Scripture for Tuesday 3/24

Inside-COVER-lg thumbnailThe scripture for today, March 24 (3/24), is 1st John 3:24 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

Some people think we can tell that we are obeying God, and he is, therefore, in us by how we feel by our emotions. But emotions are fickle. We can feel great one day and sad the next and frustrated after that, then great again. It can be confusing to rely on how we feel as to whether or not God’s Spirit lives in us.

Jesus said in John 14:17 that he was going to send us the Counselor, the Spirit of Truth. And in John 17:17, Jesus said God’s Word is Truth.

Now that makes more sense! Even in the days before the New Testament was assembled into one book, Christians were given the gift of prophecy by the Spirit of Truth, and sometimes they wrote it and circulated it.

In the meantime, the apostles went everywhere teaching, and they wrote letters that were circulated (even those we don’t know about today). Those letters that were preserved were copied and circulated everywhere.

Finally, their letters were assembled into what we call the New Testament. So, today we can still know God’s Spirit lives in us by reading the Bible ~ God’s Word ~ and putting it in our mind and heart and following it. God thought of everything. His word is clear, and that is how we know we have obeyed him, and he lives in us.

How grateful we are today for his Bible. No guessing. So, do not take it for granted. Never take it for granted.

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Inside-COVER-lg thumbnailINSIDE THE HEARTS OF BIBLE WOMEN is stories of Bible Women who lived through the same kinds of tragedies modern women do.  Each chapter is a story but with endnotes that are really thought questions.  Also has an audio, and a teacher’s manual.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this………  https://amzn.to/2Ugmj7Y

 

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Prayer for Thursday 3/5

Rhoda Book Cover KINDLE-thumbnailI praise and magnify your Name. You are the great I AM. You are existence. Existence requires love and truth, and you are that to the ultimate. You are the pulse of the universe. When Satan destroys what you made, you make it again. When Satan makes sick what you made, you heal it. When Satan makes someone sin, you forgive. When Satan kills, you bring back to life. You are all I need to live life to the fullest. I praise and rejoice in you. Every part of my being praises you. Now and forever you are my joy and wonder.  I cannot help but worship you.

Father, I told something a friend said about another friend, not thinking about what I was doing.  Why did I say that? I did not need to. All I did was cause dissension between them. Lord, help them forget what I said so they will still be friends with each other. And forgive my unnecessary talk.

Thank you, Spirit of God, for being the Word that I read, the meaning that it carries, the response that it evokes. Your words are power. They echo through the universe with truth and life and love. Your words will never lose their magnificence. And thank you for the two new books I just read about the different ways men and women think.  Men and women complement each other. That’s the way you intended us to be and it is dynamic. And for my family and friends, I thank you. And my congregation. You bring us all together and we are one in you.

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Rhoda Book Cover KINDLE-thumbnailRHODA is the last storybook in the series A CHILD’S BIBLE KIDS.  Rhoda was always joking and teasing and hardly ever serious. When she was 11 years old, her widowed mother needed help, so Rhoda went to work at John Mark’s house. Sometimes Peter came and told them about Jesus. One night there was a knock on the gate.  No one paid any attention to what silly Rhoda told them.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….  https://amzn.to/2v0hi9U

 

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Prayer for Sunday 3/1

04-King Joash-ThumbnailCoverI praise you for manifesting yourself in a body for a while, and in paper and ink. I have access to you any time I want.  Wonderful words of life ~ beautiful words, marvelous words. Words from your heart that make me see who and what I really am, and what and who you are. You reveal all I need to know and more. You reveal that which is above and beyond what I can even comprehend. Each year I live I discover something new in your Words I never noticed before. Then I can hardly wait to tell my friends. I cling to your Words until someday I hear you speak them in your world. The sound of your voice must be at once a roar and a whisper. What a duet of divinity!

Lord, people in the organization I met with yesterday didn’t even speak to me. No one did. They were all friendly, but to each other. I waited for someone to smile and say hello.  I resented them for it. I should have walked over and given them my smile and my hello.  

