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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...

    Fri, Mar 31st - 2:23AM

    James 1:13 (NIV)

     13When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;

    Comment (2)

    Thu, Mar 30th - 2:57PM

    Proverbs 11:16-17 (NIV)

     16 A kindhearted woman gains respect,
           but ruthless men gain only wealth.

     17 A kind man benefits himself,
           but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.

    Comment (0)

    Thu, Mar 30th - 2:54PM

    Matthew 10:11-18 (NIV)

     11"Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. 12As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. 15I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. 16I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

     17"Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. 18On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.

    Comment (3)

    Wed, Mar 29th - 1:34AM

    Genesis 39:12 (NIV)

    12 She caught him by his cloak and said, "Come to bed with me!" But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

    Comment (6)

    Tue, Mar 28th - 2:42AM

    Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

     17 The LORD your God is with you,
           he is mighty to save.
           He will take great delight in you,
           he will quiet you with his love,
           he will rejoice over you with singing."

    Comment (4)

    Mon, Mar 27th - 2:31AM

    Romans 12:18-19 (The Message)

    18If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. 19Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it."

    Comment (3)

    Sun, Mar 26th - 8:38AM

    Psalm 14:1 (NIV)

     1 The fool [morally deficient one] says in his heart,
           "There is no God."
           They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
           there is no one who does good.

    Comment (1)

    Sat, Mar 25th - 12:27AM

    Psalm 119:28 (NIV)

     28 My soul is weary with sorrow;
           strengthen me according to your word.

    Comment (3)

    Fri, Mar 24th - 9:51PM

    Matthew 1:6 (NIV)

           6and Jesse the father of King David.
          David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,

    Comment (5)

    Thu, Mar 23rd - 11:59AM

    Micah 6:8 (Multiple Translations)


     8 He has showed you, O man, what is good.
           And what does the LORD require of you?
           To act justly and to love mercy
           and to walk humbly with your God.


        8He has told you, O man, what is good;
             And what does the LORD require of you
             But to do [seek] justice, to love kindness,
             And to walk humbly with your God?

    (The Message)

    8But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do,
        what GOD is looking for in men and women.
        It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
        be compassionate and loyal in your love,
        And don't take yourself too seriously--
        take God seriously.

    (Amplified Bible)

    8He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?

    (New Living Translation)

    8No, O people, the LORD has already told you what is good, and this is what he requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

    (English Standard Version)

    8He has told you, O man, what is good;
       and what does the LORD require of you
    but to do justice, and to love kindness, [or steadfast love]
       and to walk humbly with your God?

    (Contemporary English Version)

    8The LORD God has told us
       what is right
       and what he demands:
       "See that justice is done,
       let mercy be your first concern,
       and humbly obey your God."


    8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
          And what does the LORD require of you
          But to do justly,
          To love mercy,
          And to walk humbly with your God?

    (Young's Literal Translation)

     8He hath declared to thee, O man, what [is] good; Yea, what is Jehovah requiring of thee, Except -- to do judgment, and love kindness, And lowly to walk with thy God?

    (Darby Translation)

     8He hath shewn thee, O man, what is good: and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with thy God?

    (New Life Version)

    8O man, He has told you what is good. What does the Lord ask of you but to do what is fair and to love kindness, and to walk without pride with your God?

    (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

    8 He has told you men what is good
        and what it is the LORD requires of you:
        Only to act justly,
        to love faithfulness,
        and to walk humbly with your God.

    (New International Reader's Version)

     8The Lord has shown you what is good.
           He has told you what he requires of you.
        You must treat people fairly.
           You must love others faithfully.
        And you must be very careful to live
           the way your God wants you to.

    Comment (6)

    Wed, Mar 22nd - 12:02AM

    Romans 8:28-29 (Amplified Bible)

    28We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

    29For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.

