Monday, November 30, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/30/2009

"The secret to Momentum in life can be
found in the word Momentum...

you create it Moment by Moment..."
- Doug Firebaugh

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/27/2009

Faith in action –
"Faith alone saves.
Faith if it is alone never saves."
Paul Wade

For just as the body without breath is dead,
so also faith without works is dead.
James 2:26

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/26/2009

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie

Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name.
Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him, talk ye of all His wondrous works.
Glory ye in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
1 Chronicles 16:8-11

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/25/2009

Reflect upon your blessings,
of which every man has plenty,
not on your past misfortunes,
of which all men have some.
- Charles Dickens

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD,
and to sing praises unto Thy name, O most High:
To show forth Thy loving kindness in the morning,
and Thy faithfulness every night.
Psalm 92:1-2

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/24/2009

"Develop an ‘attitude of gratitude.’
Say thank you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you."
- Brian Tracy

O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods: for His mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for His mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 136:1-3

Monday, November 23, 2009

thought for the Day 11/23/2009

Paraphrase of Hebrews 11:1 –

"Faith is what makes things hoped for seem real.
It convinces us of things unseen."
Paul Wade

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/20/2009

"A man's life is interesting primarily when he had failed –
for it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself."
– Georges Clemenceau

And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test….
Not that people will see that we have stood the test
but that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed.
For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.
2 Corinthians 13:6-8

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/19/2009

"The seasons do not push one another;
neither do clouds race the wind across the sky.
All things happen in their own good time."
- Dan Millman

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/18/2009

He who reigns within himself and rules his passions,
desires, and fears, is more than a king.
-John Milton

Whoever has no rule over his own spirit
is like a city broken down, without walls.
Proverbs 25:28

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/17/2009

Man is either in life or death.
He must be the subject of one or the other; for there is,
if we coin a phrase for the occasion,
no betweenity.
-John Thomas

He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life,
And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.
The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD,
But the blameless in their walk are His delight.
Proverbs 11:19-20

Maritta Terrell

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/16/2009

A house without love may be a castle, or a palace,
but it is not a home;
love is the life of a true home.
John Lubbock

Jesus answered him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and
we will come to him and make our home with him.
John 14:23

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/13/2009

Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he slammed the door on his compassion? [Psalm 77:9]

Psalm 77, written by Asaph, begins with a profound expression of anguish. The psalmist has found himself in a terribly difficult and painful situation. He has cried out to God, even shouting and praying all night. When he thinks of God, he moans with unfulfilled longing (77:1-3).

Then Asaph begins to ask questions that are stunning in their honesty:
 • “Has the Lord rejected me forever?
• Will he never again be kind to me?
• Is his unfailing love gone forever?
• Have his promises permanently failed?
• Has God forgotten to be gracious?
• Has he slammed the door on his compassion?” (77:7-9).

These six questions all can be answered by the simple word “No.” No, God has not rejected Asaph forever. No, God will not “never be kind” to him again. And so forth and so on. After all, when God revealed his essential nature and hallowed name to Israel, he made it clear that he is “The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness” (Exo 34:6). So why would Asaph wonder if God had forgotten to be gracious? And why would this question show up in the Psalms, the inspired word of God?

Psalm 77 models for us exceptional honesty in prayer. It shows us that God cares about our openness with Him. The Psalms in general, and Psalm 77 in particular, encourage us to pray with “no holds barred.” We don’t have to be afraid of asking God tough questions. In the context of this relationship we will discover, again and again, that God has not forgotten to be gracious. Yes, sometimes His grace seems strangely hidden. But we who know God through Christ can always be sure that nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love and grace.

From “The High Calling Daily Reflection” e-newsletter

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/12/2009

It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do,
no matter how hard it is,
than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.
James R. Miller

Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the stomach of the fish,
and he said, "I called out of my distress to the LORD,
And He answered me.
I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.
For You had cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas..."
Jonah 2:1-3

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/11/2009

All good work is done the way ants do things,
little by little.
Lafcadio Hearn

Go to the ant....consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer,
and gather its foot at harvest.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/10/2009

The beginning of sin is sweet;
its end is bitter.
Japenese proverb

Man is the only animals that blushes.
or needs to.
Mark Twain

For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

Monday, November 09, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/9/2009

Before you taken anything away,
you must have something better to put in its place
Arthur Schopenhauer

Do not be conformed to this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewal of your mind,
that you may prove what is the will of God,
what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2

Friday, November 06, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/6/2009

You are glorious and more majestic
than the everlasting mountains. Psalm 76:4

Psalm 76 celebrates the justice and strength of God, who "breaks the pride of princes and the kings of the earth fear Him" (76:12). He is truly "glorious," "even more majestic than the everlasting mountains" (76:4). The word translated here as "glorious" means, literally, "lighted up" or "shining". God's glory glows even more stunningly than the mountains at sunset.

The mountains are not there simply to impres us with their own glory. Rather they point to the One who made them, whose magnificence exceeds them beyond all measure. No doubt, God has given us the wonders of the natural world to delight us. Yet these gifts also serve to remind us of the even greater wonder of the Creator.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/4/2009

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator
for all I have not seen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thus says the LORD: "Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool.....
For all those things My hand has made,
and all those things exist," says the LORD.
"BUT on this one will I look:
on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
and who trembles at My word."
Isaiah 66:1-2

Thought for the Day 11/4/2009

The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it;
but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.
Madame De Stail

The goal of this command is love,
which comes from a pure heart and
a good conscience and a sincere faith
1 Timothy 1:5

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/3/2009

We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults,
than by trying to correct theirs.
-Francois Fenelon

First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will
see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
Matthew 7:3-5

Monday, November 02, 2009

Thought for the Day 11/2/2009

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
-Charles A. Beard

When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him.
Psalm 8:3-4

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