Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Works of Service

11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. ~ Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV 1984)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

New Creation

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saved by Grace Through Faith...

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

~ Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)

Friday, February 17, 2017

My Refuge...

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. 
~ Psalm 59:16 (NIV)


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pure Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 
~ James 1:2-4 (NIV 1984)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Heart of Flesh

24 “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. ~ Ezekiel 36:24-28 (NIV)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A New Thing

This is what the Lord says—
    he who made a way through the sea,
    a path through the mighty waters,

who drew out the chariots and horses,

    the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
    extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

~ Isaiah 43:16-19 (NIV)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Above...

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 
~ Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

As White as Snow

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.

~ Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Joy & Peace



May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13 (NIV 1984)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Present Sufferings Vs. Future Glory

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 
~ Romans 8:18 (NIV)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Simple Math

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 
~ 2 Peter 1:5-9 (NIV)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Run for the Prize

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Say No...

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 
~ Titus 2:11-12 (NIV)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Seek HIS Face

 

Look to the Lord and His strength;
    seek his face always. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:11 (NIV)