Psalm 105; Psalm 106; 1 Corinthians 3

1 Give thanks to the Lord, proclaim his greatness; tell the nations what he has done. 2 Sing praise to the Lord; tell the wonderful things he has done. 3 Be glad that we belong to him; let all who worship him rejoice. 4 Go to the Lord for help; and worship him continually. 5 You descendants of Abraham, his servant; you descendants of Jacob, the man he chose: remember the miracles that God performed and the judgments that he gave. 7 The Lord is our God; his commands are for all the world. 8 He will keep his covenant forever, his promises for a thousand generations. 9 He will keep the agreement he made with Abraham and his promise to Isaac. 10 The Lord made a covenant with Jacob, one that will last forever. 11 "I will give you the land of Canaan," he said. "It will be your own possession." 12 God's people were few in number, strangers in the land of Canaan. 13 They wandered from country to country, from one kingdom to another. 14 But God let no one oppress them; to protect them, he warned the kings: 15 "Don't harm my chosen servants; do not touch my prophets." 16 The Lord sent famine to their country and took away all their food. 17 But he sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who had been sold as a slave. 18 His feet were kept in chains, and an iron collar was around his neck, 19 until what he had predicted came true. The word of the Lord proved him right. 20 Then the king of Egypt had him released; the ruler of nations set him free. 21 He put him in charge of his government and made him ruler over all the land, 22 with power over the king's officials and authority to instruct his advisers. 23 Then Jacob went to Egypt and settled in that country. 24 The Lord gave many children to his people and made them stronger than their enemies. 25 He made the Egyptians hate his people and treat his servants with deceit. 26 Then he sent his servant Moses, and Aaron, whom he had chosen. 27 They did God's mighty acts and performed miracles in Egypt. 28 God sent darkness on the country, but the Egyptians did not obey his command. 29 He turned their rivers into blood and killed all their fish. 30 Their country was overrun with frogs; even the palace was filled with them. 31 God commanded, and flies and gnats swarmed throughout the whole country. 32 He sent hail and lightning on their land instead of rain; 33 he destroyed their grapevines and fig trees and broke down all the trees. 34 He commanded, and the locusts came, countless millions of them; 35 they ate all the plants in the land; they ate all the crops. 36 He killed the first-born sons of all the families of Egypt. 37 Then he led the Israelites out; they carried silver and gold, and all of them were healthy and strong. 38 The Egyptians were afraid of them and were glad when they left. 39 God put a cloud over his people and a fire at night to give them light. 40 They asked, and he sent quails; he gave them food from heaven to satisfy them. 41 He opened a rock, and water gushed out, flowing through the desert like a river. 42 He remembered his sacred promise to Abraham his servant. 43 So he led his chosen people out, and they sang and shouted for joy. 44 He gave them the lands of other peoples and let them take over their fields, 45 so that his people would obey his laws and keep all his commands. Praise the Lord!
1 Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good; his love is eternal. 2 Who can tell all the great things he has done? Who can praise him enough? 3 Happy are those who obey his commands, who always do what is right. 4 Remember me, Lord, when you help your people; include me when you save them. 5 Let me see the prosperity of your people and share in the happiness of your nation, in the glad pride of those who belong to you. 6 We have sinned as our ancestors did; we have been wicked and evil. 7 Our ancestors in Egypt did not understand God's wonderful acts; they forgot the many times he showed them his love, and they rebelled against the Almighty at the Red Sea. 8 But he saved them, as he had promised, in order to show his great power. 9 He gave a command to the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led his people across on dry land. 10 He saved them from those who hated them; he rescued them from their enemies. 11 But the water drowned their enemies; not one of them was left. 12 Then his people believed his promises and sang praises to him. 13 But they quickly forgot what he had done and acted without waiting for his advice. 14 They were filled with craving in the desert and put God to the test; 15 so he gave them what they asked for, but also sent a terrible disease among them. 16 There in the desert they were jealous of Moses and of Aaron, the Lord's holy servant. 17 Then the earth opened up and swallowed Dathan and buried Abiram and his family; 18 fire came down on their followers and burned up those wicked people. 19 They made a gold bull-calf at Sinai and worshiped that idol; 20 they exchanged the glory of God for the image of an animal that eats grass. 21 They forgot the God who had saved them by his mighty acts in Egypt. 22 What wonderful things he did there! What amazing things at the Red Sea! 23 When God said that he would destroy his people, his chosen servant, Moses, stood up against God and kept his anger from destroying them. 24 Then they rejected the pleasant land, because they did not believe God's promise. 25 They stayed in their tents and grumbled and would not listen to the Lord. 26 So he gave them a solemn warning that he would make them die in the desert 27 and scatter their descendants among the heathen, letting them die in foreign countries. 28 Then at Peor, God's people joined in the worship of Baal and ate sacrifices offered to dead gods. 29 They stirred up the Lord's anger by their actions, and a terrible disease broke out among them. 30 But Phinehas stood up and punished the guilty, and the plague was stopped. 31 This has been remembered in his favor ever since and will be for all time to come. 32 At the springs of Meribah the people made the Lord angry, and Moses was in trouble on their account. 33 They made him so bitter that he spoke without stopping to think. 34 They did not kill the heathen, as the Lord had commanded them to do, 35 but they intermarried with them and adopted their pagan ways. 36 God's people worshiped idols, and this caused their destruction. 37 They offered their own sons and daughters as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan. 38 They killed those innocent children, and the land was defiled by those murders. 39 They made themselves impure by their actions and were unfaithful to God. 40 So the Lord was angry with his people; he was disgusted with them. 41 He abandoned them to the power of the heathen, and their enemies ruled over them. 42 They were oppressed by their enemies and were in complete subjection to them. 43 Many times the Lord rescued his people, but they chose to rebel against him and sank deeper into sin. 44 Yet the Lord heard them when they cried out, and he took notice of their distress. 45 For their sake he remembered his covenant, and because of his great love he relented. 46 He made all their oppressors feel sorry for them. 47 Save us, O Lord our God, and bring us back from among the nations, so that we may be thankful and praise your holy name. 48 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel; praise him now and forever! Let everyone say, "Amen!" Praise the Lord!
1 As a matter of fact, my friends, I could not talk to you as I talk to people who have the Spirit; I had to talk to you as though you belonged to this world, as children in the Christian faith. 2 I had to feed you milk, not solid food, because you were not ready for it. And even now you are not ready for it, 3 because you still live as the people of this world live. When there is jealousy among you and you quarrel with one another, doesn't this prove that you belong to this world, living by its standards? 4 When one of you says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos" - aren't you acting like worldly people? 5 After all, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? We are simply God's servants, by whom you were led to believe. Each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow. 7 The one who plants and the one who waters really do not matter. It is God who matters, because he makes the plant grow. 8 There is no difference between the one who plants and the one who waters; God will reward each one according to the work each has done. 9 For we are partners working together for God, and you are God's field. You are also God's building. 10 Using the gift that God gave me, I did the work of an expert builder and laid the foundation, and someone else is building on it. But each of you must be careful how you build. 11 For God has already placed Jesus Christ as the one and only foundation, and no other foundation can be laid. 12 Some will use gold or silver or precious stones in building on the foundation; others will use wood or grass or straw. 13 And the quality of each person's work will be seen when the Day of Christ exposes it. For on that Day fire will reveal everyone's work; the fire will test it and show its real quality. 14 If what was built on the foundation survives the fire, the builder will receive a reward. 15 But if your work is burnt up, then you will lose it; but you yourself will be saved, as if you had escaped through the fire. 16 Surely you know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you! 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys God's temple. For God's temple is holy, and you yourselves are his temple. 18 You should not fool yourself. If any of you think that you are wise by this world's standards, you should become a fool, in order to be really wise. 19 For what this world considers to be wisdom is nonsense in God's sight. As the scripture says, "God traps the wise in their cleverness"; 20 and another scripture says, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are worthless." 21 No one, then, should boast about what human beings can do. Actually everything belongs to you: 22 Paul, Apollos, and Peter; this world, life and death, the present and the future - all these are yours, 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
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