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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...

    Tue, May 30th - 1:32AM

    Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)



     18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
           he rises to show you compassion.
           For the LORD is a God of justice.
           Blessed are all who wait for him!

    Comment (2)

    Mon, May 29th - 1:45AM

    Revelation 3:1-5 (NIV)



     1"To the angel (or messenger) of the church in Sardis write:
          These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. 4Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.

    Comment (5)

    Mon, May 29th - 1:41AM

    Revelation 2:20-23 (NIV)



    20Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

    Comment (0)

    Sat, May 27th - 11:13AM

    Numbers 25:1-9, 31:1-18 (NIV)



    Numbers 25:1-9 (NIV)

     1 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, 2 who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. 3 So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the LORD's anger burned against them.

     4 The LORD said to Moses, "Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the LORD, so that the LORD's fierce anger may turn away from Israel."

     5 So Moses said to Israel's judges, "Each of you must put to death those of your men who have joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor."

     6 Then an Israelite man brought to his family a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand 8 and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear through both of them—through the Israelite and into the woman's body. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; 9 but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.

    Numbers 31:1-18 (NIV)

     1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people."

     3 So Moses said to the people, "Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD's vengeance on them. 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel." 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel. 6 Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.

     7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man. 8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.

     13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.

     15 "Have you allowed all the women to live?" he asked them. 16 "They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD's people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.



    Comment (3)

    Sat, May 27th - 10:53AM

    Revelation 2:14 (NIV)



    14Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.

    Comment (0)

    Fri, May 26th - 2:08AM

    Exodus 23:2-3 (NIV)



     2 "Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, 3 and do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit.



    Comment (6)

    Fri, May 26th - 1:40AM

    Genesis 29:16-30 (NIV)



     16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak (or delicate) eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."

     19 Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me." 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

     21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her."

     22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her. 24 And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter as her maidservant.

     25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn't I? Why have you deceived me?"

     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 (4)

    Thu, May 25th - 6:58PM

    Revelation 2:3-4 (NIV)



    3You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.



    Comment (2)

    Wed, May 24th - 9:02AM

    Isaiah 44:6 (NIV)



      6 "This is what the LORD says—
          
    Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty:
           I am the first and I am the last;
           apart from me there is no God.



    Comment (4)

    Tue, May 23rd - 2:20AM

    Revelation 1:8 (NIV)



      8"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."



    Comment (3)

    Mon, May 22nd - 9:09AM

    Numbers 23:19 (NIV)



      19 God is not a man, that he should lie,
           nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
           Does he speak and then not act?
           Does he promise and not fulfill?



    Comment (3)

    Sun, May 21st - 2:05PM

    2 Corinthians 11:14(NIV)



    14And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

    Comment (4)

    Fri, May 19th - 7:54PM

    Doctrine or Faith?



    It is in the book of God's Word:

    1 Timothy 2:12

    Which is it? I will tell you this plainly: No matter which it is, you must abide by what you believe God is telling you to do in this. And there are many other matters of this type. I am about to get illustrative, and I am fearful of where I am going, but trust God to show me wisdom in this and other matters. Start reading Psalms, if you are so inclined. I have been here before, and those who went through this before, may God bless you and I with greater understanding, and please understand what I am doing.

    Amen,

    Mel



    Comment (3)

    Fri, May 19th - 7:41PM

    Meat and vegatables -- an outline



    Proverbs 15:17

    Daniel 1:8-16

    Romans 14:6

    Acts 10:9-16

    Romans 14:2

    Romans 14:20 

    1 Corinthians 8:13

    I'll post with comments later

     

    In Christ,

     

    Mel



    Comment (1)

    Fri, May 19th - 3:15AM

    Go to my other blog



    I put more than enough on the other blog.  I am tired.  I may put up another post here today if I am not exhausted, but I feel drained right now.  It was no mistake for me to be thinking about the Sabbath, for I have not kept any kind of day of rest for way too long.  Pray that I might find the time of rest that God requires of me.

    I Thank you, my brothers and sisters,

    In Christ,

    Mel



    Comment (5)

    Thu, May 18th - 1:42PM

    Revelation 4:5 (Amplified Bible)



    5Out from the throne came flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne seven blazing torches burned, which are the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit];


    Comment (3)

    Wed, May 17th - 2:16AM

    Psalm 34:7 (NIV)



     7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
           and he delivers them.

    Comment (3)

    Tue, May 16th - 3:13AM

    John 10:10 (NIV)



    10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

    Comment (4)

    Mon, May 15th - 6:16AM

    Isaiah 16:5 (NIV)



     5 In love a throne will be established;
           in faithfulness a man will sit on it—
           one from the house of David—
           one who in judging seeks justice
           and speeds the cause of righteousness.

    Comment (0)

    Mon, May 15th - 6:13AM

    Proverbs 16:6 (NIV)



     6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
           through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.



