Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thought for Thursday September 21


Their message goes out through all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
Their message goes out through all the earth.


Ephesians 4: 1 - 13  Brothers and sisters: I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace: one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
 

Am I doing any of this well?  How important is one Lord, one faith, one faith, one God to me?

Action:  Pick one thing from this passage – humility, gentleness, patience, bearing others with love, striving for unity, peacefulness – and focus on getting better at it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Thought for Wednesday September 20


How great are the works of the Lord!
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
How great are the works of the Lord!

Luke 7: 31 – 35  For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’

Do I often find fault with the messengers of the Gospel?  Is it easier to reject the message if I can reject the messengers?

Action:  Be the kind of person people want to believe – honest, loving, helpful, moral

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Thought for Tuesday September 19


I will walk with blameless heart.
My eyes are upon the faithful of the land,
that they may dwell with me.
He who walks in the way of integrity
shall be in my service.
I will walk with blameless heart.


Luke 7: 11 – 17 He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”  The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.

What would I do if Jesus raised me from the dead?  Would I go back to doing what I had always done?

Action:  Do something this week that you have never done before – go skydiving, read a different book, go to something at a church, eat different food, plan a trip, tell someone you love him/her – and rise to new possibilities in your  life.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Thought for Monday September 18


Proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.
May all who seek you
exult and be glad in you
And may those who love your salvation
say ever, "The LORD be glorified."
Proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.

Luke 7: 1 – 10   A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him. When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave.


Who is valuable to me?   What do I want Jesus to do for that person?


Action:   Do something to make yourself valuable to someone else.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thought for Friday September 15


Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
For upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.


John 19:  25 – 27  Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

How do I deal with the pain of losing someone I love?  Was the sorrow at the end worth the love?

Action:  Reminisce about the people you have lost and what they taught you about love.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thought for Thursday September 14


Do not forget the works of the Lord!
Hearken, my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable,
I will utter mysteries from of old.
 Do not forget the works of the Lord!


John 3: 13 – 17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

Do I spend my time working to fix [save] bad situations or just complaining about [condemning] them?   Do I see a lot of condemning in my society?


Action: Quit complaining about everyone else and go do something good.



 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Thought for Wednesday September 13


The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.


Colossians 3: 1 – 11  Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry… But now you must put them all away: anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language out of your mouths.  Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator.

Which parts of me are earthly?  How often do I lie, use obscene language, or say bad things about others?

Action:  Do something new today – something that is not immoral, impure, evil, or greedy.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thought for Tuesday September 12


The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
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.
The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.


Colossians 2: 6 – 15  See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to the tradition of men, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.

How much time do I spend in empty pursuits?   What “seductive philosophies” have I rejected?

Action:   If you know you are captivated by some things that are not according to Christ, make a special effort to insure you don’t drag anyone else down with you before you can free yourself.


 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thought for Monday September 11


In God is my safety and my glory.
Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
In God is my safety and my glory.

Colossians 1: 23 – 2:3  For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you and for those in Laodicea and all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged as they are brought together in love, to have all the richness of assured understanding, for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.


Am I struggling for anyone with whom I am not face to face?  What do I want for them?

Action:  Hold the people you love, the people you do not love, the people who love you and the people you know do not love you all in your heart today and every day.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thought for Friday September 8


With delight I rejoice in the Lord.
Let me sing of the LORD, "He has been good to me."
With delight I rejoice in the Lord.


Romans 8: 28 – 30  Brothers and sisters: We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Do I accept that I am called according to God’s purpose?   How much time and energy do I devote to trying to understand what God is calling me to do and be?

Action:  Love God – actively.

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Thought for Thursday September 7


The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
The Lord has made known his salvation.

Luke 5: 1 – 11  After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch." Simon said in reply, "Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets."

How do I respond when God asks me to work more when I am already exhausted and nothing is going well anyway?  What did Simon expect when he agreed to go back out?

Action:  Do the work Jesus asks of you and have faith that you will catch some fish … someday.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Thought for Wednesday September 6


I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
I, like a green olive tree
in the house of God,
Trust in the mercy of God
forever and ever.
I trust in the mercy of God for ever.


Luke 4: 38 – 44  At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.


If Jesus cured me with a touch of his hand, how would I feel the next time I got sick?  Would I really appreciate the gift of healing?


Action:  Do something for your health today in thanksgiving for everything Jesus does for you.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Thought for Tuesday September 5


I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

1 Thessalonians 5: 1- 11   For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him.
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.

Do I make it a point to build others up?   Who encourages me?

Action:  Encourage somebody.

 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thought for Monday September 4


The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
The Lord comes to judge the earth.
 

Luke 4: 16 – 30  "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.  They also asked, "Is this not the son of Joseph?"  He said to them, "Surely you will quote me this proverb, 'Physician, cure yourself,' and say, 'Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.'" And he said,  "Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.”


Does Jesus seem to be picking a fight here?  Do people sometimes expect something from me that I am not prepared to give?


Action:  Enjoy Labor Day.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thought for Friday September 1


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.
 

Matthew 25: 1 – 13  Five of them were foolish and five were wise.  The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
 

Am I wise or foolish?  Am I physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually prepared for both bad and good times?
 

Action:  Imagine something really bad happens to you a year from now; start preparing yourself for that event.

 

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thought for Thursday August 31


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!
 

1 Thessalonians 3: 7 - 13  Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person and to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.
 
Do I hope there is someone praying night and day to remedy the deficiencies in my faith?  Who am I praying for?

Action:  As Pope Francis always says: “Non dimenticatevi di pregare per me.” – Don’t forget to pray for me (and him, and Texas, and everyone else who has asked for your prayers).

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Thought for Wednesday August 30


You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
 

1 Thessalonians 2: 9 – 13  You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery. Working night and day in order not to burden any of you, we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.  You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers.  As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children, exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into his Kingdom and glory.


What have I worked on tirelessly, justly and devoutly?    Who have I treated well?


Action:  Encourage someone who is working night and day.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Thought for Tuesday August 29


You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
You have searched me and you know me, Lord.


Mark 6: 17 – 29  Herodias' own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl,  "Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you." He even swore many things to her, "I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom."


What kind of idiot is so shallow that he would make such an offer for a dance?  What’s my weakness?


Action:  Stay strong and refuse to give in to your most ignoble desires.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Thought for Monday August 28


Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.


Matthew 23: 13 – 22  Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men.  You do not enter yourselves,  nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.”


If someone asked my advice about how to get into heaven, what would I tell them?   Am I living my own advice?


Action:   Do something special for yourself this week; give yourself a little taste of heaven.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thought for Friday August 25


Give thanks to the Lord; his love is everlasting.
They cried to the LORD in their distress;
from their straits he rescued them.
And he led them by a direct way
to reach an inhabited city.
Give thanks to the Lord; his love is everlasting.


Matthew 22: 34 – 40  He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
 
Do devices and tasks and commitments and work and anxieties and….  get in the way of doing anything with all of my heart, soul or mind?  Has trying to obey these two commandments ever affected any real decision in my life? 

Action:  Find a time this weekend to put everything aside and focus all of your heart, mind and soul in prayer.  Give yourself a grade for length of time and how well you focused – then try to beat it the following weekend.

 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Thought for Thursday 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?”
 

If someone shares good news with me, am I inclined to be skeptical?   What good news would I receive most joyfully?
 

Action:  Search a newspaper or news broadcast for good news and celebrate the good things that are happening.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Thought for Wednesday August 23


Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
Great is his glory in your victory;
majesty and splendor you conferred upon him.
You made him a blessing forever,
you gladdened him with the joy of your face.
 Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
 
Matthew 20: 1 – 16  Jesus told his disciples this parable: "The Kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
 
How important is work to me – am I one of the ones there at dawn, nine, noon, three or five?  Why do I work – to make money, help others, accomplish something, kill time, etc.?
 
Action:  Work hard when you should, but take time to relax, pray, meditate, spend time with friends, etc.
 
 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Thought for Tuesday August 22


It is I who deal death and give life.
Close at hand is the day of their disaster,
and their doom is rushing upon them!
Surely, the LORD shall do justice for his people;
on his servants he shall have pity.
It is I who deal death and give life.

Matthew 19: 23 – 30  Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God."

Why does being rich make it hard to enter the Kingdom of heaven?  Am I too rich?

Action:  Share some of your riches – time, talent, strength, money, faith – with someone who is not as well off.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Thought for Monday August 21


Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
Many times did he rescue them,
but they embittered him with their counsels.
Yet he had regard for their affliction
when he heard their cry.
Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
 

Matthew 19: 16 – 22  “If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”  He asked him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Is this simple list really as simple as it seems?  If Jesus told me I could ignore a couple of these, which ones would I choose?

Action:  Don’t kill, cheat, steal, lie or dishonor your family and, if you have time, do something loving for your neighbor.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thought for Friday August 18


His mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the LORD of lords,
for his mercy endures forever.
His mercy endures forever.

Joshua 24: 1 – 13   "I gave you a land that you had not tilled and cities that you had not built, to dwell in; you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant."

How often do I need to be reminded that God is God and I am not?  What has God done for me?

Action:  Express some gratitude for things you often take for granted.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thought for Thursday August 17


Alleluia!
When Israel came forth from Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of alien tongue,
Judah became his sanctuary,
Israel his domain.
Alleluia!
 
Matthew 18: 21 – 19: 1   Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
 
How would I feel about this question if I were Andrew, Peter’s brother?  How often do people probably forgive me, without me even knowing, for being rude, insensitive, oblivious, lazy, abrasive, etc.?
 
Action:  Forgive seven people today for those little things that annoy you.  You’ll feel better.
 
 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thought for Wednesday August 16


The glory of the Lord is higher than the skies.
From the rising to the setting of the sun
is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
above the heavens is his glory.
The glory of the Lord is higher than the skies.
 
Matthew 18: 15 – 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
  
How has gathering with others enhanced my relationship with Christ?  Can I have a complete relationship with God without having a relationship with his whole family?
 
Action:  Gather with others for Mass, for prayer, for pilgrimage, for adoration, and to do the work of the church in today’s world.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Thought for Tuesday August 15


The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
 

1 Corinthians 15: 20 - 27   The last enemy to be destroyed is death, for "he subjected everything under his feet.”


Is death my enemy?  How do I plan to defeat death?


Action:   Defeat death today by celebrating being alive.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Thought for Monday August 14


Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
He has granted peace in your borders;
with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word!
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
 
Deuteronomy 10: 12 – 22  Moses said to the people: "And now, Israel, what does the LORD, your God, ask of you but to fear the LORD, your God, and follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul, to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD which I enjoin on you today for your own good?  Think! The heavens, even the highest heavens, belong to the LORD, your God, as well as the earth and everything on it.
 
Does God ask too much?  Is loving and serving God a task or a journey?
 
Action:  Follow his ways exactly – too much?  Focus on getting one thing right today.
 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thought for Friday August 11


It is I who deal death and give life.
“Learn then that I, I alone, am God,
and there is no god besides me.
It is I who bring both death and life,
I who inflict wounds and heal them.”
It is I who deal death and give life.

 
Matthew 16: 24 – 28  Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
 

For me, what is the hardest part of carrying my cross?   Where do I get the support I need to do it?


Action:  Do something to support someone you know who seems to be carrying a big cross.

 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Thought for Wednesday August 9


Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
But soon they forgot his works;
they waited not for his counsel.
They gave way to craving in the desert
and tempted God in the wilderness.
Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.


Matthew 15: 21 – 28  She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”

Do I have enough dignity to ask for more than scraps?  Do I have enough humility to accept scraps?

Action:  Give the best you have to offer today even if it is only scraps.  If you have a dog, give him an extra belly rub.  If you don’t, adopt one.

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Thought for Tuesday August 8


Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not off from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

 
Matthew 14: 22 – 36  Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Have I ever started something with great enthusiasm and then lost confidence (or nerve, or energy) and given up?  If so, did I call out to Jesus for help or just sink?

Action:  If there is something you have given up on doing, pick it up again and ask Jesus to help you carry on.

 

 

 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thought for Monday August 7


Sing with joy to God our help.
"My people heard not my voice,
and Israel obeyed me not;
So I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts;
they walked according to their own counsels."
Sing with joy to God our help.

Numbers 11: 4 – 15  "Why do you treat your servant so badly?" Moses asked the LORD. "Why are you so displeased with me that you burden me with all this people?  I cannot carry all this people by myself, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you will deal with me, then please do me the favor of killing me at once, so that I need no longer face this distress."

Does it help me to know that the great Moses sometimes had “one of those days”?  Do I imagine myself as one of the people driving Moses crazy?

Action:  Be a patient leader and a helpful follower.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thought for Friday August 4


But I pray to you, O LORD,
for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me
with your constant help.
Lord, in your great love, answer me.

 
Matthew 13: 54 – 58  Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.  Where did this man get all this?" And they took offense at him.

Were they offended at what he said or just offended because they didn’t think he should be preaching to them at all?  What offends me?

Action:  The next time something offends you, make a special effort to meet that offense with grace and love.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thought for Thursday August 3


 

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
Blessed they who dwell in your house!
continually they praise you.
Blessed the men whose strength you are!
They go from strength to strength.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!

 
Matthew 13: 47 – 53  Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.  When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away.”

Am I really herring the Word of God?  Is it important to my sole to mullet over? Am I floundering in my spiritual life?   Do I carp about problems in my society?  Am I breaming with ideas to help?  What cod I do? When shad I start?   


Action:  Be a good fish.


 

 

 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thought for Wednesday August 2


God is my refuge on the day of distress.
But I will sing of your strength
and revel at dawn in your mercy;
You have been my stronghold,
my refuge in the day of distress.
God is my refuge on the day of distress.

 Matthew 13: 44 – 46  The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.


What do I treasure?  Does my treasure bring me joy?
 
Action:   Share what you treasure with someone who lacks joy.

 




 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Thought for Tuesday August 1


The Lord is kind and merciful.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
The Lord is kind and merciful.

 
Matthew 13: 36 – 43  Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.  His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”


Could they really not figure it out or were they just too lazy to work at it?  Do I sometimes “not understand” just to avoid responsibility?


Action:   Act on what you do understand, pray about what you do not understand.

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Thought for Monday July 31

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Our fathers made a calf in Horeb
and adored a molten image;
They exchanged their glory
for the image of a grass-eating bullock.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Matthew 13: 31 – 35  He spoke to them another parable. "The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened."
How much does it take to inspire people to rise up and do a lot of good?  Am I helping to raise the dough?
Action:  Inspire, be inspired, and work for good.
 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thought for Friday July 28


Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
 

Exodus 20: 1 – 17  You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.  For the LORD will not leave unpunished  him who takes his name in vain.
 

What does it mean to ”take the Lord’s name in vain”?  In what ways do I use the Lord’s name?
 

Action:  Use your words to do some good this weekend.