Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 4:12 (ESV) 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Buying a cemetery plot for my […]Read more "Live the dash Philippians 1:21"
Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Vanilla ice cream. Why,when you can have chocolate peanut butter? Or sea salt caramel truffle? Or hazelnut chocolate chip? Or decadent chocolate moose tracks (right next to the regular chocolate moose tracks, vanilla moose tracks, and what’s next […]Read more "Vanilla ice cream Psalms 51:10"
Psalm 139:7-12 MSG) 7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute— you’re already there waiting! […]Read more "And that’s a blessing Psalm 139:7-12"
Our church filled with family, friends, and coworkers. Their heartfelt sorrow and compassion palatable as they hugged us and cried for our pain. We are blessed to have what we have. Then, slowly, after we said goodbye to Kathryn, it emptied. Easing toward a new, altered normality. 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 (ESV) 9 As it is, […]Read more "Easing toward a new, altered normality 2 Corinthians 7:9-11"
A family in family in the Chicago area is drawn together by death come too soon, and the traffic outside our home continues. The world doesn’t stop for our grieving. We’re not alone though. A family in Chicago proper, I don’t know them except for the news reports, is in the same place. Another family […]Read more "The world doesn’t stop 1 John 4:7-10"
1 John 4:12-13 (NIV) 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. Mark 6:30-34 (ESV) 30 […]Read more "Looking for peace. 1 John 4:12-13 Mark 6:30-34 John 7:14-19"
Psalm 139:4-6 (ESV) 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. No parent should have to bury a […]Read more "We should not have to bury our child. Psalm 139:4-6 Song of Solomon 2:11-13"
“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"
Isaiah 42:8 (NIV) 8 “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. Luke 22:31-34 (ESV) 31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may […]Read more "Why should He? Isaiah 42:8 Luke 22:31-34"
Genesis 3:2-5 (ESV) 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But […]Read more "Yes is good, no is not. Genesis 3:2-5 Matthew 7:7-11 Luke 2:33-35"
Proverbs 11:18 (ESV) 18 The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. Sure, everyone knows that karma will catch up to you in the end. Call it karma, fate, destiny, whatever, it’s just that if you pee in everyone’s Wheaties long enough, you’ll end up with a lot of […]Read more "Please, go to the Doctor Proverbs 11:18 Luke 5:31-32"
Proverbs 18:2 (ESV) 2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. Went to the mall yesterday to get some traditional christmas gifts for the family. First time I’ve been to the mall in a couple of years. What a freaking zoo. 40% off outrageously priced product, blah, blah, blah. […]Read more "I sold my hamster wheel Proverbs 18:2 Matthew 19:30 John 1:14"
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"
Psalm 119:9 (ESV) 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 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 […]Read more "Off-roading Psalm 119:9 Matthew 12:48-50"
Micah 7:18 (ISV) Is there any God like you, forgiving iniquity, passing over transgressions by the survivors who are your heritage? He is not angry forever, because he delights in gracious love. Matthew 18:18 (NIV) 18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose […]Read more "Red letter campsites Micah 7:18 Matthew 18:18 Mark 1:25-27"
1 Peter 1:8-9 (ESV) 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 (MSG) 8-9 You never […]Read more "Obtaining an outcome we can live with forever 1 Peter 1:8-9"
Psalm 84 (ESV) 84 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Mark 6:47-50 (NIV) 47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he […]Read more "Smoke on the water Psalm 84 Mark 6:47-50"
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (MSG) 18-20 After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the […]Read more "Have a good time! Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 Isaiah 40:27-31 John 12:35-40"
1 John 1:5-10 (MSG) 5 This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him. 6-7 If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re […]Read more "Light chasing dark 1 John 1:5-10 Luke 19:45-48"
1 John 4:8 (NIV) Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. The flip side of this statement is that if you know love, you know God, even if you don’t know think you know God. That makes the reality of permanent separation from Him something that’s so hard to fathom. […]Read more "If you love, you know God. 1 John 4:8 John 14:1-4"
1 John 4 (NIV) 4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. Psalm 16:1-4 (NIV) 1 Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You […]Read more "Truth is where? 1 John 4 Psalm 16:1-4"
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"
Revelation 3:20-21 (MSG) 20-21 “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the […]Read more "Conquerors and contempt Revelation 3:20-21 Matthew 7:1-5"
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Do you think this is about swear words and foul language or about slander, gossip and an impure heart? It’s […]Read more "Slanderous heart Ephesians 4:29"
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"
Psalm 56:3-4 (MSG) 56 1-4 Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around, stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up. When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust […]Read more "The Way home Psalm 56:3-4 Luke 13:22-30"
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"
