Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Peter 2:21-25

1 Peter 2:21-25 New King James Version (NKJV)

21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for [a]us, leaving [b]us an example, that you should follow His steps:

22 “Who committed no sin,
Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;

23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose [c]stripes you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and [d]Overseer of your souls.


  1. 1 Peter 2:21 NU you
  2. 1 Peter 2:21 NU, M you
  3. 1 Peter 2:24 wounds
  4. 1 Peter 2:25 Gr. Episkopos

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 47:8-9

Psalm 47:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.
The princes of the people have gathered together,
The people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
He is greatly exalted.

Mid-Week Message - Guard Your Minds

 "Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life--is not from the Father but is from the world."  1 John 2:15-16  (ESV)

During the time of quarantine, I really started thinking about the "stuff" of life.  When all I could do was sit in my home, I had plenty of chances to look around at all the belongings that it is filled with.  I am a very sentimental type of person so there are things that mean a lot to me, such as the cedar chest and a few other items that my father made by hand long before I was born.  I also have a set of three little angels that were given to me by a lady that I loved dearly.  "Billye's Angels", as I refer to them, are in a place in my living room where I can see them all the time.  Because they were a gift from her and she has now gone on to Heaven, they are important to me.  

During this time as well, I had plenty of time to watch television and I began to pay attention to the programs and advertisements that I was viewing regularly.  I realized that most of what is shown are things that, years ago, would never have been deemed appropriate or acceptable.  Sex, alcohol, drugs, violence, and children disrespecting parents are only a few of the topics.  But, by beginning to include these things little by little, programmers slowly got us used to seeing them and now they are rampant.  Game shows appeal to our greed.  Win money!  Win a new car!  So called "reality programs" pit people against each other and we find ourselves caught up in unlikely scenarios and rooting for one person over another.  

Have you noticed how many movies are being released that center around pure evil?  These films, most with an "R" rating, glorify the enemy with storylines dealing with the occult, witchcraft and spiritual darkness.  There was a time when there would have been a public outcry over this subject matter.  We would have forbidden our children from seeing them, but now, there are even parents to take their children with them when they to go to view.  Then we wonder why these young souls are skeptical of a real place called "hell".  

This world is not our home.  We were created to love God and to worship Him.  How it must grieve Him to see us spending our time concentrating on how to collect and protect material items that will pass away or filling our minds with ungodly ideas created to drive our desires or to numb our awareness of evil.  What we think is harmless is actually deadly because it removes our focus from the Lord.

There is a song entitled "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"  that says, "Turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."  Brothers and sisters, we need to return to Jesus.  Rather than sitting in front of the television all time, we need to have our Bibles open and be sharing the love of the Father with those around us.  These are the things that make an eternal difference and lay up treasures in Heaven.  

I know it is difficult to stay completely away from the trappings this world.  But we have to keep a clear perspective on what we are exposing ourselves to.  If we do not guard our hearts and minds from the enemy, no one else will either.  May you have a safe and joyful week.  God bless!

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 19:28

Proverbs 19:28 New King James Version (NKJV)

28 [a]disreputable witness scorns justice,
And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.


  1. Proverbs 19:28 Lit. witness of Belial, worthless witness

Morning Scripture Reading - John 14:15-21

John 14:15-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

Jesus Promises Another Helper

15 “If you love Me, [a]keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another [b]Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

Indwelling of the Father and the Son

19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 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 [c]manifest Myself to him.”


  1. John 14:15 NU you will keep
  2. John 14:16 Comforter, Gr. Parakletos
  3. John 14:21 reveal

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Evening Scripture Reading - Zechariah 14:8-9

Zechariah 14:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

And in that day it shall be
That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem,
Half of them toward [a]the eastern sea
And half of them toward [b]the western sea;
In both summer and winter it shall occur.
And the Lord shall be King over all the earth.
In that day it shall be—
“The Lord is one,”
And His name one.


  1. Zechariah 14:8 The Dead Sea
  2. Zechariah 14:8 The Mediterranean Sea

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 47:5-7

Psalm 47:5-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

God has gone up with a shout,
The Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with understanding.

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 19:27

Proverbs 19:27 New King James Version (NKJV)

27 Cease listening to instruction, my son,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Morning Scripture Reading - Matthew 5:43-48

Matthew 5:43-48 New King James Version (NKJV)

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 [a]But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your [b]brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the [c]tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.


  1. Matthew 5:44 NU But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
  2. Matthew 5:47 friends
  3. Matthew 5:47 NU Gentiles

Monday, September 28, 2020

Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Peter 3:13-17

1 Peter 3:13-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Suffering for Right and Wrong

13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But [a]sanctify [b]the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.


  1. 1 Peter 3:15 set apart
  2. 1 Peter 3:15 NU Christ as Lord

Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 47:1-4

Psalm 47:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

Praise to God, the Ruler of the Earth

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
For the Lord Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.
He will subdue the peoples under us,
And the nations under our feet.
He will choose our inheritance for us,
The excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah

Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 19:26

Proverbs 19:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother
Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.

Morning Scripture Reading - John 14:1-6

John 14:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.


  1. John 14:2 Lit. dwellings
  2. John 14:2 NU would I have told you that I go or I would have told you; for I go

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Evening Scripture Reading - Haggai 1:7-11

Haggai 1:7-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the [a]temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LordYou looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. 10 Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. 11 For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”


  1. Haggai 1:8 Lit. house