Monday, December 31, 2018

Galatians 6:7-10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/31/2018)...


“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn't really matter.”

New Tribes Mission

Galatians 6:7-10 (NLT) Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 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. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Philippians 4:8 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/28/2018)...


“Maybe this year…walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but potential.”

Ellen Goodman

Philippians 4:8 hNLT) 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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Thursday, December 27, 2018

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

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/27/2018)...


“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better [person].”

Benjamin Franklin

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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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

James 4:14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/26/2018)...


“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

Michael Altshuler

James 4:14 (NLT) How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT) So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Luke 2:8-12 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/20/2018)...


“Did you know the word 'joy' appears 8 times in the Christmas Story? And if we aren't careful, we will miss out on the joy that God promises us this Christmas.”

Rick Warren 

Luke 2:8-12 (NLT) That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/19/2018)...


“Christmas can't be bought from a store . . . Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”


Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/18/2018)...


“Three Wise WOMEN would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, bought practical gifts, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and there would be peace on earth!”


Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

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Monday, December 17, 2018

1 Timothy 4:4-5 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/17/2018)...


“The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.”

Johnny Carson

1 Timothy 4:4-5 (NIV) For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Psalm 139:14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/14/2018)...

“I’m not weird. I’m limited edition.”


Psalms 139:14 (NLT) Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

1 Peter 2:11-12 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/13/2018)...

“You can’t act like a skunk without someone getting wind of it.”

Lorene Workman.

1 Peter 2:11-12 (NLT) Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Proverbs 3:13-18 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/12/2018)...

“I’m stronger because I had to be, I’m smarter because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I’ve learned.”


Proverbs 3:13-18 (NLT) Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Titus 2:12-14 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/11/2018)...

“I am learning to love the sound of my feet walking away from the things not meant for me.”


Titus 2:12-14 (NLT) And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/10/2018)...

“One never finds life worth living. One always has to make it worth living.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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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Thursday, December 6, 2018

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/6/2018)...

“Resolved, to live with all my might while I do live.

Resolved, never to lose one moment of time, to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can.

Resolved, never to do anything which I should despise or think meanly of in another.

Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.

Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.”

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Deuteronomy 31m6 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/5/2018)..

“It takes courage to live–courage and strength and hope and humor. And courage and strength and hope and humor have to be bought and paid for with pain and work and prayers and tears.”

Jerome P. Fleisham

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT) So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/4/2018)..

Promise Yourself –

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Christian D. Larson (1912)

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

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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Monday, December 3, 2018

Psalm 71:18 (NLT)...

FROM TODAY’S READING (12/3/2018)..

“They said I was too old when I tried to get a job. Why, I’ve done more since I was ‘too old’ than most young women.”

Grandma Gatewood (“Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” The inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail by  Ben Montgomery)

Psalms 71:18 (NLT) Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

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