Colossians 3:23-24 (MSG) 22-25 Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that […]Read more "Servitude Colossians 3:23-24 Matthew 5:43-47 1 Peter 2:9-10"
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 8:3-4 (NIV) 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? John 11:25-26 (NIV) 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and […]Read more "What do you believe? Psalm 8:3-4 John 11:25-26"
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"
Luke 10:20 (ESV) 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Romans 6:21 (ESV) 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is […]Read more "Time Luke 10:20 Romans 6:21 2 Peter 3:8-9"
Psalm 25:6-7 (MSG) 6 Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God; Rebuild the ancient landmarks! 7 Forget that I sowed wild oats; Mark me with your sign of love. Plan only the best for me, God! Luke 9:21-22 (ESV) 21 And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, […]Read more "It’s a process…. Psalm 25:6-7 Luke 9:21-22 Revelation 21:4-5"
Luke 9:51-56 (ESV) A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did […]Read more "So Close Luke 9:51-56 James 5:19-20 Revelation 3:19"
Matthew 18:7-9 (NLT) 7 “What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.” James 5:13-15 (MSG) 13-15 Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with […]Read more "Prayer or Anti-Prayer? Matthew 18:7-9 James 5:13-15 1 John 4:17-18"
Numbers 21:4-5 (MSG) 4-5 They set out from Mount Hor along the Red Sea Road, a detour around the land of Edom. The people became irritable and cross as they traveled. They spoke out against God and Moses: “Why did you drag us out of Egypt to die in this godforsaken country? No decent food; […]Read more "Millstones Numbers 21:4-5 Deuteronomy 33:29 Matthew 18:4-6"
Psalm 130:1-2 (NIV) 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; 2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. In the days before the social safety net (hmmmmm,[political commentary] a net can be used to save someone or ensnare someone….) kids were their parents social security, […]Read more "How to stop someone from crying Psalm 130:1-2"
John 1:1-5 (NIV) The Word Became Flesh 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and […]Read more "Getting to yes John 1:1-5 Matthew 18:19-20 Psalm 145:10-14"
Psalm 121:7-8 (NLT) 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm— watches over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forever. John 14:27 (NLT) 27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world […]Read more "Energy surging Psalm 121:7-8 John 14:27"
John 14:15-17 15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells […]Read more "Hitch your wagon John 14:15-17 Colossians 3:1-4 "
Micah 1:3-4 3 Look! The Lord is coming from his dwelling place; he comes down and treads on the heights of the earth. 4 The mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope. James 5:7-8 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming […]Read more "Birch, pine and oak Micah 1:3-4 James 5:7-8"
Psalm 91:11 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Matthew 10:12-14 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone […]Read more "That should be enough Psalm 91:11 John 10:12-14 1 Peter 3:13-16"
Luke 5:36-39 (NLT) 36 Then Jesus gave them this illustration: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old garment. For then the new garment would be ruined, and the new patch wouldn’t even match the old garment. 37 “And no one puts new wine into […]Read more "Old wine, old clothes Luke 5:36-39 Deuteronomy 30:6"
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"
John 1:46 (NIV) 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Can anything good come out of Nazareth? I guess that depends on how we do with the teachings we’ve been given. Great things have come from there already – amazing miracles, amazing wisdom, amazing love. Yet, and I suppose not […]Read more "John 1-46 Anything good"
Matthew 23:13-22 (MSG) 13 “I’ve had it with you! You’re hopeless, you religion scholars, you Pharisees! Frauds! Your lives are roadblocks to God’s kingdom. You refuse to enter, and won’t let anyone else in either. Mark 13:5-6 (NIV) 5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in […]Read more "Frauds and the tongue Matthew 23:13 James 3:7-10 Mark 13:5-6"
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"
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"
Matthew 22:1-14 (NIV) The Parable of the Wedding Banquet 1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but […]Read more "How to decline an invitation Matthew 22:1-14 Luke 23:34-35"
John 15:1-3 (NIV) The Vine and the Branches 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because […]Read more "Nothin’ to say John 15:1-3 James 4:11-12"
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 1:41-44 (NIV) 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my […]Read more "Presence and Awe Luke 1:41-44 Isaiah 53:10"
Matthew 19:25-26 (MSG) 25 The disciples were staggered. “Then who has any chance at all [to get into Heaven]?” 26 Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” James 4:8-10 (ESV) […]Read more "Birthmark or Birthright Matthew 19:25-26 James 4:8-10 John 11:25-26"
Matthew 19:3-20 (MSG) “3 One day the Pharisees were badgering him: “Is it legal for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?” “4-6 He answered, ‘Haven’t you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? And because of this, a man leaves father […]Read more "Marriage and the complete package Matthew 19:3-20 John 10:30 Romans 12:1-8"
John 8:31-44 (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.” Today, we want freedom of/from everything. It’s our right. We want freedom from fear (safety), freedom […]Read more "Freedom… John 8:31-44"
