Tuesday, December 20, 2016

This is what is required. We can do this.

Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Bible Gateway link: Micah 6:8 (NKJV)


Monday, December 19, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Truth seems so fleeting right now. It is not. As this blessing assures us believers, truth will be with us forever.

2 John 1:2-3
because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love.
Bible Gateway link: 2 John 1:2-3 (ESV)

Friday, December 2, 2016

We are about to celebrate the fulfillment of this prophecy. Enjoy Advent!

Daniel 7:13-14
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.
And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
Bible Gateway link: Daniel 7:13-14

Monday, November 21, 2016

It is remarkable how often sheep appear in the Bible and how often Jesus, descendant of David, appears to shepherd us. Thank you God, we badly need shepherding.

Ezekiel 34:22-24
I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep.
And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.
And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.
Bible Gateway link: Ezekiel 24:22-24 (ESV)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

We will always falter in our faithfulness but He never does. However, we can stir up one another, and we should.

Hebrews 10:23-24
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
Bible Gateway Link: Hebrews 10:23-24 (ESV)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The guy who wrote Hebrews was pretty good with word pictures. He transforms the Holy Bible from a dusty book on your shelf to the living, piercing, discerning Christ. It is so exciting!

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Bible Gateway link: Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Are you feeling as anxious as I am? Prayer is available and a ready solace. Here is a good one for today. It is a good one any day.

Psalm 119:132-133
Look upon me and be merciful to me, As Your custom is toward those who love Your name.
Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
Bible Gateway link: Psalm 119:132-133 (NKJV)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

I do think these are times of difficulty and these descriptions fit so well the people running for President. They each have good qualities too, but the advice to avoid such people is very sound. Would that we could.

2 Timothy 3:1-5
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,
treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
Bible Gateway link: 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (ESV)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

I can think of a couple of really good examples of this currently in the news.

1 Timothy 6:9
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Bible Gateway link: 1 Timothy 6:9 (ESV)


Monday, October 17, 2016

We are so good at lying to ourselves and then believing the lies to the point of truth. The active work it takes to be honest with ourselves is God's work. And doing God's work is the only thing that pays off.

Jeremiah 17:9-10
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.
Bible Gateway link: Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NKJV)



Saturday, October 15, 2016

I rejoice that I am a tiny piece of dust in the sand that cushions the building blocks that are held together by the cornerstone, Christ. This is the Lord's doing.

Psalm 118:21-24
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Bible Gateway link: Psalm 118-21-24 (ESV)


Monday, October 10, 2016

Yes He has and I am eternally grateful.

Colossians 1:13
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
Bible Gateway link: Colossians 1:13 (ESV)



Sunday, October 9, 2016

It is so easy to get into a spiral of ugly thinking. You have to stop it before it takes over your life. Practice Paul's advice to the Philippians it will make your life so much better.

Philippians 4:8-9
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Bible Gateway Link: Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV)


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sometimes I would like to plunge into the darkness and just wallow there. I can't do it though, I know there is light, I can't un-know it.

Isaiah 50:10
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.
Bible Gateway link: Isaiah 50:10 (ESV)


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I find it pretty easy to deceive myself. Fortunately, the more I study the Holy Bible, the harder it gets. Thank God, one of the things I do best is not giving up.

Galatians 6:7-9
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Bible Gateway link: Galatians 6:7-9 (ESV)


Saturday, September 24, 2016

The harder you try to run your own life the weaker you get. Ask for some divine help and everything gets easier.

Isaiah 40:31
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Bible Gateway link: Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)


Saturday, September 17, 2016

I have an endless supply of tears and I have an endless supply of grace. My tears never last, but my salvation is for eternity.

Isaiah 25:8-9
He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hungry?

Psalm 107:8-9
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
Bible Gateway link: Psalm 107: 8-9 (ESV)


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Omnipotence. He created the world, and filled it with light. Then He created a path for us to eternity. It makes sense to me.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Bible Gateway link: 2 Corinthians 4:6


Friday, September 9, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The original anti-aging strategy.

Psalm 103:1-5
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Bible Gateway link: Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV)


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ah yes, this is familiar.

Proverbs 23:29-30
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine.
Bible Gateway link: Proverbs 23:29-30 (ESV)


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Who do we think we are? Job discovers the obvious answer when God shows up and starts asking questions. God is God and we don't have a clue.

Job 38:3-5
Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
Bible Gateway link: Job 38:3-5 (ESV)


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016

This is why having a good marriage is so critical. When one of you is falling apart, the other can provide perspective.

Job 2:9-10
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Bible Gateway link: Job 2:9-10 (NKJV)


Saturday, July 23, 2016

The arduous journey of life! If only we stopped along the way and followed Ezra's example here. Instead we forge ahead without a prayer of finding the right way.

Ezra 8:21
Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions.
Bible Gateway link: Ezra 8::21 (NKJV)




Monday, July 18, 2016

It is madness out there. Which is why the Psalmist offers us this gift: a promise that supersedes the daily details of our fallen world.

Psalm 85:8-13
I will hear what God the Lord will speak,
For He will speak peace
To His people and to His saints;
But let them not turn back to folly.
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Yes, the Lord will give what is good;
And our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before Him,
And shall make His footsteps our pathway.
Bible Gateway link: Psalm 85:8-13 (NKJV)


Friday, July 15, 2016

This is what it feels like. Groping. Active, almost desperate, hands-on searching. We are all made from the same blood, we all seek the same thing. He is not far from us.

Acts 17:26-27
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
Bible Gateway link: Acts 17:26-27 (NKJV)


Thursday, July 7, 2016

This is what He asks of us. God was very clear about it in this conversation with Solomon. God even sent His son to redeem us. I think He is still waiting to hear how it is going.

2 Chronicles 7:14
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Bible Gateway link: 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Here is an example of a politician getting some divine retribution. But notice, the truth goes marching on.

Acts 12:21-24
So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them.
And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!”
Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.
But the word of God grew and multiplied.
Bible Gateway link: Acts 12:21-24 (NKJV)


Thursday, June 30, 2016

One day at a time I pray for wisdom.

Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Bible Gateway link: Proverbs 20:1



Sunday, June 26, 2016

The trees and fields don't frustrate themselves asking what God is up to, neither does the ocean. There is no desperate yearning to know the purpose of life. They just rejoice in what they were created to do. It is a good example to follow.

1 Chronicles 16:31-33
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.
Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
Bible Gateway link: 1 Chronicles 16:31-33 (NKJV)