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.