As we walk daily in our faith and face issues in our lives, we must always remember that the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, protect, strengthen and call you as His child. Because of the true grace of God and by standing firm in it, we are able to face tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Philippians 3:20-21 American Standard Version
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 68:28-35 American Standard Version
Strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.
Because of thy temple at Jerusalem
Kings shall bring presents unto thee.
Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds,
The multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the peoples,
Trampling under foot the pieces of silver:
He hath scattered the peoples that delight in war.
Princes shall come out of Egypt;
Ethiopia shall haste to stretch out her hands unto God.
Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth;
Oh sing praises unto the Lord; Selah
To him that rideth upon the heaven of heavens, which are of old;
Lo, he uttereth his voice, a mighty voice.
Ascribe ye strength unto God:
His excellency is over Israel,
And his strength is in the skies.
O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places:
The God of Israel, he giveth strength and power unto his people.
Blessed be God.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 3:27-35 American Standard Version
When it is in the power of thy hand to do it.
Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again,
And to-morrow I will give;
When thou hast it by thee.
Devise not evil against thy neighbor,
Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
Strive not with a man without cause,
If he have done thee no harm.
Envy thou not the man of violence,
And choose none of his ways.
For the perverse is an abomination to Jehovah;
But his friendship is with the upright.
The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked;
But he blesseth the habitation of the righteous.
Surely he scoffeth at the scoffers;
But he giveth grace unto the lowly.
The wise shall inherit glory;
But shame shall be the promotion of fools.
Morning Scripture Reading - Philippians 1:3-8 American Standard Version
Monday, January 30, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Galatians 5:16-24 American Standard Version
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 68:19-27 American Standard Version
Even the God who is our salvation. Selah
God is unto us a God of deliverances;
And unto Jehovah the Lord belongeth escape from death.
But God will smite through the head of his enemies,
The hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his guiltiness.
The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan,
I will bring them again from the depths of the sea;
That thou mayest crush them, dipping thy foot in blood,
That the tongue of thy dogs may have its portion from thine enemies.
They have seen thy goings, O God,
Even the goings of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
The singers went before, the minstrels followed after,
In the midst of the damsels playing with timbrels.
Bless ye God in the congregations,
Even the Lord, ye that are of the fountain of Israel.
There is little Benjamin their ruler,
The princes of Judah and their council,
The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 3:13-26 American Standard Version
And the man that getteth understanding.
For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver,
And the profit thereof than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies:
And none of the things thou canst desire are to be compared unto her.
Length of days is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her:
And happy is every one that retaineth her.
Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding he established the heavens.
By his knowledge the depths were broken up,
And the skies drop down the dew.
My son, let them not depart from thine eyes;
Keep sound wisdom and discretion:
So shall they be life unto thy soul,
And grace to thy neck.
Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely,
And thy foot shall not stumble.
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid:
Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
Be not afraid of sudden fear,
Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh:
For Jehovah will be thy confidence,
And will keep thy foot from being taken.
Morning Scripture Reading - 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 American Standard Version
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Philippians 2:25-30 American Standard Version
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 68:7-18 American Standard Version
When thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah
The earth trembled,
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God:
Yon Sinai trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain,
Thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
Thy congregation dwelt therein:
Thou, O God, didst prepare of thy goodness for the poor.
The Lord giveth the word:
The women that publish the tidings are a great host.
Kings of armies flee, they flee;
And she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.
When ye lie among the sheepfolds,
It is as the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And her pinions with yellow gold.
When the Almighty scattered kings therein,
It was as when it snoweth in Zalmon.
A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A high mountain is the mountain of Bashan.
Why look ye askance, ye high mountains,
At the mountain which God hath desired for his abode?
Yea, Jehovah will dwell in it for ever.
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands upon thousands:
The Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the sanctuary.
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led away captives;
Thou hast received gifts among men,
Yea, among the rebellious also, that Jehovah God might dwell with them.
Sunday Praise & Worship Message - What We Learn from Our Pain
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 3:1-12 American Standard Version
But let thy heart keep my commandments:
For length of days, and years of life,
And peace, will they add to thee.
Let not kindness and truth forsake thee:
Bind them about thy neck;
Write them upon the tablet of thy heart:
So shalt thou find favor and good understanding
In the sight of God and man.
Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart,
And lean not upon thine own understanding:
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
And he will direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes;
Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil:
It will be health to thy navel,
And marrow to thy bones.
Honor Jehovah with thy substance,
And with the first-fruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty,
And thy vats shall overflow with new wine.
My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah;
Neither be weary of his reproof:
For whom Jehovah loveth he reproveth,
Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Morning Scripture Reading - Colossians 3:12-17
Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God. And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Galatians 3:21-22 American Standard Version
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 68:1-6 American Standard Version
Let them also that hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away:
As wax melteth before the fire,
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God:
Yea, let them rejoice with gladness.
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name:
Cast up a highway for him that rideth through the deserts;
His name is Jehovah; and exult ye before him.
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows,
Is God in his holy habitation.
God setteth the solitary in families:
He bringeth out the prisoners into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
Thoughts from the Heart - Psalm 143:8
This verse expresses the speaker's trust and dependence on God's guidance and love. The speaker recognizes that they need direction and protection from God, and they ask for God's guidance to be revealed to them in the morning. The use of the word "unfailing" to describe God's love suggests that the speaker has experienced God's love in the past and knows it to be dependable and constant.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 2 American Standard Version
And lay up my commandments with thee;
So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom,
And apply thy heart to understanding;
Yea, if thou cry after discernment,
And lift up thy voice for understanding;
If thou seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hid treasures:
Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah,
And find the knowledge of God.
For Jehovah giveth wisdom;
Out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding:
He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to them that walk in integrity;
That he may guard the paths of justice,
And preserve the way of his saints.
Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice,
And equity, yea, every good path.
For wisdom shall enter into thy heart,
And knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul;
Discretion shall watch over thee;
Understanding shall keep thee:
To deliver thee from the way of evil,
From the men that speak perverse things;
Who forsake the paths of uprightness,
To walk in the ways of darkness;
Who rejoice to do evil,
And delight in the perverseness of evil;
Who are crooked in their ways,
And wayward in their paths:
To deliver thee from the strange woman,
Even from the foreigner that flattereth with her words;
That forsaketh the friend of her youth,
And forgetteth the covenant of her God:
For her house inclineth unto death,
And her paths unto the dead;
None that go unto her return again,
Neither do they attain unto the paths of life:
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men,
And keep the paths of the righteous.
For the upright shall dwell in the land,
And the perfect shall remain in it.
But the wicked shall be cut off from the land,
And the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.
Morning Scripture Reading - Acts 16:29-34
And he called for lights and sprang in, and, trembling for fear, fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house. And they spake the word of the Lord unto him, with all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately. And he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his house, having believed in God.
Friday, January 27, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - 1 Timothy 4:12-16 American Standard Version
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 67 American Standard Version
And cause his face to shine upon us; Selah
That thy way may be known upon earth,
Thy salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise thee, O God;
Let all the peoples praise thee.
Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy;
For thou wilt judge the peoples with equity,
And govern the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise thee, O God;
Let all the peoples praise thee.
The earth hath yielded its increase:
God, even our own God, will bless us.
God will bless us;
And all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 1:20-33 American Standard Version
She uttereth her voice in the broad places;
She crieth in the chief place of concourse;
At the entrance of the gates,
In the city, she uttereth her words:
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity?
And scoffers delight them in scoffing,
And fools hate knowledge?
Turn you at my reproof:
Behold, I will pour out my spirit upon you;
I will make known my words unto you.
Because I have called, and ye have refused;
I have stretched out my hand, and no man hath regarded;
But ye have set at nought all my counsel,
And would none of my reproof:
I also will laugh in the day of your calamity;
I will mock when your fear cometh;
When your fear cometh as a storm,
And your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind;
When distress and anguish come upon you.
Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me:
For that they hated knowledge,
And did not choose the fear of Jehovah,
They would none of my counsel,
They despised all my reproof.
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way,
And be filled with their own devices.
For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them,
And the careless ease of fools shall destroy them.
But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely,
And shall be quiet without fear of evil.
Morning Scripture Reading - 1 John 5:13-15
These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he heareth us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - 1 John 5:1-5 American Standard Version
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 66 American Standard Version
Sing forth the glory of his name:
Make his praise glorious.
