Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/18/2018)...


CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

By Dorothy Lawe Holt


If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.

If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

BUT

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.


Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.




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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Proverbs 20:19 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/17/2018)...


"The mockingbird has a song of its own, but it rarely uses it. Instead, it simply mocks the other birds near it. Whatever it hears, it repeats. If it hears the pleasant notes of a house wren, it repeats those pleasant notes. If it hears the plaintive scold of bluejay, it scolds like a bluejay. Whatever else may be said for the mockingbird, anything it has to say is secondhand."

  • Carl C. Williams

Proverbs 16:28 (NLT) A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.


Proverbs 20:19 (NLT) A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.


Titus 3:1-2 (NLT) Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.




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Monday, April 16, 2018

James 1:19-21 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/16/2018)...


"People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing."

  • Will Rogers

"A good thing to remember is that you can't save face if you lose you head!"

  • Unknown 


James 1:19-21 (NLT) Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. 




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Friday, March 30, 2018

Matthew 26:36-46 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/30/2018)...


"On the eve of the cross, Jesus made his decision. He would rather go to hell for you than go to heaven without you."

Max Lucado


Matthew 26:36-46 (NLT) Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 


He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 


Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” 


Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. 


So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”



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Thursday, March 29, 2018

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/29/2018)...


PASSION WEEK


“The most important events in human history were the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” 

Billy Graham


“The resurrection blasts apart the finality of death, providing an alternative to the stifling settling dust of death and opens the way to new life.” 

Billy Graham


1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (NLT) I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.

Apostle Paul


1 Timothy 3:16 (NIV) Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: 

He appeared in the flesh, 

was vindicated by the Spirit, 

was seen by angels, 

was preached among the nations, 

was believed on in the world, 

was taken up in glory.



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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mark 16:1-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/28/2018)...


PASSION WEEK


“No tabloid will ever print the startling news that the mummified body of Jesus of Nazareth has been discovered in old Jerusalem. Christians have no carefully embalmed body enclosed in a glass case to worship. Thank God, we have an empty tomb. The glorious fact that the empty tomb proclaims to us is that life for us does not stop when death comes. Death is not a wall, but a door.” 

Peter Marshall


Mark 16:1-7 (NLT) Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside. 


When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”



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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

I Peter 3:18 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/27/2018)...


PASSION WEEK


“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus' fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”

A. W. Tozer 

(Preparing For Jesus' Return: Daily Live The Blessed Hope)


1 Peter 3:18 NLT Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.


1 Corinthians 15:56-58 (NLT) For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.



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