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The Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28:13) If we obey the Lord, He will compel our adversaries to see that ...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Card Verse - Baptism

Your love for Jesus Christ
Shines through in all you do,
For there are many that will see
The hope of Christ in you
I thank the Lord for you,
For bringing you to this place
To be baptized in His precious name
And to walk on in His grace.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Amalek

The son of Eliphaz and grandson of Esau (Genesis 36:12; 1 Chronicles 1:36); the chief of an Idumean tribe (Genesis 36:16). His mother was a Horite, a tribe whose territory the descendants of Esau had seized.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Max Lucado

“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile”

Card Verse - Baptism

I just want to thank the Lord
For your step of faith,
In coming to Him to be baptized
And to go forth in His grace
I pray God's hand will guide you
Throughout your future years
And keep you faithful in His ways
And in His word and prayer.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Friday, October 13, 2017

Unicorn

God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. -Numbers 23:22

God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows. -Numbers 24:8

His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh. -Deuteronomy 33:17

Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? -Job 39:9

Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? -Job 39:10

Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. -Psalm 22:21

He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. -Psalm 29:6

But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. -Psalm 92:10

And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. -Isaiah 34:7

First Sermon

A minister had worked long and hard on his first sermon, and the delivery of it on Sunday morning had started off well. But as he was approaching the conclusion, he became aware that he had lost most of his listeners.

When he finished, he added softly, "I hope it's true."

The congregation was startled by that, and sat up to listen. "I hope it's true," said the preacher again. "Because if it is true that you can learn while you sleep, I will have the best informed congregation in town."

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Eunice

The mother of Timothy, a believing Jewess, but married to a Greek (Act 16:1). She trained her son from his childhood in the knowledge of the Scriptures.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Prayer Priorities


The Bible calls us to pray, not just for ourselves, but for others as well.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Turtles

And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean. -Leviticus 12:8

And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. -Leviticus 15:29

And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: -Numbers 6:10

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Esther

The queen of Ahasuerus, and heroine of the book that bears her name. She was a Jewess named Hadas'sah (the myrtle), but when she entered the royal harem she received the name by which she henceforth became known (Esther 2:7). It is a Syro-Arabian modification of the Persian word satarah, which means a star. She was the daughter of Abihail, a Benjamite. Her family did not avail themselves of the permission granted by Cyrus to the exiles to return to Jerusalem; and she resided with her cousin Mordecai, who held some office in the household of the Persian king at "Shushan in the palace." Ahasuerus having divorced Vashti, chose Esther to be his wife. Soon after this he gave Haman the Agagite, his prime minister, power and authority to kill and extirpate all the Jews throughout the Persian empire. By the interposition of Esther this terrible catastrophe was averted. Haman was hanged on the gallows he had intended for Mordecai (Esther 7); and the Jews established an annual feast, the feast of Purim (q.v.), in memory of their wonderful deliverance. This took place about fifty-two years after the Return, the year of the great battles of Plataea and Mycale (B.C. 479).

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Highway Exit


On the highway of sin, there is only one destination. Repentance takes us in the opposite direction, to the road that leads to life.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ahab

The son of Omri, whom he succeeded as the seventh king of Israel. His history is recorded in 1 Kings 1622-22. His wife was Jezebel (q.v.), who exercised a very evil influence over him. To the calf-worship introduced by Jeroboam he added the worship of Baal. He was severely admonished by Elijah (q.v.) for his wickedness.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Dauntless Faith

I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee. (Acts 18:10)

So long as the Lord had work for Paul to do in Corinth, the fury of the mob was restrained. The Jews opposed themselves and blasphemed; but they could neither stop the preaching of the gospel nor the conversion of the hearers. God has power over the most violent minds. He makes the wrath of man to praise Him when it breaks forth, but He still more displays His goodness when He restrains it; and He can restrain it. "By the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone, till thy people pass over, O Lord."

Do not, therefore, feel any fear of man when you know that you are doing your duty. Go straight on, as Jesus would have done, and those who oppose shall be as a bruised reed and as smoking flax. Many a time men have had cause to fear because they were themselves afraid; but a dauntless faith in God brushes fear aside like the cobwebs in a giant's path. No man can harm us unless the Lord permits. He who makes the devil himself to flee at a word can certainly control the devil's agents. Maybe they are already more afraid of you than you are of them. Therefore, go forward, and where you looked to meet with foes you will find friends.

