Inspirations By Katheryn


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Scripture for Tuesday, August 23 (8/23)

The scripture for today, August 23, is 2nd Kings 8:23 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

0-BOOK EIGHT-COME FLY WITH ME-Cover“As for the other events of Jehoram’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?”

All the years of this great king’s life were reduced to a few pages in a book. When you die, what will there be to write about? Will people list only the date and place of your birth, marriage, and death ~ your statistics? What will you be remembered for? What will be in your obituary?

Better still, what is God writing about you in his books? “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne and books were opened. Another book was opened which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books” (Revelation 12).

Will your book be thin with not a lot worth writing about? Will it be thick and full of all you’ve accomplished for good and God in this life? What will be in your book?

DISCUSSION QUESTION: IF YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO DIE IN A WEEK, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR LAST WEEK?

#life-death, #obituary, #bookofGod, #judgmenet


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Scripture for Monday, August 22 (8/22)

The scripture for today, August 22, is Jeremiah 8:22 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

0-Luke-Slave&Physician KINDLE Cover“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?”

There is a very beautiful African-American spiritual of unknown origin that many of us have sung. You may be able to hear it sung a cappella here: http://bit.ly/1PfHxrI Here are the words to that spiritual:

There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin sick soul.

Sometimes I feel discouraged,
And think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again.

If you can’t preach like Peter,
If you can’t pray like Paul,
Just tell the love of Jesus,
And say He died for all.

Have a blessed day.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: WRITE A POEM TODAY ABOUT YOUR FAITH. MAKE IT AT LEAST FOUR LINES AND SHARE IT.

#ShareGospel


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Scripture for Sunday, August 21 (8/21)

The scripture for today, August 21, is Ezra 8:21a as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

0-BOOK 6-PROMISE KEEPER-Cover-Createspace“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God.”

In our modern society, does anyone fast anymore? Not drinking our food (juice) for a day and calling that a fast, but a true fast where we drink only water to stay hydrated, but that’s all. And we turn off all computers, phones, radios and televisions for the day.

Jesus said in his sermon on the mount, “When you fast….” (Matthew 6:16). He didn’t say, “If you fast….” No, he assumed his followers would fast. Do we?

If we do, do we do it as a group? Does anyone else know about it? They shouldn’t know unless they are the reason for our fast. Fasting is an act of self-restraint. It belongs to the sphere of humble self-discipline. It is strictly a personal and private matter.

All moral and bodily restraint, all humbleness of body and spirit are represented by fasting, and it is a complete failure of self-restraint to want to show the world our self-restraint. An unknown author wrote this:

Let us keep our fast within,
Till heaven and we are quite alone;
Then let the grief, the shame, the sin,
Before the mercy-seat be thrown.

Fasting is a way of starving ourselves temporarily, a way of saying, “God, I would do this and more for you; I would die for you.” Or, “God, I would trade lives with this person I am fasting for to give them rest if it were possible. I would even die for this person.” It is a deep expression to God that goes beyond words.

Also, when we fast, our minds are freed from trying to digest food, so we can think clearer and deeper. And we can face ourselves more honestly. Just what are we deep down? Do we truly love God as much as we claim? Do we truly love our families as much as we claim? Our neighbors? Our fellow Christians? Our enemies?

It is a time of self-reflection and self-honesty. And thereby we can grow closer to God.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: LOOK AT YOUR CALENDAR AND MARK IT FOR THE DAY YOU WILL FAST.

#fasting, #prayer


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Scripture for Saturday, August 20 (8/20)

The scripture for today, August 20, is Proverbs 8:20 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible.

Bible Puzzles for Young And Old-Cover“I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice.”

Interestingly, the original Hebrew of “way” is customary path, and the original Hebrew of “paths” is customary road.

If we had a house out in the country, it would have paths leading to and from it. These paths would be taken in our day-to-day life without much thought. In the same way, we live out our principles and moral standards pretty much the same every day on such paths.

But eventually, these paths can merge into major roads. Now we have to make major decisions. Our life decisions on such roads must be based on justice.

It is sometimes hard to make right judgments because we can get emotionally involved and start wishing for an outcome that cannot possibly occur. In those cases, we must stand back and consider, “What would be the just thing to do if someone else had to make this decision?”.

We could also ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?”. After all, Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life” (John 14:6).

DISCUSSION QUESTION: IN MAKING A DIFFICULT DECISION, HOW WOULD IT HELP TO ASK YOURSELF “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?”

#Decisions


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But We See Jesus!

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For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying:

“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,
And set him over the works of Your hands.
You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”

For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

Hebrews 2:5-9 (NKJV)

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Scripture for Friday, August 19 (8/19)

The scripture for today, August 19, is Isaiah 8:19f as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

Questions You Have Asked2-Cover-Kindle“When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.”

It has always been a popular thing to do among some people to try to reach into the spirit world, the world of demons and the dead. They may be very religious people. They may pray a lot and go to worship a lot and read the Bible a lot.

But God’s word is not enough for them, so they delve into the other world. God says “they have no light of dawn.”

Do you want to talk to someone in the other world? Pray. God is in the other world. Do you want someone in the other world to talk to you? Read the Bible. That is God talking to you from the other world. What more could we ask?!

How safe we can feel as Christians. God has given us all we need.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: DO YOU EVER CHECK WITH ANCESTORS OR FORTUNE TELLERS? ARE YOU WILLING TO STOP?

#FortuneTellers

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