Ephesians 4:22-24 (NLT) 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Another powerful night at the jail. Hadn’t been […]Read more "“I want you to show mercy…” Ephesians 4:22-24"
Romans 8:29 (NLT) 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Shouting! Why don’t people get this? Why does the world so hate Christ? What is it about His message that garners such […]Read more "Shout! Romans 8:29"
Matthew 5:6 (NLT) 6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. Hunger and thirst… We all do. We all want things. The question is, what? What makes us hungry? Are you hungry for a new car? New fishing pole? New home? New bed partner? New fantasy? New world? […]Read more "Hunger and thirst Matthew 5:6"
Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) 6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. It sure seems that way. Raise them wrong and it takes a miracle to get them back. And were good at raising them wrong. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time with the […]Read more "The right path"
Psalm 136:1-3 (NLT) 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 66:16-20 (NLT) 16 Come and listen, all you who fear […]Read more "6502"
Mark 10:42-45 (NLT) 42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and […]Read more "Can we do it? Mark 10:42-45"
Isaiah 26:8 (NIV) 8. In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. Matthew 25:32-33 (NLT) 32 All the peoples will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 […]Read more "When we do Isaiah 26:8"
Proverbs 8:11 (NLT) 11 For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. Wisdom. Experience. Life. The redo button. If it were only so easy….. Wisdom is far more valuable than anything else for the simple reason that it makes everything else so much easier to obtain. Like Solomon […]Read more "Value Proverbs 8:11"
Proverbs 23:12 (NLT) 12 Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge. Philippians 4:19 (NIV) 19. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. There are two types of dogs: The ones that get skunked once and those that get skunked many, many […]Read more "Life is like a skunk Proverbs 23:12 Philippians 4:19"
John 6:51 (NLT) 51 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.” Galatians 6:7 (NLT) 7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what […]Read more "Fascinating things. John 6:51"
Leviticus 20:26 (NLT) 26 You must be holy because I, the Lord, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own. Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT) 9 The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? You must be […]Read more "Good enough Leviticus 20:26"
Colossians 1:17-18 (NLT) 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. 18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. Why? We think we humans are the top of […]Read more "Alt Delete Colossians 1:17-18"
Matthew 6:24 (NLT) 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” Matthew 8:26 (NLT) 26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he […]Read more "Passions Matthew 6:24"
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV) 31. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. This is the way of Christ followers. There is no room for anything else – […]Read more "This is the way of Christ followers Ephesians 4:31"
Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Isn’t that the truth. God isn’t human. The first indication is that he doesn’t lie. That tells us quite a bit about […]Read more "Yes and yet Numbers 23:19"
James 1:17-18 (NIV) 17. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. I like the […]Read more "As it begins, so it continues… James 1:17-18"
John 10:10 NIV The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. How we wish it wasn’t true. Those that claim Satan doesn’t exist, that he’s a figment of an ancient history of a primitive (and I assume they feel less intelligent) people, […]Read more "One mind, one purpose John 10:10"
John 15:16 (NLT) 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. Matthew 6:24 (ESV) 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, […]Read more "Smoke and Mirrors John 15:16"
Matthew 6:1-4 (NLT) 6 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of […]Read more "What kind of salt are you? Matthew 6:1-4"
Matthew 7:1-5 (ESV) 7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is […]Read more "Following the plan Matthew 7:1-5"
Jeremiah 31:3 3. The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. John 18:36 (MSG) 36 “My kingdom,” said Jesus, “doesn’t consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn’t be […]Read more "What about it? Jeremiah 31:3"
Psalm 32:1-2 (NIV) 1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. Isaiah 26:4 (NIV) 4. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock […]Read more "Go do. Psalm 32:1-2 Isaih 26:4 Hebrews 13:1-2"
Colossians 1:15-17 (NLT) 15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, […]Read more "It’s all in the red letters Colossians 1:15-17"
Psalms 91:1-2 1. Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Romans 6:3-4 (NLT) 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ […]Read more "Psalms 91:1-2 The Fortress is always there"
Psalms 94:14-15 (NIV) 14. For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. 15. Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Judgement will again be founded on righteousness. In today’s craaaaazy messed up world, I really can’t wait. It seems that […]Read more "The basics Psalms 94:14-15"
Matthew 12:43-45 (MSG) 43-45 “When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. It then […]Read more "Sorry secular humanists…. Matthew 12:43-50"
