Friday, August 30, 2013

Psalm 19:12-14 (NLT)...

Psalm 19:12-14 (NLT) How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me.Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. 

A CHINESE PROVERB: "If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT)

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/27/2013)...

"At last I understood: in the final analysis, forgiveness is an act of faith. By forgiving another, I am trusting that God is a better justice-maker than I am. By forgiving, I release my own right to get even and leave all issues of fairness for God to work out. I leave in God’s hands the scales that must balance justice and mercy."
Phillip Yancey, "What’s So Amazing About Grace?" (pg. 93)

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 
(Colossians 3:12-15 NLT)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)...

If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.
- Dr. Vance Havner

Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV) But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Monday, August 19, 2013

1 Peter 5:6-9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/19/2013)...

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. (1 Peter 5:6-9 NLT)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Philippians 4:10-14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/15/2013)...

I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much. – Mother Teresa 

(Philippians 4:10-14 NLT) How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

1 Timothy 4:13

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/7/2013))...

Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:16 NLT)

"I had this expectation that my career would be one in which I didn't crash an airplane."
- Captain Chesley Sullenberger
US Airways pilot...comment made after skillful crash landing in New York's Hudson River

Thursday, August 1, 2013

James 4:13-16

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/1/2013)...

Do you want to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans.

James 4:13-16 (NLT) Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.