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This is the day which the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 

Praise the Lord!

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Praise the LORD, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD! Psalm 117 You probably know the abbreviation 'PTL!'. It stands for, 'Praise the Lord!' But how many times do we actually use that without actually praising Him? He deserves our praise and our admiration - our all, in fact. The Bible says a lot about praising the Lord. Chapters and chapters are devoted to praising Him, especially in the Psalms, as today's passage shows. Psalms 146 and 150 begin with 'Praise the Lord' and end with 'Praise the Lord'. Really, everything should begin with praising the Lord, and everything should end with praising the Lord. He is the Beginning and the End of everything. In the book of Psalms alone the word 'praise' is used 147+ times. That's approximately once every chapter - sometimes more. Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His might…

An Attitude like Christ

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:1-5 In this passage, it ends with the most important phrase - 'Have this attitude in yourself which was also in Christ Jesus.' This attitude is in the above. Ready to read about it? Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same lo…

QOTD: Quote of the Day

“A fresh sheet of paper is to a writer as a new canvas is to an artist. It’s another place for imagination to run wild.” J. R. Cagasan 

On These Things...

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious about nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9 How wonderful is this passage! It has several different topics, hence the title. Let's begin! Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Amen to that! :D A key word in this phrase is 'always' - always means... well, always. It's hard to rej…

Forever

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU," so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?” Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:5-8 Who in your life is a mentor, a leader, a role model? For me, it's my parents, my grandparents, my Sunday School teachers, and my older sister. I love this passage, and like most of the other passages I've written about, it's underline (sometimes double-underlined) in my Bible. :) Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; This verse was (and is!) a tricky one for me. It's hard to be content, and to have your character free from the love of m…

No Fear of Authority

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. ~ Romans 13:1-5 ~ Whenever you see a police car behind you, in front of you, at an intersection, or at a check-mark-ditch-dirt-road-place, it's an automatic reaction to check the speedometer, right? No one WANTS to…

Our Revenge, No Longer Ours

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
~ Romans 12: 17-21 ~ Has anyone ever done something to you that you wanted to 'get back' at them for? Of course someone has! Everyone encounters this sometime during their life. For me, it's many sometimes. A few days ago, someone locked me out of one of my school accounts that I needed, and they wouldn't tell me the password. Finally, when that person did, I was behind schedule. It was very frustrating. The thing was, I could've doubly gotten back because I could delete their accou…

Follow Christ's Example

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
~ Romans 12:9-16 ~
This wonderful passage is really straightforward, but the commands and advice given are HARD to do! Easier said than done, as it is often said. Instead of going verse by verse, I've made a list of all 23 commands given. Truly love, don't love fakely Hate evil Love and adhere to good Be devoted to one another like brothers Give preference to each other honorably …

Our Uniqueness - Created in God's Image

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if serving, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. ~ Romans 12:3-8 ~ God has made each of us unique and in His image. There is no one else in the entire universe that is identical to you. You may be an identical twin, or have a really close doppleganger, but YOU are unique. God has a spe…

We are His

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
~ Romans 12: 1-2 ~
Romans 12:1-2 is the passage I've chosen to be today's passage. I love the whole chapter of Romans 12, so I broke it up into four sections. This is the first. :)

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
When we give our lives to Him, we give Him our all. Paul urges us to present our bodies as an acceptable sacrifice to God. Our bodies, our minds, and our hearts should be His. It is hard to keep our minds and bodies pure and not to think about things we shouldn't. Paul, in the follow…

VOTD: Verse of the Day

Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.
~ Hebrews 13:8 ~

When We All Stand Accountable

For if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.” So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this – not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. ~ Romans 14:8-13 ~ This is such an amazing passage of Scripture, and it applies to each of us. For if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8) God created each of us in His image. He also gave us a fre…