Friday, October 28, 2016

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/28/2016)...

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something."
- Neil Gaiman

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT) 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.

Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Colossians 1:9-14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/27/2016)...

1. Wealth without work
2. Pleasure without conscience
3. Knowledge without character
4. Commerce without morality
5. Science without humanity
6. Worship without sacrifice
7. Politics without principle
- Mahatma Gandhi, "Seven Blunders of the World"

 Colossians 1:9-14 (NLT) So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hebrews 13:16 ( NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/26/2016)...

"Never underestimate the difference You can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week reach to someone that might need a lift” 
- Pablo

Hebrews 13:16 (NLT) And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

Philippians 2:4 (NLT) Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

2 Peter 1:5-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/14/2016)...

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
- Charles Spurgeon

2 Peter 1:5-7 (NLT) In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

Romans 5:2-5 (NLT) Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Leviticus 19:15-16 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/13/2016)...

Be careful with your words. Once they’re said, they can only be forgiven not forgotten.

The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart.

Proverbs 10:18 (NLT) Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.

Leviticus 19:15-16 (NLT) Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly. Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people. Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is threatened. I am the LORD.

Romans 12:14-18 (NLT) Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Joshua 1:8-9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/12/2016)...

Don’t give up. Normally it is the last key on the ring which opens the door.

As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.
- unknown

Joshua 1:8-9 (NLT) Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

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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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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


"If the plain sense makes sense, don't look for any other sense, lest you end up with nonsense."
- Golden Rule of Bible Interpretation

PS - This seems to be a pretty good rule for life in general. :-)

Proverbs 2:1-8 (NLT) My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faityhful to him.

Proverbs 8:12-14 (NLT) I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Romans 13:11-14 (NLT)...

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

"It gets late early out there."
- Yogi Berra

Romans 13:11-14 (NLT) This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Philippians 2:1-4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/7/2016)...

If you left the Church to get away from hypocritical people, you should also quit your job, drop out of school, disconnect yourself from all of your friends and family. Lock yourself in your room while you’re at it.
There will be flaws wherever there are humans. We need to start seeing church for what it is: it is a hospital with wounded and hurt people. You will find messed up, conniving, calculating, imperfect individuals, including yourself. As much as you want to deny it, we all go for healing. So if you felt betrayed by a fellow Church member, put your Nursing cap on and think of them as your patients. Treat them with care, love and kindness despite their rudeness.
- Unknown

Philippians 2:1-4 (NLT) Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Romans 12:9-10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/6/2016)...

Dearest Jimmy,
No words could ever express the great unhappiness I've felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you'll take me back. No one could ever take your place in my heart, so please forgive me. I love you, I love you, I love you! 
Yours forever, 
P.S. ...and congratulations on winning the state lottery.

Romans 12:9-10 (NLT) Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Psalm 37:3-5 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/5/2016)...

"My goodness...the pain of this [experience] is intentional. It is designed by God to mark off the stages of life. Maybe it's to look back and congratulate ourselves on some jobs well done that we have now completed. Maybe it's to take account of what lies ahead with a proper and accurate understanding of how much of life has slipped behind us. The sadness is a gift from God to show us what has been accomplished, not so much to show us what has come to an end."
- Pastor Steve Van Winkle                                                                           
  Fellowship Baptist Church                                                                      
  Bozeman, Montana

Psalms 37:3-5 (NLT) Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

1 Timothy 1:12-17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (10/4/2016)...

"...I am thankful beyond sufficient words that when I got to the end of myself, Jesus was there, willing to forgive and forget and entrust me with a ministry. What grace! I praise Him for His loving kindness."
- Dr. David Reagan (Living For Christ In The End Times, pg. 10)

1 Timothy 1:12-17 (NLT) I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)...

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

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot. Together we can do great things.
- Attributed to Mother Teresa

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

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