Monday, August 29, 2016

Thought for Tuesday August 30


I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life's refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

 
1 Thessalonians 5: 1 -6, 9 - 11  Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.


How often do I encourage other people?   How often do I need encouragement?


Action:   Encourage one another.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thought for Monday August 29


The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations;
he foils the designs of peoples.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.


Mark 6: 17 – 29  Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody.  When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.

 
What prophets do I listen to?  Do I sometimes avoid listening to people because I am afraid they will challenge my beliefs?


Action:  Listen to a viewpoint or opinion that is different from your own and see if you can recognize any similar values. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thought for Friday August 26


Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Light dawns for the just;
and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you just,
and give thanks to his holy name.
Rejoice in the Lord, you just!


Matthew 25: 1 – 13  Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.  At midnight, there was a cry, "Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!"


Did I take yesterday’s message (Stay Awake!) seriously?   Do I take it well when I get awakened?


Action:   Do something to wake someone else up.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thought for Thursday August 25


Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands!
Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
 
Matthew 24: 42 – 51  Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake!”
 
Have I ever dozed off spiritually or morally?  Do I ever get tired of trying to live in perfect accord with the message of Jesus?
 
Action:   The next time you feel yourself nodding off, call or visit one of the holy people you know for inspiration.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Thought for Wednesday August 24


Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

 
John 1: 45 – 51  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”  But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

Do I ever form opinions about people based on something as trivial as where they are from?  Have I ever come to really respect someone I had originally dismissed?

Action:  Give someone you have written off another chance.