February, 2014 to July, 2014

God is good
Believe in Jesus

Give your heart away to God

Bless the Lord

Live for Christ

Give glory to God

(July 30, 2014 Wed 6:36 AM CDT)

"Some, indeed, were convinced by what he said;
others would not believe."
Acts 28:24

Paul talked to many people.
He was under arrest in Rome
and yet the good word was proclaimed.
Some believed and some did not.
It takes faith.
Jesus, increase our faith to believe in your word.
Help us to trust in you.

(July 29, 2014 Tue 7:18 AM CDT)

"Your rebirth has come,
not from a destructible
but from an indestructible seed,
through the living and
enduring word of God."
1 Peter 1:23

There is power in the word.
Jesus told us many things.
These words will not pass away.
They are here forever.
Read what Jesus said in the Bible.

(July 23, 2014 Wed 6:31 AM CDT)

Lately I have been studying about
Very cool stuff.

Jesus taught,
"You know the commandments:
'You shall not kill;
You shall not commit adultery;
You shall not steal;
You shall not bear false witness;
You shall not defraud;
Honor your father and your mother.'"
Mark 10:19

There are many paths.
Choose the path that leads to life.
It makes life much simpler.
Honor the Lord with all that you do.

(July 22, 2014 Tue 7:00 AM CDT)

"Coming down the mountain with them,
Jesus stopped at a level stretch
where there were many of his disciples;
a large crowd of people was with them
from all Judea and Jerusalem and
the coast of Tyre and Sidon,
people who came to hear him and
be healed of their diseases."
Luke 6:17-18

Jesus took time to pray.
He spent the night in communion with God.
Set aside at least 10 minutes each day
for communion/communication with God.
Hear the Lord and be healed.

(July 21, 2014 Mon 6:56 AM CDT)

Yesterday I installed these things on my Windows 8 PC.
He is very good at explaining how to do it step-by-step.

Jesus said,
"The hour has come
for the Son of Man to be glorified.
I solemnly assure you,
unless the grain of wheat
falls to the earth and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat.
But if it dies,
it produces my fruit."
John 12:23-24

Give and you will receive.
Jesus gave us his life and
it produced much fruit.
Give and then see a great harvest.
Now is the hour.

(July 20, 2014 Sun 6:39 AM CDT)

When I hear July 20 I immediately think of
July 20, 1969
when they landed on the Moon.

"The word of God continued to spread,
while at the same time
the number of the disciples
in Jerusalem enormously increased."
Acts 6:7

The good news continues to spread.
You can't hide the truth.
Jesus is the light of the world.
All people see he is there.
Will they take the leap of faith?

(July 19, 2014 Sat 3:17 PM CDT)

"Now that we have been justified by faith,
we are at peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through him we have gained access by faith
to the grace in which we now stand,
and we boast of our hope for the glory of God."
Romans 5:1-2

The door is open.
Enter in.
The Lord invites you to stand with him.
See the glory of God.
It is your hope for the future.

(July 16, 2014 Wed 7:19 AM CDT)

"It is no more than right that
we thank God unceasingly for you, brothers,
because your faith grows apace and
your mutual love increases;
so much so that in God's communities
we can boast of your constancy and
your faith in persecution and trial."
2 Thessalonians 1:3-4

When your faith is tested stand firm.
Be constant in your love of God.
There will be times of trial.
May your love increase for God and others.

(July 15, 2014 Tue 6:23 AM CDT)

"For this reason,
I remind you to stir into flame
the gift God bestowed
when my hands were laid on you.
The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit,
but rather one that makes us strong, loving and wise.
Therefore, never be ashamed
of your testimony to our Lord..."
2 Timothy 1:6-8

There is fire.
Call on the Spirit of God.
Be strong in your faith.
Give your testimony.

(July 14, 2014 Mon 6:23 AM CDT)

"He will bring to light
what is hidden in darkness,
and manifest the intentions of hearts.
At that time,
everyone will receive his praise from God."
1 Corinthians 4:5

Avoid darkness.
Live in the light.
Open your heart.
Do what God asks of you.
Receive praise from God.

(July 13, 2014 Sun 7:48 AM CDT)

Paul said,
"For I am doing a deed in your days
which you never would have believed
even if you had been told."
Acts 13:41

It was amazing to watch Paul.
He preached the word of God fearlessly.
He traveled to many places.
He suffered much.
He believed in Jesus.

(July 11, 2014 Fri 7:11 AM CDT)

"'So you are the Son of God?'
they asked in chorus.
Jesus answered,
'It is you who say I am.'
They said,
'What need have we of witnesses?
We have heard it from his own mouth.'"
Luke 22:70-71

Jesus claimed to be God.
They could not accept what he said.
It is hard to believe he is God.
It takes faith.
Jesus, increase our faith to believe in your words.

(July 10, 2014 Thu 6:28 AM CDT)

"Then, after speaking to them,
the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at God's right hand."
Mark 16:19

Jesus is the king of all creation.
Give worship to him.
He is deserving of all our praise.
Give praise to the Lord.
He is the king of kings.

(July 8, 2014 Tue 7:10 AM CDT)

"Then Jesus looked at him with love and told him,
'There is one thing more you must do.
Go and sell what you have and give to the poor;
you will then have treasure in heaven.
After that, come and follow me.'"
Mark 10:21

We have a lot of things.
We hold on to them.
They weigh us down.
Give to the poor.
Follow Jesus.

(July 7, 2014 Mon 6:22 AM CDT)

Jesus taught,
"Say, 'Yes' when you mean 'Yes' and
'No' when you mean 'No.'
Anything beyond that is from the evil one."
Matthew 5:37

Speak the truth.
The Lord will give you the words to say.
Say what is right.
Don't say anything sometimes.
Words are very powerful.

(July 6, 2014 Sun 7:14 AM CDT)

"Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness
for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.
See, upon the palms of my hands,
I have written your name..."
Isaiah 49:15-16

God knows your name.
You are special to him.
He thinks of you all the time.
He will never forget you.

(July 4, 2014 Fri 8:32 AM CDT)

Happy 4th of July.
Thank the Lord for our freedom.

Jesus said,
"Be on guard, and pray
that you may not undergo the test.
The spirit is willing but nature is weak."
Matthew 26:41

Guard your faith.
Pray for strength.
Call on the Holy Spirit.
Thank the Lord.

(July 2, 2014 Wed 7:01 AM CDT)

Someone I used to work with died on Sunday.
Pray for her and her family.
God bless them.

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves."
Psalms 34:18 or 34:19

The Lord is there for you.
If you are sad, he will comfort you.
He cares about you.
God bless you today.

(July 1, 2014 Tue 6:38 AM CDT)

"At that moment Jesus rejoiced
in the Holy Spirit and said:
'I offer you praise, O Father,
Lord of heaven and earth,
because what you have hidden
from the learned and the clever
you have revealed to the merest children.'"
Luke 10:21

It is not that complicated.
God made you.
He loves you.
He wants the best for you.
He wants you to be with him forever in heaven.
Jesus, I want to be with you forever.

(June 30, 2014 Mon 7:15 AM CDT)

I can hear thunder this morning as I write this.

"God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Therefore we fear not, though the earth be shaken
and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea;
Though its waters rage and foam
and the mountains quake at its surging.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob."
Psalms 46:1-3 or 46:2-4

God is your strength.
Go to him for all your needs.
Your life will be shaken.
Things will fall.
The Lord is with you.
Hold on to him always.

(June 28, 2014 Sat 4:56 PM CDT)

"Mary Magdalene went to the disciples.
'I have seen the Lord!' she announced.
Then she reported what he had said to her."
John 20:18

Mary went to the tomb, but Jesus was alive.
He was not dead.
She talked to him.
She touched him.
Share what Jesus has taught you.
There is much to report.

(June 27, 2014 Fri 6:25 AM CDT)

"During that time,
Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee
and was baptized in the Jordan by John."
Mark 1:9

If Jesus was baptized,
you need to be baptized.
Ask for forgiveness of your sins.
Change your life around.
Be born again.

(June 25, 2014 Wed 7:04 AM CDT)

Jesus asked,
"Why look at the speck in your brother's eye
when you miss the plank in your own?"
Luke 6:41

It is all relative.
Don't compare.
Be the best you can be.
Ask Jesus to help correct your faults.

(June 24, 2014 Tue 6:31 AM CDT)

"At the time it is administered,
all discipline seems a cause
for grief and not for joy,
but later it brings forth
the fruit of peace and justice
to those who are trained in its school."
Hebrews 12:11

Is there discipline in your life?
Are you following the path to holiness?
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
You need strength that comes from the Lord.
Find peace and justice.

(June 23, 2014 Mon 7:23 AM CDT)

"I thank God always, my brother,
as I commend you in my prayers,
for I keep hearing of your love
and faith toward the Lord Jesus
and all God's people.
And my prayer is that your sharing
of the faith with others
may enable you to know
all the good which is ours in Christ."
Philemon 1:4-6

Give it away.
Share your faith in Christ.
They get blessed.
You get blessed.
Be refreshed.

(June 22, 2014 Sun 7:31 AM CDT)

"I do not run like a man
who loses sight of the finish line."
1 Corinthians 9:26

Where are you going?
Are you running toward the Lord or away from him?
What is your goal?
Set your aim on eternal life with Jesus.

(June 21, 2014 Sat 11:06 AM CDT)

A few days ago twin tornados hit Pilger, Nebraska.
We pray for them to recover quickly.

"The place where they were gathered
shook as they prayed.
They were filled with the Holy Spirit
and continued to speak God's word with confidence."
Acts 4:31

The Holy Spirit shakes things up.
It is a different world.
Be confident in your faith.
Pray in the Spirit.

(June 20, 2014 Fri 6:36 AM CDT)

"Then Jesus poured water into a basin
and began to wash his disciples' feet
and dry them with the towel
he had around him."
John 13:5

Jesus set an example.
Be of service to others.
Think of them.
Pray for them.
Be renewed by living water.

(June 18, 2014 Wed 7:19 AM CDT)

"Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees,
'Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?'
At this they kept silent.
He took the man, healed him,
and sent him on his way."
Luke 14:3-4

Jesus is all-powerful.
Go to him for healing any day of the week.
Ask him.
He loves you very much.
Be made whole again.
Then continue the journey on your way.

(June 15, 2014 Sun 7:33 AM CDT)

"There are two olive trees and two lampstands
which stand in the presence
of the Lord of the earth."
Revelation 11:4

Be near the Lord.
Stand in his presence.
Be fruitful.
Be bright.

(June 11, 2014 Wed 7:19 AM CDT)

"Have no love for the world,
nor the things that the world affords.
If anyone loves the world,
the Father's love has no place in him..."
1 John 2:15

Don't hold on to the things of the world.
Let go.
Be free.
Receive the Father's love into your heart.

(June 10, 2014 Tue 6:41 AM CDT)

"That divine power of his
has freely bestowed on us everything necessary
for a life of genuine piety,
through knowledge of him
who called us by his own glory and power."
2 Peter 1:3

You have what it takes.
Live a life of piety.
It is in you.
Call on the Holy Spirit to draw that out.
Be holy as the Lord is holy.

(June 9, 2014 Mon 7:15 AM CDT)

"Let us hold unswervingly to our profession
which gives us hope,
for he who made the promise
deserves our trust.
We must consider how to rouse each other
to love and good deeds."
Hebrews 10:23-24

There is hope in Jesus.
He is the way that leads to eternal life.
Encourage one another to do good.
Be worthy of the promise.

(June 8, 2014 Sun 7:55 AM CDT)

Happy Pentecost!
Come Holy Spirit.

"For all these reasons,
let anyone who thinks
he is standing upright
watch out lest he fall!
No test has been sent you
that does not come to all men.
Besides, God keeps his promise.
He will not let you be tested
beyond your strength.
Along with the test
he will give you a way out of it
so that you may be able to endure it."
1 Corinthians 10:12-13

Call on the Holy Spirit to help you to do
what is right and pleasing to God.
Come Holy Spirit.
Renew the face of the earth.

(June 3, 2014 Tue 7:20 AM CDT)

"Jesus answered them:
'I give you my assurance,
everyone who lives in sin
is a slave of sin.'"
John 8:34

If you want to be set free,
give up your sins.
Jesus came to give you new life.
Will you receive it?
Be set free.
Jesus, forgive my sins.
Give me new life that never ends.

(June 2, 2014 Mon 7:18 AM CDT)

"Then Jesus led them out near Bethany,
and with hands upraised, blessed them.
As he blessed, he left them,
and was taken up to heaven.
They fell down to do him reverence,
then returned to Jerusalem filled with joy.
There they were to be found
in the temple constantly,
speaking the praises of God."
Luke 24:50-53

Give worship to Jesus.
He spent 33 years here on earth.
He returned to heaven.
He returned to the Father.
Bow down in adoration.
Speak his praises often.

(June 1, 2014 Sun 7:41 AM CDT)

"Another time, while Jesus
went walking along the lakeshore,
people kept coming to him
in crowds and he taught them.
As he moved on he saw Levi
the son of Alphaeus
at his tax collector's post,
and he said to him,
'Follow me.'
Levi go up and became his follower."
Mark 2:13-14

Could you do that...
leave everything behind and follow Jesus?
He asks you each day.
Will you follow him to serve others?
Take a walk with him daily.

(May 25, 2014 Wed 8:34 AM CDT)

"Incline your ear, O Lord; answer me,
for I am afflicted and poor.
Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you."
Psalms 86:1-2

Trust in the Lord.
Give your life to him.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
He will answer your prayers.

(May 20, 2014 Tue 7:17 AM CDT)

"At this the Jews responded,
'What sign can you show us
authorizing you to do these things?'
'Destroy this temple,' was Jesus' answer,
'and in three days I will raise it up.'"
John 2:18-19

Jesus was talking about his Resurrection.
He would die and then
be raised from the dead in 3 days.
They did not understand.
Jesus, help us to understand
what you are teaching us.
We have much to learn.

(May 15, 2014 Thu 7:05 AM CDT)

Jesus said:
"You are badly mistaken,
because you fail to understand the Scriptures
or the power of God.
When people rise from the dead,
they neither marry nor are given in marriage
but live like angels in heaven."
Mark 12:24-25

Heaven is for real.
Read the Bible daily.
Believe in life after death.
Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus.
Live like the angels forever.

(May 14, 2014 Wed 7:19 AM CDT)

"Jesus said to him sharply,
'Be quiet! Come out of him.'
At that, the demon threw him to the ground
before everyone's eyes and came out of him
without doing him any harm.
All were struck with astonishment..."
Luke 4:35-36

Jesus is all-powerful.
He has power over the demons.
Call on the name of Jesus
to drive out the evil from your life
and others near you.
Be astonished.

(May 13, 2014 Tue 6:55 AM CDT)

"You, however, are 'a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people he claims for his own
to proclaim the glorious works'
of the One who called you from darkness
into his marvelous light.
Once you were no people,
but now you are God's people;
once there was no mercy for you,
but now you have found mercy."
1 Peter 2:9-10

You are a child of God.
He loves you very much.
Call on the mercy of God.
Receive his marvelous light.

(May 12, 2014 Mon 7:22 AM CDT)

We had storms go through Nebraska last night.
I lost electricity at my house
for about 2 minutes at 7:39 PM.
The sirens were going off.
There was lots of wind.

"Grace and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 1:2

We need grace.
We need peace.
Jesus, send us your grace and peace today.
We give praise and thanks to you.
Protect us from the storms.

(May 8, 2014 Thu 6:37 AM CDT)

"Now to him who is able to strengthen you
in the gospel which I proclaim
when I preach Jesus Christ,
the gospel which reveals
the mystery hidden for many ages
but now manifested through
the writings of the prophets,
and, at the command of the eternal God,
made known to all the Gentiles
that they many believe and obey ---
to him, the God who alone is wise,
may glory be given through
Jesus Christ unto endless ages.
Romans 16:25-27

Seek the Lord.
Seek his wisdom.
He alone is wise.
Ask him for directions.

(May 4, 2014 Sun 8:00 AM CDT)

Jesus said,
"I am indeed going to prepare a place for you,
and then I shall come back to take you with me,
that where I am you also may be.
You know the way that leads where I go."
John 14:3-4

Jesus leads the way.
Follow him.
Go in his direction.
He will lead you home.

(May 3, 2014 Sat 1:03 PM CDT)

One of my friends from the prayer group
died recently from a brain tumor.
Pray for her and all her family.
God bless them and comfort them.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
on your own intelligence rely not;
In all your ways be mindful of him,
and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

It takes trust.
We trust in the Lord and his promises.
If we believe, we will live forever with him.
Believe and live.

(April 23, 2014 Wed 7:20 AM CDT)

"God, who reads the hearts of men,
showed his approval by granting
the Holy Spirit to them
just as he did to us."
Acts 15:8

It is in the heart.
What is in your heart?
Is it good?
Welcome the Holy Spirit into your heart.
Come, Holy Spirit, dwell in me.

(April 18, 2014 Fri 7:47 AM CDT)

It is Good Friday.
We remember what Jesus did for us.

"... Jesus said,
'Now it is finished.'
Then he bowed his head,
and delivered over his spirit."
John 19:30

Jesus died on the cross for us.
He gave his life
so that we could life.
He completed his mission
to save us from our sins.
Thank you, Jesus.
Thank you for dying for us.
You have set us free.
You are the Savior of the world.

(April 16, 2014 Wed 7:15 AM CDT)

"Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today, and forever."
Hebrews 13:8

Be consistent.
Love the Lord.
Serve the Lord.
Pray daily.
Read the Bible each day.

(April 14, 2014 Mon 7:15 AM CDT)

We enter Holy Week.
We remember all that Jesus has done for us.

"Rejoice always, never cease praying,
render constant thanks,
such is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Thank you, Jesus, for suffering and dying on the cross.
You did not have to do this.
Thank you for your great love for us.
You are most kind and thoughtful.
We rejoice in your Resurrection from the dead.
Praise the Lord.

(April 9, 2014 Wed 7:20 AM CDT)

"...for the world as we know it is passing away."
1 Corinthians 7:31

We are only here on earth a short time.
Look up to heaven.
That is your home.
That is your goal ---
eternal life with Jesus.

(April 4, 2014 Fri 7:23 AM CDT)

Jesus taught,
"Search the Scriptures,
in which you think you have eternal life ---
they also testify on my behalf."
John 5:39

Read the Bible.
Search for the truth.
Jesus is there.
He is eternal life.
Be inspired.

(March 31, 2014 Mon 7:26 AM CDT)

"Then Jesus led them out near Bethany,
and with hands upraised, blessed them.
As he blessed, he left them,
and was taken up to heaven.
They fell down to do him reverence,
then returned to Jerusalem filled with joy.
There they were to be found
in the temple constantly,
speaking the praises of God."
Luke 24:50-53

Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to God.
Be in prayer.
Fall down in reverence.

(March 24, 2014 Mon 7:24 AM CDT)

Here is the number one song for the last few weeks.
Be happy!

"At that the girl hurried back
to the king's presence
and made her request:
'I want you to give me, at once,
the head of John the Baptizer on a platter.'"
Mark 6:25

John died for his faith.
He told the truth.
He was a witness.
He was a martyr.
He gave his life for his friends.

(March 17, 2014 Mon 7:07 AM CDT)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
St. Patrick used the shamrock
to try to explain the Trinity:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit ---
three persons in one God.

Jesus said,
"Full authority has been given to me
both in heaven and on earth;
go, therefore, and make disciples
of all the nations.
Baptize them in the name
'of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.'
Teach them to carry out everything
I have commanded you.
And know that I am with you always,
until the end of the world!"
Matthew 28:18-20

We don't understand the mystery of the Trinity,
but Jesus taught us this truth.
He is God and he will be with us always and forever.
We thank the Lord for his faithfulness.
Give praise to God.

(March 14, 2014 Fri 7:29 AM CDT)

Happy PI day (3.14).
The Bing.com home page looks like the PI symbol today.

I saw this on a license plate the other day:
MATT4 19.

"Jesus said to them,
'Come after me and
I will make you fishers of men.'"
Matthew 4:19

There are many fish.
Jesus wants all people to be welcome in his house.
Come and see the greatness of God.
Be caught or...
catch something.

(March 7, 2014 Fri 7:05 AM CST)

"Here, then, I have today set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom.
If you obey the commandments
of the Lord, your God,
which I enjoin on you today, loving him,
and walking in his ways,
and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
you will live and grow numerous,
and the Lord, your God, will bless you in the land
you are entering to occupy."
Deuteronomy 30:15-16

Choose life.
Choose the Lord Jesus.
You will find new life.
You will find joy each morning.

(March 3, 2014 Mon 6:54 AM CST)

We pray for peace in the world
especially the Ukraine today.
God be with all the people involved.

"When they handed Jesus a small Roman coin
he asked them,
'Whose head is this, and whose inscription?'
'Caesar's,' they replied.
At that he said to them,
'Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's,
but give to God what is God's.'"
Matthew 22:19-21

Yes, you should pay your taxes.
I finished mine a few days ago.
Be honest in what you owe.
God will bless you with his many gifts.
Give glory to God.

(February 28, 2014 Fri 6:56 AM CST)

There is a new movie released today about Jesus.
"Son of God"
God bless their efforts to spread the Good News.

"I am sure of this much:
that he who has begun the good work in you
will carry it through to completion,
right up to the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Grace is there for you.
God gives you grace for each day.
The Lord blesses your efforts.
He multiplies the effect.

(February 26, 2014 Wed 6:36 AM CST)

"That is why every one of you
who judges another is inexcusable.
By your judgment you convict yourself,
since you do the very same things."
Romans 2:1

Leave the judging to God.
He sees the heart.
Pray for those who upset you.
It takes patience.
The Lord has much patience.

(February 24, 2014 Mon 6:50 AM CST)

"Pray constantly for the strength
to escape whatever is in prospect,
and to stand secure before the Son of Man."
Luke 21:36

The Lord is your strength.
He is your leader.
Follow him closely.
Stand secure in the Lord Jesus.

(February 19, 2014 Wed 6:43 AM CST)

"If anyone wishes to rank first,
he must remain the last one
of all and the servant of all."
Mark 9:35

Serve one another.
Be of service.
Think of others.
What can I do for someone else today?

(February 10, 2014 Mon 6:37 AM CST)

This was one of the Bible readings at church yesterday.

"Thus says the LORD:
Share your bread with the hungry,
shelter the oppressed and the homeless..."
Isaiah 58:7

Help those who are hungry.
Give to those who need shelter.
The Lord will bless you.
He is most generous.

(February 3, 2014 Mon 7:21 AM CST)

"Jesus said,
'Father, forgive them;
they do not know
what they are doing.'"
Luke 23:34

They were killing Jesus.
They nailed him to the cross.
Jesus forgave them.
It is hard to understand.
It is an amazing love.

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