Scripture for Tuesday, August 9 (8/9)

The scripture for today, August 9, is 2nd Corinthians 8:9 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

0-BOOK 7-SHADOW OF DEATH-Cover“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes, he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

Such love! Jesus gave up streets of gold for streets full of trash. Gave up a heavenly mansion for a barn. Gave up the ability to be everywhere at once, to being confined to a body. Gave up eternal bliss for 33 years of struggle. Gave up adoring angels for crowds that hated him. And finally, he gave up sinlessness to take the blame for our sins and allow himself to take our punishment.

What have you given up for him lately?

DISCUSSION QUESTION: What kind of daily busy-ness can you give up long-term in order to do more for Christ?

#sacrifice

Scripture for Sunday, July 31 (7/31)

The scripture for today, July 31 is 1st Corinthians 7:31b as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

0-Cover-KINDLE“For this world in its present form is passing away.”

How easily that which we have slaved for over a period of years can pass away. It can happen as the result of fire, flood, storm, war, economic crisis. Every day something in this world “is passing away.”

What are we working for day to day? That which can so easily pass away? Or that which is eternal and will never pass away? What are your plans for today? Think about it.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: WHAT ETERNAL THING CAN YOU WORK ON EVERY DAY?

Scripture for Friday, July 29 (7/29)

The scripture for today, July 29, is Ecclesiastes 7:29 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

0-Cover-KINDLE“This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes.”

We begin our lives upright ~ sinless. But as we grow out of innocent childhood, we begin to want recognition, money, and to make our surroundings beautiful. And we tend to scheme to get them.

True, God does not want to deprive us if we can obtain these things. But Solomon (who wrote this), with all his worldwide fame, wealth, and beauty, still felt empty. Actually, we can even read the Bible and go to worship and still feel empty. Why? Because we need to add good works to our faith (James 2) ~ helping others with the same enthusiasm that we pursue recognition, money, and beauty.

Sometimes to fill our emptiness, we need to just return to our early childhood when we saw life through innocent eyes. Through simple eyes. Through eyes that believe so easily in God, and so easily love him.

Sometimes as we progress through life, let us return to that more innocent way of life.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: IS THERE SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE YOU HAVE BEGUN TO BE OBSESSED ABOUT? DO YOU THINK YOU SHOULD TRY TO BACK OFF FROM IT AWHILE TO GET A FRESH PERSPECTIVE?

Scripture for Sunday, May 15 (5/15)

The scripture for today, May 15, is Ecclesiastes 5:15 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

0-BOOK EIGHT-COME FLY WITH ME-Cover“Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.”

As most people enter their senior years, they finally understand this verse. In their youth they struggled to get jobs and status and things. Some accomplished it and some didn’t. But in the senior years….

when health is gradually declining….
the world is passing them by….
and they are sitting in their chair most of the time

….the main thing people look back on is what difference they made in their world, and how they did or did not help people important to them.

Often in their senior years when their income goes down and they are….
living only on a small pension, and they are unable to keep their big house, and fancy car, and impressive stuff

….they realize they are still the same person inside regardless of what they own.

Ask a senior what they want for a birthday present. It is not likely to be things. It is likely to be time spent with a loved one.

The scripture for today, May 15, is Ecclesiastes 5:15 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

0-BOOK EIGHT-COME FLY WITH ME-Cover“Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.”

As most people enter their senior years, they finally understand this verse. In their youth they struggled to get jobs and status and things. Some accomplished it and some didn’t.

But in the senior years….
when health is gradually declining….
the world is passing them by….
and they are sitting in their chair most of the time,

….the main thing people look back on is what difference they made in their world, and how they did or did not help people important to them.

Often in their senior years when their income goes down and they are….
living only on a small pension,
and they are unable to keep their big house,
and fancy car, and impressive stuff,
….they realize they are still the same person inside regardless of what they own.

Ask a senior what they want for a birthday present. It is not likely to be things. It is likely to be time spent with a loved one.

The scripture for today, May 15 (5/15), is Ecclesiastes 5:15 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs.  He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.”

As most people enter their senior years, they finally understand this verse.  In their youth they struggled to get jobs and status and things.  Some accomplished it and some didn’t.  But in the senior years….
when health is gradually declining….
the world is passing them by….
and they are sitting in their chair most of the time,

….the main thing people look back on is what difference they made in their world, and how they did or did not help people important to them.

Often in their senior years when their income goes down and they are….
living only on a small pension,
unable to keep their big house,
and fancy car, and
impressive stuff,
….they realize they are still the same person inside regardless of what they own.

Ask a senior what they want for a birthday present.  It is not likely to be things.  It is likely to be time spent with a loved one.