Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Philippians 1:6 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/6/2016)...

"God never said that the journey would be easy, but he did say that the arrival would be worthwhile."

  • Max Lucado

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.


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Monday, December 5, 2016

2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/5/2016)...

"If you are not firmly grounded in God's Word, you will be bombarded with an assortment of doctrines, lifestyles, and behaviors, and you will have no means to evaluate whether or not they are of God...Scripture will equip you for any good work God calls you to do. If you feel inadequate for a task God has given you, search the Scriptures, for within them you will find the wisdom you need to carry out His assignment. Allow the Word of God to permeate, guide, and enrich your life."

  • Henry & Richard Blackaby

2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NLT) But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hebrews 12:5-13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/1/2016)...

"We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things."

  • Henry Ward Beecher

Hebrews 12:5-13 (NLT) And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.

As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? 

For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. 

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

PSALM 37:23-24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/30/2016)...

"Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments."

  • Henry Ward Beecher 

"A failure is not a loss. It’s a gain. You learn. You change. You grow."

  • Unknown

Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV) The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

James 1:2-8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/29/2016)...

"I usually get taught lessons the hard way, because God wants me to remember."

  • Duane Chapman

James 1:2-8 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. 

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Philippians 1:9-11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/28/2016)...

"We ought to be living as if Jesus died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back this afternoon."

  • Pastor Adrian Rogers (1931-2005)

Philippians 1:9-11 (NLT) I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ —for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PSALM 118:24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/23/2016)...

“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.” 

  • Richelle E. Goodrich

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

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