Friday, April 28, 2017

Proverbs 4:23-27 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/28/2017)...


"I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet."

Gandhi


Proverbs 4:23-27 (NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.


 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/27/2017)...


"Sometimes you don't realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness."

Susan Gale


 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NLT) ...So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. 

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Colossians 1:9-10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/26/2017)...


"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." 

Albert Einstein


Colossians 1:9-10 (NLT) So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.


 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Psalm 122:6-9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/24/2017)...


TODAY IS HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY (Yom HaShoah)


“We are alive. We are human, with good and bad in us. That's all we know for sure. We can't create a new species or a new world. That's been done. Now we have to live within those boundaries. What are our choices? We can despair and curse, and change nothing. We can choose evil like our enemies have done and create a world based on hate. Or we can try to make things better.”

Carol Matas (Daniel's Story)


“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Elie Wiesel


Psalms 122:6-9 (NLT) Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “May you have peace.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.


 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Ephesians 4:29-31 (NLT)..,

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/21/2017)...


"Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up."

Allen Klein


Ephesians 4:29-31 (NLT) Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 

And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.


 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Romans 12:11-18 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/20/2017)...


"A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life."

Mandy Hale


Romans 12:11-18 (NLT) Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. 

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 

Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.


 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Galatians 1:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/19/2017)...


"But one of the big lessons I have learned from my journey is you can't please everyone, so don't try."

Chris Colfer


Galatians 1:10 (NLT) Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.


Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT) Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.


 

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