Say unto God, How terrible are thy works!
Through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
All the earth shall worship thee,
And shall sing unto thee;
They shall sing to thy name. Selah
Come, and see the works of God;
He is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
He turned the sea into dry land;
They went through the river on foot:
There did we rejoice in him.
He ruleth by his might for ever;
His eyes observe the nations:
Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
Oh bless our God, ye peoples,
And make the voice of his praise to be heard;
Who holdeth our soul in life,
And suffereth not our feet to be moved.
For thou, O God, hast proved us:
Thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
Thou broughtest us into the net;
Thou layedst a sore burden upon our loins.
Thou didst cause men to ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water;
But thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
I will come into thy house with burnt-offerings;
I will pay thee my vows,
Which my lips uttered,
And my mouth spake, when I was in distress.
I will offer unto thee burnt-offerings of fatlings,
With the incense of rams;
I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah
Come, and hear, all ye that fear God,
And I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
I cried unto him with my mouth,
And he was extolled with my tongue.
If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear:
But verily God hath heard;
He hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God,
Who hath not turned away my prayer,
Nor his lovingkindness from me.
When Success Becomes More than Just a Word
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 1:7-19 American Standard Version
But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
My son, hear the instruction of thy father,
And forsake not the law of thy mother:
For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head,
And chains about thy neck.
My son, if sinners entice thee,
Consent thou not.
If they say, Come with us,
Let us lay wait for blood;
Let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause;
Let us swallow them up alive as Sheol,
And whole, as those that go down into the pit;
We shall find all precious substance;
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
Thou shalt cast thy lot among us;
We will all have one purse:
My son, walk not thou in the way with them;
Refrain thy foot from their path:
For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
For in vain is the net spread
In the sight of any bird:
And these lay wait for their own blood;
They lurk privily for their own lives.
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain;
It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Morning Scripture Reading - 2 Corinthians 6:11-16
Our mouth is open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart is enlarged. Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own affections. Now for a recompense in like kind (I speak as unto my children), be ye also enlarged. Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? or what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what portion hath a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement hath a temple of God with idols? for we are a temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Isaiah 42:10-13 American Standard Version
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 65 American Standard Version
And unto thee shall the vow be performed.
O thou that hearest prayer,
Unto thee shall all flesh come.
Iniquities prevail against me:
As for our transgressions, thou wilt forgive them.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee,
That he may dwell in thy courts:
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house,
Thy holy temple.
By terrible things thou wilt answer us in righteousness,
O God of our salvation,
Thou that art the confidence of all the ends of the earth,
And of them that are afar off upon the sea:
Who by his strength setteth fast the mountains,
Being girded about with might;
Who stilleth the roaring of the seas,
The roaring of their waves,
And the tumult of the peoples.
They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens:
Thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.
Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it,
Thou greatly enrichest it;
The river of God is full of water:
Thou providest them grain, when thou hast so prepared the earth.
Thou waterest its furrows abundantly;
Thou settlest the ridges thereof:
Thou makest it soft with showers;
Thou blessest the springing thereof.
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness;
And thy paths drop fatness.
They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness;
And the hills are girded with joy.
The pastures are clothed with flocks;
The valleys also are covered over with grain;
They shout for joy, they also sing.
Mid-Week Message - Everything is Possible
It seems that each day is a marathon that must be run. We get out of bed and encounter the same issues and problems that we had the day before plus whatever new occurrences the day might bring. If you're like me you find yourself wondering how much more you can humanly manage. Maybe you have a grouchy boss who is never satisfied. You may have financial worries that you feel you will never be able to surmount. Health problems might plague you with bad reports that never seem to end. Whatever your specific life brings can be overwhelming and lead you to a feeling of utter defeat.
Just today I was speaking with a friend that felt she had ruined the potential for a job she really wanted because she had water marks on the front of her jacket and didn't notice. She was horrified and worried that she would be judged by that rather than her skills and abilities. Even though her interview had gone extremely well, she made up her mind that she had lost the possibility of being hired and sank into despair. As I tried to console and encourage her these words from Zechariah came to mind, "Not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord." You see she had spent much time in prayer over this opportunity. She had repeatedly asked for the Lord to be in control. When she found the water marks though, she completely forgot about asking Him to orchestrate the day. I asked her this, "Who was in charge of this day? Were you or was the Lord?"