-C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tiger

Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased. -Jeremiah 5:6

After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. -Daniel 7:6

Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them: -Hosea 13:7

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Elisabeth

The mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5). She was a descendant of Aaron. She and her husband Zacharias (q.v.) "were both righteous before God" (Luke 1:5,13). Mary's visit to Elisabeth is described in 1:39-63.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On the Hook


Holding a grudge against someone who wronged you only hurts yourself. The only way off the hook is through forgiveness.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mark 16:17

I confess in the name of Jesus I can cast out devils. I possess dynamic deliverances as a devil master.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; -Mark 16:17

Monday, September 25, 2017

Lead the Way

The Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28:13)

If we obey the Lord, He will compel our adversaries to see that His blessing rests upon us. Though this be a promise of the law, yet it stands good to the people of God; for Jesus has removed the curse, but He has established the blessing.

It is for saints to lead the way among men by holy influence: they are not to be the tail, to be dragged hither and thither by others. We must not yield to the spirit of the age, but compel the age to do homage to Christ. If the Lord be with us, we shalt not crave toleration for religion, but we shall seek to seat it on the throne of society. Has not the Lord Jesus made His people priests'' Surely they are to teach and must not be learners from the philosophies of unbelievers. Are we not in Christ made kings to reign upon the earth? How, then can we be the servants of custom, the slaves of human opinion?

Have you, dear friend, taken up your true position for Jesus? Too many are silent because diffident, if not cowardly. Should we allow the name of the Lord Jesus to be kept in the background? Should our religion drag along as a tail? Should it not rather lead the way and be the ruling force with ourselves and others?

-C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, September 22, 2017

Swine

And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. -Leviticus 11:7

Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; -Isaiah 65:4

They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD. -Isaiah 66:17

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. -Matthew 7:6

And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. -Matthew 8:30

And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. -Luke 15:15

But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. -2 Peter 2:22

Thursday, September 21, 2017

God's Wisdom; Man's Folly

We will never fully understand
No matter how much we try,
God's ways are outside our realm,
Along with the reasons 'why'

We analyse and intellectualise
What we do not understand,
We need God's wisdom in our hearts,
Not the intellect of man

I know we have so many questions,
But the answers we seldom find,
For we can never work God out,
Nor understand His mind

There's no searching God's understanding,
So infinite are His ways
New are His mercies and steadfast love
At the dawn of each new day

So wonderful are all His counsels,
His wisdom's too great for me,
He understands the whole universe
And the hurt inside, He sees

I wonder how almighty God,
All knowing and divine,
How He could care about my world
And give undivided time

But this is the complexity
Of the holy, great 'I Am',
We often do not fully grasp
And we fail to understand

Just how much God really loves us,
Beyond what we can comprehend
For God is more than omnipotent,
He is our dearest friend.


© By M.S.Lowndes

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

1 Peter 3:9

God's Promise
I have called you to inherit My blessing.

In Ephesians 1:3, the Bible says that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heaven. The life that we are called to live is a life of abundance and blessing.

Bible Verse
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. -1 Peter 3:9

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1 John 2:27 & Isaiah 10:27

I confess the anointing of the Holy One abideth in me. I possess yoke destroying results by this anointing.

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. -1 John 2:27

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. -Isaiah 10:27

Friday, September 15, 2017

Swan

And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, -Leviticus 11:18

The little owl, and the great owl, and the swan, -Deuteronomy 14:16

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dorcas

A pious Christian widow at Joppa whom Peter restored to life (Acts 9:36-41). She was a Hellenistic Jewess, called Tabitha by the Jews and Dorcas by the Greeks.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A New House


As Christians, we have the assurance that when our bodies die, our spirits will move to heaven, where our Father has prepared a new body for us to live in.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Adam

Adam was the first man whom God created. He was formed out of the dust of the earth (and hence his name), and God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and gave him dominion over all the lower creatures (Genesis 1:26; 2:7). He was placed after his creation in the Garden of Eden, to cultivate it, and to enjoy its fruits under this one prohibition: "Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."

