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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Monday, July 23, 2018

Proverbs 29:11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/23/2018)...


"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."

Mark Twain


Proverbs 29:11 (NLT) Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.


Colossians 3:8-10 (NLT) But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.



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Friday, July 20, 2018

Proverbs 10:9-10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/20/2018)...


"Don't spit in my face and tell me it is raining!"

Unknown


Proverbs 10:9-10 (NLT) People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed. People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.


Colossians 3:9 (NLT) Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.



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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/19/2018)...


"Amazing what one can accomplish in a short period of time when focused on the task."

Rocky


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.


Colossians 3:23 (NLT) Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.




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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Proverbs 13:4 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY'S READING (7/18/2018)...


"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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