Friday, May 25, 2018

Psalm 34:18 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/25/2018)...


MEMORIAL DAY THOUGHT


"Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty. All stood to protect America. And all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice." 

George W. Bush


Psalms 34:18 (NLT) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.



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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Romans 13:4 (ESV)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/24/2018)...


MEMORIAL DAY THOUGHT


"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” 

Joseph Rodman Drake


Romans 13:4 (ESV) for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.



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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Psalm 33:12 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/23/2018)...


MEMORIAL DAY THOUGHTS


GETTYSBURG ADDRESS: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 


Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 


But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863


Psalms 33:12 (NKJV) Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.



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Friday, May 18, 2018

1 Peter 2:15-17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/18/2018)...


"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." 

Anne Frank (1929-1945)


1 Peter 2:15-17 (NLT) It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.



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Thursday, May 17, 2018

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

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/17/2018)...


"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me."

Erma Bombeck (1927 - 1996)


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.


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/18/2018)...


"Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory."

Warren Wiersbe


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.


Ephesians 6:10 (NLT) A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ephesians 1:3-8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/15/2018)...


"You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman."

Max Lucado


Ephesians 1:3-8 (NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.



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Friday, May 11, 2018

Proverbs 31:25-31 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/11/2018)...


MOTHER'S DAY


"Mothers were meant to love us unconditionally, to understand our moments of stupidity, to reprimand us for lame excuses while yet acknowledging our point of view, to weep over our pain and failures as well as cry at our joy and successes, and to cheer us on despite countless start-overs. Heaven knows, no one else will."

Richelle E. Goodrich


Proverbs 31:25-31 (NLT) She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. 

When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. 

She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. 

Her children stand and bless her. 

Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” 

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. 

Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.



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Thursday, May 10, 2018

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

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/10/2018)...


MOTHER'S DAY


 “Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.”

Charles Stanley


Ephesians 6:1-3 (NLT) Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.



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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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

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


MOTHER'S DAY


"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."

Washington Irving


Proverbs 1:8-9 (NLT) My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.



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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/8/2018)...


"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."

Jimmy Dean


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



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Friday, May 4, 2018

Psalm 42:1-2, 11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/4/2018)...


"We can't anticipate and provide for life's trials, but the Lord can and does. The Lord wants us to thirst not after a quick fix to our problems but after the life-altering refreshment of His provision."

Pricilla Shirer


Psalms 34:8-10 (NLT) Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.


Psalms 42:1-2, 11 (NLT) As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?...

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!



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Thursday, May 3, 2018

2 Samuel 14:14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/3/2018)...


"I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him."

C. S. Lewis


2 Samuel 14:14 (NLT) All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.


1 John 1:8-10 (NLT) If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.


Ephesians 1:6-8 (NLT) So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.



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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Joshua 1:9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/2/2018)...


"When you face discouragement, you can do one of two things, and the one you choose will color your perspective. You can look at others to place the blame, or you can look at yourself to discover your opportunities. The choice is yours."

John C. Maxwell


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.


Psalms 37:5-8 (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. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm.



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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Romans 13:1-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (5/1/2018)...


"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


John 10:28-30 (NLT) I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.


Matthew 10:28-31 (NLT) Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 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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Friday, April 27, 2018

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/27/2018)...

"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."
Earl Nighningale

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 (NLT) So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

1 John 4:7-12 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/26/2018)...


"When love is expressed or demonstrated, something unexpected occurs. Both the person expressing love and the one receiving love feel valued and that their lives matter. When we feel valueless, we can lose sight of who we are in God's eyes. Sometimes we mistakenly assume that our value lies in our accomplishments or in what we can give to or do for others. While achievements and generosity are great, they are no substitute for honest expressions of love."

John F. Westfall ("I Didn't Sign Up For This")


1 John 4:7-12 (NLT) Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.



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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Proverbs 3:1-4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/24/2018)...


"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty."

Zig Ziglar 


Proverbs 3:1-4 (NLT) My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.


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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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/18/2018)...


CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

By Dorothy Lawe Holt


If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.

If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

BUT

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.


Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.




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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Proverbs 20:19 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/17/2018)...


"The mockingbird has a song of its own, but it rarely uses it. Instead, it simply mocks the other birds near it. Whatever it hears, it repeats. If it hears the pleasant notes of a house wren, it repeats those pleasant notes. If it hears the plaintive scold of bluejay, it scolds like a bluejay. Whatever else may be said for the mockingbird, anything it has to say is secondhand."

  • Carl C. Williams

Proverbs 16:28 (NLT) A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.


Proverbs 20:19 (NLT) A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.


Titus 3:1-2 (NLT) Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.




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Monday, April 16, 2018

James 1:19-21 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (4/16/2018)...


"People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing."

  • Will Rogers

"A good thing to remember is that you can't save face if you lose you head!"

  • Unknown 


James 1:19-21 (NLT) Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. 




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Friday, March 30, 2018

Matthew 26:36-46 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/30/2018)...


"On the eve of the cross, Jesus made his decision. He would rather go to hell for you than go to heaven without you."

Max Lucado


Matthew 26:36-46 (NLT) Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 


He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 


Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” 


Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. 


So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”



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Thursday, March 29, 2018

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/29/2018)...


PASSION WEEK


“The most important events in human history were the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” 

Billy Graham


“The resurrection blasts apart the finality of death, providing an alternative to the stifling settling dust of death and opens the way to new life.” 

Billy Graham


1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (NLT) I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.

Apostle Paul


1 Timothy 3:16 (NIV) Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: 

He appeared in the flesh, 

was vindicated by the Spirit, 

was seen by angels, 

was preached among the nations, 

was believed on in the world, 

was taken up in glory.



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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mark 16:1-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/28/2018)...


PASSION WEEK


“No tabloid will ever print the startling news that the mummified body of Jesus of Nazareth has been discovered in old Jerusalem. Christians have no carefully embalmed body enclosed in a glass case to worship. Thank God, we have an empty tomb. The glorious fact that the empty tomb proclaims to us is that life for us does not stop when death comes. Death is not a wall, but a door.” 

Peter Marshall


Mark 16:1-7 (NLT) Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside. 


When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”



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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

I Peter 3:18 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/27/2018)...


PASSION WEEK


“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus' fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”

A. W. Tozer 

(Preparing For Jesus' Return: Daily Live The Blessed Hope)


1 Peter 3:18 NLT Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.


1 Corinthians 15:56-58 (NLT) For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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.



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