Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Thought for Wednesday June 28


The Lord remembers his covenant forever.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
The Lord remembers his covenant forever.

Matthew 7: 15 – 20  By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Do I ever spend time looking for things (answers, advice, love, help) in the wrong places?  Do I do my best to guide others to the trees that bear good fruit?

Action:  Lead other people to the trees that bear good fruit.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Thought for Tuesday June 27


He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
shall never be disturbed.
He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.


Genesis 13: 2 – 18  Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold. Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support them if they stayed together; their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and those of Lot's.
 

What “problems” do I have that others would love to have (i.e. first world problems)?  Do I know people who are so rich it has created problems for them?


Action:  Turn one of your problems (too much stuff, too much spare time, loneliness, too much smartness) into something good for someone else (donate, volunteer, etc.).

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thought for Monday June 26


Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.
You have rocked the country and split it open;
repair the cracks in it, for it is tottering.
You have made your people feel hardships;
you have given us stupefying wine.
Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.


Matthew 7: 1 – 5  Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove that splinter from your eye,' while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye."


Why does the splinter in my brother’s eye bother me?  Am I more inclined to help others with their splinters or work on the beam in my own eye? 


Action:  Give someone with a splinter a break and do something nice for him or her.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thought for Friday June 23


The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

Matthew 11: 25 – 30  "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.

What burdens am I carrying?  Does Jesus lighten the load for me?

Action: Get a little rest this weekend.

 

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thought for Thursday June 22


Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
Majesty and glory are his work,
and his justice endures forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.
Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.

2 Corinthians 11: 1 – 11 Brothers and sisters:  If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me! Please put up with me.

Am I foolish enough to live the Gospel in a world that seems to reject much of it?  Does fear of looking foolish hold me back from doing some things?

Action:  Give a fool a break today.