    Comment (5)

    Tue, Mar 21st - 12:46AM

    Psalm 145:5 (NIV)

     5 They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
           and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

    Comment (1)

    Mon, Mar 20th - 1:16AM

    Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

    3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

    Comment (4)

    Sun, Mar 19th - 10:34PM

    Isaiah 49:1-7 (NIV)

     1 Listen to me, you islands;
           hear this, you distant nations:
           Before I was born the LORD called me;
           from my birth he has made mention of my name.

     2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
           in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
           he made me into a polished arrow
           and concealed me in his quiver.

     3 He said to me, "You are my servant,
           Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.

     4 But I said, "I have labored to no purpose;
           I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.
           Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand,
           and my reward is with my God."

     5 And now the LORD says—
           he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
           to bring Jacob back to him
           and gather Israel to himself,
           for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD
           and my God has been my strength-

     6 he says:
           "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
           to restore the tribes of Jacob
           and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
           I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
           that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.

     7 This is what the LORD says—
           the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel—
           to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation,
           to the servant of rulers:
           "Kings will see you and rise up,
           princes will see and bow down,
           because of the LORD, who is faithful,
           the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.

    Comment (0)

    Sun, Mar 19th - 10:27PM

    2 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV)

    7Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. 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.

    Comment (0)

    Sat, Mar 18th - 6:47PM

    Ecclesiastes 6:12 (Amplified Bible)

    12For who [limited to human wisdom] knows what is good for man in his life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow [going through the motions but accomplishing nothing]? For who can tell a man what will happen [to his work, his treasure, his plans] under the sun after he is gone?

    Comment (3)

    Fri, Mar 17th - 2:12AM

    Romans 11:23 (NIV)

    23And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

    Comment (5)

    Thu, Mar 16th - 1:30AM

    Mini Train of Thought

    Matthew 5:38-45 (NIV)

    An Eye for an Eye

     38"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

    Love for Enemies

     43"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

    Matthew 5:1-11 (NIV)

    The Beatitudes

     1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them saying: 
     3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
          for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
     4Blessed are those who mourn,
          for they will be comforted. 

     5Blessed are the meek,
          for they will inherit the earth. 

     6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
          for they will be filled. 

     7Blessed are the merciful,
          for they will be shown mercy. 

     8Blessed are the pure in heart,
          for they will see God. 

     9Blessed are the peacemakers,
          for they will be called sons of God. 

     10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
          for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

     11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

    Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)

    The Armor of God

     10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

    Galatians 6:1-5 (NIV)

    Doing Good to All

     1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5for each one should carry his own load.

    2 Timothy 2:24-26 (NIV)

    24And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

    Comment (1)

    Tue, Mar 14th - 7:28PM

    So who Fears His Coming?

    Zechariah 13:7-9 (NIV)

     7 "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
           against the man who is close to me!"
           declares the LORD Almighty.
           "Strike the shepherd,
           and the sheep will be scattered,
           and I will turn my hand against the little ones.

     8 In the whole land," declares the LORD,
           "two-thirds will be struck down and perish;
           yet one-third will be left in it.

     9 This third I will bring into the fire;
           I will refine them like silver
           and test them like gold.
           They will call on my name
           and I will answer them;
           I will say, 'They are my people,'
           and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.' "

    Malachi 3:1-5 (NIV)

     1 "See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty.

     2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.

     5 "So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me," says the LORD Almighty.

    Comment (2)

    Tue, Mar 14th - 1:12AM

    Exodus 33:19 (NIV)

     19 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

    Comment (4)

    Tue, Mar 14th - 1:09AM

    Romans 2:4 (Amplified Bible)

    4Or are you [so blind as to] trifle with and presume upon and despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repent (to change your mind and inner man to accept God's will)?

    Comment (0)

    Mon, Mar 13th - 1:57AM

    Proverbs 11:6 (NAS)

        6The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
             But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed.

    Comment (2)

    Sun, Mar 12th - 12:44AM

    Genesis 29:26-30 (NIV)

     26 Laban replied, "It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27 Finish this daughter's bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work."

     28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 Laban gave his servant girl Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maidservant. 30 Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.

    Comment (1)

    Sun, Mar 12th - 12:16AM

    Genesis 25:29-34 (NIV)

     29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!" (That is why he was also called Edom. )

     31 Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright."

     32 "Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?"

     33 But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

     34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
          So Esau despised his birthright.

    Comment (0)

    Sat, Mar 11th - 9:47AM

    Genesis 2:1-3 (NIV)

     1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

     2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

    Comment (0)

    Fri, Mar 10th - 4:26AM

    Malachi 2:17 (NIV)

     17 You have wearied the LORD with your words.
          "How have we wearied him?" you ask.
          By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them" or "Where is the God of justice?"

    Comment (0)

    Thu, Mar 9th - 12:34PM

    Joshua 23:14-16 (NIV)

     14 "Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. 15 But just as every good promise of the LORD your God has come true, so the LORD will bring on you all the evil he has threatened, until he has destroyed you from this good land he has given you. 16 If you violate the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the LORD's anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you."

    Comment (2)

    Wed, Mar 8th - 2:43PM

    Luke 19:17 (NIV)

     17" 'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.'

    Comment (1)

    Tue, Mar 7th - 5:44PM

    Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

     28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

    Comment (2)

    Mon, Mar 6th - 12:55AM

    Numbers 22:32-33 (NIV)

     32 The angel of the LORD asked him, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.  33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared her."

    Comment (2)

    Sun, Mar 5th - 12:02AM

    To Cardinal Mahony

    Mark 12:13-17 (NIV)

     13Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14They came to him and said, "Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? 15Should we pay or shouldn't we?"

       But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. "Why are you trying to trap me?" he asked. "Bring me a denarius and let me look at it." 16They brought the coin, and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?"
          "Caesar's," they replied.

     17Then Jesus said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."
          And they were amazed at him.

    Matthew 23:27 (NIV)

     27"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.

    Romans 13:1-5 (NIV)

     1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

    1 Chronicles 29:23-24 (NIV)

    23 So Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king in place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed him. 24 All the officers and mighty men, as well as all of King David's sons, pledged their submission to King Solomon.

    Matthew 3:7-8 (NIV)

     7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

    Romans 12:19 (NIV)

    19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord.

    Hebrews 10:30 (NIV)

    30For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people."

    Comment (2)

    Sat, Mar 4th - 11:29PM

    In Warning First

    Mark 9:38-40 (NIV)

    38"Teacher," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us."

     39"Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40for whoever is not against us is for us.


    Comment (1)

    Sat, Mar 4th - 11:25PM

    Romans 8:31 (NIV)

     31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

    Comment (0)

    Sat, Mar 4th - 11:21PM

    Psalm 59:1-4 (NIV)

     1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
           protect me from those who rise up against me.

     2 Deliver me from evildoers
           and save me from bloodthirsty men.

     3 See how they lie in wait for me!
           Fierce men conspire against me
           for no offense or sin of mine, O LORD.

     4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
           Arise to help me; look on my plight!

    Comment (0)

    Fri, Mar 3rd - 4:43PM

    Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

    41"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

    Comment (3)

    Thu, Mar 2nd - 5:10AM

    Ephesians 1:18-21 (NIV)

    18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

    Comment (2)

    Wed, Mar 1st - 1:38AM

    Job 33:23-26 (NIV)

     23 "Yet if there is an angel on his side
           as a mediator, one out of a thousand,
           to tell a man what is right for him,

     24 to be gracious to him and say,
           'Spare him from going down to the pit;
           I have found a ransom for him'-

     25 then his flesh is renewed like a child's;
           it is restored as in the days of his youth.

     26 He prays to God and finds favor with him,
           he sees God's face and shouts for joy;
           he is restored by God to his righteous state.

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