John 12:24-26 (MSG) 24-25 “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as […]Read more "Wheat, bread, and life John 12:24-26 Luke 16:10-13"
Galatians 5:14-23 (NIV) 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the […]Read more "And the like Galatians 5:14-23"
Isaiah 53:7-9 (MSG) 7-9 He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was led off— and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought […]Read more "The anti-Elite Isaiah 53:7-9 Matthew 11:25-30"
1 Corinthians 13:10-12 (NIV) “10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a […]Read more "Grownups and children 1 Corinthians 13:10-12 Matthew 19:13-14"
Matthew 26:62-68 (MSG) “62 The Chief Priest stood up and said, “What do you have to say to the accusation?” 63 Jesus kept silent. Then the Chief Priest said, “I command you by the authority of the living God to say if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus was curt: “You […]Read more "Spitting and Jeering Jeremiah 33:2-3 Matthew 26:62-68"
John 3:16-17 “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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Isaiah 53:1-5 […]Read more "Peace John 3:16-17 Isaiah 53:1-5"
Psalm 54:4 (NIV) 4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Matthew 14:14-21 (NIV) “14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and […]Read more "When no one wants to leave Psalm 54:4 Matthew 14:14-21 John 18:36"
Psalm 33:13-22 (MSG) “13-15 From high in the skies God looks around, he sees all Adam’s brood. From where he sits he overlooks all us earth-dwellers. He has shaped each person in turn; now he watches everything we do. “20-22 We’re depending on God; he’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy […]Read more " Psalm 33:13-15, 20:22 John 14:1-4 The cotton thing"
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"
John 4:23-24 “23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” Matthew 13:41-43 “41 The Son of […]Read more "An ostrich thinks it’s safe until it realizes it isn’t. John 4:23-24 Matthew 13:41-43"
Matthew 13:31-32 “31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, […]Read more "Mustard seeds, love, and the world reborn"
John 15:24-25 “24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without […]Read more "John 15:24-25 Psalm 34:4-6 Loons, crows, and things that aren’t what they seem"
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."
Matthew 13:1-9 (ESV) The Parable of the Sower 13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things […]Read more "Matthew 13:1-9 John 21:25 Mark 11:25 Help I’ve fallen and I can get up!"
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 12:7 (NIV) “7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’, you would not have condemned the innocent.” John 14:6-7 (NIV) “6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, […]Read more "Matthew 12:7 John 14:6-7 Acts 20:28 Nice"
John 12:25-26 (NIV) “25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. Colossians 3:13 (NLT) […]Read more "John 12:25-26 Colossians 3:13 Hating life to really live???"
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."
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"
Deuteronomy 8:3 (NIV) “And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Matthew […]Read more "Deuteronomy 8:3 Matthew 6:33 You can’t always get what you want, but…"
1 Samuel 19:23-24 “23 So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. 24 He stripped off his garments, and he too prophesied in Samuel’s presence. He lay naked all that day and all that night. This is […]Read more "1 Samuel 19:23-24 Matthew 10:1 Spirit calling"
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."
Psalm 141:5-6“4 Keep my heart from desiring any evil thing, or from taking part in the sins of the evil-doers with men who do wrong: and let me have no part in their good things. 5 Let the upright give me punishment; and let the god-fearing man put me in the right way; but I […]Read more "Psalm 141:5-6 Matthew 9:2-4 Mark 8:36-38 I stand corrected."
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 8:26-27 “26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” Matthew 22:37-40 “37 […]Read more "Matthew 8:26-27, 22:37-40 Since when is Jesus hate?"
Psalms 139:23-24 “23 Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; 24 See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong — then guide me on the road to eternal life.” Matthew 8:19 “And a scribe came up and said to him, […]Read more "Psalms 139:23-24 Matthew 8:19 Acts 17:6-9 The price is right."
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?"
Romans 8:28-30 “28 That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. 29 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as […]Read more "Romans 8:28-30 Imagine choosing your destiny."
Matthew 6:7-8 7 “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. ”1 Corinthians 12:7-10 “7…Therefore, in order to keep me from […]Read more "Matthew 6:7-8 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 Sometimes the answer is just NO"
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"
1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” Or 1 Corinthians 15:58 The MSG “With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, […]Read more "1 Corinthians 15:58 Love conquers all"
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 5:13-16 “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…."
Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” “But I’ve heard the tender whisper Of love in the dead of night.” Lyrics from Good Good Father composed by Pat Barret and Tony Brown I’ve heard that tender whisper of love. Have you? I have […]Read more "Proverbs 18:10 In the dead of life"