THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 1, 2015 (DECEMBER 19 2014)


Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast). Food with Oil

Martyr Boniface at Tarsus in Cilicia (290) and Righteous Aglae (Aglaida) of Rome.
Venerable Elias of Murom, wonderworker of the Kiev Caves (1188).
Martyrs Elias, Probus, and Ares, in Cilicia (308.

St. Boniface the Merciful, bishop of Ferentino (6th c.).
St. Gregory (Gregentius), archbishop of Omirits (552).

Sts. George the Scribe and Sava of Khakhuli (11th c.).

APOSTLE’S EPISTLE

Hebrews 10:35-11:7

35

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

36

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37

For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.

38

Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

39

But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2

For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

3

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

4

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.

5

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

7

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

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Mark 10:17-27

17

Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

18

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

19

You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’

20

And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”

21

Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

22

But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23

Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”

24

And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!

25

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

26

And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”

27

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

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