John 11:25-26 (NIV) 25. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26. and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” Revelation 22:20 (NIV) 20. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I […]Read more "Choices matter John 11:25-26 Revelation 22:20"
Psalms 135:5-7 5. I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. 6. The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths. 7. He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the […]Read more "The world needs a radical today Psalms 135:5-7"
Matthew 5:14-16 14. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16. In the same way, let your […]Read more "Better, easier Matthew 5:14-16"
Proverbs 21:21 (NIV) Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. Matthew 7:12 (NLT) 12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. Life, prosperity and honor. Pretty cool. What kind of prosperity? Might […]Read more "All aboard? Proverbs 21:21 Matthew 7:12"
1 John 4:15-20 (NLT) 15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and […]Read more "Vanguard 1 John 4:15-20"
Deuteronomy 32:4-5 (ESV) 4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he. 5 They have dealt corruptly with him; they are no longer his children because they are blemished; they are a crooked and twisted generation. Deuteronomy 32:4-5 (MSG) […]Read more "No regrets Deuteronomy 32:4-5"
Matthew 6:25-33 (ESV) 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither […]Read more "Consistently Matthew 6:25-33 Hebrews 13:5-10"
Proverbs 1:7 (MSG) 7 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. Proverbs 1:7 (GNT) 7 The most important part of knowledge is having reverence for the Lord. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn. Leviticus 19:18 […]Read more "Wisdom for a better world Proverbs 1:7 Leviticus 19:18 Matthew 5:43-47"
2 Corinthians 4:16 16. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. The weather changed, I knew it was going to because my ankle told me so. It didn’t used to be like this – I could run like crazy; loved to […]Read more "Ice cream and anger 2 Corinthians 4:16"
Ephesians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Praise for saving our hides. Seems we do that for normal everyday things – like avoiding getting that ticket, having that lacrosse ball size rock from […]Read more "What’s your fight about? Ephesians 1-3 "
“there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female” Galatians 3:24-29 (ESV) 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you […]Read more "Isn’t this what we want? Galatians 3:24-29"
Ephesians 2:14-17 (NIV) 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, […]Read more "Tolerance or Reconciliation? Ephesians 2:14-17"
Psalm 85:10-13 (NIV) 10 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. 12 The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. 13 Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his […]Read more "Oceans of Justice, Rivers of Fairness Psalm 85:10-13 Amos 5:24"
1 Timothy 6:11-12 (MSG) 11-12 But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence […]Read more "Serve to win it all for all of us 1 Timothy 6:11-12 Matthew 20:25-38"
Job 11-13 (MSG) And yes, it’s God who fills clouds with rainwater and hurls lightning from them every which way. He puts them through their paces—first this way, then that and commands them to do what he says all over the world. Whether for discipline or grace or extravagant love, he makes sure they make […]Read more "Raining hope Job 11-13 Matthew 15:29-31 1 Corinthians 1:27-32"
Psalm 19 (NIV) 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into […]Read more "Broken vessels Psalm 19:1-4 Ecclesiastes 5:15 Romans 1:20"
Ephesians 2:10 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. The lead off to this passage is about grace. We’ve all heard about amazing grace – captured in a great song by Wilbur Wilberforce. Great song, inspirational, something about it […]Read more "Created for good works Ephesians 2:10, 1-6"
Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV) 22 Because of the steadfast love of the Lord, we are not cut off; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 1 John 3:11 (NIV) 11 For […]Read more "The only way forward Lamentations 3:22-24 1 John 3:11"
Proverbs 10:12 (NIV) Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Luke 21:8 (NIV) 8 […]Read more "Hatred stirs up conflict Proverbs 10-12 Isaiah 41:10 Luke 21:8"
John 8:31-32 (ESV) 31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 10:25-30(ESV) 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works […]Read more "Set free from what? John 8:31-32 John 10:25-30 1 John 4:7"
Job 5:12-16 (MSG) What a Blessing When God Corrects You! 8-16 “If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God, I’d throw myself on the mercy of God. After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises. He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth, sends […]Read more "Rebuilding plan and the Cubs Job 5:12-16 Acts 5:38-39"
John 8:12 (ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Daniel 2:19-23 (MSG) That night the answer to the mystery was given to Daniel in a vision. Daniel blessed the God of heaven, saying, […]Read more "Light, vision, action John 8:12 Daniel 2:19-23 1 John 3:18"
Let’s see if I have this right: 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 We’ve heard that, seen it displayed in the endzone, blah, blah, blah. But what does it mean? What’s behind it? What’s […]Read more "Lets see if I have this right John 3:16"
