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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (9/6)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16  King Solomon and His New Bride Rejoice in Their Love.  Solomon, a son of King David became king.  While visiting a vineyard, Solomon is swept away by the young peasant woman working the vines.  The king seeks the woman’s hand in marriage.  Casting her insecurities aside, she eventually consents.  Solomon’s wife longed for the security of his presence.  The basis of true love is commitment.  A relationship built on true love is void of deceit, manipulation, or exploitation.   

2 Corinthians 8:16-24  Apostle Paul Sends Cohort, Titus, to Receive Collection from the Corinthian Congregation.  Following the Lord’s examples, Christians are called to be generous; a stingy Christian should be extinct; however, sacrificial giving must be responsible.  Give until it hurts but not to the point where it hurts the financial needs of your family and relatives. Paul used every safeguard to maintain integrity in the collection of money for the Jerusalem church.  Christians must have the highest standard of financial responsibility.

Psalm 50:1-23  WISDOM: TO FEAR AND HONOR GOD.  Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:  Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.

Proverbs 22:22-23  Advocate for the poor.  Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.

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September 6, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Body, Change, Christianity, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Finance, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marriage, Mind, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (9/2)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22  Apart from God, life is empty and unsatisfying.  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. (12:13)  King Solomon, the son of great King David, pursues worldly pleasures.  At last, He realizes and laments life’s fleeting nature and its inequities, “Learning, pleasure, work, laughter–all is vanity.  People live, work hard, and die, only to leave their belongings to someone else; the wicked prosper over the righteous, the poor are oppressed.”  King Solomon concludes, “Fear God and keep His Commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (12:13)

2 Corinthians 6:1-13  Apostle Paul fervently addresses the fence-sitters of the Corinthian Church–those not yet born-again–to open their hearts and accept God.  God’s power is working in us … We serve God whether people honor, despise, slander, or praise us … We have been beaten but we have not been killed.  Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others …  Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. There is no lack of love on our part, but you have withheld your love from us.  I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us!

Psalm 46:1-11  The God of Israel is our fortress.  The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us.  God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.  So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.  Let the oceans roar and foam.  Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!  “Be still, and know that I am God!  I will be honored by every nation.  I will be honored throughout the world.”

Proverbs 22:15  Spare the rod, spoil the child.  A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness,  but physical discipline will drive it far away.  (Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. [Proverbs 13:24])

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September 2, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Christianity, Compassion, Education, Family, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Mind, Money, Passion, Peace, People, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (9/1)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 40:1-42:17  God’s Divine Purpose — All things work together for our good and His glory.  Job was the Lord’s servant who delighted in His ways. The Lord allowed Job to be tested and Job overcame, not by works, but by the Lord’s grace. In the end, the Lord’s favor upon Job saved him.  Job sought out the Lord continually, crying for help and justice.   Despite all trials, Job knew God loved Him, as he quickly repented upon hearing the Lord.  Job’s friends, however, could only see the surface.  Misfortunes, to them, meant a wicked heart. God is merciful and loving. Affliction is not God’s judgment.  He has a purpose for everything.  Let us trust in God who works all things for His Divine Glory.

2 Corinthians 5:11-21   Christians are God’s Ambassadors.  Apostle Paul addresses the Corinthian Church, “We are God’s Ambassadors.  Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard with a sincere heart to persuade others. Christ’s love controls us.  Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.  He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

Psalm 45:1-17  The Wedding Psalm– The promise of marriage is intimacy and security.  These two are present in our relationship with the Lord.  The Psalm closes on such note—leading us in the security that we enjoy with the Lord in His palace.

Proverbs 22:14  Immorality and God’s Wrath.  The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who anger the Lord will fall into the trap.

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September 2, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Christianity, Compassion, Education, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marriage, Mind, Money, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/28)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 28:1-30:31  Job speaks what the Lord has said to man, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding.” Job recalls his early days while walking with the Lord and the good works he performed earning glory among men. People listened to Job’s wisdom due to his great success. Now, the same people mock Job, men younger than he, whose father Job would have disdained.  Job continues to moan about his suffering and the Lord’s (perceived) silence.

2 Corinthians 2:12-17  Apostle Paul addresses the Corinthian congregation, “ Now God uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume … We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.”

Psalm 42:1-11  God prospered David, whose respect soared as he proves himself a capable general and leader.  King Saul became increasingly jealous and hostile toward David to the point where the King attempts to kill him — countless times.  David, in hiding, cries out to God, “Why am I discouraged?  Why is my heart so sad?  I will put my hope in God!  I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”

Proverbs 22:7  Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

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August 28, 2012 Posted by | Change, Compassion, Education, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Mind, Passion, Peace, People, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/25)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 16:1-19:29   Job cries out to the Lord to deliver him from life’s excruciating miseries.  Job’s perseverance and unshakable faith in God under relentless trials — Job’s faithfulness and love for God —  are powerful testimonies.   But as for me, I know my Redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth at last.  And after my body has decayed,  yet in my body I will see God!  I will see Him for myself.  Yes, I will see Him with my own eyes.  I am overwhelmed at the thought!  “How dare you go on persecuting me, saying, ‘It’s his own fault’?  You should fear punishment yourselves, for your attitude deserves punishment.  Then you will know that there is indeed a judgment.  (16:25-29)

1 Corinthians 16:1-24  Apostle Paul instructs believers to offer their first fruit to God, do all things in love, and calls for support for brother Timothy, God’s faithful servant.  Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous.  Be strong.  And do everything with love. (16:13-14)

Psalm 40:1-10  God delivers King David from hardships.  The King exalts God.   O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.  Your plans for us are too numerous to list.  You have no equal.  If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end.  (40:4-5)

Proverbs 22:1  Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.

