2 Samuel 5: 1-3
David is chosen as the undisputed king of Israel by all the tribes at Hebron. David was God’s choice; people agree that he alone is fit to lead God’s people.

Colossians 1: 12-20
The Son of God is the image of the unseen God, the firstborn of all creation, the one who existed before anything was created.

Luke 23: 35-43
The kingship of Jesus is recognised by the unlikeliest of people: a self-confessed criminal who admits he deserves to die for what he has done.

Malachi 3: 19-20
The future that is known to God alone will see the just enjoy healing and reward, while the wicked will experience retribution.

2 Thessalonians 3: 7-12
Work and pray hard, striking a holy and wholesome balance between work, service and prayer

Luke 21: 5-19
Even the most significant human achievements will pass away, but endurance and faithfulness to God through the worst of times will win us favour with God.

2 Maccabees 7: 1-2. 9-14
The seven brothers place their trust in God and in the resurrection from the dead

2 Thessalonians 2: 16-3:5
Paul encourages the Thessalonians to persevere in their faith.

Luke 20: 27-38
Despite the mocking of the Sadducees, Jesus shows that God’s very nature means there is a resurrection from the dead for those who are worthy.

Ecclesiasticus 35: 12-14. 16-19
God’s judgement of people depends not on their status but on the attitudes of their hearts.

2 Timothy 4: 6-8. 16-18
The Lord is the righteous judge who stands by Paul in the face of all who seek to do him harm.

Luke 18: 9-14

The Pharisee judges himself to be better than the tax collector, but it is the humble man’s prayer that is heard.

Exodus 17: 8-13
Moses prays for the newly liberated Hebrews in their military engagement but when he can no longer hold out his arms in supplication Aaron and Hur support them and the battle is won.

2 Timothy 3: 14 - 4.2
Paul reminds Timothy to be true to his teachers (among whom was Paul), to what he has been taught, to the scriptures, and to take every opportunity to proclaim the word of God

Luke 18: 1-8
The widow seeks justice from a judge who is unconcerned and gives no answer.  Her persistence finally wins through.  By contrast, God will always see justice done to those who cry out.