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for all you did for us on earth away from heaven. You left comfort for discomfort. Riches for poverty. Love for hatred. Being everywhere at once to being confined to a body. All so you could take me home with you. Thank you for creating the road and then lighting the way for me.  You are the way. Also, thank you for my family and freedom. And for it being March at last. Spring is almost here!  I can’t wait to see all the colors again.  You must have really enjoyed creating all the radiant fish with all kinds of glittering patterns on them, the delightful flowers all soft or prickly and reflecting every color in the rainbow.  What fun it must have been for you.  Thank you for all you do for me.

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04-King Joash-ThumbnailCoverJOASH is storybook #4 in A CHILD’S BIBLE KIDS series.  When little Joash was just a toddler, his father, the king, was killed in a battle and he became king.  But that’s silly.  A little boy can’t be king.  Well, the high priest took the boy to his palace and raised him there.  He was never allowed to go outside, but he played on the roof a lot where there was sunshine. Then one day when he was a big boy, he left his hiding place and became a boy king.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this………. https://amzn.to/2vsCkhA

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Prayer for Tuesday 2/4

000-COVER-KINDLE-ThumbnailYou alone are worthy of all praise, honor, and exaltation above all others. You are the God of gods, King of kings, Lord of lords. You are the Truth of truths, the Life of lives, the Love of loves.  And you actually love me. You are so large, I can only see a pinpoint of you. You are so minuscule, I can only see a small speck of you. You are everywhere.  I rejoice in the journey, the adventure, the challenge of encountering more and more of you. One small step at a time, I am drawing nearer to you, my God.  Steadily nearer.

I thank you for your Bible. You disclose yourself to me, you pour out your heart with me, you reveal your dreams for me. You share your ups and downs as we love and then turn against you. But most of all, your Bible shows how you have stuck with us even to sending a part of you to live with us, show us what it is like to be sinless, then show us how to die while taking the blame and punishment for our sins. Not only mine but that of the most deviant degenerate sinner. Did that part of you descend to hell for us so you could break out for us? How can I thank you for all this and then writing it down so we can know about it? How I love your Word.  I am so blest.

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000-COVER-KINDLE-ThumbnailLAZARUS: THE SAMARITAN is book one in the INTREPID MEN OF GOD SERIES.  Lazarus lives through all of Jesus’ parables over a period of 45 years.  The adventure begins when he is 19 and on a crew to build the Roman road to and from Sychar. He meets the beautiful Jewess daughter of a copper-mine owner and they end up marrying.  But the town isn’t in favor of mixed marriages and do not attend.  Her father sends to the highways and byways to bring in people to fill the wedding hall.  And so it goes for 45 years when he is old.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….  https://amzn.to/36U4OgV

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Prayer for Sunday 2/2

I adore you, Lord God. You are the Will of the universe, the Voice of the cosmos, the Spirit of the heavens. You provide all my needs. You are my delight now and will be forever. I know someday you will take me home to, not only know you but be with you. What a glorious day it will be. Though others may weep, I will awake in eternal morning. I will celebrate with the angels, for I will be at home with you at last. At last. Oh, delightful thought, enraptured thought.  My soul soars in praise of you.

Thank you, my Lord, for your Words that explain everything so clearly. They touch my heart like silk and lighten my day like a thousand suns. They are my daily enchantment and delight. I have pored over them and meditated on them like a thirsty wanderer every day for many years and haven’t tired of them yet. Nor will I ever. Sometimes I come close, but the desire never really goes away. Did you put that longing in my heart? Is it your Spirit embracing mine? I worship you in the splendor of thanksgiving.

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Clouds in blue skyCHRISTIANITY OR ISLAM: THE CONTRAST is the result of studying the Qur’an closely.  Though the Qur’an proclaims over and over “Allah is most merciful,” I saw another Allah in other pages.  The first part of the book quotes both the Qur’an and New Testament of the Bible on the same subjects. Most Muslims do not know those passages showing the other side of Islam are in the Quran.  The middle of the Book explains what Muslims are told Christians believe that we really do not believe such as following three gods. The last part of the book is quotes from 100 of my Muslim English/Bible students who have decided Jesus really was the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. They haven’t made the commitment ye, but someday they will.  It ends with an open letter “to our Muslim friends”.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….  https://amzn.to/37OTJPy

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