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    Mel's Weekly Study
          Just a simple place for me to put a scripture or two. My plan is to have one here a week or so. I was trying to do one a day, but think I need to go slower. Maybe I'll comment, maybe you will...

          Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

          Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11)

          Test everything. Hold on to the good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

          Examine what I say, challenge me if I seem wrong, rebuke me if I am way off the mark...

    Sun, Dec 31st - 12:31AM

    Another Pile to Post...

    Revelation 1:17 (NIV)

     17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.

    Job 23:3 (NIV)

     3 If only I knew where to find him;
           if only I could go to his dwelling!

    Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

     3 You will keep in perfect peace
           him whose mind is steadfast,
           because he trusts in you.

    Genesis 35:10 (NIV)

    10 God said to him, "Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel." So he named him Israel.

    Romans 6:17-18 (NIV)

    17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

    Luke 19:41-44 (New International Version)

     41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."

    Isaiah 49:14-22 (NIV)

     14 But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me,
           the Lord has forgotten me."

     15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
           and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
           Though she may forget,
           I will not forget you!

     16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
           your walls are ever before me.

     17 Your sons hasten back,
           and those who laid you waste depart from you.

     18 Lift up your eyes and look around;
           all your sons gather and come to you.
           As surely as I live," declares the LORD,
           "you will wear them all as ornaments;
           you will put them on, like a bride.

     19 "Though you were ruined and made desolate
           and your land laid waste,
           now you will be too small for your people,
           and those who devoured you will be far away.

     20 The children born during your bereavement
           will yet say in your hearing,
           'This place is too small for us;
           give us more space to live in.'

     21 Then you will say in your heart,
           'Who bore me these?
           I was bereaved and barren;
           I was exiled and rejected.
           Who brought these up?
           I was left all alone,
           but these—where have they come from?' "

     22 This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
           "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles,
           I will lift up my banner to the peoples;
           they will bring your sons in their arms
           and carry your daughters on their shoulders.

    Romans 5:8 (NIV)

    8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    Psalm 107:1 (NIV)

     1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
           his love endures forever.

    Comment (2)

    Wed, Dec 20th - 2:47AM

    Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)      a promise...

    16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.


    Comment (6)

    Wed, Dec 20th - 2:42AM

    A little catching up to do...

    Proverbs 26:4-12 (NIV)

     4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
           or you will be like him yourself.

     5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
           or he will be wise in his own eyes.

     6 Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence
           is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

     7 Like a lame man's legs that hang limp
           is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

     8 Like tying a stone in a sling
           is the giving of honor to a fool.

     9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand
           is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

     10 Like an archer who wounds at random
           is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.

     11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
           so a fool repeats his folly.

     12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
           There is more hope for a fool than for him.

    1 Corinthians 3:9 (NIV)

    9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.

    Luke 2:21-38 (NIV)

     21On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

     22When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"), 24and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."

     25Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
     29"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
          you now dismiss your servant in peace.
     30For my eyes have seen your salvation,
        31which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
     32a light for revelation to the Gentiles
          and for glory to your people Israel."

     33The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

     36There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

    Ephesians 5:1-5, 11, 21-33 (NIV)

     1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

     3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.


    11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.


     21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

     22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

     25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30for we are members of his body. 31"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." 32This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

    2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV)

     20In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

    Genesis 4:7 (NIV)

    7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."

    Galatians 1:8 (NIV)

    8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!

    Psalm 119:165 (NIV)

     165 Great peace have they who love your law,
           and nothing can make them stumble.

    Proverbs 25:11 (New International Version)

     11 A word aptly spoken
           is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

    James 3:1-8 (NIV)

     1Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.

     3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

     7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

    1 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

    7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

    Isaiah 30:19 (NIV)

     19 O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.

    Comment (0)

    Thu, Dec 7th - 9:30PM

    Deuteronomy 7:1-5, 19:11-13, 25:11-12 (NIV)       (pretty harsh stuff)

     1 When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you- 2 and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. 3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, 4 for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD's anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. 5 This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire.


     11 But if a man hates his neighbor and lies in wait for him, assaults and kills him, and then flees to one of these cities, 12 the elders of his town shall send for him, bring him back from the city, and hand him over to the avenger of blood to die. 13 Show him no pity. You must purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, so that it may go well with you.


     11 If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, 12 you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.

    Comment (3)

    Thu, Dec 7th - 12:42PM

    John 14:6 (NIV)

     6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

    Comment (3)

    Thu, Dec 7th - 12:37PM

    1 Chronicles 24:31 (NIV)

    31 They also cast lots, just as their brothers the descendants of Aaron did, in the presence of King David and of Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of families of the priests and of the Levites. The families of the oldest brother were treated the same as those of the youngest.

    Comment (0)

    Tue, Dec 5th - 12:42PM

    Psalm 107:1 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)        (a promise for the week...)

     1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
        His faithful love endures forever.

    Comment (1)

    Tue, Dec 5th - 12:40PM

    Romans 12:1-8 (NIV)

     1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

     3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

    Comment (4)

    Mon, Dec 4th - 5:49PM

    Leviticus 19:17 & Deuteronomy 22:1-4 (NIV)

     17 " 'Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.


     1 If you see your brother's ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to him. 2 If the brother does not live near you or if you do not know who he is, take it home with you and keep it until he comes looking for it. Then give it back to him. 3 Do the same if you find your brother's donkey or his cloak or anything he loses. Do not ignore it.

     4 If you see your brother's donkey or his ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help him get it to its feet.

    Comment (4)

    Mon, Dec 4th - 11:52AM

    John 8:12 & Matthew 5:14 (AMP)

    12Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.


    14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

    Comment (2)

    Sat, Dec 2nd - 4:03PM

    Psalm 59:11 (NIV)

     11 But do not kill them, O Lord our shield,
           or my people will forget.
           In your might make them wander about,
           and bring them down.

    Comment (3)

    Sat, Dec 2nd - 4:01PM

    Exodus 33:1-3 (NIV)

     1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your descendants.' 2 I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 3 Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way."

    Comment (0)

    Sat, Dec 2nd - 3:54PM

    Acts 10:41-43 (NIV)

    41He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

    Comment (0)

    Sat, Dec 2nd - 3:52PM

    John 1:12-13 (NIV)

    12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

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