Monday, March 19, 2018

1 Timothy 6:6-11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/19/2018)...

"For in order for capitalism to work -- in order for it to produce a good and a stable society -- the traditional Christian virtues are essential."

Antonin Scalia

1 Timothy 6:6-11 (NLT) Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 

But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. 

But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

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

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/16/2018)...

"May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore."

Saint Patrick (missionary to Ireland)

Psalms 8:1-9 (NLT) O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. 

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. 

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

James 4:17 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/15/2018)...

"You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings."

Pearl S. Buck

James 4:17 (NLT) Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

Romans 12:21 (NLT) Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

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Ephesians 4:21-24 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/13/2018)...

"The difference between where we are and where we want to be is created by the changes we are willing to make in our lives. When you want something you've never had, you must do something you've never done to get it."

John C. Maxwell

Ephesians 4:21-24 (NLT) Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Romans 12:12 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/8/2018)...

"If we do anything to further the kingdom of God, we may expect to find what Christ found on that road - abuse, indifference, injustice, misunderstanding, trouble of some kind. Take it. Why not? To that you were called. In Latin America someone who feels sorry for himself is said to look like a donkey in a downpour. If we think of the glorious fact that we are on the same path with Jesus, we might see a rainbow."

Elizabeth Elliot (Missionary)

Romans 12:12 (NLT) Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Galatians 6:9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/7/2018)...

"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

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.

James 5:11 (NLT) We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.

Philippians 4:12-13 (NLT) I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Proverbs 12:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (3/6/2018)...

"Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it's a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of."

Emmylou Harris

Proverbs 12:10 (NLT) The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Proverbs 16:24 (NLT)...

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

"Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune."

Sam Walton (Walmart founder & CEO)

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

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, March 1, 2018

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

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

"In my travels I have found that those who keep Heaven in view remain serene and cheerful in the darkest day. If the glories of Heaven were more real to us, if we lived less for material things and more for things eternal and spiritual, we would be less easily disturbed by this present life."

Billy Graham

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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