Be strong and of good courage.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? § He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. § My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
If God is for us, who can be against us? § The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? § Through You we will push down our enemies; through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us. § We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Arise and begin working, and the Lord be with you.
Josh. 1:18; Ps. 27:1; Isa. 40:29–31; Ps. 73:26; Rom. 8:31;
Ps. 118:6; 44:5; Rom. 8:37; 1 Chron. 22:16
Our friend . . . sleeps.
I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished… But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
When all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, … the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying: … “Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm… These stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” § This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. § Witnesses chosen before by God … who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.
John 11:11; 1 Thess. 4:13–14; 1 Cor. 15:16–18, 20; Josh. 4:1, 3, 7; Acts 2:32; 10:41