Our readings for tomorrow.
Genesis 15:1-6 (HCSB)
1 After these events, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:
Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield;
your reward will be very great.
2 But Abram said, “LORD God, what can You give me, since I am childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 Abram continued, “Look, You have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir.”
4 Now the word of the LORD came to him: “This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “Your offspring will be that numerous.”
6 Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness.
Psalm 105:1-10 (HCSB)
L: Give thanks to the LORD. Call on him. Make known among the nations what he has done.
C: Sing to him. Make music to praise him.
Meditate on all the miracles he has performed.
L: Brag about his holy name. Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
C: Search for the LORD and his strength. Always seek his presence.
L: Remember the miracles he performed, the amazing things he did, and the judgments he pronounced, you descendants of his servant Abraham, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.
C: He is the LORD our God. His judgments are pronounced throughout the earth.
L: He always remembers his promise, the word that he commanded for a thousand generations,
C: the promise that he made to Abraham, and his sworn oath to Isaac.
Romans 4:14–25 (HCSB)
14 If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise is canceled. 15 For the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression.
16 This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of Abraham’s faith. He is the father of us all 17 in God’s sight. As it is written: I have made you the father of many nations. He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. 18 He believed, hoping against hope, so that he became the father of many nations according to what had been spoken: So will your descendants be. 19 He considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about 100 years old) and also considered the deadness of Sarah’s womb, without weakening in the faith. 20 He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 because he was fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone, 24 but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered up fora our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Luke 3:7–9 (HCSB)
7 He then said to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. And don’t start saying to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 9 Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”