The first recorded act of Adam was his giving names to the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, which God brought to him for this end. Thereafter the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon him, and while in an unconscious state took one of his ribs, and closed up his flesh again; and of this rib he made a woman, whom he presented to him when he awoke. Adam received her as his wife, and said, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." He called her Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Drawing Near to God

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (James 4:8)

The nearer we come to God, the more graciously will He reveal Himself to us. When the prodigal comes to his father, his father runs to meet him. When the wandering dove returns to the ark, Noah puts out his hand to pull her in unto him, When the tender wife seeks her husband's society, he comes to her on wings of love. Come then, dear friend, let us draw nigh to God who so graciously awaits us, yea, comes to meet us.

Did you ever notice that passage in Isaiah 58:9? There the Lord seems to put Himself at the disposal of His people, saying to them, "Here I am." As much as to say—"What have you to say to me? What can I do for you? I am waiting to bless you." How can we hesitate to draw near? God is nigh to forgive, to bless, to comfort, to help, to quicken, to deliver. Let it be the main point with us to get near to God. This done, all is done. If we draw near to others, they may before long grow weary of us and leave us; but if we seek the Lord alone, no change will come over His mind, but He will continue to come nearer and yet nearer to us by fuller and more joyful fellowship.

-C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, September 8, 2017

Swallows

As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. -Proverbs 26:2

Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. -Psalm 84:3

Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me. - Isaiah 38:14

Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. -Jeremiah 8:7

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dinah

Daughter of Jacob by Leah, and sister of Simeon and Levi (Genesis 30:21). She was seduced by Shechem, the son of Hamor, the Hivite chief, when Jacob's camp was in the neighbourhood of Shechem. This led to the terrible revenge of Simeon and Levi in putting the Shechemites to death (Genesis 34). Jacob makes frequent reference to this deed of blood with abhorrence and regret (Genesis 34:30; 49:5-7). She is mentioned among the rest of Jacob's family that went down into Egypt (Genesis 46:8,15).

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Camel


A camel can endure the hardships of the desert because it has water stored in its hump. In the same way we can endure the hardships of life, if we take time to store God’s Word in our hearts.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Raising of Lazarus

John 11:1-44

1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.

8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Rain of God

Lord, you send the rain,
Giving water to the church,
To wash us and to cleanse us,
To quench our endless thirst

The rain that falls on us
Is often what we're needing,
To refresh us and restore us,
A time of awesome blessing

For often we may feel
That we are in a drought,
In need of refreshing waters
When we are running out

For with the rain of God
Comes the growth that we need
And life springs forth from it
Just like a little seed

For if we don't have rain,
How can our spirits grow
And flourish to produce
The crop that God has sowed?

So rain on us, dear God,
Draw us deep into your spring,
So our thirst can be satisfied
When we come and freely drink.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Be Still


When you find yourself in a situation that's over your head, don't give in to fear, but trust that God is able to sustain you in the midst of trouble.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Psalm 107:2

I confess I am the redeemed of the Lord. I possess redemption benefits every day.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; -Psalm 107:2

Monday, August 28, 2017

Healing of Servant's Ear During Arrest

Luke 22:50-51

50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Stork

And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. -Leviticus 11:19

And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. -Deuteronomy 14:18

Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. -Psalm 104:17

Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. -Jeremiah 8:7

Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Delilah

A Philistine woman who dwelt in the valley of Sorek (Judges 16:4-20). She was bribed by the "lords of the Philistines" to obtain from Samson the secret of his strength and the means of overcoming it (Judges 16:4-18). She tried on three occasions to obtain from him this secret in vain. On the fourth occasion she wrung it from him. She made him sleep upon her knees, and then called the man who was waiting to help her; who "cut off the seven locks of his head," and so his "strength went from him."

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dead to Sin


When the devil tries to deliver a package of sin to your door, you can refuse delivery.

Psalm 94:14

God's Promise
I will not abandon My own inheritance.

I praise God that His love for me is not based on my performance, but on the once and for all finished work of Jesus Christ.

Bible Verse
For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. -Psalm 94:14

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Absalom

Absalom was noted for his personal beauty and for the extra-ordinary profusion of the hair of his head (2 Samuel 14:25,26). The first public act of his life was the blood-revenge he executed against Amnon, David's eldest son, who had basely wronged Absalom's sister Tamar. This revenge was executed at the time of the festivities connected with a great sheep-shearing at Baal-hazor. David's other sons fled from the place in horror, and brought the tidings of the death of Amnon to Jerusalem. Alarmed for the consequences of the act, Absalom fled to his grandfather at Geshur, and there abode for three years (2 Samuel 3:3; 13:23-38).

