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June 27


1 Chronicles 17:1-27
1. Now when David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am living in this beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of the LORD's covenant is out in a tent!"
2. Nathan replied, "Go ahead with what you have in mind, for God is with you."
3. But that same night God said to Nathan,
4. "Go and tell my servant David, `This is what the LORD says: You are not the one to build me a temple to live in.
5. I have never lived in a temple, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until now. My home has always been a tent, moving from one place to another.
6. And I never once complained to Israel's leaders, the shepherds of my people. I have never asked them, "Why haven't you built me a beautiful cedar temple?"'
7. "Now go and say to my servant David, `This is what the LORD Almighty says: I chose you to lead my people Israel when you were just a shepherd boy, tending your sheep out in the pasture.
8. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies. Now I will make your name famous throughout the earth!
9. And I have provided a permanent homeland for my people Israel, a secure place where they will never be disturbed. It will be their own land where wicked nations won't oppress them as they did in the past,
10. from the time I appointed judges to rule my people. And I will subdue all your enemies. "`And now I declare that the LORD will build a house for you--a dynasty of kings!
11. For when you die, I will raise up one of your sons, and I will make his kingdom strong.
12. He is the one who will build a house--a temple--for me. And I will establish his throne forever.
13. I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will not take my unfailing love from him as I took it from Saul, who ruled before you.
14. I will establish him over my dynasty and my kingdom for all time, and his throne will be secure forever.'"
15. So Nathan went back to David and told him everything the LORD had said.
16. Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
17. And now, O God, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving me a lasting dynasty! You speak as though I were someone very great, O LORD God!
18. What more can I say about the way you have honored me? You know what I am really like.
19. For my sake, O LORD, and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known.
20. "O LORD, there is no one like you--there is no other God. We have never even heard of another god like you!
21. What other nation on earth is like Israel? What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? You made a great name for yourself when you rescued your people from Egypt. You performed awesome miracles and drove out the nations that stood in their way.
22. You chose Israel to be your people forever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.
23. "And now, O LORD, do as you have promised concerning me and my family. May it be a promise that will last forever.
24. And may your name be established and honored forever so that all the world will say, `The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!' And may the dynasty of your servant David be established in your presence.
25. "O my God, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer because you have revealed that you will build a house for me--an eternal dynasty!
26. For you are God, O LORD. And you have promised these good things to me, your servant.
27. And now, it has pleased you to bless me and my family so that our dynasty will continue forever before you. For when you grant a blessing, O LORD, it is an eternal blessing!"

1 Chronicles 18:1-17
1. After this, David subdued and humbled the Philistines by conquering Gath and its surrounding towns.
2. David also conquered the land of Moab, and the Moabites became David's subjects and brought him tribute money.
3. Then David destroyed the forces of King Hadadezer of Zobah, as far as Hamath, when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River.
4. David captured one thousand chariots, seven thousand charioteers, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Then he crippled all but one hundred of the chariot horses.
5. When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help Hadadezer, David killed twenty-two thousand of them.
6. Then he placed several army garrisons in Damascus, the Aramean capital, and the Arameans became David's subjects and brought him tribute money. So the LORD gave David victory wherever he went.
7. David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer's officers to Jerusalem,
8. along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer's cities of Tebah and Cun. Later Solomon melted the bronze and used it for the Temple. He molded it into the bronze Sea, the pillars, and the various bronze utensils used at the Temple.
9. When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the army of King Hadadezer of Zobah,
10. he sent his son Joram to congratulate David on his success. Hadadezer and Toi had long been enemies, and there had been many wars between them. Joram presented David with many gifts of gold, silver, and bronze.
11. King David dedicated all these gifts to the LORD, along with the silver and gold he had taken from the other nations he had subdued--Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek.
12. Abishai son of Zeruiah destroyed eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
13. He placed army garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became David's subjects. This was another example of how the LORD made David victorious wherever he went.
14. David reigned over all Israel and was fair to everyone.
15. Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.
16. Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah was the court secretary.
17. Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king's bodyguard. David's sons served as the king's chief assistants.

Psalms 78:17-25
17. Yet they kept on with their sin, rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
18. They willfully tested God in their hearts, demanding the foods they craved.
19. They even spoke against God himself, saying, "God can't give us food in the desert.
20. Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out, but he can't give his people bread and meat."
21. When the LORD heard them, he was angry. The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob. Yes, his anger rose against Israel,
22. for they did not believe God or trust him to care for them.
23. But he commanded the skies to open--he opened the doors of heaven--
24. and rained down manna for them to eat. He gave them bread from heaven.
25. They ate the food of angels! God gave them all they could hold.

Proverbs 19:25-26
25. If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you reprove the wise, they will be all the wiser.
26. Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are a public disgrace and an embarrassment.

Acts 8:1-25
1. Saul was one of the official witnesses at the killing of Stephen. A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem, and all the believers except the apostles fled into Judea and Samaria.
2. (Some godly men came and buried Stephen with loud weeping.)
3. Saul was going everywhere to devastate the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into jail.
4. But the believers who had fled Jerusalem went everywhere preaching the Good News about Jesus.
5. Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah.
6. Crowds listened intently to what he had to say because of the miracles he did.
7. Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed.
8. So there was great joy in that city.
9. A man named Simon had been a sorcerer there for many years, claiming to be someone great.
10. The Samaritan people, from the least to the greatest, often spoke of him as "the Great One--the Power of God."
11. He was very influential because of the magic he performed.
12. But now the people believed Philip's message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized.
13. Then Simon himself believed and was baptized. He began following Philip wherever he went, and he was amazed by the great miracles and signs Philip performed.
14. When the apostles back in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God's message, they sent Peter and John there.
15. As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new Christians to receive the Holy Spirit.
16. The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17. Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18. When Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given when the apostles placed their hands upon people's heads, he offered money to buy this power.
19. "Let me have this power, too," he exclaimed, "so that when I lay my hands on people, they will receive the Holy Spirit!"
20. But Peter replied, "May your money perish with you for thinking God's gift can be bought!
21. You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right before God.
22. Turn from your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts,
23. for I can see that you are full of bitterness and held captive by sin."
24. "Pray to the Lord for me," Simon exclaimed, "that these terrible things won't happen to me!"
25. After testifying and preaching the word of the Lord in Samaria, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem. And they stopped in many Samaritan villages along the way to preach the Good News to them, too.