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August 25, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Education, Freedom, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Mind, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/24)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 12:1-15:35  Job is Faithful to God. Despite excruciating trials — losing his servants, animals, and battling ailments — Job does not doubt God’s sovereignty. Job refuses to listen to friends who question God’s ways, “True wisdom and power are found in God;  counsel and understanding are His.  What He destroys cannot be rebuilt.  He uncovers mysteries hidden in darkness;  He brings light to the deepest gloom.  He builds up nations.  He destroys them.”

1 Corinthians 15:29-58  Apostle Paul on Death and Resurrection: We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! … Our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies … For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.  But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.  So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

Psalm 39:1-13  King David cries out to God, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me … We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing …  And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?  My only hope is in You.  Rescue me from my rebellion.  Do not let fools mock me.”

Proverbs 21:30-31  No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord.  The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.

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August 24, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Christianity, Compassion, Education, Freedom, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Mind, Passion, Peace, People, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/22)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 4:1-7:21  Job’s friends give him plenty of bad advice. They mistakenly blame his sufferings–Job’s dead workers, dead animals, and illness–on his personal sins rather than God testing and growing Job.  Job cries out to God, “If I have sinned, what have I done to you?  Why make me your target?   Why not just forgive my sin and take away my guilt?  For soon I will lie down in the dust and die.   When you look for me, I will be gone.”

1 Corinthians 14:18-40  Apostle Paul encourages Christians, “My dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking in tongues.  But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.”

Psalm 37:30-40  Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.  But the rebellious will be destroyed; they have no future.

Proverbs 21:27  The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable, especially when offered with wrong motives.

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August 22, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Christianity, Compassion, Education, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, International, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marriage, Mind, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/16)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Nehemiah 11:1-12:26  The rebuilding of the wall was not simply about brick and mortar but about reestablishing the Lord’s sovereignty. The people (Jews) commended all volunteers; those who helped restore the walls of Jerusalem and resettled there.  The Jewish leaders lived in Jerusalem, the holy city. A tenth of the people from the other towns of Judah and Benjamin were chosen by sacred lots to live there, too, while the rest stayed where they were.
1 Corinthians 10:14-33  Apostle Paul warns believers to flee idolatry — that which we desire other than the Lord (power, money, status, pride, etc.).  You cannot please God and the devil.  Do not eat food offered to idols.
Psalm 34:11-22  Turn away from evil and do good.  The righteous person faces many troubles,  but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.  The Lord will redeem those who serve Him.  No one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned.
Proverbs 21:14-16  A quietly given gift soothes an irritable person;   a heartfelt present cools a hot temper. Justice is a joy to the godly, but terrifies evildoers.  (NLT)   The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead.  (NLT)

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August 16, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Christianity, Compassion, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marriage, Mind, Peace, Purpose, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/15)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Nehemiah 9:22-10:39  REBELLION and SIN; COVENANT and REDEMPTION.  God is patient and merciful but He will not let evil go unpunished.   (The ongoing saga between the Israelite/Jews/The Chosen People and God, and God and humanity.  The Jews pledge not to neglect the house of God.)
1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13  Apostle Paul commits himself to winning people over to Christ.  Flee idolatry – gluttony, sexual immorality, etc.  God will provide a way out of temptation.  He will not give you more than you can bear.
Psalm 34:1-10  Fear the Lord, our Almighty, Faithful, Divine Creator. 
Proverbs 21:13  Care for the poor.  Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.

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August 15, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Body, Christianity, Compassion, Family, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marriage, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/14)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Nehemiah 7:73-9:21    True faith leads to action.  The rebuilding of the wall was not simply about brick and mortar but about reestablishing the Lord’s sovereignty.  Ezra preaches to the returned exiles, marking the outbreak of spiritual revival — public proclamation of Scriptures, feasting, fasting, confession, prayer, worshipful recital of God’s ongoing deliverance for Israel, and God’s people’s humble plea for forgiveness and restoration.

1 Corinthians 9:1-18  Apostle Paul gives up his rights i.e., payment for preaching.  “God has given me this sacred trust.  My pay is the opportunity to preach the Good News without charging anyone.”

Psalm 31:12-22  Our hope is in you alone.  But the Lord watches over those who fear Him,  those who rely on His unfailing love.  He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.  We put our hope in the Lord.  He is our help and our shield

Proverbs 21:11-12  Become wise.  God will punish the wicked.  If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise; if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.  The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; He will bring disaster on them.

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August 13, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Christianity, Compassion, Education, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marriage, Mind, Money, Passion, Peace, People, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment