December 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Jesus

Proverbs 30: 32

If you have been a fool by being proud or plotting evil, cover your mouth in shame.

Psalm 145: 20

The LORD protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked.

Psalm 145: 13-15

For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations.

The LORD always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does. The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it.

Psalm 145: 8

The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

Revelation 17: 9-11

"This calls for a mind with understanding: The seven heads of the best represent the seven hills where the woman rules. They also represent seven kings. Five kings have already fallen, the sixth now reigns, and the seventh is yet to come, but his reign will be brief."

"The scarlet beast that was, but is no longer, is the eighth king. He is like the other seven, and he, too, is headed for destruction."

Revelation 17: 7

"Why are you so amazed?" the angel asked. "I will tell you the mystery of this woman and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns on which she sits."

Revelation 17: 3

So the angel took me in the Spirit into the wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that had seven heads and ten horns, and blasphemies against God were written all over it.

Revelation 17: 1

One of the seven angels who had poured out the seven bowls came over and spoke to me [John]. "Come with me," he said, "and I will show you the judgment that is going to come on the great prostitute, who rules over many waters."

December 30, 2010

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day

Read John 3:16; 5:24

The word Christmas begins with Christ: the virgin-born Christ child, our Savior. The babe of Bethlehem was not merely a remarkable child but the Son of God. In His infinite grace, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born into this world as a man, yet He never ceased to be God.

Jesus Christ in His infinite love did not begin when He was born in a stable ad laid in a manger; He left Heaven's best to come to this world to be the Savior of mankind. He was offered as a free gift.

God's gift to the world was despised and rejected 2,000 years ago. In the life of every person who has rejected Him since that time, there has proved to be a fatal defectiveness. Only when we accept the free gift of eternal life through Christ can we know the true meaning of Christmas, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.

God gave His all for you. By giving Him your all this Christmas, you will reach others with the Gospel that they, too, may receive God's gift.

In what tangible ways can you give Jesus your all today and in the coming year?

Preparing to Celebrate Christ's Birth

Proverbs 30: 29-31

There are three things that walk with stately stride-no, four that strut about: the lion, king of animals, who won't turn aside for anything, the strutting rooster, the mail goat, a king as he leads his army.

Psalm 144: 1-2

Praise the LORD, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in him. He makes the nations submit to me.

Revelation 16: 1

Then I [John] heard a mighty voice from the Temple say to the seven angels, "Go your ways and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing God's wrath."

December 29, 2010

How has Jesus shown Himself to you?

Read Luke 2:11, 13-14

The greatest sermon ever preached was delivered by angels on this historic night. It has always been interesting to me that this message was delivered at night. It wasn't night because the sun had gone down. It was night because the world was surrounded in spiritual and moral gloom. People were driven by greed, intolerance, and lust for power. Religion had become a device for the rich in the exploitation of the poor. Men robbed and swindled and profiteered under the cloak of religion; they even fought wars in the name of religion. In every arena of life, it was night when Jesus came.

Things haven't changed. Today, there seems to be a moral night that has settled over our world-sexual immorality, pleasure-mad people, lusting for money and power-the same as it was in the days when Jesus came 2,000 years ago.

It is in the darkest hour that Christ often comes. He brings the joy, the thrill, the peace, and the glory such as you have never known-when you and your loved ones give your lives to Him.

How has Jesus shown Himself to you in your darkest hour?

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day

Luke 2: 13-14

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2: 11

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Proverbs 30: 24-28

There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise: Ants-they aren't strong, but they store up food all summer. Hyraxes-they aren't powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks. Locusts-they have no king, but they march in formation. Lizards-they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings' palaces.

Psalm 143: 12

In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

Psalm 143: 8

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.

Psalm 143: 4

I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear.

Revelation 15: 6-8

The seven angels who were holding the seven plagues came out of the Temple. They were clothed in spotless white linen with gold sashes across their chests. Then one of the four living being handed each of the seven angels a gold bowl filled with the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. The Temple was filled with smoke from God's glory and power. No one could enter the Temple until the seven angels had completed pouring out the seven plagues.

Revelation 15: 1

Then I [John] saw in heaven another marvelous event of great significance. Seven angels were holding the seven last plagues, which would bring God's wrath to completion.

Zechariah 7: 9-10

"This is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other."

December 27, 2010

This is the Christmas message!

Read Luke 2:8-10

On that first Christmas night, the angels appeared to shepherds on a hill near Bethlehem. Alfred Edersheim, the great 19th century Jewish-Christian scholar, wrote in his book The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah that the shepherds and the sheep to whom the angels appeared near Bethlehem were no ordinary shepherds and sheep. The sheep were those bound for the temple sacrifices. The shepherds were outcasts because of their necessary isolation from religious ordinances. And their manner of life rendered legal observances unlikely, if not absolutely impossible.

How wonderful that in God's wisdom and love the angels should appear to them-the doomed and the outcast-that night.

Today we can declare to the world that the Good Shepherd cares for all people and wants to give them peace. Christ came on that first Christmas for one great purpose-to die on the cross for our sins. Now God offers forgiveness, inner peace, and eternal life to all who will repent and believer in His Son. This is the Christmas message!

Do you know people who need to hear about God's love and forgiveness?
Will you share the true Christmas message with them this year?

How has Jesus shown Himself to you?

Luke 2: 8-10

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Proverbs 30: 21-23

There are three things that make the earth tremble-no, four it cannot endure: a slave who becomes a king, an overbearing fool who prospers, a bitter woman who finally gets a husband, a servant girl who supplants her mistress.

Psalm 142: 5-6

Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, "You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life. Hear my cry, for I am very low. Rescue me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.

Psalm 142: 1

I cry out to the LORD; I plead for the LORD'S mercy.

Revelation 14: 12

This means that God's holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.

December 22, 2010

Are you actively responding to Him?

Read Matthew 1: 19-21

We're given just a little glimpse of Mary and Joseph before Jesus was born. They lived in the hill country of Galilee. Joseph was a religious man. Mary gives every evidence of having a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, even though she was a teenager. The Bible teaches that God was so pleased with her that He chose her to be the mother of Jesus. Mary and Joseph weren't married, and yet Mary became pregnant.

I've often put myself in Joseph's place - imagined his thoughts, his aspirations about the girl to whom he was engaged. But Joseph decided to break the engagement privately.

While he was thinking about these things, God's angel appeared to him in a dream to give Joseph an explanation of the situation. All Joseph's suspicions were put away. He accepted what God had said through the angel, and he was immediately married to Mary.

Both Joseph and Mary followed the call and plan of God, and through their obedience the way was prepared for Christ to come and bless us.

Are you seeking to follow God's call on your life?
Are you actively responding to Him?

This is the Christmas Message

Matthew 1: 19-21

Matthew 1:19-21 (New International Version)

19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Proverbs 30: 18-20

There are three things that amaze me-no, four things that I don't understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman. An adulterous woman consumes a man, then wipes her mouth and says, "What's wrong with that?"

Psalm 141: 1-2

O Lord, I am calling you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry to you for help! Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.

Revelation 13: 5

Then the beast was allowed to speak great blasphemies against God. And he was given authority to do whatever he wanted for forty-two months. and he spoke terrible words of blasphemy against God, slandering his name and his temple-that is, those who live in heaven.

Revelation 13: 1

Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God.

December 21, 2010

Preparing to Celebrate Christ's Birth

The word ADVENT means ARRIVAL, and it refers to the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world.

The "Advent season" usually starts four weeks before Christmas and concludes with the celebration of Christ's birth.

Some churches emphasize the Advent season more than others, but all Christians look forward to celebrating Christ's birth during this season of the year. Why was Jesus' birth so important? The reason is because slightly over 2,000 years ago, God stooped down from Heaven and became a human being: Jesus Christ. As the Bible says,

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." -John 1:14, NIV

Think of it: God became man! He did it because He loves us-and that's what we should celebrate as Christmas approaches.

Take time between now and Christmas to reflect on this great truth. We'll be covering this for the next 5 days so stay tuned as you prepare to celebrate the coming of the Christ child.

In this Scripture we find the message and meaning of Christmas. Isaiah the prophet gave five awe-inspiring names of our Lord that encourage us, thrill us, and fill us with hope at this Christmas season.

1. Wonderful. When he did His many miracles, the Scripture says, "The people wondered" (Luke 11:14, KJV).

2. Counselor. The people said, "No one ever spoke the way this man does" (John 7: 46).

3. The Mighty God. He is the God-Man. He said that He and the Father are one (John 10:30).

4. The Everlasting Father. It was by Him, the living Word, that all things were created. He is the designer of the whole universe (John 1:3, Hebrews 11:3).

5. The Prince of Peace. There will never be lasting peace on earth until He comes again to reign in righteousness. But He is also the Prince of Peace in other ways. None can have peace with God apart from Him and the peace that He made through the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:20).

The full meaning of these words from Isaiah should give us enough strength, hope, and joy to face any crisis, endure any sorrow, and meet any temptation.

How has Jesus shown you recently that He is "Wonderful, Counselor ... the Prince of Peace"?

Are you actively responding to Him?

John 7: 46

“No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.

Luke 11: 14

And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

What Love Really Means

Proverbs 30: 17

The eye that mocks a father and despises a mother's instructions will be plucked out by ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures.

Psalm 140: 12-13

But I know the LORD will help those they persecute; he will give justice to the poor. Surely righteous people are praising your name; the godly will live in your presence.

Psalm 140: 6

I said to the LORD, "You are my God!" Listen, O LORD, to my cries for mercy!

Revelation 12: 11

And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

Revelation 12: 3

Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads.

December 20, 2010

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Proverbs 30: 15-16

The leech has two suckers that cry out, "More, more!" There are three things that are never satisfied-no, four that never say, "Enough!": the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire.

Psalm 139: 20

They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name.

Psalm 139: 13-18

Psalm 139:13-18 (New Living Translation)

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

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

Revelation 11: 15

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven:

"The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever."

Revelation 11: 13

At the same time there was a terrible earthquake that destroyed a tenth of the city. Seven thousand people died in that earthquake, and everyone else was terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

December 19, 2010

This Wonderful Season

May every joy of this wonderful season be yours.

My Savior My God

Proverbs 30: 11-14

Some people curse their father and do not thank their mother. they are pure in their own eyes, but they are filthy and unwashed. They look proudly around, casting disdainful glances. They have teeth like swords and fangs like knives. They devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity.

Psalm 138: 8

The LORD will work out his plans for my life-for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don't abandon me, for you made me.

Psalm 138: 6

Though the LORD is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.

Psalm 138: 2

I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.

Revelation 10: 3-4

And he gave a great shout like the roar of a lion. And when he shouted, the seven thunders answered.

When the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write. But I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Keep secret what the seven thunders said, and do not write it down."

December 18, 2010

Silent Night

Proverbs 30: 10

Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.

Habakkuk 3: 2

I have heard all about you, LORD. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.

December 17, 2010

For God so loved the world

Proverbs 30: 7-9

O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, "Who is the LORD?" And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God's holy name.

Revelation 8: 6

Then the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to blow their mighty blasts.

Revelation 8: 1-2

When the lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll, there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour. I [John] saw the seven angels who stand before God, and they were given seven trumpets.

Psalm 136: 1-26

Psalm 136:1-26 (New Living Translation)

Psalm 136

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
His faithful love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords.
His faithful love endures forever.

4 Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.
His faithful love endures forever.
5 Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.
His faithful love endures forever.
6 Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters.
His faithful love endures forever.
7 Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—
His faithful love endures forever.
8 the sun to rule the day,
His faithful love endures forever.
9 and the moon and stars to rule the night.
His faithful love endures forever.

10 Give thanks to him who killed the firstborn of Egypt.
His faithful love endures forever.
11 He brought Israel out of Egypt.
His faithful love endures forever.
12 He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm.
His faithful love endures forever.
13 Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea.
His faithful love endures forever.
14 He led Israel safely through,
His faithful love endures forever.
15 but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea.
His faithful love endures forever.
16 Give thanks to him who led his people through the wilderness.
His faithful love endures forever.

17 Give thanks to him who struck down mighty kings.
His faithful love endures forever.
18 He killed powerful kings—
His faithful love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites,
His faithful love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan.
His faithful love endures forever.
21 God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance—
His faithful love endures forever.
22 a special possession to his servant Israel.
His faithful love endures forever.

23 He remembered us in our weakness.
His faithful love endures forever.
24 He saved us from our enemies.
His faithful love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every living thing.
His faithful love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His faithful love endures forever.

Nahum 1: 3

The LORD is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet.

Sing A Song

Proverbs 30: 5-6

Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.

Micah 6: 8

No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Made To Love

Proverbs 30: 1-4

The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense. I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One. Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name-and his son's name? Tell me if you know!

Revelation 6: 3-4

When the lamb broke the second seal, I heard the second living being say, "Come!" Then another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider was given a mighty sword and the authority to take peace from the earth. And there was war and slaughter everywhere.

Revelation 6: 1

As I [John] watched, the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals on the scroll. Then I heard one of the four living beings say with a voice like thunder, "Come!"

Micah 4: 3

The LORD will mediate between peoples and will settle disputes between strong nations far away. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.

Come Home

Proverbs 29: 26-27

Many seek the ruler's favor, but justice comes from the LORD. The righteous despise the unjust; the wicked despise the godly.

Psalm 133: 1-3

How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! for harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron's head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.

Revelation 5: 12

And they sang in a mighty chorus:

"Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered-to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing."

Revelation 5: 5-6

But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, "Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David's throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals."

Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the seven-fold Spirit of God that is sent out into every part of the earth.

Revelation 5: 1

Then I [John] saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who was sitting on the throne. There was writing on the inside and the outside of the scroll, and it was sealed with seven seals.

December 16, 2010

Reason for the Season

Reason for the Season by Lone Star

Proverbs 29: 24-25

If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself. You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify. Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.

Revelation 4: 11

"You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased."

Revelation 4: 5

From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God.

Everything I Need

Proverbs 29: 23

Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.

Psalm 131: 3

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD-now and always.

Revelation 3: 19

I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

Amos 9: 13-14

"The time will come," says the LORD, "when the grain and grapes will grow faster than they can be harvested. Then the terraced vineyards on the hills of Israel will drip with sweet wine! I will bring my exiled people of Israel back from distant lands, and they will rebuild their ruined cities and live in them again. They will plant vineyards and gardens; they will eat their crops and drink their wine.

Going Home for Christmas

Proverbs 29: 21-22

A servant pampered from childhood will become a rebel. An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.

Psalm 130: 7

O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows.

Psalm 130: 5

I am counting on the LORD; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.

Revelation 3: 5

All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.

Revelation 3: 1

"Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars:

"I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive-but you are dead.

December 15, 2010

Revelation 2: 19

"I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things."

One Small Child

Proverbs 29: 19-20

Words alone will not discipline a servant; the words may be understood, but they are not heeded. There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.

Revelation 2: 9-10

"I know about your suffering and your poverty-but you are rich! I know the blasphemy of those opposing you. They say they are Jews, but they are not, because their synagogue belongs to Satan. Don't be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life."

Revelation 2: 4

"But I have this complaint against you. You don't love me or each other as you did at first!"

Revelation 2: 1

"Write this letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands:

Healing Hand of God

Proverbs 29: 18

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.

Psalm 128: 6

May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. May Israel have peace!

Revelation 1: 20

This is the meaning of the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Revelation 1: 16

He held Seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.

Revelation 1: 11-12

It said, "Write in a book everything you see, and send it to the Seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea."

When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw Seven gold lampstands.

Revelation 1: 4-6

This letter is from John to the Seven churches in the province of Asia.

Grace and Peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne; and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world.

All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen!

Joel 2: 28-29

"Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants-men and women alike."

December 8, 2010

To Know You

Proverbs 29: 15-17

To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child. When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes, but the godly will live to see their downfall. Discipline your children, and they will give you Peace of mind and will make your heart glad.

Jude 1: 20-23

But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy Faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God's Love.

And you must show Mercy to those whose Faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show Mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.

Jude 1: 12-13

When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord's Love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots. They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness.

Jude 1: 4

I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God's marvelous Grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude 1: 2

May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.

December 7, 2010

Proverbs 29: 12-14

If a ruler pays attention to liars, all his advisers will be wicked. The poor and the oppressor have this in common-the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both. If a king judges the poor fairly, his throne will last forever.

Psalm 126: 4-6

Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.