    Comment (0)

    Mon, May 15th - 6:10AM

    Galatians 5:6 (NIV)



    6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

    Comment (0)

    Mon, May 15th - 5:58AM

    Psalm 138:8 (NIV)



     8 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; 
            your love, O LORD, endures forever— 
            do not abandon the works of your hands.



    Comment (2)

    Mon, May 15th - 5:48AM

    Daniel 12:1-4 (NIV)



     1 "At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge."

    Comment (0)

    Sun, May 14th - 10:13AM

    Exodus 20:8-11 (NIV)



     8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

    Comment (0)

    Fri, May 12th - 12:27AM

    Daniel 11:33-35 (NIV)



    33 "Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. 34 When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. 35 Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.

    Comment (0)

    Thu, May 11th - 12:59PM

    Daniel 11:27 (various versions)



    (NKJV)

     

    27 Both these kings hearts shall be bent on evil, and they shall speak lies at the same table; but it shall not prosper, for the end will still be at the appointed time.

     

    (NAS)

     

     27"As for both kings, their hearts will be intent on evil, and they will speak lies to each other at the same table; but it will not succeed, for the end is still to come at the appointed time.

     

    (Amplified Bible)

     

    27And as for both of these kings, their hearts and minds shall be set on doing mischief; they shall speak lies over the same table, but it will not succeed, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed.

     

    (The Message)

     

    27""The two kings, each with evil designs on the other, will sit at the conference table and trade lies. Nothing will come of the treaty, which is nothing but a tissue of lies anyway. But that's not the end of it. There's more to this story.

     

    (New Living Translation)

     

    27Seeking nothing but each other's harm, these kings will plot against each other at the conference table, attempting to deceive each other. But it will make no difference, for an end will still come at the appointed time.

     

    (Young's Literal Translation)

     

     27`And both of the kings' hearts [are] to do evil, and at one table they speak lies, and it doth not prosper, for yet the end [is] at a time appointed.

     

    (New Life Version)

     

    27The hearts of both kings will be sinful. They will lie to each other at the same table. But nothing will come of it, for the end will still come at the chosen time.

     

    (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

     

    27 The two kings, whose hearts are bent on evil, will speak lies at the same table but to no avail, for still the end will come at the appointed time.

     

    (New International Reader's Version)

     

    27"The kings of Syria and Egypt will sit at the same table. But in their hearts they will plan to do what is evil. And they will tell lies to each other. But it will not do them any good. God will put an end to their plans at his appointed time.

     

    (Contemporary English Version)

     

    27The two kings will meet around a table and tell evil lies to each other. But their plans will fail, because God has already decided what will happen.

     

    (Darby Translation)

     

     27And both these kings' hearts [shall meditate] mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper; for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.

     

    (NIV)

     

    27 The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will sit at the same table and lie to each other, but to no avail, because an end will still come at the appointed time.



    Comment (6)

    Wed, May 10th - 3:37PM

    2 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV)



     10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



    Comment (5)

    Wed, May 10th - 3:20PM

    Daniel 10:18-21 (Amplified Bible)



        18Then there touched me again one whose appearance was like that of a man, and he strengthened me.

        19And he said, O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you! Be strong, yes, be strong. And when he had spoken to me, I was strengthened and said, Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.

        20Then he said, Do you know why I have come to you? And now I will return to fight with the [hostile] prince of Persia; and when I have gone, behold, the [hostile] prince of Greece will come.

        21But I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth or the Book of Truth. There is no one who holds with me and strengthens himself against these [hostile spirit forces] except Michael, your prince [national guardian angel].



    Comment (3)

    Tue, May 9th - 4:14PM

    Psalm 31:19-24 (Amplified Bible)



        19Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You, goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men!

        20In the secret place of Your presence You hide them from the plots of men; You keep them secretly in Your pavilion from the strife of tongues.

        21Blessed be the Lord! For He has shown me His marvelous loving favor when I was beset as in a besieged city.

        22As for me, I said in my haste and alarm, I am cut off from before Your eyes. But You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried to You for aid.

        23O love the Lord, all you His saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, and plentifully pays back him who deals haughtily.

        24Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!



    Comment (5)

    Mon, May 8th - 1:36AM

    1 Corinthians 5:5 and a bit more!



    1 Corinthians 14:5-9 (NIV)

    5I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.

     6Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? 7Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 8Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.

    1 Corinthians 4:2-4 (NIV)

    2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.

    Romans 7:11-25 (NIV)

     11For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. 13Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.

     14We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to dothis I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

     21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to Godthrough Jesus Christ our Lord!
          So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

    2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NIV)

     7To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    1 Corinthians 5:1-11 (Amplified Bible)

     1IT IS actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, impurity of a sort that is condemned and does not occur even among the heathen; for a man has [his own] father's wife.

        2And you are proud and arrogant! And you ought rather to mourn (bow in sorrow and in shame) until the person who has done this [shameful] thing is removed from your fellowship and your midst!

