Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Matthew 10:16 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/30/2016)...

Give, but don’t allow yourself to be used. 
Love, but don’t allow your heart to be abused. 
Trust, but don’t be naive. 
Listen to others, but don’t lose your own voice. 
- Unknown Author

Matthew 10:16 (NLT) Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.

Proverbs 14:15-16 (NLT) Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Psalm 121:1-8 (NLT)..;

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/29/2016)...

Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; 
Rather look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
And when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
The same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you today and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
- St. Francis de Sales

Psalms 121:1-8 (NLT) I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. 
The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. 
The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”

Sunday, March 27, 2016

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT)..,

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/28/2016)...

LETTING GO...
To Let Go does not mean to stop caring, it means I can't do it for someone else.
To Let Go is not to cut myself off, it is the realization I can't control another.
To Let Go is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To Let Go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To Let Go is not to try to change or blame another, it is to make the most of myself.
To Let Go is not to care for, but to care about.
To Let Go is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To Let Go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
To Let Go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their destinies.
To Let Go is not to be protective, it is to permit another to face reality.
To Let Go is not to deny, but to accept.
To Let Go is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To Let Go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.
To Let Go is not to criticize and regulate anybody, but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To Let Go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
To Let Go is to fear less, and love more.
- Author Unknown

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT)  Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

1 Corinthians15:12-20 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/24/2016)...

"The resurrection is the keystone of the arch on which our faith is supported. If Christ has not risen, we must impeach all those witnesses for lying. If Christ has not risen, we have no proof that the crucifixion of Jesus differed from that of the two thieves who suffered with him. If Christ has not risen, it is impossible to believe his atoning death was accepted."
- D.L. Moody

1 Corinthians 15:12-20 (NLT) But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. 
But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.”

John 21:24-25 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/23/2016)...

I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history. 
- H.G. Wells (Historian)

John 21:24-25 (NLT) "This disciple [John] is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate. Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.”

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

John 20:1-10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/22/2016)...

The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in. 
- Peter Marshall

John 20:1-10 (NLT) Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 
Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they went home.



Monday, March 21, 2016

John 14:27 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/21/2016)...

Christ died. He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left not silver or gold, but something far better–His PEACE! 
- Matthew Henry

John 14:27-29 (NLT) I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/17/2016)...

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” 
- by Jim Rohm

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NLT) Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/15/2016)...

THE LORD'S PRAYER...
I cannot say "our" if I’m living only for myself.
I cannot say "Father" if I’m not acting like His child.
I cannot say "Who art in Heaven" if I am laying up no treasure there.
I cannot say "hallowed be Thy Name" if I am not striving for holiness.
I cannot say "Thy Kingdom come" if I’m not doing my part.
I cannot say "Thy will be done" if I am disobedient to His Word.
I cannot say "in earth as it is in Heaven" if I’m unwilling to serve Him here and now.
I cannot say "give us this day our daily bread" if I’m not relying on Him to provide.
I cannot say "forgive us our debts" if I harbor a grudge against someone.
I cannot say "lead us not into temptation" if I deliberately place myself in its path.
I cannot say "deliver us from evil" if I haven’t put on the whole armor of God.
I cannot say "Thine is the Kingdom" If I am not loyal to the King as His faithful subject.
I cannot attribute to Him "the power" if I fear what people may do.
I cannot ascribe to Him "the glory" if I am seeking honor only for myself.
I cannot say "forever" if my life is completely determined by the things of the present.
- Author Unknown

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Monday, March 14, 2016

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/14/2016)...

HORSE SENSE...

A horse can't pull while kicking. 
This fact we merely mention. 
And he can't kick while pulling, 
Which is our chief contention. 

Let's imitate the good old horse 
And lead a life that's fitting; 
Just pull an honest load, and then 
There'll be no time for kicking. 
(Bits & Pieces, May 1990, p. 7.)

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT) 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.

Friday, March 11, 2016

James 3:13, 17-18 (NLT)...

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

The mistakes to avoid: 
- Remorse over yesterday's failures. 
- Anxiety over today's problems. 
- Worry over tomorrow's uncertainty. 
- Waste of the moment's opportunity. 
- Procrastination with one's present duty. 
- Resentment of another's success. 
- Criticism of a neighbor's imperfection. 
- Impatience with youth's immaturity. 
- Skepticism of our nation's future. 
- Unbelief in God's providence.
by William Arthur Ward (Up Words)

James 3:13, 17-18 (NLT)  If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom...But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

James 1:26 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/9/2016)...

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
by Socrates

James 1:26 (NLT) If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.
Proverbs 13:3 (NLT) Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

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

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/10/2016)...

The most important thing for me is having a relationship with God. To know that the owner, the creator of the universe loves you, sent His Son to die for your sins; that's very empowering. Knowing Him and knowing that He loves me gives me encouragement and confidence to move forward.
by Dr. Ben Carson

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.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Philippians 4:13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/8/2016)...

"If you can't change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails."
by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Acts 27:4, 7-8 (NLT) Putting out to sea from there, we encountered strong headwinds that made it difficult to keep the ship on course, so we sailed north of Cyprus between the island and the mainland...
We had several days of slow sailing, and after great difficulty we finally neared Cnidus. But the wind was against us, so we sailed across to Crete and along the sheltered coast of the island, past the cape of Salmone. We struggled along the coast with great difficulty and finally arrived at Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.

Philippians 4:13 (NLT) For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

1 Timothy 1:15, 19 (NLT)..,

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/2/2016)...

The trouble with the advice, "Follow your conscience" is that most people follow it like someone following a wheelbarrow--they direct it wherever they want it to go, and then follow behind. 
- Unknown Author

1 Timothy 1:5, 19 (NLT) The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith...Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.

Proverbs 3:21-24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/1/2016)...

THINK ABOUT IT...
The most destructive habit…Worry
The greatest joy…Giving
The greatest loss…Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work…Helping others
The most endangered species…Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource…Our youth
The greatest "shot in the arm"…Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome…Fear
The most effective sleeping pill…Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease…Excuses
The most powerful force in life…Love
The most dangerous pariah…A gossiper
The world's most incredible computer…The brain
The worst thing to be without…Hope
The deadliest weapon…The tongue
The two most power-filled words…"I Can"
The greatest asset…Faith
The most worthless emotion…Self-pity
The most beautiful attire…A smile!
The most prized possession…Integrity
The most contagious spirit…Enthusiasm
"To the world, you may be one person; but to one person, you may be the world."
- Author Unknown

Proverbs 3:21-24 (NLT) My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.