Monday, June 26, 2017

Nehemiah 9:16-18 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/26/2017)...


"The high heaven covereth as well tall mountains as small mole hills, and mercy can cover all. The more desperate thy disease, the greater is the glory of thy physician, who hath perfectly cured thee."

Abraham Wright


Nehemiah 9:16-18 (NLT) But our ancestors were proud and stubborn, and they paid no attention to your commands. They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them, even when they made an idol shaped like a calf and said, ‘This is your god who brought you out of Egypt!’ They committed terrible blasphemies.


Matthew 18:32-33 (NLT) Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?"


 

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/23/2017)...


 "The question should really be why we even think of a supreme being. Why do we ask if there is a sovereign power over the universe? Is it because we are deluded into thinking there should be, or is it because reason demands a cause and a purpose? Is it possible that deep within our hungers is the quest to know why we are here in the first place, and the naturalist's cavalier dismissal of that question falls upon questing souls that search of a reason as much as the body yearns for water? 


There were no professors of science in the original created order to question revelation. From deep within the human soul arose the challenge for autonomy over against a boundary within which to live."

Ravi Zacharias ("Jesus Among Secular Gods," pg. 16)


Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 (NLT) What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.


 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Genesis 6:5-9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/23/2017)...


"No matter how ungodly the environment you may be in, God will always find you and walk with you. Noah lived in perhaps the most wicked age in history. No one worshipped God...Nevertheless, Noah was not lost to God in the crowd of sinners. God noticed every act of Noah's righteousness. Noah had chosen to live uprightly before God despite what everyone around him was doing, and God had observed him. There may have been times when Noah wondered if it mattered if he lived a righteous life, since no one else was. Yet he continued, and his persistence in righteousness saved his life and the lives of his family members."

Henry & Richard Blackaby (Experiencing God Day By Day, 6/14)


Genesis 6:5-9 (NLT) The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the Lord. 

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.


 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Colossians 3:16-17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/21/2017)...


"I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty."

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.


Colossians 3:16-17 (NLT) Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.


 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Romans 1:19-20 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/20/2017)...


Some contemplative thoughts for atheists to consider...

-How everything ultimately came from nothing

-How order came from chaos

-How harmony came from discord

-How life came from non life

-How reason came irrationality 

-How personality came from non-personality

-How morality came from amorality

Robert Morey, (The New Atheism and the Erosion of Freedom)


Romans 1:19-20 (NLT) They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.


 

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Proverbs 4:1-3 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/16/2017)...


FATHER'S DAY THOUGHT


"The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, 'Daddy, I need to ask you something,' he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan."

Garrison Keillor


Proverbs 4:1-3 (NLT) My children, listen when your father corrects you. Pay attention and learn good judgment, for I am giving you good guidance. Don’t turn away from my instructions. For I, too, was once my father’s son, tenderly loved as my mother’s only child.


 

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Psalm 127:3 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (6/15/2017)...


FATHER'S DAY THOUGHT


"We wondered why when a child laughed, he belonged to Daddy, and when he had a sagging diaper that smelled like a landfill, He wants his mother."

Erma Bombeck


Psalms 127:3 (NLT) Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.


 

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