Joseph was a secret disciple (cf. Jn 19:38), but here we see his boldness growing when his Savior’s cross is on his mind.

Scripture: Mark 15:43-47

ESV Text: Mark 15:43-47


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 15 43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. 44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. 45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. 47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 429:
Lord, Thee I Love with all my Heart

— Organ Audio

1. Lord, Thee I love with all my heart; 
I pray Thee ne’er from me depart, 
With tender mercies cheer me. 
Earth has no pleasure I would share, 
Yea, heaven itself were void and bare 
If Thou, Lord, wert not near me. 
And should my heart for sorrow break, 
My trust in Thee no one could shake. 
Thou art the Portion I have sought; 
Thy precious blood my soul has bought. 
Lord Jesus Christ, 
My God and Lord, my God and Lord, 
Forsake me not! I trust Thy Word. 

2. Yea, Lord, ’twas Thy rich bounty gave 
My body, soul, and all I have 
In this poor life of labor. 
Lord, grant that I in every place 
May glorify Thy lavish grace 
And serve and help my neighbor. 
Let no false doctrine me beguile 
And Satan not my soul defile. 
Give strength and patience unto me 
To bear my cross and follow Thee. 
Lord Jesus Christ, 
My God and Lord, my God and Lord, 
In death Thy comfort still afford. 

3. Lord, let at last Thine angels come, 
To Abram’s bosom bear me home, 
That I may die unfearing; 
And in its narrow chamber keep 
My body safe in peaceful sleep 
Until Thy reappearing. 
And then from death awaken me 
That these mine eyes with joy may see, 
O Son of God, Thy glorious face, 
My Savior and my Fount of grace, 
Lord Jesus Christ, 
My prayer attend, my prayer attend, 
And I will praise Thee without end. 


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When Jesus says to you, “Don’t be afraid!” He says it as one who has power to override even the most certain laws of nature.

Scripture: Mark 6:45-56

ESV Text: Mark 6:45-56


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 6 45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. 46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. 47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. 48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. 53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. 54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, 55 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. 56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.(KJV)


Scripture: Psalms 56

ESV Text: Psalms 56

Psalm 56 (Listen)

In God I Trust

To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

56:1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?

All day long they injure my cause;
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They stir up strife, they lurk;
they watch my steps,
as they have waited for my life.
For their crime will they escape?
In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

12 I must perform my vows to you, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life. (ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 56: 1 To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath. Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. 2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High. 3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. 6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul. 7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God. 8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? 9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. 10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. 11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. 12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. 13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 19:
All Praise to God Who Reigns Above

— Organ Audio

1. All praise to God, who reigns above, 
The God of all creation, 
The God of wonders, power, and love, 
The God of our salvation! 
With healing balm my soul He fills, 
The God who every sorrow stills,– 
To God all praise and glory! 

2. What God’s almighty power hath made 
His gracious mercy keepeth; 
By morning dawn or evening shade 
His watchful eye ne’er sleepeth; 
Within the kingdom of His might 
Lo, all is just and all is right,– 
To God all praise and glory! 

3. I cried to Him in time of need: 
Lord God, oh, hear my calling! 
For death He gave me life indeed 
And kept my feet from falling. 
For this my thanks shall endless be; 
Oh, thank Him, thank our God, with me,– 
To God all praise and glory! 

4. The Lord forsaketh not His flock, 
His chosen generation; 
He is their Refuge and their Rock, 
Their Peace and their Salvation. 
As with a mother’s tender hand 
He leads His own, His chosen band,– 
To God all praise and glory! 

5. Ye who confess Christ’s holy name, 
To God give praise and glory! 
Ye who the Father’s power proclaim, 
To God give praise and glory! 
All idols under foot be trod, 
The Lord is God! The Lord is God! 
To God all praise and glory! 

6. Then come before His presence now 
And banish fear and sadness; 
To your Redeemer pay your vow 
And sing with joy and gladness: 
Though great distress my soul befell, 
The Lord, my God, did all things well,– 
To God all praise and glory!