Saturday, August 31, 2013

Day 243, August 31 - Psalm 110 & 111

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Psalm 111

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! (ESV)

10 Reverence for the Eternal is the first step toward wisdom. All those who worship Him have a good understanding. His praise will echo through eternity! (The Voice)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Day 242, August 30 - Colossians 4

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2 Pray, and keep praying. Be alert and thankful when you pray.
3 And while you are at it, add us to your prayers. Pray that God would open doors and windows and minds and eyes and hearts for the word so we can go on telling the mystery of the Anointed, for this is exactly why I am currently imprisoned.
4 Pray that I will proclaim this message clearly and fearlessly as I should.
The Voice

"And while you are at it, add us to your prayers..." I think that's good advice...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Day 241, August 29 - Colossians 3

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13 Put up with one another. Forgive. Pardon any offenses against one another, as the Lord has pardoned you, because you should act in kind.
14 But above all these, put on love! Love is the perfect tie to bind these together.
15 Let your hearts fall under the rule of the Anointed’s peace (the peace you were called to as one body), and be thankful.
 16 Let the word of the Anointed One richly inhabit your lives. With all wisdom teach, counsel, and instruct one another. Sing the psalms, compose hymns and songs inspired by the Spirit, and keep on singing—sing to God from hearts full and spilling over with thankfulness.
17 Surely, no matter what you are doing (speaking, writing, or working), do it all in the name of Jesus our Master, sending thanks through Him to God our Father.
The Voice

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Day 240, August 28 - Colossians 2

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6 Now that you have welcomed the Anointed One, Jesus the Lord, into your lives, continue to journey with Him and allow Him to shape your lives. 7 Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness. The Voice

"Allow Him to shape your lives" I love that.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Day 239 - August 27 - Colossians 1

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3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.

Who are you thanking God for today?

9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Who are you praying for today?

Take time to do that...

Monday, August 26, 2013

Day 238, August 26 - Philemon 1

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7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Day 237, August 25 - Psalm 109

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30 I will continually give thanks to the Eternal
          with the praises of my mouth;
          I will praise Him in the company of many.

Note this comes after 20 verses of the bad things that are happening in life... We make a decision to praise regardless of the circumstances.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Day 236, August 24 - Psalm 108

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From The Voice
1 My heart is committed, O God: I will sing; I will sing praises with great affection and pledge my whole soul to the singing.
3 I will stand and offer You my thanks, Eternal One, in the presence of others; I will sing of Your greatness among the nations no matter where I am
13 Only through God can we be successful. It is God alone who will defeat our enemies and bring us victory!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Day 235, August 23 - Philippians 4

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6 Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come.
7 And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. (The Voice)

And if that one doesn't touch you maybe this one will:

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.
9 Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me—do it—and the God of peace will walk with you. (The Voice)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Day 234, August 22 - Philippians 3

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12 I’m not there yet, nor have I become perfect; but I am charging on to gain anything and everything the Anointed One, Jesus, has in store for me—and nothing will stand in my way because He has grabbed me and won’t let me go.
13 Brothers and sisters, as I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission.
14 I am sprinting toward the only goal that counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God’s call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus the Anointed. (The Voice)

I'm not sure I've ever thought of it as a sprint, but rather a marathon. But regardless, I love this passage, "I'm not there yet, nor have I become perfect" "I'm leaving my old life behind"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Day 233, August 21 - Philippians 2

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14 Do all things without complaining or bickering with each other,
15 so you will be found innocent and blameless; you are God’s children called to live without a single stain on your reputations among this perverted and crooked generation. Shine like stars across the land.
16 Cling to the word of life so that on the day of judgment when the Anointed One returns I may have reason to rejoice, because it will be plain that I didn’t turn from His mission nor did I work in vain.  (The Voice)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Day 232, August 20 - Philippians 1

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6 I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world. (The Voice)

21 For my life is about the Anointed and Him alone. And my death, when that comes, will mean great gain for me.
22 So, if it’s His will that I go on serving here, my work will be fruitful for the message. I honestly wouldn’t know how or what to choose;

Monday, August 19, 2013

Day 231, August 19 - Matthew 28

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Jesus: I am here speaking with all the authority of God, who has commanded Me to give you this commission: 19 Go out and make disciples in all the nations. Ceremonially wash them through baptism in the name of the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 20 Then disciple them. Form them in the practices and postures that I have taught you, and show them how to follow the commands I have laid down for you. And I will be with you, day after day, to the end of the age.

