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December 13


Amos 1:1-15
1. This message was given to Amos, a shepherd from the town of Tekoa in Judah. He received this message in visions two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam II, the son of Jehoash, was king of Israel.
2. This is his report of what he saw and heard: "The LORD's voice roars from his Temple on Mount Zion; he thunders from Jerusalem! Suddenly, the lush pastures of the shepherds dry up. All the grass on Mount Carmel withers and dies."
3. This is what the LORD says: "The people of Damascus have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer! They beat down my people in Gilead as grain is threshed with threshing sledges of iron.
4. So I will send down fire on King Hazael's palace, and the fortresses of King Ben-hadad will be destroyed.
5. I will break down the gates of Damascus and slaughter its people all the way to the valley of Aven. I will destroy the ruler in Beth-eden, and the people of Aram will return to Kir as slaves. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
6. This is what the LORD says: "The people of Gaza have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer! They sent my people into exile, selling them as slaves in Edom.
7. So I will send down fire on the walls of Gaza, and all its fortresses will be destroyed.
8. I will slaughter the people of Ashdod and destroy the king of Ashkelon. Then I will turn to attack Ekron, and the few Philistines still left will be killed. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!"
9. This is what the LORD says: "The people of Tyre have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer! They broke their treaty of brotherhood with Israel, selling whole villages as slaves to Edom.
10. So I will send down fire on the walls of Tyre, and all its fortresses will be destroyed."
11. This is what the LORD says: "The people of Edom have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer! They chased down their relatives, the Israelites, with swords. They showed them no mercy and were unrelenting in their anger.
12. So I will send down fire on Teman, and the fortresses of Bozrah will be destroyed."
13. This is what the LORD says: "The people of Ammon have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer! When they attacked Gilead to extend their borders, they committed cruel crimes, ripping open pregnant women with their swords.
14. So I will send down fire on the walls of Rabbah, and all its fortresses will be destroyed. There will be wild shouts during the battle, swirling like a whirlwind in a mighty storm.
15. And their king and his princes will go into exile together. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

Amos 2:1-16
1. This is what the LORD says: "The people of Moab have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer! They desecrated the tomb of Edom's king and burned his bones to ashes.
2. So I will send down fire on the land of Moab, and all the fortresses in Kerioth will be destroyed. The people will fall in the noise of battle, as the warriors shout and the trumpets blare.
3. And I will destroy their king and slaughter all their princes. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
4. This is what the LORD says: "The people of Judah have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer! They have rejected the laws of the LORD, refusing to obey him. They have been led astray by the same lies that deceived their ancestors.
5. So I will send down fire on Judah, and all the fortresses of Jerusalem will be destroyed."
6. This is what the LORD says: "The people of Israel have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer! They have perverted justice by selling honest people for silver and poor people for a pair of sandals.
7. They trample helpless people in the dust and deny justice to those who are oppressed. Both father and son sleep with the same woman, corrupting my holy name.
8. At their religious festivals, they lounge around in clothing stolen from their debtors. In the house of their god, they present offerings of wine purchased with stolen money.
9. "Yet think of all I did for my people! I destroyed the Amorites before my people arrived in the land. The Amorites were as tall as cedar trees and strong as oaks, but I destroyed their fruit and dug out their roots.
10. It was I who rescued you from Egypt and led you through the desert for forty years so you could possess the land of the Amorites.
11. I chose some of your sons to be prophets and others to be Nazirites. Can you deny this, my people of Israel?" asks the LORD.
12. "But you caused the Nazirites to sin by making them drink your wine, and you said to my prophets, `Shut up!'
13. "So I will make you groan as a wagon groans when it is loaded down with grain.
14. Your fastest runners will not get away. The strongest among you will become weak. Even the mightiest warriors will be unable to save themselves.
15. The archers will fail to stand their ground. The swiftest soldiers won't be fast enough to escape. Even warriors on horses won't be able to outrun the danger.
16. On that day, the most courageous of your fighting men will drop their weapons and run for their lives. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

Amos 3:1-15
1. Listen to this message that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel and Judah--the entire family I rescued from Egypt:
2. "From among all the families on the earth, I chose you alone. That is why I must punish you for all your sins."
3. Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?
4. Does a lion ever roar in a thicket without first finding a victim? Does a young lion growl in its den without first catching its prey?
5. Does a bird ever get caught in a trap that has no bait? Does a trap ever spring shut when there's nothing there to catch?
6. When the war trumpet blares, shouldn't the people be alarmed? When disaster comes to a city, isn't it because the LORD planned it?
7. "But always, first of all, I warn you through my servants the prophets. I, the Sovereign LORD, have now done this."
8. The lion has roared--tremble in fear! The Sovereign LORD has spoken--I dare not refuse to proclaim his message!
9. Announce this to the leaders of Philistia and Egypt: "Take your seats now on the hills around Samaria, and witness the scandalous spectacle of all Israel's crimes."
10. "My people have forgotten what it means to do right," says the LORD. "Their fortresses are filled with wealth taken by theft and violence.
11. Therefore," says the Sovereign LORD, "an enemy is coming! He will surround them and shatter their defenses. Then he will plunder all their fortresses."
12. This is what the LORD says: "A shepherd who tries to rescue a sheep from a lion's mouth will recover only two legs and a piece of ear. So it will be when the Israelites in Samaria are rescued with only a broken chair and a tattered pillow.
13. Now listen to this, and announce it throughout all Israel, "says the Lord, the LORD God Almighty.
14. "On the very day I punish Israel for its sins, I will destroy the pagan altars at Bethel. The horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.
15. And I will destroy the beautiful homes of the wealthy--their winter mansions and their summer houses, too--all their palaces filled with ivory. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

Psalms 141:1-4
1. O LORD, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry to you for help!
2. Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.
3. Take control of what I say, O LORD, and keep my lips sealed.
4. Don't let me lust for evil things; don't let me participate in acts of wickedness. Don't let me share in the delicacies of those who do evil.

Proverbs 29:25-25
25. Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but to trust the LORD means safety.

Revelation 3:1-22
1. "Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars: "I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive--but you are dead.
2. Now wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is at the point of death. Your deeds are far from right in the sight of God.
3. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly and turn to me again. Unless you do, I will come upon you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
4. "Yet even in Sardis there are some who have not soiled their garments with evil deeds. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.
5. All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.
6. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
7. "Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true. He is the one who has the key of David. He opens doors, and no one can shut them; he shuts doors, and no one can open them.
8. "I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can shut. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.
9. Look! I will force those who belong to Satan--those liars who say they are Jews but are not--to come and bow down at your feet. They will acknowledge that you are the ones I love.
10. "Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.
11. Look, I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.
12. All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write my God's name on them, and they will be citizens in the city of my God--the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And they will have my new name inscribed upon them.
13. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
14. "Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen--the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation:
15. "I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other!
16. But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!
17. You say, 'I am rich. I have everything I want. I don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
18. I advise you to buy gold from me--gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. And also buy white garments so you will not be shamed by your nakedness. And buy ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.
19. I am the one who corrects and disciplines everyone I love. Be diligent and turn from your indifference.
20. "Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.
21. I will invite everyone who is victorious to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.
22. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches."