Gift of Thanksgiving

Ecclesiastes 1:7-9 (ESV) All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will…

Deep Breath

Colossians 3:10-15 (TLB) You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ who created this new life within you. In this new life one’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such…

Keep Campaigning

Psalm 146 (TLB) Praise the Lord! Yes, really praise him! I will praise him as long as I live, yes, even with my dying breath. Don’t look to men for help; their greatest leaders fail; for every man must die. His breathing stops, life ends, and in a moment all he planned for himself is ended.But happy…

IF

2 Chronicles 7:12-16 (NKJV) Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who…

Except Jesus Christ

I Corinthians 2:1-5 (AMP) And when I came to you, brothers and sisters, proclaiming to you the testimony of God [concerning salvation through Christ], I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom [no lofty words of eloquence or of philosophy as a Greek orator might do]; for I made the decision to know nothing…

True Wisdom

James 3:13 (AMP) Who among you is wise and intelligent? Let him by his good conduct show his [good] deeds with the gentleness and humility of true wisdom. True wisdom. Who is wise? Who is intelligent? There are many bright, smart and intelligent humans in the world. Our son was born with a natural inclination toward mathematics. He is…

Quiet Confidence

Philippians 4:4-7 (AMP) Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to…

Keep Climbing

Matthew 5:1-2 (MSG) When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said… This morning, I woke up thinking about character. Character is the…

Overwhelmed

Isaiah 43:2 (AMP) “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. “Yes!” It is such a simple word with huge implications. It is symbolic of commitment. I…

Missed Opportunity

John 14:21-23 (TLB) He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us,…