Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Proverbs 13:4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/182018)...


"It is better to wear out one’s shoes than one’s sheets.” 

Genoese Proverb 


Proverbs 13:4 (NLT) Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.


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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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/17/2018)...


"If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!” 

Jonathan Winters


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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Monday, July 16, 2018

Proverbs 18:13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/16/2018)...


“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” 

Max Planck (Nobel Prize-winning physicist)


Proverbs 18:13 (NIV) To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.


Philippians 4:8-9 (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. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.





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Friday, July 13, 2018

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

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/13/2018)...


"It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions."

Jim Rohn (author/speaker)


 Proverbs 2:3-11 (NLT) Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.

Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. 

For the Lord grants wisdom! 

From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 

He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. 

He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 

He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. 

Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. 

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. 

Wise choices will watch over you. 

Understanding will keep you safe.




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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Proverbs 9:9 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/12/2018)...


"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

Coach John Wooden (1919-2010)


Proverbs 9:9 (NLT) Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.


Proverbs 1:7 (NLT) Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.




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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Psalm 65:8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/11/2018)...


"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."

Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor AD 161-180)


Psalms 65:8 (NLT) Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.


Psalms 139:17-18 (NLT) How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!




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Monday, July 9, 2018

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/9/2018)...


"People with good intentions make promises. People with good character keep them.” 

Unknown


Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (NLT) As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. 

Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool. 

When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved. 

Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.




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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Galatians 5:13-15 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/5/2018)...


INDEPENDENCE DAY THOUGHT...


"May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right."

Peter Marshall


Galatians 5:13-15 (NLT) For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.



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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/4/2018)...


INDEPENDENCE DAY THOUGHT...


"The date [July 4th] will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

John Adams (2nd US President)


Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 (NLT) 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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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Proverbs 14:34 (NLT)...

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


INDEPENDENCE DAY THOUGHT...


"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

Abraham Lincoln


Proverbs 14:34 (NLT) Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.



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Monday, July 2, 2018

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

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/2/2018)...


INDEPENDENCE DAY THOUGHT...


"I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning."

Benjamin Franklin


1 Timothy 2:1-4 (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.



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