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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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

1 Peter 3:15-16 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (11/2/2016)...

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- M. L. King, Jr.

1 Peter 3:15-16 (NLT) Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

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