When we ask the Father to take the reins of the situations in our lives, we need to trust that He hears and honors our request. When we read scripture we see Him accomplish the impossible over and over again. Seas parting, donkeys talking, people being raised from the dead, healings, and water turning into wine are just a few examples. My question is this, if God sent His Son Jesus to save our souls, if He went to that extreme to show us how deeply He loves us, why would we ever think that He would be unable to take care of the big things in our lives? He is Almighty God. Our mountains are His anthills. There is nothing too difficult, too complicated, too worrisome or impossible for Him to handle.
Are you praying about something that is overpowering you? Are you asking God to take control and to solve a problem? Then I have a couple of suggestions. Number one, once you ask Him to take control, lay the problem at His feet and walk away. Number two, trust Him. If you care about it, He cares about it and He will never abandon you. Once He takes control, you can be assured that a solution is coming. Keep your eyes and ears open because you don't want to miss anything that He might do and keep your heart and mind in the Word and believe. He is able when we are not. God bless you.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 1:1-6 American Standard Version
To know wisdom and instruction;To discern the words of understanding;To receive instruction in wise dealing,In righteousness and justice and equity;To give prudence to the simple,To the young man knowledge and discretion:That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning;And that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels:To understand a proverb, and a figure,The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
Morning Scripture Reading - Ephesians 4:20-24
But ye did not so learn Christ; if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus: that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit; and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Isaiah 65:17-19 American Standard Version
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 64 American Standard Version
Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
Hide me from the secret counsel of evil-doers,
From the tumult of the workers of iniquity;
Who have whet their tongue like a sword,
And have aimed their arrows, even bitter words,
That they may shoot in secret places at the perfect:
Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
They encourage themselves in an evil purpose;
They commune of laying snares privily;
They say, Who will see them?
They search out iniquities;
We have accomplished, say they, a diligent search:
And the inward thought and the heart of every one is deep.
But God will shoot at them;
With an arrow suddenly shall they be wounded.
So they shall be made to stumble, their own tongue being against them:
All that see them shall wag the head.
And all men shall fear;
And they shall declare the work of God,
And shall wisely consider of his doing.
The righteous shall be glad in Jehovah, and shall take refuge in him;
And all the upright in heart shall glory.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 31:10-31 American Standard Version
For her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband trusteth in her,
And he shall have no lack of gain.
She doeth him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeketh wool and flax,
And worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchant-ships;
She bringeth her bread from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night,
And giveth food to her household,
And their task to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it;
With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with strength,
And maketh strong her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable;
Her lamp goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the distaff,
And her hands hold the spindle.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor;
Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household;
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh linen garments and selleth them,
And delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and dignity are her clothing;
And she laugheth at the time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
And the law of kindness is on her tongue.
She looketh well to the ways of her household,
And eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up, and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praiseth her, saying:
Many daughters have done worthily,
But thou excellest them all.
Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
But a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands;
And let her works praise her in the gates.
Morning Scripture Reading - Isaiah 43:16-21
Thus saith Jehovah, who maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; who bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the mighty man (they lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinct, they are quenched as a wick): Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beasts of the field shall honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people which I formed for myself, that they might set forth my praise.
Monday, January 23, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Jeremiah 29:10-14 American Standard Version
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 63 American Standard Version
My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee,
In a dry and weary land, where no water is.
So have I looked upon thee in the sanctuary,
To see thy power and thy glory.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise thee.
So will I bless thee while I live:
I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness;
And my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips;
When I remember thee upon my bed,
And meditate on thee in the night-watches.
For thou hast been my help,
And in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
My soul followeth hard after thee:
Thy right hand upholdeth me.
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
They shall be given over to the power of the sword:
They shall be a portion for foxes.
But the king shall rejoice in God:
Every one that sweareth by him shall glory;
For the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 31:1-9 American Standard Version
What, my son? and what, O son of my womb?And what, O son of my vows?Give not thy strength unto women,Nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine;Nor for princes to say, Where is strong drink?Lest they drink, and forget the law,And pervert the justice due to any that is afflicted.Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish,And wine unto the bitter in soul:Let him drink, and forget his poverty,And remember his misery no more.Open thy mouth for the dumb,In the cause of all such as are left desolate.Open thy mouth, judge righteously,And minister justice to the poor and needy.
