
4. But when they were in trouble, they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel. When they did, they found him.
5. "In those days it wasn't safe to travel around. The people who lived in all of the areas of the land were having a lot of trouble.
6. One nation was crushing another. One city was crushing another. That's because God was causing them to suffer terribly.
7. "But be strong. Don't give up. God will reward you for your work."
8. Asa heard that prophecy. He paid attention to the words of the prophet Azariah, the son of Oded. So Asa became bolder than ever. He removed the statues of gods from the whole land of Judah and Benjamin. He also removed them from the towns he had captured in the hills of Ephraim. He did it because he hated those gods. He repaired the altar of the Lord. It was in front of the porch of the Lord's temple.
9. Then he gathered all of the people of Judah and Benjamin together. He also gathered together the people from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who had settled among them. Large numbers of people had come over to him from Israel. They came because they saw that the Lord his God was with him.
10. They gathered in Jerusalem. It was the third month of the 15th year of Asa's rule.
11. At that time they sacrificed to the Lord 700 head of cattle and 7,000 sheep and goats. The animals were among the things they had taken after the battle.
12. They made a covenant to look to the Lord, the God of their people. They looked to him with all their heart and soul.
13. All those who wouldn't look to the Lord, the God of Israel, would be killed. It wouldn't matter how important they were. It wouldn't matter whether they were men or women.
14. They took an oath and made a promise to the Lord. They praised him out loud. They shouted. They blew trumpets and horns.
15. All of the people of Judah were happy about the promise they had made. They turned to God with all their heart. When they did, they found him. So the Lord gave them peace and rest on every side.
16. King Asa also removed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother. That's because she had made a pole that was used to worship the goddess Asherah. The Lord hated it. So Asa cut it down. He broke it up. He burned it in the Kidron Valley.
17. Asa didn't remove the high places from Israel. But he committed his whole life completely to the Lord.
18. He and his father had set apart silver, gold and other articles to the Lord. He brought them into God's temple.
19. There weren't any more wars until the 35th year of Asa's rule.

2 Chronicles 16:1-14
1. Baasha was king of Israel. He marched out against Judah. It was in the 36th year of Asa's rule over Judah. Baasha built up the walls of Ramah. He did it to keep people from leaving or entering the territory of Asa, the king of Judah.
2. Asa took the silver and gold from among the treasures of the Lord's temple and his own palace. He sent it to Ben-Hadad. Ben-Hadad was king of Aram. He was ruling in Damascus.
3. "Let's make a peace treaty between us," Asa said. "My father and your father had made a peace treaty between them. Now I'm sending you silver and gold. So break your treaty with Baasha, the king of Israel. Then he'll go back home."
4. Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa. He sent his army commanders against the towns of Israel. They attacked Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim and all of the cities in Naphtali where Baasha stored things.
5. Baasha heard about it. So he stopped building up Ramah. He stopped working there.
6. Then King Asa brought all of the men of Judah to Ramah. They carried away the stones and wood Baasha had been using. Asa used them to build up Geba and Mizpah.
7. At that time the prophet Hanani came to Asa, the king of Judah. He said to him, "You trusted the king of Aram. You didn't trust in the Lord your God. So the army of the king of Aram has escaped from you.
8. The people of Cush and Libya had a strong army. They had large numbers of chariots and horsemen. But you trusted in the Lord. So he handed them over to you.
9. The Lord looks out over the whole earth. He gives strength to those who commit their lives completely to him. You have done a foolish thing. From now on you will be at war."
10. Asa was angry with the prophet because of what he had said. In fact, he was so angry he put him in prison. At the same time, Asa treated some of his own people very badly.
11. The events of Asa's rule from beginning to end are written down. They are written in the records of the kings of Judah and Israel.
12. In the 39th year of Asa's rule his feet began to hurt. The pain was terrible. But even though he was suffering, he didn't look to the Lord for help. All he did was go to the doctors.
13. In the 41st year of Asa's rule he joined the members of his family who had already died.
14. His body was buried in a tomb. He had cut it out for himself in the City of David. His body was laid on a wooden frame. It was covered with spices and different mixes of perfume. A huge fire was made in his honor.

Psalms 81:6-10
6. God said, "I removed the load from your shoulders. I set your hands free from carrying heavy baskets.
7. You called out when you were in trouble, and I saved you. I answered you out of a thundercloud. I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah. Selah
8. "My people, listen and I will warn you. Israel, I wish you would listen to me!
9. Don't have anything to do with the gods of other nations. Don't bow down and worship strange gods.
10. I am the Lord your God. I brought you up out of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

Proverbs 20:24-25
24. The Lord directs a man's steps. So how can anyone understand his own way?
25. A man is trapped if he makes a hasty promise to God and only later thinks about what he said.

Acts 16:1-21
1. Paul came to Derbe. Then he went on to Lystra. A believer named Timothy lived there. His mother was Jewish and a believer. His father was a Greek.
2. The believers at Lystra and Iconium said good things about Timothy.
3. Paul wanted to take him along on the journey. So he circumcised Timothy because of the Jews who lived in that area. They all knew that Timothy's father was a Greek.
4. Paul and his companions traveled from town to town. They reported what the apostles and elders in Jerusalem had decided. The people were supposed to obey what was in the report.
5. So the churches were made strong in the faith. The number of believers grew every day.
6. Paul and his companions traveled all through the area of Phrygia and Galatia. The Holy Spirit had kept them from preaching the word in Asia Minor.
7. They came to the border of Mysia. From there they tried to enter Bithynia. But the Spirit of Jesus would not let them.
8. So they passed by Mysia. Then they went down to Troas.
9. During the night Paul had a vision. He saw a man from Macedonia standing and begging him. "Come over to Macedonia!" the man said. "Help us!"
10. After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia. We decided that God had called us to preach the good news there.
11. At Troas we got into a boat. We sailed straight for Samothrace. The next day we went on to Neapolis.
12. From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony. It is an important city in that part of Macedonia. We stayed there several days.
13. On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate. We walked down to the river. There we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered together.
14. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia. She was from the city of Thyatira. Her business was selling purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to accept Paul's message.
15. She and her family were baptized. Then she invited us to her home. "Do you consider me a believer in the Lord?" she asked. "If you do, come and stay at my house." She succeeded in getting us to go home with her.
16. One day we were going to the place of prayer. On the way we were met by a female slave. She had a spirit that helped her to tell ahead of time what was going to happen. She earned a lot of money for her owners by telling fortunes.
17. The woman followed Paul and the rest of us around. She shouted, "These men serve the Most High God. They are telling you how to be saved."
18. She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became upset. Turning around, he spoke to the spirit. "In the name of Jesus Christ," he said, "I command you to come out of her!" At that very moment the spirit left her.
19. The female slave's owners realized that their hope of making money was gone. So they grabbed Paul and Silas. They dragged them into the market place to face the authorities.
20. They brought them to the judges. "These men are Jews," her owners said. "They are making trouble in our city.
21. They are suggesting practices that are against Roman law. These are practices we can't accept or take part in."