3 John 1: 15

Peace be with you.

Your friends here send you their greetings. Please give my personal greetings to each of our friends there.

3 John 1: 1

This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I Love in the truth.

December 6, 2010

Asleep In The Hay

Proverbs 29: 9-11

If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction. The bloodthirsty hate blameless people, but the upright seek to help them. Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.

Psalm 125: 1-2

Those who trust in the LORD are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever. Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, both now and forever.

2 John 1: 5-6

I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should Love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to Love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

2 John 1: 1-3

This letter is from John, the elder.

I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I Love in the truth-as does everyone else who knows the truth-because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.

Grace, Mercy, and Peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ-the Son of the Father-will continue to be with us who live in truth and Love.

Charlie Brown Christmas

Proverbs 29: 5-8

To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet. Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy. The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don't care at all. Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger.

1 John 5: 11-12

And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God's Son does not have life.

1 John 5: 6

And Jesus Christ was revealed as God's Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross-not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony.

1 John 5: 4

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our Faith.

1 John 5: 2

We know we Love God's children if we Love God and obey his commandments.

Joyful Joyful

Proverbs 29: 2-4

When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but if he hangs around prostitutes, his wealth is wasted. A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.

1 John 4: 20-21

If someone says, "I Love God," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don't Love people we can see, how can we Love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who Love God must also Love their Christian brothers and sisters.

1 John 4: 18-19

Such Love has no fear, because perfect Love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect Love. We Love each other because he loved us first.

1 John 4: 16-17

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his Love.

God is Love, and all who live in Love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our Love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

1 John 4: 11-12

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to Love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we Love each other, God lives in us, and his Love is brought to full expression in us.

1 John 4: 9-10

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real Love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

1 John 4: 7-8

Dear friends, let us continue to Love one another, for Love comes from God. Anyone who Loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not Love does not know God, for God is Love.

Light Up the Sky

Proverbs 29: 1

Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.

1 John 3: 23

And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and Love one another, just as he commanded us.

1 John 3: 18

Dear children, let's not merely say that we Love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

1 John 3: 16-17

We know what real Love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion-how can God's Love be in that person?

1 John 3: 14

If we Love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no Love is still dead.

1 John 3: 11

This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should Love one another.

1 John 3: 10

So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not Love other believers does not belong to God.

I Will Rise

Proverbs 28: 27-28

Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding. When the wicked meet disaster, the godly flourish.

Psalm 121: 1-8

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

I look up to the mountains-does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.

The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

1 John 3: 1

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don't recognize that we are God's children because they don't know him.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Proverbs 28: 25-26

Greed causes fighting; trusting the LORD leads to prosperity. Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.

1 John 2: 15

Do not Love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you Love the world, you do not have the Love of the Father in you.

John 1: 12-14

I am writing to you who are God's children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. I am writing to you who are mature in the Faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the Faith because you have won your battle with the evil one. I have written to you who are God's children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the Faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the Faith because you are strong. God's word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one.

1 John 2: 7

Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment-to LOVE one another-is the same message you heard before.

1 John 2: 5-6

But those who obey God's word truly show how completely they LOVE him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

Light a Candle

Proverbs 28: 23-24

In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery. Anyone who steals from his father and mother says, "What's wrong with that?" is no better than a murderer.

Psalm 119: 167

I have obeyed your laws, for I LOVE them very much.

Psalm 119: 165

Those who LOVE your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.

Psalm 119: 163

I hate and abhor all falsehood, but I LOVE your instructions.

Psalm 119: 159

See how I LOVE your commandments, LORD. Give back my life because of your unfailing LOVE.

1 John 1: 7

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

December 1, 2010

Reaching for You

Proverbs 28: 21-22

Showing partiality is never good, yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread. Greedy people try to get rich quick but don't realize they're headed for poverty.

Psalm 119: 149

In your faithful LOVE, O LORD, hear my cry; let me be revived by following your regulations.

Psalm 119: 147

I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my HOPE in your words.

Psalm 119: 140

Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I LOVE them so much.

Psalm 119: 135

Look upon me with LOVE; teach me your decrees.

Psalm 119: 132

Come and show me your mercy, as you do for all who LOVE your name.

2 Peter 3: 9

The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

Cry Out to Jesus