Monday, February 29, 2016

Doing Wrong

15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. ~ Romans 7:15-20 (NLT)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Most Important Commandment

29 Jesus replied,“The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord.30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” ~ Mark 12:29-31 (NLT)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Acceptable Religion

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ~ James 1:27 (NIV)

Friday, February 26, 2016

From Death to Life

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. ~ Romans 6:13 (NIV)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jesus Was Baptized

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied,“Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. ~ Matthew 3:13-16 (NIV)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Joyful Are...

Joyful are people of integrity,
    who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Joyful are those who obey his laws
    and search for him with all their hearts.
They do not compromise with evil,
    and they walk only in his paths.
You have charged us
    to keep your commandments carefully.
Oh, that my actions would consistently
    reflect your decrees!
Then I will not be ashamed
    when I compare my life with your commands.
As I learn your righteous regulations,
    I will thank you by living as I should!
I will obey your decrees.
    Please don’t give up on me!

~ Psalm 119:1-8 (NLT)

Commit to Him

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans. ~ Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

His Love Compels Us

14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV)

Monday, February 22, 2016

Live Right

Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world. ~ 1 Peter 2:12 (NLT)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

An Offering to God

16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. 17 But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. 18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy. ~ Philippians 2:16-18 (NLT)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Don't Complain or Argue...

14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. ~ Philippians 2:14-15 (NLT)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Do What Pleases Him

12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. ~ Philippians 2:12-13 (NLT)

Thursday, February 18, 2016


You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    he took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

~ Philippians 2:5-11 (NLT)

Don't Try to Impress Others

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. ~ Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)

Love One Another & Work Together

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. ~ Philippians 2:1-2 (NLT)

What Really Matters

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. ~ Philippians 1:9-10 (NLT)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Fear Not

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Love the LORD Your God...

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. ~ Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (NIV)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Boast in Weaknesses

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NIV)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

He Will Guide You, Always!

The Lord will guide you always;
    He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.

~ Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Seeking Whose Approval?

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. ~ Galatians 1:10 (NLT)

Friday, February 12, 2016

New Command

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”~ John 13:34-35 (NIV)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Our Citizenship is in Heaven

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. ~ Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Iron Sharpens Iron

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. ~ Proverbs 27:17 (ESV)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

He Hears Us

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.~ 1 John 5:14 (NIV)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Press On...

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:14 (NIV)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Counted as Loss

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. ~ Philippians 3:7-11 (NASB)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Devoted to Prayer

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an 

attitude of thanksgiving; ~ Colossians 4:2 (NASB)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Live Properly

Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world. ~ 1 Peter 2:12 (NLT)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

No Shame...

But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! ~ 1 Peter 4:16 (NLT)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

He's Coming Back

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. ~ Philippians 3:20 (NLT)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

More Than Conquerors

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31 (NIV)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Possible with God

But He said,The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”

~ Luke 18:27 (NASB)