Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Lord Keeps Close Watch & Gives Strength

2 Chronicles 16:9 (GNT) "The Lord keeps close watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are loyal to him."

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Forgive One Another just as the Lord has forgiven you

Colossians 3:13 (GNT)"Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you." (When it's hard to forgive what helps me is I think how I would never want the Lord to not forgive me or turn away from me. A great movie to watch about a true story of an amazing act of forgiveness is "Amish Grace".)

Guides You In the Decisions You Make

Colossians 3:15-16 (GNT) "The peace that Christ gives you is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ's message in all its richness must live in your hearts."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

He Is Good to Everyone

Psalm 145:8-9 (GNT) "The Lord is loving and merciful, slow to become angry and full of constant love. He is good to everyone and has compassion on all He made."

Friday, May 25, 2012

He Saves Those Who Have Lost All Hope

Psalm 34:18 (GNT) "The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; He saves those who have lost all hope."

Find Out For Yourself How Good the Lord Is

Psalm 34:4-8 (GNT) "I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me; He freed me from all my fears. The oppressed look to Him and are glad; they will never be disappointed. The helpless call to Him, and He answers; He saves them from all their troubles. His angel guards those who have reverence for the Lord and rescues them from danger. Find out for yourself how good the Lord is."

I Am With You!

Isaiah 41:10 (GNT) "Do not be afraid-I am with you! I am your God-let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you."

Thursday, May 24, 2012

How Precious God's Love Is

Psalm 36: 7 "How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings." Reference:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"Peace Is What I Leave With You"

John 14:27 (GNT) "Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid." (Spending even a little time with God each day goes a long way. Take some time for yourself with God and feel His peace with you. You owe it to yourself.)

Monday, May 21, 2012

"Love Must Be Completely Sincere"

Romans: 12:9-21 (GNT) "Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as Christian brothers, and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers. Ask God to bless those who persecute you - yes, ask Him to bless, not to curse. Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise. If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God's anger do it. For the scripture says, 'I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.' Instead, as the scripure says, 'If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for by doing this you will make him burn with shame. Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good."

"Do Not Let Evil Defeat You"

Romans: 12:21 "Do not let evil defeat you; instead conquer evil with good."

"Don't Worry About Anything"

Philippians 4:5-7 (GNT-Good News Translation) "Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon. Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking Him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus."

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Giving Everything Up To God Gives Me Peace

I'm finding that everytime I say to God, "Lord, I give everything to You", I feel such a sense of peace and relief. It's like when I was little and I had any kind of trouble. Who did I run to for help? Mom or Dad. And they would take my trouble away by finding the solution to the problem (like what problem can't be fixed at age 5, right?) But I see it the same way with God as an adult. I give everthing over to Him, my dreams and hopes too! My whole life, health and being. I don't want any of it in any other hands (including mine!) than God's. And everytime I do, I just feel such a sense of peace and resolve afterwards. Like I felt when I gave my troubles or "ouchs!" when I was little to my parents. Similiarly giving my hopes and dreams and everything I have back to God blesses me even more. I want what God wants me to live and give. I just say it is all yours God and He seems to give me more as a result. But I truly want Him to have everything. I only want what He wants me to be and live. That's the only way I feel truly happy as I did as a child. Does anyone else feel this way?

"He Cares For You"

1 Peter 5:6-7 New International Version (NIV) "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"The Woman Caught In Adultery"

John 8:1-11 (GNB) "(Then everyone went home, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early the next morning he went back to the Temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and began to teach them. The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught commiting adultery, and they made her stand before them all. 'Teacher,' they said to Jesus, 'this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. In our Law Moses commanded that such a woman must be stoned to death. Now, what do you say?' They said this to trap Jesus, so that they could accuse him. But he bent over and wrote on the ground with his finger. As they stood there asking him questions, he straightened up and said to them, 'Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her.' Then he bent over again and wrote on the ground. When they heard this, they all left, one by one, the older ones first. Jesus was left alone, with the woman still standing there. He straightened up and said to her, 'Where are they? Is there no one left to condemn you?' 'No one, sir,' she answered. 'Well, then,' Jesus said, 'I do not condemn you either. Go, but do not sin again'."

"The Things That Make People Unclean"

Mark 7:14-20 (GNB) "Then Jesus called the crowd to him once more and said to them, 'Listen to me, all of you, and understand. There is nothing that goes into a person from the outside which can make him ritually unclean. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that makes him unclean....For from the inside, from a person's heart, come the evil ideas which lead him to do immoral things, to rob, kill, commit adultery, be greedy, and do all sorts of evil things: deceit, indecency, jealousy, slander, pride and folly - all these evil things come from inside a person and make him unclean'."

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Greater is He who is in you."

1John 4:4 (NASB)"...greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world."

Monday, May 14, 2012

"I Will Give You Rest"

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

"God's Power is Greater Than Any Chaos In Our Lives"

Romans 8:28 (NLT) "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them." "God's power is greater than any chaos in our lives". Pastor Brian Campbell, Gateway Church

Friday, May 11, 2012

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength

Philippians 4:10-13 (NIV)"10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Here I Am"

Revelation 3:20 (NIV) "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

How Grateful Are We To God?

Psalm 100(King James version) "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

God says, "I will help you".

Isaiah 41:13 (Revised Standard Version) "For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Sower (GNB)

(Mark 4:13-20)GNB(GOOD NEWS BIBLE) -- "Then Jesus asked them, 'Don't you understand this parable? How, then, will you ever understand any parable? The sower sows God's message. Some people are like the seeds that fall along the path; as soon as they hear the message, Satan comes and takes it away. Other people are like the seeds that fall on rocky ground. As soon as they hear the message, they receive it gladly. But it does not sink deep into them, and they don't last long. So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once. Other people are like the seeds sown among the thorn bushes. These are the ones who hear the message, but the worries about this life, the love for riches, and all other kinds of desires crowd in and choke the message, and they don't bear fruit. But other people are like seeds sown in good soil. They hear the message, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred'."

Friday, May 4, 2012

"Be Still And Know That I Am God"

Psalm 46:10 New International Version (NIV) He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Thought for the day: To feel God's presence with me, what I do is I picture Him, in my mind, standing by my side all day long. I talk to Him. I ask for His advise. I tell Him my fears and worries. I share my happy moments with Him. I invite Him to eat with me. Isn't that the way He wants us to live? With Him by our side? I do this as much as I can and it really helps me live with His presence in my life.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

"Whis is the Greatest Commandment?"

(Matthew 22:36-40) GNB  "Teacher", he asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"

Jesus answered, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the most important commandment.
The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.'  The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments."