Monday, July 24, 2017

Thought for Tuesday July 25


Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.


Matthew 20: 20 – 28  She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.”


What would my Mother ask Jesus to do for me?   What would my Mother ask me to do for Jesus?


Action:  Do something your Mother was always telling you to do – clean your room, mow the neighbor’s grass, give blood, pray, watch your language…


 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thought for Monday July 24


To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
"Gather my faithful ones before me,
those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
And the heavens proclaim his justice;
for God himself is the judge.
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

 
Matthew 12: 38 – 42  Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you."

Do I want a sign from Jesus?  What signs have I already seen?

Action:  Pay attention to all the signs that are already around you.

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thought for Friday July 21


You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.
Those live whom the LORD protects;
yours is the life of my spirit.
You have given me health and life.
You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.
 
 
Matthew 12: 1 – 8  For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.
 
 
How do I usually observe the Sabbath.   Is Jesus the Lord of my Sabbath?
 
 
Action:  Observe a true Sabbath this weekend.
 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thought for Thursday July 20


The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.


Matthew 11: 28 – 30  Jesus said: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

What burdens am I carrying?  What could I do if I laid them down?

Action:  Lay down your burdens and open up your heart.  Trust Jesus to do the heavy lifting for a little while.

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thought for Wednesday July 19


The Lord is kind and merciful.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
The Lord is kind and merciful.

Exodus 3: 1 – 12  God called out to him from the bush, "Moses! Moses!" He answered, "Here I am."


Do I answer, “Here I am.” every time  I am called?   Is there a time when I didn’t answer that I really regret?


Action:  Be there for someone who needs you.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Thought for Tuesday July 18


Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
I am sunk in the abysmal swamp
where there is no foothold;
I have reached the watery depths;
the flood overwhelms me.
Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

 
Matthew 11: 20 – 24  Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.

What things have I not repented from?  Am I getting closer?

Action:  Repent, or at least take one small step in that direction.

Thought for Monday July 17


Our help is in the name of the Lord.
We were rescued like a bird
from the fowlers' snare;
Broken was the snare,
and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
 
Matthew 10: 34 – 11: 1  Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man's reward.
 
Do I really want to hear what prophets have to say?   What reward do I expect for doing so?
 
Action:  Look for prophets (even if what they say bothers you) this week at work, in the news, at church, at home, and try to learn more about what they are talking about.   Challenge yourself to make one change because of what they are saying.
 
 
 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thought for Friday July 14


The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Matthew 10: 16 – 23  You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.

How important is it to me to be liked?  Will I risk being disliked [or hated] to share Jesus’ love with others?

Action:  Take a risk for Jesus today.

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thought for Thursday July 13


Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
When the LORD called down a famine on the land
and ruined the crop that sustained them,
He sent a man before them,
Joseph, sold as a slave.
Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
 

Matthew 10: 7 – 15  Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.


Have I ever been in this situation?  How easy is it to shake off rejection?


Action:  If there is some rejection that has been really bothering you, shake it off.  

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thought for Wednesday July 12


Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
Sing to him a new song;
pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of  gladness.
Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
 
Matthew 10: 1 – 7  Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.
 
Do I feel that Jesus has chosen me for something special?   What special gifts do I have?
  
Action:  Make a list of 12 specific things you want to do for other people and start doing them.
 
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thought for Tuesday July 11


In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
I in justice shall behold your face;
on waking, I shall be content in your presence.
In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.

Matthew 9: 32 – 38  A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.


Do I take being able to speak for granted or do I recognize it as a gift?  Do I use the power of speech as a gift from God or …?


Action:  Use your gift of speech for good today – in person, by phone, on Facebook, Twitter…

 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thought for Monday July 10


In you, my God, I place my trust.
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
Say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
In you, my God, I place my trust.


Matthew 9: 18 – 26  "My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live." Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak.  She said to herself, "If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured." Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, "Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you."

Do I hesitate to ask Jesus for help  because other people seem to need it more?  Do I have this woman’s confidence that God’s mercy is not rationed?

Action:  Ask Jesus to heal you, your kids, your friends, your parents, and anybody else you can think of.

 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thought for Friday July 7


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Who can tell the mighty deeds of the LORD,
or proclaim all his praises?
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

 
Matthew 9: 9 – 13  The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"


What profession do I look down on/joke about?  Am I being fair to the people who work hard every day?

Action:  Show respect for everyone’s work.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Thought for Thursday July 6


I will walk in the presence of the Lord, in the land of the living.
Our God is in heaven;
whatever he wills, he does.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the handiwork of men.
I will walk in the presence of the Lord, in the land of the living.


Matthew 9: 1 – 8  Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said,  Why do you harbor evil thoughts?

Does it bother me that Jesus knows what I am thinking?  When am I most likely to have thoughts that are less than loving?

Action:  When you are going to be in a situation that you know stirs up bad thoughts for you, make a plan to remind yourself that Jesus would want you to be loving.

 

 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Thought for Wednesday July 5


The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.
The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Matthew 8: 28 – 34  Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. The demons pleaded with him, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine."  And he said to them, "Go then!" They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned. The swineherds ran away, and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs.

Do I feel sorry for the pigs? Would I be willing to give up my pigs to get rid of some demons? 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Thought for Tuesday July 4


O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.
But I walk in integrity;
redeem me, and have mercy on me.
My foot stands on level ground;
in the assemblies I will bless the LORD.
O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.


Matthew 8: 23- 27  As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep.

What scares me?  What comforts me?

Action:  Celebrate being independent of many wants, fears, etc.

 

 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Thought for Monday July 3


Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
Praise the LORD, all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!
Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.

John 20: 24 – 29  So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord." But Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

Do I think Thomas was justified in doubting the other disciples?   Do people I trust sometimes pass on information that is not true?

Action:   The next time one of your friends passes on good news - believe it – at least for a little while.


 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thought for Friday June 30


Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
By the streams of Babylon
we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
On the aspens of that land
we hung up our harps.
Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

Matthew 8: 1 – 14  And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”


What tells me more about who this man was; that he is described as a leper or the way he spoke to Jesus?  Do I define myself more by my infirmities (or abilities) or by my relationship with Jesus?

Action:  Think of one thing in your life that would change if you saw yourself only in terms of your relationship with Jesus, and then start making that change.

 

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.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Thought for Wednesday June 21


Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
Blessed the man who fears the Lord.


2 Corinthians 9: 6 – 11 Brothers and sisters, consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Am I a cheerful giver or a bit of a grouch?  What am I sowing?

Action:  Slap on a smile and do something good for as many people as you can.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Thought for Tuesday June 20


Praise the Lord, my soul!
Praise the LORD, my soul!
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.
Praise the Lord, my soul!
 
Matthew 5: 43 – 48  Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.


Do I believe my enemies can change? Would it be hard for me to admit that they had changed for the better?


Action:  Pray for the redemption and conversion of your enemies (and your neighbors, they ain’t perfect either).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thought for Monday June 19


The Lord has made known his salvation.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
The Lord has made known his salvation.


2 Corinthians 6: 1- 10  We cause no one to stumble in anything, in order that no fault may be found with our ministry; on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech, in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left; through glory and dishonor, insult and praise.


What causes people to stumble?  Do I believe acting with purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, unfeigned love and truthful speech has any power in today’s world?

Action:  Don’t sink to the level of what is happening around you – be pure, seek knowledge, be patient, be kind, be loving, be truthful.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thought for Friday June 16


To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
 

2 Corinthians 4: 7 – 15  Brothers and sisters: We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,  that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the Body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.

Do I feel afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, or struck down?  Do I see myself manifesting the life of Jesus?

Action:   Be a friend to someone who is in despair or feels abandoned.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thought for Thursday June 15


The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

Matthew 5: 20 – 26  You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment,

Do I see a lot of anger in the world/people around me?   What do I get angry about?

Action: The next time you get angry or annoyed about something (politics, economy, clothing styles, music, emails, etc.), do something nice for someone.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Thought for Wednesday June 14


 

Holy is the Lord our God.
Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for holy is the LORD, our God.
Holy is the Lord our God.

 
Matthew 5: 17 – 19  Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.


Am I a bad influence on anyone?  Who has a bad influence on me?


Action:  Be a good role model today.

 

 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Thought for Tuesday June 13


Lord, let your face shine on me.
Wonderful are your decrees;
therefore I observe them.
Lord, let your face shine on me.

2 Corinthians 1:18 – 22 Brothers and sisters: As God is faithful, our word to you is not "yes" and "no." For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not "yes" and "no," but "yes" has been in him. For however many are the promises of God, their Yes is in him; therefore, the Amen from us also goes through him to God for glory.

How does it feel to say “yes”?  How often do I say “maybe” because I don’t want the responsibility of saying “yes”?

Action:  Try saying “yes” this week.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Thought for Monday June 12


Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.


