Monday, August 9, 2021
First Day of the Fast of Assumption
I Corinthians 14:18-25
I Corinthians 14:18-25
 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all;
 nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
 Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature.
 In the law it is written, “By men of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.”
 Thus, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.
 If, therefore, the whole church assembles and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?
 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,
 the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
 He went out again beside the sea; and all the crowd gathered about him, and he taught them.
 And as he passed on, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
 And as he sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.
 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
 The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.
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