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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Care of the Poor

The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing. (Psalm 41:3)

Remember that this is a promise to the man who considers the poor. Are you one of these? Then take home the text.

See how in the hour of sickness the God of the poor will bless the man who cares for the poor! The everlasting arms shall stay up his soul as friendly hands and downy pillows stay up the body of the sick. How tender and sympathizing is this image; how near it brings our God to our infirmities and sicknesses! Whoever heard this of the old heathen Jove, or of the gods of India or China! This is language peculiar to the God of Israel; He it is who deigns to become nurse and attendant upon good men. If He smites with one hand, He sustains with the other. Oh, it is blessed fainting when one falls upon the Lord's own bosom and is born thereon' Grace is the best of restoratives; divine love is the safest stimulant for the languishing patient; it makes the soul strong as a giant, even when the bones are breaking through the skin. No physician like the Lord, no tonic like His promise, no wine like His love.

If the reader has failed in his duty to the poor, let him see what he is losing and at once become their friend and helper.

-C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spider

Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web. -Job 8:14

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces. -Proverbs 30:28

They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. -Isaiah 59:5

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Raising Children For The Lord

It's such an awesome privilege
And a big responsibility,
God has given to us as parents
This wonderful opportunity
To raise our precious children
And instil into their lives
The wonder and amazement
Of the love of Jesus Christ
So they will learn to trust in Him
And worship and to pray,
To love others with the love of God
And to honour and obey
As parents, we've been entrusted
To raise them in God's love
To be there to encourage them
When they feel like giving up

And to be there just to listen
When life deals some painful blows
And comfort them when they feel afraid
And when tears begin to flow
To share with them those joyful times,
The precious moments in their lives
When doors begin to open up
And opportunities arise

Through everything they face in life,
Let's be there cheering them on,
For we only have one chance at this,
For childhood soon is gone
So let's rely on Father God
To raise them to become
Men or Women who trust in Him
And in His precious Son.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pass the Salt


Our presentation of God’s truth to the world should not be done without a generous sprinkling of God’s grace.

Deuteronomy 7:9

God's Promise
I am faithful to keep My covenant of kindness to a thousand generations.

I believe that we are being convinced more and more that God is faithful and merciful and kind, and that He keeps His covenant of kindness to a thousand generations. The more we believe this promise to be true, the more we will yield to His love in our hearts and rest in His goodness.

Bible Verse
Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; -Deuteronomy 7:9

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hebrews 13:5-6

I confess He will never leave me nor forsake me. I possess the presence of God each step I take.

5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Romans 2:14

"A law unto themselves"

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: -Romans 2:14

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sparrow

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. -Matthew 10:29

Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. -Psalm 84:3

I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. -Psalm 102:7

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? -Luke 12:6

As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. -Proverbs 26:2

Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. -Matthew 10:31

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Deborah

A prophetess, "wife" (woman?) of Lapidoth. Jabin, the king of Hazor, had for twenty years held Israel in degrading subjection. The spirit of patriotism seemed crushed out of the nation. In this emergency Deborah roused the people from their lethargy. Her fame spread far and wide. She became a "mother in Israel" (Judges 4:6,14; 5:7), and "the children of Israel came up to her for judgment" as she sat in her tent under the palm tree "between Ramah and Bethel."

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The Eternal Virtues Of God

Concentrate on things that are real,
Things of God and not of this world
Worldly hopes and dreams will fade,
Along with the flowers that wither away
The better things worth thinking of
Are the treasures found in the word of God
Things that are true, noble and right,
Wholesome and pure, lovely and kind
These things have virtue and deserve our praise
They are eternal treasures that will never fade
These are the qualities we should all long for
And are the lasting treasures of the Lord
For flowers do fade and eventually die,
But God's holy word remains forever alive.


