Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Proverbs 19:20 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/23/2018)...


Famed preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote that he remained observant throughout each day...always looking for his next sermon illustration. I have found his advice most helpful. The attached image taken at a recent dentist office visit is such an example...

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Proverbs 19:20 (NLT) Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.





Monday, October 22, 2018

Psalm 37:3-5 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/22/2018)...


"If there are things you don't like in the world you grew up in, make your own life different."

Dave Thomas


Psalms 37:3-5 (NLT) Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.



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Friday, October 19, 2018

Psalm 118:24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/19/2018)...


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

Mandy Hale


Psalms 118:24 (NLT) This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.


Philippians 4:8 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.



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Thursday, October 18, 2018

1 Peter 4:12-13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/18/2018)...


"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

Vivian Greene


1 Peter 4:12-13 (NLT) Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/17/2018)...


“As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed."

Vincent Van Gogh


Hebrews 10:36 (NLT) Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.


Colossians 1:11-12 (NLT) We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.



Creative Commons: Wikimedia/Peasant woman binding sheaves

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/16/2018)...


My wife has been walking approximately six miles per day with one of her friends. And, yes, that is twelve months of the year...that would be  a Maine year. You can imagine my concern for her well-being. 


"Be careful not to injure your muscles."

"You're going to get frost bite!"

"Watch out for coyotes and black bears...and rabid coons...or large gray squirrels!"

"Don't get hit by a school bus or dump truck." 

"Don't get whacked by a drunk, druggy, texters,or person in my age bracket!" 

"Man, it is really cold out there!"

"Man, it is really warm and muggy today!"

"Man, looks like it is going to rain."

"Shouldn't you take a break?" 

"You really should let that blister heal up."

"Wow...congrats...you finished another half-marathon."


I started walking three miles per day last week. This morning I asked her about the cold walking weather...34 degrees. She simply and lovingly replied, "Would you rather be cold, uncomfortable, and healthy walking outside or warm, comfortable, and unhealthy sitting in your easy-chair?"


I just returned from another three-mile walk. :-)


1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT) Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.





Monday, October 15, 2018

Psalm 34:1-6 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/15/2018)...


"Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do,but it won't get you anywhere."

Corrie Ten Boom


Psalms 34:1-6 (NLT) I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. 

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.



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