Pastor Ron Roddey
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Acts Chapter 5
5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a
5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it,
and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to
the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was
it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine
heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5:5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost:
and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
5:6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and
5:7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not
knowing what was done, came in.
5:8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so
much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
5:9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to
tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried
thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
5:10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the
ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her
forth, buried her by her husband.
5:11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard
5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders
wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in
5:13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people
5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of
men and women.)
5:15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and
laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter
passing by might overshadow some of them.
5:16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto
Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean
spirits: and they were healed every one.
5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him,
(which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,
5:18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common
5:19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and
brought them forth, and said,
5:20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of
5:21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the
morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with
him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children
of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
5:22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they
returned and told,
5:23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the
keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we
found no man within.
5:24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the
chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this
5:25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in
prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
5:26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without
violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.
5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council:
and the high priest asked them,
5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in
this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and
intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to
obey God rather than men.
5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on
5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a
Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy
Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
5:33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel
to slay them.
5:34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel,
a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and
commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
5:35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what
ye intend to do as touching these men.
5:36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be
somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined
themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were
scattered, and brought to nought.
5:37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing,
and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as
many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
5:38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone:
for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
5:39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found
even to fight against God.
5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and
beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of
Jesus, and let them go.
5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that
they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to
teach and preach Jesus Christ.
James Chapter 1
1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve
tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and
entire, wanting nothing.
1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all
men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is
like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the
1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
1:9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
1:10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the
grass he shall pass away.
1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it
withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of
the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his
1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried,
he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them
that love him.
1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God
cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust,
1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when
it is finished, bringeth forth death.
1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither
shadow of turning.
1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should
be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,
slow to speak, slow to wrath:
1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness,
and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your
1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your
1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto
a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway
forgetteth what manner of man he was.
1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this
man shall be blessed in his deed.
1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his
tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself
unspotted from the world.
James Chapter 2
2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord
of glory, with respect of persons.
2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in
goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say
unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou
there, or sit here under my footstool:
2:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil
2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this
world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to
them that love him?
2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw
you before the judgment seats?
2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced
of the law as transgressors.
2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one
point, he is guilty of all.
2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.
Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a
transgressor of the law.
2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of
2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no
mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith,
and have not works? can faith save him?
2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and
filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful
to the body; what doth it profit?
2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy
faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils
also believe, and tremble.
2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered
Isaac his son upon the altar?
2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith
2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God,
and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the
Friend of God.
2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith
2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she
had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works
is dead also.