November 30, 2010

Proverbs 28: 19-20

A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty. The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.

Psalm 119: 127

Truly, I LOVE your commands more than gold, even the finest gold.

Psalm 119: 123-124

My eyes strain to see your rescue, to see the truth of your promise fulfilled. I am your servant; deal with me in unfailing LOVE, and teach me your decrees.

Psalm 119: 113-120

I [the LORD] hate those with divided loyalties, but I LOVE your instructions. You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of HOPE. Get out of my life, you evil-minded people, for I intend to obey the commands of my God. LORD, sustain me as you promised, that I may live! Do not let my HOPE be crushed. Sustain me, and I will be rescued; then I will meditate continually on your decrees. But you have rejected all who stray from your decrees. They are only fooling themselves. You skim off the wicked of the earth like scum; no wonder I LOVE to obey your laws! I tremble in fear of you; I stand in awe of your regulations.

2 Peter 2: 22

They prove the truth of this proverb: "A dog returns to its vomit." And another says, "A washed pig returns to the mud."

2 Peter 2: 13

Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They LOVE to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and stain among you. They delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals.

November 29, 2010

Lose My Soul

Proverbs 28: 17-18

A murderer's tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don't protect him! The blameless will be rescued from harm, but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.

Psalm 119: 97

Oh, how I LOVE your [the LORD'S] instructions! I think about them all day long.

2 Peter 1: 20-21

Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet's own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

2 Peter 1: 5-7

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God's promises. Supplement your FAITH with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with LOVE for everyone.

2 Peter 1: 1

This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.

I am writing to you who share the same precious FAITH we have. This FAITH was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our god and Savior.

You're Worthy of My Praise

Proverbs 28: 15-16

A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor as a roaring lion or an attacking bear. A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people, but one who hates corruption will have a long life.

Psalm 119: 88

In your unfailing LOVE, spare my life; then I can continue to obey your laws.

Psalm 119: 81

I am worn out waiting for your [the LORD'S] rescue, but I have put my HOPE in your word.

1 Peter 5: 14

Greet each other with Christian LOVE.

1 Peter 5: 8-9

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your FAITH. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

1 Peter 5: 6-7

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

1 Peter 4: 19

So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

1 Peter 4: 7-9

The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep LOVE for each other, for LOVE covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

Let the Waters Rise

Proverbs 28: 14

Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

Psalm 119: 73-80

You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my HOPE in your word. I know, O Lord, that your regulations are fair; you disciplined me because I needed it. Now let your unfailing LOVE comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant. Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight. Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me; meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments. Let me be united with all who fear you, with those who know your laws. May I be blameless in keeping your decrees; then I will never be ashamed.

1 Peter 3: 8-17

Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. LOVE each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. For the Scriptures say,

"If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil."

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don't worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian HOPE, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

November 28, 2010

I Will Follow

Proverbs 28: 12-13

When the godly succeed, everyone is glad. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding. People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

Psalm 119: 64

O LORD, your unfailing love fills the earth; teach me your decrees.

Psalm 119: 54-56

Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived. I reflect at night on who you are, O LORD; therefore, I obey your instructions. This is how I spend my life: obeying your commandments.

Psalm 119: 49-50

Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.

1 Peter 2: 23

He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

1 Peter 2: 19-20

For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

November 23, 2010

My Own Little World

Proverbs 28: 11

Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.

Psalm 119: 47-48

How I delight in your commands! How I LOVE them! I honor and LOVE your commands. I meditate on your decrees.

Psalm 119: 45

I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.

Psalm 119: 43

Do not snatch your word of truth from me, for your regulations are my only hope.

Psalm 119: 36

Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a LOVE for money!

1 Peter 2: 9

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 1: 22

You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere LOVE to each other as brothers and sisters. LOVE each other deeply with all your heart.

1 Peter 1: 21

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your FAITH and HOPE in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

1 Peter 1: 17-20

And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as "foreigners in the land." For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.

November 22, 2010

Starry Night

Proverbs 28: 8-10

Income from charging high interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor. God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law. Those who lead good people along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the honest will inherit good things.

Psalm 119: 30-31

I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations. I cling to your laws. LORD, don't let me be put to shame! I will pursue your commands, for you expand my understanding.

1 Peter 1: 8-9

You LOVE him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1: 6-7

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your FAITH is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-though your FAITH is far more precious than mere gold. So when your FAITH remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

1 Peter 1: 3-5

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance-an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your FAITH, God is protecting you by his power until you receive salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

Proverbs 28: 6-7

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich. Young people who obey the law are wise; those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.

Psalm 119: 10-11

I have tried hard to find you-don't let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

James 5: 19-20

My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.

James 5: 16

Confess your sins to each other and PRAY for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

James 5: 13-15

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should PRAY. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and PRAY over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in FAITH will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.

James 5: 9

Don't grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look-the Judge is standing at the door!

Proverbs 28: 3-5

A poor person who oppresses the poor is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops. To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them. Evil people don't understand justice, but those who follow the LORD understand completely.

Psalm 118: 24

This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

James 4: 17

Remember, it is sin to know what you out to do and then not do it.

James 4: 13-16

Look here, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit." 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. What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that." Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.

James 4: 11-12

Don't speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God's law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?

James 4: 7-10

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

James 4: 4-6

You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the spirit God has placed within us is filled with envy? But He gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, "God opposed the proud but favors the humble."

James 4: 1-3

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don't they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can't get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don't have what you want because you don't ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don't get it because your motives are all wrong-you want only what will give you pleasure.

November 19, 2010

All of Creation

Proverbs 28: 2

When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.

Psalm 118: 1-4

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful LOVE endures forever. Let all Israel repeat: "His faithful LOVE endures forever." Let Aaron's descendants, the priests, repeat: "His faithful love endures forever." Let all who fear the LORD repeat: "His faithful love endures forever."

James 3: 1-18

James 3:1-18 (New Living Translation)

James 3

Controlling the Tongue

1 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

True Wisdom Comes from God

13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 2: 18-26

James 2:18-26 (New Living Translation)

18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have FAITH; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your FAITH if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my FAITH by my good deeds.”

19 You say you have FAITH, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that FAITH without good deeds is useless?

21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his FAITH and his actions worked together. His actions made his FAITH complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his FAITH.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by FAITH alone.

25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also FAITH is dead without good works.

Proverbs 28: 1

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.

Psalm 117: 1-2

Praise the LORD, all you nations. Praise him, all you people of the earth. For he loves us with unfailing LOVE; the LORD'S faithfulness endures forever.

Praise the LORD!

James 2: 1-17

James 2:1-17 (New Living Translation)

James 2

A Warning against Prejudice

1 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have FAITH in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

2 For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. 3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in FAITH? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who LOVE him? 6 But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? 7 Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?

8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “LOVE your neighbor as yourself.” 9 But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.

10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. 11 For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law.

12 So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. 13 There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

FAITH without Good Deeds Is Dead

14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have FAITH but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of FAITH save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

17 So you see, FAITH by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

James 1: 26-27

If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

James 1: 22-25

But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don't obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don't forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

James 1: 19-21

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

November 17, 2010

Jesus Messiah

Proverbs 27: 23-27

Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don't last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation. After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in, your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will provide the price of a field. And you will have enough goats' milk for yourself, your family, and your servant girls.

Psalm 116: 6

The LORD protects those of childlike FAITH; I was facing death, and he saved me.

Psalm 116: 1

I LOVE the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.

James 1: 12

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James 1: 5-8

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your FAITH is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

James 1: 2-4

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles 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 if fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

November 16, 2010

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Proverbs 27: 21-22

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised. You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.

Hebrews 13: 15-16

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don't forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

Hebrews 13: 7

Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their FAITH.

Hebrews 13: 5

Don't LOVE money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."

November 15, 2010

In Better Hands

Proverbs 27: 18-20

As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer's interests will be rewarded. As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.

Psalm 113: 3-4

Everywhere-from east to west-praise the name of the LORD. For the LORD is high above the nations; his glory is higher than the heavens.

November 14, 2010

Beautiful

Proverbs 27: 17

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Hebrews 12: 1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of FAITH, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our FAITH. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne.

Hebrews 11: 39-40

All these people earned a good reputation because of their FAITH, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

Hebrews 11: 35

Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their HOPE in a better life after the resurrection.

Hebrews 11: 33

By FAITH these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them.

November 13, 2010

Here I am to Worship

Proverbs 27: 15-16

A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day. Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands.

Psalm 111: 2-3

How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails.

Hebrews 11: 31

It was by FAITH that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

Hebrews 11: 30

It was by FAITH that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

Hebrews 11: 29

It was by FAITH that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.

Hebrews 11: 24

It was by FAITH that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. It was by FAITH that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king's anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. It was by FAITH that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

Hebrews 11: 23

It was by FAITH that Moses' parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king's command.

Hebrews 11: 22

It was by FAITH that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

Hebrews 11: 21

It was by FAITH that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.

Hebrews 11: 20

It was by FAITH that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.

Hebrews 11: 17-19

It was by FAITH that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God's promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, "Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted." Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

November 12, 2010

Your LOVE

Proverbs 27: 14

A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning will be taken as a curse!

Hebrews 11: 13-16

All these people died still BELIEVING what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11: 11-12

It was by FAITH that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She BELIEVED that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead-a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

Hebrews 11: 8-10

It was by FAITH that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by FAITH-for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

Hebrews 11: 7

It was by FAITH that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his FAITH Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by FAITH.

Hebrews 11: 5-6

It was by FAITH that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying-"he disappeared, because God took him." For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without FAITH. Anyone who wants to come to him must BELIEVE that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely ask him.

Hebrews 11: 4

It was by FAITH that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel's offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of FAITH.

Hebrews 11: 3

By FAITH we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

Hebrews 11: 1-2

FAITH is the confidence that what we HOPE for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their FAITH, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

November 11, 2010

God Bless Our Heroes



Thank you soldiers everywhere for your service. We can never thank you enough. God bless our heroes known and unknown.

Remembrance Day 2010

Proverbs 27: 13

Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger's debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.

Hebrews 10: 23-25

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Hebrews 10: 1-22

And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven's Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God's house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

November 10, 2010

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Proverbs 27: 12

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

Hebrews 10: 17

Then he says, "I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds."

Hebrews 10: 12

But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand.

November 9, 2010

Walk By Faith

Proverbs 27: 11

Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. Then I will be able to answer my critics.

Hebrews 9: 27-28

And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 9: 11-12

So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood-not the blood of goats and calves-he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.

Proverbs 27: 10

Never abandon a friend-either yours or your father's. When disaster strikes, you won't have to ask your brother for assistance. It's better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.

Ezekiel 18: 31-32

Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? I don't want you to die, says the Sovereign LORD. Turn back and live!

November 7, 2010

Take You Back







Proverbs 27: 7-9

A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry. A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest. The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

Hebrews 8: 1-13

Hebrews 8:1-13 (New Living Translation)

Hebrews 8

Christ Is Our High Priest

1 Here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven. 2 There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands.

3 And since every high priest is required to offer gifts and sacrifices, our High Priest must make an offering, too. 4 If he were here on earth, he would not even be a priest, since there already are priests who offer the gifts required by the law. 5 They serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: “Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.”

6 But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.

7 If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. 8 But when God found fault with the people, he said:

“The day is coming, says the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel and Judah.
9 This covenant will not be like the one
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
and led them out of the land of Egypt.
They did not remain faithful to my covenant,
so I turned my back on them, says the Lord.
10 But this is the new covenant I will make
with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their minds,
and I will write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
11 And they will not need to teach their neighbors,
nor will they need to teach their relatives,
saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’
For everyone, from the least to the greatest,
will know me already.
12 And I will forgive their wickedness,
and I will never again remember their sins.”

13 When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear.

Ezekiel 17: 24

"And all the trees will know that it is I, the LORD, who cuts the tall tree down and makes the short tree grow tall. It is I who makes the green tree wither and gives the dead tree new life. I, the LORD, have spoken, and I will do what I said!"

November 6, 2010

Proverbs 27: 4-6

Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous. An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy!

Hebrews 7: 28

The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.

Hebrews 7: 23-25

There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

Hebrews 7: 18-19

Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

November 5, 2010

There Will Be A Day

Proverbs 27: 3

A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.

Psalm 105: 39-41

The LORD spread a cloud above them as a covering and gave them a great fire to light the darkness. They asked for meat, and he sent them quail; he satisfied their hunger with manna-bread from heaven. He split open a rock, and water gushed out to form a river through the dry wasteland.

Hebrews 7: 16-17

Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied, "You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 7: 7

And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.

Hebrews 6: 7-8

When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God's blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.

November 4, 2010

Thorns and Thistles


Sometimes I feel like the bird in the picture.

I am surrounded by thorns and thistles, the harshest most sand-papery people I have ever known.

I am thinking of a quote by Rick Warren that popped up on Twitter yesterday:

Matt13 NOT YOUR JOB to discern the weeds from wheat in God’s field!Dont play God! You should be sowing&cultivating instead! –Rick Warren

Proverbs 27: 1-2

Don't brag about tomorrow, since you don't know what the day will bring. Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth-a stranger, not your own lips.

Hebrews 6: 17-18

God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.

Hebrews 6: 10

For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.

Hebrews 6: 4-6

For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened-those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come-and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.

November 3, 2010

How He Loves



Proverbs 26: 28

A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin.

Hebrews 5: 8-9

Even though Jesus was God's Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.

November 2, 2010

Your Grace Is Enough

Proverbs 26: 27

If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.

Hebrews 4: 14-16

So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Hebrews 4: 12

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Proverbs 26: 24-26

People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they're deceiving you. They pretend to be kind, but don't believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils. While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrong-doing will be exposed in public.

Hebrews 3: 12-13

Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still "today," so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.

Proverbs 26: 23

Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

Psalm 103: 8-9

The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.

Hebrews 2: 18

Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.

Hebrews 2: 9

What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position "a little lower than the angels"; and because he suffered death for us, he is now "crowned with glory and honor." Yes, by God's grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.