October 31, 2014

Whoever Has Ears

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 2:29

The Almighty

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:8

Whoever Follows Jesus

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~Jesus

October 30, 2014

God of Justice

And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.

Psalm 50:6

Grumblers and Faultfinders

These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

Jude 1:16

The LORD Is My Rock

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:2

October 29, 2014

Who Loves To Be First

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.

3 John 1:9-10

Salvation Is A Gift from God

For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through FAITH—and this is NOT from yourselves, it is the GIFT of God—

Ephesians 2:8

October 28, 2014

He Is In the Light

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1 John 1:7

October 27, 2014

Do Not Be Surprised

Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.

1 John 3:13

You Will Have Trouble

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~Jesus

October 26, 2014

Sin Is Lawlessness

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

1 John 3:4-6

I Will Call On Him

I love the LORD , for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 116:1-2

October 25, 2014

Eternal Life

As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

1 John 2:24-25

On Not Loving the World

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:15-17

Whoever Believes In Me

"I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." ~Jesus

October 24, 2014

Not Wanting Anyone to Perish

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

Springs Without Water

These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

2 Peter 2:17-22

False Prophets Among the People

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

2 Peter 2:1-3

Until the Day Dawns

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

2 Peter 1:19

October 23, 2014

Standing Firm In the Faith

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

1 Peter 5:8-9

Do Not Be Ashamed

However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

1 Peter 4:16

Stand Firm

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1

October 20, 2014

Which Is Idolatry

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

Colossians 3:5

An Idolater

For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Ephesians 5:5

Keep Yourselves from Idols

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

1 John 5:21

All Manner of Unrighteousness

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Romans 1:28-32 ESV

Therefore God Gave Them Up

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

Romans 1:24-25 ESV

For the Wrath of God is Revealed

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Romans 1:18-23 ESV

I am not ashamed of the gospel

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Romans 1:16-17 ESV

Whoever Believes In the Son

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

John 3:36 ESV

October 19, 2014

Woe To You

Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

Luke 6:26

October 18, 2014

Who is wise and understanding among you?

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

James 3:13

Faith Without Deeds

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

James 2:26

An Enemy Multiplies Kisses

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.   Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

Proverbs 27:5-6

October 13, 2014

Amen and Amen

Praise be to the LORD , the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

Psalm 41:13

Religion that God Our Father Accepts as Pure and Faultless

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

Their Religion Is Worthless

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

James 1:26

Do What It Says

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

James 1:22

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12

Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

Marriage should be honored by all

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

Hebrews 13:4

Envy and Selfish Ambition

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

James 3:16

October 11, 2014

The One Who Trusts In the LORD

Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD , who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.  Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

Psalm 40:4-5

Warning and Encouragement

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.

Hebrews 12:14-17

Those Who Shrink Back vs Those Who Have Faith

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Hebrews 10:39

Jesus Is the Son of God

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.

1 John 4:15

October 10, 2014

I Will Not Be Shaken

I keep my eyes always on the LORD . With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 16:8

October 8, 2014

But Because Jesus Lives Forever

but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.   Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

Hebrews 7:24-28

The Rock Eternal

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD , the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:4

October 7, 2014

October 6, 2014

Refrain from Anger

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

Psalm 37:8-9

Be Still Before the LORD

Be still before the LORD  and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psalm 37:7

Commit Your Way to the LORD

Commit your way to the LORD ; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6

Trust In the LORD

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD , and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:3-4

Do Not Fret

Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

Psalm 37:1-2

The Word of God

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

Builder of Everything

For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

Hebrews 3:4

God's Love & Christ's Perseverance

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

2 Thessalonians 3:5

October 4, 2014

October 3, 2014

To The Brokenhearted

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

The Hope of Eternal Life

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:4-7

Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Sing joyfully to the LORD , you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Psalm 33:1-3

Salvation to ALL People

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

Titus 2:11

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

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.

Isaiah 9:6

October 2, 2014

Do you struggle with the guilt of sin?

I never noticed this before today. If you struggle with the guilt of sin here is a verse to encourage you!

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD .” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Psalm 32:5
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Preach The Word

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

2 Timothy 4:2-4

Be Joyful, Be Patient, and Be Faithful

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

October 1, 2014

All Scripture is God-Breathed

You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:10-17

Their folly will be clear to everyone

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

2 Timothy 3:6-9

Have nothing to do with such people

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

Have nothing to do with such people

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

Be Strong and Take Heart

Love the LORD , all his faithful people! The LORD preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD .

Psalm 31:23-24

He Remains Faithful

Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;   if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;   if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

2 Timothy 2:11-13