Matthew 5: 1 – 12  Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed are they who mourn… Blessed are the meek… Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness… Blessed are the merciful… Blessed are the clean of heart… Blessed are the peacemakers… Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness…

Am I any of these things?  Which of these can I control?

Action:  Work for righteousness, show mercy, clean your heart, or make peace today.   

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Thought for Thursday June 8


Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
Blessed shall you be, and favored.
Blessed are those who fear the Lord.


Mark 12: 28 – 34  "Which is the first of all the commandments?" Jesus replied, "The first is this: Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God is Lord alone!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,  and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

What is my first priority?  What is my second?

Action: Make love your first priority.

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Thought for Wednesday June 7


To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.
To you I lift up my eyes
who are enthroned in heaven.
Behold, as the eyes of servants
are on the hands of their masters.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.

 
Mark 12: 18 – 27  He is not God of the dead but of the living.  You are greatly misled.


Who have I lost that I still mourn?  Does it comfort me to know that my dead friends and family are really living with the living God? 
                                                                      

Action:  If you know someone who has recently lost someone, call to say hi, how are you.

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Thought for Tuesday June 6


The heart of the just one is firm, trusting in the Lord.
Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
The heart of the just one is firm, trusting in the Lord.

 
Mark 12: 13 – 17  So Jesus said to them, "Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."


Do I ever get confused about the role of civil and Church authorities?  Who has the most influence on my life – God or Caesar?


Action:   Be a good citizen this week.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Thought for Monday June 5


Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
His generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
Blessed the man who fears the Lord.

 
Tobit 1:3 – 2:1   I, Tobit, have walked all the days of my life on the paths of truth and righteousness. I performed many charitable works for my kinsmen and my people who had been deported with me to Nineveh, in Assyria. On our festival of Pentecost, the feast of Weeks,  a fine dinner was prepared for me… I said to my son Tobiah: "My son, go out and try to find a poor man from among our kinsmen exiled here. If he is a sincere worshiper of God, bring him back with you, so that he can share this meal with me.


What do I think of Tobit’s example?  Is this the way I want to live and conduct myself?


Action:  Walk on the path of truth and righteousness and perform charitable works.

 

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thought for Friday June 2


The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven.

 
John 21: 15 – 19 Simon, son of John, do you love me?"  Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."   He said to him, "Tend my sheep."


Do I love Jesus?  Am I tending his sheep?

 
Action:  Provide some gentle leadership to someone who seems to be wandering

Thought for Thursday June 1


Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

John 17: 20 – 26 And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.

Do I see perfection in my future?  Do I like the idea of being perfect?

Action:  Show one person perfect love today (for as long as you can stand it).

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Thought for Wednesday May 31


Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

 
Romans 12: 9 – 16  Brothers and sisters: Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.


What is sincere love?  How do I show honor?


Action:  Be sincere and loving and anticipate others’ needs.

 

Thought for Tuesday May 30


Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
Blessed day by day be the Lord,
who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
God is a saving God for us;
the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.

 John 17: 1 – 11  Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

Does this definition of eternal life satisfy my curiosity?  What would be my ideal of eternal life?


Action:  Do something today that will help someone else know God.

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thought for Friday May 26


God is king of all the earth.
All you peoples, clap your hands,
shout to God with cries of gladness,
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
God is king of all the earth.
 

John 16: 20 – 23  So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

 Am I in anguish?   Can I even begin to imagine the joy of being in the presence of God?

Action:  Do something joyful this weekend; or at least try to make it joyful for someone else.

 

Thought for Ascension Thursday May 25


God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

Acts 1: 1 – 11 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  When Jesus had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.

How do I feel about Jesus leaving and telling me to witness for him?   What does being a witness for Jesus involve?

Action:  Bear witness to Jesus.

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thought for Wednesday May 24


Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels;
praise him, all you his hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.


John 16: 12 – 15  Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.”

Am I excited about the possibility of Jesus telling me something new or does it scare me?  Have I accepted everything that Jesus will teach me?

Action:   Identify those things in your life that could inhibit you from accepting a new mission from Jesus and work to free yourself from the hold those things have over you.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Thought for Tuesday May 23


Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
Because of your kindness and your truth,
you have made great above all things
your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
Your right hand saves me, O Lord.

John 16: 5 – 11  Jesus said to his disciples: "Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.”


When have I experienced grief?  Was it healthy; did it help me move on?


Action:  When you make a change in your life to more closely bear witness to Jesus, go ahead and take the time to grieve for whatever you are giving up.