Matthew 7:12 (ESV) 12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Luke 13:20-21 (ESV) 20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in […]Read more "When the leaven breaks Matthew 7:12 Luke 13:20-21"
Luke 12:49-51 (MSG) 49-53 “I’ve come to start a fire on this earth—how I wish it were blazing right now! I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up—how I long for it to be finished! Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt […]Read more "Dealing with dichotomy Luke 12:49-51 Matthew 6:2 John 18:36 Romans 5:6"
Proverbs 15:5 (NIV) 5 A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence. But what a fool believes he sees – No wise man has the power to reason away (Doobie Bros). That song is about Mars and Venus – a man chasing a woman he never paid his mind to. If […]Read more "What a fool believes Proverbs 15:5"
Psalm 11:1-3 (ESV) 3 if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? If? I guess as long as there is one Christ follower left the foundations won’t be destroyed. Well, wait. Wrong. As long as there is God, the foundations will never be destroyed, so they never will. But here – what about […]Read more "On being relevant Psalm 11:1-3"
Proverbs 8:12-13 (ESV) 12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. Hebrews 1:1-2 (ESV) 1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our […]Read more "Hatred Proverbs 8:12-13 Hebrews 1:1-2"
Psalm 91:1-13 (MSG) 91 1-13 You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly […]Read more "Eternity changes everything Psalm 91:1-13"
Matthew 9:13 (NIV) 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 10:48-52 (NIV) 48 Many were sternly telling him to […]Read more "Listening to a blind man Matthew 9:13 Mark 10:46-52"
Daniel 4:34 (ESV) 34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation. Luke 14:12-14 (MSG) […]Read more "Who are your stangers – 2? Daniel 4:34 Luke 14:12-14 1 John 4:19"
1 Corinthians 16:14 (MSG) 13-14 Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping. 1 Corinthians 16:14 (ESV) 14 Let all that you do be done in love. Matthew 24:45-51 (ESV) 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has […]Read more "Love? 1 Corinthians 16:14 Matthew 24:45 Luke 16:19-21"
Hosea 14:1-3 (NLT) 14 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sins have brought you down. 2 Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord. Say to him, “Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises. 3 Assyria cannot save us, nor can our […]Read more "Reversals Hosea 14:1-3 Matthew 19:28-30 Luke 8:1-3"
Mark 6:27-28 (NIV) 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. Luke 12:4-7 (MSG) 4-5 “I’m speaking to you as […]Read more "An eye for an I won’t apology Luke 12:4-7 Mark 6:27-28"
1 Peter 3:13-14 (ESV) 13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared […]Read more "Risky Business 1 Peter 3:13-14 Luke 12:8-9"
James 3:13-15 (NIV) Two Kinds of Wisdom 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. […]Read more "Christ the Socialist? James 3:13-15 Luke 12:32-34"
Isaiah 52:13 (NASB) 13 Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted. Matthew 5:10 (NIV) 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. John 6:27 (MSG) 27 “Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for […]Read more "Spending Isaiah 52:13 Matthew 5:10 John 6:27"
Matthew 9:9-13 (NIV) 9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his […]Read more "Scum Matthew 9:9-13 John 15:12-17"
Leviticus 26:19 (NIV) 19 I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze. I love the definitive word of God – I WILL BREAK YOU!!!!!!!!!! Helloooooooooo? Anyone home? He tells us – I will break you. I truly resemble the stubborn pride […]Read more "Broken Leviticus 26:19"
Joshua 1:9 (NIV) 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Mark 11:24 (NIV) 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it […]Read more "Moving mountains with faith Joshua 1:9 Mark 11:24"
John 1:1-5 (ERV) Christ Comes to the World 1 Before the world began, the Word was there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was there with God in the beginning. 3 Everything was made through him, and nothing was made without him. 4 In him there was life, and […]Read more "Walk humbly and change the world. John 1:1-5 Micah 6:8"
Luke 11:9-10 (NIV) “9 ‘So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.’”Mark 7:17-23 (MSG) […]Read more "Either/Or Luke 11:9-10 Mark 7:17-23"
Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Romans 13:9-10 “ 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are […]Read more "It’s a big, big, home Matthew 7:12 Romans 13:9-10"
1 John 3:17-18 ESV “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” Proverbs 14:31 ESV “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults […]Read more "1 John 3:17-18 etc. Christ, the poor, and you/me/us."
Psalm 133:1 (ESV) “1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” Matthew 12:48-50 (MSG) “48-50 Jesus didn’t respond directly, but said, “Who do you think my mother and brothers are?” He then stretched out his hand toward his disciples. ‘Look closely. These are my mother and brothers. Obedience is thicker […]Read more "Psalm 133:1 Matthew 12:48-50 Galatians 6:2 Unity"
Isaiah 28:11-12 (ESV) “11 For by people of strange lips and with a foreign tongue the Lord will speak to this people, 12 to whom he has said, “This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose”; yet they would not hear.” John 14:10-14 (ESV) “10 Do you not believe that I […]Read more "Isaiah 28:11-12 John 14:10-11 The Bridges of Western Ave."
John 13:12-17 (ESV) “12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and […]Read more "John 13:12-17 Glacier or Earthquake?"
Matthew 11:25-26 “25 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. 26 Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”” 1 Peter 3:13-17 (NIV) “13 Now who is there to harm you if […]Read more "Matthew 11:25-26 1 Peter 3:13-17 Maybe we just know too much."
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV) “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” John 10:25-28 (NIV) “25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and […]Read more "2 Chronicles 16-9 John 10:25-28 Matthew 10:32 It’s not like we don’t know"
Matthew 6:24 (MSG) “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money” Matthew 20:32-33 (NIV) “32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, […]Read more "Matthew 6:24 Matthew 20:32-33 Is there a reason?"
Matthew 7:10 (NIV) The Golden Rule “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:15-17 (NIV) “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. […]Read more "Matthew 7:10, 15-17 Golden rule in reality"
Exodus 17:12 “But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” Matthew 9:36-38 […]Read more "Exodus 17-12, Matthew 9:36-38 Answering a prayer"
As you read this, put it in modern day terms. Have we not elected despots who have put us under “the most [laws] destructive of the public good, and ruinous to individuals.”? Are we not, under the guise of tolerance at the point where “now they have forbidden us to listen to, or to accept any terms […]Read more "Declaration of Independence"
John 3:19-21 “19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever […]Read more "John 3:19-21 Pray for ISIS and the victims"
Matthew 9:10-13 “10 And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard […]Read more "Matthew 9:10-13 Hanging out in the fringes."
1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” Philippians 1:9-10“9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be […]Read more "1 John 3:18 Philippians 1:9-10 Will your legacy be one of action or…?"
Matthew 6:14-15 “14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 8:11-12 “11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, […]Read more "Matthew 6:14-15, 8:11-12 Haters never prosper"
Psalms 140:12-13 “12 I know that you, God, are on the side of victims, that you care for the rights of the poor. “13 And I know that the righteous personally thank you, that good people are secure in your presence.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at […]Read more "Psalms 140:12-13 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Ever get that feeling?"
Matthew 25:35-40 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you […]Read more "Matthew 25:35-40 The hungry mouth is still there."
Proverbs 4:20-27 “20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for […]Read more "Proverbs 4:20 I LOVE being a father."
Matthew 6:24-34 “24 ‘No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. 25 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or […]Read more "Matthew 6:24-34 Luke 12:24 Who is this guy?"
Matthew 5:43-48 “43 “You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise […]Read more "Matthew 5:43-48 Grace"
Amos 5:24 “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Luke 7:47 “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Who do you love? Who do you forgive? Who do you bless? Do we live […]Read more "Amos 5:24 Luke 7:47 Who do you love?"
Isaiah 54:10 “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Ecclesiastes 1:4 “Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.” Some things never change. Like change. […]Read more "Isaiah 54:10 Ecclesiastes 1:4 Some things never change"
1 John 1:9-10 “9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is […]Read more "1 John 1:9-10 Galatians 5:22-23 Come home to the good life"
Matthew 5:17-19 “17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear […]Read more "Matthew 5:17-19 Where is the love?"
Matthew 5:13-16 “13 You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot […]Read more "Matthew 5:13-16 Good salt, bad salt, you know I’ve had my share…."
Psalms 42:1-2 “1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Luke 2:49-50 “49 And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not […]Read more "Psalms 42:1-2 Luke 2:49-50 I am hungry and thirsty in the land of plenty"
Deuteronomy 20:3-4 “3 and shall say to them, ‘hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: do not let your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, 4 for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you […]Read more "Deuteronomy 20:3-4 Wars of conquest."
Hebrews 4:12 “12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes […]Read more "Hebrews 4:12 Mark 11:21-22 What grows on your tree?"
Mark 10:45 “45 For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” How many of us are willing to give up something to give someone a hand up? I mean really give something up? Like trade in the nice car […]Read more "Mark 10-45 It’s like a Neverending Gobstopper"
Proverbs 17:28 “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” Proverbs 18:2 “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. If we string verses 17:28 and 18:2 together with a but we get “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, […]Read more "Proverbs 17:28, 18:1-3 Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut."
Psalms 37:5-6, 10 “5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday” How frustrating is it when cheaters prosper? When complete and total scammers prosper? When thieves steal your security, your peace, your […]Read more "Psalms 37-5-6, 10 What to do when scammed…"
Ephesians 4:31 – 5:2 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 5 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way […]Read more "Ephesians 4-31 – 5-2 Showing real tolerance"