2015 - "Three Little Words" by Terry Ferguson
The Fruit of the Spirit
2016 - "Through the Year with Francis of Assisi"
by Murray Bodo
2017 - Thanks-Living

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

True Self


"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three.  But the greatest of these is love."  1 Corinthians 13:13


Monday, December 11, 2017

Washed


"How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!"  -Hebrews 9:14


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Restored


"The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down."  -Psalm 145:14


Saturday, December 9, 2017

What is Your Life?


"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."  -James 4:14


Friday, December 8, 2017

Joy of Salvation


"Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit."  Psalm 51:12


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Determined Faith


"If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty's hand."  -Daniel 3:17


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Jesus Loves You


"Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which those hast given me in they love for me before the foundation of the world."  -John 17:24

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hopeful Waiting


"As we await the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ."  -Titus 2:13


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Door of Destitution


"Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.  He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins."  - Romans 3:24 (NLT)


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Blessed God


"We realize that law is not enacted for the righteous, but for the lawless and rebellious.......and for anyone else who is averse to sound teaching that agrees with the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted."  -1 Timothy 1:9-11



Friday, December 1, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Imperfect


"God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  -Romans 5:8



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Epathy


"Remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."  -Hebrews 13:3


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Force


"He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth--the LORD God Almighty is his name."  -Amos 4:13


Monday, November 27, 2017

Knowing Better


"When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes."  -2 Kings 22:11

Me at 8

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus


"Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end."  -Hebrews 12:2


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Be Compassionate


"All of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble."  -1 Peter 3:8

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

Friday, November 24, 2017

Heart's True Home


"My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?"  -John 14:2




You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You."  
-St. Augustine.

In today's Our Daily Bread David Roper uses his Westie as his illustration of how we, like them are "bred" to be tenacious is our search for something that satisfies.  A Westies' instinct is to chase after any small animal it sees.  It will follow badgers and other small animals into their burrows.  If they become stuck their tails are structured in such a way that their handler can pull them out of the hole by their tail without hurting them.

We humans will pursue any number of things in our attempt to have meaning.  Solomon, in Our Daily Bread's scripture today, tells us God has set eternity in our heart.  You could say we are "bred" to search for the infinite God.  And because of that our hearts are restless, like St. Augustine tells us, until we find rest in God.  Jesus told his followers he was leaving in order to prepare a place for them in God's house.  That is where our true home exists--with God.

I am grateful that I have a permanent home with God.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Giving Thanks


"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name."  
-Psalm 100:4


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Make a Joyful Noise


"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music."  -Psalm 98:4


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Falling to the Earth


"How foolish!  What you sow does not come to life unless it dies."  -1 Corinthians 15:36


Monday, November 20, 2017

Do I Love Jesus?


"Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.  These words are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me."  -John 14:24




Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cleansed Conscience


"If we claim to be already free from sin, we lead ourselves astray and the truth has no place in our hearts."  -1 John 1:8


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hiding Game


"He said to me, 'Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol?  They say, 'The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.'" -Ezekiel 8:12


Friday, November 17, 2017

By Any Road


"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting that is behind and straining toward what is ahead."  -Philippians 3:13


Thursday, November 16, 2017

In His Presence


"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD."  -Psalm 89:15


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Supplies All Your Needs


"And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus."  -Philippians 4:19


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Perseverance


"Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, 'If you are really serious about wanting to return to the LORD, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth.  Determine to obey only the LORD; then he will rescue you from the Philistines."  -1 Samuel 7:3


Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Whiter Than Snow


"Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."  -Psalm 51:7


Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Good Earth


"Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness,"  -Genesis 1:2-4


Friday, November 10, 2017

Deadly Desires


"But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."  -James 1:14-15


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Never-ending Night


"There will be no more night.  They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.  And they will reign for ever and ever."  
-Revelation 22:5


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ungracious Words


"The gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit." -Proverbs 15:4


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Friendship


"A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity."  -Proverbs 17:17


Monday, November 6, 2017

Unfullfilled Promise


"Now I am about to go the way of all the earth.  You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed.  Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed."  
-Joshua 23:14

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Complete Joy


"I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete." -John 15:11


Friday, November 3, 2017

Freedom in Christ


"I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me."  -Galatians 2:20


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Anonymous


"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you:  Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." -Romans 12:3

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Waiting Patiently


"And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised."  -Hebrews 6:15


Monday, October 30, 2017

Like the Father


"But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name."  -John 20:31



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Prepared


"For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time."  -Mark 13:22


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Provision


"Those who work their land will have abundant food."  -Proverbs 12:11


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hiding Place


"You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance."  -Psalm 32:7


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Faithful Obedience


"The message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed."
-Hebrews 4:2


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Conquerors Through Christ


"...in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."  -Romans 8:37