        3As for my attitude, though I am absent [from you] in body, I am present in spirit, and I have already decided and passed judgment, as if actually present,

        4In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, on the man who has committed such a deed. When you and my own spirit are met together with the power of our Lord Jesus,

        5You are to deliver this man over to Satan for physical discipline [to destroy carnal lusts which prompted him to incest], that [his] spirit may [yet] be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

        6[About the condition of your church] your boasting is not good [indeed, it is most unseemly and entirely out of place]. Do you not know that [just] a little leaven will ferment the whole lump [of dough]?

        7Purge (clean out) the old leaven that you may be fresh (new) dough, still uncontaminated [as you are], for Christ, our Passover [Lamb], has been sacrificed.

        8Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of vice and malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened [bread] of purity (nobility, honor) and sincerity and [unadulterated] truth.

        9I wrote you in my [previous] letter not to associate [closely and habitually] with unchaste (impure) people--

        10Not [meaning of course that you must] altogether shun the immoral people of this world, or the greedy graspers and cheats and thieves or idolaters, since otherwise you would need to get out of the world and human society altogether!

        11But now I write to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of [Christian] brother if he is known to be guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater [whose soul is devoted to any object that usurps the place of God], or is a person with a foul tongue [railing, abusing, reviling, slandering], or is a drunkard or a swindler or a robber. [No] you must not so much as eat with such a person.

     



    Comment (4)

    Sat, May 6th - 10:55PM

    going to post again





    Comment (1)

    Fri, May 5th - 2:33PM

    Expression, Not Teaching



    1 Corinthians 3:10-23 (Amplified Bible)

    10According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me, like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it. But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it,

        11For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

        12But if anyone builds upon the Foundation, whether it be with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,

        13The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done.

        14If the work which any person has built on this Foundation [any product of his efforts whatever] survives [this test], he will get his reward.

        15But if any person's work is burned up [under the test], he will suffer the loss [of it all, losing his reward], though he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has passed] through fire.

        16Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God's temple (His sanctuary), and that God's Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]?

        17If anyone does hurt to God's temple or corrupts it [with false doctrines] or destroys it, God will do hurt to him and bring him to the corruption of death and destroy him. For the temple of God is holy (sacred to Him) and that [temple] you [the believing church and its individual believers] are.

        18Let no person deceive himself. If anyone among you supposes that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool [let him discard his worldly discernment and recognize himself as dull, stupid, and foolish, without true learning and scholarship], that he may become [really] wise.

        19For this world's wisdom is foolishness (absurdity and stupidity) with God, for it is written, He lays hold of the wise in their [own] craftiness;

        20And again, The Lord knows the thoughts and reasonings of the [humanly] wise and recognizes how futile they are.

        21So let no one exult proudly concerning men [boasting of having this or that man as a leader], for all things are yours,

        22Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas (Peter), or the universe or life or death, or the immediate and threatening present or the [subsequent and uncertain] future--all are yours,

        23And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

    Job 23:10 (NIV)

     10 But he knows the way that I take;
           when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

    Isaiah 5:21 (NIV)

     21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
           and clever in their own sight.

    Job 5:13 (NIV)

     13 He catches the wise in their craftiness,
           and the schemes of the wily are swept away.

    Psalm 94:11 (NIV)

     11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man;
           he knows that they are futile.

    Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NIV)

     9 The heart is deceitful above all things
           and beyond cure.
           Who can understand it?

     10 "I the LORD search the heart
           and examine the mind,
           to reward a man according to his conduct,
           according to what his deeds deserve.
    "

    Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

    10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    2 Peter 1:3-11 (Amplified Bible)

        3For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).

        4By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature.

        5For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence),

        6And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety),

        7And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love.

        8For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep [you] from being idle or unfruitful unto the [full personal] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

        9For whoever lacks these qualities is blind, [spiritually] shortsighted, seeing only what is near to him, and has become oblivious [to the fact] that he was cleansed from his old sins.

        10Because of this, brethren, be all the more solicitous and eager to make sure (to ratify, to strengthen, to make steadfast) your calling and election; for if you do this, you will never stumble or fall.

        11Thus there will be richly and abundantly provided for you entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



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    Tue, May 2nd - 5:37PM

    Song of Solomon 4:9 (NIV)



    9  You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
           you have stolen my heart
           with one glance of your eyes,
           with one jewel of your necklace.

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    Tue, May 2nd - 12:20AM

    Isaiah 66:17-24 (NIV)



    17 "Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following the one in the midst of those who eat the flesh of pigs and rats and other abominable thingsthey will meet their end together," declares the LORD.

     18 "And I, because of their actions and their imaginations, am about to come and gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see my glory.

     19 "I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nationsto Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations. 20 And they will bring all your brothers, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD -on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels," says the LORD. "They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the LORD in ceremonially clean vessels. 21 And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites," says the LORD.

     22 "As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure. 23 From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me," says the LORD. 24 "And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind."



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    Mon, May 1st - 10:57PM

    Daniel 9:17-19 (NIV)



    17 "Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name."

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