Daily Readings

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Morning Bible Readings

Friday, July 1
Acts 16:35-40

Mark 3:7-19

Saturday, July 2
Acts 17:1-9

Mark 3:20-27

Sunday, July 3 [Pentecost 4] Psalm 67

Deuteronomy 7:6-11

Galatians 3:23 – 4:7
John 15:12-17

Monday, July 4
Acts 17:10-21

Mark 3:28-35

Tuesday, July 5
Acts 17:22-34
Mark 4:1-9

Wednesday, July 6
Acts 18:1-11

Mark 4:10-23

Thursday, July 7
Acts 18:12-23

Mark 4:24-34

Friday, July 8
Acts 18:24-28

Mark 4:35-41

Saturday, July 9
Acts 19:1-12

Mark 5:1-10

Sunday, July 10 [Pentecost 5]
Psalm 119:57-64

Exodus 20:1-17

Ephesians 5:1-10

Matthew 19:16-26

Monday, July 11
Acts 19:13-22

Mark 5:11-24

Tuesday, July 12
Acts 19:23-27

Mark 5:25-34

Wednesday, July 13
Acts 19:28-41

Mark 5:35-43

Thursday, July 14
Acts 20:1-12

Mark 6:1-13

Friday, July 15
Acts 20:13-24

Mark 6:14-29

Saturday, July 16
Acts 20:25-31

Mark 6:30-44

Sunday, July 17 [Pentecost 6] Psalm 1
Micah 6:1-8

Ephesians 4:17-end

Mark 10:46-end

Monday, July 18
Acts 20:32-21:6

Mark 6:45-56

Tuesday, July 19
Acts 21:7-17

Mark 7:1-8

Wednesday, July 20
Acts 21:18-26

Mark 7:9-15

Thursday, July 21 [Passing of Father William] Testimonies p. 266 Paragraphs 22-28

