Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Psalm 23:1-6 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (1/31/2018)...

"You have a God who hears you, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit within you, and all of heaven ahead of you. If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner and an anchor for every storm. You have everything you need."

Max Lucado

Psalms 23:1-6 (NLT) The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

He renews my strength. 

He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. 

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. 

You honor me by anointing my head with oil. 

My cup overflows with blessings. 

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

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

FROM TODAY'S READING (1/19/2018)...

"Temptation is God's magnifying glass; it shows us how much work he has left to do in our lives."

Erwin W. Lutzer

Matthew 26:41 (NLT) Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!

James 1:2-4 (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.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (1/18/2018)...

"Many of us are being held hostage by bitterness because we are not willing to give to others what we have been given."

Tony Evans

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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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Psalm 32:8-11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (1/17/2018)...

"The reason so many believers are struggling is that we have voted in the past asking God to bless our plans rather than casting our votes based on seeking His agenda. We want God to sign off on our decisions rather than us following His."

Tony Evans

Psalms 32:8-11 (NLT) The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control."

Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (1/16/2018)...

"I have a dream that America will pray and God will forgive us our sins."

Alveda King

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT) Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

Psalm 33:12 (NIV) Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord...

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Friday, January 12, 2018

1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (1/12/2018)...

"This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to do and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody would do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done."

Chuck Swindoll

1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT) God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Josnua 1:7-9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (1/3/2018)...

"We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential."

Ellen Goodman

Joshua 1:7-9 (NLT) Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 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.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1, 9-13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (1/2/2018)...

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."

Edith Lovejoy Pierce (1904-1983)

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 9-13 (NLT) For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven...

What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

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