Verse 20 - The disciple them... seems to be a theme in my life of late.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Day 230, August 18 - Psalm 107

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4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;
5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.
8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
9 For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

If you're wandering in a desert, cry out to the Lord!  He will deliver you!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Day 229, August 17 - Psalm 106

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1 Praise the Lord!  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord, or declare all his praise?
3 Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!

44 Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry.
45 For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
46 He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive.

This Psalm starts with praise, then recounts the history of Israel after they left Egypt, but concludes with the reminder that God heard and forgave. That is still a truth today, when we blow it we can call out to God and he will forgive.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Day 228, August 16 - Matthew 27

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50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.

I love this passage because it reminds me that through Jesus' death there was no longer a barrier between us and God!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Day 227, August 15 - Matthew 26

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26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread. He offered a blessing over the bread, and then He broke it and gave it to His disciples.

Jesus: Take this and eat; it is My body.

27 And then He took the cup of wine, He made a blessing over it, and He passed it around the table.

Jesus: Take this and drink, all of you: 28 this is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I tell you: I will not drink of the fruit of the vine again until I am with you once more, drinking in the kingdom of My Father.

He's waiting for us!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Day 226, August 14 - Matthew 25

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26 The master was furious. Master: You are a pathetic excuse for a servant! You have disproved my trust in you and squandered my generosity. You know I always make a profit!

30 And as for the slave who made no profit but buried his talent in the ground? His master ordered his slaves to tie him up and throw him outside into the utter darkness where there is miserable mourning and great fear.

I don't want to be the servant that buries my talent.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day 225, August 13 - Matthew 24

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36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Day 224, August 12 - Matthew 23

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11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

We need to humble ourselves.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Day 223, August 11 - Psalm 105

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1 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
       make known his deeds among the peoples!
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him;
      tell of all his wondrous works!
3 Glory in his holy name;
      let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
4 Seek the Lord and his strength;
      seek his presence continually!
5 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
     his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,

Not just on Sundays but this a good idea EVERY day!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Day 222, August 10 - Psalm 104

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33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
             I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
             for I rejoice in the Lord.

Yesterday someone posted a video of this young man doing "I Need Thee Every Hour" He's done several others here's one of my favorite hymns, "How Great Thou Art" Enjoy!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Day 221, August 9 - Matthew 22

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36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
38 This is the great and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Day 220, August 8 - Matthew 21

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14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant,
16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?”
And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “
‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?

I don't remember some much about children jumping out at me in Matthew before. A great reminder how much God loves children and what that means to us.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Day 219, August 7 - Matthew 20

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26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

The one that is worthy to be praised came to serve us. WoW

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Day 218, August 6 - Matthew 19

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13 At this, some of Jesus’ followers brought their children before Jesus; they wanted Him to place His hands on the children and pray for them. Some of the disciples, mistakenly thinking that Jesus wouldn’t want to be bothered with the likes of children, began to rebuke the crowd.

Jesus: 14 Let the little children come to Me; do not get in their way. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to children like these. 15 He laid His hands on them, He prayed with them, and then He left that spot and went elsewhere. 16 Then a young man came up to Jesus.

Children are important to God.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Day 217, August 5 - Matthew 18

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21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

God's timing is amazing! Sunday morning someone close to me said some things about me to others that really hurt. And here I read about forgiving this hurt it's nothing compared to what I've been forgiven.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Day 216, August 4 - Psalm 103

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1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
      and all that is within me,
     bless his holy name!

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
        and forget not all his benefits....

As you read through this Psalm think about all the benefits you've received from the Lord.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Day 215, August 3 - Psalm 102

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27 But You are the same, You will never change; Your years will never come to an end.

28 The children of those who serve You will enjoy a good, long life; their offspring will stand strong before You.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Day 214, August 2 - Matthew 17

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4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When I get to heaven, I want to ask Peter what this event was like. It had to be so overwhelming and exciting and scary all at the same time. I wonder how did they know it was Moses and Elijah?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Day 213, August 1 - Matthew

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24 (to His disciples) If you want to follow Me, you must deny yourself the things you think you want. You must pick up your cross and follow Me.
25 The person who wants to save his life must lose it, and she who loses her life for Me will find it.
26 Look, does it make sense to truly become successful, but then to hand over your very soul? What is your soul really worth?
 (The Voice)

Matthew gives us yet another great reminder of how we need to view our lives and what's important.