Friday, July 22
Acts 21:27-40

Mark 7:17-30

Saturday, July 23
Acts 22:1-11

Mark 7:31-37

Sunday, July 24 [Pentecost 7]
Psalm 27:1-8
Hosea 11:1-9

1 Corinthians 12:27 – 13:13

Matthew 18:21-35

Monday, July 25
Acts 22:12-21

Mark 8:1-13

Tuesday, July 26
Acts 22:22-30

Mark 8:14-26

Wednesday, July 27
Acts 23:1-11

Mark 8:27-38

Thursday, July 28
Acts 23:12-22

Mark 9:1-13

Friday, July 29
Acts 23:23-35

Mark 9:14-29

Saturday, July 30
Acts 24:1-9

Mark 9:30-37

Sunday, July 31 [Pentecost 8]
Psalm 25:1-10

Ezekiel 37:1-14

1 Corinthians 12:4-13

Luke 6:27-38

Noontime Bible Readings

Friday, July 1
Psalms 114, 149

Saturday, July 2
Psalms 91, 150

Monday, July 4
Psalms 100, 145

Tuesday, July 5
Psalms 133, 146

Wednesday, July 6
Psalms 8, 147

Thursday, July 7
Psalms 87, 148

Friday, July 8
Psalms 15, 149

Saturday, July 9
Psalms 67, 150

Monday, July 11
Psalms 4, 145

Tuesday, July 12
Psalms 20, 146

Wednesday, July 13
Psalms 93, 147

Thursday, July 14
Psalms 121, 148

Friday, July 15
Psalms 128, 149

Saturday, July 16
Psalms 123, 150

Monday, July 18
Psalms 1, 145

Tuesday, July 19
Psalms 47, 146

Wednesday, July 20
Psalms 29, 147

Thursday, July 21
Psalms 124, 148

Friday, July 22
Psalms 113, 149

Saturday, July 23
Psalms 127, 150

Monday, July 25
Psalms 23, 145

Tuesday, July 26
Psalms 24, 146

Wednesday, July 27
Psalms 84, 147

Thursday, July 28
Psalms 122, 148

Friday, July 29
Psalms 97, 149

Saturday, July 30
Psalms 98. 150

Benches in the Shaker Chapel, Sabbathday Lake Maine
Daily Shaker Particulars

July 1

In the spring of the year 1781, a large number of people being at Watervliet, Mother Ann spoke to them concerning children, saying, “Little children are nearer the kingdom of heaven than those who have grown to riper age. Christ took little children in his arms, and blessed them,” and said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Little children are simple and innocent; they should be brought up so; and they never ought to be brought out of it. If they were brought up in simplicity, they would receive good, as easily as they would evil. God, at first, created the soul pure and innocent, and when souls shall have been redeemed from their loss, they will again be pure and innocent.”

July 2

Father James Whittaker said, “Blessed are the children of those who believe the gospel, and those of the rising generation who touch no unclean thing; they shall suck at every flower, and smell at every lily.”

July 3

Again, on taking leave of the people at Shirley, he addressed himself to the youth, and children in particular and said, “If you are faithful, you shall feed on every lily, and suck at every flower.”

July 4

When Mother Ann was at John Spier’s in New Lebanon, Nathan Farrington’s family all being present, she took Nathan’s youngest daughter- Esther, into her arms, kissed her, and said, “Child, I bless you, as Christ blessed little children, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. This child is a Believer, she is my child;” and again kissed her. The child, at that time, gathered great love to Mother, grew up in the faith and love of the gospel, and deceased in the twenty-third year of her age.

July 5

At a certain time, Mother spoke to some little children, and instructed them how to pray, and taught them that when they knelt down, before they ate, they should say, ” I pray God bless me, and give me grace, and make me a good child,” and after eating to say, “I thank God for giving me victuals; I pray God give me grace and make me a good child.”

July 6

Phebe Spencer, being in conversation with Mother Ann at Watervliet, spoke to her concerning her youngest daughter, who saw beautiful visions. Mother said, “She may open her visions to you; but do not let her know that you take much notice of them; if you, do it will lift her up; but you may notice them yourself.” She also said, ” Do not examine your small children very closely in respect to wickedness; for if you do, they will want to act it, to get the knowledge of it. But you may watch over them closely.” She further said, “When children are put to bed, they ought to be made to lie straight, to prevent them from growing crooked.”

July 7

At Ashfield, Mother spoke to some who were parents, as follows, “You ought to keep your children neat, and clean; keep their faces clean, and clean their heads from lice, and scabs; and see that their clothes are mended and kept decent. If children are nasty, they will not have the gifts of God; but, if they are kept clean, and decent, as they ought to be, they will have the gifts of God as well as grown people.” You ought never to call children bad names, as some people of the world do; but call them by their proper names, and set a godly example before them, as becomes the gospel. And you must keep them to work; not allow them to be idle; for if you do, they will grow up just like the world’s children. Let your conversation before your children be that which becomes godliness. Do not talk about that which will excite their minds to evil; you ought not to talk about the flesh before them, lest it corrupt their minds, and make them want to act in these things.”

July 8

Again, at Watervliet, Mother addressed herself to some of the Believers who were parents, saying, “You have been cunning to serve the devil, and now you must be cunning to serve God. You must not lose one moment of time, for you have none to spare. If you are faithful, the world will be dependent on you; and the dead will be released, by your labors.”

July 9

“You must bring up your children in the fear of God, and never give them playthings; but let them look at their hands and fingers and see the work of God in their creation. And be ye faithful in all things; for God will have a people who are zealous of good works; and, if you are not faithful, God will turn to another people, who will serve him.”

July 10

Anna Cogswell, being on a visit to Watervliet, after Mother Ann’s return from the eastward, among other counsels and instructions, Mother warned her to keep her children out of sin; for, said she, “A child four years old, indulged in sin, will bring the judgment of God upon a family.”