© By M.S.Lowndes

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Lighthouse


There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding in this world about God. Jesus came to show us the way to the Father God.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Abel

The second son of Adam and Eve. He was put to death by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:1-16). Guided by the instruction of their father, the two brothers were trained in the duty of worshipping God. "And in process of time" (marg. "at the end of days", i.e., on the Sabbath) each of them offered up to God of the first-fruits of his labours. Cain, as a husbandman, offered the fruits of the field; Abel, as a shepherd, of the firstlings of his flock. "The Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering; but unto Cain and his offering he had not respect" (Genesis 4:3-5).

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Proverbs 29:18

"Where there is no vision, the people perish"

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. -Proverbs 29:18

Friday, August 4, 2017

Snail

And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole. -Leviticus 11:30

As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. -Psalm 58:8

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Claudia

Claudia was a disciple in the Christian Church in Rome. She was a British maiden, the daughter of king Cogidunus, who was an ally of Rome, and assumed the name of the emperor, his patron, Tiberius Claudius, and that she was the wife of Pudens.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ridin' Shotgun


We can enjoy life more abundantly when we maintain a close relationship with Jesus. But if we are apart from Him, we become vulnerable to the thief, who would seek to steal, kill, and destroy.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Abraham

Father of a multitude, son of Terah, named (Genesis 11:27) before his older brothers Nahor and Haran, because he was the heir of the promises. Till the age of seventy, Abram sojourned among his kindred in his native country of Chaldea. He then, with his father and his family and household, quitted the city of Ur, in which he had hitherto dwelt, and went some 300 miles north to Haran, where he abode fifteen years. The cause of his migration was a call from God (Acts 7:2-4). There is no mention of this first call in the Old Testament; it is implied, however, in Genesis 12. While they tarried at Haran, Terah died at the age of 205 years. Abram now received a second and more definite call, accompanied by a promise from God (Genesis 12:1,2); whereupon he took his departure, taking his nephew Lot with him, "not knowing whither he went" (Hebrews 11:8). He trusted implicitly to the guidance of Him who had called him.

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Proverbs 28:1

I confess the righteous are bold as a lion. I possess lion-hearted boldness in spiritual warfare.

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Monday, July 31, 2017

John 18:38

"What is truth?"

Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. -John 18:38

Friday, July 28, 2017

Seagulls

and the ostrich, the owl, the sea gull, and the hawk in their kinds, -Deuteronomy 14:15

and the ostrich and the owl and the sea gull and the hawk in its kind, -Leviticus 11:16

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Love Covers

Daily hassles don't seem important
When Jesus' love comes in,
For the holy bible says it covers
A multitude of sins

We see it from a new perspective
When God opens up our eyes
And tells us there's no need to worry
With the hassles in our lives

For it needn't be that way at all,
If we'd daily kneel to pray
And keep our minds focused on God
Throughout the rest of the day

I know that seems an impossible task
And so often we may fall —
When we have so many distractions,
It's hard to stay focused at all

But God's love is forever constant
And is there when we fail —
He is there to pick us up again,
For He knows our flesh is frail

And yet our heart's deepest desire
Is to grow more like Christ,
'Cause no matter what's going on each day,
He is central in our lives.


© By M.S.Lowndes

Candace

The queen of the Ethiopians whose "eunuch" or chamberlain was converted to Christianity by the instrumentality of Philip the evangelist (Acts 8:27). The country which she ruled was called by the Greeks Meroe, in Upper Nubia. It was long the centre of commercial intercourse between Africa and the south of Asia, and hence became famous for its wealth (Isaiah 45:14).

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Different Map


Living a life according to the Word of God means taking a different path than the rest of the world.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Aaron

Aaron was the eldest son of Amram and Jochebed, a daughter of Levi (Exodus 6:20). Some explain the name as meaning mountaineer, others mountain of strength, illuminator. He was born in Egypt three years before his brother Moses, and a number of years after his sister Miriam (2:1,4; 7:7). He married Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab of the house of Judah (6:23; 1 Chronicles 2:10), by whom he had four sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. When the time for the deliverance of Isarael out of Egypt drew nigh, he was sent by God (Exodus 4:14,27-30) to meet his long-absent brother, that he might co-operate with him in all that they were required to do in bringing about the Exodus. He was to be the "mouth" or "prophet" of Moses, i.e., was to speak for him, because he was a man of a ready utterance (7:1,2,9,10,19). He was faithful to his trust, and stood by Moses in all his interviews with Pharaoh.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Mark 13:7

"Wars and rumors of wars"

