Friday, December 30, 2016

Psalm 118:24, 29 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/30/2016)...


“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” 

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Psalms 118:24, 29 (NLT) This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.


 


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Thursday, December 29, 2016

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/29/2016)...


“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

  • Brad Paisley


1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT) So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.


Matthew 6:33-34 (NLT) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.


 


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Psalm 96:1-4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/28/2016)...


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” 

  • T.S Eliot


Psalms 96:1-4 (NLT) Sing a new song to the LORD! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD! Sing to the LORD; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.


 


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Monday, December 26, 2016

Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)..,

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/26/2016)...


“Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the New Year.” 

  • John R. Dallas Jr.


Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT) Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.


 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Luke 2:8-20 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/20/2016)...


"Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him-and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds."

  • Max Lucado

Luke 2:8-20 (NLT) That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 


Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 


When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 


They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.


 


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Monday, December 19, 2016

Matthew 6:1-4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/19/2016)...


"A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small."

  • Eva K. Logue


Matthew 6:1-4 (NLT) Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.


 


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Friday, December 16, 2016

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/16/2016)...


"Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives."

  • William Parks


Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT) You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father


 


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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Luke 2:8-15 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/15/2016)...


"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph." 

  • Shirley Temple

Luke 2:8-15 (NLT) That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”


 


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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Matthew 1:20-23 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/14/2016)...


"God walked down the stairs of heaven with a Baby in His arms."

  • Paul Scherer

Matthew 1:20-23 (NLT) As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 

All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us."


 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ephesians 5:1-2, 15-17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/13/2016)...


CHRISTMAS THOUGHT...


"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."

  • Oren Arnold


Ephesians 5:1-2, 15-17 (NLT) Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God...So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.


 


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Monday, December 12, 2016

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

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


Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.

  • George Matthew Adams


John 3:16-17 (NLT) For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.


 

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Friday, December 9, 2016

PSALM 107:28-31 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/9/2016)...


"Let this encourage those of you who belong to Christ: the storm may be tempestuous, but it is only temporary. The clouds that are temporarily rolling over your head will pass, and then you will have fair weather, an eternal sunshine of glory. Can you not watch with Christ for one hour?" 

- William Gurnall


Psalms 107:28-31 (NLT) LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.


 


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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Psalm 139:14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (12/8/2016)...


"Troubles are often the tools he uses by which God fashions us for better things."

  • Henry Ward Beecher


Psalms 139:14 (NLT) Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.


Isaiah 64:8 (NLT) And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.


 


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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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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

PSALM 100:4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/22/2016)...

"Is the glass half empty or half full? Just be thankful you have a glass!" 
  • Jack Wellman

Psalms 100:4 (NLT) Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/21/2016)...


"We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction." 

  • Harry Ironside


Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.


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Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/14/2016)...
The following is attributed to a folded note found in the pocket of a dead Civil War soldier:
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; 
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, then I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing I asked for, but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among men, most richly blessed.
Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭(NLT‬‬) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
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Friday, November 11, 2016

John 15:13 (NLT)...

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


Veterans Day Remembrance...


Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

  • Ronald Reagan


John 15:13 (NLT) There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

1 Timothy 2:1-6 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/9/2016)...


“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

- George Washington


"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.”

- George Washington


1 Timothy 2:1-6 (NLT) "I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.”


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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

1 Timothy 6:15 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/7/2016)...


"I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I am a Monarchist because I am devoting my life to doing everything I can to prepare the way for my soon coming King."

Dr. David R. Reagan


 1 Timothy 6:15 (NLT) For, At just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.


John 14:2-4 (NLT) There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.


2 Peter 3:3-9 (NLT) Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” 

They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. 

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.


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Friday, November 4, 2016

Proverbs 17:22 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/5/2016)...
"There is a 'secret to happiness,' and it is gratitude. All happy people are grateful, and ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that it is being unhappy that leads people to complain, but it is truer to say that it is complaining that leads to people becoming unhappy. Become grateful and you will become a much happier person."
- Dennis Prager ("Happiness is a Serious Problem")
Proverbs‬ ‭17:22‬ ‭(NLT‬‬) A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Proverbs 11:2-5 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/3/2016)...

"An honest president will tell the truth when truth matters most. A courageous president will set the right course when it’s hardest to do so, when the price may be highest."
- Dan Doraini

Proverbs 10:9 (NLT) People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.

Proverbs 11:2-5 (NLT) Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people. Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death. The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.

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