July 11

Again, Mother Ann warned parents against allowing dogs to be in their houses; for, without are dogs and sorcerers. Do not let your children play with them; if they do, they will catch evil spirits, and be stubborn and wicked. This is often the case with children, and parents do not know the cause. You should examine your children and bring them to confession, and teach them to fear God, or, they will bring you to great trouble.

July 12

At Shirley, Mother Ann reproved the people for allowing, and the children for having and playing with toys, and playthings, and said, “When I was a child, my mind was taken up in the things of God, so that I saw heavenly visions, instead of trifling toys.”

July 13

On a particular occasion Mother Ann spoke to the people concerning the order and use of beasts. She said, “Man, in his fallen state, has rebelled against God. The beasts have partaken of the same fallen nature and are permitted to rebel against man for his punishment; therefore, mankind ought to bear with them, and not cruelize them. Man must first be redeemed from his fall, and find his own order, before the beasts can be fully subject to him.”

July 14

Mother Ann and the Elders with her took unwearied pains to instruct and enlighten the Believers in the things of God, and in the path of their duty. They were continually engaged in the work of God, and spared no labors, by day nor by night, when occasion offered, in giving counsel and instruction where it was needed, whether in things temporal or spiritual. And in all their labors they were careful to impress upon the people, the absolute necessity of strict and perfect obedience, in order that they might profit by their privilege, and find justification before God.

At Watervliet, in January 1781, Calvin Harlow, and some others, who were gifted in speaking to the world, being present, Mother Ann came into the room, and said, “Hear ye my words and understand. It is but a light thing to speak the word to the souls of men, to what it is really to help them. He who helps souls must have the spirit of Christ to administer to them; must take their infirmities upon him, and be able to suffer for, and bear with them.” And so desirous was she that they should understand that she repeated it three times.

July 15

Again, she said, “Be obedient to the precepts and principles of Christ, in all things, both spiritual and temporal. When a soul sets out in the way of God the devil will raise all his forces to try to turn them aside; but if you are faithful, you will have strength according to your day. Be free, and not be a stranger; a strange feeling never came from heaven.”

July 16

Father ‘William Lee once said to someone who came to see the Church, “Do as Mother tells you and repent; Wash your face in tears; Do your duty; Be faithful with your hands; Be obedient, and never give offense to any, nor take offense at anyone.”

July 17

Elder James Whittaker once remarked, “You must not say ‘this is a great cross; ‘ that is crying ‘the burden of the Lord.’ How dare you say of that which is the will of the Lord, ‘It’s a great cross!’ You ought not to speak in this manner; but obey your faith, and it will lead to the salvation of your soul! You never will take any comfort only in God. Be faithful, and we shall have one meeting together that will never break up.”

July 18

At Harvard, in January 1782, when a number of Believers from New Lebanon, and other places, who came to visit the Church were about to take their leave, after having received great manifestations of the gifts of God, and much gospel instruction, Mother Ann addressed them with great power of God as follows, “What a privilege you have of coming to the Church to be taught the way of God! The way out of all sin! There never was, a people on earth favored with so great a privilege as you have! What a privilege you have! 0, what a privilege you have!

July 19

Elder James said, “There never was a people on earth that had so great reason to bless God for the gospel, as we have; for there never was so great an opening for salvation made known to the children of men.”

July 20

While Mother Ann and the Elders were at Ezekiel Slate’s in Stafford, Ct., many of the Believers gathered there to see them, among whom were a number of Sisters who had been married, and whose husbands also had received the gospel. Mother instructed and exhorted them with many precious words; and in the course of her conversation spoke as follows, “You ought to be thankful to God that your husbands have believed the gospel and have set out to take up their crosses against the world, the flesh and all evil, and to follow Christ in the regeneration. It is a great deal easier for you than it was for me. Your husbands will be a great help to you. I had no husband to help me when I sat out to obey the gospel, but I had to stand against my own carnal nature and my wicked husband’s too. I had, as it were, to tread the wine press alone, and no man to help me.”