Morning Scripture Reading - Deuteronomy 32:3-4
For I will proclaim the name of Jehovah:
Ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
The Rock, his work is perfect;
For all his ways are justice:
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
Just and right is he.
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - John 8:31-32
Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed him, If ye abide in my word, then are ye truly my disciples; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 62:1-12
Sunday Praise & Worship Message - Pride and Humility
The purpose of a Gemba walk is to observe and understand the current state of a process, including the flow of materials, the use of equipment, and the interactions between employees. By walking through the process and observing first-hand, leaders can identify areas of inefficiency, delays, or bottlenecks that may be causing problems. They can also identify opportunities for improvement and gather valuable input from employees who work on the process daily.
After understanding the process, the leader works on improvements to help those individuals address their problems and help them overcome obstacles. This shows that the leader is truly respectful and wants to help.
Helping each other is one of the most important things we can do. By helping one another, we show just how much we love one another. It is not enough to say it, but better to show it. Just like the example of the Gemba walk, we go out among everyone with humility in our heart and the desire to make things better for others. That is putting love into action. But, it must be done out of humility and love.
James wrote, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” (James 4:10 NLT)
If we remain humble before the Lord and show His love to others, then God will lift us up in honor. By living a humble life and walking daily in righteousness, we can stand firm in His grace.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 30:29-33
There are three things which are stately in their march,
Yea, four which are stately in going:
The lion, which is mightiest among beasts,
And turneth not away for any;
The greyhound; the he-goat also;
And the king against whom there is no rising up.
If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself,
Or if thou hast thought evil,
Lay thy hand upon thy mouth.
For the churning of milk bringeth forth butter,
And the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood;
So the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.
Morning Scripture Reading - Lamentations 3:22
It is of Jehovah’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - 1 John 4:17-19
Herein is love made perfect with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, even so are we in this world. There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love, because he first loved us.
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 61:1-8
For the Chief Musician; on a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.
From the end of the earth will I call unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For thou hast been a refuge for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever:
I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings. Selah
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows:
Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
Thou wilt prolong the king’s life;
His years shall be as many generations.
He shall abide before God for ever:
Oh prepare lovingkindness and truth, that they may preserve him.
So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever,
That I may daily perform my vows.
Thoughts from the Heart - Isaiah 43:18-19
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 30:24-28
There are four things which are little upon the earth,
But they are exceeding wise:
The ants are a people not strong,
Yet they provide their food in the summer;
The conies are but a feeble folk,
Yet make they their houses in the rocks;
The locusts have no king,
Yet go they forth all of them by bands;
The lizard taketh hold with her hands,
Yet is she in kings’ palaces.
Morning Scripture Reading - Galatians 6:1-5
Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in any trespass, ye who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man thinketh himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let each man prove his own work, and then shall he have his glorying in regard of himself alone, and not of his neighbor. For each man shall bear his own burden.
Friday, January 20, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Wherefore we henceforth know no man after the flesh: even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more. Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new. But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave unto us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not reckoning unto them their trespasses, and having committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 60:5-12
That thy beloved may be delivered,
Save with thy right hand, and answer us.
God hath spoken in his holiness: I will exult;
I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim also is the defence of my head;
Judah is my sceptre.
Moab is my washpot;
Upon Edom will I cast my shoe:
Philistia, shout thou because of me.
Who will bring me into the strong city?
Who hath led me unto Edom?
Hast not thou, O God, cast us off?
And thou goest not forth, O God, with our hosts.
Give us help against the adversary;
For vain is the help of man.
Through God we shall do valiantly;
For he it is that will tread down our adversaries.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 30:21-23
For three things the earth doth tremble,
And for four, which it cannot bear:
For a servant when he is king;
And a fool when he is filled with food;
For an odious woman when she is married;
And a handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
Morning Scripture Reading - Romans 8:28-30
And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Galatians 3:26-29
For ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one man in Christ Jesus. And if ye are Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise.
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 60:1-4
For the Chief Musician; set to Shushan Eduth. Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the Valley of Salt twelve thousand.
