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ACTS 2:1-21

1. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. 5. Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6. And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. 7. They were amazed and astonished, saying, ``Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8. ``And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? 9. ``Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10. Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11. Cretans and Arabs--we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God." 12. And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, ``What does this mean?" 13. But others were mocking and saying, ``They are full of sweet wine." 14. But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: ``Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. 15. ``For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; 16. but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: 17. `AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,' God says, `THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS; 18. EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy. 19. `AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE. 20. `THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME. 21. `AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'

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MAY

ACTS 1:6-14

6. So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, ``Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" 7. He said to them, ``It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8. but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." 9. And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11. They also said, ``Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven." 12. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13. When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 14. These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

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MAY

1 PETER 4:12-14

12. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13. but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 14. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

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18

MAY

1 PETER 5:6-11

6. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7. casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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11

MAY

PSALM 66:8-20

8. Bless our God, O peoples, And sound His praise abroad, 9. Who keeps us in life And does not allow our feet to slip. 10. For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. 11. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. 12. You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance. 13. I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows, 14. Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke when I was in distress. 15. I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat beasts, With the smoke of rams; I shall make an offering of bulls with male goats. Selah. 16. Come and hear, all who fear God, And I will tell of what He has done for my soul. 17. I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. 18. If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear; 19. But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. 20. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness from me.

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4

MAY

PSALM 31:1-5

1. In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me. 2. Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me. 3. For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me. 4. You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength. 5. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth.

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MAY

PSALM 31:15-16

15. My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. 16. Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness.

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ACTS 2:42-47

42. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47. praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

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LUKE 24:13-35

13. And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14. And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16. But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17. And He said to them, ``What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?" And they stood still, looking sad. 18. One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, ``Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?" 19. And He said to them, ``What things?" And they said to Him, ``The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20. and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21. ``But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22. ``But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23. and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24. ``Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see." 25. And He said to them, ``O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26. ``Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?" 27. Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. 28. And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. 29. But they urged Him, saying, ``Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over." So He went in to stay with them. 30. When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32. They said to one another, ``Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?" 33. And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, 34. saying, ``The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon." 35. They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

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