SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
For the kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God's power. Which do you choose? Should I come with a rod to punish you, or should I come with love and a gentle spirit?
-1 Corinthians 4:20-21 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
For the Kingdon of Heaven is like the landowner who went out early one day to hire workers for his vineyard. ... Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?
So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.
-Matthew 20:1, 15-16 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Though a mighty army surrounds me
my heart will not be afraid.
-Psalm 27:3 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Carry yourself as a child of God. Let you light shine and soon you'll see there is enough radiance to not only light a house, but also the world.
-Sophronia Scott, Forward Day by Day (9-22-17)
SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
-Proverbs 3:3 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
One day, as Jesus was walking along the shore of the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers-Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew-throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, "Come follow me and I wil show you how to fish for people!" And they left their nets at once and followed him.
What will you do when Jesus calls you?
-Matthew 4:19-20 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
... the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts it's shadow,
a light has shined.
-Matthew 4:16 ~ quoting Isiah 9:2 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
The message of the cross is foolish to those headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
- 1Corinthians 1:18 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again - rejoice!
-Phillipians 4:6 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
... My sins pile up so high
I can't see the way out.
They out number the hairs on my head.
I have lost all courage. ...
But may all who search for you
be filled with joy and gladness in you.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
... with trumpets and the sound of the ram's horn.
Make a joyful symphony before the Lord. the King!
-Psalm 98:6 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't look out for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
-Phillipians 2:3-4 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
give us such a vision of your purpose
and such an assurance of your love and power
that we may ever hold fast the hope
which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
-A New Zealand Prayer Book, Prayer for Hope (Collect, Pentecost 14), p.641
SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
-Phillipians 1:2 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
... wake up for our salvation is nearer now then when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here ...
-Romans 13: 11b-12a (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you."
-Psalm 32:8 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
for you have seen my troubles,
and you care about the anguish of my soul.
-Psalm 31:7 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
And among all the parts of the body, 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.
-James 3:6 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying,
"He is good!
His faithful love endures forever!
-2Chronicles 7:3 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
-Romans 12:11 (NLT)
SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
"Abba, Father," he (Jesus) cried out, "everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."
-Mark 14:36 (NLT)
AUGUST 31, 2017
God's morning light show! Rising sun, heart shaped clouds, and light rays bursting out everywhere! Thank you Lord, for such a glorious morning!
AUGUST 30, 2017
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement
grant us to live in such harmony with one another
in accord with Christ Jesus
that we may with one voice glorify our God and Father.
-A New Zealand Prayer Book, Daily Services~Wednesday morning, p.76
AUGUST 29, 2017
You, too, must keep watch! For you don't know when the master of the household will return - in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don't let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!
AUGUST 28, 2017
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked ...
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
-Psalm 1:1a, 3 (NLT)
AUGUST 27, 2017
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will begin to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
-Romans 12:2 (NLT)
AUGUST 26, 2017
You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. For the Good News must first be preached to all nations.
-Mark 13:9b-10 (NLT)
This section is titled: Jesus speaks about the future
AUGUST 25, 2017
Jesus, you turned death into life,
turned defeat into victory.
Grant that with your help
we may raise our expectations
and achieve what is yet impossible.
-A New Zealand Prayer Book,
prayer for Dedication and Commitment;
Collect for Pentecost 13, p.639
AUGUST 24, 2017
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
-Psalm 91:4 (NLT)
AUGUST 23, 2017
How do we live this life (of a Christian)?
By prayer, by regular worship and by using our time, talents, and money to serve Christ in this world.
-A New Zealand Prayer Book - A Catechsim; Christian Lifestyle, p. 963
AUGUST 22, 2017
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.
-Psalm 121:3-4 (NLT)
AUGUST 21, 2017
But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins.
-Mark 11:25 (NLT)
AUGUST 20, 2017
For God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.
-Romans 11:29 (NLT)
AUGUST 19, 2017
Be exaulted, O God, above the highest heavens.
May your glory shine over all the earth.
-Psalm 108:5 (NLT)