And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. -Mark 13:7

Friday, July 21, 2017

Scorpions

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. -Luke 10:19

Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? -Luke 11:12

And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. -1 Kings 12:11

Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; -Deuteronomy 8:15

And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. -Ezekiel 2:6

And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. -Revelation 9:3

And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. -Revelation 9:10

And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. -Revelation 9:5

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bathsheba

Bathsheba was the daughter of Eliam (2 Samuel 11:3) or Ammiel (1 Chronicles 3:5), and wife of Uriah the Hittite. David committed adultery with her (2 Samuel 11:4,5; Psalms 51:1). The child born in adultery died (2 Samuel 12:15-19). After her husband was slain (11:15) she was married to David (11:27), and became the mother of (Solomon 12:24; 1 Kings 1:11; 2:13). She took a prominent part in securing the succession of Solomon to the throne (1 Kings 1:11,16-21).

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Seed Time


The idea of a farmer who is afraid to part with his seed and plant it in the ground is absurd. We as Christians should not be afraid to part with our seed, be it our money, time, effort, etc., for we know we will reap a harvest many times what we planted.

Psalm 5:11

God's Promise
I will blanket My protection over all who trust in Me.

The knowledge of a loving God that is brooding over us and protecting us will cause us to trust Him even more and fill us to overflowing with unspeakable joy.

Bible Verse
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. -Psalm 5:11

Monday, July 17, 2017

1 Corinthians 15:52

"Twinkling of an eye"

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. -1 Corinthians 15:52

Friday, July 14, 2017

Rooster

And he said,I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. -Luke 22:34

FYI: A male rooster is called a cock.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Refreshment

Lord, I thank you that you make me to be like a tree planted by the water, which spreads its roots by the river, not fearing when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and in times of drought, it won’t be anxious, nor cease from bearing fruit.

For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. -Jeremiah 17:8

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

"To everything there is a season"

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ravens

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? -Luke 12:24

And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. -1 Kings 17:4

He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. -Psalm 147:9

The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. -Proverbs 30:17

His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. -Song of Solomon 5:11

But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. -Isaiah 34:11

Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat. -Job 38:41

And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. -1 Kings 17:6

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stress

Lord, I believe in you, therefore, I will not let my heart be troubled.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. -John 14:1

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ten Talents or Gold Coins

Matthew 25:14-30

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Luke 19:11-27

11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Quails

And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. -Exodus 16:13

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Contentment

Thank you, Lord, for the food and clothing you have provided for me and my family. Help me to be content in what you have given me.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. -1 Timothy 6:8

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

1 John 2:17

God's Promise
The world and its passions will disappear but those who do My will shall live forever.

Much of the world's focus is in the realm of the temporal things. What we wear, where we live, what car we drive, how much money is in the bank, etc. But God makes an unshakeable promise that has nothing to do with the temporal things of this world.

Bible Verse
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. -1 John 2:17

Friday, June 9, 2017

Pelican

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. -Psalm 102:6

And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, -Leviticus 11:18

And the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the cormorant, -Deuteronomy 14:17

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Ten Virgins

Matthew 25:1-13

1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Monday, June 5, 2017

2 Corinthians 12:7

"Thorn in the flesh"

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. -2 Corinthians 12:7

Friday, June 2, 2017

Peacocks

For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. -1 Kings 10:22

For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. -2 Chronicles 9:21

Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? -Job 39:13

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Healing

Thank you, Lord, for your word that heals me and delivers me from destruction.

He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. -Psalm 107:20

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Faithful vs. The Wicked Servant

Matthew 24:45-51

45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Mark 13:34-37

34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Luke 12:35-48

35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?

42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Romans 5:5

I confess the love of God is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost. I possess the ability to love everyone.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ecclesiastes 1:9

"There's nothing new under the sun"

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. -Ecclesiastes 1:9

Friday, May 26, 2017

Partridge

Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains. -1 Samuel 26:20

As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool. -Jeremiah 17:11

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Temptation

Lord, I thank you that you do not lead me into temptation, but you deliver me from evil.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. -Matthew 6:13

Friday, May 19, 2017

Owl

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. -Psalm 102:6

The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. -Isaiah 34:14

There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate. -Isaiah 34:15

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wisdom

Thank you, Lord, for giving me understanding, that I may keep Your law; I will observe it with my whole heart.

Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.Psalm 119:34

Monday, May 15, 2017

Refreshing Sleep

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. (Proverbs 3:24)

Is the reader likely to be confined for a while to the bed by sickness! Let him go upstairs without distress with this promise upon his heart "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid."

When we go to bed at night, let this word smooth our pillow. We cannot guard ourselves in sleep, but the Lord will keep us through the night. Those who lie down under the protection of the Lord are as secure as kings and queens in their palaces, and a great deal more so. If with our lying down there is a laying down of all cares and ambitions, we shall get refreshment out of our beds such as the anxious and covetous never find in theirs. Ill dreams shall be banished, or even if they come, we shall wipe out the impression of them, knowing that they are only dreams.

If we sleep thus we shall do well. How sweetly Peter slept when even the angel's light did not wake him, and he needed a hard jog in the side to wake him up. And yet he was sentenced to die on the morrow. Thus have martyrs slept before their burning. "So he giveth his beloved sleep." To have sweet sleep we must have sweet lives, sweet tempers, sweet meditations, and sweet love.

-C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ostrich

Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? -Job 39:13

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Peace

Lord, I thank you for your great peace which you gave to me because I love your law – nothing can make me stumble.

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. - Psalm 119:165

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2 Peter 3:13

God's Promise
You can look forward to the new heaven and earth that I have promised.

God promises a hope and a future to all who belong to Him.There is a time coming when our God and Father will make a new heaven and a new earth for us! How amazing will that day be for all those who are in Christ! He is a good Father and He keeps all of His promises!

Bible Verse
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. -2 Peter 3:13

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

John 8:36

I confess, the son has made me free. I possess absolute freedom.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Monday, May 8, 2017

John 8:32

"The truth shall make you free"

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mule

And these are the children of Zibeon; both Ajah, and Anah: this was that Anah that found the mules in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father. -Genesis 36:24

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Guidance

I thank you, Lord, for upholding my footsteps in your path so my footsteps may not slip. Help me to always walk “in step” with you.

Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. -Psalm 17:5

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Galatians 5:22-23

God's promises include the Holy Spirit.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's Only a Quarter

Several years ago a preacher moved to Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.

As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, you better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it. Then he thought, "Oh", forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway the bus company already gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from God and keep quiet."

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, "Here, you gave me too much change".

The driver with a smile, replied, "Aren't you the new preacher in town? I have been thinking lately about going to worship somewhere. I just wanted to see what you would do, if I gave you too much change."

When my friend stepped off the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, and held on, and said, "O God", I almost sold your Son for a quarter".

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Monday, April 17, 2017

1 Timothy 6:10

"The love of money is the root of all evil"

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Isaiah 53:5

I confess, by His stripes I am healed. I possess healing.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Established and Kept

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

Men are often as devoid of reason as of faith. There are with us still "unreasonable and wicked men." There is no use in arguing with them or trying to be at peace with them: they are false at heart and deceitful in speech. Well, what of this? Shall we worry ourselves with them? No; let us turn to the Lord, for He is faithful. No promise from His Word will ever be broken. He is neither unreasonable in His demands upon us nor unfaithful to our claims upon Him. We have a faithful God. Be this our joy.

He will stablish us so that wicked men shall not cause our downfall, and He will keep us so that none of the evils which now assail us shall really do us damage. What a blessing for us that we need not contend with men but are allowed to shelter ourselves in the Lord Jesus, who is in truest sympathy with us. There is one true heart, one faithful mind, one never changing love; there let us repose. The Lord will fulfill the purpose of His grace to us, His servants, and we need not allow a shadow of a fear to fall upon our spirits. Not all that men or devils can do can hinder us of the divine protection and provision. This day let us pray the Lord to stablish and keep us.

-C.H. Spurgeon

Monday, March 13, 2017

Genesis 3:19

"Sweat of your brow"

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Depression

Lord, I thank you that I can cast my burden upon you, for I know you shall sustain me and never permit me to be moved.

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. -Psalm 55:22


Monday, February 20, 2017

2 Corinthians 11:19

"Suffer fools gladly"

For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Moth

Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up. -Isaiah 50:9

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Grace

Lord, I thank you that you are a Sun & Shield. I thank you that you give grace & glory for no good thing will you withhold from those who walk uprightly.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. -Psalm 84:11

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cleansing of Ten Lepers

Luke 17:11-19

11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Mole

In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; -Isaiah 2:20

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Renewal

Lord, I thank you that you renew me inwardly though outwardly my flesh perishes. I am alive in you.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. -2 Corinthians 4:16

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Budding Fig Tree

Matthew 24:32-35

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Mark 13:28-33

28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Luke 21:29-33

29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Matthew 7:14

"Strait and narrow"

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Romans 10:9-10

I confess Jesus as my Lord. I possess salvation.

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Give God Your Brokenness

You long to heal the inner man
Where we are bruised and scarred
The memories of the hurts we have
Still linger from the past

We need to give the past to you
So you can begin to mend
The brokenness within our souls,
To bring wholeness once again

Lord, you see the deepest part
Where others cannot see
And only you can feel the pain
That's there inside of me

Lord, you saw what I went through,
You held each tear I cried
You wanted then to show yourself,
To pour your love inside

I couldn't see you reaching out;
I didn't know you were there
I felt so very much alone;
I didn't know you cared

But now, as I look back, I see
You cared about my life
When I was in my darkest times,
You were there by my side

So help me now to reach to you,
To know you so much more,
To really know the depth of your love,
To know you as my Lord.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

God's Promise
My love will persevere through every situation.

God's love is relentless and consistent. His love for us does not change like shifting shadows, but will persevere through every circumstance. His love will always protect us, His love will always trust, His love will always believe the best about every situation and His love will always stay true. This is the love that God has for us.

Bible Verses
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. -1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Monday, January 23, 2017

Proverbs 15:1

"Soft answer turns away wrath"

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Locust

Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: -Exodus 10:4

Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. -Leviticus 11:22

That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten. -Joel 1:4

And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. -Matthew 3:4

And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. -Revelation 9:3

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Lord's Abundant Crop

Lord you're doing
So much in our lives
To bring a deeper growth
A time of pruning
The withered branches
So healthier ones can grow


Though it is painful
And hard to endure,
It is needful in our lives —
For without it we'd be
An unhealthy tree
And may wither away and die


To keep on producing
The fruit of the Lord,
We need to have sin cut out
Then new branches will come
And we'll flourish again
As the new shoots begin to sprout

Then we will produce
From the seeds God planted
Fruit that will never rot
Ripened by God
And picked in its season,
Is the Lord's abundant crop!

© By M.S.Lowndes

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Proverbs 3:11-12

God's Promise
I will discipline you in love as a father who loves his children.

When our Heavenly Father disciplines us, His motivation is not anger or rejection, but complete love. Just like we would not want our little ones to be burned by putting their hands on a hot stove, neither does our Father want us to be hurt in any way. His heart for us is complete wholeness, so along the way, there will be times when He will need to correct us so that we can learn from our mistakes.

Bible Verse
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. -Proverbs 3:11-12

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Love Story

One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ah the beauty of God's creation is beyond description. As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work. As I sat there, I felt the Lord's presence with me. He asked me, "Do you love me?" I answered, "Of course, God! You are my Lord and Savior!"

Then He asked, "If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?" I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn't be able to do, the things that I took for granted. And I answered, "It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You."

Then the Lord said, "If you were blind, would you still love my creation?" How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation. So I answered, "Its hard to think of it, but I would still love you."

The Lord then asked me, "If you were deaf, would you still listen to my word?" How could I listen to anything being deaf? Then I understood. Listening to God's Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts. I answered, "It would be tough, but I would still listen to Your word."

The Lord then asked, "If you were mute, would you still praise My Name?" How could I praise without a voice? Then it occurred to me: God wants us to sing from our very heart and soul. It never matters what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song, but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words of thanks. So I answered, "Though I could not physically sing, I would still praise Your Name.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Jesus Heals a Man With Dropsy on the Sabbath

Luke 14:1-6

1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.

2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

5 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?

6 And they could not answer him again to these things.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Lizard

And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole. - Leviticus 11:30

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Love

Lord, I thank you that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Marriage Feast or Great Banquet

Matthew 22:1-14

1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Luke 14:15-24

15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

God's Word

Lord, your word is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Speak to me through your word, I pray.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Rain Washed

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, "Mom, let's run through the rain," she said. "What?" Mom asked.

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