O God thou hast cast us off, thou hast broken us down;
Thou hast been angry; oh restore us again.
Thou hast made the land to tremble; thou hast rent it:
Heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
Thou hast showed thy people hard things:
Thou hast made us to drink the wine of staggering.
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee,
That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 30:18-20
Yea, four which I know not:
The way of an eagle in the air;
The way of a serpent upon a rock;
The way of a ship in the midst of the sea;
And the way of a man with a maiden.
So is the way of an adulterous woman;
She eateth, and wipeth her mouth,
And saith, I have done no wickedness.
Morning Scripture Reading - 1 John 4:4-6
Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they as of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he who is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Matthew 18:19-20
Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 59:17
Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing praises:
For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.
Mid-Week Message - When Your World Shakes
"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God." Psalm 62:5-7 (ESV)
Our little dog, Jack, is terrified of storms. When he hears the wind pick up, heavy rain begin to fall, the thunder clap, or when he sees lightning, he starts to shake and needs to be near one of us with our hands on him. Still, even though he is beside us, he looks at us for reassurance that he will be okay.
The other evening I was having a discussion with a friend about tornadoes and earthquakes. Being a Texas girl, I am quite familiar with tornado watches and warnings. I have never been in one, thank the Lord, but I have been near enough to feel some of their power. As frightening as they can be, if given the choice, I would choose to live where there might be a tornado rather than where there might be an earthquake because the thought of the earth moving under my feet is more than I can handle.
Life is full of events that can shake our world, isn't it? When a loved one is diagnosed with a deadly disease or when we deal with the grief of a death, we wonder how we can possibly take the next step. Many things may occur that can make the ground under our feet feel uncertain and most of us have been through plenty of them.
I would love to deliver an encouraging message and say that those times are over. But they aren't. Yet. As long as we live on this tiny orb in space we will face hardships and trials and many of them may take our breath away as we wonder how we can cope, how we can go on.
Gratefully, the Bible reminds us that there is a place to run to for refuge. There is only One who cannot be shaken and that is the Lord Himself. In Him alone will we find hope. Only by His side will we find the peace that will allow us to continue the journey set before us. He is the only One that knows the future. He has already walked the pathway we are on and will take us by the hand and be our guide.
I know several who are walking through valleys right now. To them I want to say that there is no place where God cannot go. There is no situation that He is unaware of or that is too difficult for Him. Though your world seems dark and unsure, He is the light and He is steadfast. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He knows where you have been and where you are going and He will remain by your side, not only during this difficult time, but forever. Run to Him and allow Him to be your refuge, your fortress. There you will find security.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 30:15-17
The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give.
There are three things that are never satisfied,
Yea, four that say not, Enough:
Sheol; and the barren womb;
The earth that is not satisfied with water;
And the fire that saith not, Enough.
The eye that mocketh at his father,
And despiseth to obey his mother,
The ravens of the valley shall pick it out,
And the young eagles shall eat it.
Morning Scripture Reading - 1 Corinthians 2:6-10
We speak wisdom, however, among them that are fullgrown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nought: but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory: which none of the rulers of this world hath known: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory: but as it is written,
Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not,And which entered not into the heart of man,Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Matthew 5:43-48
Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same? Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 59:16
But I will sing of thy strength;
Yea, I will sing aloud of thy lovingkindness in the morning:
For thou hast been my high tower,
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 30:11-14
There is a generation that curse their father,
And bless not their mother.
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes,
And yet are not washed from their filthiness.
There is a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes!
And their eyelids are lifted up.
There is a generation whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives,
To devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
Morning Scripture Reading - Luke 16:10-12
He that is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much: and he that is unrighteous in a very little is unrighteous also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
Monday, January 16, 2023
Evening Scripture Reading - Hebrews 5:5-10
So Christ also glorified not himself to be made a high priest, but he that spake unto him,
Thou art my Son,This day have I begotten thee:
as he saith also in another place,
Thou art a priest for everAfter the order of Melchizedek.
Psalms Scripture Reading - Psalm 59:15
They shall wander up and down for food,
And tarry all night if they be not satisfied.
Proverbs Scripture Reading - Proverbs 30:10
Slander not a servant unto his master,
Lest he curse thee, and thou be held guilty.