July 21

Mother Ann also spoke to a number of the Brethren and Sisters who were about taking their leave of her, to return to their homes, saying, ” Go and tell your Brethren those things which ye see and hear; the blind receive their sight; the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed; the deaf hear; the dead are raised up; and the poor have the gospel preached to them; and blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me.”

July 22

At Watervliet, soon after the gospel opened, some of the young Believers who had been overcome with a spirit of jealousy, and false judging concerning Mother and the Elders, came and confessed the matter. Mother, after kindly admonishing them to beware of such a spirit, said, ” Persons see and judge according to the state they are in; when their senses are darkened by the flesh, and their minds under the influence of an evil spirit, they see and judge according to the dictate of that evil spirit; but when that fleshly sense is purged away, and they are under the influence of the spirit of Christ, then they can see and judge according to the truth.”

July 23

In the time of the first opening of the gospel, Susanna Goodrich, being at Watervliet, was sitting at supper with Mother Ann, and a number of others, when Mother suddenly stopped eating, spoke with great solemnity, then exhorted them all to faithfulness, adding, “If you will take up your crosses against the works of generation, and follow Christ in the regeneration, God will cleanse you from all unrighteousness.”

July 24

In conversation with some of the Believers at Watervliet, in the first opening of the gospel, Mother Ann said, “Those who choose to live after the flesh, can do so; but I know, by the revelation of God, that those who live in the gratification of their lusts will suffer in proportion as they have violated the law of God in nature.” She also said to Daniel Moseley and others, ” Do not go away and report that we forbid to marry; for, unless you are able to take up a full cross, and part with every gratification of the flesh for the kingdom of God, I would counsel you, and all such, to take wives in a lawful manner, and cleave to them only, and raise up a lawful posterity, and be perpetual servants to your families; for, of all lustful gratifications, that is the least sin.

July 25

When Mother and the Elders were at Shirley, Elder James Whittaker, in addressing an assembly of Believers, said, “Brethren and Sisters, keep your faith; faith is a firm anchor for the soul to rest upon.” Then turning to some who were wavering, he said, “The judgments of God will as surely follow this gospel, as winter follows summer. The foundation of God stands sure, and the judgments of God are according to truth.”

July 26

Again, in addressing a public assembly, Elder James said, ”The foundation of God stands sure, and the judgments of God are according to truth. This is the gospel, and see ye to it, what kind of use you make of it; for the time will come when ye will say, ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.’ Treasure up the word, for the time will come when there will be a famine, not of bread, nor of water, but of the word of the Lord. You will see the time when you will be willing to crawl on your hands and knees to hear the word of the Lord.”

July 27

Again, Elder James said, “True faith is a saving grace; but unbelief is a damning sin. True faith is to believe a thing to be what it really is; but a false faith is to believe what it is not; and if you believe a thing to be what it is not, you are deceived.”

July 28

And again, said Elder James, “When your faces are turned toward Zion, then you can cry to God, and God will hear the cries of the innocent.” And he kneeled and said, “The door of God’s mercy is open for souls, and it never will be shut, unless they shut it against themselves.”

July 29

On another occasion, Elder James said, “Keep your faith, and see the event of things; and when you know you must be born again, then you will cry to God.” “Do not find fault with the way of God, till you prove it; none ever thought hard, of it, who were really in it. You will have what you earn, that is, what you labor for.”

July 30

At Watervliet, Elder James said, “Endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace; this bond was made by the GREAT FIRST CAUSE, and cannot be altered, but by virtue of the same; therefore, labor ye, day and night, to get your names written in that bond.”

July 31

And again, said Elder James, “Those who are called by the gospel, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if these turn away, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment, and fiery indignation, which will come like mountains of lead upon the soul.