Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Psalm 90:12 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/26/2018)...


"Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back."

Harvey MacKay


Psalms 90:12 (NLT) Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.


Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT) 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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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/25/2018)...


"Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out."

Art Linkletter


Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT) Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.



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Proverbs 14:8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/24/2018)...


"The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future."

Herbert Spencer


Proverbs 14:8 (NLT) The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves.


Proverbs 27:12 (NLT) A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.



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Friday, September 21, 2018

Luke 12:6-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/21/2018)...


"The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money."

Anonymous


Luke 12:6-7 (NLT) What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.



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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Galatians 6:9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/20/2018)...


"The major difference between the big shot and the little shot is the big shot is just a little shot who kept on shooting."

Zig Ziglar


Galatians 6:9 (NLT) So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.



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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Proverds 24:27 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/19/2018)...


"The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."

Stephen Covey


Proverbs 24:27 (NLT) Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.


Proverbs 27:23-26 (NLT) Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation. After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in, your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will provide the price of a field.



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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)..,

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/18/2018)...


"The greater danger lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."

Michelangelo


Proverbs 16:3 (NLT) Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.



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Joshua 1:9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/17/2018)...


"Others can stop you temporarily. You are the only one who can do it permanently."

Zig Ziglar


Joshua 1:9 (NLT) 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.



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Friday, September 14, 2018

Proverbs 12:22 (NLT)..,

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/14/2018)...


“The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (The Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading)


Proverbs 12:22 (NLT) The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.


Proverbs 19:1 (NLT) Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.


Philippians 4:8 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Psalm 118:24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/13/2018)...


"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today."

Dale Carnegie


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



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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Matthew 6:1-3 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/12/2018)...


"Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed."

Blaise Pascal


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. 

Matthew 6:1-3 (NLT)


Colossians 3:17 (NIV) And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.



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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Matthew 5:38-39 (KJV)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/11/2018)...


“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom

Rudy Giuliani


Matthew 5:38-39 (KJV) Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 





Monday, September 10, 2018

Isaiah 41:13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/10/2018)...


"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

James Baldwin


Isaiah 41:13 (NLT) Isaiah 41:13 (NLT) For I hold you by your right hand—I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.


John 16:33 (NLT) I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.





Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Psalm 27:14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/5/2018)...


“It’s okay to wait. Sometimes it’s okay to wait a little longer for something. Why rush if you don’t have to? Why not enjoy the journey?”

The Minimulist


Psalms 27:14 (NLT) Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.


Psalms 37:5-7 (NLT) Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.



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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Matthew 6::33-34 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (9/4/2018)...


"Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. It's been that way all this year. It's been that way so many times."

Ernest Hemingway


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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Friday, August 31, 2018

Philippians 2:14-15 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/31/2018)...


"If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it."

Anthony J. D’Angelo


Philippians 2:14-15 (NLT) Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.


Ephesians 4:29 (NLT) Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.



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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Psalm 51:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/30/2018)...


"If an egg is broken from outside force – A life ends. If an egg breaks from within – A life begins. Great things always begin from within."

Anonymous


Psalms 51:10 (NLT) Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.


Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.


Matthew 15:17-19 (NLT) Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.



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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

John 6:26-27 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/29/2018)...


“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie.

It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for

heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world."

John Piper


John 6:26-27 (NLT) Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”



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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/28/2018)...


"I don't claim anything of the work. It is his work. I am like a little pencil in his hand. That is all. He does the thinking. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it."

Mother Teresa


Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.


Philippians 2:12-13 (NLT) Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.



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Friday, August 24, 2018

Romans 12:17-21 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/24/2018)...


"All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you." 

Wayne Dyer


Romans 12:17-21 (NLT) 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. 

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. 

Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” 

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.



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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Proverbs 24:16 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/23/2018)...


“If we are obsessed with winning, we’ll do anything to win. It’s better to lose the game, learn where we could be better, and come back again, again and again.”

Simon Sinek


Proverbs 24:16 (NLT) The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.


Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.



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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/22/2018)...


“I’m amazed how many people need permission to get started, but nobody needs permission to quit.”

Erwin McManus


Isaiah 40:28-31 (NLT) Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.



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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hebrews 12:1-4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/21/2018)...


"He who has a why can bear any how."

Dr. Jordan Peterson (12 Rules For Life)


Hebrews 12:1-4 (NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.



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Monday, August 20, 2018

Romans 1:16-17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/20/2018)...


"Like the arch which grows stronger precisely by [force] of the weight you place upon it, so the story of the Gospels bears, with reassuring strength, the devotion of the centuries to Jesus as the Christ. What is music, asked Walt Whitman, but what awakens within you when you listen to the instrument? and Jesus is the music of the reality of God, and faith is what awakens when we hearken."

Kenneth Cragg (unpublished sermon, "Who Is Jesus Christ?")


Romans 1:16-17 (NLT) For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life."



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Friday, August 17, 2018

Philippians 2:3-11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/17/2018)...


"Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple."

Unknown Author


Philippians 2:3-11 (NLT) 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. 

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.



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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/16/2018)...


"Don't let a hard lesson harden your heart. Life's best lessons are often learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes. There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won't. When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right. Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best."

Unknown Author


Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT) No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.


2 Chronicles 15:7 (NLT) But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.


Joshua 1:9 (NLT) 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.



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

John 3:18-21 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/15/2018)...


"Wherever there's light, there's bugs."

H. A. Ironside


 John 3:18-21 (NLT) There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.



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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (8/14/2018)...


“Dad didn’t care if I was a plumber or an actor. He said, ‘Whatever you do, just do it well. Be humble about what you do, be a good guy and tell the truth..."

Scott Eastwood (son of actor/director Clint Eastwood)


Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT) Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.


Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT) Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.



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Friday, July 27, 2018

Galatians 6:9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/27/2018)...


"With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. "

Dr. Wayne W Dyer


Galatians 6:9 (NLT) So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.



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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Proverbs 16:24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/25/2018)...


"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."

Harriet Beecher Stowe


Proverbs 16:24 (NLT) Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.


Proverbs 25:11 (KJV) A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.


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, July 24, 2018

Proverbs 4:25-27 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/24/2018)...


"It's not what's happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it's your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you're going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny."

Tony Robbins


Proverbs 4:25-27 (NLT) Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.


Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT) Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.



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