Monday, July 25, 2016

journal


Revelation 3:19
 - As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Romans 10:2 - For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

Romans 12:11 - Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Titus 2:14 - Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of 
good works.

Isaiah 59:17 - For he put on 
righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.

Psalms 119:127 - Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

Philippians 1:27 - Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel 
of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Saturday, July 23, 2016

journal


Revelation 3:16
 - So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Zephaniah 1:12-13 - And it shall come to pass at that time, [that] I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their 
heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.  (Read More...)

Romans 12:11 - Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

2 Timothy 4:3-4 - For the time will come when they will not endure 
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;   (Read More...)

Revelation 3:2 - Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Proverbs 15:19 - The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [is] made plain.

Revelation 3:15-16 - I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.   
(Read More...)

Ephesians 6:10-12 - Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.   
(Read More...)

Romans 12:9-13 - [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.  
(Read More...)

John 5:39-40 - Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.   
(Read More...)

Mark 14:38-41 - 
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak.   (Read More...)

Ephesians 5:16 - Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 - Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Hebrews 5:11-12 - Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.  
(Read More...)

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 - But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  
(Read More...)


Friday, July 22, 2016

journal

Dorcas, a word which means "gazelle", was sometimes called Tabitha. She was a very kind person who spent her time caring for the widows of Joppa. 

God has always been mindful of the widows and people who are poor. In Bible times, when a woman's husband died, she had no way to make a living. (This condition even still exists in some parts of the world today.) 

The law in those times stated that if a widow's husband had owned land, it went to the oldest son, and if the son didn't take care of his mother, she had nowhere to turn for help. If there was no son, she still lost her property and could only get it back if a relative of her husband married her. You will remember the story of Ruth and Boaz. 

God had instructed the Jews to care for the poor. They could not harvest the edges of their fields, but had to leave the grain for the poor people to "glean" or pick up. Neither could the owner go over the field a second time to pick up grain that had fallen. It was to be left for the poor. 

Every third year the tithe, or one tenth of the crop, was given to the poor, and every seventh year all debts were canceled so that people could get a fresh start and begin again free of the debt of owing money. 

In the New Testament, James writes that one of the marks of pure religion is that a person will take care of the widows and orphans. Those who care for the poor receive God's approval, and those who do not are displeasing to him. 

Dorcas lived in Joppa, a seaport town. (See picture below.) She was a loving person who showed kindness to others and especially to the poor. She made coats for the widows so they would have something to keep them warm in the winter. 
If you have a house in which to live, clothes to wear, and food for every meal, you are rich compared to many people in the world. If we have these things and we have more than enough, we need to share with those who are less fortunate. 

We need to look for ways to help the poor, especially those families who have lost the husband and father of the family. There are many ways to do this. 

You may personally know someone who has needs, and you can share with them. 

There are organizations and homes for orphans that need our help. Sometimes churches ask for food or other items for orphans' homes. You can go with your family to the store to buy these things for them. 
Acts 9:36-43New International Version (NIV)
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his kneesand prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.”She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

hannah


Hannah was married to an Israelite man, a Levite named Elkanah.
 In those days God allowed men to have more than one wife and
often there were bad feelings among the wives.
This was the case in Elkanah's family. His other wife, Peninnah had
 children, but Hannah had no children. She was so sad and
desperately wanted to have a child. She even refused to eat.
Peninnah provoked and aggravated her all the time and made her
life miserable.

Every year the family went to Shiloh to worship. Elkanah saw
 Hannah crying and refusing to eat and he spoke to her gently and
 tried to comfort her. Hannah got up and went to the tabernacle by
 herself to worship the Lord. She prayed and asked Him to give her a son. 
She said if He would give her this child she would make a vow to
 give him back to the Lord and no razor would ever cut his hair. 
This was called the Nazarite vow. Hannah was \
praying silently and her lips were moving, but no sound was coming\
 from her mouth. Eli, the high priest and judge, when he saw her 
doing this, thought she had been drinking alchohol and was drunk. 
He confronted her about it and told her to put away the wine
. She told him she was not drunk, but was sorrowful and pouring out
 her heart to the Lord. After she told him her story he understood 
what was happening. He told her to go in peace because the Lord
 was going to answer her prayer and give her a child.

Hannah believed the words of the priest Eli. She was a changed
\ person. No longer was she sad. She was a happy, joyful person\
 because she knew in her heart that she would have a son just as the
 priest had said. She began to eat her meals. If Peninnah taunted
\ her or made fun of her it made no difference because 
she knew she also would soon be a mother.

The family returned to their home in Ramah and in time Hannah
 did have a baby boy. She named him Samuel, a word which means
 "heard by God". God had heard her prayer and answered it.

When it came time for the family to go to Shiloh the next year to
 worship, Hannah stayed home with her young son. She said, "
Not until the child is weaned; then I will take him, that he may 
appear before the Lord and remain there forever." Later when 
Samuel was a little older his mother took him with her to worship.
 She also took sacrifices to offer. When she saw Eli she told him she 
\was the woman who had prayed there earlier. 
She left Samuel at the tabernacle to be raised by Eli the priest.
 Samuel would be dedicated to the Lord all his life. 
She kept her promise to return him to Shiloh to serve the Lord.

While Samuel was in Shiloh ministering to the Lord Hannah did not 
forget about her child. Oh no, he was on her mind all the time, and 
every year as he grew taller and taller she came back and brought
 him a robe that would be just the right size for him. 
God also blessed her with MORE children. 
She and Elkanah had three more sons and two daughters. 

We learn from Hannah the value of persistence in prayer. Hannah \
did not give up. She continued to pray. God will not withhold 
anything which would be good for us. Sometimes we cannot 
determine what would be best for us, but God knows.
 Jesus said if a child asks a father for bread he will not be given a 
stone, and if he asks for fish he will not be given a snake. God is our
\ father and He will give good things to those who ask Him.

We also see the dedication and unselfishness of Hannah when 
she returned her young son to the service of God. 
We must be generous with the things God gives us and willing to
 share with others and let those things be used for God's glory. 
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock
, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, 
and to him who knocks it will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

hjournal


After Jesus was baptized, he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and for forty days he was tempted by the devil. Jesus fasted during those forty days. That means he didn't eat anything during that time, and of course, at the end of the time he was very hungry. 

Satan saw this as an opportunity to tempt him again. He said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." Jesus answered, quoting from the book of Deuteronomy; "It is written, ' Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God'". 

You will remember that when the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they became hungry, and God fed them with special food called manna which fell from heaven. He showed them that they were dependent upon him for all their needs. 

The devil took Jesus up on a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in just a moment. Then he told him that he had been given the authority to give those kingdoms to anyone he wished. Had he really been given that authority? 

Remember, the devil is a liar. God rules in the kingdoms of men and it is He who gives power to the people He wants to have that power. Satan told Jesus that if he would worship him, he would give him all those kingdoms. 

Jesus replied, "Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve'." Again Jesus is quoting from the writings of Moses in Deuteronomy. 

Satan tries again. He brought Jesus to Jerusalem and took him up to the highest part of the temple and told him to jump off. He said that angels would come and lift him up so that he wouldn't be hurt. 

The devil even starts quoting scripture now. He quoted from Psalm 91, "For He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone." (Satan left out the part about 'to keep you in all your ways'.) 

Jesus answered him, "It has been said, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God'." 

Satan gave up and left him, but he would return later when he thought he had an opportunity to get Jesus to sin. Of course, we know that he never succeeded. 

After Satan left, angels came and helped Jesus. There were also other times in his life that angels came to help him. 

Once when Jesus was talking about who was greatest in the kingdom of heaven, he called a little child to him and told the people that they must become as little children. He said, "I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven." 

We are told by the writer of the book of Hebrews that there are 'ministering angels' who are sent to help those who are saved. What a comforting thought! 

It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)

When Satan tried to get Jesus to do wrong, Jesus always answered him with scripture. In Matthew's account of the story, with each temptation, Jesus said, "It is written", and then he would quote the scripture. 

You can study and memorize Bible words and "hide" them in your heart to keep from doing wrong. If you do this, you will always know how you should act in any situation. Think about how Jesus would act. 
Luke 4:1-13New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spiritinto the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’[b]
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[c]
The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[d]
12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[e]
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

journal


James 5:16
 - Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Matthew 5:23-24 - Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;   (Read More...)

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,   (Read More...)

Luke 17:3-4 - Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.   (Read More...)

Matthew 12:25 - And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

1 John 4:7-8 - Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.   (Read More...)

Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

1 Corinthians 6:1-20 - Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?   (Read More...)

1 John 2:1-29 - My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:   (Read More...)

Hebrews 12:14-15 - Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:   (Read More...)

Psalms 34:13 - Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

John 13:35 - By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 3:16-17 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   (Read More...)
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.



And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.



Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.



And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall savehis people from their sins.



And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his nameJESUS.



Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,



Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.



And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.



And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like adove, and lighting upon him:



Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.



Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.



Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.



Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;



From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.



And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.



And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.



And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:



And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.



And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.



And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,



And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.



When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.



And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.



And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sickof a fever.



Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.



And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.



But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.



And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?



And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.



And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesusseeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.



The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.



And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.



Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.



And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall savehis people from their sins.



And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his nameJESUS.



Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,



Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.



And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.



And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like adove, and lighting upon him:



Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.



Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.



Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.



Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;



From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.



And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.



And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.



And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:



And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.



And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.



And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,



And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.



When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.



And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.



And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sickof a fever.



Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.



And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.



But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.



And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?



And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.



And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesusseeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.



And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.



Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.



And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall savehis people from their sins.



And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his nameJESUS.



Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,



Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.



And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.



And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like adove, and lighting upon him:



Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.



Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.



Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it

























1Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
4Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
6And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
7So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
8For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
9For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
10And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead,even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.


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